We’ve surveyed our 20,000 strong community and here are the top 6 nomad and house sitting questions you want answers to now!
Welcome back to Travel Live Learn and happy new-podcast-day! Yay! After a bit of a hiatus while we settled in after our big move from Australia to the UK – puppy in tow – we’re excited to share a brand new episode of Freedom and Four Paws.
Over the past couple of months, we’ve surveyed our popular nomad and house sitting Facebook Group, and have garnered insight into 6 BIG questions on everyone’s minds. Given this insight, we have pulled together the questions and answers into a handy 30-minute ep!
Travel FAQ 2023 – 6 nomad and house sitting questions
In this episode hear responses to top-of-mind questions on:
How and where to find house sits
The way to keep your cool in the face of tricky travel and booking logistics
Is AI useful for us as nomads and house sitters?
Logistics for getting set up as a digital nomad or global remote worker
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Been tempted from Instagram for 5 minutes to check out Meta’s new social network? If you’d like to get in early on the newest of new apps, here’s 9 types of content to post on Threads in July 2023!
Another social media app?
Yep, and it’s a big one. It’s been a while since I posted here about digital and social media. On a little dig around, it seems I was in a good mood about it all back in 2017! I’ve been in the content game for a while now, and today something interesting happened. I don’t know how positive I am about it yet, though.
If you’re anything like me, your phone has been ding, ding, dinging all day, as alerts fly in thick and fast about my new Threads account being followed, or me following others. This isn’t anything to do with how popular I am. To the contrary, I’m not that cool on social. But, in a clever move to coincide with its launch, Meta’s new social platform, Threads, gives you a one-click option to “follow all the people you follow on Instagram.” In my confused haze, I simply clicked, “Yes”.
In some ways it is quite satisfying to jump from 1 to 100 followers in very little time, without lifting a finger. But, as someone still quite content with Twitter, there’s a part of me that feels Meta is cheating with this strategy.
Of course, it’s widely thought Threads is intended to shut Twitter down, so there are absolutely similarities. Here’s a piece the Telegraph posted today about Threads, what it is, and its likeness to Twitter.
Will Meta’s Threads last?
Plenty of users on the platform are asking the same question today: will Threads last, or is it a fad?
My guess is that because of who is behind it, the platform will be given a red hot push to survive. Celebs have already started using it prolifically, and I’ve seen a lot of brands being clever with their content too – and it’s just day 1!
Secret London has some great engagement simply asking people which area of London is the best. And New Look just shared, “ugh we only just got to grips with Tiktok!” That actually does make me feel a lot better, I can only imagine the social media team at New Look are, well, not as old as me!
Regardless of who you are, it is obvious everyone is still testing the waters.
Many questions hover over the use of Threads.
How often should we post?
When will content be searchable (there’s no hashtags yet)?
Will it be very long until the Trolls show up?
And what to post to drive impact on Threads should the channel survive and be worth my while?
So what have the Meta Gods actually given us?
Officially they’ve told us here that Meta Threads is a new text-based application developed by the Instagram team. It’s designed for sharing text updates and engaging in public conversations. Basically, it’s Twitter which has been well established since 2006 (albeit suffering a huge reputational blow when bought by Elon Musk in 2022).
Here are some key things we know about Meta Threads:
As at launch day, early in July, here’s what we’ve been told by Meta about its new social network.
Login and posts
You can log in using your Instagram account. Posts can be up to 500 characters long and include links, photos, and videos up to 5 minutes in length.
The Meta team is working on making Threads compatible with open, interoperable social networks, which they believe can shape the future of the internet.
Threads offers tools to control who can mention or reply to users within the app. You can also add hidden words to filter out replies to your threads that contain specific words.
Instagram’s Community Guidelines will be enforced on Threads. Any accounts blocked on Instagram will automatically be blocked on Threads.
Threads is planning to be compatible with ActivityPub, the open social networking protocol established by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). This would allow Threads to interact with other apps that support the ActivityPub protocol, including Mastodon and WordPress.
Threads is available in more than 100 countries for iOS and Android.
The future according to Meta
There are plans to add new features to improve thread and creator discovery, including improved recommendations in feed and a more robust search function.
Basically the advertised intention of Threads is that it aims to expand Instagram’s photo and video sharing capabilities to text, creating a positive and creative space for all of us to be able to express our ideas.
What type of content should I post on Threads?
