Taking the first sip of your morning coffee and switching on your laptop for another day of working remotely from home has become the norm. Whilst it is nice to miss the rush of the morning commute, glued to screens in a shared office space, I have started to miss the energy of different surroundings.
Working from home is fine, but the sense of discovery is no more and life is on pause as we wait for normality to resume. In 2019, I spent 6 months as a digital nomad, working from coffee shops in Sri Lanka to air bnb’s in Japan. This week I discovered that This is Athens is connecting digital nomads to the Greek capital city – a perfect destination for those working remotely.
A 12-week campaign titled “Even Lockdown is Better in Athens” looks at the lives of remote workers who can choose to live and work anywhere in the world and are prioritizing well-being alongside work productivity.
The project began when journalists at This is Athens interviewed four “corona nomads” to learn about the advantages of working from Athens during the Covid-19 pandemic. The group included well-travelled professionals who have lived in multiple continents, as well as adventurous souls moving to a new country for the first time. The stories include a mix of life stages, cultures, and reasons for choosing Athens.
The stories collected at www.thisisathens.org describe how Athens is supporting career ambitions at international firms while offering new paths toward personal well-being. For some nomads, it was the possibility of having a private home office in the bustling city and the opportunity for year-round adventures at the beach and on the mountains a short distance away – all without jeopardizing their workflow.
The City of Athens is encouraging the creation of a digital nomad community by reinforcing innovation hubs and co-working spaces. The city is improving the accessibility of municipal services by putting them online. The new web portal of This is Athens provides information in three languages – English, French, and German – and has launched a partnership with the non-profit XPat Athens to build a channel of communication with long-term visitors and expats.
Athens Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis welcomed the trend: “Athens has long been a destination for people who want to share ideas and learn from each other. This is one of the reasons that we focus on hospitality as the core of our cultural heritage. Cultural exchange is a guarantee of our freedom, and we are thinking a lot about this as we celebrate 200 years of Greek independence. We’re thrilled that so many people want to make Athens part of their life story.”
If you are tempted to work remotely from Athens then a link to some of the coolest places can be found here – https://www.thisisathens.org/arts-entertainment/urban-culture/coworking-working-spaces