# 1 Croatian Digital Nomad Lifestyle Trend on CNBC News
Aug 22, 2021 – Greater exposure of the Croatian digital nomad lifestyle, this time trending as the main story on CNBC News.
It is said that success breeds success.
And when it comes to tourism promotion, there is nothing better than word of mouth recommendations from family and friends. A hidden gem recommended by an enthusiastic friend, backed up by amazing photos and stories from a wonderful land that works much better than expensive ad campaigns.
Croatia has thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of such word of mouth promoters, whose experiences open up Croatian tourism to new tourists. And a new sector of volunteer promoters has arrived – digital nomads.
There has been a lot of buzz about Croatia and the digital nomad license since Jan de Jong wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic in May 2020. The reaction has been mixed, with many locals wondering what he is doing. would cost Croatia – allowing foreigners to come to live and work remotely in Croatia without paying local income tax.
The adoption of the 12-month visa has been a bit slow to take off, but there has been a noticeable increase in the number of digital nomads for whom Croatia is on their radar for the first time. Nomadic by definition, 1 to 3 month jobs seem to be the most popular (no permit required), and the general shared feedback is that Croatia is a great destination with its exceptional food, wine, nature, coast, its culture, safety, internet, affordability, accessibility and excellent English.
American Steve Tsentserenky, who was one of the first to get the 12-month permit earlier this year, is a nomad who reaches a larger network of people thanks to his excellent photos and videos (read his experience in this TCN article).
Steve showcased some of his work on TCN with his photographs in our Croatia Through the Lens of a Digital Nomad Permit Holder series, as well as some great videos in the TC series Destinations in a Page including Zagreb above and Zadar below. Fantastic images that are proving to be very popular and another great free promotion from Croatia.
But this weekend Steve did better, with a detailed breakdown of his lifestyle and cost of living in Croatia, compared to his home in the United States. With total monthly expenses of $ 1,424 (compared to an average rent of $ 2,779 in New Jersey), the case for a more affordable remote lifestyle in Croatia is clear. Add to that the quality of life, like Steve explains in the accompanying video in his article for CNBC News, and the case of Croatia as a remote work destination is a bit more compelling.
Good news for the Croatian economy as well. Spending $ 17,000 a year (the majority of which is in Croatia), on top of the constant free promotion, isn’t a bad return to having someone stay for 12 months without taking any jobs from a local . Increase that number to 100 teleworkers, then to a thousand, then … There is a simple roadmap for developing this potentially lucrative industry, as well as reviving communities that traditionally die during the winter months when tourists conventional are gone.
And it seems Steve’s story struck a chord. His article was on CNBC’s cover all morning. Much like the story of the digital nomad permit itself, which gained massive free global coverage through the pro bono efforts of a Dutch entrepreneur, small initiatives without a budget can have a big effect. As Steve explains in his video, he first heard about the visa possibility in a TCN article last August. And the rest is history.
Croatia has a fantastic opportunity to develop its tourism around this remote working opportunity, focusing on its safety, authenticity and way of life. Overall, the feedback from nomads here has been very positive. Now we just have to keep telling the story. Ambassadors like Steve are welcome because they make the job so much easier.
For more news and articles on digital nomads in Croatia, see the dedicated TCN section.