Picture this: You wake up to a view of the surf in Taghazout or in a jungle villa in Bali. You practice a little morning yoga or meditation, go to the cafe next door and grab a $1.75 latte, then bust open your laptop and start your workday. Seems like an idyllic way to start your workday, right?
In today’s digital age, more and more people are trading in their traditional 9–5 jobs for the freedom of hitting the road, catching the next flight and seeing the world — all while being a working professional. These days, being a digital nomad is not only possible but a thriving way to work and live, largely due to the rise of remote work opportunities and a vast amount of global co-working spaces.
In case you’re not familiar, coworking spaces are shared or flexible workspaces that typically offer a combination of day passes, memberships and open houses to allow independent professionals to use communal assets like offices, desks, collaborative areas, meeting rooms and even amenities like kitchens or break rooms. It’s a modern work environment fueled by the digital age.
To help you get your wanderlust on and locate your next “work” destination, we put together a map highlighting 101 co-working spaces around the globe and broke down the important details like the price of a day pass, membership information, hours, bonus amenities and the aesthetic of each space.
Follow the key below to learn how to work the map and what to expect for each co-working space.
Tips to Stay Productive as a Digital Nomad
Co-working spaces can remove a lot of the uncertainty of traveling while working. Not only do you have reliable WiFi — gone are the days of hopping from one internet cafe with a spotty connection to the next — but you can also find designated heads down spaces and a wealth of networking opportunities.
However, working remotely, away from the rigidness of a traditional office schedule, poses a unique set of challenges. There are a few best practices for working remotely that you should implement, regardless of where in the world you’re working.
- Create and Stick to a Remote Work Schedule
It can be tempting to give in to distractions that wouldn’t otherwise arise in a traditional workplace — e.g. you don’t have colleagues or bosses looking over your shoulder. To make sure you stay productive and efficient in your work, establish a routine. Whether this looks like 9–5 or an evening-focussed work schedule, it’s up to you. Sticking to a routine spells out a successful day.
- Set Limits For How Much You Work
Working remotely and traveling when the rest of your team is elsewhere makes it challenging to visualize that your colleagues’ day has ended or started. This lack of an office environment can also work in the opposite way — overworking yourself.
Remember that work-life balance applies even when you’re halfway around the globe. Unless you’re on a deadline, limit your workday to a personal time limit that allows you to be the most productive. After all, if you’re a digital nomad, you should take the time to enjoy your surroundings and explore.
- Seek Remote Work Communities and Opportunities
These days there are lots of online communities for digital nomads who are looking for remote and flexible opportunities. Try looking for remote work opportunities that are non-time-zone-specific, so you can keep a flexible workday.
Try searching job boards like We Work Remotely, Working Not Working, RemoteOK and FlexJobs. Co-working spaces are also a great opportunity to network with like-minded professionals who can help connect you to other opportunities while you’re on the road.
- Understand Time Zones and Use Them to Your Advantage
Working remotely and throughout various time zones can be a rude awakening when it comes to how you communicate. Time zone consideration is especially important for scheduling meetings. Does the country in which you’re living change clocks for Daylight Savings? Will Daylight Savings affect your meeting times with your client or your remote team?
Utilize tools like World Time buddy to help you schedule meetings across various time zones and arrange calls with contacts who are elsewhere in the world.
- Do Your Research Regarding WiFi Speeds
Not all WiFi speeds are created equal and the last thing you want to do is learn this the hard way — e.g. missing a deadline because you couldn’t upload a project — so it pays to research WiFi speeds where you’re going. Thankfully, most co-working spaces come with fast and reliable WiFi, but consider that in developing countries, simple things like rain can knock out the internet for an hour or so!
When you get to a location, do a quick benchmark download speed test on fast.com to see how fast the internet is. This will also give you insights into upload and download speeds. Anything over 15 Mbps is considered “good” for download speeds. Anything over 5 Mbps is considered “good” for upload speeds.
- Look for New Co-Working Opportunities
This digital nomad map is by no means comprehensive, especially because new and awesome co-working spaces pop up every day. To say find new co-working spaces in your location, download the Croissant app to save a desk in your area. If you move around a lot, this is a no-hassle way to check in to a space, plug in and get to work.
Insider tip: The first week is free!
These co-working spaces are just a snippet of what life on the road as a digital nomad looks like. Whether you’re a digital nomad driving to your next location or a 9–5er looking to change up the way you work, this is a great resource for finding an inspiring space to post up and tune into the rapid fire of keyboards in the background.