Dubrovnik Digital Nomads-in-Residence 6 months later: Kelsey Kay Love
October 21, 2021 – In April of this year, 10 digital nomads from all over the world came together for Dubrovnik’s first Digital Nomads-in-Residence (DNIR) program. As part of European Freelance Week 2021, TCN catches up with some of them 6 months later and then Kelsey Kay Love from Los Angeles.
A year ago, the city of Dubrovnik organized the very first conference on digital nomads in Croatia – Dubrovnik for Digital Nomads – as part of the European Week of the Independents. The city has made great strides in advancing its DN credentials and strategy, in part thanks to the award-winning Dubrovnik Digital Nomads-in-Residence program, which ran from April 23 to May 23.
The program was all the richer for the presence of Kelsey Kay Love from California. TCN met KKL 6 months later to get their current take on the program, Dubrovnik and the journey of Croatian digital nomads.
1. It has been 6 months since you arrived in Dubrovnik for the Dubrovnik Digital Nomads-in-Residence program. First of all, a brief review of this month. How did it go for you and how has it changed your perception of Dubrovnik as a nomadic destination?
Dang ‘ol dang, time flies. I can say without hesitation that the month spent in Croatia for the Digital Nomads-in-Residence program has been my best month ever for 2020 and 2021, and we haven’t even completed the rest of this year yet.
It was an incredibly memorable experience, not only because of my glorious nomadic companions and our amazing organizers, but because this is my very first reference to Croatia itself. Before this experience, I had no real frame of reference for Dubrovnik, as I had never met anyone who spent time there. This opportunity changed that in every way; Spending four whole weeks there during a time when tourism was still incredibly scarce was a real eye-opener and allowed us to see the potential of the city in a way we probably couldn’t have had in another normal year.
2. Did you keep in touch with other people in the project? Did you spend more time in Croatia?
Yes! I have participated in a few Facetime calls with the nomads and I speak with them regularly through Discord and social media.
I unfortunately haven’t spent more time in Croatia (yet), as I live pretty much on the other side of the world at the moment, but look forward to coming back next year.
3. It seems like a lot has happened on the DN stage in the last few months since the show. Zagreb Digital Nomad Week, Digital Nomad Valley Zagreb, the cross-border coworking conference in Budva, Croatia scored well in the Nomad List 2021 survey. What changes have you noticed since arriving in Dubrovnik in April?
At least from where I’m sitting in the United States, there is a very noticeable trend and preference for remote jobs and work opportunities, digital nomadic visas and a growing awareness that living in Europe is more easy than ever, and maybe never will be, for US citizens and residents.
Because I always have a Google alert for the ‘Croatia digital nomad visa’ – the very reason I found out about the competition in the first place – I also see how often Croatia is talked about in the international media and premises, which is exciting and very well deserved. If Croatia wasn’t a consideration for digital nomads before, I would say it most likely is at this point.
4. Have you noticed a change in the way Croatia is talked about in the global DN groups you engage with online? How if so?
After posting about my experience on my own blog, Travelin ‘Fools, I received several emails and comments from complete strangers asking me about coworking spaces and my opinions on the city itself as a livable destination. short or long term. To me, this clearly indicates an interest in Dubrovnik as an intriguing next option.
5. What do you think are the key next steps for Dubrovnik on this journey, and for Croatia as a whole?
Start marketing the opening of a coworking space in Dubrovnik, regardless of the opening date set. Plus, start talking to renowned writers, photographers and videographers and forge long-term partnerships for content related to the growing opportunities of digital nomads in Croatia. The more content you have to work with, both in terms of quality and quantity, the better it will be for those looking for information about moving to Croatia and the areas they would potentially like to move to.
6. What is your favorite memory / experience of DNIR, and when do you think Dubrovnik will see you next time?
I will never, ever forget having lunch at Konoba Maha in Korcula. Watch giant Croatians with tiny buns tie delicate leaves to my delicious cocktail before serving me a giant plate of peka? Into it.
Well, the nomads have already talked about a European meeting in time for Eurovision next year, so I plan to set foot in Croatia again in 2022. Until then, I will have to taste my wine in a bar outside. of awards in Hollywood. Sigh.
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