Project Getaway – your next entrepreneurial getaway experience

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As I promised you, OFFice To Travel is bringing you insights and valuable information about some of the most amazing digital nomad events. I interviewed their founders and asked them to share ideas and help you get a glimpse of how they are organizing their events, what are the attendees’ benefits and what you should expect – things that we don’t usually have access to.

I am starting this series with Project Getaway – a premium entrepreneurial getaway experience. Michael Bodekær, the founder of Project Getaway organized the first one in Bali, back in 2010 and ever since he’s been gathering many digital nomads to enjoy his events.

I talked with him and Lavinia, the Project Getaway Manager, and picked their brains for you. Mesmerize us, guys!

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Overcome the disadvantages of a digital nomad lifestyle

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Do you mostly see the pros or the cons of being a digital nomad? Lately I have been receiving plenty of messages from people who would like to adopt the digital nomad lifestyle and are asking for a piece of advice. Although I try to offer valuable information (as much as I know and can), I usually tell them this is not the easiest way of living and it’s not as glam as it may look. There are digital nomad disadvantages you need to acknowledge and if you’re still up for it even after that, you may have taken an amazing decision.

This got me thinking what are the downsides of being a digital nomad? For me it’s pretty simple:

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Digital nomads events in 2016

Digital nomads events in 2016

 

UPDATE: Check out the OFFice To Travel list of digital nomad & digital entrepreneur events in 2017 

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A new year has recently started and I am celebrating it by making exciting business and travel plans. They can always change and I could end up in a place where I’ve never thought of, but I love having the big picture. Will it be Asia, Europe, Africa or South America again? Maybe all of them. 😀

In 2015 I realized more than before that being in a community of digital nomads is one of the things I like most when traveling. It makes me more productive, creative, open to ideas and helps making new friends or even business partners.

Thus, while I am thinking what should be my next destination, I am also taking into consideration where I can meet new or old friends and spend time with some other like-minded people. So, I made a 2016 digital nomads agenda.

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Digital nomads stories – how they work & travel (Part 1)

Digital nomads stories

In the past year I saw and read so many articles about becoming a digital nomad. Some of them are relevant and useful, others talk solely about the disadvantages, but most of them talk about the dream job and working in paradise. I really believe this is an amazing lifestyle, but because of all the media coverage, people started believing that it’s all honey and milk; that digital nomads are in a continuous holiday. Thus, everybody is asking how can these people afford it. They must have rich parents who help them.

Actually, most of the digital nomads are way past the age where they are being supported by parents. They had a few jobs, even leading positions, they gained experience, they know how it is to have a corporate job and decided that’s not for them anymore.

So… who are they?

Recently, I was on a transatlantic cruise ship with 100+ other digital nomads, where I had the chance to meet amazing people. I talked to them and I decided to share some of their stories with you.

 

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Can you briefly tell us who are you and what do you do for a living?
I spent my days doing what I love. As a digital nomad I travel the work while I am doing awesome work. I sell websites to freelancers, I manage a team that makes them and I teach them how to get new clients by blogging. Click if you would like to read more about me (in Dutch).

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How to become a digital nomad

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Becoming a digital nomad may be a dream for many and unfortunately, for some will remain just that. But if you are reading this article, you probably already have an idea about what this means and would like to know where to start. I have to tell it won’t be easy, but it might be much easier than you expect. Let’s see where you should start, what you should do to earn money while traveling and even build a location independent business. 

Before you commit to this road, read as much as you can about the nomad lifestyle, ask people who are already doing it, understand what are the advantages and disadvantages and think if this style of living is for you. Join communities of digital nomads, discover their stories and learn directly from them – Digital Nomads Academy is one I definitely recommend. If you want to travel the world, you can do that in extended holidays or in a sabbatical year. Or you could pick a place you love and look for a steady job there – you can enjoy the beach from Costa Rica when you work in a resort too. And then just move around and find a similar job in Thailand or Bali, for example. You need to figure out what will make you happy in the end. On the other hand, if you are comfortable with working and traveling, dealing with difficult situations, facing the lack of WI-FI and love to slow travel, you are in for the ride.

The problem most people have is related to the insufficient budget while traveling and search places with low cost of living. I believe there is no right answer in earning money and I think that each and every one of us has at least a set of skills that will help becoming a digital nomad. Before we go any further, you also need to know that this will take time. You need to research, choose your path, make plans and then go pursue them.

 

Choose your path

I filtered and set for you 4 different situations that will hopefully make this decision easier for you. These are presented in the order of their difficulty range.

  1. I am leaving but I am taking you with me – the remote employee

Are you still employed and like your job, but would love to travel the world at the same time? If you are sure the sabbatical is not for you, try negotiating with your employer to work remotely (at least for a while). I highly recommend (re)reading The 4-Hour Workweekthe chapters where Tim Ferriss explains step by step what you should do to convince your boss that you can do an amazing job by working remotely.

