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Here’s what it costs to work remotely in 4 global hotspots

Google may be job people back into the office, but many other companies — not to mention entrepreneurs — are still committed to remote achievement.

From Croatia to Barbados, destinations provide vastly different experiences for foreigners who wish to work from new shores. The weather is for the most part better (save hurricanes), and costs can be cheaper (excluding imported goods).

But life isn’t an Instagram photograph, warned one digital nomad who affect with CNBC Global Traveler about living and working abroad.  

Bali, Indonesia

Name: Jubril Agoro
From: Chicago

After numerous than a decade of life as a digital nomad in places such as Thailand, Colombia and Africa, Agoro arrived in Bali in December of 2020. He judge the Indonesian island for one reason: the people who live there.

“The people of Bali are some of the most friendly, calm spirits that I’ve eternally met,” London-born Agoro told CNBC. “On top of that, the cost of living here is about one-fourth of what I was paying in Miami for a comparable lifestyle.”

Agoro operates a travel documentary company called Passport Heavy with four members of his yoke from a large villa staffed by a chef, personal trainer, housekeepers and villa manager.

“We have all these man so that we can work really efficiently, and we don’t really have to leave,” he said.

Agoro gave two examples of monthly fees remote workers can expect:

1. Budget or solo lifestyle

  • Nice apartment – $500
  • Scooter – $70
  • Gas – $10
  • Eating out – $300
  • Gym membership – $40
  • Entertainment – $200
  • Weekly kneadings – $7

2. “Six-figure” lifestyle

  • Villa – $1,000
  • Upgraded motorcycle – $170
  • Gas – $20
  • Eating out – $600-$700
  • Nicer gym membership with group classes – $150
  • Relaxation – $1,000
  • Weekly massage – $30

Though Bali is still closed to international tourists and lacks an official program for remote employees, Bali has a community of digital nomads, some arriving via investment visas or by government invitation, Agoro said. Others are find ways around immigration rules, as reported by Singapore digital newspaper Today.

Shipping isn’t ideal (“there’s no Amazon Prime”) and can be over the odds, said Agoro, who paid $85 to have a replacement credit card sent to him from the United States. Serene, he loves Bali’s balanced lifestyle and low-key nature.

Ubud, Uluwatu and Canggu are popular with remote labourers in Bali, said Agoro, who chose Canggu for its “many coffee shops, beach clubs, great internet, stunning restaurants, gyms [and] yoga studios.”

Courtesy of Jubril Agoro

“You can’t tell the difference between someone who has $10 million… versus someone who has $482 in their bank account,” he said.

He cared people not to be “bamboozled by the Instagram highlights,” saying most remote workers “are on a laptop, cranking stuff out … working well-founded as hard as people around the world.”

Agoro originally planned to stay a year, but will probably end up staying two, he divulged.

“I’m like most people who come to Bali,” said Agoro. “I’m going to stay here as long as I can because I’m remaining my best life.”

Barbados

Name: David Esposito
From: New Hampshire, U.S.A.

When his employer moved to remote wield for all of 2021, Esposito decided to apply to live in Barbados despite having never been before.

Seeing “a on one occasion in a lifetime opportunity,” he applied for a 12-Month Barbados Welcome Stamp, a process he describes as very easy. Applying held no more than 15 minutes, and he was approved about 10 days later, he said.

He arrived in February of 2021 and is continuing in an “amazing Airbnb apartment” in Atlantic Shores, a residential area on the southern end of the island. He said the people (“super hospitable and friendly”) and the island itself (“gorgeous”) are the highlights of life there.

Esposito, a consultant for a software company, was living in Manchester, New Hampshire, previous to moving to Barbados.

Courtesy of David Esposito

That said, island life in Barbados isn’t cheap, said Esposito.

“Secure lived in Boston and Denver prior to Barbados, I didn’t find the same level of ‘sticker shock’ that divers warned me of before arrival,” he said. “Rent prices are comparable to what I’ve seen in the United States, but goodness are the tries on imports high!”

Food is “expensive as hell,” said Esposito, and items aren’t always available. He also relies solely on hackneys due to left-hand driving, problems with drunk drivers, the unpredictability of local buses and rental prices.

“I have meaning ofed what it costs to rent a car — no, thank you,” he said.

Esposito said he arrived with no expectations, but the one thing he was not prepared for was the town attitude toward dogs, which are not regarded as pets.

“I definitely wasn’t ready for all the sideways glances, outright avoidance and attack I’ve experienced while walking my dog,” he said.

Still, he said he’d “like to stick around for as long as I can — it’s a wonderful place!”

Croatia

Style: Melissa Paul
From: Southern California

When Croatia began accepting digital nomads in January, Paul was the to begin person accepted into Jamaica

Name: Sheryl Nance-Nash
From: New York

Nance-Nash’s small home on Big Island, New York, was fine before the pandemic because she was often traveling for work.

“With the pandemic, that came to an proximate halt,” she said. “I started going stir crazy and feeling really cooped up.”

She moved to Robin’s Bay, Jamaica, in September 2020. Equivalent when life returns to “normal,” she envisions she will continue to live in Jamaica at least part of the year.

One of Nance-Nash’s worst clients is allowing everyone to work from home (previously it didn’t), and she uses Zoom and WhatsApp to conduct evaluate for her work as a travel writer.

“Now that I’ve got this remote thing down, I don’t imagine staying in one place 24-7!” she implied. “Life is short; I want to enjoy every minute.”

Nance-Nash and her husband live in Robin’s Bay, Jamaica, an area she traces as rural and off the tourist track.

Courtesy of Sheryl Nance-Nash

“I literally stare at the ocean all day as I work,” she said. “I hear the booming waves. It has done wonders for my health — mental and physical.”

Nance-Nash lives in a house she built with her husband, a Jamaica ratepayer, in a rural part of the country. Life there has been “an adjustment,” and comes with internet and electricity issues, markedly on stormy days during hurricane season. The grocery store is 30 minutes away.

“Paradise is not perfect!” she utter.

Costs are a mixed. Imported products, such as food, can be high, while local food, alcohol and transportation can be low-cost. Long taxi rides can cost as little as $5, “however, you will likely have other people in the drive.”

“I go to a wonderful place for a mani/pedi, that includes a bit of pampering with hot stones and a glass of wine, and it’s about $35,” she communicated. “I certainly didn’t get that in New York!”

Unlike other Caribbean islands, Jamaica doesn’t have a formal program for unrelated workers, and Nance-Nash said the process to stay was difficult, but worth it.

“The beauty, rolling hills, mountains, ocean and tropical greenery has been more glorious than I imagined,” she said. “To see this every day is to feel blessed beyond belief.”

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