Digital Nomads Thailand – Lost Nomad Wed, 23 Nov 2022 15:38:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Digital Nomads Thailand – Lost Nomad 32 32 Bargain land Japan beckons as outgoing calls remain silent Wed, 23 Nov 2022 01:51:44 +0000

With the weakening Japanese yen, the land of the rising sun has become the land of bargains, which will boost inbound travel to this most popular destination, the audience at WiT Seoul 2022 heard.

Quoting one of Japan’s most eminent economists, Jesper Koll, Kei Shibata, co-founder and CEO of Venture Republic – TRAVEL jp & Trip101, made these startling comparisons.

  • A Big Mac costs ($2.60) ¥390 in Tokyo versus $5.50 ($825 JPY) in Los Angeles, which (more than) doubles the purchasing power of the dollar on this side of the Pacific
  • Japanese labor costs fell to $33,000 per year on average, less than half of the $69,000 payment in the United States
  • A software engineer based in Tokyo now costs around 30% less than an engineer based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
  • And at ¥180 to the dollar, a nurse in Manila would earn more than one in Tokyo.

Jeremy Bek, Managing Director, Global Country Management Department, Travel Business, Rakuten, Inc, said that since the official announcement of Japan’s full reopening on September 22, the OTA has seen a 3,100% increase bookings from Hong Kong, 1,077% from Korea, 545% from Taiwan and 106% from the United States.

“In June, when Japan allowed package tours, adoption was very slow, but since July we have started to see a significant increase in search demand from Korea, which coincided with the launch of our new booking platform in July.

“From August, the increase in research demand became exponential when self-guided tours were allowed and in September all the floodgates opened.”

Korean travelers, he said, are turning to luxury and midscale four- and five-star hotels, with Rakuten seeing an average booking value 50% higher than before Covid. They also choose ryokans, with 59% opting for these Japanese-style accommodations, including luxury ryokans in Kanagawa, Shiga, Hokkaido and Hogyu prefectures.

Bek said Koreans are also becoming more adventurous, exploring new destinations such as Gunma, Shiga, Nagasaki, Hyogo, Kanagawa and Oita.

Japan Spotlight at WiT Seoul: Jeremy Bek, Rakuten Travel (center) and Kei Shibata, Trip101 and, sharing the trends they see as Japan reopens.

Shibata believes the number of arrivals could approach pre-pandemic levels by next year, even without Chinese visitors who account for 37% of arrivals in Japan. He said while China’s shutdown was bad in the short term, it could turn out to be a good thing in the long term.

“For Japan to achieve continued and sustainable growth, it needs to attract more travelers from Western markets and travelers who tend to stay longer and travel outside of Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. This is a good opportunity for Japan to change direction,” he said.

Shibata believes an opportunity market for Japan is digital nomads and urged authorities to consider issuing digital nomad visas.

He also said that Japan should consider exploiting the potential of the Indian market, which “is currently one of the most attractive markets in the world.” “Our biggest surprise at Trip101 is that this year, India has become our second largest user base in the world, after the United States.”

He said Japan needed to improve direct air connectivity, provide more vegetarian dining options and “inform Indian travelers that Japan is no longer an expensive destination.” It was their perception but that changed with the weakness of the yen”.

Bek had a different view of India. “We are not yet seeing a spike in search trends for travel to Japan from India. And it is a market that is very dependent on traditional agents and tours due to dietary restrictions. not very conducive to food for Indians.Despite the huge market opportunity, it is not an easy market to conquer due to its fragmentation and large market share of major local players who have built strong preference brand.

He said Rakuten would focus on two key areas: vacation rental/alternative accommodation as well as sustainability. “Our business unit, Rakuten Stay, is growing 48% year-over-year and we offer 100,000 rooms in Japan and overseas, including Hawaii, Guam, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore and Australia.”

Regarding sustainability, a study conducted by Rakuten showed that 74.6% of Japanese travelers are aware of sustainability issues such as “inappropriate waste in travel destinations, food waste in hotels, carbon emissions, preservation of local culture.

“Rakuten Travel takes active steps to raise awareness of sustainability issues and has created a program that includes awarding sustainability badges to hotels that are active and advanced in sustainability and listing actions taken by hotels.

“At Rakuten Stay, we have obtained renewable energy certificates and used 100% renewable energy in real terms for the operations of all self-managed accommodation establishments in Japan since 2021.”

Conversely, the weakness of the yen does not help the source market. Bek said that despite the increase in international flights, overseas travel is becoming expensive for Japanese travelers. Sharing data from Japan’s National Tourism Organization, he said monthly growth had been modest since March and was expected to slow from September.

Shibata added, “While we see it recovering from last year, with double year-over-year growth, we are still seeing very limited recovery from 2019.

