Last updated on August 27th, 2023
Ever since Tim Ferriss wrote “The 4-Hour Workweek”, hoards of people have been firing the office and hitting the road to join “the new rich”. Life design (actively curating the kind of lifestyle you want) has taken on increasing importance. Experiences too replaced things as the pinnacle of success and somewhere along the way, the digital nomad movement took off. The more people joined the nomadic work train, the more services cropped up to cater to them.
Specifically for those who fear that a life of location independence equates to lonesomeness, there are countless digital nomad retreats where one may collect stamps as well as friends. Here are the companies hosting digital nomad retreats and group work and travel “workation” programs in 2022.
* Please note that in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, these programs are subject to cancellation. Please contact organizers directly to inquire about all locations and itineraries.
Where: Hacker Paradise will have digital nomad retreats this year in Athens (Greece), Bali (Indonesia), Belgrade (Serbia), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Canary Islands (Spain), Cape Town (South Africa), Chiang Mai (Thailand), Florianópolis (Brazil), Kilifi (Kenya), Lima (Peru), Lisbon (Portugal), Madeira (Portugal), Medellin (Colombia), Mexico City (Mexico), Palermo (Italy), Prague (Czech Republic), Split (Croatia) and Valencia (Spain).
Why go: Programs are for one month and you can join before or after the start date.
Photo credit: Hacker Paradise Facebook
Where: Remote Year’s digital nomad retreats for one week and one month will be in Antigua (Guatemala), Athens (Greece), Belgrade (Serbia), Cape Town (South Africa), Chicago (USA), Istanbul (Turkey), Lake Atitlan (Guatemala), Lima (Peru), Lisbon (Portugal), Medellin (Colombia), Mexico City (Mexico), New Orleans (USA), Palermo (Italy), Provo (USA), Split (Croatia), Valencia (Spain).
The longer itineraries are four months in Asia, Europe, Africa, or Latin America while the regular 12 Months Around the World itinerary stops in Brazil, Colombia, Croatia, Guatemala, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, and Vietnam.
Why go: One of the pioneers in the work and travel game and by far one of the most popular digital nomad retreats. Remote Year has one-week Wellness Retreats and one-month Trips as well as longer Journeys of four and 12 months.
Photo credit: Remote Year Facebook
Where: Nomad Trains’ 2022 digital nomad retreats are scheduled to touch down in Russia, Mongolia, Georgia, and Armenia.
Why go: This is the only digital nomad retreat on a train. This is an epic once-in-a-lifetime trip on the Trans-Siberian Express.
Photo credit: Nomad Train Facebook
Where: WiFi Tribe’s one-month digital nomad retreats (known as “Chapters”) will be in Bali (Indonesia), Bariloche (Argentina), Bocas del Toro (Panama), Cape Town (South Africa), Cluj (Romania), Crete (Greece), Cusco (Peru), Dahab (Egypt), Edinburgh (Scotland), Florence (Italy), Florianópolis (Brazil), Gran Canaria (Spain), Goa (India), and Istanbul (Turkey).
There will also be one-month stops in Krakow (Poland), Kyoto (Japan), La Paz (Bolivia), Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), Madeira (Portugal), Medellin (Colombia), Mexico City (Mexico), Mirissa (Sri Lanka), Muscat (Oman), Oaxaca (Mexico), Palermo (Italy), Patagonia (Argentina), Prague (Czech Republic), Puerto Escondido (Mexico), Quito (Ecuador), Rome (Italy), San Juan del Sur (Nicaragua), Split (Croatia), Taipei (Taiwan), Tbilisi (Georgia) and Windhoek (Namibia).
Why go: If there’s somewhere in the world you’d like to go to, chances are WiFi Tribe is running a chapter there. On this digital nomad retreat, you’ll find a mix of passionate, free-spirited people from all corners of the world on a journey of work and travel.
Photo credit: WiFi Tribe Facebook
Where: In 2022 Unsettled will run digital nomad retreats in Bali (Indonesia), Buenos Aires and Patagonia (Argentina), Cape Town (South Africa), Tuscany (Italy), and Medellin (Colombia). There will also be adventures sailing in Croatia and visiting the Amazon in Peru.
Why go: Unsettled co-creates “remarkable experiences for professionals who refuse to settle in their pursuit of growth, meaning, and adventure”. Unsettled also helps organizations take their work on the road with team retreats.