If 2020 was the year of the remote worker, 2021 may be the year of the digital nomad and coworking fields.
The digital nomadic lifestyle has long been popular with freelancers, entrepreneurs and technology professionals. However, last year, the COVID-19 pandemic introduced remote work to millions of professionals who were traditionally stuck in an office, and many of these former office dwellers will look for ways to explore remote work tourism in 2021.
Coworking camps can be an attractive choice for remote workers who want to transition to digital nomads. They combine the concept of community office spaces with tourism, providing remote professionals with an inspiring environment to live and work.
This type of arrangement not only allows digital professionals to visit beautiful destinations, but also addresses one of the few disadvantages of remote work: isolation. Although studies show that remote workers are more productive than office workers, some people find it lonely.
Coworking camps alleviate the feeling of isolation by helping remote workers develop a sense of community and build lasting friendships with other digital professionals.
The surf and work hotel group Selina was fully committed to the concept when it bought the travel organization based on the Remote Year community in November 2020. Joining forces, the two companies can now offer digital nomads a complete life work experience in locations throughout the United States, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia.
Remote year One, four and 12 month immersion programs set up digital nomads in Selina accommodations around the world, providing them with professional work space, travel between destinations and social events curated by other nomads.
One-month programs in Mexico and Colombia start at $ 2,850 and can be booked. The four- and 12-month programs, which take remote workers to new destinations each month, have a waiting list.
WiFi Tribe is another company that is taking advantage of the coworking camp wave. The organization describes itself as a “misfit” group of curious digital nomads who seek to travel the world together while fulfilling their professional dreams.
Membership in the group, which currently has more than 800 members from 60 countries, costs $ 500 a year and gives nomads access to trips of four, six and eight weeks, which they call “Chapters”.
Chapters can be reserved consecutively or distributed throughout the year. Prepaid chapters start at $ 1,200, but members can pay as little as $ 900 per trip by purchasing multi-chapter plans.
For now, the pandemic limits the destinations Remote Year and WiFi Tribe can offer, but more locations will be available as the global population is vaccinated and travel bans are lifted.
Since February 5, approximately 124 million doses of vaccine have been administered in 73 countries, according to data collected by Bloomberg.