Digital Nomads Asia – Lost Nomad Wed, 19 Jan 2022 07:18:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Digital Nomads Asia – Lost Nomad 32 32 Oil prices hit seven-year high after Abu Dhabi drone attack Tue, 18 Jan 2022 18:07:00 +0000

OPrices rose to their highest level since 2014 on Tuesday after a drone attack on production facilities in the United Arab Emirates raised fears of supply chain disruption.

Brent crude futures traded in London hit $88.13 a barrel as the threat of further geopolitical tensions added to a strong rally driven by soaring global demand.

Traders are already hammered by the disruption of global transport channels, while a series of blackouts, notably in Libya, have further affected production.

Meanwhile, the omicron variant had a more limited impact on demand than expected, as many countries avoided lockdown. Analysts at Opec, the oil-producing cartel, said they expected the variant’s effect to be “mild and short-lived”.

Goldman Sachs analysts have raised their forecast for oil and now expect it to top $100 a barrel by the third quarter.

Brent crude oil prices rose 50% last year after falling by more than a fifth in 2020. Prices rose on Tuesday after fighters from Yemen’s Houthi movement claimed they were behind a strike drone that caused an explosion and fire at a facility on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE.

Warren Patterson, an ING analyst, said the potential impact of escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine was adding pressure on prices, but disruption in Chinese demand could lead to further declines. of Brent.

He said: “Fundamentally, we also think the market is too complacent about demand risks around China and its zero-Covid policy.”

It came as Exxon Mobil, the US energy giant, has set an ambition to eliminate some of its greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 – the first time it has commit in this way. The company will develop a plan to eliminate emissions from Exxon’s refineries and other facilities, but will not aim to address the carbon produced by drivers and others who use its fuels.

Remote work is a saving grace — and can boost productivity Wed, 12 Jan 2022 21:30:08 +0000

Before the pandemic, working from the comfort of your home was a pipe dream for most people. But that is changing. Apple, for example, recently announced plans to implement a hybrid work program beginning February 1, 2022. Apple’s remote use plan isn’t particularly sweeping – in fact, it’s conservative by compared to some other companies today. The companies behind Wikipedia, GitLab, WordPress, and PwC have all adopted work-from-anywhere policies. Even Amazon has opened virtual positions for certain domains. If the COVID-19 pandemic had a silver lining, it’s proven that the massive shift to remote working is both doable and desirable.

Most companies, even those with work-from-anywhere policies, still expect the majority of work to take place in a limited geographic area. Their remote work policies often have limits on time zones. For example, Facebook only supports its US employees to work remotely in the US or Canada. There can be many reasons behind this decision. Legal issues related to taxes and employee health insurance and data privacy concerns could be relevant. More importantly, it can be hard to imagine how an American employee working remotely in Asia, for example, could cope with an entirely different work schedule.

And yet, working remotely, even with extreme time differences, remains a saving grace. This is something I have studied and practiced for years.

Synchronous remote work on different continents is not a new phenomenon related to the pandemic. For many people, it has been around for as long as technology allows. Before the pandemic, digital nomads, who were often tech entrepreneurs, freelance lawyers, artists, architects, or business owners, worked remotely with extreme time differences to fulfill their travel dreams.

While people in these professions have long been able to control their hours and locations, you may be surprised that some traditional white-collar professionals were also able to work remotely before the pandemic. For example, it was not unusual for healthcare professionals who do not see patients in person to work remotely with extreme time differences. As early as 2005, it was standard procedure for many medical institutions to send scans overnight to radiologists in foreign countries for timely and crucial medical judgments. Many of these radiologists were immigrants who returned to their home countries after training in the United States or Americans living abroad.

Besides medicine, remote work before the pandemic covered a variety of other professions. A friend of mine was a data scientist at a large financial company and he was working from home before the pandemic. He and many other employees of the company were able to do this because they had to move to another state, or even outside the United States, for family reasons and the company did not want to lose talented employees. He said: “Remote work has really helped my family situation as my wife’s workplace was not flexible. However, I was worried that it would hurt my chances of being promoted in the future, as remote working was not yet the norm in the company at the time.

For many people, working remotely with extreme jet lag is a saving grace. During the pandemic, many immigrants had to return home to be with their families; most of them had traditional white-collar jobs. The ability to work remotely was a huge plus as it allowed them to see loved ones without losing their jobs. Whatever the reasons, the flexibility and benefits of working remotely, even with extreme time differences, must have outweighed the costs for people who chose to do so. Such benefits could greatly increase our personal satisfaction and happiness while being productive members of society.

My own experiences have shown me that working with extreme jet lag can actually increase productivity. I live on the east coast of the United States. I often conduct research on East and Southeast Asia and have many collaborators in Asia. For a project, I collaborate with a co-author who lives in Singapore. I work on our manuscript and comment on her writing while she sleeps; then, when I sleep, she works on the manuscript according to my comments and comments on my writing. We work on the manuscript practically around the clock and rarely wait to receive work from each other. We schedule virtual meetings for the few hours we are both awake. Because our speaking time is limited, we both aim for maximum efficiency. We believe that unnecessary communications are thereby reduced. The jet lag works in our favor and makes our collaboration efficient and satisfying.

