Want to Live and Co-Work in Croatia for Free? Enter GoGo Places “Your Best Travel Photo” CONTEST

Have you always wanted to stroll the streets of medieval-era cities, eat fresh fish from market vendors, and sail through some of the world’s most beautiful islands? You can do all of this and more in Croatia, by the Adriatic coast.

Imagine waking up each morning finding yourself in an adorable, quaint and beautiful home with crystal clear waters in front of you, surrounded by intoxicating scents of Mediterranean spices and herbs, carried by the sea breeze, while working remotely and creating content magic for your blogs. If you can picture this image now, we suggest you read on.

Win the Croatian Co-Working Experience of a Lifetime

If you are day dreaming of your next hot destination in your location independent life then look no further because we at GoGo Places can help. We are looking for bloggers and digital nomads who want to experience life in Croatia and tick another destination of the bucket list for 2017.

Share your best photo travel with hashtag #GoGoPlaces from March 2nd through March 17th and we’ll grant two winners with most LOVE on social votes + uniqueness:

One month’s worth of apartment stay in Croatia (from April or May 2017)

€50 worth of Uber credit in Croatia

20 hours of free work time in a co-working space in Croatia

See GoGo Places Contest – Official Rules

The piece de resistance in this deal: you will also get to explore Croatia’s famous coast on a sailboat trip alongside the founder of GoGo Places (during Summer season). An opportunity like this doesn’t come along everyday.

Do I qualify? Where do I sign up?

What will you need to do in order to enter? This is open to any holder of EU visa or passport holders of the countries that do not require visa for entry into Croatia are eligible. Simply click on this link and share your best travel photo with hashtag #GoGoPlaces.

Do all this, and you will be entered into the prize draw.

Should you win, this prize package will allow you to immerse yourself into the daily life with stunning views of the Adriatic coastline without having to worry about housing  expenses for a month. After that, you will be free to explore more out-of-the-way destinations in Croatia, as you will have already experienced this country’s major cities and attractions.

With a month’s worth of rent and co-working space taken care of for you, you’ll have the flexibility to go on tours, have countless dinners filled with the best cuisine Croatia has to offer, and spend many nights checking out the hottest nightlife in Europe.

While you are doing this, you’ll be able to link up with local creatives at one of our featured co-working spaces and launch projects that would have never left the pad were it not for you signing up for this life-changing contest.

All we ask in return is for you to share your experience with other digital nomads about all the awesome things that Croatia has to offer the digital nomad community. If we can build this nation’s profile in the minds of remote workers everywhere, co-working will continue to thrive here, making it easier for other location independent rock stars like yourself to spend time in this incredible place.

What do you have to lose? Click here and share your best photo #GoGoPlaces

There are numerous cities across Croatia that are now home to co-working spaces, check out our blog on co-working spaces and find out for yourself where you could be working. And, when you aren’t writing blogs about your experience in Croatia, there is plenty to see and do in Croatia.

Check out our blog on Why Croatia is the new Digital Nomad Hangout.

Croatia really does have all the ingredients to be a desirable destination for location independent professionals, but we need to get the word out there and we need your help!. Through this contest, we hope to offer you one of the best months of your life in return for your killer promotional skills. We can’t wait to hear from all of you!

Enter the GoGo Places contest here and sign up to our newsletter, and be the first to read our future blogs.

See you in Croatia!

10 Undervalued Up and Coming Digital Nomad Locations for 2017

Digital nomadism is here to stay but where should an aspiring or established nomad go to get the best bang for their buck and still keep things interesting? Chiang Mai and Ubud are over and that’s a good thing – there’s a whole wide world to see before you hang up your laptop.

5 Digital Nomad Locations in Asia

Half of the list goes to Asian destinations and that’s because they’re often the least expensive. It’s worth noting that this may come at the compromise of quality of life compared to many other places.

Udon Thani, Thailand

What’s so great about Chiang Mai, anyway? Thailand’s not some backwater dump; it’s a big modern country. Udon Thani has a ton of advantages over Chiang Mai:

It’s closer to Laos so border runs for visas are easier;

The accommodation costs are much lower and you can get a swish pad in the city centre for half the price of a condo on Nimman;

It has a ton of great nightlife and it’s on the doorstep of one of Thailand’s UNESCO world heritage sites.

Udan Thani

Battambang, Cambodia

Cambodia has surprisingly good internet even if it is a little bit pricier than the rest of the region. Battambang, however, is the perfect place for nomads who need to get work done:

It’s the cheapest city in Cambodia for rents;

The city itself has some of the finest French colonial architecture in Asia;

Beer, food and transport are among the lowest cost in the world;

Visas and work permits are insanely easy to obtain and renew.

Mandalay, Myanmar

Those looking for perfect, always on and high speed internet shouldn’t consider Mandalay for a few years yet. Those with a little more freedom to choose, however, should consider:

The city has much lower rental costs than in Yangon;

It’s in the heart of some of the most unspoiled territory in Asia;

Myanmar has only recently opened up and you’ll be among the first long-term visitors to Mandalay which means getting the “real vibe” before it’s overrun by tourists.