I can well imagine that anyone like me who works in content, comms, marketing, social media, any creative industry or freelancers and entrepreneurs will be keen to test the capacity of Threads. This is especially in terms of its ability to help promote our work/services and foster our communities. Will it help us find our tribe, as other text-based platforms like Twitter or Tumblr have for many in the past?
If you’re ready to give it a go, here’s 9 types of content to post on Threads to boost your reach and engagement:
1. Question posts
Inviting your followers to engage directly with your content is a great way to foster a sense of community. Pose a question that prompts reflection, debate, or simply allows your followers to share their thoughts.
It’s an oldie but a goodie. Just remember to keep the question fairly simple or easy to answer – if it requires too much work you’re likely to lose people.
2. Animated GIFs
These are a great way to draw attention and on day one I’ve seen a lot of GIFs published. Animated GIFs instantly draw the eye and are often used in humorous contexts which tends to elicit a response.
You can find an endless stream of options to download and post on Giphy.com.
Videos are just as effective, and you can upload directly to your post, just as you can add photos to Threads.
Inspirational, humorous, or thought-provoking quotes will usually resonate with a number of your audience. Test the waters to see what works over the coming few weeks. I’ll be doing the same.
Don’t forget, you can easily create your own quote graphics using Canva.
Quotes are a chance to provide a quick burst of content that can be both engaging and shareable.
4. Lists and tips
Just because this is a new social media platform doesn’t mean the same old rules apply.
We all love bite-sized, easy-to-digest useful information.
Providing lists or tips related to your brand, industry, or even general life hacks have the potential to be very successful on Threads.
Experiment with this type of content, and also keep an eye out to see how other users are doing it well
5. Personal Experiences and Stories
While maintaining a professional tone is important, sprinkling in personal experiences or stories to any of your social media can make your posts more relatable and authentic.
If you’re aiming to build your brand or reputation on Threads, stories and personality will keep you looking human and can help to build a stronger connection with your audience. This is especially important in our age of AI!
6. Updates and announcements
Keep your followers updated on what’s new. This could be about your personal life, your brand, product releases, events, or even industry news. Maybe you could start to post in Threads about Threads!
Regular updates create anticipation and keep your audience coming back for more. Consistency is key here – if you’re going to give Threads a go, make it a habit to see where it leads.
7. Relevant news and trends
Remember, you don’t need to be an expert in everything to be allowed to add your voice to the conversation. If you’re interested in something, share what you know about the latest news or trends relevant to your niche.
Posting your take on these topics can spark dialogue and increase your visibility, especially if the topic is trending. Although to be fair, right now it’s a bit tricky to tell exactly what is trending on Threads, but I’m sure it won’t be long before we can.
8. Challenge or contest posts
Engage your audience with a fun challenge or contest. It could be a simple question with a prize for the first correct answer, a photo contest, or a creative challenge.
This can create a sense of excitement and community among your followers, and can also attract new ones. Maybe worth experimenting with while this platform is young.
9. Pet pics and cool photos
My dog was my first Threads post (I’m @sarahblinco BTW) and I have seen countless pets published on Threads today. When in doubt, post the cute dog. Or the awesome travel pic. Food will work too. You get my drift.
What to do now?
On your phone, just look up Threads in your app store (or equivalent). It’s almost too easy to sign up especially if you already have an Instagram account.
Text-based social media platforms like Thread (or Twitter and Tumblr) provide a unique space to connect with audiences through diverse types of ‘micro blog’ posts. By experimenting with the post types listed above, you can create more engaging content, increase your online visibility, and build a stronger rapport with your followers.
I also think now is a great time to give Threads a try. In the very least, if you’re keen to get in front of brands or celebs (not Swifty though, soz), you have a good chance of being seen while follower count is still low. All the more reason to make your content stand out if you can.
Keen to know your thoughts. Drop me a line in the comments, or tag me on Threads ;)
House and pet sitting is an exciting avenue to explore for digital nomads, seasoned travellers, or those seeking novel ways to experience new places, people, and pets. This unique form of travel and accommodation, however, often leads to numerous queries.
We are in touch with a thriving house and pet sitting community here on Facebook and on our mailing list. Within this community, three key concerns have consistently emerged this year! To assist those seeking answers to the questions house sitters are asking most often, we’re providing some valuable insights and tips.
But first, if you’re an aspiring house and pet sitter, we’ve got two actions for you to take right now!
The top 3 questions that come in all the time from house and pet sitters are…
What’s the best way to manage scheduling and timing?
