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Travel Off Path has always been a source of travel news and information written by travellers, for travellers. Travel is in our blood. Between all of our writers and staff, we have visited almost every country in the world.

As the New Year approaches, travelers are eagerly planning their trips for 2023, and At Travel Off Path, we are no exception.

We wanted to do something a little different in this article, so we asked our staff what the best destination they want to visit in 2023 is so we can share it with you.

Woman traveling in Istanbul, best destinations

Many “best destinations » articles on the Internet simply report search data from booking platforms or are sponsored listings. For our Best destinations of 2023, we wanted to share the destinations most sought after by our widely traveled staff.

When the question “What is the destination you most want to visit in 2023” was sent, we weren’t surprised that many of us couldn’t choose just one! After all, we all travel all the time, so why limit ourselves?

With that in mind, read on to find out which destinations we’re dreaming of the most for next year!

Young female traveler with straw hat exploring Mexican jungle, Mexico, Latin America, top destinations

Kashlee Kucheran, CEO


“There are so many cultural and historical experiences beyond the normal resort vacation that travelers need to see for themselves.”


Dancers in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, top destinations


“Albania truly has all the best Europe has to offer for a fraction of the price and with a much safer and more welcoming environment.”


Port area of ​​Sarande, Albania, Albanian Riviera, South East Europe, Mediterranean Sea, main destinations


“Turkey is a sensational country full of Bucket List experiences. Everything awaits you, from bustling cities to quiet seaside towns, with amazing food, language and weather.


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Trevor Kucheran, director


“Mexico is the ultimate destination. It has landscapes from all over the world, all located in one country. Mountains, deserts, rivers, jungles and oceans. One day you could surf in Puerto Escondido; the next day you could be in a cozy snowy cabin in Durango.

When it comes to tourism, Mexico is king. With incredible seaside cities like Cancun and Cabo, visitors will never be disappointed with their vacation.

For digital nomads and slow travelers, Mexico has dozens of charming and affordable cities with an incredible quality of life brimming with culture. Over the past decade, this has always been my number one choice, and I feel like my love for Mexico has only just begun.


Aerial view of Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexican Caribbean, Mexico, main destinations

Tyler Fox, editor

Having the freedom to work from anywhere has some serious advantages… and temptations. Temptations like packing everything up and moving to another country! My top destinations for 2023 are all areas I’d like to explore more to see if I’d like to live there long term.

Istanbul, Turkey

“Istanbul has always seemed like a fascinating destination, and I can’t wait to see it for myself. One of my favorite things to do while traveling is to explore the area’s historical attractions, and Istanbul has plenty of them. The Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Basilica Cistern are all must-sees on my trip.”


Galata Tower in Istanbul, Turkey

Tirana, Albania

“Tirana is a place I would like to visit. Albania’s digital nomad visa is definitely something I’ve considered, and I’m very curious to see what life in the capital would be like. Plus, Tirana seems like a great base, especially since Americans can stay for up to a year without a visa.


Tirana Albania


“Every time we write about Mexico, I want to book the next flight! I’ve been there before, but there’s so much more to the country than staying at a resort in the Riviera Maya. Cancun, Tulum, Bacalar, Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Los Cabos, La Paz… Mexico has so many destinations, and I want to see them all!

The people I met at conferences who are from Mexico were some of the nicest there, and they’re another big reason for me wanting to see more of the country.


Puerto Vallarta

Vinicius Costa

Sofia, Bulgaria

“Serving as the capital of one of Europe’s least visited and most mysterious countries, Sofia is Bulgaria’s financial and cultural hub, where communist-era landmarks and much older Roman ruins constantly clash for dominance in an incongruous but beautiful cityscape.It’s also one of the oldest cities on the continent, making it an ideal destination for histophiles.


Sofia, Bulgaria

Sao Paulo, Brazil

“A largely overlooked metropolitan behemoth, Latin America’s largest city may not necessarily be famous for its understandably limited collection of historical landmarks, but it truly shines as a foodie destination and diverse multicultural hub. Here you’ll see Japanese, Jewish, Arab, Lithuanian, Polish and Italian neighborhoods clustered together, still retaining their ethnic character and cuisine – to name a few – and perhaps the nightlife and social scene. liveliest in Brazil.


Sao Paulo

Istanbul, Turkey / Turkey

“One of the most mystical cities on the planet, Istanbul’s grandeur knows no borders: it has quarters in Europe and Asia, the former’s imperial Balkan charm often overlapping with Anatolian flair- eastern of the second. As Philip Mansel puts it, it’s the “world’s desire city” with sights to admire for days.


Istanbul, Turkey

Andrea Miliani


“Call me a romantic, but Italy has this unique, alluring charm that you won’t find in any other country. I’m particularly interested in off-the-beaten-track destinations that I’ve never visited before, like the Cinque Earth and the island of Elba, where my ancestors originated.This mix of fascinating historic architecture, delicious food and stunning scenery found in Italy makes it a wonderful travel experience for everyone.”


