Finding a Place to Work When You Arrive in a New Destination

As remote professionals, every time we go to a new destination one of our first tasks is to find nice places to work from, which can be sometimes a challenge if it’s a completely new place we haven’t yet travelled to in the past.

Tools to identify places for remoters

Some of the most common criteria that are used to be taken into consideration to look for viable places to work are:

  • Reliable high-speed wifi connection
  • Availability of power outlets
  • Comfortable chairs & tables
  • Quiet environment to be able to concentrate and work
  • Usage flexibility, not requiring a long-term commitment

Besides the typical referral from a remote based friend, here are a few handy tools and resources that can highly help us with this search:

1.- Workhard anywhere

This app is only available for Apple devices, but is one of the most used by remote workers to identify wifi cafes and work spaces.

Workhard anywhere is powered by user generated content and therefore, all information is provided by other remote based professionals who have already been working in the relevant city and rated the places, using certain characteristics:

  • how the wifi is, the plug in options,
  • the work space size,
  • the location price, and
  • accessibility.

There are more features that can be rated, but they are optional. All in all, it is the perfect app that is made by remoters for remoters, who have also likely similar requirements and goals.

2.- LaptopFriendly.io

LaptopFriendly LogoThe Laptop Friendly Trademark is a website that features cafes, restaurants, bars or hotels that are suitable for working remotely. All places are geolocalized and can be rated and reviewed by the users, who decide what type of info they add to their comments and it is important to them.

The only con, is that the site is still under construction at the moment, and therefore there are not yet that many available places per location.

If you are a cafe or restaurant owner, or simply you want to add a new place to this workspaces platform, you will have to send the contact info and they will get in touch to make sure that the place can be featured and that it meets the standards.

3.- Laptopfriendly.co

Laptopfriendly allows you to look from coffee shops to hotel lobbies and discover everyday places to work and connect from. Although at the moment they still have a few cities, they are under expansion.

LaptopFriendly partners with local venues that appreciate and support the remote worker culture. All locations are carefully inspected and manually approved by their curation team.

Cafes for Remoters

The site allows you to:

  • Find local hubs by exploring cities
  • Join co-working groups to connect with talented freelancers, digital nomads, and other remote workers that share the spaces in this website.
  • Become a LaptopFriendly host.

You will be able to find the following type of information about each place:

  • Opening hours
  • Food
  • Laptop space
  • Natural light
  • Stable Wi-Fi
  • Outdoor area
  • Cool colleagues
  • Parking
  • Seats with access to Wi-Fi and power sockets
  • Pet friendly
  • 22/3 Mbps
  • Quiet
  • Air conditioned
  • Smoke free
  • Credit cards
  • Snacks, Social table

4.- Workfrom

Workfrom is probably the most comprehensive of all the sites listed here powered by the community, including local people who “scout” places.

With an easy to use interface, listing from public to private spaces, which also translates to having a high number of cafes, bars, coworking and other work-friendly spaces from over 1,250 cities around the world.

Workfrom Logo

Each work place features the following information:

  • Wifi connection details
  • Availability of power outlets
  • Comfortable chairs & tables
  • Noise level to concentrate and work
  • Type of space (coworking, café, etc)

5.- Apps to find local places: Yelp & Foursquare

Both Yelp & Foursquare are well known local service-oriented business sites with apps, well used to find restaurants and cafes, so although not focused on remote workers, they use to include handy information when deciding if it’s viable to work from a cafe, although not necessarily specifying characteristics like availability of power outlets and high-speed wifi.

What other resources do you use?

What other Apps or tool do you use when having to look for a nice, cosy place to work from? Comment below and we will add them to this post.

Comments (2)

  1. Just bookmarked this @elisamz as I didn’t know all of them so thanks! I have used WHA and Workfrom, and they’re ok in big cities but I don’t think they are used enough yet to be as valuable as they are trying to be… Maybe in a few years when there are more DNs in the world contributing to them they will be great. But for now, usually when I am on my own I try to arrive in a new place on a weekend and then test the wifi at a few comfy looking restaurants or cafes nearby so I’m ready with a place for Monday. Also some hotel lounges are usually good bets for comfortable seats and tables, available outlets, are relatively quiet, and have fast wifi, so sometimes if I am really stuck I’ll look on Booking.com and see if I can find images of a nice lobby that has a bar and is marked as having free wifi. This has been a lifesaver for me when in places without much industry. Does anyone else do this?

    Christa
    23 May, 2017 Reply
  2. For US-based folks (until they expand more) I cannot recommend Google Fi enough for cell phone servoce. I pay $10/GB for data almost anywhere in the world. Often more than local providers, but (1) this cost is negligible compared to flights, lodging, etc. and (2) not having to deal with local cell phone companies, instead having service that is basically guaranteed to work right when I land, is a huge benefit.

    Of course it’s nice to find some cafes with good wifi too but this isn’t always possible. 🙂

    James
    23 May, 2017 Reply

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