“The outbound leisure market in Japan is generally based on package deals and our ( traffic figures for package deals over the past few weeks only show a single-digit recovery from 2019. The number of hotels and flights is better – somewhere around 30% of 2019 levels. My guess is that seasoned Japanese travelers have started going overseas while the majority of vacationers are staying at home.

What has recovered well is business travel at For Business. “We started seeing this before the summer and according to our top customers, their overseas business trips, especially to South Korea, are almost back to pre-pandemic levels.”

As for which global player would do well in Japan post-pandemic, Shibata cited Airbnb. “They have strengthened their position the most during the pandemic. Their brand and sourcing are strong and unique, and they spend the fewest marketing dollars on performance marketing of any major global OTA.

Meanwhile, Bek argues that while global OTAs have reduced their resources and support during the pandemic, local OTAs like Rakuten have supported hotels through various activities, both financial and operational, including the “hotel rescue” that helped turn hotels into quarantine facilities, as well as supporting the rollout of vaccination for hotel staff and guests.

“It has helped us continue to validate and strengthen relationships with our partners who in turn show their support for Rakuten Travel with the opening of inbound Japan.”

Featured Image: Oita (Beppu, Yufuin), one of the new Japanese destinations discovered by South Koreans. Photo credit: Rakuten Travel

The five-figure layoffs are here, the big ones we’ve been waiting for. But the laid off people are scattered around the world Tue, 15 Nov 2022 10:06:11 +0000

Other companies are licking their chops to finally be able to hire tech workers.

By Wolf Richter for WOLF STREET.

Amazon made the news today on reports based on sources that it is laying off up to around 10,000 full-time employees, or less than 1% of its 1.5 million employees worldwide; after Meta announced it would lay off 11,000 people, or about 13% of its workforce; after Twitter laid off 50% of its 7,500 employees worldwide and, in a second wave this weekend, canceled 4,400 to 5,500 contractors. This comes after months of small-scale layoffs in ‘tech’ – and ‘tech’ these days is anything that makes up part of its online business, used car dealerships (carvana) to taxi companies (Lyft).

But where are these layoffs?

For example, Twitter. It has offices all over the world. Its 50% announcement included its staff in India. It had over 200 employees in India and over 90% have been laid off.

Then there are H1-B visa holders. Technology employs a large number of them. Twitter didn’t specifically address this, but Meta did. They only have a certain amount of time to find another sponsoring employer, and if they don’t find one, they will lose their visa and have to leave the country.

Twitter also laid off 784 workers in San Francisco, where it is headquartered, according to Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) law filings with the state; it laid off 106 employees in San Jose; and 93 in Santa Monica.

According to the WARN law filed with the state of Washington on Monday, 208 Twitter employees were laid off in Seattle. The layoffs are scattered across the United States and around the world.

The roughly 4,400 to 5,500 contractors who were laid off over the weekend were based around the world, including India.

Twitter has adopted working from home as a permanent approach. Employees who lived in San Francisco before the pandemic may have moved to inland California or other states. Others could have turned into digital nomads, working in a tropical paradise.

Meta had also switched to working from home for many employees. Of those 11,000 employees Meta is laying off, 362 will come from an office in San Francisco, according to supervisor Matt Dorsey, citing a WARN Act notice the city had received.

In total, about 2,564 of Meta’s 11,000 global layoffs will occur in the Bay Area, according to the California Employment Development Department’s WARN Act notices.

It was those works were located. But maybe not where the people are situated. This does not mean that these employees actually lived in the Bay Area. Some might have moved within California or other states, and some might be working from Mexico or Thailand or elsewhere.

Amazon: after hiring 800,000 people in two years, laying off 10,000

Amazon is an e-commerce retailer and a brick-and-mortar retailer with its Whole Foods Market stores; it’s also a technology company because of its cloud division, AWS. But it’s not about laying off at AWS.

According to the report, published first by The New York Times and later by others including The Wall Street Journal which later cited its own sources, the cuts will primarily affect company staff, not warehouse staff. . Much of the layoffs will be in Amazon’s retail division, human resources and its devices division, which makes Alexa smart speakers, among other gadgets, and has 10,000 employees. The retail division had already imposed a hiring freeze in October.

Since the first quarter, Amazon has reduced its huge 1.5 million global workforce by attrition of about 78,000 jobs. And attrition has become easy, given the massive turnover in the general workforce, the large number of people leaving their jobs to take better jobs, and the large number of job openings that companies were aggressively trying to fill. The jump in employment has been richly rewarded: while the wages of people who stay in their jobs increased by 7.7%, the wages of people who change jobs jumped by 15.2% in October, according to the ADP’s National Jobs Report.

And the layoffs of up to 10,000 people at Amazon are minor compared to the 800,000 people hired by Amazon during the pandemic boom – from late 2019 to late 2021 – the biggest boom ever for e-commerce. And it’s just that a little common sense comes down to management.

In recent weeks, Amazon has already canceled contractors who work in recruiting, according to sources cited by the WSJ.

