Just ten years ago, finding someone who worked remotely was somewhat like an urban legend—you knew they existed, but never really met anyone first-hand. Today, there are tribes of professionals gathering in international hubs like Bali, Bogota, Chiang Mai and Lisbon, making the most of comfortable living conditions, strong Wifi and location independence. Now, these remote workers are called digital nomads, and they’re becoming a fast-growing, tight-knit community.
Studies show that this trend is here to stay. In fact, a Forbes interview with some emerging tech CEOs proves that 2018 will be a great example of the future for this array of professionals. As digital nomads continue to build stronger communities and more tenacious businesses, conferences, meetups and conventions are popping-up to nourish these eager professionals. Digital nomads no longer have to remain isolated behind their laptops. From Latin America to Europe, Asia and beyond, these are the top digital nomad conferences you should keep your eye on in 2018.
Location: Bali, Indonesia
Dates: June 23 & 24
Tickets: $599 Early Bird
As if the idea of sitting underneath a bamboo canopy with the Bali breeze isn’t enough, Running Remote is packed with notable speakers, CEOs and founders who want to help you develop your remote team.
Covering a range of topics from mindfulness to scaling, this conference is truly led by top-leaders in the industry. If you’re ready to take your remote team to the next level, reserve your seat for this two-day event and get ready for a Bali getaway. Fly solo or bring your team along as well!
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Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Dates: April, 7-May, 5
Tickets: 4 Weeks- $2,150 || 2 Weeks- $1,400
With endless greenery, delectable food and charming locals, it’s no wonder why thousands of digital nomads are attracted to the laid-back vibes of Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Pack is a full-service travel accommodation company specifically tailored to location independent professionals. A month with Pack includes weekly workshops, masterclasses, brainstorming sessions and full-time membership to the local co-working space. This month-long experience allows you to immerse yourself in the local culture while making moves for your business. Spaces are filling up quickly!
Location: Bali, Indonesia
Dates: September 1-7
Tickets: Starting at $760
Whether you are available for the full experience, or just want to drop-in for a few days, Coworkation cultivates an environment where digital nomads can develop their careers while building relationships with other passionate professionals. Blurring the lines between work and vacation, Coworkation: Bali is the ultimate experience for the driven nomad.
Location: San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala
Dates: May 31-June 4
Tickets: Apply for Invitation
The Remote Work Summit is much more than a meet-up for like-minded individuals. This conference provides the foundation needed for a cultural reboot for online businesses—which directly affects employee performance and company development. Want to know the best part? 100% of profits from the Remote Work Summit will be donated to support local community programs in San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala. In one trip you can make an impact on the local and virtual level.
Location: Medellin, Colombia
Dates: October 16-23
Tickets: Starting at $379
Are you a seasoned digital nomad who chose this lifestyle long before it became the glamorous ambition it is today? The 7 in 7 conference is a curated event specifically tailored to professionals who have been location independent for longer than a year.
The intimate size of the event allows for valuable connections and striking conversations—not to mention an itinerary speckled with small meetups, talks and workshops. Book a villa in the lush Colombian hills and make way for your next power move at 7 in 7.
Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Dates: May 28-June 25
Tickets: $2,000 per month
Reserve your spot with The Remote Experience, and forget about the rest. Cozied up in an apartment in the trending neighborhoods of Roma Norte and Condesa, you and a group of remote workers can join forces in one of Latin America’s most vibrant cities.
With a full-time membership to Distrito Coworking, you can work on team and skill building by day and indulge in the phenomenal flavors of Mexico by night. The Remote Experience covers insurance, accommodations, excursions and office space.
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Dates: September 22 & 23
Tickets: Starting at $241
From the Estonian E-Residency to financial independence and everything in between, the DNX Festival has something for professionals at any stage in their career. What sets this conference apart from the rest? The DNX Festival casts a special spotlight on holistic lifestyles as well as music and creative acts.
With over 800 like-minded attendees, there’s truly a place for everyone. If you want to get a glimpse of the culture at DNX before grabbing a ticket, tune into their podcast!
Location: Florli, Norway
Dates: May 18-25
Tickets: Starting at $856
Only reachable by boat, Florli is one of Norway’s most stunning fjords, boasting panoramic views and the world’s longest wooden staircase. You should know that a ticket to this retreat doesn’t come with the parties, nightlife experiences and glitz of some of the other conferences.
This authentic experience lets you get back to nature and find the comfort of business and togetherness. Business programs, food, transportation and accommodation are included. Trying new outdoor adventures—well, that’s up to you.
Location: Valencia, Spain
Dates: October 1-7
If you’re looking for a positively engaging experience, SynerFest is an event for you. This four-day conference showcases the latest in science, art and innovation. With the ability to network with “the most interesting people of the 21st century,” SynerFest is split-up into two parts; the learning lab and the sensory lab.
Technology showcases, dance exhibits, workshops and art collide in this new-age conference that turns the traditional convention on its head. There’s never been a better time to reinvent your personal brand.
Location: Gran Canaria
If there’s one thing that Nomad City wants to prove, it’s that being a digital nomad is much more than just a title on your LinkedIn page. It’s a lifestyle in itself. Excursions and nightly mixers go head-to-head with expansive workshops and keynote sessions at this lively event. Network, sharpen your skills and bask in the beauty of the island with this unforgettable experience.
Have you found a conference you’re ready to book? Let Gogo Places handle your accommodations! We encourage people to explore the unknown, step out of their comfort zones and stay in accommodations that cost a fraction of what they would pay in their current “home.” Simply sign-up, and stay awhile!