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 faraway 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 2023.
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Digital Nomad Programs 2023
There are quite a few of those programs out there today. Check out this overview of some of the best ones for 2023. In case you don’t see any dates yet, please check again later as I will update the post regularly.
Where: Croatia & Bali
When: Croatia: 8 days starting May 13, 2023, Bali: 2 or 3 weeks all year round
Price: starts at EUR 2,885
CoworkParadise is a mastermind retreat for business owners who want to come together to connect, learn, and grow their businesses. Here you meet like-minded entrepreneurs, get access to inside information of successful entrepreneurs, and get to work with a business coach. You can work together or privately in a villa with coworking space. All retreats are near the sea and include accommodation, food, and trips.
2. Hackers Paradise
Where: Worldwide, e.g. Medellin, Marrakesh, Gran Canaria, Antigua, Cape Town, or Koh Phangan
When: January – December 2023
Price: starts at USD 2,490 for 2 weeks
Hackers Paradise is a well-established digital nomad program that hosts adventures all over the world spread across the entire year. There are optional start dates so you can decide when and where you want to join. The goal is to bring together a community of remote movers and shakers and provide opportunities to explore.
Hackers Paradise handles all the logistics during your stay so you can focus on being productive and engaged and meet new friends. Included are modern coworking spaces, private rooms with cleaning, community facilitators, and a robust program, including local lunches, cultural activities, and potlucks.
3. Nomad Cruise
Nomad Cruise is another very popular digital nomad program. It brings over 150 remote working professionals together on a cruise ship for a trip across the sea. This trip doesn’t only cover accommodation and all meals but also all drinks. You can participate in various leisure, entertainment, and sports 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.
As of now, there is no date for 2023 yet. But according to the Instagram page, there is going to be a cruise again this year after the pause during the pandemic.
4. Nomad Train
Where: Russia & Mongolia
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 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 of data. Definitely a unique and surely once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Please note, due to the ongoing war, all trips are temporarily suspended.
When: June 9-16, 2023
Refuga is a digital nomad program where amazing and proactive people go on incredible adventures in breathtaking places. These experiences are usually around 7-10 days and will take you out of your comfort zone and make you change your mindset 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.
Please note, the upcoming trip to Barcelona is in Danish only. But more trips are about to be announced.
6. Remote Year
Where: Worldwide, e.g. Latin America, Asia Pacific, Europe & Africa, etc.
When: January – December 2023
Price: starts at around USD 3,338 for one month
Remote Year is definitely one of the most popular digital nomad programs. You travel in groups around the world, every month to a new country, and work in your remote job at the same time. You can decide if you want to join a program for one, 4, 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. They also help you to convince your employer to let you go on this trip of your lifetime. If that’s no massive help then I don’t know what is.
Where: Worldwide, e.g. Bali, Canary Islands, Thailand, Tuscany, etc.
When: March-August 2023
Price: starts at EUR 2,793 for one month
Unsettled brings groups of about 15-30 people to various destinations around the world for one week, two weeks, or one month. 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.
8. Work Wanderers
Where: Worldwide, e.g. Egypt, Turkey, or Bali
When: April – November 2023
Price: starts at USD 850 for 10 days
Work Wanderers organizes coworking and coliving retreats for freelancers, remote workers, and entrepreneurs around the world. You can join their programs for one or two months, meet like-minded people, and travel together. Included in their digital nomad programs are accommodation, masterclasses, skillshares, excursions, events, and even volunteering opportunities. You will also have plenty of time and opportunity to work remotely on your own project.
Join our Cape Town Retreat in Oct/Nov for 2 weeks to 2 months. Open to all remote workers, digital nomads & entrepreneurs! This co-living & co-working retreat will allow you to meet like-minded individuals from all over the world & explore this beautiful African city. We provide accommodation, co-working space access, masterclasses & skillshares, group excursions, airport pickup, Local SIM & welcome dinner. Apply to join today! 10% Early Bird discount available until 30 June. Limited spaces available – don't miss out!
Posted by Work Wanderers on Monday, May 27, 2019
9. Venture with Impact
Where: Mexico & Portugal
When: May – October 2023
Price: starts at USD 2,600 for one 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 or a themed one-week retreat. 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 depends on your skills, interest, and available schedule.
In case you are not a remote worker, yet, the team provides you with plenty of information on 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.
10. The Nomad Escape
Where: Bali & Madeira
When: February – December 2023
Price: starts at EUR 795 for 8 days
The Nomad Escape is a business and network club for digital nomads and all remote professionals. These retreats focus on expanding your network, skills, and mindset while being in an exotic location. The 6- to 8-day retreats and programs have different mottos, like Level Up Club or Build Week, so you know where the focus is. The packages include accommodation, breakfast, evening activities, and weekend outdoor explorations.
While it targets business professionals, it is a very informal and friendly environment without suits and lots of connecting with like-minded people.
11. Borderless Retreat
Where: Morocco & Azores
When: March & May 2023
Price: starts at EUR 1,097 for 8 days
Borderless Retreat hosts coliving retreats for digital nomads, entrepreneurs, and other location-independent professionals. The programs are designed to practice mindfulness, get inspired, and connect with other like-minded remote workers.
In 2023 the retreats take place in Morocco and Portugal and include both indoor and outdoor activities, like yoga, meditation, or dancing sessions. But, of course, you also get plenty of time to work and join mastermind sessions.
Bring Your Digital Nomad Career To The Next Level
As you can see, there are plenty of opportunities throughout 2023 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.