Zagreb checks all the boxes
June 27, 2021 – As Zagreb Digital Nomad Week 2021 draws to a close, Dean Kuchel of Digital Nomad World shares his thoughts on Zagreb as a destination for digital nomads.
Day 5 of Zagreb Digital Nomad Week 2021 was undoubtedly the highlight in terms of content, with a number of quality presentations and panels focused on the theme of the future of work.
Israeli Dean Kuchel, founder of Online Communities Israel for Digital Nomads and Digital Nomad World, brought a bundle of energy and positivity to the debates, with a forceful opening speech on the topic of community building .
His simple mantra that he travels alone but never travels alone is a key message for Croatian stakeholders to take home. If the digital infrastructure for nomads exists and Croatia is attractive to nomads, then they will come. And a key part of that is creating a community of like-minded people who choose to spend time in Croatia and who can meet and interact with like-minded digital nomads who have chosen Croatia.
Here’s what he had to say when asked what Zagreb is missing for digital nomads:
“Zagreb lacks more digital nomads. It has perfect weather, a vibrant nightlife. Everyone speaks English, everyone is nice to you and easy to get around. Internet is fantastic, thank you. It has been very useful for work. I don’t think anything is really missing. He ticks all the boxes. He has a good city life, nature, access to the sea. Please stay the same . “
One of the most interesting things I learned this week is that one of the biggest and most successful DN communities and destinations in Europe is Bansko in Bulgaria. A ski resort that attracts snowboarders, Bansko has a highly developed DN community, and the sense of community, lifestyle and like-minded people it offers is often more important than the destination itself.
What if Croatia could develop that … Probably the most encouraging things Dean told me was his opinion that Croatia is on the right track. He was very surprised and encouraged to see the level of public / private partnership and participation in Croatia’s push to host the DN sector which he has very rarely seen in other countries. Although the most publicized example is the public / private partnership to issue the digital nomad permit to Croatia, this cooperation exists at a deeper level. ZDNW was funded by the Zagreb Tourist Board, with assistance from Digital Nomad Association Croatia, and provided by Saltwater Nomads and Total Croatia News. But the commitment of the public and private sectors to this initiative was demonstrated by the speaker and the panel participants – the city of Zagreb, the Zagreb tourism board, the Dubrovnik tourism board, the tourism ministry. , KPMG Croatia, Raaiffeisen Bank and Hrvatski Telekom. It was also a pleasure to welcome His Excellency Ilan Mor, Ambassador to the State of Israel, who came to meet and support Dean.
A solid foundation on which to grow things in partnership.
You can see all the presentations from the main day of the conference, the important topic of which was the future of work. I highly recommend you watch them all if you are interested in the topic, but take the time to watch Dean Kuchel’s VERY entertaining presentation on the importance of community building. If there was one presentation that Croatian stakeholders could listen to as they try to position themselves, it would be this. It starts at 2 hours 42 minutes 50 seconds.
You can follow Dean Kuchel’s escapades on his Where’s Dean? website. After visiting over 100 countries in just 7 years (one of them being the pandemic year of 2020), Dean won’t be staying in one place for long and is already in Bulgaria, having arrived in Zagreb from Ukraine. in the middle of the week.
For more information on Zagreb Digital Nomadic Week, check out Saltwater nomads.
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