Medellín, the New Co-working Hotspot
While it is an unquestionable fact that fresh surroundings can do wonders for personal growth, not many realize that immersing oneself in a foreign culture can also be great for developing one’s career. There is nothing quite like escaping the confines of your office to regain perspective and spark new ideas. While the number of digital nomad friendly destinations grows by the day, some locations are particularly suited to taking your work on the road. Medellín in Colombia is one of the hidden gems.
A city with a colorful history, Medellín has reinvented itself over two decades into a booming and culturally rich hub for tourists and remote workers. In fact, in 2012, Medellín was named “Innovative City of the Year” by the Urban Land Institute and the Wall Street Journal for its remarkable turnaround in terms of livability. Today, the vibrant 3-million inhabitant city offers consistently warm temperatures (it’s dubbed “The City of Eternal Spring” for a reason), mountain views, welcoming locals, a slew of vibrant restaurants and cafes serving delicious food and top quality brews, as well as a buzzing nightlife that keeps revelers up late into the night.
It’s not all about fiestas and salsa, however. Location independent professionals will be pleased to know that Medellín offers plenty of comfy co-working spaces with office essentials such as fast, reliable internet, copiers and printers, and more. The city’s cost of living is also surprisingly low, which means that your foreign salary will go a long way here. On top of this, Colombia is relatively close to the US and Europe, ensuring affordable airfares, similar time zones and no jet lag.
One of the other perks of working from this vibrant city is the strong sense of community among location independent professionals. Most connect through co-working spaces or various websites including Facebook Groups and Meetup Groups that host regular events. After all, there is nothing quite like sharing your experiences with like-minded people who are on a similar journey.
Finally, Medellín’s public transport network makes getting around affordable and easy. The city and the surrounding areas can be accessed via an efficient metro system and cable car that connect the city with Medellin’s surrounding hillsides. Bicycles and taxis are also a popular and fast means of transport. Some of the attractions on the city’s public transport route include Botero Plaza, an outdoor park with 23 bronze sculptures by Colombian artist Fernando Botero, Museo de Arte Moderno (Museum of Modern Art) and Parque Explora, a science museum that features Latin America’s largest freshwater aquarium. Better still, it’s a quick ride to get out of the city, making day trips to the surrounding pueblitos – or quaint little towns – as easy as a walk in the park.