A bit of common sense returns to the most distorted job market ever.

There is now a long list of “tech” companies that have laid off people. Mortgage lenders have been laid off since late last year when their mortgage refinance business began to fade [read, Mortgage Lender Woes]. If you are looking for a job in mortgage banking, it will be difficult. But there are plenty of other jobs available in finance.

And layoffs don’t mean these people won’t work. Many of them are inundated with inquiries from recruiters – even though the jobs may not pay as well as what they had at Meta, Twitter or Amazon.

There are plenty of non-tech companies aggressively seeking tech workers: automakers hiring like maniacs for their new electric vehicle divisions, industrial companies, small businesses, and more. They’ve been pushed aside by Big Tech with its huge salaries and huge stock compensation packages.

These less glamorous companies have a lot of tech jobs to fill, and have struggled to fill, and now they’re breathing a sigh of relief because they have a better chance of being able to hire talent, although those former Amazon, Twitter and Meta-workers may complain about the lower quality of these jobs compared to their former jobs. But it’s the kind of thing that brings some sanity back to this most distorted job market ever.

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Digital nomads and visas: what you need to know about working abroad Fri, 11 Nov 2022 22:50:19 +0000

Whether you dream of traveling or live vicariously, here's everything you need to know about remote work abroad.

Whether you dream of traveling or live vicariously, here’s everything you need to know about remote work abroad.

Photo by whereslugo via Unsplash

As remote work increasingly becomes a new norm, some American workers have become digital nomads, abandoning their home office to work remotely abroad.

The number of American immigrants Mexico reached a “record high” this year, the Mexico News Daily reported in early November. More than 8,000 Americans have received temporary resident visas in Mexico so far this year — an increase linked to remote workers, the outlet reported, citing data from the country’s Interior Ministry.

Whether you’re trying to figure out this new work trend or considering joining, here’s everything you need to know about digital nomad visas and the reality of remote work abroad.

What are digital nomads and digital nomad visas?

A digital nomad is someone who works remotely from outside their home country, according to Investopedia. By extension, digital nomad visas are visa programs specifically targeted or often used by these types of people to allow them to legally work abroad.

What are the pros and cons of digital nomads?

The rise of digital nomads has resulted in a complex mix of advantages and disadvantages for workers, host countries and local residents.

For host country governments, digital nomads are often a source of income because they spend money during off-peak seasons and stay longer than other tourists, Euronews reported. In Europe, educated foreign workers are also compensating for aging populations and “brain drain”.

For digital nomads, working abroad is an opportunity to travel while pursuing their careers and having a stable income, reports Investopedia. Tax implications Working overseas, however, can be complicated and vary by company and country, International Citizens reported.

For local residents, the presence of foreign teleworkers — and their higher purchasing power — often contributes to shift and gentrification, Fast Company reported. This “imbalance of power” between locals and wealthier outsiders is being labeled and criticized as neo-colonialism, the newspaper reported.

Mexico has experienced thesetraps“, reported Vox. Rising housing costs and rising inflation have only worsened with the arrival of America’s digital nomads. The “sharp” racial, ethnic and class disparities between American workers wealthier, whiter and local Mexicans have made these issues “hard to stomach,” the outlet reported.

Which countries offer digital nomad visas?

Nearly 50 countries offer digital nomad visas under a variety of names, according to a regularly updated list by Nomad Girl. Many of these countries are warm, tropical and tourist-friendly.

Here are 10 countries from five different regions offering digital nomad visas:

Remote work from Europe:

  • Malta: A small island nation suspended in the Mediterranean Sea between the southern coast of Italy and the northern coast of Libya, Malta offers a one-year stay nomadic residence permit intended for non-European teleworkers. The candidates for the visa $340 must prove that they have a rental contract and that their income exceeds $2,800 per month.

  • Portugal: A small country on the southwestern coast of Europe known for its beaches, Portugal offers a one-year renewable D7 Remote work / Digital Nomad Visa. The Visa at $93 depends on proof of monthly income and Employment contract.

Other European countries offering digital nomad visas include, by Nomad Girl and euro news: Albania, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Montenegro, Norway, Romania and Spain.

Working remotely from Africa:

  • Mauritius: Island state off the east coast of Africa, Mauritius offers a one-year stay Premium Visa no filing fees. The visa requires proof of monthly but accurate income no minimum amount.

  • Namibia: A neighbor to the northwest of South Africa, Namibia is the first country on the African continent to offer digital nomad visas. Namibia launched its Digital nomad visa in mid-October. The six-month visa costs around $60 and requires the applicant to have a monthly income of $2,000.

Other countries in Africa and the Middle East offering digital nomad visas include, per Nomad Girl: Cape Verde, the city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and the Seychelles.

