Budapest - Hungary

The one where we worked hard and played hard. We stayed in the centre of Pest, surrounded by ornate Embassy buildings, coffee shops and coworking spaces. 16 remote workers joined us from France, Chile, the UK, the US, Greece, Liechtenstein – and it's safe to say this is a city for working hard, and playing harder.


Dates: 19th August 2016 - 29th August 2016
Who attended?
6 American, 3 English, 2 French, 2 German, a Chilian, a Greek, a Danish, a Lichtsteiner
Where do we stayed?
Oktogon Place, Budapest


Why Budapest?

The grandeur of the Danube River, the promise of a hustling digital scene and a European summer had us on the first flight there - then 16 other nomads joined us.

This was our most international retreat yet, with people joining from Germany, France, the U.S, the UK, the Ukraine, Greece, Chile and Denmark. We knew this would be an interesting one from the get-go: Budapest is known for being an up-and-coming destination for many location independent workers, so we made sure to take advantage of the location.

We stayed in Oktogon, on a street of Embassies and offices, just a 10 minute walk away from the ruin bar district and a further 10 from the Danube. You could easily walk to Ecocafe from the house (an organic, work-friendly cafe with fast wifi and plenty of desks!), a sushi restaurant, and the metro, which made it a very comfortable place to be for 10 days.

We treated our apartment like home. We were able to casually ask people to our meetup on the Friday, swing by the bar for a few after work drinks, and even turned our outdoor space into a gym during one working lunch.

Nomad House partnered with The Hub for this Retreat, and so we worked there morning, noon and night - the night sessions often turning into entrepreneurial brainstorms for the next big coliving development (we'll update you soon). We hosted a skill-swap evening, where people were seated with others who could advise on their own professional projects - this is the advice you might have to hunt down outside of retreats, and it's one of the biggest sources of value for many of our entrepreneurs.

If you're reading this and thinking 'I don't have a project!', chances are you probably have the skills that someone else needs - and you might not be aware of it yet. That's the beauty of coliving: you start to see things in a totally different perspective, and that usually ends up fuelling your own project - maybe you'll be developing it on our next Retreat?