Hello, and thank you for being here!
In this year’s wrap-up video, I want to share with you the top moments of the year and my hopes for the coming one.
I believe that 2022 was the year that confirmed that remote work is here to stay. More and more companies are offering remote work schemes, and seeking consultations about managing remote teams, and I believe this is just the beginning.
This year, I have visited destinations such as Georgia, Turkey, Germany, and Switzerland, which were all very interesting, particularly for those who love hiking. I believe that Tbilisi and Antalya have the potential to become major digital nomad hubs, despite becoming less affordable over time. If you are looking for a destination to visit now, I have written an article before about the best winter destinations of 2022/2023, which includes warm, budget, and Christmas wonderland types of destinations.
Looking at the content on andysto.com in 2022, I have had the pleasure of meeting many interesting people through interviews for my blog and channel. Through these interviews I met many people who are digital nomads or support digital nomadism, whether through products, experiences, accommodations or visas; I thank them all for the information and tips they shared with us.
We also had so many articles on the blog this year, for me the most interesting were the articles about digital nomad visas, and seeing how many countries are opening their borders and even competing to attract nomads. There was also a lot of interest in initiatives like the digital nomad village in Pipa, Brazil, and the free travel month in Bosnia and Herzegovina; while corporations were very interested in some practical articles, like whether being a digital nomad is legal.
2022 also had a lot of good news for digital nomads, especially regarding visas. Many countries now regard digital nomads and remote workers as new types of ‘travelers’. Even if the requirements for some visas are controversial, it’s still a good step.
The year was also not without challenges, however, I chose to focus on ongoing challenges like choosing a destination where you can have a positive impact on the local community, and the other challenge is represented in the soaring accommodation prices.
In 2023, I believe there will be more and more corporate nomads and companies that are remote first, putting their employees and their well-being in the top priority. As for my own goals for 2023, I would like to create more useful video content and live events. I am also launching Xpoint, a talent pool of remote workers and digital nomad experts who will connect with corporates and help them with their remote strategies.
My wish for you is to live in the moment and enjoy your nomadic journey; we often forget to take time for ourselves and the people we love. It’s important to remember to invest in ourselves and our health.
I wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year.