Due to the feasibility and potential benefits of working remotely with extreme time differences, companies that only offer a hybrid remote working option should reconsider. As more countries launch remote work programs that allow foreign workers to live in other countries, digital nomads may become more popular. The option of hybrid working is not enough for everyone, because hybrid working still binds employees to their working environment. Only fully remote work would allow working from anywhere and open up opportunities for talent across the globe.

Emma Zang, PhD, is an assistant professor of sociology at Yale University. Her research interests include health and aging, marriage and family, and inequality. Follow her on Twitter @DrEmmaZang.

G Adventures Unveils Predictions for Top 10 Travel Trends Wed, 12 Jan 2022 08:07:13 +0000

G Adventures has released its forecast on Top 10 Travel Trends for 2022, which appears to be a more focused and intentional year of travel.

The forecast is based on two surveys of more than 4,500 travelers who make up the tour operator’s global consumer panel, two-thirds of whom are former travelers. The surveys used date from July and October 2021.

Majority of travelers find travel important to their well-being and mental health, survey finds

1: Community tourism = responsible travel
Almost a third of those polled said they will put more emphasis on responsible travel in 2022. Travelers look for adventures that move through several small communities, which they can do while hiking in foot, as it helps many local people to explore their area.

2: Travelers care more about supporting locals
Long before carbon footprint and plastic reduction, travelers want their money to directly benefit the locals. At 66% globally, this trend has been intensified by the impact of the pandemic on countries that depend on tourism for their economic survival.

3: Works that are gaining popularity
Not just for digital nomads, workations have hit the general public. Among the panel’s respondents, 24% said they could work from anywhere – this number rising to 46% for 18-34 year olds. A growing number of people (37% compared to 19% in December 2020) are considering a combination of work and future travel.

4: Youth hostels are about to make a big comeback
The need for social connection among young travelers is stronger than ever with 63% of respondents aged 18 to 34 saying they are likely to try a hostel experience after the pandemic. Meeting people to socialize with and possibly travel with was the most important factor in choosing a hostel for 71% of the panelists.

5: Desire to disconnect from devices
Workers aside, travelers want to reconnect with people and places, but are desperate to disconnect from the online world while on vacation. Some 54% of respondents want to pause social media and reduce screen time, with 28% saying socializing and meeting new people is their top wellness priority when booking their next vacation.

6: Have a little more money to spend
Staying in China has sparked a savings boom, with 18 percent of those polled saying they’ve increased their travel budget for international vacations. This excess likely means their travel dollars will take them on bigger adventures than they ever thought possible.

7: no to vacations, yes to distant destinations
The appeal of national holidays is diminishing as the pandemic progresses. Only 18% of those polled said they would rather stay closer to home than travel further afield on their next international vacation. Almost a third (30%) said they were less likely to take a vacation in 2022.

8: The lethargy of confinement boosts active lifestyles
Physical activity on their next vacation was 70% strong, with 64% of travelers saying their physical and mental well-being is a primary consideration on their next vacation.

9: Well-being and mental health come first
With an overwhelming 95% of travelers stating that travel is important for their well-being and mental health, many seek vacations that help them reconnect and optimize travel as a way to revitalize.

10: The journey of revenge is over, the journey of reconnection is on
Travelers are hungry for new experiences and stronger connections with others. Although the term ‘revenge trip’ has gained in popularity during the pandemic, reconnection trips are now 42% compared to 14% for revenge trips.

Capri by Fraser, Bukit Bintang opens in Kuala Lumpur Wed, 12 Jan 2022 07:42:00 +0000

Capri by Fraser, Bukit Bintang rises 43 stories in downtown Kuala Lumpur, just five minutes from the Petronas Towers

The Den is the property’s social hub, where guests can sit back, relax, hook up, and catch up with fellow travelers

The interior design of the property features bold artwork that reflects the vibrant culture and heritage of Bukit Bintang

The 319 studios and one-bedroom apartments are steeped in art-inspired interiors and smart technology

Just opened, this artistic and connected 43-storey aparthotel invites guests to ‘live in color’ in the Malaysian capital’s busiest shopping district, surrounded by attractions.

KUALA LUMPUR – Frasers Hospitality, a member of Frasers Real Estate Group, expanded its presence in Asia-Pacific with the launch of Corsair by Fraser, Bukit Bintang, a chic new hotel residence for #SeriouslySocial living in the most vibrant area of ​​downtown KL.

It is a tech-driven, lifestyle-driven property where art and technology combine to create seamless, 24/7 stays. Soaring 43 stories and surrounded by luxury shopping malls, high-end restaurants, vibrant bars and exciting attractions, this stylish aparthotel elevates every stay to new levels of comfort, convenience and connectivity. Guests can enjoy expedited arrivals with fully automated parking and self-check-in kiosks.

Stays at Capri by Fraser, Bukit Bintang center on The Den, an elegant social hub that spans two levels and where travelers can relax, catch up with friends, play board games, listen to music on the digital jukebox or dine in style. Guests can work out in the 42nd-floor high-tech gym, which offers stunning views of the Kuala Lumpur City Center (KLCC) skyline through floor-to-ceiling windows, or cool off in the healthy salt water swimming pool. Even chores like laundry get a fun twist at Spin & Play, the laundry room, and the game room. To make every stay a smooth one, The Fixer – a friend, guide and versatile cool character – is on hand to handle any enquiries, offer insider tips on KL’s bustling local social scene or simply do make customers feel at home.

