🧑‍💻 Work will never be the same...

PLUS digital nomad murdered in Colombia, reviewing Spain's new remote worker visa, Gen Z hate remote work, PLUS an app that keeps solo female travelers safe

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Today’s email is a 4min 50sec read:

  • 🔮 What is the Great Betrayal and its importance for the future of work

  • 🔪 Digital nomad murdered in Colombia

  • 🇪🇸 Reviewing Spain’s new remote work visa

  • ➕ PLUS an app that helps keep solo female travelers safe

Before we jump into that, if you care about the environment and see yourself as a digital nomad, you have mixed feeling about it since you likely have a larger carbon footprint due to more air travel.

Here are a few tips on how to reduce our carbon footprint as a digital nomad 👇


How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint as a Digital Nomad & Remote Worker

One of the strange benefits of the COVID-19 pandemic was the reduction in car use, and we quickly saw the effect on the environment.

While remote work helps continue that trend, digital nomads travel much more frequently and thus increase their carbon footprint. Here are 3 easy ways to reduce your carbon footprint as a digital nomad

🏨 Choose eco-friendly accommodations like “green” hotels or eco-lodges which are designed for sustainability

🚄 Use public transportation - this is easier said than done in some parts of the world (cough: North America) but if traveling to Europe or Asia try to use public transport as much as possible.

🌱 Offset your carbon emissions - You can track your carbon footprint and then purchase credits from organizations that then fund renewable energy projects or reforestation efforts. You can even use green web hosting providers to host your websites.


The Great Betrayal: The Next Evolution of Work

First, there was the Great Resignation, then the Great Reshuffle, now there is the Great Betrayal…

And it’s more important than any of the others.

The Great Betrayal refers to employees realizing that “stability and loyalty in the workplace are an illusion, and workers are better off betting on themselves and renting out their skills across multiple clients.”

And with all the layoffs in recent months, it’s easy to see why workers would come to such a conclusion.

The truth is that full-time employment as we know it is likely dead.


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👔 Gen Z is leading the pack of workers who want to go to the office more

  • Workers ages 20-29 are the least likely to prefer to work fully remotely, a new study found

  • 90% of Gen Z who prefer the office state “productivity” as the reason why

  • It’s also likely that Gen Z feel like they get more out of going to the office since they’re early in their careers and in need of mentorship

  • INSIDER TAKE: So much of this has to do with companies not providing adequate training and support for remote work. Of course, a younger worker will want to go into the office if they feel like they’re not supported or receive virtual mentorship from their older peers.

🔪 Woman accused of digital nomad’s murder after he went on a Tinder date with her in Colombia

  • In November, American Paul Nguyen traveled to Medellin, Colombia after hearing about how nomad friendly it was

  • While there, he matched with a woman on Tinder and met at a bar in the popular area of El Poblado

  • During the date, he took a “secret” picture of the woman which he sent to his friends on Snapchat highlighting how bad the language barrier was

  • Nguyen was later found dead 5 miles away from where the picture was taken. It’s believed he was drugged during the date.

  • On Tuesday, April 4th, the Colombian police arrested the woman and 2 other men for the murder. It’s believed that Nguyen was the victim of a popular LatAm scam where young women lure men into unsafe situations to rob them.

  • Unfortunately, this is a growing trend in Colombia, at least 41 people have been victims of similar drug-relates robberies in 2023

🇪🇸 Spain’s new remote worker visa is here, but there are some concerns

  • Spain’s new remote worker visa officially launched in January 2023 after a long wait

  • To be eligible you need to have worked for a company based out of Spain for at least 3 months, and that company must be at least 1 year old.

  • You also need to earn 200% of Spain’s minimum monthly wage which works out to a little over $2700

  • Many locals are concerned about the effect this law could have since many large Spanish cities are already struggling with quickly rising rental prices

  • INSIDER TAKE: This is something the Spanish government really needs to address since Spain has one of the smallest rental housing markets in all of Europe and you don’t want to see issues like pop up like the ones we saw in Portugal.

📈 Here’s how 3 years of remote work have changed the US economy forever

  • Remote work has greatly benefited workers with families who now have greater flexibility and expanded the employment opportunities of workers with disabilities

  • It’s also boosted some local and “leisure businesses”, like golf courses, which have seen an increase in visitation during weekdays

  • However, remote work has forced many commuter-driven businesses to rethink their strategies, especially those located in expensive downtowns

  • While grocery stores and restaurants have seen success in a remote work economy, clothing stores have suffered and are still not back to 2019 levels.

Would you ever apply for a remote work visa?

Remote work or nomad visas are on the rise, some people seem to love them, others think they're useless. Where do you stand?

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April 25-26: Running Remote [📍 Lisbon, Portugal] - Largest remote work conference in the world for enterprises and SMEs

May 24-28: Vivel [📍 Multiple Locations, Turkey] - networking meets music at this one-of-a-kind conference for location-independent professionals

June 16-19: Camp Indie [📍 Kent, Connecticut] - adult summer camp & conference for digital nomads & those living an unconventional life

June 25-July 2: Bansko Nomad Fest [📍 Bansko, Bulgaria] - for digital nomads, freelancers, and founders in the mountains of Bulgaria


New App Helps Keep Solo Female Travelers Safe

A new app called Greether helps keep solo female travelers safe by pairing them up with verified local guides called “greethers” who create an itinerary, share local customs and safety tips, and even meet women at the airport or hotel


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