For many (including us, tbh), the prospect of becoming a “digital nomad” becomes very tempting indeed. Faced with the realization in the age of the pandemic that many of us do not actually need to work in an office, some have chosen not only to work from home, but to do their work remotely from a totally different place – potentially with lower cost of living and better weather.
Countries around the world have rewarded the wishes of remote workers with special digital nomad visas, but now one nation has gone a step further. Brazil is becoming the first country in South America to create an entire village just for distant workers from abroad.
So why would you want to work abroad but not live with the locals? Well, it seems that the Brazilian program is designed for people who want to live somewhere a little sunnier, prettier and more idyllic, but who don’t necessarily want the shock of being thrown into the depths of a culture totally unknown.
Of course, it’s probably not for everyone – after all, immersing yourself in a new culture is usually part of the fun – but it could be a game-changer for some. The project is called “Nomad Village Brazil” and is managed by the Lisbon-based start-up NomadX.
Nomad Village Brazil will be in Pipa, a city in northeast Brazil known for having one of the most spectacular beaches in the country. It’s about a 90-minute drive from the nearby regional capital of Natal, itself about a six-hour flight from Rio de Janeiro.
Village nomads can expect resort-style accommodation with private bungalow-style apartments. They will share common living and working spaces (oh, and swimming pools) with other residents.
Besides the tons of sunshine and heavenly vibes, there are other benefits to working in Brazil as a digital nomad. Chief among them is the fact that for those working for European countries, the time difference (between four and six hours) is much more manageable than in Costa Rica or Bali.
Brazil’s digital nomad visa scheme, which was introduced in January, says anyone who earns more than $1,500 (£1,280) a month and has a valid passport and health insurance can apply to live and work in the country for up to 12 months.
The Nomad Village Brazil project will initially run from November 1, 2022 to April 30, 2023. Get more information on the official website here.
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