Bye, Mom — I’m moving to Puerto Rico to become a full-time digital nomad, and here is why.
The digital nomad lifestyle is one that many young people covet today. The promise of working remotely from an exotic location, taking conference calls from the beach and trading in your cubical for artisanal coffee shops and co-working spaces seems almost too good to be true. Many people associate the concept of being a digital nomad with moving to places like Thailand or Bali, but for first-time entrepreneurs jumping into a remote lifestyle, moving to the other side of the world can be a bit of a culture shock. Things like time zone differences, global taxes, currency conversions and cultural differences are all things that you have to take into consideration before deciding to work from abroad.
These are the ten reasons that make Puerto Rico, the Caribbean island and United States territory, an excellent place for veteran traveling entrepreneurs and first-time digital nomads alike.
In 1493, Christopher Columbus arrived at the island of Puerto Rico. People refer to the island as the first colony. Visiting Fort San Cristóbal feels like a journey through American history, and Old San Juan feels like a lost city in Europe. Before the European colonization, the island was home to the Taíno people, who had their own unique culture. The mixture of this culture and the tropical lifestyle has created an island filled with tons of incredible food, great music and amazing culture.
Thankfully, the island has evolved a lot in terms of technology since Christopher Columbus arrived. Today, Puerto Rico is home to a number of co-working and technology incubators and accelerators. Sofia Stolberg founded the first co-working space in Puerto Rico called Pilot 151 five years ago in the historic Old San Juan neighborhood. Since then, they have opened a second location in Santurce. Sofia isn’t the only founder helping to foster the tech and startups ecosystem in Puerto Rico. Sebastian Vidal is the executive director at Parallel18, one of the first startup accelerators on the island. Startups that are selected by P18 are given a $40 thousand grant they can use to seed their business. By creating a digital economy on the island of Puerto Rico, P18 is giving a new generation of global-minded Puerto Rican entrepreneurs the best tools to confront the current economic crisis.
Thanks to the groundwork laid down by people like Sofia and Sebastian, the tech ecosystem is thriving, with new incubators and co-working spaces popping up every day, including Engine 4, Spehce and District View.
Insane Tax Incentives
On January 17, 2012 Puerto Rico enacted Act 20 as a way to incentivize new businesses and economic growth on the island. As a bona fide Puerto Rican resident, there are a vast amount of personal and business tax incentives that you can take advantage of. That is why digital nomad John Lee Dumas, of Entrepreneurs On Fire, decided to move his podcast empire to Puerto Rico. Act 20 means you only pay a flat 4% corporate tax rate — no state, no federal. It is like doubling your income overnight.
Cryptocurrency developers are migrating to Puerto Rico to create new homes for their blockchain powered businesses. I recently attended a three-day Blockchain Conference in Puerto Rico and spoke to theCUBE about how the island has become the birthplace of an all-new digital economy fueled by cryptocurrency thanks to attractive tax incentives.
Since Puerto Rico is part of the United States, their primary form of currency, other than crypto, is the U.S. dollar. No need to convert; Benjamin Franklin will still be on your money.
New York City Time Zone
Unlike other digital nomad destinations like Bali, Puerto Rico is only a three-hour plane ride from New York City. For half the year, the island is on Eastern Standard Time.
During the second half, Puerto Rico doesn’t observe daylight savings time, so you’re actually an hour ahead of the east coast, which means your 9 a.m. conference calls now start at 10 a.m.
Cost Of Living
While not quite as affordable as some other places in Asia, Puerto Rico is still significantly cheaper than most other places in the United States. I was able to find a cozy three-bedroom apartment in San Juan with electricity included, within walking distance of the beach and a Starbucks, for only $650!
Locals Speak English
As of 2008, 34% of the Puerto Rican population spoke English in their homes. Since Puerto Rico is technically the United States, English is taught in all the schools and is also on a majority of the island’s TV channels.
No Passport Required
Traveling to Puerto Rico is just like going to any other U.S. state — all you need is a valid driver’s license or state ID. As a matter of fact, Puerto Rico is one of only two destinations in the Caribbean (the other is the U.S. Virgin Islands) that does not require U.S. citizens to carry a passport, according to TripSavvy.
The most significant reason to move to Puerto Rico is the lifestyle. During my last trip, our tour guide was amazing and really made me feel like a local. The island has phenomenal beaches, a beautiful climate, tropical rainforests, great music and dancing, incredible food and even a magical bay where the water glows in the dark. It is no wonder they call Puerto Rico the island of enchantment.
Whether you are a long-time digital nomad looking for a new home or looking to try remote working for the first time, you should give Puerto Rico a shot and look me up when you get there.
Mona Corona’s Luxury Travel Brand is Where Instagrammability Meets Eco-Sustainability
Mona Molayem, also known by her Instagram handle Mona Corona stormed onto the luxury blogging scene in 2017 with the goal of inspiring millennial women to obtain their dream vacations on a gig economy budget. Her travel blog and Instagram posts are packed with various resourceful travel “hacks” on how to secure business class upgrades to screen saver worthy destinations all over the world while gaming loyalty programs and cutting costs that might befall the less savvy (and wealthier) boomers. As a luxury travel and lifestyle influencer, she has collaborated with mega brands such as Nike and Hilton just in the last year, and her following has doubled, tripled, and quadrupled in the three years since her blog’s conception. However, what sets Mona apart from her peers on Instagram and the rest of the blogosphere the most is her devotion to ethical and responsible ecotourism. Going into the near year, her platform continues to be not only making luxury travel affordable, but environmentally sustainable too.
