With borders finally beginning to open up for remote workers, the digital nomad community has been buzzing about this year’s hottest hidden gem destination: Georgia. No, not the American state. Nestled in between Russia and Turkey, this little country packs a punch. This unassuming Eastern European country has been a hot topic this year, and we are here to tell you why.
Georgia offers all kinds of great incentives such as their “Remotely From Georgia” campaign. It allows entrepreneurs, business owners, freelancers, and remote workers from 95 countries to stay in the country for up to one year. The application is simple and allows you to work and travel around the gorgeous country. You can work wherever, whenever, and It’s as easy as clicking here to begin the process.
Cost of Living
Similar to other Eastern European countries, Georgia is praised for its low cost of living and high quality of life. The average expat can expect to spend less than $1,000 per month on food, accommodation, transportation, and entertainment. Even in the capital, Tbilisi, rent is affordable with AirBnBs available for less than $30 per night. However, if you’re planning on getting some work done and still want to meet like-minded people we recommend staying at one of the terrific coliving spaces in the city. Our top picks based on price, location, vibe, and amenities are Shota Hotel & Lokal.
Unlike some of its neighboring countries, Georgia is known for having fast and reliable wifi throughout its main cities. In the countryside, the government has been actively working to make high-speed wireless internet readily available throughout rural areas of the country. Tbilisi is full of charming coffee shops to work from, but we recommend trying one of the city’s many cool coworking spots. Our favorite places to buckle down and get work done are Terminal on Khorava & Impact Hub. Both coworking spots have great vibes, cool decor, and all the amenities you and your team might need. Impact Hub also hosts events and workshops to mix & mingle with other remote workers.
Wining and Dining
Toted by National Geographic as “The Secret Birthplace of Wine”, Georgia is one of the world’s oldest wine-making countries. The countryside is full of vineyards where the local people use traditional winemaking techniques which have been ingrained in Georgian culture for thousands of years. The country is especially well-known for its orange & amber-colored wines. This unique specialty pairs perfectly with the hearty, comforting Georgian cuisine. The local people tend to cook rich, filling foods like dumplings, stews, walnuts, bread, and cheese. With a bottle of high-quality wine costing less than $20 and dinner in a local restaurant around $3-$4, you can afford to treat yourself as much as you like!
In terms of climate, Georgia certainly has something for everyone. From the hot & humid summer subtropical climate to the snowy alpine peaks. Most of the country is blanketed in dense forest which is home to an array of flora and fauna making it perfect for hiking and cycling. To get a great view of the country, trek along the hillside of the Abudelauri Lakes. The trail runs past the three colorful lakes with their blue, green, and white waters. For a little adventure, you can explore the Prometheus Cave, go for a dive in the Martvili Canyon, or grab your skis and hit the slopes.
Home to many UNESCO World Heritage sites, Georgia has a lot of hidden historical gems to explore. You can immerse yourself in the culture and history of the Medieval villages in the mountainous region of Upper Svaneti, or explore the ancient city of Mtskheta. Then, investigate the cave monastery complex Vardzia, carved into the side of the Erusheti Mountain in the 12th century. One way or another, there is more than enough to see and learn in this fascinating country.
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