🧑‍💻 Safety as a digital nomad

PLUS work remotely from the moon, digital nomadism is catching on in China, and how to invest in RE for $100

Hey Insiders and happy Friday! We have a fun one for you and we tried a few new things, let’s see if you can spot the new additions 😜

Today’s email is a 4min 5 sec read:

  • 👖 What your boss’ pants have to say about remote work

  • 🌛 Remote working on the moon may soon be possible

  • 🇨🇳 Why. digital nomadism is catching on in China

  • ➕ PLUS how to invest in US real estate for $100

Before we jump into that, we want to talk about safety while traveling. We have a great mental model to help you assess risks no matter where you are…


The Three Ws of Personal Safety and How to Stay Safe Abroad

I’ve been a digital nomad for the last 8 years, and since 2020 I’ve spent quite a bit of time in Mexico. Whenever I mention this to people back home they usually look at me with concern…

“Isn’t that dangerous?”

Well, yes AND no.

Over the years I’ve developed a mental model that use to analyze the level of risk I’m taking on and helps me stay safe no matter where in the world I am.

I call it The Three Ws:

  • Where - Wrong Place

  • When - Wrong Time

  • What - Wrong Activity

The truth is that when it comes to safety the world isn’t black and white, very few places are “completely safe” or “all dangerous” and it really depends on the city and the neighborhood that you decide to stay in/visit.

Also just getting one of these wrong doesn’t mean that you will find yourself in a dangerous situation.

For example, if you are in a bad part of town, but it’s broad daylight and you’re not doing something ill-advised like being overly intoxicated you will likely be fine.

However, things get dangerous when you mess up multiple Ws:

Bad neighborhood + midnight + intoxicated = easy target.

Keep the Three Ws rule in mind and you decrease your chances of running into safety issues.



🇨🇳 Digital nomadism is gaining traction in China 

  • Thousands of young Chinese burn out from “996 lifestyle” - 9am-9pm, 6 days a week.

  • A new study found that 76% of Chinese under 23 are interested in becoming nomadic.

  • However Chinese nomads have a harder time with the lifestyle due to family pressure & a less friendly passport

🍎 Apple is releasing a new VR headset

🌛 You could soon be able to work remotely from the Moon!

  • Nokia is launching a 4G/LTE network on the moon later this year in collaboration with NASA & SpaceX

  • The network will help aid astronauts conduct research, better sustain communication, & establish "sustainable exploration on the moon"

  • An antenna-equipped base will be built on the moon & a solar-powered rover will beam the LTE connection.

🇭🇷 Croatia drops Schengen travel restrictions

  • Croatia was recently admitted into the EU Schengen zone and has now dropped border restrictions on anyone entering the country from the zone

  • This means that you will be treated the same as a domestic traveler improving airport transfer & check-in times.

😷 Seattle makes sick leave for gig workers permanent

🚫 Salesforce is closing the Slack remote work research group

  • Marc Benioff (who has recently come out against remote work) just announced the closing of Slack’s Future Forum research group

  • Salesforce acquired Slack in 2021 for $28 billion

  • The Future Forum was in charge of producing quarterly surveys of over 10,000 workers globally to better understand remote work.

🏡 New startup enables people to fractionally invest in real estate

  • Arrived Homes allows you to purchase shares of long and short-term rental properties for as little as $100

  • This is a great way for people who can’t normally afford to buy a house, to participate in the real estate market

    • Insider Take: Many nomads aren’t interested in owning property, either because they’re always on the move, or because they don’t want to deal with the responsibilities.

    • Arrived could enable nomads who never plan on being in the same city as the property, to benefit from real estate market

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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


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