Digital Nomads

Digital Nomads

If you’ve already figured out how to become a digital nomad, then we need to find out whether Tbilisi is a good location for that or not?

Traveling around the globe, living among different nations and having a great paying job is the dream of thousands of young people, including my very own daughter. Maybe because of the age difference, or simply the personality, I’ve always preferred living in a new place a bit longer than just passing through. I believe in building meaningful relationships with people, getting to know the culture, customs, etc.

While you may see a lot of things and meet a lot of cool people as you keep moving from one place to another, that may contribute to burning out very quickly. Also, constantly thinking about travel plans and accommodation, may be counterproductive and you could lose your source of income.

If you already have a well-paying job that can be done remotely and are considering to start a nomadic lifestyle, you should read on.

Tbilisi, widely known for the booming fashion industry, quality cheap booze, and nightclubs, is slowly gaining a reputation of digital nomad heaven. People from over 90 countries do not require a visa to travel to Georgia, and they can actually stay for a whole year.

So what makes Tbilisi a great spot for a Digital Nomad?

  1. Cheap cost of living
  2. Great food
  3. Public transportation is surprisingly good so long as you aren’t trying to get anywhere fast during rush hour
  4. Laid-back culture
  5. Nightlife
  6. Dating Opportunities
  7. Convenience
  8. Safety
  9. Cheap medicine

Tbilisi is not only one of the safest cities in Europe, but it is also one of the most diverse and multinational cities in the Caucasus. Some of the ethnic minorities living in Tbilisi are Russians, Armenians, Azerbaijanis, Ukrainians, Greeks, etc.

You might still come across some people screaming “Georgia for Georgians” once in a while, but don’t let that discourage you. Just like anywhere else on the planet there are different types of people living in Georgia, some are hospitable and some aren’t.

Nowadays, there is so much going on in Georgia. It is known as a major travel destination for citizens of post-Soviet republics, Middle Easterners and Europeans: wine, food, history, and nature are what attract people to Georgia.

The culture is quite laid back. Things get done, but people don’t like to rush anywhere or anything they do. The cost of living is very low compared to European cities. And you get to enjoy amazing food, great wine, fresh fruits and vegetables grown by local farmers and much more.

Tbilisi is a major hub for international airlines, and traveling to Europe for a short vacation can be super affordable if planned ahead of time. Also, Kutaisi, a city just three hours away from Tbilisi, offers great airfare for European destinations with Wizz Air.

A lot of young people in their 30’s and under speak English. And those who don’t are seriously considering to learn it. If you are a Native English speaker, you can start teaching English right away, without needing any additional skills. That’ll give you some extra income and an opportunity to meet new people.

If you learn where to shop while avoiding the big shopping malls, you can find some cheap but great clothing stores. Also, some of the old ladies selling clothing might have interesting finds. It’s worth checking out if you’ve got some time to kill.

Are you all set and ready to move to Tbilisi?

Keep in mind that fixing electronics, especially laptops or photography gear might be a challenge. So, use your equipment and technology with extra care.

Sending mail outside the country or receiving it in Tbilisi might be a challenge and it may take a while. Gzavnili or PostalON are considered one of the most dependable ones.

Everything else is country-specific, just like everywhere else. But, the good things are way more than the annoying ones.

Just beware, the longer you live in Tbilisi, you fall in love deeper every day.

Photo Bus, photography by Karen Khachaturov

Sky
Sky

A professional content consultant, Sky loves to read, laugh, have a great cocktail once in a while and chill with her dog. Her goals in life are simple - finish raising two independent, creative and awesome young adults, spend as much time in nature as possible, travel the world and meet amazing people.

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