We believe there are six main elements to a good coworking coliving space.
Having reliable fast internet is obviously your base need in a coworking space – but as you know, working with like-minded digital nomads makes all the difference to your productivity and focus to your online work.
If you are staying in a hostel where everyone is partying and sightseeing day & night – you begin to question why you are not being like them and enjoying life? Then you remember they are all going back to their day jobs soon and are on holiday. You are not, you are at the day job in your remote office bubble and want to get stuff done.
Being surrounded by location-independent remote workers who have the same drive and motivations as you in a coworking environment makes all the difference. You want to be at your desk early, grab a coffee with the digital nomads and start your working day with a good feeling – not a hangover.
In both our coworking coliving houses in Egypt and England, the main work area is a ‘library rules’ quiet zone from 8.30 am to 6.00 pm. That’s ‘get stuff done’ time. Skype calls for your clients or boss are taken in your room so you can obviously speak, just not in the main work area during the day.
Each desk is wide allowing you to have two screens, mouse mat and not pan all in a row. Many of the desks have draws so you can leave your pens and ‘stuff’ in the draws overnight.
It’s a relaxed but professional work culture in the coworking spaces. Anyone who books to stay Somewhere Different is asked to prove they are a Digital Nomad. If for any reason someone slips through the net, and is talking away in the coworking room all day and not working, not only will they be asked to be quiet but they will be asked to leave the house. A big part of what we offer is you will be a part of a digital nomad community, not just have a great work environment and things to do at the weekend.
Coworking / Coliving – Somewhere Different, is designed to make remote workers, that’s you, feel at home. I personally travelled as a Digital Nomad for three years before setting up Somewhere Different. I wanted two things: a work environment I was productive in and somewhere, not that I would feel was my home, but at least where I felt at home.
Both of our coworking coliving spaces are houses. You instantly become part of the digital nomad community, and all that involves, with your fellow housemates when you arrive .
When you are not ‘at the office’ you will be living with like-minded nomads who like you, want to feel at home with the people they are living with. Communal kitchen/living areas, a fire pit to sit around to hear those travel stories and planned trips out are all part of Somewhere Different’s offering.
You have your dorm or private room you can hide away in or deadline work and calls. When it’s done, you have your new housemates to hang out and enjoy the wow of being Somewhere Different. Most nomads staying, like in hostels, are travelling on their own. So you are not alone, you are with 15 other single digital nomad travellers, all working hard in the week and who all want to have fun at the weekends.
You do whatever you want, as long as you are quiet and work whenever you want. However, the whole idea is to fit into a digital nomad community and all that brings. A work routine, peer pressure and like-minded people to hang out with at the weekends. Below is our weekly program. You don’t have to fit into any of it, but, then why stay Somewhere Different?
You are a digital nomad, or about to become one. You will have heard Chiang Mai is the place for Digital Nomads due to the balance of wow factor, costs and good internet. Don’t take my word for it, see here on the travellers bible for cost comparison – Numbeo Alexandria is our nearest big city in Egypt, it’s over 100% more expensive to live in Chiang Mai than Alex.
Somewhere Different Blackpool is in England, one of the most expensive countries in the world. The accommodation cost to stay in our Coworking Coliving Blackpool house is the same price as when you stay in the desert or Chiang Mia. A pint of beer in our local here is cheaper than a beer in Chiang Mai .
We provide cost-effective places to work from, to live and to have fun with like-minded Digital Nomads that are probably just starting out like you.
Unless you are a rock star travel blogger or killed it on bitcoins – you want to keep your costs as low as possible. The less you need pay to have a nice standard of living as you travel around the world, the more competitive you are when it comes to pitching for work. If you are just starting out, it makes all the difference.
Don’t forget when you finally decided to hit the road for a life of work and travel – the idea is to be in a place 5x more interesting than home and 5x cheaper to live. Siwa and Blackpool tick the cost of living box and the wow box too as you will see.
We have fast, reliable internet with speeds between 13mbs and 10mbs in Somewhere Different Egypt and 114 Mbps in Blackpool 5G in Blackpool is about to be installed in Somewhere Different UK. We ensure the connection is fast enough for Skype video calls and hassle-free browsing and downloading.
We have generator backup for when the power goes to keep the connection alive in Egypt. If the internet goes down we have Vodafone 3G as back up. It’s fast enough to Skype from and is rarely needed, but it does happen – maybe once a month for a few hours.
Our top priority is making sure you are connected 24/7, seven days a week. Why? Because a coworking/coliving space is first and foremost about having fast, reliable internet. To see more details on each Coworking Coliving house’s internet connections see Egypt’s Internet and Blackpool’s Internet connection for more details.
Ok maybe because I am an Englishman that we have this obsession with the weather when we travel. Somewhere Different’s live in co-working space in Egypt is based in the beautiful desert oasis of Siwa in the Western Desert and has a pretty amazing climate. Check the weather in Egypt pages here to see what the weather will be like in the months you are looking to stay.
Blackpool cannot claim the same. English weather is famous for its unpredictability and “four seasons in one day” party trick. The weather in England is for sure the weather and not climate. We talk about it as much as we talk about football. Blackpool does not get really hot in the summer staying below 25 degrees and rarely below 5 degrees on even the coldest days in the winter. There is so much more to do in Blackpool and the surrounding countryside to worry about the weather 🙂
Sure we are entrepreneurs, we are business focused and we put working as a priority, but we are all travellers at heart or we would be working from the backroom in our new house back home. You come to stay at Somewhere Different to get the work environment and community you need, you also come to stay as they name says – Somewhere Different.
Experiencing countries’ real culture is often hard to do when staying in downtown touristville. You are busy working and don’t have the time to integrate and meet real locals who do not work in tourism, to work out where to go to experience the local life as it really is. We do…. and we share that with you.
You only live once and so weekends Somewhere Different are all about experiencing the wow of where you are staying in a way you would never be able to if passing through on your own as s tourist. Check out or ‘wow’ sections for coworking coliving Egypt and coworking coliving UK and see what we have planned for you to experience when you stay…. Somewhere Different.