One of the prevalent questions house sitters are asking concerns the management of timing and schedules for house sits. The logistics of planning sits, coordinating travel, and dealing with last-minute changes can be challenging, particularly for those who prefer a detailed plan.
Our solution is embracing flexibility.
Despite meticulous planning or early bookings, unexpected events will inevitably occur. It’s crucial to budget for contingencies such as additional accommodation expenses between sits. Furthermore, we’ve found that refraining from scheduling back-to-back house sits can provide a much-needed respite, ensuring we arrive at the next house sit relaxed and punctual, a characteristic homeowners highly value.
How do I find long-term house sits?
The search for long-term house sitting assignments is another question frequently asked by house sitters. These longer sits are especially desirable for those aiming to deeply immerse themselves in a new culture or for digital nomads seeking balance and a consistent base.
Securing such opportunities often requires a mixture of strategy and luck, similar to a job hunt. Building solid relationships with homeowners can lead to return invitations for extended stays. Staying active on house sitting platforms like TrustedHousesitters and being prepared with a ready-to-go application letter for potential opportunities can also prove beneficial. We would love to hear your experiences and tips on this topic!
Should I get paid as a house sitter?
One of the most debated questions house sitters are asking is whether to ask for payment for house sitting. Some sitters are happy to exchange their pet and home care services for accommodation and the enriching experiences it offers. Others, recognising the growing global demand, are turning house sitting into a paid enterprise.
We advocate for a balanced approach, acknowledging the validity of both methods, each catering to different types of homeowners and sitters. For those inclined towards paid house sitting, platforms like Rover can be a great starting point. Alternatively, establishing a local business and setting your rates based on the value you offer is also a viable option.
However, it’s essential to discuss payment expectations upfront to ensure fairness for all parties involved. If house sitting is your business, treat it as such: value your time, set your rates, and find the right clients who respect your terms.
While house and pet sitting can offer enriching and unique experiences, it comes with its own set of questions and challenges. Each sitter’s approach and preferences can vary, and finding what works best for you is key.
Whether you’re an experienced house sitter or new to this world, we invite you to share your thoughts and experiences. Join our ongoing conversations on social media and our Facebook Group, a community of learners and sharers.
If you have been considering a new setting for your remote office, here’s why you should look no further than to work from Kalamata in Greece as a digital nomad! With its vibrant atmosphere, excellent amenities, and commitment to sustainability, Kalamata is ideal for digital nomads. After visiting recently and having a new-found interest in remote working ourselves, Cooper and I started imagining what it would be to like to live and work here. Following are are five of our insights as to why you should consider working from Kalamata as a digital nomad.
This wonderful spot is the economic, commercial and cultural centre of South Peloponnese in Greece. It is the capital city of the Messinia region and serves 100,000 people every day. Kalamata is a modern all-year round bustling destination with a rich history and a multitude of attractions. Nestled at the apex of the Messinian Bay, it is known for its stunning coastline, lush mountains, and delicious local produce.
Why work from Kalamata in Greece as a digital nomad?
Kalamata is renowned for its Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. This creates a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. You can enjoy hiking, swimming, or simply relaxing on the beautiful beaches. Kalamata’s beach, a long stretch of sand and pebbles, is one of the city’s main attractions. It is frequently awarded the Blue Flag for its cleanliness and the quality of its facilities.
The cityscape is a fascinating blend of old and new, where contemporary architecture coexists with historic buildings. The Old Town of Kalamata, situated at the foot of the Kalathi Mountain, is a must-visit area. Its narrow alleys, traditional houses, Byzantine churches, and the imposing Kalamata Castle, offer a trip back in time. The modern city, on the other hand, is vibrant and lively, brimming with shops, cafes, and eateries.
Culture and history
Kalamata is also a city of culture, hosting a variety of events throughout the year. It is home to the International Dance Festival, which is held every summer and attracts performers from all over the world. The city also houses a range of museums. These include the excellent Archaeological Museum of Messinia and the Folklore and History Museum.
Find out more about all that’s on offer in Kalamata. Visit the Municipality of Kalamata’s website here. Start by browsing the ‘visitors’ section.
Kalamata’s famous foodie delights!
Kalamata is known worldwide for its olives and olive oil. This produce is considered some of the best in the world. We would agree – especially after having the chance to attend the city’s annual Food Stories event (pictured below)!