The 319 contemporary studios and one-bedroom apartments range in size from 30 to 50 square meters and are fully furnished with well-equipped living areas, bedrooms and kitchenettes – perfect for short stays, city getaways, extended stays and vacations. family vacation in Kuala Lumpur. The interior design reflects Bukit Bintang’s heritage as an entertainment hotspot, with undulating walls depicting movie theater curtains and artwork with movie motifs, and each apartment is integrated with smart technology , including fast and free Wi-Fi, a large flat screen IPTV with Chrome casting, a mobile charging station and Lola, the personal digital concierge.

With 24-hour services and high-speed internet in every corner of the property, Capri by Fraser is ideal for the new generation of digital nomads, free-spirited urban adventurers and anyone who needs to stay in touch with their home, office or social media platforms. For guests staying in the chic Studio Premier and One Bedroom Premier apartments, an extra level of personalized hospitality is available at Pow Wow, the spectacular top-floor lounge with 360-degree views.

To ensure guest safety, all team members at Capri by Fraser, Bukit Bintang have been fully immunized and the global Frasers Hospitality team #FraserCares The program includes a wide range of world-class health and safety protocols, including the use of a patented, chemical-free, child-friendly cleaning system to eliminate germs.

Capri by Fraser is one of the most innovative concepts in the serviced residence industry, catering to explorers who have a millennial mindset and lead ‘always on’ lives that blur the lines between work and life. Hobbies. Since opening our first Capri by Fraser property in 2012, this intuitive, socially-inspired concept has emerged in many of the world’s most fashionable urban neighborhoods. This makes it the ideal solution for Kuala Lumpur, one of Asia’s most iconic and attractive cities. We look forward to welcoming our community of experience seeking guests to Capri by Fraser, Bukit Bintang“, said Ms. Tonya Khong, Senior Vice President, Head of Asia Pacific, Frasers Hospitality.

Capri by Fraser, Bukit Bintang becomes the 10th Capri by Fraser property in a global portfolio that now includes fashion-forward cities such as Barcelona, ​​Berlin, Brisbane, Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore. It also becomes Frasers Hospitality’s third property in Malaysia, following Fraser Place Puteri Harbor and Capri by Fraser Johor Bahru.

To celebrate its launch, Capri by Fraser, Bukit Bintang unveiled an exclusive opening promotion. Customers get 50% off their first stay and Fraser World members get an additional 20% off when booking a stay at participating Fraser World properties. Discounted rates start from just MYR 238 nett per night, valid until March 31, 2022.

Increase Website Purchases Through Behavioral Marketing, Business News Thu, 23 Dec 2021 02:32:40 +0000

NoCave Media’s professional web programming, design and marketing team offer advanced skills and techniques to help businesses maximize the effectiveness of their websites.

In this rapidly changing digital age, shoppers invariably begin their research online when looking to purchase products and services. Most of them will check the company’s website for more information on products and services. They will form a first impression on the business in less than a few seconds. Businesses need to ensure that the visitor’s impression is favorable.

When it comes to search engine marketing, Google dominates organic and paid search activity in the United States and globally. Likewise, Facebook is arguably the most popular platform for social media advertising. However, businesses that run paid digital campaigns are likely to be on a budget. They must therefore constantly optimize their campaigns to maximize their returns within the limits of this budget. While getting more visitors to the website is great, it shouldn’t be the primary goal of marketing campaigns. The end goal is not to increase the advertising budget to get more visitors to land on your website and hope that some will convert. The end goal of digital marketing strategies is to get more customers to move up and close at the end of the funnel.

For businesses, it is better to spend their time serving their customers rather than worrying about the design and usability issues of their websites and the constant optimization of their ad campaigns. NoCave Media, a digital marketing agency based in Boca Raton, Florida, is committed to helping clients through professionally designed, behavioral science-focused websites to drive conversion and sales.

NoCave Media has developed websites for small, medium and large businesses around the world. They are a trusted advisor to a wide range of clients across a variety of industries including e-commerce, finance, medicine, insurance, healthcare, consumer products, software development, retail, etc.

The company has a growing list of clients who love their services and have shared positive reviews and testimonials about their experience.

“NoCave Media is one of a kind. They have great aesthetic and technical expertise. And they helped us bring our brand to life. The value they offer is hard to come by these days. I am delighted that they now play a vital role in my business. says Vic Phillips / CEO Care Remote (US).

“I am delighted with their work, which I highly recommend. The NoCave Media team was responsible for the visual development of my website and its optimization for conversions. And it works ! My conversion rate increased, and my abandoned carts decreased by almost 47%. Alex Taylor / CMO The Truffle (United Kingdom).

NoCave Media specializes in developing tailor-made web design and marketing strategies based on the business requirements of its clients. Their experienced team realizes that when it comes to implementing digital marketing strategies for their clients, the “One Size Fits All” approach doesn’t work.

NoCave Media is committed to the success of its customers and continually improves its systems and technology to stay at the forefront of web programming and website development.

“Most businesses fail to optimize their website to increase conversion opportunities, either due to a lack of technical know-how or a lack of data needed to make informed decisions on which areas focus their marketing efforts. They keep making compromises on their conversion rate, which means they’re leaving a lot of money on the table, ”says Alex Akins of NoCave Media. “We saw this as an opportunity to help companies increase their sales and grow their business. We understand this niche backwards. Our team has the experience and expertise to develop personalized marketing strategies based on the specific business requirements of our clients.

