- January 29, 2018
It wasn’t long ago that I was still in Europe on my 2017 Digital Nomad European Tour. I plan to continue traveling, writing, and building a business while I explore coworking spaces throughout the world, however, I had no idea where life would lead me!
If you don’t know much about me, read about my story and why I am a digital nomad exploring coworking spaces around the world.
When I left Lisbon, my last stop of 2017, my original plan was to come back to Spain for a few months, explore more coworking spaces, and learn Spanish, finally!
What was unexpected was an opportunity to live in Japan for a fews months while I continued to experience new coworking spaces, build my business as a digital nomad, and connect on a different level with friends I met while on my journeys.
Japan? Really? My family was like what are you doing but ok. They know me well enough by now to trust that I am a good traveler and am as careful as I need to be. I also don’t meet many strangers which is a good thing for breaking the ice in new places.
So what was next? I had no plan. I booked a flight first to LA and then another flight to Tokyo. I didn’t want to go there directly. Unless I absolutely have to, I do not ever want to spend an entire day traveling.
What else? I suppose I need a place to live.
I had some help finding Borderless-House which looked like a great way to connect with locals, fellow travelers, and to save a bit of money by paying on a month to month basis instead of nightly.
I guess that is it for now.
All this happened from decision making to booking in under 3 weeks. Kind of ridiculous, I know, but sometimes you have to make a decision in life.
My heart was pulling me to Tokyo. What else is there?
My life is definitely a bit random. Neither better than others or worse. Just different.
Having not planned much of this trip before jumping on my flight to Los Angeles for a week before flying to Tokyo for 4 months, I downloaded a number of guides of things to do, Japanese vocabulary, etiquette, and food to try just to get a base of knowledge started before going abroad to Asia for the first time.
Definitely looking forward to this next journey and what all it has to offer! Cheers to learning things on the fly.
First stop, Los Angeles!
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- November 10, 2017
Where am I off to this week?
Where is it?
So why did I choose Home Lisbon Hostel?
After talking with some friends over the summer, I knew I had to go to Portugal. It was described as having a great culture, beautiful views and architecture, and overall a love of life. I just had to find my way there.
It just happens that Lisbon also has some very reasonable and direct flights back to Florida which is why it became my last stop on this coworking and digital nomad journey throughout Western Europe.
I started my search as I always do with finding housing in a city along with a coworking space nearby that I would like to experience. After a little bit of time, I knew that the Home Lisbon Hostel was where I wanted to stay and they also had an attached coworking space! This would be my first hostel that actually has a specifically branded coworking space. I was definitely excited.
When I first arrived, the hostel was everything I had hoped. Open and friendly groups of people. The owner and her family were incredible. The home cooked food every night was perfect. All that was left was to explore what it was like to work in their coworking space.
Although not overly large, I found it quite comfortable and easy to work in with plenty of big windows letting light in all day.
I kept the espresso maker working all day as I needed to work until 10 PM each night to work with clients in the United States. Caffeine!
This space had exactly what I needed for my last few days in Europe during 2017. The internet was strong. The coffee was hot. Their weren’t a lot of people there but I did get to chat with a few locals that were working out of the space which was nice.
Best of all, it was free to use as part of staying in the hostel. I could go there whenever I liked and stay as long as I wanted.
Even on their website, they expressed:
It´s the perfect place to work while you’re traveling.
For many people and digital nomads included, this type of coworking space is great for just plugging in and getting things done. Once you are done, you can go explore the wonderful city that is Lisbon.
Next time I am in Lisbon, I will definitely stop back by as I continue to explore the rest of what our industry has to offer around the world.
In the meantime, check out the rest of the spaces I worked out of on Cowork22’s European Journey of 2017 as a digital nomad building a business while traveling and working in coworking spaces.
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