From the cold Baltics to the sunny Cape Town

Cape Town 2016. Photo by Mihkel Sillaots.

Cape Town 2016. Photo by Mihkel Sillaots.

Have you ever dreamed about a certain lifestyle that seems so far from reality that you are almost sure will never happen? 

When I was 16 years old I had just come back from the USA from my student exchange year. I was filled with positive energy and the only thing I really wanted to do was to travel and explore new places. To my dismay I still had some years of high school left and no money in my pocket. I had to make a plan. 

In the next 2 years I worked at various restaurants, x-box customer service, event construction, theatre - I was finally making a bit of money. All my free time I dedicated to my band and my goal was to get as much exposure as possible. Eventually, the consistent hustle and bustle got me a part time job in a local rock club as a promoter which took me one step closer to my goal. 

One thing led to another and soon I discovered the art of DJ-ing. A few months after my very first gig I started getting paid DJ bookings. I decided to quit my day job and dive into the nightlife. During the week I was mostly preparing for weekend shows and looking for new ways to make money, and on the weekends I was selecting music in clubs around the country. 

DJ gig in 2011. Private archives.

DJ gig in 2011. Private archives.

About half a year later me and my two friends got a chance to throw a party in one of the most famous clubs in downtown Tallinn - Club Hollywood. The concept was really raw and we did not expect anything. It was the early days of social media and we managed to make the right marketing decisions which resulted in a record breaking club night. Little did we know, this party would change all of our lives and 7 years later we are running one of the biggest event production companies in the country.

Winter Grind 2018. Photo by Adam Blake / 69Grami

Winter Grind 2018. Photo by Adam Blake / 69Grami

Since the breakthrough, I have had the freedom to make my own schedule and experience the world of remote working first hand. It often sounds better than it actually is, but I would not change it for the world. Remote working has blessed me with a unique borderless lifestyle and I have been able to travel to many places with a portable office in my backpack or pocket. Join the experience and I will reveal valuable insights of being a digital nomad! Get ready to find the perfect balance between fun and work! 

Estonian summer of 2014. Photo by Anett Velsberg.

Estonian summer of 2014. Photo by Anett Velsberg.

LIFE AS A DIGITAL NOMAD
I’m Kaarel, one of the co-founders of RelocateMe. I’m 28 years old and been working remotely for almost 10 years. I was very fortunate to have been born in a tech savvy country like Estonia, where great internet connection has been available since the beginning of 2000s. At the start of my digital nomad journey I was working wherever I could and very soon I noticed that I can do most of my daily work online or via phone, and still deliver great results. Soon my life took me to various countries around the world such as Netherlands, Thailand, Finland, South Africa, and I found out that my geographical location is not affecting my work. Better yet, I was working more efficiently than ever because there was a lot of variety in the environment, and I was happy. 


During those 10 years I have tested out various places and types of remote working. Here are some pros and cons: 


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  • I love working remotely mostly because of its flexibility - I can work pretty much anywhere as long as I have WIFI or phone data. Pre-paid phone cards with data are available in most countries. In Europe I can use my comprehensive data package at really great rates.

  • My favourite environments for working are co-working spaces and cafés. I’ve tried working on a beach, but it is not very productive - too much fun around. Recently, we have built pop-up office spaces when travelling - this is my favourite option by far. Rent an apartment or a villa, add some office gear and voilà.

  • I can pick a warm location for working during the long lasting Estonian winter. Cape Town is ideal because it is situated in a similar time zone as Europe and is comparatively cheap.

  • Meeting new awesome people and making connections almost every day.

  • New environments bring creative energy and inspiration for fresh ideas.

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  • Remote working can be lonely at times. There are days when you want to bounce ideas with workmates, but there is no one around.

  • Working in a different time-zone can be a pain - really early or late meetings.

  • Skype group calls can be very unproductive and tiring.

  • Working hours can be longer than 9:00-17:00 and often on the weekends.

  • Travelling to a new country can bring some unwanted stress. Sometimes there is no internet connection available and it could take some time to find the right places.

    With RelocateMe we have put together all the essential needs for a winter office and tailored the whole experience according to our own practical knowledge. Additionally we have included a team of locals who will share best insights with our guests - finest restaurants and wineries, the unrivalled hiking routes, best waves and much more.

    Experience a different kind of borderless lifestyle and take it anywhere with you.

Betty's Bay, South Africa 2015. Photo by Endrik Eller.

Betty's Bay, South Africa 2015. Photo by Endrik Eller.