Gone are the days when a simple website was enough for a business to have an online presence and drive sales. In today’s fiercely competitive market, customer acquisition processes have become very complex and sophisticated. Businesses need to improve their marketing game by becoming customer centric and understanding how they interact with the website.

About NoCave Media

NoCave Media is a digital marketing company made up of digital nomads with a background in programming, design and web marketing.

Their expertise includes developing e-commerce websites with a focus on neuromarketing. This means that they focus on designing and programming stunning websites and using behavioral science and neuromarketing principles in their designs to increase conversions and purchases on the websites they develop.

This is what sets them apart from other companies in the market. They integrate programming, design and behavioral science to create beautiful and optimized websites to drive more conversions and get more sales.

The company’s web design work has won multiple awards, proving its strategy of integrating design and behavioral marketing is right for its clients and the websites they create for them. Here are some of the awards they’ve won:

-Digital marketers of the year | TITAN Business Award

-Best in Category | Agency | Horizon Interactive Award

-Best Landing / Microsite | Vega Digital Awards

-Best home page design | Vega Digital Awards

-Best e-commerce site | Muse Creation Prize

For more information about NoCave Media and other inquiries please email or contact us through their website.

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Capri by Fraser, Bukit Bintang brings #SeriouslySocial life to Kuala Lumpur Wed, 22 Dec 2021 07:11:24 +0000

Capri by Fraser, Bukit Bintang rises 43 stories in downtown Kuala Lumpur, just five minutes from the Petronas Towers

The Den is the property’s social hub, where guests can sit, relax, hook up, and catch up with fellow travelers

The property’s interior design includes bold artwork that reflects the vibrant culture and heritage of Bukit Bintang

The 319 studios and one-bedroom apartments are infused with art-inspired interiors and smart technology

Now open, this artistic and connected 43-storey aparthotel invites its guests to ‘Live in Color’ in the Malaysian capital’s most vibrant shopping district, surrounded by attractions.

KUALA LUMPUR – The hospitality of the Frasers, a member of Frasers Real Estate Group, expanded its presence in Asia-Pacific with the launch of Corsair through Fraser, Bukit Bintang, a new chic hotel residence for # SeriouslySocial living in KL’s most vibrant downtown area.

This is a state-of-the-art, lifestyle-driven property where art and technology combine to create seamless 24/7 stays. Towering 43 floors and surrounded by luxury shopping malls, upscale restaurants, lively bars and exciting attractions, this stylish aparthotel elevates every stay to new levels of comfort, convenience and connectivity. Guests can take advantage of expedited arrivals with fully automated parking and automatic check-in kiosks.

Stays at Capri by Fraser, Bukit Bintang are centered around The Den, an elegant social hub that spans two levels and where travelers can relax, meet up with friends, play board games, listen to music on the digital jukebox or dine in style. Guests can work out in the high-tech 42nd-floor gym, which offers stunning views of the Kuala Lumpur City Center (KLCC) skyline through floor-to-ceiling windows, or cool off in the Kuala Lumpur’s swimming pool. healthy salt water. Even chores like laundry have a fun twist at the Spin & Play, Laundromat, and the game room. To make every stay a smooth one, The Fixer – a cool and versatile friend, guide and character – is on hand to handle any requests, offer insider advice on KL’s bustling local social scene, or simply make customers feel at home.

The 319 contemporary studios and one-bedroom apartments range from 30 to 50 square meters and come fully furnished with living spaces, bedrooms, and well-equipped kitchenettes – perfect for short breaks, city breaks, extended stays and vacations. family vacation in Kuala Lumpur. The interior design reflects Bukit Bintang’s heritage as a mecca for entertainment, with wavy walls depicting movie theater curtains and artwork featuring movie motifs, and each apartment is embedded with smart technology. including fast and free Wi-Fi, large flat screen IPTV with Chrome casting, mobile charging station and Lola, the personal digital concierge.

With 24-hour services and high-speed internet connection in every corner of the property, Capri by Fraser is ideal for the new generation of digital nomads, free-spirited urban adventurers and anyone who needs to stay connected. contact with their home, office or social media platforms. For guests staying in chic Premier Studio and Premier Room apartments, an additional level of personalized hospitality is available at pow-wow, the spectacular living room on the top floor with 360 degree views.

To ensure customer safety, all members of the team at Capri by Fraser, Bukit Bintang have been fully vaccinated and the global team at Frasers Hospitality #FraserCares The program includes a wide range of world-class health and safety protocols, including the use of a patented, chemical-free, child-friendly cleaning system to kill germs.

Capri by Fraser is one of the most innovative concepts in the serviced apartment industry, aimed at explorers who have a thousand-year-old mindset and lead “always active” lives that blur the lines between work and leisure. Since opening our first Capri by Fraser property in 2012, this intuitive and socially inspired concept has sprung up in many of the world’s most fashionable urban neighborhoods. This makes it the perfect fit for Kuala Lumpur, one of the most iconic and attractive cities in Asia. We look forward to welcoming our community of guest seeking experience to Capri by Fraser, Bukit Bintangsaid Ms. Tonya Khong, Senior Vice President, Head of Asia Pacific, Frasers Hospitality.