Elba Island


“I’m so curious about Albania! This destination has become very popular this year, and the videos and photos are truly impressive. The beaches have spectacular turquoise waters, the Albanian Alps seem to have amazing trails, and the museums look very interesting. I want to visit while it’s still affordable and before it gets too popular.”


Mountains of Albania

Laura Taylor

yellowstone national park

“Yellowstone is one of my favorite places in the world – with the rainbows, bubbling hot springs, herds of buffalo roaming free and the seemingly endless wilderness, it has always felt magical to me. There also has so much to do and see there (and in the border communities, like going to see a movie at the IMAX theater in West Yellowstone!), I feel like it never gets old.”


yellowstone national park

Megan Gibbons


“For the past year, I have volunteered with a group that helps asylum seekers and refugees in my community. Through this work, I have come to know so many kind, courageous and resilient families from around the world and have been exposed to cultures that I did not know much about before. So my top pick of places I’d like to visit in 2023 is inspired by an amazing group of women who showed me the beauty of their culture – the country of Georgia. Georgia is my top choice for three specific reasons: the people, the land, and the food (my favorite reason to travel).

The Georgian families I have come to know are so kind and hospitable that I imagine traveling to their country would be a very welcoming experience. When we talk about Georgia, they all light up and rave about what a beautiful country it is, and the photos I’ve seen are breathtaking. And finally, after some very special homemade Georgian dishes, I came to the conclusion that Georgian cuisine should be as popular and well-known as Italian cuisine. It is absolutely delicious and truly unique. I can’t wait to eat my way through Georgia in 2023.”



Nicolin Collingridge

El Salvador

“With dreamy waves for surfers, epic volcanoes to climb, and a fascinating history to absorb, this country is often overlooked compared to larger Central American countries (meaning fewer tourists). Everyone I’ve spoken to has been singing the praises of this country, so I can’t wait to see what everyone’s talking about in 2023.”


Surfing in El Salvador

Dale Peterson


“Nicaragua is a diverse country with lots of adventurous things to do. Great beaches for surfing, outdoor activities such as volcano hikes and volcano boarding, and exploring colonial towns like León and Granada are reasons I hope to visit Nicaragua in 2023.”


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]]> Bali makes progress with visa and attracts digital nomads despite controversy Thu, 17 Nov 2022 13:06:12 +0000

Indonesia is one of many countries, such as Costa Rica and Malaysia, that have started providing long-term visas to skilled employees, remote workers, digital nomads, retirees and others not -wealthy nationals.

The country is currently trying to recruit wealthier foreigners. From the end of 2022, anyone with at least $130,000 in the bank will be eligible for a “second home” visa that will allow them to stay in Bali for up to ten years. Immigration chief Widodo Ekatjahjana said the measure was aimed at attracting wealthy foreigners to Indonesia and boosting the country’s economy.

Tax breaks

Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s largest economy, is currently one of the hottest locations for remote workers. It benefits from a reliable digital infrastructure, a high standard of living and a stable and affordable cost of living. There’s also not a lot of paperwork to fill out for digital nomads. The new visa even exempts digital nomads from Indonesian tax on money earned abroad.

To stay and work in Indonesia for 180 days if you are employed by a company based abroad, you only need a simple “visit visa”, the B211a. As many foreigners do not know, they often apply for a normal tourist visa upon arrival, which in theory prohibits them from working remotely.

Party culture enrages locals

However, the growing after-work party scene on the island is increasingly infuriating Balinese. They even petitioned the local government, complaining that it is almost impossible to sleep or rest in Canggu because of the incessant partying.

The petition claims that the noise from bars near temples in Bali is so loud that windows and doors rattle and rattle more than during an earthquake. More than 8,000 residents have signed the petition, which also condemns public drunkenness, drug use, lewd behavior and public urination.

digital nomad in the pool in bali

Bali could stop being charming

Digital nomad Nargiz Issayeva knows this rage. She advises anyone who chooses to move abroad to get organized and informed. Think about why you want to travel to Bali and learn about the politics, people and culture, she advises. “That’s what I did before deciding to try to make it happen.” For now, she argues, Bali still offers the ideal mix of rural serenity and party scene.

But the rise of the digital nomad population is also raising concerns among some hoteliers. Some people secretly fear that if tourists and digital nomads completely take over, Bali’s distinctive charm could disappear. However, no hotelier wanted to be named as they thought it might scare off customers. After all, tourism contributes directly or indirectly to 70% of Bali’s GDP.

Malaysia has built a WFH paradise. Now people just need to show up. Mon, 14 Nov 2022 11:00:00 +0000

“It’s your meal!” Watch out, it’s hot,” chirped a robot waiter at a restaurant in Malaysia’s Langkawi archipelago. “Thanks bye!” he exclaimed as guests took plates of scrambled eggs and toast from his shelves, heading to the next table where another group was waiting for breakfast. A few meters away, the calm waters of Pantai Tengah beach lapped on the shore.

