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Digital Nomads Village: Madeira Islands

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on: Jan 21, 2021

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Summary: As the growth of digital nomads has exploded in recent years, governments around the world are beginning to understand the potential they present. Madeira Islands is trying to seize this opportunity with its innovative digital nomads village project.

Digital Nomads - Digital Nomads in Madeira Islands

Anyone considering becoming a digital nomad may want to give strong consideration to the Portuguese island of Madeira.

Digital Nomads Madeira Islands

Digital Nomads Madeira Islands is a new project that will host as many as 100 nomads at a time in the seaside village of Ponta do Sol:

"Madeira Digital Nomads is a project developed by the Regional Government of Madeira, through Startup Madeira. It aims to attract digital nomads from all over the world to come to work from Madeira."

Ponta do Sol is considered to be a pilot for the "Nomad Village" project. Each digital nomad who is accepted must agree to stay on the island for at least a month. The initial project runs from February 1st through June 30th.

Register Here on the official site.

Getting to Madeira

Flights to Madeira from New York City (through Lisbon) run in the range of $700-$1100. The flights on the lower side of that range include in extra stop in another city (such as Paris or Madrid).

Safety Measures to Prevent COVID-19 Spread

Digital Nomads Madeira Islands has incorporated a safety protocol through Madeira Safe to Discover in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Digital Nomad Growth

A digital nomad is a person who lives or travels abroad while utilizing telecommunications technologies to work and earn a living. Their numbers have been growing rapidly since the distribution of the internet was widely expanded in the early part of the 21st Century.

One of the great impacts of the COVID-19 global pandemic has been to force employers to send their workers home to work remotely. This unplanned "experiment" has led many companies to realize it is a viable option that can help rather than hurt their business goals. Some companies have stated they can

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and 5 Best Places to Live in Spain. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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