Capri by Fraser, Bukit Bintang becomes the 10th Capri by Fraser property in a global portfolio that now includes forward-thinking cities such as Barcelona, ​​Berlin, Brisbane, Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore. It also becomes Frasers Hospitality’s third property in Malaysia, joining Fraser Place Puteri Harbor and Capri by Fraser Johor Bahru.

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Revenge Travel and Psychedelic Retreats: Travel Trends Take Off in 2022, Lifestyle News Tue, 21 Dec 2021 04:49:09 +0000

Thanks to Covid-19, the landscape for this year’s trip has been rocked by more ups and downs than a roller coaster ride. But with travel finally resuming (fingers crossed!), It’s time to consider a whole new year.

With so much wasted time to make up for, the travel scene looks set to skyrocket in interesting ways – from alternative wellness retreats to revenge trips to nomadic work arrangements. Here’s our look at what lies ahead for travel trends in 2022.

Go big or come home

You’ve heard of “revenge procrastination” and “revenge spending” – now prepare for a journey of revenge. The pandemic has wreaked havoc for years without vacations and countless missed celebrations – birthdays, anniversaries, honeymoons – and now it’s time to recover.

Experts predict travelers will want to splurge after the pandemic, whether it’s room upgrades, luxury packages or dining experiences. Expedia has dubbed the mindset “the greatest of all trips” (aka GOAT), with its Travel Trends 2022 survey showing that nearly three-quarters of Singaporeans plan to spend a lot on their next trip.

Not in my garden, please


Forget about mini-getaways near you – the future belongs to long-haul and extended travel. With all the hustle and bustle of PCR testing and form filling, weekend getaways will become more of a chore than a relaxing getaway. Many workers also face a backlog of leave to be cleared, and taking long vacations is the ideal solution.

After being on the ground for so long, there’s no denying the thrill of the jet-set to a faraway destination – Tripadvisor’s seasonal travel index for the end of 2021 reveals London, Paris and Munich topped the list of wishes of travelers from Singapore.

Take a psychedelic journey


Wellness getaways have become pretty much synonymous with yoga and spa treatments, but for those seeking spiritual healing, alternative trends are on the rise. We’re talking ayahuasca and magic mushroom retreats – retreats centered on journeys of self-discovery and therapy through herbal psychedelics. Post-pandemic stress, a dose of spiritual well-being is likely to become more sought after than ever.

With the shift in dominant views on psychedelics to understand their therapeutic potential, the demand for such retreats has increased in recent years. Sometimes dubbed ‘the mushroom boom’, the trend is only set to grow – according to Data Bridge Market Research, the psychedelic market is expected to grow from $ 2 billion ($ 2.7 billion) in 2019 to $ 6.9 billion in 2019. ‘by 2027.

Hot spots for psychedelic retreats include Costa Rica, the Netherlands, and Peru, where participants can typically participate in meditation, yoga, and other programs amid lush nature.

ALSO READ: Post-pandemic travel: what will the travel look like in 2022?

Mix business and pleasure


Working from a beach may once have been only thinkable for freelancers, but the pandemic has accelerated the rise of the digital nomad.

Months of lockdown and telecommuting have shown us that many types of work don’t really need a desk or presence time to get the job done – and we’d all be better off for that. For both employees and bosses, a change in mindset is happening – the idea of ​​traveling the world while working remotely is now within our grasp.

It wasn’t long before companies jumped on the trend, either. Blueground, a startup that rents fully furnished apartments in 15 cities around the world, recently launched the Blueground Pass.

This pass gives digital nomads the freedom to jump between their collection of 4,000 apartments, all under one master lease. Meanwhile, Hilton is capitalizing on the desktop trend by rolling out hotel work packages tailored to those who mix business with pleasure.

Traveling green is in


Environmental awareness has sprouted over the past decade, and green travel is expected to remain strong in the post-pandemic period. An encouraging sign is a recent poll by travel tech giant Amadeus, which found that two-thirds of travelers around the world see sustainable travel as a priority.

This is played out in a penchant for venturing off the beaten track. Travelers eschew big cities for wild destinations and rural villages, explore safaris and resorts, and seek farm-to-table dining experiences.

The pristine Galapagos Islands, for its part, have seen an exponential increase in backpackers for its rich wildlife – snorkeling with sea lions, are you tempted? Meanwhile, hotels and resorts are taking the lead in reducing single-use plastics, turning to organic toiletries and bedding, and investing in composting systems.

Travel insurance is now essential


Once upon a time, the worst incident we had to worry about was loss of luggage or flight delays. These days, pandemic-like worries lurk around every corner: medical bills, quarantine issues, and trip cancellations, all of which can lead to hefty bills when they strike.

With the increase in new strains of Covid-19, let’s just say that our travel anxiety isn’t going away anytime soon. This means that travel insurance with Covid-19 coverage is no longer an added frill – it is on its way to becoming an essential safety net.

This article first appeared in Nomads of the city.