The shiny white robot, made by the Chinese company Pudu Technology and purchased by Camar Resort, is symbolic of the Malaysian government’s ambition to embrace a tech-driven future – and to do so by attracting a new class of digital nomads. The quiet the island of Langkawi, where Rest of the world visited during a press trip organized for the Malaysian government, is part of the new DE Rantau visa program. The program promotes the resort destination as one of four digital hubs, all selling a high-tech yet laid-back lifestyle, offering connectivity and hospitality.

In Malaysia, Langkawi is a well-known tourist spot with solid infrastructure: high-speed Wi-Fi, cafes, restaurants, ease of payment with Visa and Mastercard. Getting around is easy, too, with companies like loudhailer Grab and airline AirAsia operating there. When Rest of the world visited, however, it was not yet the dynamic center that the country wants to convey. Activity was still muted due to pandemic restrictions, and the only nomads Rest of the world met on the island were those who accompanied the official voyage. Yet the opportunity is huge: the program targets a few “millions” of nomads around the world, said Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Minister Annuar Musa.

Southeast Asia is trying to adapt to a new reality. The beaches and coworking spaces that were buzzing with Western drop shippers and digital marketers have become relatively quiet and, as countries seek to put the Covid-19 pandemic behind them, some are rushing to introduce visas for digital workers. Malaysia launched its signature program in September, inviting applicants with a minimum income of just $24,000 per year. A few weeks later, Indonesia introduced a six-month permit for remote workers, as well as a “secondary residence” visa for high earners. A brand new Thai visa scheme, which also started taking applications in September, requires nomads to earn at least $40,000 a year, in exchange for a promise of 10-year residency and a rate of reduced tax.

The Malaysian DE Rantau initiative aims to appeal to a wide range of people. The program allows remote workers in IT and all digital-related work to stay in the country for up to one year, with the possibility of renewal; beneficiaries can also bring in dependents, use living and working centers created especially for them, and benefit from discount vouchers for local services. The founders of the program aspire to a high-tech society mixed with foreign nomads – specialists in blockchain technology and smart cities – and locals.

“AI, sustainability, developing outer space… these are the new things we want to be able to do and take advantage of the nomads coming in [and] settle here,” said Mahadhir Aziz, CEO of the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), the government agency tasked with rolling out the scheme. Rest of the world.

According to the MDEC, more than 2,000 applications had been submitted by early October. Rather than AI specialists, however, content creators, software engineers and UX/UI designers have typically applied so far, according to agency data.

Rest of the world spoke to Reg Ching, a digital nomad living in Malaysia, who came to Langkawi as a journalist to learn more about the visa. A digital marketing company owner who employs an all-remote team in the Caribbean, he’s been a nomad since 2003, traveling between Canada, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Jamaica, before coming to Malaysia, where he has roots. generational.

Many of the digital nomads he’s met recently are into content creation, Ching said. Rest of the world. For a time, he knew crypto investors who became “accidental nomads,” quitting their full-time jobs and adopting a free-wheeling lifestyle. But since the crypto market crash, which began around May this year, “the number of crypto-related projects or people working [with it]I noticed a big drop,” he said.

Digital nomadism is not new. But visa regimes suitable for them are, according to Olga Hannonen, a researcher who studies digital nomadism at the University of Eastern Finland. Estonia, the first country to introduce a digital nomad visa in 2020, did so to increase local consumption and support the local economy without giving up local jobs.

“It is natural that [digital nomadism] grew out of these other types of lifestyle mobility that have been popular in Southeast Asia,” Hannonen said. Rest of the world, referring to a journey that blurs the boundaries of tourism, work and migration. But if the Malaysian government wants to attract talent that matches its needs – smart cities and AI specialists – as well as YouTubers, this should be done through “specific campaigns targeting these professionals”, with benefits or bonuses, she added.

While Malaysia is among the first to emerge from the bloc in Southeast Asia, it is also the first to encounter start-up problems.

On Reddit, some have complained about a confusing circular application process, while others wonder what tax rules would apply to them. There is also uncertainty about qualification for key requirements, such as local banking. “They demand every page of your passport,” one Reddit user complained. “Will nomadic visa holders be subject to the same tax rules as ‘normal’ residents…?” another asked.

When Langkawi journalists confronted the agency with these concerns, MDEC admitted that the details still needed to be worked out. Taxation is still being discussed with authorities, and the agency said it was working with partners to find cross-border payment methods – for example, to allow a Southeast Asian bank account holder to Is to use the same account in Malaysia.

“In short, yes, the program is very new,” Mahadhir Aziz told reporters gathered in Langkawi. “We are flexible enough to be able to respond to… [feedback] we also receive from our nomads,” he added.

Back in the visa application battlefield, some processes have started to recover. A YouTuber, Kensho Quest, who had pointed out some frustrating pain points in early October, posted a follow-up video two weeks later about how the government had listened to complaints and made changes.

“If you have any questions regarding your application, please contact MDEC. They’re super responsive and super user-friendly,” Quest urged its nearly 8,000 subscribers. “The second thing you can do is leave a comment below as they watch this video and take notes,” he added, assuring.