Remote work from Asia:

  • Indonesia: The Southeast Asian island nation that includes Bali, Indonesia does not offer official digital nomad visa — again — but offers several tourist visas that unofficially perform the same function, Nomads Embassy reported. The two most popular options are the 30-day tourist visa renewal on arrival and the Bali B211a visa renewable for up to six months.

  • Thailand: Thailand, a Southeast Asian country, offers a 10-year contract Long-term resident visa with high education and annual income requirements. However, like those in Indonesia, American digital workers in Thailand will travel to a 60 day tourist visawhich can be renewed in the country for an additional 30 days.

Other Asian countries offering digital nomad visas include, per Nomad Girl: Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Taiwan.

Remote work from Central and South America:

  • Costa Rica: Costa Rica, a tropical country in Central America, offers a one year Remote workers and service providers Visa. The $100 visa requires applicants to earn at least $3,000 per month.

  • Mexico: Bordering the southern United States, Mexico offers Temporary resident visa with a minimum stay of six months and a maximum of four years. The visa costs $48 and requires a monthly income of at least $2,108, although this varies with the exchange rate.

Other countries in Central and South America offering digital nomad visas include, by Nomad Girl and Travelway of life: Belize, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Panama.

Working remotely from the Caribbean:

  • The Bahamas: A chain of Caribbean islands and a popular beach vacation destination, the Bahamas has a Bahamas Extended Access Travel Stay program. Applying for the one year visa costs $1,025 in total and requires a letter from the applicant’s current employer.

  • Barbados: An island in the Eastern Caribbean, Barbados has a digital nomad visa program called the Barbados welcome stamp. The one-year program costs $2,000 for individual applicants and requires an annual income of $50,000.

Other Caribbean countries offering digital nomad visas include, per Nomad Girl: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat and Saint Lucia.

Aspen Pflughoeft covers real-time news for McClatchy. She graduated from Minerva University where she studied communications, history and international politics. Previously, she reported for Deseret News.

Thailand drops foreign land ownership proposal, cites ‘sensitive’ issue Wed, 09 Nov 2022 10:19:38 +0000

Thailand withdrew a proposal allowing foreigners to buy up to one rai – the Thai equivalent of 0.4 acres – of ground in Thailand, a government official said on Tuesday, despite the plan’s previous approval by the cabinet.

Thailand’s Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda says the proposal has been removed from the cabinet’s agenda as it is a ‘sensitive’ issue that requires further consideration, Bangkok Post reported.

“We have to take the case back for review because it is sensitive. It needs to be reviewed to assess the positive and negative effects on the economy and society,” Anupong told reporters.

The draft bill, previously approved in principle by the cabinet on October 26, would allow foreigners to buy land in Thailand if they invest 40 million baht ($1.1 million) in securities or bonds over three years.

Thai Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said the Interior Ministry withdrew the proposed bill to solicit public opinion and decide whether to resubmit it to the cabinet within the next 15 days.

Public concern

The draft settlement was aimed at wealthy expats, retirees and digital nomads who wish to reside in Thailand, as well as highly skilled professionals.

To be eligible for the program, applicants must make investments in Thailand in the form of bonds issued by the Thai government, real estate or infrastructure funds, real estate investment trusts, legal entities or companies promoted by the Board of Investment.

The program is expected to boost the Thai economy by 1 trillion baht ($26.5 billion) and investments by 800 billion baht ($21.2 billion), with an estimated income of 270 billion baht (7, $2 billion), according to local reports.

However, residents fear that this could trigger a spike in land prices and make it difficult for locals to buy land.

Tanit Sorat, vice-president of the Employers’ Confederation of Thai Commerce and Industry, welcomed the ministry’s decision to withdraw the proposal and said the amount of investment required was too low for wealthy foreigners.

Tanit said locals are also concerned that the scheme will incentivize Chinese investors to acquire more land in Thailand.

“They are also concerned about future land speculation and its potential to open doors for foreigners – especially Chinese businessmen who run ‘grey’ businesses in Thailand such as bars, massage parlors and gambling dens. – to buy large land,” Tanit said. Bangkok Post.


Aldgra Fredly is a Malaysia-based freelance writer covering Asia-Pacific news for The Epoch Times.

Marketing in Thailand as a Foreigner: Volume 2.2 Ad Campaign Crossroads: Global Materials vs. New Investment Mon, 31 Oct 2022 02:54:24 +0000

Sometimes it’s okay to wear socks and sandals

Foreign traders sometimes have to be bold enough to wear socks and sandals in a tropical country like Thailand to stand out. If you are wondering why: READ HERE. I have no room to rewrite all of this; otherwise, you would think that this article is too long, but it is already long enough that I have to separate this volume into 2 parts.

2nd volume.2: Ad Campaign Crossover: Global Materials vs. New Investment PART 2

In the last post, I have discussed the most basic but essential criterion if you should follow your marketing instinct to invest in new localized materials or use the already existing global materials. I highly recommend you read or re-read it to make sense of my other checklist in this article!