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HOMA unveils several projects in Thailand Thu, 16 Dec 2021 07:34:05 +0000

LEZANTES: The HOMA team celebrates the opening of the first property in Thailand – HOMA Phuket Town

(left) exterior rendering of the opening of HOMA Si Racha in Q4 2022; (right) interior at HOMA Si Racha

HOMA is pioneering a new approach to real estate in Thailand focused on affordability, sustainability and community (Photo: HOMA Phuket Town)

Following the launch of its inaugural property, HOMA Phuket Town, the innovative concept of coliving reveals plans for three more residences, including its first location in Bangkok.

PHUKET, THAILAND – HOMA, the pioneering new co-living concept, has unveiled plans to expand its collection of affordable, flexible and eco-friendly residential housing across Thailand, with the launch of three exciting new projects located in Si Racha, Phuket and Bangkok.

This innovative company debuted in October 2021 when it opened HOMA Phuket Town, a community of 505 units that combines the advantages of a serviced apartment with the facilities of a four-star hotel. These beginnings marked the start of a major growth strategy that will see HOMA invest approximately THB 8.4 billion in several new developments in Thailand and Asia Pacific.

The next step in the company’s expansion will be HOMA Si Racha, which is slated to open at the end of 2022 in a vibrant industrial center on Thailand’s east coast. The company acquired an existing serviced apartment building in the heart of the city center, close to the new Central Festival Si Racha shopping center, Surasak Montri park and Samitivej Si Racha hospital and business parks in proximity. HOMA is preparing to launch the conversion and renovation of the building for a total investment of 350 million THB in order to bring it into line with the contemporary vision and the environmental standards of the group.

The original 72-key complex is enhanced with the addition of an all-new wing, which will house studios and one-bedroom apartments for a total of 100 units. HOMA will also add a wide range of user-friendly facilities, many of which will appeal to the large number of Japanese expats who live and work in the region. These include a rooftop pool, golf simulator, authentic yakitori restaurant, and traditional onsen. Scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2022, HOMA Si Racha will be uniquely positioned to meet the unique needs of this market, and it will meet the sustainability goals that HOMA has set itself by pursuing the EDGE certification promoted by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the investment arm of the World Bank.

Nestled in a prime location close to the highly desirable west coast of Phuket, HOMA Choeng Thale will be the next new residence in the group’s collection. Scheduled to open by the end of 2023, this impressive new project will be developed from the ground up, in accordance with HOMA’s advanced design and sustainability standards. Long-term guests and short-term travelers alike will enjoy intuitive amenities including fully connected coworking space, rooftop pool, game room, fitness center , a kids’ club, and three food and drink outlets – an all-day cafe on the ground floor, a sunset-view restaurant, and a pool bar on the roof.

With an investment of THB 1.4 billion and a prime position in the main tourist area of ​​Phuket, HOMA Cherngtalay will provide an exceptional option for the island’s hospitality executives, as well as expats and digital nomads who want live comfortably and work remotely, a short distance away. from the beach, shops and restaurants. This location will complement HOMA Phuket Town, which focuses on professionals working in the healthcare, education and retail sectors.

HOMA can also now announce that it has entered into a letter of intent on a site for its inaugural property in Bangkok. This project, which will be unveiled soon, will become the company’s first residence in a capital. Scheduled to open in 2024, this new flagship property is slated to feature 250 keys and all the things that guests love about HOMA, such as its bright and affordable accommodation, community feel, coworking space, and premium hotel services. , including a team of “HOMA HOMA», Laundry, housekeeping and 24-hour reception.

Whichever HOMA they choose, every visitor can rest assured that their stay will be highly sustainable, with solutions such as solar panels, efficient appliances, LED lighting and air quality monitors. Each newly built property will meet the Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiency (EDGE) and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building standards.

At HOMA, we take a very customer-centric approach in everything we do. Each project is created taking into account the lifestyles of our residents. By being flexible and prioritizing the needs of today’s travelers, while eliminating the issues endured by modern tenants, we aim to establish a collection of creative and eco-friendly cohabitation communities that improve lives. of each customer. I look forward to enabling more people to “Live Better Lives” with HOMA in the years to come.,” noted Luca Dotti, founder and CEO of HOMA.

A joint venture between Asia Capital Real Estate (ACRE), a global real estate private equity firm, and MIDI Capital, a Thai developer of multi-family housing, HOMA will continue to expand its range of affordable and sustainable housing to even more markets in Thailand and the Asia-Pacific region.

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The 10 Coolest Places to Go in the Next 10 Years, According to Experts Tue, 14 Dec 2021 20:16:05 +0000

For years now, I’ve been asking some of the smartest people in the travel world what to expect for years to come. These super-agents know what they’re talking about, listening to their clients’ interests, keeping their eyes on their own adventures around the world and keeping their fingers on the pulse of the industry.

But this uncertain year, as I got down to it, something came to my mind: what’s the big rush? These places are not going to evaporate. If the present moment doesn’t make sense, there will be a time in the years to come when it makes more sense than ever.

I have tapped a few of the people I register with each year. Tom Marchant co-founder of luxury travel company Black Tomato. Jennine Cohen is an advisor to the new adventure travel company Uncharted and co-founder of Women Travel Leaders. And Andrea Ross is a travel coach at the new Kaanect, which helps people travel more consciously. Here’s what’s (in alphabetical order) on their radar.