]]> Bali collaborates with AirBnB for its “Live and work anywhere” campaign Thu, 10 Nov 2022 14:39:25 +0000

Bali’s Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy has announced its collaboration with Airbnb. As part of the Live and Work Anywhere campaign, Airbnb is promoting Bali as one of the best destinations for remote workers.

Live and work anywhere

“Airbnb is partnering with the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, promoting Bali as part of our Live and Work Anywhere program, designed to highlight outstanding global destinations for remote working . The Indonesian province has been leading the way for years as a top destination for aspiring digital nomads,” the website says.

Bali digital nomad visa

In September, digital nomads were able to apply for a B211A visa, which allows tourists to work in the country for six months without paying income tax.

Airbnb’s Bali Digital Nomad page recommends the perfect staycations, weather advice, visa requirements, phone and internet information, and local customs.

Bali & Airbnb

Airbnb’s public policy division chief for Southeast Asia, Mich Goh, said the partnership should help attract millions of remote workers to Bali. He also mentioned the importance of promoting the lesser-known areas of Bali, such as Banjar and the Nusa Islands, to entice people to stay in those areas as well.

Related: Bali wants to give digital nomads a ‘second home visa’

The 5 Best Places To Live In Vietnam | 2022 Fri, 04 Nov 2022 03:05:27 +0000

You wonder where the best places to live in vietnam are?

From its stunning natural landscapes to its warm and welcoming people, Vietnam is a popular choice among expats in Southeast Asia. In addition, the cost of living is very affordable throughout the country, including in major cities and tourist hotspots.

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Vietnam’s tropical climate also means you can enjoy the heat all year round, a huge temptation for foreigners from cold countries.

Additionally, due to tourism and the country’s expat community, it’s entirely possible to live and work here without speaking the local dialect.

So where to move in this tropical paradise? Here are the five best places to live in Vietnam for expats and digital nomads, with options for everyone.

Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh is the largest and most densely populated of the best cities in Vietnam, but also one of the most dynamic.

Ho Chi Minh’s lifestyle is exciting and fast-paced; thus, this part of Vietnam is excellent for those who are addicted to the hustle and bustle of big cities. Although it is very chaotic, it is quite organized compared to other major Asian cities.

Ho Chi Minh is a 24-hour city where there is always something to do and where to go. It also has one of the best transportation systems in this part of the world, including a metro that connects all neighborhoods, so you don’t need a car or scooter here.

Ho Chi Minh City is one of the most popular places for expats as the city offers the widest range of job opportunities for foreigners. The expatriate community works in sectors such as education, technology, manufacturing or tourism.

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Many coworking spaces and cafes also cater to the ever-growing number of digital nomads.

Still, Ho Chi Minh can be stressful for many, mainly due to constant traffic jams. So, if you envision rice paddies or secluded beaches when thinking about living and working in Vietnam, this bustling metropolis may not be for you.

Most expats tend to live in Districts 2 or 7 along the river, where plenty of green space exists. You can find apartments ranging from basic to luxurious, usually costing between $200 and $500 per month.

Ho Chi Minh City


As the capital, Hanoi has a rich culture and historic architecture. It has an older and less modern look than Ho Chi Minh, which makes the atmosphere different.

Also, despite being the capital, Hanoi has a smaller population than Ho Chi Minh and is therefore less crowded and congested.

There are plenty of things to do in Hanoi, including plenty of shops and restaurants and a vibrant nightlife. Plus, there are ancient temples to explore and lots of greenery and parks.

The city is also close to several beautiful and famous natural sites like Ha Long Bay and Cat Ba National Park.

Hanoi offers a well-balanced lifestyle between city life, culture and nature, which makes it ideal for expats and remote workers starting their life in Vietnam. The city caters exceptionally well to foreigners, with many Western restaurants and shops that import Western products.

Most expats in the city choose to live in the Dong Da and Tay Ho neighborhoods. They tend to work in education in managerial or high-level positions across all the different sectors.

Rental costs are significantly cheaper in Hanoi than in Ho Chi Minh, with one-bedroom apartments costing between $200 and $350. However, consumer costs and restaurant prices are more or less the same.

Another significant difference between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh is the climate. Because it’s in the north, Hanoi is significantly cooler, so it may be better suited to expats who don’t do well in the intense heat.

Hanoi cityscape

Da Nang

Da Nang is the third largest city in the country, located on the coast in central Vietnam, halfway between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh. With a population of 1.3 million, Da Nang doesn’t feel crowded but has all the modern conveniences you need.

Da Nang was recently voted the most livable city in Vietnam thanks to its natural landscapes, well-organized downtown, clean streets and minimal air pollution. So it’s no surprise that Da Nang is one of the best Vietnamese cities for expats and digital nomads.

From beaches to mountains to cultural heritage sites, you’ll find plenty to keep you busy here, allowing you to create the perfect work-life balance. Job opportunities are available in many sectors, such as education, IT, technology, tourism and hospitality.

