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New services help digital nomads to organize life and work in a new destination

2016-02-11

Many, many people dream of traveling and working on the go. It is easy to find thousands of blogs of digital nomads who roam the earth, staying in one place as long as they like (or a project requires) and working as freelancer programmers, designers, writers, or do any other work that can easily be outsourced and doesn’t require physical presence.
aspremont, nice, riviera, france
We have tried the nomad life and work ourselves in Europe, and we can confirm it is a tough, but exciting way of life. The first major obstacles in a new destination are finding a place to stay, securing a reliable 24/7 Internet connection, and figuring out how to move around in the region.

Since the number of digital nomads are rising, and many are heading to same cities where life is convenient and living costs reasonable, new businesses are emerging that are serving this rather unique customer segment. Here are a few new startups that can help nomads.

Nomad List. An interactive online service that lets you search for destinations based on wide range of attributes, like climate, cost of living, nightlife, and outdoors activities.

Surf Office. At the moment, Surf Office operates in Lisbon, Portugal and Gran Canaria, Spain. The concept is to provide workspace and accommodation for nomads in attractive locations. Surf Office has discovered the major headaches every traveler has when moving into a new location, and is trying to cure those headaches. Great idea.

Roam. A new startup business that, at the moment of writing this, only has one location in operation in Ubud, Bali. Preparations for opening spaces in Miami, Buenos Aires, Lisbon, and Kyoto are ongoing. Roam’s concept is to charge a fixed monthly fee ($1600) that gives you a private room to live in and communal workspace. You can book yourself into any location for the same monthly subscription fee.

Nomad House. Nomad life tends to be lonely life in a sense that you don’t meet your friends or relatives. You will meet plenty of people, but developing deep friendships is difficult if you stay for a couple of weeks or months in one place. That’s where Nomad House comes in. It is a place for travelers who want to live and work in a community. Current spaces are in Berlin, Bali, Bangkok, Siem Reap, and Javea (Alicante, Spain).

Via TNW.

Eurobarometer ranking 2015: Oslo and Zürich the best European cities to live in, Istanbul the worst

2016-02-06

Is it really possible to measure which city is the best to live in? Perhaps not, but that’s why European Union (European Commission’s Eurobarometer program) asked TNS Opinion to survey residents themselves for their direct opinions how things are in their home cities. More than 40 000 people were interviewed in 83 cities in Europe. The result: ranking of the best and the worst cities to live in Europe in 2015.

The overall satisfaction was the highest in Oslo (Norway) and Zürich (Switzerland). Belfast (Britain), Vilnius (Lithuania), Aalborg (Denmark), Rostock (Germany), Hamburg (Germany), Cardiff (UK), Stockholm (Sweden), and Braga (Portugal) made it to the top 10 as well.
eurobarometer: cities best 2015
The lowest overall satisfaction in own home town was in Istanbul (Turkey). Other cities in the bottom 10 are: Ankara (Turkey), greater Paris (France), Rome (Italy), Marseille (France), Miskolc (Hungary), Napoli (Italy), greater Athens (Greece), Palermo (Italy), and Athens (Greece.)
eurobarometer: cities, worst

eurobarometer: all cities

Ranking of 83 cities by overall satisfaction.


The Eurobarometer survey the “Perception of Quality of Life in European Cities” has been conducted every three years since 2004. In 2015, more than 40,000 people were interviewed in 79 cities and in 4 metropolitan areas (greater cities). In each city, around 500 citizens were interviewed. Residents rated the quality of services, such as education, cultural and sport facilities as well as public transport and administrative services.
You can view the whole 172-page Eurobarometer report here.

We have sampled the key information from the extensive report for travelers who are planning to visit European cities.

Cleanliness tells a lot about a city and its administration. If the streets are clean, it tends to show that residents care about their community and the administration works for the taxpayers. Luxemburg and Oviedo (Spain) take the top spot as the cleanest city.
eurobarometer: clean cities
Italian cities ranked the dirtiest.
eurobarometer: dirty cities

Some travelers want to relax in a safe environment, whereas others look for an adventure. The safest cities as judged by residents themselves are Zürich (Switzerland), Aalborg (Denmark) and Munich (Germany).
eurobarometer: safe cities
If you travel to cities, like Athens (Greece), Istanbul (Turkey) and Sofia (Bulgaria), be aware that even the residents don’t feel all that safe in there.
eurobarometer: not safe cities

Tourists who are looking for cultural experiences might want to consider visiting cities like Vienna (Austria), Zurich (Switzerland) and Helsinki (Finland).
eurobarometer: -cultural cities

Travelers tend to spend a lot of time on city streets, parks and public buildings. The quality of public spaces is considered the highest in Rotterdam (Netherlands), Malmö (Sweden) and Oviedo (Spain).
eurobarometer: public spaces