Back from the brink

Eagle eyed readers among you will have noticed two things.

The first was that Morecambe named “most desirable” digital nomad location was an outright lie, published on April Fool’s Day.

The second observation is that not a lot has been published since. In what were exceptionally busy times, I relocated twice in recent months – first to Iraq and later to Hong Kong.

I say “not a lot”; there have been a few posts – but of the wrong kind. Thanks to sophisticated hackers, a stream of garbage was posted that was tricky to put an end to. It could have been worse. The posts were education-related, so thankfully nothing sinister – and who knows – maybe they made a positive difference (though I shouldn’t really say that).

It’s another lesson. Stay alert, keep software up to date, and act quickly.

Morecambe named “most desirable” digital nomad location

Bare Beach, Morecambe

In an annual survey among digital nomads, the windswept English town of Morecambe was surprisingly revealed as the most desirable location worldwide for remote workers, beating the likes of Krabi, Bali and Siem Reap.

The town was cited, among other factors, for its dramatic beaches, 100Mbps internet speeds, sympathetic locals and close proximity to both the Lake District and entertainment mecca Blackpool.

The top 10 locations named in the Digital Nomad Desirability Index 2016 is as follows:

  1. Morecambe, UK
  2. Ubud, Indonesia
  3. Chiang Mai, Thailand
  4. Berlin, Germay
  5. Ibiza, Spain
  6. Ko Lanta, Thailand
  7. Siem Reap, Cambodia
  8. Medellin, Colombia
  9. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  10. Auckland, New Zealand

The survey was conducted by Maxim Worldwide, a global advisory consultancy headquartered in Zurich. More than 1,000 digital nomads were polled across 41 countries.

Asia, Switzerland top Cost of Living survey

Singapore skyline

Residents of tiny Singapore might not be surprised to learn that their city-state home has been named the world’s most expensive city by the EIU’s Worldwide Cost of Living Survey (registration required, but the report based on the survey is free to download).

The 13 page report shows that Asian metropolises and European cities dominate, with eternal rivals Singapore and Hong Kong ahead of the pack in cost of living terms:

  1. Singapore
  2. Hong Kong
  3. Zurich
  4. Geneva
  5. Paris
  6. London
  7. New York
  8. Copenhagen
  9. Seoul
  10. Los Angeles

According to the EIU, the survey is run twice yearly, comparing more than 400 individual prices across 160 products and services, including food, drink, clothing, household supplies and personal care items, home rents, transport, utility bills, private schools, domestic help and recreational costs. Its purpose is to help HR and finance managers to put together cost-of-living allowances and compensation packages for expats.

Despite the high cost of living, Singapore is the best city for Millennials employment, says The Guardian. The same article named Hong Kong as the best city for public transport and education/training prospects.