If Da Nang has many historic buildings, more and more modern constructions are emerging, especially near the beaches. These coastal districts, such as An Thuong and Son Tra, are popular areas among the foreigners who reside there.

Expats also choose Da Nang over the big cities because the cost of living there is lower. For example, you can rent a one-bedroom apartment for less than $300 or a 3-bedroom house for no more than $600.

Da Nang Cityscape

Hoi An

Hoi An is a coastal town just south of Da Nang. It is one of the best cities to live in Vietnam for those who want to get away from metropolitan areas and enjoy a peaceful lifestyle in nature.

Hoi An is stunning, with a fascinating old town, picturesque canals and pristine beaches.

The architecture is varied, from colorful French colonial buildings to Vietnamese tube houses and iconic attractions like the Japanese Covered Bridge. The food in Hoi An is also very varied and delicious!

As a reasonably small town, there aren’t too many work opportunities for foreigners here, except for a few teaching jobs. However, Hoi An is ideal if you work remotely and are looking to live in a peaceful Vietnamese coastal town.

Plus, Hoi An is only a 30-minute drive from Da Nang, perfect for a big night out or a weekend in town.

Another advantage of Hoi An is the low cost of living. The city is slightly cheaper than Da Nang, but a significant difference from larger cities.

Here you can rent a one-bedroom apartment for $200 or a 3-bedroom house for around $450.

Hoi An town at sunset

Nha Trang

Nha Trang is a southern resort town and home to around 400,000 people. Nha Trang’s highlight is its long, beautiful coastline, but large parts are built up with skyscrapers and modern hotels.

Nonetheless, it’s an incredibly vibrant city, popular with expats and digital nomads looking for a lively beach lifestyle.

Nha Trang offers a wide range of things to do day and night. It’s a renowned dive site with waterfalls, mountains and islands to explore, including Hòn Tre Island, which you can access via cable car.

The nightlife is equally eclectic, with plenty of trendy rooftop bars and beach clubs. Hence, it is easily one of the best places to live in Vietnam for young single digital nomads looking for a fun and social life.

Many Nha Trang expats work remotely for foreign companies, taking advantage of Western salaries and Eastern cost of living. Still, there are English-speaking jobs in town, mostly teaching or hotel management positions.

Because it is a popular tourist destination, eating out is more expensive than in other top Vietnamese cities.

Rental costs are affordable, but considerably cheaper when renting long term. Generally, you can get a one-bedroom apartment for $250 to $350 per month.

Nha Trang

Final thoughts on the best places to live in Vietnam

Whether you are a digital nomad or looking to teach English, Vietnam offers a comfortable standard of living and a very affordable cost of living. Each of these five best places to live in Vietnam has a unique charm.

Yet what they share in common are the existing expat communities and a welcoming and friendly attitude towards foreigners.

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]]> Interview: Joe Thomas, CEO of APRIL International UK Tue, 01 Nov 2022 17:26:15 +0000

How does APRIL International address workforce diversity around the world, tailoring benefits to unique business needs and regulatory requirements?

We have wholly-owned subsidiaries and full-service offices in London, Paris, Mexico City, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Singapore, Montreux, Shanghai, Jakarta and Ho Chi Minh. These act as our basis for tailoring insurance cover to local needs and as a resource to ensure, when policies are sold on a regional or local basis, our clients are fully supported with appropriate and relevant local expertise. .

The nature of this support can vary from hiring local staff to meet various linguistic and cultural needs to more practical aspects, such as adapting our coverage to align with the healthcare provided by the local state, in order to reduce costs.

Our Easy Claim app is an essential aid in accessing local care and now handles approximately 97% of claims in most covered regions. The app contains a copy of the member’s details and includes GPS to find and check available facilities at medical institutions. It can be used to request a letter of guarantee, essential for hospitalization and surgery, and allows users to verify reimbursements, view claims history and access telehealth services.

Do you see a return in the number of international students who need policies?

The rebound in demand from international students has been a prominent feature of the end of Covid restrictions in the UK. Not only are we seeing students who might have enrolled in 2020 and 2021 now wanting to come here, after postponing for up to two years, but also normal annual demand levels are holding up.

Asia has long been a big source of international students for the UK, with China being an important market, but we are also seeing the number of Indian students rising again.

While some international students can access free National Healthcare Service (NHS) care, some academic institutions now require insurance cover for Covid-19. Also, as international students generally pay higher tuition fees, their investment in a qualification is significant, so taking time off from university due to illness is something they will want to avoid at all costs. The attractiveness of private medicine can therefore be significant, as it allows rapid access to quality care to ensure that the student recovers quickly and can join his courses earlier.

More than pathetic | The Manila Times Sat, 29 Oct 2022 15:33:07 +0000

IN developed economies, preparing citizens to enter the digital world starts very early. Children who have just celebrated their first birthday are placed on a waiting list for rigorous courses called “STEM for Toddlers”, in the hope that they will enter these boot camps for children to code as soon as they are 3 years old. What is the acceptance rate in these specialized boot camps for children? Perhaps the 4-6% acceptance rate from Stanford and other Ivy League universities. And it’s not cheap. In the Bay Area, these special schools for kids charge around $20,000 for a two-semester boot camp. But the high cost does not discourage parents because this investment would one day pay off, one way or another.

