Counterflows: Issue #88


The best links about digital nomads, global mobility, remote work, travel, ideas, culture.


Borderless living and work from anywhere.

Digital Nomad Village Creator Set to Launch Three New Hubs

Gonçalo Hall's NomadX was talk of the town (and, indeed, the globe) last year for spearheading the world's first digital nomad village in Madeira, Portugal. Now, his team is set to launch three new nomad-friendly hubs in Cabo Verde, Brazil and Switzerland. (via Sifted)

Namibia Now Has a Digital Nomad Visa

Namibia has become the first African country to launch a nomad visa, inviting remote workers with a monthly income of $2,000 to base there for up to six months. Namibia's timezone aligns well with Europe (UTC+2) and the visa itself costs just $62. (via Time Out)


Travel and the free movement of people.

Why Portugal Is Such a Hot Place to Move

Remote workers, especially folks from the US, continue to flock to Portugal for its good weather, affordable healthcare, and excellent quality of life. This story looks at the trend, including a breakdown of visa and residency options for those thinking about relocating. (via CNN)

There's a Global War for Talent—The Winners Will Shape the Future

Parag Khanna, author of MOVE: Where People are Going for a Better Future, examines the emerging battle for talent—a global competition not only between companies, but between countries too. Now that an increasing number of young employees and entrepreneurs can work from anywhere, where will they choose to go? (via TIME)


Tips and insights for the new era of work.

TeamOps: A New Practice For Remote, Hybrid and In-Office Work

TeamOps is a new online course sharing the management frameworks and values that guided GitLab from startup to global public company in just a decade. As usual, it's an open, high-quality and immediately actionable resource for any size or format of team or business. (via GitLab)

No Meetings, No Deadlines, No Full-Time Employees

The future of work will be everybody working fewer hours, with more autonomy, less hierarchy, no management structures, and no time wasted on office politics and pointless interactions. This post from Gumroad founder Sahil Lavingia deep-dives into how and why he and his team already operate this way. (via Sahil Lavingia)


Smart thinking for creatives and knowledge workers.

Why You’re More Creative in Coffee Shops

Ever noticed how taking your laptop to a cafe and nursing an overpriced latte helps you sail through your to-do list? It turns out there's actually something to this. Research shows coffee shops offer the perfect level of distraction—noise, crowds, visual variety—to put us at our sharpest and most creative. (via BBC)

How to Rewrite Bad Writing

Having written over 400,000 words on his website—FYI, that's roughly equivalent to five full-length books—internet person Julian Shapiro knows a thing or two about effective writing. In this post, he offers useful tips for crafting better blogs, tweets, and even emails by mastering the art of rewriting. (via Julian Shapiro)