Bend, Oregon

“Bend is to Oregon, in many ways, what Aspen is to Colorado,” says Marchant: “Well-heeled, full of bustling restaurants and shops, surrounded by a true open-air mecca and backed by a talented artistic community. This laid-back, under-the-radar enclave is full of character and hosts a constant range of seasonal activities, from festivals to concerts, bike races to breweries. But it’s the natural world that really attracts fly fishing, mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, and even exploring lava tubes to learn more about what makes the region’s soil so unique. Black Tomato’s new journey combines Bend and the Willamette Valley, with lava cave expeditions and helicopter tours.

Cambodia and Thailand

“As Thailand officially opened in November, we see early 2022 as the optimal time to visit,” proclaims Ross, who has been based in Cambodia for many years. “By then they will be really open with services available, but the crowds will not have returned en masse. Cambodia also opens this month, and the idea of ​​seeing Angkor Wat without the crowds is amazing. I will say that we also want to bring travelers back to South East Asia to help the drivers, guides and communities on the ground. We look forward to bringing travelers back, both to enjoy these countries without the crowds, but also to positively participate in their regrowth and recovery!

Cashel, County Tipperary, Ireland

“Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Irish Constitution, and with it ‘a new wave of high experience and service is coming,” notes Marchant. “The Rock of Cashel, one of Ireland’s most spectacular and iconic landmarks, is a sight to behold. Although the place has long attracted tourists, it was rarely a day trip as part of a larger itinerary. But there really is so much more to see, and this area is bursting with character, from local artisans, woolen mills and family owned distilleries to one of the best horse training establishments in the world. Warmth and authenticity radiate from every corner, and with the opening of an exciting new Relais & Châteaux hotel in Spring 2022, there is no better time to visit this truly wonderful part of Ireland.

Costa Rica

“Considered stable and secure, Costa Rica quickly recovered from the pandemic and continued to grow steadily last year in the luxury and adventure segments,” says Cohen. “Six Senses, One & Only and the new Nihi are all slated to open in Guanacaste, along with other global luxury hotel brands. Travelers flock to this “blue zone”, which is also known as one of the happiest countries in the world, to enjoy its microclimates, volcanoes, wildlife and beaches. But there are still places to see the authentic local flavor of Costa Rica which has put it on the map of one of the most biodiverse destinations in the world and a leader in sustainable travel in the first place. A great new way to access Costa Rica’s incredible wildlife is through the new Boena Wilderness Lodges, which are wholly owned by Costa Rica.

The Galapagos, Ecuador

“After a year of closure, the Galapagos are finally open and the marine and terrestrial fauna is more prolific than ever! says Cohen, “One of the world’s most awe-inspiring seascapes just got better. The President of Ecuador even recently announced at the COP26 summit in Glasgow the extension of the Galapagos Marine Reserve by 60,000 square kilometers, which is a very important step for the protection of endangered marine species. Uncharted works with a range of yachts that support conservation efforts and initiatives, the most exciting being the Aqua Mare, the first true small luxury yacht in the Galapagos, with a low carbon footprint and a great guide to guest ratio.


“We’ve long admired the beautiful Caribbean island of Granada for its under-radar appeal, with powdery shores and sensory stimulation on arrival, where the sweet air smells of sea salt, nutmeg and mace,” says Marchant. . “But now more than ever, the massive popularity of the Caribbean makes Grenada the ‘go-to’ place to visit, with so much more to do than ‘fly and flop’ on the beach. Miles of unfettered beaches juxtapose with rich virgin rainforests that are ripe for intrepid experiences and opportunities to give back, with two notable luxury hotel openings, Six Senses and Kimpton, making it hot for tourists. years to come.


Mexico is many countries in one, and more than just sitting on the beach, ”says Cohen, who recently moved to the country. “With thriving new artisans, modern and vibrant bazaars and markets, and a modern food scene, it’s hard to pass this gem of luxury travel and adventure that lies in our own backyard.” In addition, “Mexico was the only country on the planet to keep its borders open during the global pandemic. As the rest of the world halted, Mexico flourished in a major way with the arrival of international digital nomads and the return of a new wave of young Mexican artists and entrepreneurs, bringing the country an influx of sophisticated international influence and attention. A large number of exciting new hotels will be opening soon.


“There are more ways than ever to connect the vast landscapes of Patagonia,” notes Cohen. “Between Chile and Argentina there are a number of new sustainable hotel projects from both major players such as [the ever-expanding] Explore smaller, lesser-known independent brands such as Barranco in Chile and Posta de los Toldos, which let you explore the emerging Azul region in Patagonia. And more and more new conservation initiatives will come online in 2022, such as Rewilding Patagonia. “

Puerto Rico Islands

“While the main island of Puerto Rico is lovely (and a quick and inexpensive flight from the United States), if you want a less developed destination, the Island of Vieques, off the east coast of the main island, is the perfect escape, ”says Ross. “Accessible by small plane or ferry, it’s as remote as it gets easy to get to! Horseback riding along the beach, snorkeling above beautiful coral reefs, kayaking in the world’s largest bioluminescent bay, you get the distant feeling of a tropical paradise with the ease of inland travel. I visited the kids in October and we just loved this sweet little island. ”

Transylvania, Romania

“Transylvania is steeped in an extraordinarily rich history, and this year Romania welcomes its ninth UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Roșia Montană Mining Landscape. The region has recently received renewed interest from customers, and Romania is in fact the most biogeographically diverse country in the EU and one of the best places in Europe to view wildlife. A lack of luxury accommodation options has made Transylvania cumbersome for some travelers, but now that has changed. The newly opened Bethlen Estates, a luxurious and vividly revived ancestral mansion, is the place to stay. The original idea and vision of Gladys and Nikolaus Bethlen, the wife and son of the late Count Miklos Bethlen, they did their job to keep their ancestral ties alive and help preserve the region’s incredibly important biodiversity. rustic and upscale service and amenities make this one to watch.