In a knowledge society, how can a country not prepare its citizens, young and old, for the many challenges and opportunities of a digital world?

But some do not have the patience for such a long wait and, in this preparation, the government is a determined player. While they also train their children early in computer classes, Israel’s tech and innovation mandarins have also rolled out the welcome mat for tech-savvy immigrants fleeing pogroms, and we can all see the wonderful results. Tel Aviv, I’ve written about it before, is the second most innovative and dynamic tech hub in the world after Silicon Valley, and the familiar app the pilots use, Waze, is just one of the many technological marvels spun out of incubators in the Israeli capital. Tech talent that escaped Vladimir Putin’s war on Ukraine has made Tel Aviv a prime target for migration.

OECD economies, such as Israel, now process, on a case-by-case basis, immigration documents filed by many Russian tech workers who have fled their country. It is said that the mass decampment of these tech workers to any location that would accept them would ensure that over the next decade Russia would turn into a tech wasteland and that Kremlin warmongers would have more gangs of bikers and mercenary soldiers by their side than functional and tech-savvy citizens. So goes Vladimir Putin’s dream of building within the walls of his Soviet empire a techno-civilization that would rival its Western version.

You’ll never know. One of these young Russians on the run could well be the next Sergey Brin of the Google duo. Brin’s father, a math professor, immigrated to the United States, a prescient decision, given the current conditions in his native Russia. Sergey, who co-founded Google, is a technology pioneer and is almost always on the list of the 30 richest people in the world.

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Some countries have more enterprising ways of attracting tech talent, and Portugal is leading the way.

If you are a tech worker and have a salary of $2,700 or more per month, Portugal will grant you a “digital nomad” visa. This is not a one-time visa issuance. You can stay in Portugal for a long time and use it as a working base. The idea is to populate Portugal with these tech-savvy workers, with real purchasing power and a real willingness to spend. This grant complements national government efforts to create a huge pool of Indigenous tech workers.

There are around 30 countries that welcome – and grant work and residence visas – to global digital nomads.

Did I mention India? When you look at the bumper stickers of high-end cars and Tesla tools in and around Silicon Valley, you’ll be struck with utter depression. The stickers say “IIT Madras”, “IIT Delhi” or “IIT Bombay”. No “UP”, no “Ateneo”, no “La Salle”. Our top universities have fallen very low in global rankings.

Indian immigrants ran three global tech giants – Alphabet, Microsoft and Twitter – until Twitter was recently taken over by Elon Musk. The senior management of AFANG (Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google) + Microsoft are occupied by Indian immigrants. We provide the nurses, they provide the backbone of America’s tech managerial class. The key to India is the school of Silicon Valley, IIT or India Institute of Technology, a training ground for world-class tech talent. Believe it or not, the idea of ​​building tech campuses across India did not come from a globalist but from Jawaharlal Nehru, the fierce nationalist and first prime minister of the subcontinent.

Where are we in this global competition to be a technological power in order to secure an advantage, a niche in the knowledge economy? To be a global player in a rapidly digitizing world? Do our education and training systems complement this ambition to be among the innovators and pioneers of tech in the world? The depressing answer is nowhere.

A recent study on global digital competitiveness ranked countries according to their digital competitiveness. The IMD Digital Competitiveness Report ranked us 58th out of 63 countries, the usual laggard status. In the region, the Mongolia of the tribes and the steppes was the only country that we surpassed.

We talk a lot about our supposed digital ascension. Mr. Marcos Jr. wanted the education system to prioritize STEM which would provide the basic infrastructure for our full and vibrant engagement in computing and all things digital. The business pages of our mainstream newspapers announce a decent technological present and a greater technological future, which in reality is fictitious. The fact is, we are only important on the superficial, virtually worthless side of technology: prodigious texters, prolific users of Facebook and other social media platforms. The brain-distorting side of technology, tragically, is the nation’s concern.

Our STEM technology and education is probably 100 years behind Singapore’s. Funerals have more life than our supposed centers of technological innovation and incubation. What percentage of Filipinos, in a population of over 110 million, are engaged in serious AI and machine learning work? A low single digit.

Meanwhile, the big talk about our education plans centers around intelligence funds for the Department of Education (DepEd). Not the construction of technological poles within the large tertiary campuses. Failing to equip major research universities with 21st century computing education with adequate facilities. Failing to upgrade STEM education to a world-class level. Not integrating coding boot camps for elementary school kids in some public schools across the country. Not the full flourishing of the digital world.

Not those grand plans for the digital stride but intelligence funds. Or the overpriced DepEd laptops which, according to a news flash, are being sold baratilyo (very cheap) at used computer outlets in Cebu City. Dumped like cheap ukay-ukay (used clothes).