The local cuisine is a gastronomic delight. Traditional tavernas serve a multitude of dishes made from fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Food lovers will particularly enjoy the local markets on every Wednesday to Saturday. Score deals on the famed Kalamata olives, local honey, figs, and the region’s renowned wines.
Kalamata is a city that charms its visitors with its diverse offerings. These include beautiful natural scenery and vibrant lifestyle, rich history and cultural heritage. And let’s not forget its delectable local cuisine. Whether you are a history buff, a nature lover, a foodie, or a culture enthusiast, Kalamata has something for everyone.
5 great reasons to work remotely from Kalamata in Greece
Which brings me back to why you might want to work from Kalamata in Greece as a digital nomad! Obviously before planning to move here to live and work, you need to check your eligibility. If you’re not being sponsored to move, you may be eligible for a digital nomad visa in Greece. Here’s more info on that.
Our five pics for why this is a secret gem on the digital nomad map:
Awesome lifestyle opportunities in Kalamata for digital nomads
Kalamata offers an amazing quality of life – great weather and a lively atmosphere year-round. The cost of living is reasonable, making it easy for digital nomads to enjoy the many attractions and activities here. Whether you prefer spending your days lounging on the beach, hiking in the nearby Taygetos Mountains, or exploring the bustling city centre, Kalamata has something for everyone.
Terrific remote working amenities
Kalamata is well-equipped for digital nomads, offering top-notch remote working facilities, such as the fantastic co-working space Phaos ΚΟΙΝΣΕΠ (House by Phaos). The city is continuously investing in its internet and infrastructure, ensuring that you’ll always be connected and able to work efficiently. With reliable Wi-Fi and plenty of cafes and public spaces to work from, you’ll find it easy to stay productive in Kalamata.
The Work From Kalamata website is quite new too. Browse it here for more information about working remotely in this region.
This wonderful place is committed to environmental sustainability. Its people and leaders are passionate about taking care of their own backyard. The municipality is actively involved in European initiatives to make a real impact on the environment. Kalamata is one of the European Commission’s 100 ‘smart cities’ across the EU that have committed commit to a goal of climate-neutrality by 2030.
By choosing Kalamata as your remote work location, you’ll be supporting a community that is taking active steps towards a greener future.
Getting around in Kalamata, Greece
Navigating Kalamata is a breeze, as the city is compact and easily walkable or cyclable. If you prefer public transportation, the city’s bus system is efficient and regular, making it simple to get around. Need to travel further? There’s a quick bus to Athens (pictured below) that runs along a new highway, getting you to the capital in under three hours. And with an international airport located in Kalamata, exploring the rest of Greece or Europe is just a flight away.
History and culture – what can a digital nomad immerse in while living in Kalamata?
Kalamata is rich in history and culture, offering an abundance of attractions for you to explore during your downtime. Discover thousands of years of history as you visit ancient ruins, historic castles, and archaeological sites. The local food and wine scene is also incredible, with an emphasis on fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Immerse yourself in Greek culture and cuisine while you work remotely in this stunning city.
Kalamata offers an unparalleled experience for digital nomads, combining a fantastic lifestyle, excellent remote working amenities, and a commitment to sustainability. With easy access to both the city’s attractions and the rest of Greece, Kalamata is the perfect destination for those seeking a unique and fulfilling remote work experience.
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Split in Croatia – if you’ve not been, you should know it’s a favourite stop for travellers and digital nomads alike. Imagine a city bathed in the warm, golden glow of the Mediterranean sun, gently lapped by the crystal clear Adriatic sea, and brimming with ancient history. The city is a perfect blend of tradition and modernity, and a haven for remote workers. But, as luck would have it, during our week-long visit, we were greeted not by the usual sunny splendour of Split, but by persistent rain and storms.
What to do as a digital nomad in Split… in the rain?
Even the stormy weather couldn’t dampen our spirits. Instead, it offered us a unique perspective on this Croatian gem. We discovered that Split has a magnetic charm that can be felt whether it’s bathed in sunlight or soaked in raindrops. This post is a guide to spending 48 hours in Split as a digital nomad, whatever the weather.
Morning – get a taste of the best coffee in town
Kickstart your day at D16, widely known as the best coffee spot in town. Numerous digital nomads have blogged about this spot and recommended it. While it is small, you could definitely pull up a seat for an hour or two and get some work done.
As we were walking in, two American travellers happily announced to us how good the coffee was. A good sign!
The friendly and laid-back atmosphere makes it a perfect place to get some work done early in the day.
