Working in a location independent job brings many advantages, being able to travel the world is just one of them. Many people would like to see the world, but don’t want to go alone. Or they are just starting out as a nomad and prefer to be surrounded by like-minded people. Or they already are successful nomads want to enlarge their network and join other communities. Digital nomad programs are a great way to cover all of that.
The following text shows the biggest benefits, but also downsides of these programs, and gives an overview of 12 of the most popular ones out there.
Advantages of Organized Nomad Programs:
- Usually, all you have to organize are your flights to the starting point and back home again. The rest of the tour gets organized. You don’t have to worry about accommodation, transport or itineraries, and can focus on your work and meeting other nomads.
- The internet is very important for digital nomads and can be hard to get in some countries. When you are traveling with digital nomad programs, the organizers make sure you always have a fairly strong internet connection, so you can work properly.
- You will meet many like-minded people. Other location-independent workers who you can learn from and create synergies with.
- You don’t only get to work at exotic places, but also have plenty of opportunities to explore the area, go on adventures and make some fantastic experiences.
Disadvantages of Organized Nomad Programs:
- Some digital nomad programs can be quite expensive. Sometimes you even have to pay for the application process, with no guarantee to actually participate. Very often you could do the same trip for less money.
- Most programs take groups of 10-50 people. With that limited capacity, there are more applicants than available seats. So only because you want to join a tour, doesn’t mean that you actually get a placement.
- Another big downside is that you are not exactly free to do what you want. If you don’t like the city you are in, you still have to stay until the next planned change of location. If you like the place and would like to stay longer, you have to leave when the group moves on.
- The programs are no place to find work. You need to have your income sorted before you apply.
Popular Digital Nomad Programs
1. Remote Year
Remote Year is probably the biggest and best known of all digital nomad programs. A group of 50-80 freelancers, entrepreneurs, and professionals travel together for one year. Every month they visit a new city throughout Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Africa.
The total cost is $27,000, which includes accommodation, 24/7 internet, transport between the countries, and community events.
Update: If you can’t go traveling for one entire year, they now offer tours for 4 or 6 months, too. Definitely worth checking out! Here you can see their products.
Keep your job. See the world. Leave the planning to us.Remote Year brings together groups of inspiring professionals to travel, live, and work remotely in different cities around the world for a year or four months. bit.ly/RYLetsGetStartedFB
Posted by Remote Year on Sunday, September 25, 2016
2. Venture with Impact
The concept of Venture with Impact is slightly different from that of other digital nomad programs. You travel to the country of your choice, for instance, Colombia, Mexico, Thailand, or Portugal, and join the group on a monthly basis.
During that time you stay in that particular location and work in your remote job. Besides that, you get to work in a pro-bono placement in a local organization, e.g. in education or human rights.
This is a great chance to live abroad with a group of like-minded people, get to know the local culture, do your remote job, AND have a positive social impact.
Prices start from $2,200 and include a private room, cultural immersion, all kinds of support (booking flights, vaccinations, etc.), and the volunteering placement.
Update: Venture with Impact now offers theme-based weekly retreats, as well. Head to their website to check them out.
CoWorkParadise is located in Bali, where 12 high-level entrepreneurs live together in a villa for three weeks. They have the opportunity to attend high-level workshops, learn new skills and connect with other successful entrepreneurs. This is a great chance to grow your business even further.
The 3 weeks cost you $4,995, including a private room, 24/7 coworking space, breakfast and dinner, and some cool trips.
4. B-Digital Nomad
As you might be able to tell from the name, B-Digital Nomad is the right place for every passionate digital nomad. You get to see one new country per month and places like Vancouver, Bali or Durango. This program also includes initiatives that impact the communities and social events with local business owners.
They have options for 1, 4 or 12 months and prices start from $1,250.
5. Digital Outposts
Here you can find remote working professionals, as well as graduate students, who meet in distinctive coworking destinations. Digital Outposts provide accommodation, workspace, and activities. The program takes you to places like Bali, Thailand, Mexico, or Cambodia.
You can decide if you want to stay for 2 weeks, 1 month, or 2 months and prices start at $1,295.
6. Hacker Paradise
Hacker Paradise organizes work and travel programs from 2 weeks to 3 months. It is designed for people like developers, designers, and entrepreneurs, who either work remotely or focus on personal projects. Participants travel in groups of 20-30 people to countries in Asia, Europe, and Latin America.
Prices vary depending on the length of stay from $1,550 for 2 weeks. You can choose to book the program only or have your housing included.
7. Nomad Train
Nomad Train has grown to a very popular program for digital nomads by now. You join a group of like-minded remote professionals on an epic trip with the Trans-Siberian Railway through Russia and Mongolia. On the train, you get plenty of time to network and exchange experiences and skills. Besides that you also have the opportunity to work in the train and get access to coworking spaces when staying in cities along the way.
The price starts at 1,270 Euro and includes accommodation, food and mobile data.
8. Project Gateway
Project Gateway is another digital nomad program that brings together hand-selected entrepreneurs on Bali. Here they attend mastermind sessions and business talks and work on growing their businesses even further. The special thing is that you can even bring your entire team to participate in the digital nomad program.
Prices vary from $2,975 for one month. It includes meals, workshops and different activities.
The goal of Refuga is to bring like-minded people together, whether it is an aspiring entrepreneur or someone who runs a big company and combine them with adventure and experiences that will change their mindsets and perspectives.
Their tours are rather short-term, between 5 and 15 days, and bring you to places like Morocco, Nepal, North Korea or Russia. Prices vary depending on the trip but start at about $1,100.
The goal of Unsettled is to bring together entrepreneurs, artists, designers, CEOs, or other ambitious young professionals. For one week, two weeks or one months they spend time together to take a break from the normal daily routine and to get new inspirations.
There are many programs scheduled throughout the year and places all over the world, such as Lima, Tuscany, or Bali. Prices start at 1,600 USD per week.
11. WiFly Nomads
WiFly Nomads brings you to Bali for 5 days. In a series of hands-on workshops, participants learn the basics of a remote career. Aspiring nomads find out what remote jobs is the right one for them and join a global community.
In interactive workshops you willlearn all you need to now to confidentely start your location-independent life. So this is the perfect digital nomad program for beginners!
The price is $3,997 and includes accommodation.
12. Work Wanderers
Work Wanderers is another great organization that brings entrepreneurs, digital nomads, freelancers, or any type of remote professional together to travel the world. You can join one- or two-months programs to places like Bansko, Cape Town, Tbilisi, to participate in masterclasses, skillshares or even volunteeting opportunities.
Prices start at 2,200 USD for one month.
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
Join Like-Minded Digital Nomads
As you can see, you have plenty of digital nomad programs to choose from. Whether you want to join a retreat for a year or only 2 weeks – there are many experiences to choose from. Make sure to also google a few reviews before applying or booking a trip, to find out if this particular program is the right one for you.
In case you are not too interested in traveling with a group, but still want to meet other remote workers, check out some coworking or coliving spaces. Alternatively, have a look at these popular digital nomad communities to connect with like-minded people.
Have you ever participated in one of the mentioned programs? If so, how was it? Would you recommend it?