The coworking concept is not a new one. Inspired by the hackerspaces of the 90s, the first coworking space opened fourteen years ago in San Francisco. But in Croatia, coworking is still in its infancy. Many of the spaces have opened within the past several years as the country has gained ground as a popular tourist destination and a spot to escape the Schengen area for European-based digital nomads.

I am one of those digital nomads myself and, although I have great WiFi in my current AirBnB and a job (teaching English online) that isn’t conducive to working in a…


Today I sat on a smart bench in Split, Croatia. Its urban design and charging icon drew me in.

The sleek black surface reflected the sunlight like a beacon inviting passersby to rest for a minute. As I waited for my Uber, I read the plaque attached to the wall above the bench.

PHOTO BY BETH HOKE

I learned that the bench was not only good looking but hard working. …


Whether you’ve moved to Belgrade for a job or you’re just passing through on your Instagram-fueled travels, you might want to check out Dispatches Europe’s first city guide for English-speaking expats.

This Central European capital has a split personality. Divided in two by the Sava River, the city is a mix of historical authenticity and modern convenience.

One of ten cities on Mercer’s most-improved Quality of Living ranking, Belgrade has a great transportation grid, shopping that’s equal to any other medium-sized European city, and a thriving entertainment scene.

The official language, Serbian, is used in throughout the city in restaurants…


If you buy a fake IDP, not only will you be paying for a worthless document, but you also could face legal problems or travel delays if you’re detained for using it to drive in a foreign country.

An international driving permit (IDP) translates your government-issued driver’s license into 10 languages. Although your U.S. driver’s license lets you drive in many foreign countries, the translations in the IDP are intended to minimize language barriers when you drive in countries where English is not widely spoken or understood. That’s all an IDP does. It’s not a substitute for a valid, government-issued…


The NEXUS program allows pre-screened travelers expedited processing when entering the United States and Canada. Program members use dedicated processing lanes at designated northern border ports of entry, NEXUS kiosks when entering Canada by air and Global Entry kiosks when entering the United States via Canadian Preclearance airports. NEXUS members also receive expedited processing at marine reporting locations.

Benefits of NEXUS

If you are approved to participate in NEXUS, you will receive a radio frequency identification card to use when entering the United States and Canada at designated NEXUS air, land and marine ports of entry.

Why You Should Join

Membership in the…


Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Members enter the United States through automatic kiosks at select airports.

Global Entry members complete their entry into the U.S. using Global Entry kiosks.

At airports, program members proceed to Global Entry kiosks, present their machine-readable passport or U.S. permanent resident card, place their fingerprints on the scanner for fingerprint verification and complete a customs declaration. The kiosk issues the traveler a transaction receipt and directs the traveler to baggage claim and the exit.

Travelers must be pre-approved for the Global Entry program. All applicants undergo a rigorous…


The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program is a free service that allows U.S. citizens traveling or living abroad to receive the latest security updates from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Benefits of enrolling in STEP:

  • You’ll receive the latest safety and security information for your destination country, so you can make informed decisions about your travel.
  • The information you provide enables the U.S. embassy or consulate to contact you in an emergency.

Stay Informed

When you enroll in STEP, you will receive current information about your destination country, including:


The National Park Service and each of the fifty, nifty United States operate their own park systems with different fees and types of passes. Check out our complete access guide to thousands of the nation’s top recreational areas.

National Park Pass (America the Beautiful)

An America the Beautiful pass covers entrance fees 2,000 federal recreation areas. This includes national parks, national wildlife refuges, and national forests.

A pass covers entrance, standard amenity fees and day use fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per vehicle fee areas (or up to four adults at sites that charge per person). …


Belgrade doesn’t have the grandeur of Paris, the efficiency of London, or the flavor of Rome, but it does have grit. It is a city caught in the middle of putting its war-torn past behind it and leaving its scars visible for all to see in an effort to remember and learn from its history.

Years of heavy bombing by the Austro-Hungarian Empire during World War I and both the German and Allied forces in World War II left the city devastated. After WWII it rallied, experiencing a period of rapid growth. …


When traveling in Europe, be sure to think outside the box when choosing a place to sleep. In addition to the standard hotels, there are AirBnB options from bare bones to resort-style properties fit for Beyonce. You can nap in sleeping pods or on cots at many of the major airports, catch up on your zzzz’s at a hostel or in a dorm room. You can even reserve a bunk on many overnight ferries and trains.

During a recent trip that had me jumping from Ireland to Wales to England and back to Ireland, I found myself sleeping (a term…

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