Late morning – settle into a co-working space
Once you’ve had your caffeine fix, head over to Smartspace. We like this place because of its central location. If you are a digital nomad on a deadline, for €20 you can drop in for half a day and work. In exchange for paying for space, you’ll enjoy a stimulating environment surrounded by others working remotely. The good wifi, comfortable working stations, and a community of like-minded individuals create an environment conducive to productivity.
The other great thing about a co-working space like this is the people you meet. Sometimes working remotely can feel a bit isolating, and finding your tribe really helps. You can read more about that here.
Afternoon – lunch and work on the spectacular waterfront
Once the clock strikes twelve, make your way to the waterfront and settle into a quiet spot at Basta Bar. Not only is it a fantastic restaurant, but it also welcomes remote workers looking for a scenic spot to work. Just keep in mind that they don’t start serving food until midday, so plan your schedule accordingly.
You can come here in the morning and find a quiet spot to work, and drinks are still served. This spot was recommended in this blog about some of the best cafes and restaurants in Split to work as a digital nomad.
Evening – retiring at lux local accommodation
After a productive day, head back to New Lux Villa Merissima. We found a great deal on this gorgeous property on Booking.com. It’s a comfortable place and more than just a hotel – its common area downstairs is a great place to work if you’re stuck finding space in busy cafes and restaurants in Split. Plus, after a long day, there’s nothing quite like the comfort of a lovely temporary home.
Of course, your stay in Split shouldn’t be all work and no play. Make the most of the dry spells by joining a walking tour. We found several great options on Airbnb Experiences, run by passionate locals who can show you the hidden gems of this historical city.
If the weather doesn’t cooperate, don’t fret. There are numerous food and wine experiences available on Airbnb too. Or you can try sites like Get Your Guide or Viator for a huge variety of local adventures.
Food experiences in particular can be a fantastic way to immerse yourself in the local culture and learn more about the region’s unique offerings – all while staying dry!
Bonus tips – where to eat
For quick and healthy meals, try Good Food along the Split Waterfront. The ‘Magnificent Seven’ good bowl is as delicious as it is affordable. For breakfast or brunch, you can’t miss Feel Green – I highly recommend the Buckwheat Bowl. Lastly, for a lovely dining experience with good prices, head to Kavana Bar & Cuisine. Cooper and I had excellent experiences at all three of these places.
Split offers a rich experience for digital nomads and remote workers, even when the weather is less than ideal. If you’re after more inspiration for wet weather activities here, this post offers further ideas. And if you’re looking for info on how Croatia attracts and supports remote workers, take a look here at what the Croatian National Tourist Board has to say.
The city effortlessly combines work and leisure, providing a wide range of options for every preference and budget. We can’t wait to return (to hopefully share some sunny weather excursions with you).
Often when we think about remote work and community it’s easy to imagine some sort of YouTube or TikTok dream. You know, the one where everyone lands in Bali, operates from a cool coworking (or co-living) space, and enjoy coffee and nights out together? They swap contacts and support each other, often collaborating and finding freedom and fame by the beach.
I’m sure it is like that for some people.
But for many, finding community while we work remotely isn’t that simple.
Cooper and I recently relocated back to the UK on an Ancestry Visa. We love living in England. There’s so much opportunity here professionally speaking. Socially too, in the right situation. I also love most things about working remotely. We have the tech and the know-how to get things done easily. Many employers ‘get it’ too, so there’s no clock watching across time zones – trust exists. And, there are some wellbeing benefits associated with not having to be ‘on’ all day in an office.
Why then, last weekend over lunch, did it dawn on us that we feel a bit “meh”?
What’s going on with remote work then?
A CBS report we spotted on YouTube, shared that now over 17 million Americans call themselves digital nomads. That is, they are Americans living and working in other parts of the world.
In a stat that surprised me, CBS reported that two thirds of these so-called digital nomads were not freelancing or setting up their own businesses. Not at all. They are in fact working remotely for an American-based company.
And this is just Americans we’re talking about here. What about remote workers from all other corners of the globe?
There are now dozens of countries in Europe alone that offer what’s called a Digital Nomad visa, and we’ve seen plenty more options to apply for the same sort of thing around the world. In fact, Colombia is one of the latest off the rank to offer a digital nomad visa, and it’s quickly gaining traction as one of the most popular! (count us in…one day!).
A digital nomad visa enables the holder to legitimately work remotely from a different country, complying with tax rules and enjoying temporary resident status.