2nd factor: are your products functional enough on their own?

If a product could sell itself due to unique features, investing in a new advertising campaign conveying a brand message might not be essential. I also applied this to one of my projects called Zoflora, a scented sanitizer. The brand has just entered the Thai market and its biggest rival is Dettol. The sore point is that Dettol reeks of hospital reminiscence. With Zoflora coming with a fragrance-like sanitizer, it’s already functional. Creating a brand new VDO to tackle the pain points of Thai culture is not so effective in exchanging the budget when you have such a top function.

We would rather invest in a peer-to-peer approach which is super profitable. No production is necessary. Just count on the creative freedom of influencers. Thais are obsessed with genuine recommendations on certain brands telling a story for consumers to buy products. After reviewing how functionally unique the product is, Thai digital nomads love to be early adopters talking about valuable products! In that case, leveraging word of mouth from real users with a combination of existing materials from around the world might already be a strong enough approach.

The honest reviews that propelled Zoflora to #1 sold out product on Lazada overnight in the category without having to invest in expensive materials

The final factor: how well-established is your brand globally?

Suppose I sell a basic product from an internationally renowned brand like Nivea or Garnier. The secret sauce to successful commodity sales without a distinct breakthrough feature is the number of shelves (both physical and digital) your products could be on. With enough shelves, your products are already screaming inanimately for shoppers to read labels and add your products to their carts. Suppliers are eager to add your products to their shelves if you can prove that your products have sufficient demand and establishment through your global fame reference. You can see the success of these global brands in terms of sales sometimes using unrelated brand stories or talents. Why invest in newly expensive materials when your shelving game is beyond intense, especially when that’s what your products are selling for?

Let’s take a look at another establishment example: “The expected arrival”. Let’s say my brand is a famous international restaurant chain that is expanding its branch in Thailand. We Thais couldn’t resist showing off. We have to share our excitement online in exchange for the social currency of our worldliness of having experienced this delicacy abroad. It’s the chain reaction for people to start talking about your arrival.

Marketing in Thailand as a Foreigner: Volume #2.2 Ad Campaign Crossover: Global Materials vs. New Investment |  News by Thaiger

Shake Shack announced their arrival with just “Sawasdee” featuring an elephant that symbolizes Thailand. It’s an effective and free approach to attacking their potential audience. Everyone is talking about the arrival of Shake Shack, and demand has since increased due to the established notoriety that has been hyped to create expectations.

With these two examples, why does your brand or product need to incorporate an advertising campaign to create awareness of your presence or value when your global establishment is kicking in?

If these 3 questions could be answered with clarity, your marketing hub should be less cluttered now!

  1. Business objective: Do pain points that require localization really exist, or is it just your marketing need because you feel the lack of local understanding?
  2. Unique Features: do your products have features that could easily create a buzz and already be the solution to Thai life?
  3. Fame: Do your brands have the previous notoriety that could be the asset to skyrocket sales or instantly create massive awareness?

If you’re at your wit’s end deciding whether to localize new materials or use international materials, consider these 3 points. I hope they could help somehow.

The point of this article isn’t to tell anyone to stop localizing ad campaigns and come up with new ones, but to really consider the effectiveness of your investment. Finding the weak points of how your products could be an undiscovered gem Thais have been waiting for and customizing new advertising campaigns with a colossal investment can be just as effective as using your existing global materials. But the hard part is being bold enough to get rid of your first instinct of being a foreigner who doesn’t know the local nuances and focus on the variations that sell your products instead.

If you’re bold enough to get rid of your alien saboteur, yes, you’ll probably look weird.

Yes, you will be notoriously remembered for your quirkiness. But one thing is that your ads will be unforgettable in our small country, which is the base of marketing. Remember, Justin Bieber once took off his socks and sandals!

Writer: Don Gorrith, Senior Strategic Planner at Yell advertising Bangkok

]]> Jono Hotels Unveils a New Era of Smart, Transparent and Social Hospitality in Phuket Fri, 28 Oct 2022 04:35:13 +0000

With a contemporary design, comfortable bedding and modern amenities, the 21 m² Recharge rooms are ideal for all types of travelers.

Each bathroom has a sleek, minimalist design

JonoX Phuket Karon has a rooftop infinity pool and bar where travelers can relax day or night

Recently opened just steps from the beachfront, JonoX Phuket Karon takes the unnecessary hassle out of the hotel and creates seamless stays for modern nomads, Gen X to Gen Z or anyone in between.

PHUKET, THAILAND – Are you looking for a new way to stay, play, relax and rejuvenate that provides the perks of a world-class hotel, while getting rid of all the nonsense that can hold you back and drive you mad? The wait is over; Jono Hotels (which derives from “Journey of the Nomad”) is here to keep you connected, put a smile on your face and put the spirit of discovery back into your travels.

