(originally published on The Inertia)
The life of a digital nomad is not always as romantic as it sounds.Yes, it’s amazing to be able to work from anywhere, but that freedom comes at a price. All Nomads push through bouts of loneliness, struggle to self-motivate and bookmark every article they find on how to be more productive.
What we nomads need is a place to land – A place that feels like home with a built-in community of like-minded thinkers. We need an inspiring office space with good wifi, and perfect waves a few blocks away when it’s time to clear our head. Impossible you say? I beg to differ.
Welcome to Outsite! A new co-work and lodging concept for working professionals who love the outdoors. Think of it as a WeWork for life in beautiful places. Launched this year, Outsite already has two beachside properties in Santa Cruz & San Diego with plans to expand their unique stay, work and have fun concept into the mountains and abroad.
I spent a week at Outsite Santa Cruz working and learning to surf from a big airy beach house 2 blocks from Westcliff drive. A typical day began with a fresh cup of coffee and quiet walk along the cliffs, followed by a few hours of work in the fully equipped office, broken up by a mid-day surf session, yoga or bike ride. After finishing up the day’s work, the BBQ was usually lit and it was time unwind over a glass of wine and cool conversation in the comfortable shared living space with my new friends and housemates.
What makes Outsite so unique is that it was designed with a very clear intention – to bring entrepreneurs, remote workers and creative thinkers together in a beautiful place that inspires productivity via the pursuit of work/life balance. You can stay at Outsite to find that, or sign up for one of their weekend networking events like Unplugged: Big Sur or the Startup Surfbus. I learned about the latter when 11 entrepreneurs from San Francisco arrived at the house in a VW bus to surf, BBQ and swap best remote work practices. It was an awesome bonus!
During my week at Outsite, I never missed a deadline or a sunset. But most importantly I made amazing new friends and business connections that will pay dividends as I continue along this journey.