‘Remote working’ and ‘digital nomads’ are not new concepts, but they are now far more common than pre-COVID. Cooper and I have been interested in this space since 2019 and I am blown away by the changes we’ve witnessed since going through a global pandemic. Obviously, there are significant workforce challenges being faced by employers due to this change, but this post isn’t about that (although with my ‘Internal Comms Manager’ hat on, I could write a few posts about it…).
I’m in a position to work remotely and experience the benefits and drawbacks of it for the first time, which is how we’ve ended up writing this piece.
Remote work and community
Back to community. I wonder if there’s a tendency to undervalue it when it’s there? From neighbours to friends and colleagues – the incidental banter, conversation and learning that goes on is important for our own development.
With millions of people around the world now working remotely, not all of them can possibly be living that happy collaborative Bali dream.
As a remote worker, you may find yourself in a country where your first language isn’t as widely spoken – this can potentially make it harder to find your tribe. Similarly, if you’re in a regional area rather than a capital or big city, there may be fewer networking opportunities.
Cooper and I have been exploring what works for us and wanted to share our experience in case it helps anyone else in a similar situation.
1. Local area – sports and recreation
The first big tip from us is to find a local sports or active meetup. Often the mere act of getting involved trumps the ability to communicate in your first language. Cooper, being more sporty than me, has always made heaps of friends by proactively asking around for how to get involved in anything from footy to running clubs.
It takes a bit of guts to get yourself out there, but this path usually reaps rewards and long-term friends.
Volunteering is a great alternative if, like me, you’re not as sporty as Cooper but happy to have a chat and turn your hand to anything. There are some great opportunities happening in the UK in this space as part of the King’s coronation!
As dog owners, we also always find ‘dog people’ friends at local parks. And you should keep an eye out for interest-based meetups like Yoga or meditation workshops, creative or activity based events.
2. Find an industry conference ora remote work/digital nomad event
If you know a little about us, you have heard us rave about TBEX before. While attending something like this does mean you need to travel, there’s a high chance you’ll connect with like-minded people and form forever-friendships with people who ‘get’ what you’re doing.
There are now plenty of digital nomad and remote working conferences too, e.g. Running Remote just ran a fantastic conference in Lisbon. Again, these attract people from all different industries and parts of the world. But, everyone has the remote work aspect in common. Connections made at events like this are often life-long and continue authentically online despite distance.
3. Check what’s on offer from your company
If your workplace presents remote work as an option, chances are it’s a big enough company to be offering great opportunities for connection too. Get online and have a look over your company’s intranet or Slack/Yammer channels to discover what social groups are available for team members who share common interests and purpose.
Some of these groups offer a unique chance to not just connect, but to make a meaningful difference to company culture, ‘belonging’ and mentoring schemes. If you’re unsure where to start, get in touch with your workplace’s internal communications or HR team who I’m sure will help you out.
Showing up consistently to add your support and get involved helps to add structure and purpose in your day. And, you’re making a difference from wherever you may be.
I’ve found it’s also really important to participate in meetings and video calls where you can, even if you need to juggle time-zones. Having the chance to collaborate and brainstorm with my team mates from abroad first thing in the morning usually adds a spring to my step and sets the tone for my day.
4. Finding community online
This one isn’t so much about just adding yourself to just any Facebook, Reddit, LinkedIn or Slack community. It is about finding which community resonates with you, where you hang out.
Where are you most likely to be so you can authentically interact with an online group and find real connection?
This piece by We Work Remotely offers a few handy tips on how to optimise your favourite channel (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Reddit, Slack) to make meaningful connections while you work remotely.
5. Create your own community!
Can’t find a local meetup or online community that’s right for you, or want more? You may not be alone…
Take to Facebook or Meetup and set up an event at a nearby coffee shop, pub, museum or park. You could theme it (e.g. ‘creative meetup’ or ‘expat meetup’) and see what interest you can raise. Sometimes these things take a little time too, so give it a consistent go for a few months to see who you can attract to your online or IRL meetup.
Acting as the connector yourself means you’re making a huge difference to other people. It also potentially helps to add to your professional and personal brand or reputation which can lead to new friends, business leads and opportunities of all kinds.
Here’s our story about how we accidently created our own community, and how we make the most of it now :)
Remote work resources
If you are in a similar situation to us and working remotely yourself, here’s some of our fave resources that support work/life experience in 2023:
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