April 18, 2021 – The 10 winners of the innovative Dubrovnik Digital Nomads in Residence (DNiR) competition have been announced. Meet them one by one. Then Charlie Brown from the UK in Zagreb.
The DNiR program, which was designed by Saltwater Nomads in partnership with Total Croatia News, the City of Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik Tourist Board (and funded by the latter two), is an innovative direction for the Pearl of the Adriatic, because it seeks to diversify its tourism strategy away from overtourism and following the pandemic.
My name is Charlie, I’m a freelance writer on wine, travel, food, entrepreneurship and finance, having sold my UK wine shop and bar last year, as well as my house and pretty much everything I own. for permanent life. the road.
1. You are a DN-iR winner. Congratulations! How do you feel?
Surprised, shocked and excited! It’s one of those things; If you had told me a year ago I would win a competition to live in Dubrovnik for a month, working on anything digital nomadic, I would have told you that you had absorbed my product too much and that it fit at home.
2. How did you hear about the competition and why did you decide to apply?
I saw it on a Facebook group. Ever since I left the safety of my old life, one of my goals was to say yes as much as possible; I saw the competition and thought that’s the kind of thing I could say yes to! Croatia is such a big country, after all. And as a Brit, since Brexit, I have been forced to think differently about the way I travel. For me, digital nomadic visas are an amazing idea, which will help open up the world as we slowly emerge from the pandemic. I love how forward thinking they are and want to be a part of them.
3. What special skills and ideas will you bring to the party?
Everything about wine, of course. For almost 10 years I haven’t thought of much else, so if you want wine tasting (or even drink wine) I’m your wife. And entrepreneurship advice, particularly around the creation of small, ethical and sustainable businesses. Then there is the writing, especially in the field of travel, food and wine.
I also have an encyclopedic knowledge on Eurovision of all things, and the competition takes place during the month we are in Dubrovnik, so if you want to know how many times Croatia has entered in the last 10 years or another made random, click me!
4. What do you most expect from DNIR?
Meeting new people and learning from them is definitely the priority. I love to learn how other people live, what they do, to have new perspectives on life. I also think that Dubrovnik’s new orientation towards sustainable tourism is very interesting and will open the city to a whole new way of welcoming visitors, and I look forward to being a part of it. Finally, on a personal note, I am very excited to discover Dubrovnik and its surroundings. I haven’t visited for 13 years so it’s not a part of Croatia that I know very well and I’m happy to change that.
5. Get involved in the community of Dubrovnik. Who or what would you like to connect with?
I think the best way to get to know a community is its food and alcohol. Wineries would therefore be number one, local craft breweries number two, but also all restaurants and bars focused on wine and regional cuisine.
Here is Charlie’s application video:
You can find out more about the program here.
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The winners announcement video:
Other winners have been presented so far:
Albert Cañigueral in Barcelona
Marlee McCormick in Texas
Carolyn Zenilow from USA in Stari Grad, Hvar
Kelsey Kay Love from Texas in LA
Rob Schubert from the Netherlands in Estonia
Ron Tardiff from the United States in Budapest
Zoltan Nagy from Hungary in Tenerife
Kaisu Koskela from Finland in Las Palmas
Alyssa Isogawa from USA / Japan in California