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Planning a Roadtrip for Digital Nomads

Chatting with many Digital Nomads and Remote workers in general, we realized that they cannot find roadtrips for Digital Nomads or similar minded people. In this post, we try to help in making this a little easier for you guys!

Remote work is a hot topic at the moment, and with good reason. In fact, it’s estimated that 50% of the US workforce will soon be remote, which will make remote working the new normal. The remote work lifestyle will go from being an outlier to being what the majority of people know and are familiar with.

One of the interesting things about remote working is that it’s opened up the possibility for people to become digital nomads. The idea is basically that you can work and travel at the same time, allowing workers an amount of freedom that’s unprecedented in the history of employment.

All of this is made possible by the increasing popularity of remote teams. Companies have woken up to the fact that when a job can be carried out remotely, there’s not always a need to bring people in to a physical office. In fact, they can often save money by working with remote workers because they have lower overheads and often a lower overall cost of living.

The challenges of remote work

Using remote workers has plenty of upsides, but there’s also one key drawback. With a team that’s spread out across the world, it can be difficult to maintain friendships and communication. Fortunately, there’s a way to combat that, and that’s to organise a remote retreat.

The idea behind remote retreats is very simple: in the same way that co-working spaces can be a great way to facilitate productivity by bringing people together in a physical space, when you plan a remote retreat, you bring people together in a physical space. Only this time, there’s another advantage – they’re all working together towards a common goal, and it’s on your behalf.

Of course, knowing how to plan a remote retreat and having the funds and the time available to actually organise one are two very different things. On top of that, not all remote teams live a digital nomad lifestyle, and so not everyone will be available to take part in the retreat.

In some cases, people turn to remote workers to keep costs down, and when that’s the case, it’s unlikely that you’ll want to shell out a huge amount of money to fly them around the world. In other cases, people turn to remote workers because they have specific skills that can’t be found elsewhere.

Planning a roadtrip

When you’re working with outsourced employees because they have a specific set of skills that you need, bringing them together in a physical location starts to make sense. It can facilitate communication and help them to brainstorm potential solutions to the problems that you’re facing in a way that could never happen over Skype or WhatsApp.

One alternative to planning a full on retreat is to work and travel by car instead. Of course, you’ll still need to bring people together in a single place, and so one option is to identify a midpoint which is convenient for everyone and to hit the road from there. This is ideal for smaller teams, because it allows a degree of flexibility that a regular retreat can’t offer.

Perhaps we’re biased, but we think that digital nomads in Greece get the best of both worlds, a combination of beautiful weather, great food, good infrastructure, culture, history and more. In fact, it’s so easy to work and travel in Greece that we’ve built our business around it. We specialise in hosting digital nomads’ meetups for remote workers from all over the world.

Getting help

Planning a roadtrip for your remote employees is arguably much harder than planning a retreat, but neither is prohibitively difficult and, in many cases, the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. It’s all about figuring out what’s right for you.

So if a road trip through Greece sounds like just the thing you need to bring your remote workers together, look no further for a remote retreat planner. From road trips to retreats, we’ve got you covered, whether we’re helping you to identify the best cities for digital nomads or whether you’re setting up work and travel programs for your remote employees. We’d be more than happy to help, so be sure to get in touch with us to find out more. Happy travels!

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Why Remote Teams Need Remote Retreats

 

Remote work is a hot topic at the moment, and with good reason. It has a huge number of advantages, allowing you to tap into a global network of talent while saving money if you work with people who have lower costs of living. It also makes it much easier for you to grow your company at scale.

In fact, remote working can boost productivity, increase workforce diversity, reduce costs, decrease stress and prolong the careers of older workers. It’s estimated that half of the workforce will be remote by 2020, while a third of people would change jobs for remote work opportunities.

Of course, working with remote teams also has its downsides, the most notable of which is the fact that your team will be scattered across the globe. You can combat this using tools like Slack, Skype and WhatsApp, but nothing makes up for the connections that we make when we’re face-to-face.

Plan a remote retreat

Bringing your remote workers together into a single place for a remote retreat is one of the best ways to overcome this lack of face-to-face connections. Even if it’s just a one-off or something you do once per year, the benefits can far outweigh the costs involved. This may depend upon your team – if you’re hiring low-cost developers to get a job done cheaply, it doesn’t make sense to take them on a retreat. If you’re hiring world-class specialists and consultants, it’s a no-brainer.

With all of your team together in a single place, it’s much easier to have mission-critical discussions and to make important decisions. At the same time, though, don’t make the mistake of making your retreat all about business. It’s also a vital time for you to get to know each other in a social setting and to establish the kind of camaraderie that will be vital when you’re on the other side of the world again.

But planning and carrying out these kinds of remote retreats isn’t easy, especially because of the logistics involved. It’s difficult enough to organize an away day for the employees of a single office – bringing people together from different locations requires an insane amount of coordination, and the task gets more and more complicated as more and more employees are added to the equation.

