The Dark Secrets of Digital Nomads
The realities of working remotely
Cube-dwellers everywhere share a similar fantasy: Relocate the office to a beachfront bungalow where you can keep an eye on the surf while reviewing spreadsheets and answering emails.
A lucky few actually make this happen, but many discover the dream of working remotely is far different than the reality.
That beach bungalow? It lacks wifi, and cell coverage is sketchy at best. The “kitchen” is a camp stove and the salt air wreaks havoc on your computer (what’s the workaround for a keyboard that no longer types the letter “s”?).
The logistics of running a mobile lifestyle can be a full-time job. Assembling short-term rentals through services like AirBnB or VRBO is time-consuming and expensive. Even locating basic amenities in each new location can get frustrating when you’ve got deadlines to meet.
That’s why there’s a growing number of companies specializing in providing accommodations for the location-independent. They range from spartan, hostel-type digs to luxe lodging options that feel more like fine hotels.
Roam is establishing a network of locations that combine hotel-like accommodations with community kitchens, workspaces, and events. Members can stay for as little as a week, but longer stays are encouraged. Another company, Coliving, is assembling a diverse collection of co-working, co-living locations around the world. Their properties range from hostel-type arrangements to houses that may be shared by an entire team.
But what if you crave a little more privacy and independence? And what if you’d prefer not spend $500 a week (or more) for a small room and shared common spaces?
That’s what we wanted and that’s why we created a new platform for digital nomads.
Our company, 6x2x6, puts a twist on the traditional home exchange model, enabling you to leverage the home or apartment you already have to explore living and working in new places.
We assemble small groups of like-minded travelers who then individually rotate through multi-month stays at participants’ houses. You don’t travel as a group, but through regularly scheduled calls and emails, you get the benefits of community (and local knowledge) as you move from place to place.
Our goal is to support extended stays in compelling locations (as many veteran digital nomads will tell you, moving around frequently gets exhausting). And by eliminating the need to constantly search for new accommodations and services, we help our travelers be more productive so they have more time to enjoy their new surroundings. We think there’s never been a better time to take your office on the road.