For instance, while a many Instagram travel influencers are perfectly happy showing off their figure in a bathing suit and Gucci flip flops for “likes”, Mona would rather call her followers’ attention to her reef safe sunscreen. She says, “Sunscreen and bug sprays are the two products that tourists use which cause the greatest damage to our ecosystems. Reef-safe sunscreen while swimming in the ocean is a must to protect the natural environment from dying off. Certain sunscreens contain harmful chemicals like oxybenzone and octinoxate which cause damage to coral reefs” and her posts and stories are filled similarly eco-friendly advice. Thinking about taking a cute pic of yourself posing with a tiger in Thailand for The ‘Gram? (Or maybe your Hinge profile?) Her blog points out that these animals are often drugged and sedated to their health detriment, and while she never scolds or preaches to her audience, she raises awareness to issues many Western tourists might take for granted. She is a longtime advocate of Elephant Nature Park, one of the few ethical elephant sanctuaries in Thailand, which she ranks as one of her top ten travel experiences of the decade.
As a millennial in the Influencer Age, Mona understands that the true value in luxury travel is not merely in the over-water bungalows of Maldives or the lux “glamping” sites of the Sahara, but in the experiences themselves, whether it’s a starry desert sky or the sight of a silver Moroccan moon that could make a Carl Jung profess faith in the goddess Astarte, or more importantly, getting to interact with the local people of these distant places and appreciate their cultures. She says, “If an area is known for a certain crop such as coffee or chocolate, consider going on a locally-run plantation tour. Anything you can do to interact with locals and learn about their heritage and/or daily life is a great way to culturally immerse yourself and connect to the people and surroundings.”
With the rise of environmental awareness, green movements, and the millennial generation seeing (and reeling from) errors of our predecessors, 2020 marks a shift in collective consciousness and Mona Molayem has her finger on the pulse. To quote Chief Seattle, “Earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the earth. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.” Juxtapose this wisdom with one of my favorite Mona Corona Instagram posts, which is a picture of a sign on a beach in Maui that simply reads, “Protect the Earth; it is the only one we have.” The image is a perfect summation of her mission: to make trips to these destinations not only enjoyable, but to protect them so that our future generations can enjoy them too.
Author credit: Barrett Lyle
How Have Success on Fashion Industry – with Chrisa Pappas
Chrisa Pappas is an established brand in the world of fashion, offering honed perspective and value to those on the hunt for fashion advice, information, and inspiration. At the core of the Chrisa Pappas brand is the mission to make luxury fashion more relatable – to give people the tools they need to make informed decisions when it comes to their fashion investments while offering fashion insight and inspiration through a lens that is elegant, educated, sophisticated, fashion-forward, fun, and approachable.
As a lifelong luxury client, she is able to share her real-life fashion adventures with her followers through her social media channels. She has a unique ability to influence a wide age range of followers who shop high end luxury with her authentic experiences, style and sense of fashion. Chrisa has created her own network in the fashion industry both on the client and PR side. She has hosted successful shopping events for brands such as Louis Vuitton, Fendi, and Net-a-Porter (to name a few). She educates women on how to shop luxury products which in turn leads to long term client relationships with each brand.
Chrisa can’t really say when she started her career since she feels like she draws inspiration from her entire life.
She has always had a great eye for style and has the ability to add her special touch to the world around her. With the rise of social media, Chrisa has been able to share her unique taste with her followers. Her daily fashion looks and beauty routine started off as a fun hobby, but has now turned into a full time business. She shares her fashion experiences, reviews products and inspires stylish yet wearable looks to those who follow her. Her business may have physically started 3 years ago but to her this is a lifelong adventure.
To conclude, we list three small suggestions from her:
- Focus on what makes you stand out and shine. Do not try to be anyone but yourself.
- Keep it simple, do not overthink everything.
- Learn from what you do everyday and become better from all successes or failures
Make sure to follow her on Instagram
Gaurav Gaikwad from Pune has become the highest paid influencer
Gaurav Gaikwad is specialised in the blogging niches of Lifestyle , Fashion , Technology & Travel.
He is the owner of blog www.thegauravgaikwad.com
His site is ranked 1st on the Google page .
With over 37k followers on Instagram and 1.5 lakh blog views ,Gaurav is the only one in his age group to achieve this .
He started blogging at the early age of 17 but Initially he was not so recognised .
With consistency towards creating content , Gaurav’s blog started to grow exponentially .
His passion towards blogging took him to become the top blogger of the country .
At beginning Gaurav did many barter collaboration with brands . After many successful collaboration. Gaurav started getting many paid international collaboration. Who offering more than $1000 .
Gaurav only promotes those brands which focuses on customer satisfaction .
Gaurav’s journey is inspiration to many teenagers who hesitate to follow their passion
Today at the age of 18 Gaurav earns about $2500 USD a month by collaboration on Instagram and Google Ads .
He is managed by THEPRIYANSHUCHAIHANCOMPANY and GRAVMO DIGITAL .
Gaurav is coming up with his new startup in January 2020 .
Title – Ace Fashion & Lifestyle Influencer of country.
Currently he is perusing his Btech Computer engg degree .
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