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For JPYC CEO Noritaka Okabe, age is just a number Mon, 13 Dec 2021 23:05:22 +0000

Headline Asia led Series A of JPYC with Circle, which issues a stable USDC linked to the US dollar, and Infinity Ventures Crypto, which invests in promising startups in the Web 3.0 ecosystem.

JPYC Inc. was founded in November 2019. In January 2021, it began issuing JPYC, a Japanese yen-indexed stablecoin, as Japan’s first ERC-20 prepaid payment instrument. JPYC Inc. is actively working with various partners to increase JPYC use cases online and offline.

Jonathan M. Hayashi of Headline Asia, who was in charge of investing in JPYC, recently interviewed JPYC Founder and CEO Noritaka Okabe. Here’s what the pair discussed.

The following interview has been translated from Japanese. It has been consolidated and edited for brevity and clarity.

Jonathan M. Hayashi (JH): You have had such an interesting professional background, because you have been an entrepreneur all your life. Can you briefly share your life story with our readers?

Noritaka Okabe (NO): I was born in 1978 and I am currently 43 years old. I enrolled in Hitotsubashi University, majoring in economics, but hardly went to class. In 2001, at the age of 22, while I was still in school, I created my first business. It was a server-to-server trading company for in-game currency, a sort of money exchanger.

Subsequently, I operated several other websites, such as a price point website (the third in the industry at the time) and affiliate websites. At the same time, I was also helping to develop games. Finally, in 2017, I started my second business with the goal of helping people stay healthy by making them walk more.

We issued a virtual currency that would be allocated as compensation for walking. At the end of 2019, I founded my third company, which was eventually renamed JPYC Inc.

JH: Tell us about the virtual currency you issued in your last business. Is it legally registered as a crypto asset in Japan?

NO: It’s called Arukcoin. (Aruku means “to walk” in Japanese.) It is still operational, but I am no longer involved. The service connects to users’ smartphones to check the number of kilometers traveled. The more users walk, the more Arukcoin they get. They can also earn additional Arukcoin by going to specified locations.

It is not registered as a crypto asset in Japan, so it cannot be listed on any local crypto exchange. It could only be distributed for free, but could not be sold for a price. Additionally, the company cannot be a custodian, which means it cannot hold Arukcoin on behalf of users.

The JPYC team. Courtesy of JPYC via Headline Asia.

JH: One thing that’s amazing about JPYC Inc. is the age diversity of your employees. Heard that one of your CTOs joined the company at the age of 16?

NO: Yes! The average age of JPYC Inc. is approximately 24 years old. Our youngest member joined the company when he was 15, and now he’s 16. Many young people have approached us because of our former CTO. She joined the school when she was 16 and is now 18.

At JPYC, we don’t judge our employees on their gender, age, or previous experience, and we only hire people who can resonate with that culture. We have very young people here, but on the other hand, our oldest employee is 65 years old.

JH: How does it feel to run a business with such diverse gender and age? Can you share any lessons from this process?

NO: I am a big fan of the Japanese chess game Go. Also, I was a bit addicted to playing this game called Entrance, which is developed by Niantic, the game developer behind Pokémon Go. By playing these games, I was able to learn some management lessons.

Go is a give and take game. That is, you have to balance the profit you are willing to give your opponent against the profit you will get from him. You also need to decide when. This also applies to the management of the business. It’s a decision-making game. Every time you put a stone on a board, it’s a decision, and any one can be the decision to win or lose the game. So I think I’m well trained and very used to making decisions.

As for Entrance, it’s an online war game where I’ve given orders to thousands of other players. In EntranceI learned that a top-down organization, where a small group of authorities give exact instructions to a large group of people, worked much worse than a decentralized organization, where everyone can decide what to do based on a set of principles. With this, I apply the same logic to the execution of JPYC Inc.

JH: How is the company decentralized? Does everyone do what they want?

NO: First of all, a lot of our team members are digital nomads and hadn’t met in real life before the birthday party we had recently.

As for decision-making, they can determine their working hours themselves. If they want to do new things, they can just go ahead and do it. If they need additional resources, they can submit a request, and then the company’s finance department assesses the requests and provides the resources accordingly.

There are a lot of things that happen on their own. For example, we have clubs within the company, such as our Shogi Chess Club, Sauna Club, Crypto Trading Club, etc. Members have just started a new Slack channel and are meeting on their own.

JH: What do you hope to accomplish in the next 12 months?

NO: Well, 10 billion is a good number. I would aim for an issue amount of JPY 10 billion for JPYC. Also, we are actively recruiting engineers as well as English speaking talents. I hope that the people who join us now become a JPYC mafia, like the PayPal mafia, so that they learn a thing or two and then can start their own business in the future.

This article was written by Jonathan M. Hayashi, Senior Partner at Headline Asia. It is republished here with permission from Headline Asia.

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