 

  1. Freelancer or consultant with the skills you already possess

If the ship above has sailed and even though you love your job they won’t let you do this (or maybe you love what your work involves, but the employee or the schedule was awful), it’s clearly you have to stick to what you are really good at and find a way to turn it into a profitable business. Think in what way could your skills translate into location independence.

Maybe you work in finances and could become a consultant for small businesses, or you are a yoga teacher and could hold yoga classes on the beach or in association with a beach hotel. The solutions are endless, you just have to be open-minded and explore your options. This is probably the most common situation for digital nomads, at least in the beginning – they rely on the skills they already have and emphasize their knowledge. This is also my situation. And if you don’t know where to start from, here are some methods to find clients as a freelancer that helped worked for me. You can also try finding gigs on Up Work (formerly Odesk), Freelancer or any other niche platforms.

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How to use social media to travel on a budget

Want to travel on a budget or even better, with no money at all? There are ways and social media can help you. There are so many travel bloggers that can teach you how to do it, but I hope I can give you a few more ways, that could suit you better. Firstly you Read more about How to use social media to travel on a budget[…]

OFFice to Travel at DNX – the first global digital nomads conference

Berlin. Saturday morning. 6 AM. My alarm clock rings and even though I am not a morning person (actually I hate waking up in the morning), this time I am quite excited. It’s DNX conference day and I came to Berlin (like I needed another excuse to spend time in the city I love) to meet like-minded digital nomads.

And I have a good reason to be excited about this. In the past 3 days I’ve already met some of the attendees and they exceeded my expectations. People from USA, Czech Republic, France, Croatia, Germany and many more countries joined DNX. Actually their origins are not even that important because in the end we are all citizens of the world. We are only defined by what we want. And these days Berlin was our home.

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Formal and informal meetups

Even before the conference had started, we had a 4-Hours Workweek event at Betahaus, then Natalie Sisson gathered some of us to meet and get to know each other and we also got together for a BBQ on Tempelhof, which is an old airport that ceased to function in 2008 and now it is open to public. It’s a great place to spend some time at a picnic, riding a bike or flying a kite. But since Germans know how to party, the evening ended in a pub where more networking was at its best.

On Friday the event actually started and some of us already knew each other. Workshops, networking and more ideas came to life.

Looks like we were all eager to meet some location independent fellows, because it might be a great way of living your life, but sometimes it gets lonely. Marcus and Feli created the perfect environment for us to meet and discover other ideas, businesses and, of course, people or even future friends.

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Why Andalusia is the place to be this summer

It’s 8am. The phone alarm is ringing and I can hear birds singing outside my window. The sun is already shining telling me it’s time to wake up. For a moment I feel that I’m in Malaga and I should jump out of bed, do my morning workout and go downstairs to grab my amazing cappuccino from the café next door. That feeling suddenly disappears when I realize it’s Sunday, my alarm rang too early, I’m in Bucharest and maybe I should sleep one more hour.

Even though it was just a second of fantasizing, that feeling of a Spanish morning remained for the rest of the day and the excitement didn’t let me sleep anymore. It looks like my subconscious mind is telling me it’s time to go and experience Spain again. And it’s not only my deeper thoughts that are guiding me there. I actually elaborated a timeline so I can get there soon.

But this is what I am talking about. Recently, I went to Andalusia, Spain, a place I didn’t know too many things about, but it is a part of Europe that convinced me there is more to discover. It all started when I was wandering on Sky Scanner in search of my next escape. I heard about Malaga before, I knew it is the birthplace of Picasso and that it’s in southern Spain, which could only mean art, warm weather and a new place to discover. That information alone was enough to convince me to buy a ticket. So I made some kind of a plan (as I always do, even though I am flexible enough to adjust the plan on the way) and I was ready to go.

 

Malaga

This lovely city in Andalusia is known as one of the oldest places in the world (nearly 2800 years old). With so much history, Malaga has a lot to offer. From its old town, to a large beach, castles and art, the city can fulfill many wishes. Maybe you love to soak up the sun on the beach and your partner wants to find out more about the city’s history. There’s a place for everyone. Moreover, it has one of the warmest winters in European cities, so you can get a cheaper plane ticket and enjoy the off-season prices.

Spanish people are full of life, communicative and as far as I’ve seen, they love carnivals. And I was lucky enough to be there when one of their annual carnivals was happening. Kids (even infants), teenagers, adults and elders were all dressed up for the occasion and even performed on a scene and at parade. A rainbow of color: minions, fairytale characters, Einstein(s) and many others were walking on the streets. If you get the chance to get there during a festival, you shouldn’t miss it.

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The city is cute, cozy and so Latin, thus it felt like home. I had a really nice host I found on Airbnb who was willing to give me some tips and indications that only locals know. It’s a lovely studio close to the city center but in a quiet area, with all the features you might need. It’s always better to talk to the locals because they can give you tips that you cannot find in tourist flyers or websites. And if you are a shy person, this is a great way to overcome your fears.

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