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Nomad Stays
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November 2021
Accommodation for digital nomads & remote workers

After exploring more than 100 countries and helping thousands of entrepreneurs, the founders of Nomad Stays are combining their passions, networks and experience to make it easier for you to create an amazing travel based lifestyle.

πŸ‘©β€πŸ’» Nomad Stays simplifies travel for digital nomads and remote workers.
πŸ• Enjoy a curated list of Stays with work spaces within, attached or nearby.
πŸ”Œ All of our Stays are WiFi connected and available for work 24x7.

Scroll through Nomad Stays location map: www.nomadstays.co/map

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5 days ago
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Content & Community, Travel Massive

Really cool to see you featured here! How was the Madeira Startup Camp for you?

4 days ago
Founder, Nomad Stays

Thanks Maria. Yes, Madeira was awesome. It was our first visit there and we didn't have any preconceived ideas about the place so it was a lovely surprise to discover such a pleasant and positive business community.

This year the Madeira Startup Retreat focused a lot on the travel industry and the digital nomad opportunity in particular. The island has done spectacularly well in this new market and are keen to see it develop even further. We were privileged to be part of this program.

Apart from the wonderful hospitality they showed us from the very highest levels of government to every single person assisting on the program we were very impressed with the depth of understanding of the travel industry and the high quality of mentors.

If anyone gets the opportunity to apply for future Madeira Startup Retreats I can strongly recommend it.

3 days ago
Cofounder, CMO, Nomad Stays

Yes, definitely something I would recommend it, I second that! A great experience and brilliant to connect with some great travel tech startups.

3 days ago
Ian
Founder, Travel Massive

Hey team! Congrats on the progress you've made building this amazing platform and community. What was the biggest challenge so far building Nomad Stays? And what was the most surprising thing you learned?

3 days ago
Founder, Nomad Stays

Well Ian - talk about a journey since we met in Bansko 2 years ago!

We opened with bookings and great response from day 1 - but then covid obviously turned the world upside down the following month. Long haul travel came to a screaming halt so getting ready for a difficult journey was our first major challenge since opening. Luckily we're bootstrapped so could adjust our expenditure to match our income unlike a number of other industry players.

It was a clear challenge to get investors interested during the never ending disruptions to the travel industry. We're only now seeing investors come out of their funk and start getting back into early stage travel.

We actually had some growth challenges during covid. We've now had 7 quarters of 40%+ membership growth in a row. For a while there we were getting so many applications from Stays around the world, all obviously hurting from covid restrictions, that we found it hard to review and respond in a timely manner as well as improve our onboarding systems at the same time.

I guess our biggest challenge was all about juggling everything about a running a bootstrapped tech startup, from a foreign country, as a global pandemic shuts down the industry (we got stranded in France 2 hours after we arrived, and we don't speak French either BTW.)

No single item stands out as more challenging than others - its just the volume of adjustments needed in fast changing times that causes the stress. I feel for industry teams and owners that became less focused, are less technological or got stranded with obsolete products and limited funds to adjust.

In terms of surprises I don't think anyone could ever have imagined the digital nomad market would take off so strongly, and the travel industry respond, so much.

Without the pandemic there would probably have been some continued natural growth of the market but now, almost post-pandemic, we have seen a huge change of lifestyle and work methods around the world that align strongly with the travelling remote worker, digital nomad lifestyle. All in all expecting to bring huge volumes of working travellers to explore more of the world.

Who would have foreseen some 30+ countries could create a digital nomad visa and new marketing campaigns to attract the working traveller. We've seen whole regions like Madeira Island create almost a whole new, profitable, travel industry within 1 year, bringing millions of travel money into the region.

Even within this nomad sector we're already seeing sub-niches develop. At Nomad Stays we're tracking 18 different sub-niches of digital nomad. All slightly different from the next with their own desires and travel preferences.

At the same time the travel industry has redesigned their products to become appealing to this digital nomad market.

Hostels became covling spaces. Large computer monitors, and ergonomic standup desks are being provided by hotels for large numbers of a new type of guest. Coworking spaces have popped up in resorts and apart-hotels. Even guests houses are now running business networking events to put working visitors in touch with their local business community. It is certainly a vibrant time even while international traveller numbers build slowly and airlines rebuild capacity and routes.

All in all I have been pleasantly surprised to see the travel industry grab the new world and run hard at the opportunities.

3 days ago
Director of Partnerships, Questo

Hi Mark,

It looks like a great platform you guys have created, and a pretty awesome journey your team has been on - I'm sure challenging at times.

You mentioned above 30+ countries have a digital nomad visa now - is there a resource centre you would recommend to find out more information about this? I looked on your website to see if you hosted this info but could not see it (maybe also an opportunity - an example, I've never heard about the Rhone Alps but landing on that page makes me want to work there www.nomadstays.co/location/Rhone-Alps - as a kiwi maybe I need a visa to do so, does france have a digital nomad visa)

For clarity - I am moving onto a LT40 camper next year to live and work from, so this space interests me but I am not actually looking at the stays in Rhone Alps, the above is just me thinking out loud (is it a think to say "typing out loud"?)

Again, platform looks awesome!
Regards, Jake.

yesterday
Founder, Nomad Stays

Hi Jake. Thank you.

As a Kiwi you've got some awesome opportunities to stay in Europe virtually forever. NZ has about 17 bilateral visas that supersede the Schengen Visa making it easier for you than most other countries (including us Aussies).

France doesn't have a digital nomad visa but they do have a 4 year French Tech Visa (we have these actually and also live in the Rhone-Alps). The French Tech Visa is easy on paper but we found lots of problems (took 18 months not 2) so suggest you use a French Immigration specialist.

BTW - we have an Advanced Visa Tracker app going into beta testing soon which you may want to be part of.

yesterday
Content & Community, Travel Massive

Hey Jake! Just jumping in to share this resource of digital nomad visas accessible around the world: www.travelmassive.com/posts/digital-nomad-visas-933269794 - it was created by @johnlee πŸ™Œ

Also, App in the Air just created a tool to help remote workers find suitable programs internationally www.travelmassive.com/posts/remotely-by-app-in-the-air-953307686. I hope these are useful too.

yesterday
Director of Partnerships, Questo

Amazing, thanks for the links Mark and Maria - almost given me too many possibilities

23 hours ago
Cofounder, CMO, Nomad Stays

Thanks, Ian and Maria and all the team at Travel Massive!

To follow on from Marks comments. Before Covid-19 I was walking the streets in Scotland and Ireland talking to hotels about this new market of professionals travelling and working around the world full time (Digital Nomads). Now they are contacting us and applying to list their property because the world has been educated on this concept and highlighting the remote working which allowed people to comprehend the concept. So that is the upside. The other good thing is that the governments are jumping on the economic potential and educating the apartment owners and SME's.

However, the downside is that most business owners are still quite narrow-minded and not open to the opportunity of the potential to be booked all year round if they adjust their rates for the off-season.

In saying that, as Mark mentioned, we have had more applications and growth in sales on the platform since the global disruption. But because of the massive loss throughout the past year or so, not all property owners are thinking exoansively. Perhaps they are thinking digital nomads are all walking around with gold in their pockets. So a little more business education is required.

All in all, it has been a great opportunity to learn and grow significantly. No complaints however we are busting at the seems and need funding to grow faster.

3 days ago
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