Pathetic. Or more than pathetic and that sums up the digitization story of the Philippines.

Saudi Arabia’s travel industry is expected to reach $100 billion by 2032 Wed, 26 Oct 2022 12:35:56 +0000

WASHINGTON, The World Bank said Wednesday it expects energy prices to fall 11% in 2023 after this year’s 60% rise following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. , although a slowdown in global growth and COVID-19 restrictions in China could lead to a deeper fall, according to Reuters.

In its latest outlook on commodity markets, the bank forecast an average Brent crude price of $92 a barrel in 2023, declining to $80 in 2024 but well above the five-year average of $60.

He said Russia’s oil exports could drop by up to 2 million barrels a day due to an EU embargo on Russian oil and gas products, coupled with restrictions on insurance and transport. maritime, which will enter into force on 5 December.

A proposed Group of Seven oil price cap could also affect the flow of oil from Russia, but requires the participation of large emerging markets and developing countries to be effective, he said, calling the mechanism of “untested”.

The World Bank said the appreciation of the dollar – and the fall in the value of the currencies of most developing economies – had pushed up food and fuel prices, which could worsen food insecurity affecting already 200 million people in the world.

“The combination of high commodity prices and persistent currency depreciations is translating into higher inflation in many countries,” said Ayhan Kose, who heads the World Bank Group that produces the report.

He said emerging and developing market economies should prepare for “a period of even higher volatility in global financial and commodity markets.”

Currency depreciation means that nearly 60% of oil-importing emerging markets and developing economies have seen an increase in domestic currency oil prices following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which began on Feb. 24, according to the report.

Nearly 90% of these economies also saw a larger increase in tern wheat prices in local currency, he added.

Food price inflation has averaged over 20% in South Asia in the first three quarters of 2022, while other regions including Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and he North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, recorded an average food price inflation of between 12 and 15%.

While energy prices fell, they would still be 75% higher than their average for the past five years, the bank said.

Natural gas and coal prices are expected to decline in 2023 from record highs in 2022, but Australian coal and US natural gas prices are expected to double their five-year average by 2024. European natural gas could be almost four times higher, he says.

Coal production, meanwhile, was increasing dramatically, with major exporters ramping up production, jeopardizing climate change goals.

Popular hostel chain Selina opens second location in Tulum Wed, 19 Oct 2022 15:47:29 +0000

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Things are lively south of Cancun. Popular hostel and coworking chain Selina just opened its latest property in Tulum earlier this month. Selina Tulum Downtown is now the brand’s second location in the beach town and 12th in all of Mexico. The first property, Selina Tulum, is located along the beach in Tulum’s Zona Hotelera, making this new location a more central alternative for those looking to stay downtown. We have all the details for you below.

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According to the brand’s official website, “Selina Tulum Downtown sits in the heart of the vibrant city, surrounded by stunning white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and the captivating ancient Mayan ruins of Tulum. Immerse yourself in the bustling party scene of the town, search for cenotes as you weave through the mangroves of Parque Nacional Tulum, or explore your wellness journey with a local Mayan shaman, just minutes from our town center.

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Here at the property, guests will be a stone’s throw from the hustle and bustle of downtown Tulum and have easy access to major attractions in this part of the Riviera Maya.

Selina Tulum Downtown is officially the 6th of its kind in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, with other properties located near Playa del Carmen, Isla Mujeres, as well as 2 in Cancun (Downtown and Hotel Zone). And if you want to catch up with friends at Selina Tulum with its beach club, shuttle service is provided to and from the property.

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What is Selina?

Aimed at 20s and 30s who like to travel slow while working remotely, Selina offers plenty of services to cater to this demographic with plenty of stylish amenities along the way. The company says the property offers “more than just a place to stay” by offering plenty of opportunities to meet other travelers and digital nomads, whether that’s by participating in daily events or taking tours to explore the surroundings of Tulum. To ensure fast WiFi for its guests, many of whom are “digital nomads,” the hotel brand recently partnered with GigNet to provide fiber optic internet to its Riviera Maya properties.

Some of Selina’s signature events, like morning yoga and rooftop sunset parties, are currently scheduled at the property, with more planned for the coming months. Although there is no dorm option for travelers at the moment, you can book a stay in one of their Private Where Private rooms More.

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Selina Tulum Downtown: What’s Featured

At Selina Tulum Downtown, expect your typical Selina amenities with a touch of stunning views and luxury to boot. According to the website, services and amenities at this location will include:

  • Coworking space with free Wi-Fi
  • Tour desk
  • Swimming pool
  • Wellness area and spa
  • On-site catering
  • Nightclub
  • Rooftop bar
  • Yoga classes
  • Stylish private rooms and common areas
  • Accept animals
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Events in Downtown Selina Tulum

Please note that the hotel is still under construction and will open in phases over the next few months. As for this month’s events, there’s Sunset Music on the Rooftop, a free event happening every night starting at 6 p.m. Rooms can also be reserved for 30% off for its opening promotional sale. To qualify for the discount, bookings and travel must be made by December 20, 2022.