Kochi, Kerala, India

Goa is so last year and it’s lost much of its appeal as both a tourist and digital nomad destination. Kochi in Kerala is the rising star to take its place:

Still very much untouched by nomads but a major city all the same with all the amenities that brings;

Not far from the beach and the province itself offers a ton of temples, mountains and other places of interest to explore;

It’s always warm without ever getting to the point of unbearably hot.

Zhuhai, China

Zhuhai is an up and coming city on China’s Southern Coast. It offers easy access to the comforts of Macau without the prices of Macau:

Fantastic internet availability and a wealth of cheap places to work from;

A chance to see the Chinese boom take place around you;

A vibrant expat community to make up for the lack of nomads there at the moment.

5 Digital Nomad Locations in the Rest of the World

It’s fair to say these are likely to be a little more expensive than the Asian destinations but, at the same time, they do offer a higher overall quality of life.

Katerini, Greece

Greece is more expensive than you might think but Katerini bucks the trend and has the lowest cost of living of any town in the country and there’s a lot to be said for the place:

It’s only 6 km from the beach and there are a lot of beaches to choose from;

It’s surrounded by places of historical interest such as the ancient city of Dion;

There are great transport links to the rest of Greece;

Thessaloniki nearby is a UNESCO world heritage site.

Slavonski Brod, Croatia

The name doesn’t exactly trip off the tongue but this small student city is low cost and surprisingly good value too:

Pleasant year round temperature and an easily walkable city;

Weekends are when the students come out to party and the weeks are pleasantly relaxed;

There’s a ton of cafes, clubs, shops and galleries and the internet is great too (check out our previous blog regarding co-working spaces).

When visiting Croatia your first point of call should be GoGo Places. Check out our list of homes – all affordable and competitive prices too.

Santa Marta, Colombia

It’s Medellin that’s getting all the attention at the moment but Santa Marta is cheaper and it’s got great beach access. Internet may be a bit patchy though:

Some of the best scuba diving in South America and the jet skiing is good too;

Get in touch with the life (and death) of Simon Bolivar one of the most significant figures in South American history;

It’s a  great place to learn Spanish cheaply and the bars and restaurants are great.

Lipari Island (one of the Aeolian Islands off the coast of Sicily)

Lipari is the largest, busiest and most accessible of the Aeolian Islands. Visitors arriving from the mainland will likely experience it as a relaxing introduction to island life.

The town is so quaint and picturesque – even the tiny little cobblestone streets leading directly to the sea looks like it was plucked directly out of a children’s storybook.

A busy little port with a pretty, pastel-coloured seafront and plenty of accommodation, it makes the most convenient base for island hopping.

It is cheap and cheerful;

Easy public transport options available

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town remains Southern Africa’s most popular destination and for good reason. It’s low cost and the only place in Africa with reliable and high speed Internet:

Good and cheap transport (which you will need as Cape Town is a big city);

Museums, botanical gardens, beach access, and nearby safaris;

Great nightlife, co-working spaces and endless things to do.

Summary

If you want to get off the beaten path and hit up a nomad destination which offers great value for money and a wealth of things to see and do, why not check out one of these 10 locations?

They make a pleasant change from the clichés of Chiang Mai, Prague, Ubud, etc. and will give you a chance to develop your identity as a digital nomad without breaking the bank.

Don’t forget to stay tuned with the latest news at GoGo Places, sign up to our newsletter and you will be the first to read our blogs and grab the latest deals with our homes.

Top 10 Co-Working Spaces in Croatia for Digital Nomads

As freelancing and self-employment has surged over the past several years, co-working has blown up along with it. This same pattern has unfolded in Croatia as well, with a slew of creative spaces opening up in major centres like Zagreb, Split, and Zadar.

This has made it easy for remote workers, entrepreneurs and start up founders to keep up with their duties while experiencing one of Europe’s most enriching countries.

According to Coworker.com, during a six month period from July – December 2016, the number of people searching for co-working spaces increased to 669%, compared to the previous six months.

So, if you are a location independent professional looking to smash out some work when you aren’t partying on Brac, stuffing your face full of Ćevapi (a grilled dish of minced meat, a type of skinless sausage), or exploring the streets of Dubrovnik, make an effort to check out some of the co-working spaces we’ve listed for ease.

If you’re looking for places to stay, you can always sign up and be the first to know about our listings around Croatia.

Impact Hub Zagreb

Starting your “co-workcation” in Zagreb? Check out the scene at Impact Hub Zagreb, especially if you are into social entrepreneurship. It has all the standard staples of a co-working space, from free coffee to access to printers and Skype rooms.

With beanbag chairs and a deliberate focus on using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems, this spot stands out from other options in Zagreb in a distinct way.

