When you have a location-independent online job you can literally work from anywhere in the world as long as you have a reliable internet connection. Many people make the most of that benefit and travel around the world, exploring far away places. In case you don’t want to go alone and have no one to come with you (not many can take a couple of weeks or even months off of work to travel the world), you could also join an organized “tour”. These digital nomad programs and retreats take you around the globe and allow you to do your online job at the same time.
Check out this article if you want to find great conferences and workshops for digital nomads in 2018.
Digital Nomad Programs 2018
There are quite a few of those programs out there today. Check out this overview of some of the best ones for 2018. Have a look and get inspired!
Where: Indonesia, Thailand, Spain
When: February – September 2018
Price: e.g. starts at 525 USD for 7-day Bali program
Coworkations are coworking retreats that are designed to inspired and motivate location-independent professionals. The short-term programs are packed with masterminds, workshops, think tanks, creativity sessions, skills shares and much more. Meet other passionate and ambitious entrepreneurs, freelancers, changemakers and digital nomads to broaden your creativity, make meaningful connections and grow on a professional and personal level.
When: April 1th – April 29th, 2018
Price: 4,195 EUR
If you are an entrepreneur who can work remotely, make more than 250K in revenue and want to grow your business even further, CoworkParadise is the perfect place for you. You enjoy 4 weeks with 11 other highly successful professionals in an awesome villa in Canggu, Bali, only a few steps away from the beach. Your accommodation and breakfast is included, so are masterminds, workshops, social events and much more.
Where: Indonesia, Thailand, Mexico, Colombia
When: Bali: year-round, rest: April – November 2018
Price: starts at 1,295 USD for 2 weeks
DigitalOutposts is a coworking experience that hosts selected groups of remote professionals and graduate students in popular digital nomad locations. During this program your accommodation is provided, you get help with your logistics, meet like-minded people and go on adventures. You can join for either 2 weeks, 1 or 2 months.
When: January – December 2018
Price: start at 1,900 USD per month (with the one-year plan)
Hackers Paradise is a well established digital nomad program. People with diverse backgrounds, such as designers, entrepreneurs or developers, work and travel together in groups of about 20-30 people to various destinations around the globe. Your accommodation, logistics, workshops and much more is all included. You can decide if you want to stay for one trip only, or join for 3, 6 or 12 months.
Where: Mediterranean Sea
When: April 14th – 23rd, 2018
Price: starts at 900 EUR
Nomad Cruise is another very popular digital nomad program. It brings over 150 remote working professionals together on a cruise ship for a 10-day trip across the Mediterranean Sea. This trip doesn’t only cover accommodation and all meals but also all drinks. You can participate in various leisure, entertainment, and sport activities and make meaningful connections with fellow nomads. Join organized talks, meet-ups, workshops and masterminds to learn, share, create and connect, while being unplugged during the program.
Where: India, Vietnam, Indonesia
When: January – March 2018
Price: starts at 1,300 USD per month
Nomad House is a digital nomad program where you can spend 30 days in a destination of your choice to bring your professional life to the next level. That means you either learn how to freelance, launch a side project or boost your start-up. Work during the week, participate in workshops or masterminds, and spend the weekend traveling around the country with a community of like-minded, ambitious and creative people. A great combination of work, fun activities, networking and travel.
Where: Russia/ Mongolia
When: May 16th – 29th, 2018 & September 12th – 26th, 2018
Price: starts at 1,070 EUR
Looking for a different kind of digital nomad program? Nomad Train might be the perfect choice for you. Go on an epic trip on the Trans-Siberian Railway and connect with a group of like-minded nomads on a train. This adventure includes the train tickets, food on the train, accommodation in the stopover cities and breakfast, co-working in the stopover cities and a SIM-card with 35GB data. Definitely a unique and surely once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The Remote Experience
Where: Thailand, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia
When: February – December 2018
Price: 2,000 USD per month
The Remote Experience is another digital nomad program that takes a group of remote professionals on an extended trip around the world. You get to see a new city every month, while working remotely and participating in various events, such as excursions or mastermind sessions. Great for everyone who wants to kick-off their digital nomad career or simply travel along with fellow nomads.
Where: Tanzania, North Korea, Panama
When: March – July 2018
Price: start at 2,900 USD
Refuga is a digital nomad program where amazing and proactive people go on incredible adventures in breathtaking places. These experiences are usually around 10 days and will take you out of your comfort zone and make you change your mindest and perspective. Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur or run a big company, if you like to travel, want to meet like-minded people and are ready for a whole new experience, this is a program for you.
When: February 7th – March 7th, 2018
Price: starts at 1,149 USD
Interested in India? If so, Remote Explorers is the perfect digital nomad program for you. It takes all kinds of location-independent professionals to India, where they can be productive in their remote job and explore the fascinating local culture. The program fee includes accommodation, breakfast and lunch, a dedicated workspace, and various social and professional events, like masterminds and skill shares.
When: January – December 2018
Price: 11,000 USD for 4 months, 27,000 USD for 12 months
Remote Year is definitely one of the most popular digital nomad programs. You travel in groups around the world, every month a new country, and work in your remote job the same time. Decide if you want to stay 4 months or 12 months. The team takes care of your accommodation and workspace, so you can focus on your job and participate in many interesting, fun, and useful community events.
When: January – October 2018
Price: starts at 2,000 USD per month
Unsettled brings groups of about 25-30 people to various destinations around the world. It aims to give you time, space and (un)structure to take a break from your normal daily routine and new inspirations. You get to enjoy accommodation, coworking space access, workshops, and various local events. Participants are usually highly ambitious young professionals, such as artists, designers, entrepreneurs, or CEOs.
When: January – December 2018
Price: 2,000 USD per month
We Roam is a digital nomad program that takes a group of remote professionals around the world. Each month you are going to travel to a new city. If you can’t participate an entire year, no problem. You can join and leave whenever you want with a minimum stay of 1 month. The program fee includes your accommodation, transport between the cities, lots of cultural events and workshops for personal development.
Where: virtual + 2 weeks in Bali
When: March – September 2018
Price: 4,997 USD for 3 months
WiFly Nomads is a training program that teaches you how to launch an online business, land a remote job or start with your freelancing career. You get the support, knowledge and tools through workshops and coaching sessions so you can confidently start your digital nomad lifestyle. If you want to break free from the 9 to 5 and want to create a more balanced and fulfilling lifestyle, this is the place to be. Most of the program will be online only and you meet for 2 weeks in Bali.
Venture with Impact
Where: Colombia, Thailand, Portugal
When: February – November 2018
Price: start at 1,250 USD per month
Venture with Impact is a social enterprise that organizes accommodation, cultural events and pro-bono placements in local organizations for a 4-week program. That means you can do your remote job and have a positive social impact at the same time. The kind of work you get to do in these charity placements depend on your skills, interest and available schedule. In case you are not a remote worker, yet, the team provides you plenty of information how you can convince your boss to do your work remotely during the program and is even happy to talk to him or her personally.
Bring Your Digital Nomad Career To The Next Level
As you can see, there are plenty of opportunities throughout 2018 to meet and connect with other location-independent professionals. There are many different locations, dates and price ranges to choose from. I know that some of them might appear pricey, especially if you are at the beginning of your digital nomad career. But if you can somehow afford it, I’m sure you won’t regret it.
Certain digital nomad programs and retreats might take you out of your comfort zone. However, they will most definitely teach you plenty of new skills, give you a new perspective, broaden your mindset, and thus, bring your career to a new level. You will meet many like-minded remote workers and make connections that can impact your personal and professional life and change it for the better.