The world’s first Jono Hotel has just opened in Karon Beach, the chic beachfront enclave on Phuket’s Sunset Coast. This innovative new lifestyle brand aims to make your life easier, whether you’re Gen X, Gen Z or anyone in between. Like that reliable friend you invite on your trip, JonoX Phuket Karon is here for you. Our goal is to make every stay fun, laid-back and carefree, while using state-of-the-art technology to put the whole destination at your fingertips. Business or leisure, young or old, short break or long vacation, we’ll treat you like family.

“At Jono Hotels, we understand that the world has evolved and the needs of travelers have changed. As a new player in the market, we can embrace a new approach to hospitality that eliminates those annoying and inefficient practices of the past and shapes the entire experience around your needs, our customers. Personal and playful, smart and social, innovative and insightful, we want to make every stay completely seamless. Like the warm and welcoming sea breeze drifting from the Andaman Sea, JonoX Phuket Karon will be a breath of fresh air for modern explorers,” revealed Bjorn RichardsonSenior Vice President – Hotel and Property Operations at Boutique Corporation PLC, when asked about Jono Hotels and JonoX Phuket Karon, the brand’s first hotel management deal.

Located in the heart of the action, just steps from the soft sandy beach, JonoX Phuket Karon offers everything you need for a rewarding adventure, without unnecessary hassle. The 121 rooms range from stylish 21-square-meter Recharge Rooms, with king or plush twin beds, to more spacious 35-square-meter RechargeX Rooms, which also offer bunk beds for youngsters. Clean, contemporary design and intuitive amenities like smart TVs, high-speed Wi-Fi, power showers, kettles and more make it easy to relax. Forget the long waits at reception or the “0” for the operator; The hotel’s dedicated app lets you speak to reception in your native language, order room service, organize a trip, book activities and more, all from your smartphone.

The sparkling rooftop infinity pool is the perfect place to rise above the crowds and relax in style, including a separate children’s area, while a colorful children’s playroom is available when parents need a break. Freshly prepared local and international cuisine can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch and dinner at the 360 ​​Restaurant, and the rooftop Altitude Bar is open all day and late into the night, allowing guests to socialize and relax. sip cool cocktails.

For executives and entrepreneurs, an intimate meeting room can accommodate up to ten people and is equipped with integrated audiovisual equipment to bring your presentations to life. With solid doors that keep noise out, this private room doubles as a coworking space – perfect for the new generation of digital nomads.

Ookla’s Speedtest Global Index: Bucharest Bucharest is among the top 10 cities in the world with the best fixed broadband Mon, 24 Oct 2022 09:10:41 +0000

Ookla shared its annual report Overall speed test index insight, breathing a room of optimism for Bucharest as one of the most sought-after places to live for digital nomads.

The Romanian capital ranks 7th among the best cities in the world in terms of fixed broadband, one place above the previous year’s ranking, comfortably above Los Angeles, Tokyo, Abu Dhabi, Zurich, Paris, and more with a record 195.6 Mbps download speed.

Overall, Romania’s ranking improves slightly by three places to 11th in fixed broadband speeds, just above the United Arab Emirates, Switzerland, France, New Zealand, etc

For the record, Ookla reports that China is the top country in the world, with Shanghai at the top of the global performance index for the mobile list (158.63 Mbps) and Beijing leading the fixed broadband with 238.86 Mbps.

Bucharest continues to push its place as a paradise for digital nomads. Earlier this year, President Klaus Iohannis introduced “Digital Nomad Bills” to attract foreigners who wish to obtain a long-term visa in Romania while working for a company registered abroad, under certain conditions.

Big 7 Travel and travel sites also ranked the capital 15th in their top 25 cities for digital nomads. Several factors, including cost of living, visa procedures, coworking spaces and expat experiences have played a role in Bucharest’s place among the likes of Bali (Indonesia), Chiang Mai (Thailand), Madeira (Portugal), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) and Lisbon (Portugal).


The problem with digital nomad visas Fri, 21 Oct 2022 04:15:30 +0000

As Southeast Asia begins to recover from the effects of the pandemic on international travel, many Southeast Asian countries have created new visas to attract foreign workers and digital nomads. Indonesia’s Digital Nomad Visa allows foreign nationals to live in . Malaysia has launched its own digital nomad visa which will allow a . And Thailand has also joined the game with a 10-year Long Term Residence (LTR) visa for wealthy foreigners in the tech sector.

The benefits expected by host country governments are clear. Tourism has played such an important role in Southeast Asia’s economy – accounting for up to 20% of pre-pandemic GDP in the case of Thailand. With tourism hitting hard over the past three years, governments are looking for ways to support the economy with spendthrift travelers and create jobs. Indonesia’s tourism minister said the five-year visa will help create more while in Thailand, the government hopes that the LTR visa can yield wealthy and talented foreign workers over the next five years. The Thai government also estimates that the new LTR program will bring in around $25. over the next decade.