Reference: http://www.dp-generator.org/novo/64-u-lab-impact-hub-zagreb

HUB385

If you are looking for a more social co-working experience in Zagreb, check out HUB385. Although this space tends to attract developers more than any other type of digital worker, you’ll find a variety of creative types banging away at the projects at one of HUB’s many hot desks.

There are conference and meeting rooms available for those looking to pitch or collaborate with local entrepreneurs, common areas that are conducive to casual socialising, and for members, showers to rinse away a day’s worth of hard work.

ZIP.Factory

Those wanting to focus a bit more on business while in Zagreb will find the environment they are looking for at ZIP.Factory.

Centered on helping start ups launch and succeed, the atmosphere here is more serious than other options listed here, but those looking to get some targeted assistance in where they are struggling will find more than a few professionals willing to help. With a library filled with the latest business books and internet offering speeds of 100mbps down / 100mbps up, the managers here do their best to help you succeed.

It isn’t all work and no play, though, as this space’s foosball table sees plenty of competitive action when the time comes to take a break from the grind.

BIZ koshnica

BIZ koshnica is yet another option if you are looking to knock out some work while in Zagreb.

Offering an open invitation to Digital Nomads of all types, BIZ koshnica provides an inspiring place to collaborate with other location-independent professionals, whether it is over coffee in the common area, or while participating in a special yoga session.

Reference: http://bizkoshnica.biz/en/

Amosfera

Located in the historic coastal city of Split, Amosfera provides nomads with a space to work on their business when they aren’t busy touring Diocletian’s Palace or going on dive trips into the crystal clear depths of the Adriatic. With a view of the sea, you’ll have all the inspiration you’ll need to bang out the code or blog posts you need to get done.

Got a bad back? Amosfera offers standing desks, which will allow you to change your working posture throughout the day.

CoCreative Coworking

If the vibe at Amosfera isn’t quite what you are after, there are other co-working options in Split. CoCreative Coworking offers an ambiance that is sleek and modern, 24/7 access, and a location that puts it within a ten minute walk of the downtown core.

Used frequently by photographers, designers, journalists, start up entrepreneurs and other remote workers, there is plenty of opportunity for cross-pollination of ideas here.

Reference: http://coworkaholic.com/index.php/2015/09/11/fridayfix-9-11-15/3050882-slide-s-2-most-creative-peoplethis-new-coworking-space-is-trying-to-fast-track-sao-paulos-startup-sce

COIN Zadar

If you want to base yourself in an atmospheric city on the Croatian coast that has less of a tourist scene than Dubrovnik or Split has, consider doing so in Zadar.  Not as overrun by tourists, you’ll get to enjoy its old world charm without having fend off hordes of selfie sticks.

Most importantly, though, Zadar is also home to COIN Zadar, a co-working space opened its doors in 2015 to help encourage entrepreneurship locally, travelling location independent business people have added to the scene here, helping both groups immeasurably.

With networking facilitators on-site playing matchmaker by connecting entrepreneurs with local professionals, working at COIN Zadar will give startup founders the opportunity to pick up quality employees during their visit to this beautiful city.

Urbani Inkubator Sibenik

Nomads searching for a Croatian work base on the Adriatic coast even further off the beaten track will want to give Urbani Inkubator Sibenik a fair trial.

A picture perfect town in North Dalmatia that is best known for UNESCO-recognised Saint James Cathedral, it has its share of sightseeing highlights, but it also boasts a well-designed co-working space.

Furnished with an assortment of cute IKEA furniture and Macs/PC’s, and a meeting room that has modern art adorning the walls, those looking to stay productive while chilling out in an unheralded travel destination in Croatia will want to drop in here on a regular basis.

KIWI – Creative Space

Those wanting to skip out on the tourist crowds while retaining the benefits of a big city should spend some time in the Adriatic port city of Rijeka. In addition to the opportunities for cultural immersion, creative types will have a chance to interact with local entrepreneurs at KIWI – Creative Space.

Focused on those in the fine arts but open to working with other digital workers as well, those seeking an illustrator or graphic artist will have an excellent chance of finding someone here. With events that include art exhibitions, cultured nomads will want to spend some time hanging out here during their tour of Croatia.

Cowork Osijek

If you have had your fill of Croatia’s popular travel destinations, and you simply want to hide away in a little-known but picturesque city in the interior, hop aboard the first bus/train to Osijek.

With few distractions, you’ll have all the focus you’ll need to hammer away at your projects during the days you’ll spend at Cowork Osijek.

With a pleasant atmosphere, a well-designed hot desk area, a well-stocked kitchen, and plenty of opportunities to meet local entrepreneurs, a trip away from the main tourist centers of Croatia to this unheralded city might be the cure for what is ailing your company.

There are many other centers across the country that have excellent creativity hubs available for traveling entrepreneurs and remote workers to use so don’t forget to check out Coworker.com.

Any spots that we missed? Let us know in the comments below, or if you haven’t read our other blogs, check them out.