Dean Kuchel to organize AMA session for digital nomads in Zagreb
September 11, 2021 – This month’s Zagreb Digital Nomad Ambassador Nimrod Dean Kuchel will hold an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session for Digital Nomads in Zagreb at the Digital Nomads Croatia group gathering next week.
Having lived in Croatia full time for 18 years, it’s always refreshing to hear first impressions from newcomers as the weather tends to trump its own impressions of a destination you’ve lived in for years.
As such, TCN’s coverage and advocacy for the digital nomadic opportunity in Croatia has been truly refreshing. Not only have I met some fascinating and stimulating characters with a global perspective (many barely half my age), but the overwhelmingly positive feedback on what they find on their visits to Croatia is a nice confirmation that we have something very special here. Something which, if developed properly, can jumpstart Croatia in a fabulous new direction.
All the digital nomad buzz is still fairly new here, but it’s already garnered the world’s attention. TCN started writing about the potential about May 2019, and there were others before us, but the topic didn’t really start to enter mainstream media until May 11, 2020 after The Entrepreneur Dutch-based Split, Jan de Jong, wrote an open letter on LinkedIn to Croatian. Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, asking him to present what would have been only the fifth digital nomad visa in the world at the time (and the second in Europe after Estonia).
A lot has happened since then, with a lot of people contributing to the story in different ways. De Jong kept pushing, five ministries coordinated, the law was changed, and on January 1, 2021, the Croatian digital nomad permit came into being. The media coverage was huge, and I can’t recall a positive story about Croatia during my time here that got so much free worldwide publicity, with the very notable exception of the World Cup.
But as de Jong focused on the visa, there was a lot going on on the pitch. Facebook communities for digital nomads in Croatia have started to appear, some dedicated to individual cities such as Split, Dubrovnik and Zagreb, as well as Digital Nomads Croatia, which now has 6,700 subscribers. Saltwater Nomads, in partnership with TCN and the Tourist Offices of the City of Dubrovnik and Zagreb and Dubrovnik, organized a number of events which helped promote Croatia as a DN destination, winning several prizes and valuable international columns. These included the very first DN conference in Croatia, Dubrovnik for Digital Nomads, the Dubrovnik Digital Nomads-in-Residence program and Zagreb Digital Nomad Week & Digital Nomad Ambassador Project.
And the nomads are coming, as TCN recently reported in some very encouraging statistics extrapolated from NomadList. Find out more in Zagreb, Split attracting more digital nomads than Prague, Krakow, Budapest.
One of the stars of the Zagreb Digital Nomad Week was Nimrod Dean Kuchel of Digital Nomad World, whose online community has grown to 24,000 people. This allows Kuchel to travel under the mantra “I travel alone, but I never travel alone”. – wherever he travels, he knows that he will be able to connect either with his own community, or with that established in the destination. His presentation on the importance of building a community was one of the highlights of the conference, and Kuchel was clearly impressed with Zagreb’s potential as a DN destination, as you can see in the short video interview on Jarun Lake, above.
So much so, in fact, that he decided to come back and currently resides at the Doma Zagreb Aparthotel, as the third Zagreb Digital Nomad Ambassador.
And he has been busy “not traveling alone” by catching up with several members of his own community, as well as integrating well into the existing community. To have such a fantastic promoter of digital nomad lifestyle in Zagreb for a month actively willing to help with their knowledge and experience in community development is a great asset. Young Kuchel wasted no time getting involved in the Zagreb scene, and he will be a special guest at the Digital Nomads Croatia rally at Bustan Bar in the city center on September 16, where he will hold a special AMA ( Ask Me Anything) on the lifestyle of digital nomads, both in Croatia and beyond.
Dean is a great speaker and a very entertaining guy, and it’s great to see nomads seeing the Croatian opportunity from afar and willingly doing their part to spread the word. Things are starting …
More details on the event page.
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