But most discussions of digital nomad policies lack criteria other than economic growth to evaluate them. Ideas like equity, inequality and the common good are rarely heard. A fuller picture of the programs would include the harmful effects they can have on their host countries.


These visa regimes come with all sorts of attractive tax advantages for foreign nationals. The whom Indonesia hopes to lure to the shores of Bali will not have to pay tax on their overseas earnings. In Thailand, persons benefiting from the LTR will benefit from a flat and reduced tax rate of .

But if these workers make a lot of money, especially by local standards, from their remote jobs, is it fair that they pay less tax to under-resourced governments? While an Indonesian would be taxed at 30% if he earned more than 500 million rupees per year (US$33,000), a foreign worker would earn his income tax-free. In Thailand, it’s a similar situation. Foreign workers would only have to pay 17% compared to the 35% tax a Thai would pay on earnings over 5,000,000 baht (US$130,000) per year. In the long term, Thai nationals would generally bear greater responsibility and burden for paying government taxes.

Perpetuating global and local inequalities

Another problem is that these visa regimes generally favor only the wealthy and exacerbate class and income inequality globally and locally. On the one hand, these programs aim to attract foreigners from more developed countries. Thailand targets specific groups in Europe and expects LTR requests will come from Europe. But what about skilled digital nomads from other countries who want to relocate but can’t meet the income threshold? And not only that, but what about blue collar workers who have the potential to also contribute to the economy?

On the other hand, there will also be economic impacts on local residents. If digital nomads with high purchasing power enter a country, they could also drive up the price of basic goods and necessities in that country. For example, in Mexico, prices for rental homes and vacation homes increased by . Could this foreshadow what could become of Southeast Asia?

In some ways, this is already happening. A a survey of the gentrification of tourism in Bali (2021) finds that “gentrification of tourism leads to an increase in the rental value of land and property”.

Another example is the price of rents in Singapore. New expatriates, such as those , are partly responsible for the increased demand in the city-state’s rental market. This year, properties rented by expats are increasing on average by . What happened in Singapore could very well happen in Bangkok and other Southeast Asian cities, displacing people from their homes because they simply can’t afford it anymore.

Changing cultural fabric

Not only can we expect an increased economic burden on local residents, but cultural shifts and commodification are also occurring to meet the needs of visitors.

Cities and places are only too happy to adapt to meet the preferences of foreign digital nomads. Growing up in Bangkok, I see the changes every time I come back. A local family shop goes bankrupt and a glamorous air-conditioned cafe with English menus takes its place. Thanks to urban sprawl, the city is getting bigger and bigger and the sphere of this changing culture is expanding. Where my mother lives, which used to be the end of the train line, is now considered the ‘town’ and there are many nearby restaurants that cater to a western clientele in the area.

As tourism increases, destinations gentrify and tourist facilities are built to accommodate newcomers. This change can erase the local culture and way of life. The case of Bali shows friction between locals and newcomers; there is local residents that digital nomads are invading the island and some locals see tourism of their culture (such as temples and rituals) as “.”

How to reconcile protection of citizens and economic recovery?

The increase in global movements that emerged after the pandemic can and will be used as a means of economic recovery in Southeast Asian countries. But as the wave of digital nomads reaches its climax, governments should also consider the multi-level implications that their projects bring, namely the impact on their country’s culture and people.

Is there a way to promote and share their culture in a less commercial and commodified way? Or is there a way to incentivize and protect long-time residents from rising prices and gentrification?

There are no easy answers, but finding a way to balance economic recovery with the needs and interests of their citizens will be key as we enter an era of increased digital nomadism.

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Namibia has just rolled out a digital nomad visa. It’s pretty cheap – as long as you have the cash. Mon, 17 Oct 2022 04:32:24 +0000

Namibians recommend the Fish River Canyon as a must visit for digital nomads.

  • Namibia has joined the growing list of countries offering a digital nomad visa.
  • If your income is around R37,000 per month and you have a clean criminal record, you can apply.
  • The cost of living in major Namibian cities is lower than in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
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Want to become a digital nomad but don’t want to stray too far from home? Now you can go right next to it.

With the new Namibia Digital Nomad program, you can get a visa to live and work in the country for six months. The visa allows our participants to work, travel and study in Namibia, and you can apply online.

All you need (besides the usual travel documents, insurance and police certificate) is to show your proof of income or funds to support yourself and your dependents. You must have $2,000 (around R37,000) per month for yourself, $1,000 (R18,000) per month for an accompanying spouse and $500 (R9,000) per accompanying child per month.

The visa application costs $62, the equivalent of just over R1,000.

This cost is comparable to Malaysia’s digital nomad visa, but significantly cheaper than the Thai offer. It is also much cheaper than visas for countries in Europe and North and Central America.

