Van Conversions/Office Backlash/Negotiating Hotel Discounts
Nomadico issue #15
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Remote Work Country Rankings
The recently released Global Remote Work Index from Nordlayer is mostly only useful for the The recently released Global Remote Work Index from Nordlayer is mostly only useful for the overall rankings if you’re wealthy or you’re getting a corporate transfer: the data it focuses on tends to favor expensive developed countries with high taxes. It’s fun to play with the individual lists for the four categories though: Cybersecurity’s top entrants include Slovakia, Lithuania, and Estonia. Portugal and Slovenia do well for “Economic and social conditions.” Thailand is #2 for handling Covid-19 (though the USA being at #1 makes us question the whole methodology…)
Van Life Conversions
There are myriad of channels on YouTube celebrating living and working from a mobile home, oThere are myriad of channels on YouTube celebrating living and working from a mobile home, otherwise known as Van Life. A few channels will take you through the process of converting a van into a portable home or office. For a fabulous overview of the wonderful variety of possible ways to build a roaming home, check out the new photobook Rolling Homes by Lloyd Khan. It will give you a hundred inspiring ways young makers have turned a vehicle into a stunning living and working place — and in a much better format than YouTube. – Kevin Kelly
If the current rebellion among Apple HQ employees is any indication, even the tech workers that enjoyed gourmet lunches and free gyms have no desire to go back to commutes and cubicles, even for three days a week. Imagine what it’s like at companies without all the perks…
Asking for a Hotel Discount
As it has become easier and easier to book accommodation online without interacting with As it has become easier and easier to book accommodation online without interacting with another human, most travelers have forgotten that it’s possible to negotiate. This Daily Mail article profiles a traveler who frequently saves 25-30% — what online booking sites often charge hoteliers in commissions and fees — with a simple e-mail script making the ask in exchange for booking direct. – Mark Frauenfelder