As promised I’ll write a bit about the next city which we ended up exploring. This is all because currently we are pursuing the digital nomad lifestyle and trying to find a place in which to live and work for some time. Finding this perfect location and making the decision has proven to be more difficult than we thought. So before writing about the city I’ll quickly go through our decision-making process.
This digital nomad lifestyle is something our parents didn’t and couldn’t know about. It’s surprising that nowadays it’s possible to have the opportunity to decide where you want to live and it could be anywhere on planet Earth. Not the Soviet times anymore – there are more than two types of cheese to choose from in a store. Nobody is stopping you to go, especially when you’re focused on building up some new stuff anyway or already have a job that doesn’t require you to sit in the office.
But fortunately we had some key points in mind to follow when thinking of a new place to live in:
• Climate – warm, but not hot (Malta was too much in the summer)
• Cost of living – on the cheaper side comparing to northern Europe
• English is OK
• Next to the sea/ocean – good marinas in the city
• Good and free wifi access
• Culture, good design and startup scene
• People we know (optional)
Yes, Tallinn covers most of those, but it’s just so cold there in the winter (or rainy and dark) comparing to … all the other options. Estonia is always our home and we can always go back there, either to visit or to live when we want to. But just for now we kept that as plan G. In the future the perfect solution for the nomad lifestyle would be to stay in Estonia for about four-five months in a year (the nicer ones) and for the winter we would go to some place sunnier.
Also, we started off with trying Teleport (Estonian gang, woop-woop), a good tool for people with nomad lifestyle, where you can compare cities on quality of life, costs of living, salaries and more. It suggested us some okay places to move to, but the first one that came up was Vancouver. It’s a nice option, but we wouldn’t want to live so far away from our family and friends back home. It’s a rather expensive city and doesn’t meet the requirement of keeping us warm in the winter. So for now we put this one on hold.
We had heard and read great stuff about Lisbon which also seemed to follow most of our key points.
So we went there to check it out.