There’s also morning yoga scheduled at 9 a.m. on Mondays, Thursdays, and Sundays, and it’s marked at 10 pesos per class.

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All About Selina Hostels

Selina, a chain of hostels known for offering guests personalized stays that combine comfort and play, opened its first property in 2014. From Costa Rica to Uruguay, the brand has properties scattered along the beachfront as well as than jungle locations. Latin America. In recent years, the company has expanded globally to destinations in Europe, Africa, Israel and the United States. Its first space in Asia is also set to open later this year in Phuket, Thailand.

Selina also launched 5 other new properties earlier this year and announced 6 more to come in Portugal, Morocco and the UK.

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Malaysia launches second “DE Rantau Hub” in Langkawi to attract digital nomads Sun, 16 Oct 2022 17:34:29 +0000

Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and its ecosystem partners were delighted to mark on October 16, 2022 the official launch of “DE Rantau Hub” at the second location in Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia.

During the launch event held at Dash Resort, Langkawi, YB Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima TPr Annuar bin Haji Musa, Minister of Communications and Multimedia highlighted in his speech that a few million digital nomads, the ” high-quality travelers” roam around the world.

Instead of digital nomads visiting Malaysia, how can we make “digital nomads not only come to us, but stay with us. These people need to continue their activities and professional work, so we must present them with reasons to come to Langkawi. They should feel safe, welcomed and included in the communities, – “let us enhance the God-given beauty of Langkawi”.

According to the MDEC, the growing number of digital nomads applying for the DE Rantau Nomad Pass after its launch on October 1, 2022 is significant.

DE Rantau Nomad Pass is the exclusive pass for digital nomads who can work remotely from anywhere, allowing them to stay and work in Malaysia for up to twelve months, plus an additional year upon renewal.

Not even two months after the introduction of the pass, MDEC has already received over 2,000 applications for the pass from digital nomads.

The creation of DE Rantau Hub in Langkawi has a number of potential ecosystem partners who help make the work and life experiences of digital nomads the most meaningful and memorable, while giving back to local businesses and industry players. ‘industry.

These partners include HostAStay, Tapawfood, Jetpack, AirAsia, Paynet, Tourplus, Grab, Lokalocal, senangPay, etc.

Mr. Jordan Oon, CEO of HostAStay shared with ScandAsia that:

“A lot of people think we started DE Rantau because digital nomads don’t come to Malaysia, but that’s not so. Digital nomads are already in Malaysia, but they are not recognized or categorized, and there is no incentive for them. So with this program which, in fact, immediately has about 2,000 people signed up, we think there’s going to be some very, very strong positive feedback.

HostAStay has been ranked #1 short stay platform in Malaysia which mainly helps property investors to prepare their accommodations for nomadic stay. The platform handles multiple areas, including check-in, check-out, interior design and renovation, and marketing.

Apart from good accommodation, choosing to be part of DE Rantau Hub in Langkawi offers digital nomads many other local services like a food delivery platform and a coworking space.

“We see Tapawfood in a much wider niche than our competitors, big companies like Grab and Foodpanda, as we are currently focusing on vegan food. It was actually a problem in Langkawi because it was hard to find vegan food here and a lot of digital nomads who come to the island are vegan. So it is a good match with DE Rantau program,” said Mr. Muhammad Afif Aman Bin Azman, co-founder of Tapawfood, the food delivery platform with more than ten years of experience.

Moreover, Langkawi security domain was discussed by Mr. Iskandar Md Sah, CEO of Jetpack, the one and only coworking space in Langkawi with fast wifi speed, 800Mbps oncat6 and 250Mbps/200Mbps.

“Most of our clients are 90% women and they are often the ones who lock the door and come home at 3am depending on the day and season as they have 24/7 access to the venue. For them, it shows that Langkawi is very safe.

Overall, DE Rantau in Langkawi has a target of nearly RM5 billion to GDP by 2025, shared Mr. Mahadhir Aziz, CEO of MDEC.

He said it was time for Malaysians to be proud of who they are and showcase the complexity and dynamics of their society to the rest of the world.

“DE Rantau” is one of Malaysia’s Digital Catalytic Programs (PEMANGKIN) aimed at making Malaysia the preferred digital nomad hub for creating digital professional mobility and helping to support tourism across the country.

Local and foreign digital nomads who specialize in IT and digital fields such as software development, UI, UX, cloud, blockchain, AI, digital marketing, digital content creator, etc. are encouraged to choose Malaysia as their “live, work and travel destination.

“DE Rantau Hub” is a nomadic ready accommodation that has been verified, validated and certified by MDEC based on the LIVE criteria (L: logic, I: internet, V: dynamism and E: commitment) to ensure that foreigners and local digital nomads, working specifically in IT and digital fields, enjoy and find their balance by working and living in an interesting, beautiful and safe environment.

The first DE Rantau hub was launched in Penang, Malaysia on September 13, 2022.

For more information, please visit here.

Photo by MDEC Facebook page.