The cost of living in Windhoek is cheaper than in Cape Town or Johannesburg, but eating out is more expensive. The rent in Swakopmund is cheaper than Cape Town and Johannesburg, but eating out and buying groceries will cost you between 4% and 7% more.

Namibia has decent connectivity and a national network coverage footprint of 98%. This means you can connect to the Internet from virtually anywhere in the country. Monthly plans are usually less than R1,000 per month.

If you want to be more mobile, just note that the cell phone service becomes patchy the farther you travel from major hubs, and not all resorts and national parks have reliable Wi-Fi.

Once there and settled in (and you’ve hired a car, everything in Namibia is a long way off), here are some of the top attractions Namibians suggest you try:

  • Hike the Fish River Canyon in Ai-Ais/Richtersveld Park in the south of the country. It is the second in size after the Grand Canyon.
  • Fly in a hot air balloon over Sossusvlei, home to the largest sand dunes in the world.
  • Explore the dunes of Sandwich Harbor, where the desert meets the sea.
  • Take a half-day tour of Windhoek and see both sides of the city, including the township of Katutura.
  • For wildlife photography, Etosha National Park in the north offers classic open vehicle safaris.
  • Visit the ancient rock carvings of Twyfelfontain, which date back around 6,000 years.
  • Go stargazing in the NamibRand Nature Reserve. It is one of the most surreal experiences as the International Dark-Sky Association has declared the reserve as the first dark sky reserve in Africa.
  • Visit the ghost town of Kolmanskop.
Why Portugal has become one of the most popular destinations of the year Sat, 15 Oct 2022 15:37:48 +0000

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There is a European country that has slowly developed and is now not only one of the most popular destinations in Europe but in the world. Portugal has always been on the radar; its famous wines, local culture and traditions have always been of global interest, but now Portugal wears a giant crown of popularity.

Portugal has stolen the show from Spain, Italy and France and has offered travelers some great experiences on the old continent in recent years. This country has delicious cuisine, great vineyards, gorgeous beaches and the fascinating history that travelers crave. This 2022, according to My Dolce Casa officePortugal secured the top spot as the preferred destination to move or retire for Americans.

And that’s not all. Condé Nast recently announced that Portugal got first place as the best country in the world in the prestigious Readers’ Choice Awards 2022. Followed by Japan, Thailand, Singapore, India and Greece in the ranking, this European destination was preferred by seasoned travelers.

tourist watching the sunset in Porto

People want to visit and even live in Portugal. Digital nomads have also landed on Portuguese soil as the country offers digital nomad visa and has a famous digital nomad village in Madeira. But why is everyone interested in Portugal in 2022?

Portugal has it all… and less expensive!

For those looking for the European experience, Portugal has it all and, compared to other popular European countries, for less money. And travelers can get there easily, there is three international airportsin Lisbon, Porto and Faro.

The essential traditional dishes such as the famous pastel de nata– a small egg tart dessert loaded with savory flavors – can cost as little as $1 – at world famous cafes and bakeries. There is also the famous Port Wine which you can drink in a beautiful bar just across the Douro River in Porto and choose from a wide variety of prices and taste the distinctive and cheaper local wines. People also enjoy the local Bacalhau fish and Portuguese sardines and the popular pork sandwiches called bifanes.

Portuguese cuisine next to the beach.

Even though prices have increased in recent years, Portugal remains very affordable. Car hire is not a cheap option as petrol prices have risen, but trains and buses are convenient and affordable. Between November and February, travelers can find very cheap accommodation in great locations.

The most popular cities, such as Lisbon and Porto, offer free museums, festivals and activities at low prices. There are options for all types of travelers, from wine tasting tours and surfing to hiking and castle visits.

And those who want to save even more can also explore more unpopular destinations that also offer unique and beautiful experiences. Breathtaking beaches, ancient and unique architecture and delicious local cuisine can be found in many places.

Friendly people and fascinating destinations

Lots of people are walking along the historic riverside of the Douro River, sunny day

Portugal was also considered one of the friendliest countries in the world according to the 2022 Readers Choice Awards. The country in first place is Ireland, but Portugal got the second place. According to travelers, the Portuguese are hospitable, easy-going and very friendly to tourists, but avoid comparing their country to Spain. And, compared to French citizens, Portuguese locals have a better reputation for their behavior towards foreign visitors.

Portugal outdoor restaurant

There are so many cities to explore, but here are three of the favorite destinations for travelers in Portugal right now:

  • Lisbon: The beautiful capital offers visitors impressive architecture, modern culture, vibrant nightlife and tasty cuisine.
  • Porto: This charming town has a beautiful river where colorful boats constantly pass each other. Local wine is a must, and visitors can explore fascinating gems like the Lello Library.
  • Madeira: Very popular among digital nomads right now and a special experience for those who want to learn more about local diversity. This archipelago offers beaches, historical attractions, botanical gardens and much more.
port of madeira

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Portugal: Top 10 Things Travelers Should Know Before Visiting

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