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!

7 Must Read Books for Every Digital Nomad

With the disruption of the workforce continuing unabated, many are now beginning to realise that old career paths aren’t as stable as they used to be.

At the same time, some have also heard about the rise of the digital nomad, who are professionals that use worldwide internet connectivity to complete work or run a business from anywhere on the planet.

Seeing pictures of them getting it done at beach bars on the other side of the world is enough to make others want to join their ranks.

If you wish to achieve this goal as well, reading well-written books will go a long way towards providing you with the knowledge needed to become a digital nomad.

Below, we will highlight seven books that will equip aspiring location independent professionals with the information that they will need in order to build a business or recruit a client base that will allow them to operate from anywhere in the world.

The Four-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

Although you could set out on your digital nomad journey without reading The Four Hour Work Week, you would be missing out on learning about the path that one of the pioneers of the movement blazed on his way to becoming location independent.

From the opening chapters, Tim Ferriss makes the case that retirement is an antiquated notion at best and that it would be best to focus our efforts on creating a lifestyle that allows us to use our time any way we see fit.

As you progress through the book, he lays out the groundwork for freedom-minded individuals to find their own way to location independence, all while peppering in success stories that will make you ask, “If these people made it happen, what’s my excuse?”

Vagabonding by Rolf Potts

Like the idea of a life of perpetual travel, but think that it is out of reach for you? Rolf Potts will shatter your perception of it being a fundamentally expensive endeavour by laying out how even those of meagre means can make it happen.

An efficient read at only 240 pages, Vagabonding delivers massive value by showing you how one can finance their travels with relative ease, adjust to life in a foreign country, deal with common frustrations, and cope with reverse culture shock upon returning home.

By reading this book, not only will you be convinced that this life is possible, but you will be better prepared for the realities of coping with cultural norms that differ from your own.

Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk

Even if you plan on entering the digital workforce as a freelancer or remote worker, there are a number of tasks that you will now have to perform that was handled by your former company.

In essence, you are now your own business, so you need to act like an entrepreneur, even if you don’t consider yourself to be one.

While it only covers basic technical issues of working for yourself, Gary Vaynerchuk’s Crush It! acts mostly as a metaphorical kick in the butt for those needing a spark to get up off their duff and seek out opportunities that will ensure a long and fruitful career away from the 9-5 paradigm.

The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman

Unlike Crush It!, The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman does get into the nuts and bolts of being in business for yourself.

Aiming to be a DIY substitute for those that are unwilling to shell out many thousands of dollars for a traditional MBA, it breaks down the basics of sales, marketing, negotiation, productivity, operations, and so on.

It also addresses issues that haven’t been adequately covered by staid academic programs that have changed little since the mid-20th century, which also makes it a valuable book for those that already have a business degree.

All things considered, this book is a must-read for all digital nomads.

Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh

Despite having time and mobility freedom, you’ll still need to please your remote employer, clients, or customers if you have any hope of sustaining this lifestyle in the long run.

To do this, you will need to internalise a philosophy of creating delight for everyone that you work with; in our opinion, reading Tony Hsieh’s Delivering Happiness is the quickest way to internalise these principles.

As the CEO of Zappos (which was acquired by Amazon in 2009), Tony applied lessons learned from the science behind happiness to improve relations with clients and employees.

As such, this read will also be valuable if you end up hiring outsourcers/employees, making it a great book to keep in your rucksack/suitcase as you travel the world and grow your location independent business.

The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau

Written by serial entrepreneur Chris Guillebeau, The Art of Non-Conformity is a guide that implores you to challenge the assumptions that society has laid out before you, and to life a live that fits you rather than shoehorning yourself into someone else’s mould.

Based on the example that Chris has set over two decades of self-employment, you can travel to every country in the world, volunteer to help make it a better place, work on that passion project, or whatever else tickles your fancy. You are the writer of your own play – not someone else.

Remote by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

This book, by 37signals, shows both employers and employees how they can work together, remotely, from any desk, in any space, in any place, anytime and anywhere in the world.

With 326 reviews averaging a 4-star rating and with high ranking on Amazon, proves this book is selling in the ten of thousands monthly. It can be downloaded as an e-book, purchased as a hard copy of audio file.

It explores the “working from home” model very clearly and will certainly give you food for thought, if you are thinking of becoming a digital nomad and is a must read.

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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.