August 3, 2021 – Veronica Mulhall’s tenure as Zagreb’s Digital Nomad Ambassador has come to an end. She caught up with TCN before her next challenge – climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
Tourism in Croatia is changing, albeit slowly.
The shift to remote work is a small but rapidly growing factor in people’s lives these days. The freedom to travel the world as long as it accommodates remote office schedules is a rapidly growing trend. And which Croatia is perfectly ready to take advantage of.
The global PR generated by the Croatian Digital Nomad permit may not yet have been translated into approved permits, but it has done an even bigger job (at least in my opinion) in promoting Croatia as a destination. exciting nomad. Nomads are nomadic by definition, and although many will eventually benefit from the one-year permit, a much larger number will come to taste Croatia for 1 to 3 months. And the more information and commentary they have about the wonders of Croatia, the more likely they are to try.
All of this brings in a new tourist niche that has never really existed in Croatia before – work (or should it be work?), An extended period in a destination where people can explore life in the destination instead. than simply visiting it. Rather than a traditional vacation of 1 to 2 weeks, how about a 30-day stay, combining work and leisure over a month? Croatia has never marketed itself in this way before, but there seems to be a growing appetite for this type of stay based on questions on nomadic forums and social media. From my observations, the most common period for people interested in nomadism in Croatia is initially one month.
And while there are currently many information options for discovering a destination in 24, 36 and 72 hours, the concept of 30 days is relatively difficult to find. As we learned from the Dubrovnik Digital Nomad-in-Residence program, while many tourists think two days is enough for the city, Beyond the Walls: 4 Weeks in Dubrovnik Not Enough, say DNIR Digital Nomads.
The more emphasis is placed on longer stays, the more people will discover the charms of not only visiting a destination, but living there. The nomads of Dubrovnik were truly amazed at the wealth of options beyond the walls, and the more digital nomads I meet in Zagreb, the more I realize that the Croatian capital is a gem to be discovered on the nomad path. . Having participated in the organization of the first Digital Nomadic Conference last October in Croatia, the DNIR program, and now the Zagreb Digital Nomad Week and the Zagreb Digital Nomad Ambassador project, the comments of our long-time guests all indicate that ‘a huge change is coming. . And a change for the better. The visa surge may not yet have generated thousands of permits (and I personally think the process should be streamlined), but it has certainly contributed greatly to this growing interest in Croatia as a premier nomadic destination. plan.
The Zagreb Digital Nomad Ambassador project was a follow-up to the Zagreb Digital Nomad Week, an opportunity for us to experience Zagreb as a 30-day destination through the experiences of international nomads who were invited from the city for a month.
The first Ambassador, Veronica Mulhall – along with her partner Julian – not only fell in love with the city and is now considering buying property here, but she will be back for Advent as well. Veronica has had a very active time here (and we’ll be posting her google map of her findings in Zagreb shortly), and she will send us a few bits of her observations and experiences. But for now, here she is with her exit interview at Art Park Ribnjak, where she painted a mural in memory of her time here.
Veronica’s partner Julian was also working remotely while she was here, and he was also kind enough to talk about her experiences, which you can see in the video below. In a short time here, she managed to discover parts of the city and things to do that I had no idea.
Veronica’s last night included a presentation to this month’s Ambassador, South African Rudi Witkowsky, who arrived on Sunday with his partner, Victoria.
You can meet Rudi here, and if you want to connect with him during his time in Zagreb, you can contact him through Instagram.
Are you interested in becoming a digital nomad ambassador of Zagreb? Find out how here.
For more information and features on digital nodes in Croatia, see the dedicated TCN section.