From Istria to Podgorica, “Digitalni Nomadi” enters mainstream media

October 23, 2021 – Unheard of a year ago, the term “digitalni nomadi” occupies an increasing number of column inches, not only in Croatia, but also in the wider region.

18 months ago, few people in Croatia knew the term “digital nomad”. Whether the Croatian equivalent – digitalni nomadi – even existed is debatable, but if it did exist it was used even less.

Much has changed over the past 18 months regarding the digital nomad revolution. The introduction of a DN license, conferences such as Zagreb Digital Nomad Week and Dubrovnik for Digital Nomads, the opening of the first coliving community in Zadar, the development of the community and the expansion of the ecosystem in the region, with a significant Croatian contribution in the new digital nomad license for Montenegro, as well as the cross-border coworking conference.

And also something much more sober which shows the effect that the digital nomad initiative has on the local population.

(Photo credit – Saltwater Nomads / Zoltan Nagy)

Something quite important was highlighted by a very insightful glimpse from one of Dubrovnik’s 10 digital nomads in residence. The term “digitalni nomadi” was now a term that was understood by many people in Croatia. Indeed, the term ‘digitalni nomadi’ can be heard more and more frequently in cafes in Croatia.

Yesterday was a year since the very first Digital Nomads Conference in Croatia, Dubrovnik for Digital Nomads, and it was marked by a workshop called “1 Year On Dubrovnik for Digital Nomads Workshop”, held in Lazareti.

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It was quite a workshop, because the director of the Dubrovnik tourist office announced no less than 3 co-working spaces, a co-living space, a DN information point and what is considered the first digital nomadic map of destination in the world. You can find out more in Beyond the Walls: DN-iR presents the Directorate of Sustainable Tourism in Dubrovnik.

Last night I was curious to see how much coverage the event had generated, so I wentogle ‘digitalni nomadi’ for a preview. And I smiled when I saw the results, another benchmark of the progress that has been made.

There was reasonable coverage of the Dubrovnik event, but that wasn’t what made me smile. In recent days, there have been as many as EIGHT reports – all different – on digital nomadic tourism, from the Istrian peninsula to the capital of Montenegro, including Bosnia and Herzegovina. What started in this region as a local Croatian initiative already transcends borders. This is great news, as a collaborative region will attract more nomads, and for longer.

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Here is an overview of the stories of ‘digitalni nomadi’ that have made local and regional news in recent days:

Digital nomads are increasingly drawn to Bosnia and Herzegovina (raport.ba)

Over 5,000 accommodation listings on the new DNA Stay (an initiative of the Digital Nomad Association Croatia) (poslovni.hr)

Istria becomes the Mecca of digital nomads (glasistre.hr)

Zagreb in the top 5 most popular cities for nomads, according to NomadList (moja-domovina.hr)

1 year on Dubrovnik for the report of the Digital Nomads workshop (dubrovnikdnevnik.hr)

Montenegro opens its doors to nomads with a visa in 2022 (pobjeda.me)

Cooperation agreement signed between the city of Mostar and INTERA-TP (bljesak.info)

Even the Kingdom of Accidental Tourism managed to get involved, with an article written by HTZ on Digital Nomad Valley Zadar, which opened almost 2 weeks ago, when the rest of the media reported on it (slobodnadalmacija .hr). It is interesting that the Croatian National Tourist Board authored the article, as it normally has a strict policy not to promote private business initiatives. Perhaps the digital nomad movement is breaking down even more barriers than we realize.

An interview with Milovan Novakovic on YouTube, one of the pioneers of the Montenegrin visa, on the potential of Montenegro in this sector.

Great stuff, and there will be some more stories next month. The Digitalni Nomadi are here to stay, at least until their restless souls move on to the next destination.

For more information and perspectives on digital nomads in Croatia, follow the dedicated TCN section.

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