Plan a remote retreat

The first and most important decision that you’ll make when planning a remote retreat is when the retreat should take place. With so many different people to organize, there’s a pretty good chance that at least one person is going to be left out, and the true challenge is trying to make sure that as few people as possible are left behind.

The next major decision is your choice of destination, which is likely to be informed by whereabouts your remote workers are located. If there are ten of them throughout the United States and one in the United Kingdom, it makes a lot of sense to pick somewhere central in the States and to fly the Brit employee in.

But that only tells half the story, because the true advantage of remote retreats is that they take everyone outside their comfort zones. In the above example, taking all of them to work and travel in Greece will help to encourage them to think outside the box while putting them all on equal footing. The Americans would no longer have a home advantage.

Getting help

Remote retreats aren’t for everyone, but then neither are remote workers in the first place. The important thing is to make sure that you’re aware of the options so that you can take advantage of them if they’re right for you. In this case, a remote retreat makes perfect sense if your remote team is business critical, but less so if you’ve just got them working as cogs in a production line.

The good news is that you don’t have to go it alone, and you can set up an amazing experience for your remote workers without having to worry too much about the details. That’s where we come in. Erratic Paths isn’t a standard travel company.

We specialize in uncovering immersive experiences throughout Greece, bringing together digital nomads, remote workers, travellers and free spirits from all around the world. If you’re looking to plan a remote retreat then you’ve come to the right place. Start planning your remote retreat today!

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10 Car Rental Companies in Athens

At one point in our lives, we have to dive into the endless choices of rental car companies, whether we are going on a dream road trip, attending a work trip or just wanting to take a fresh breath out of the city for a weekend. We have compiled a list of 10 car rental companies in Athens to get your rental car from. According to your budget, you can choose something simple or if you want to take the adventure to the next level, some of the companies will surprise you with a selection of luxury cars.

1) Drive Hellas

Delivery or collection of the cars at Drive offices and the Athens International Airport is free, other locations are charged with 25?. Minimum rental period is one day (24 hours) with acceptable length delay of 1 hour. Any further delay is charged as an extra day. Any delivery or collection from 21:01 to 7:59 has an extra charge of 24?. If the car is returned with less fuel, there is a charge of 12? for refuel service plus the cost of the missing fuel. Fuel left in the tank is not refundable. For transportation by ferry boats, Authorization from Drive is required and has a charge of 20? per direction.

?Useful Info – Drive Hellas

Website: https://www.drive-hellas.com/ 

Address: Koropi-Vari Avenue, P.C. 19400 Koropi, Attiki 

Phone: +30 6975127080 

2) Kosmos Car Rental

Delivery or collection of the cars can be done at the Athens International Airport, Athens city center (Kosmos office), and Piraeus port. Minimum rental period is one day (24 hours). Each hour of delay upon completion of the 24-hour rental shall be charged with 1/6 of the daily rental fee. A minimum charge limit of 100 km. per day is applicable. Border crossing is allowed in certain individual cases, following approval. Transportation by ship is allowed, in the driver’ s responsibility. Adding a second driver in the rental agreement entails surcharge of 3.5? per day.

Useful Info ? Kosmos Car Rental 

Website: http://www.kosmos-carrental.com/ 

Address: 5 Syngrou Ave , 11743, Athens 

Phone: +30 210 9234696-8 

3) Europcar 

Delivery or collection of the cars can be done at the Athens International Airport, Europcar office. Minimum rental period is one day (24 hours). They allow a 29 minutes tolerance period at the end of the rental. According to your need, you can choose rate including unlimited or limited mileage. Europcar may permit you to cross the border with the vehicle.

Useful Info – Europcar 

Website: https://www.europcar.com/ 

Address: 49 Sygrou Avenue.11742, Athens, Greece. 

Phone: +30 210 9211444 

4)  Athens Car Rental  

Delivery or collection of the cars can be done at the Athens International Airport and Athens city center 24/7 without any additional charges. Minimum rental period is 3 days. After the 27th rental hour, an additional day will be charged. Driving outside the Greek borders is strictly not allowed. Their rates include free and preauthorized permission to ferry the car to all Greek Islands. Deposit is fully refundable in case of cancellation up to 7 to 15 days prior to your arrival date depending on the category and their written quote. If the cancellation date is less than 7 to 15 days prior to your arrival, the deposit is not refundable. Additional driver is included in the price. 

Useful Info – Athens Car Rental 

Website: https://www.athens-carrental.com/ 

Address: Markopoulou Avenue ? Paiania, (Koropi, PC 19400) 

Phone: +30 22990 22272 

5) Imperial Car Rental? 

Delivery or collection of the cars can be done at the Athens International Airport, or Piraeus port from 08.00-21.00. There is no kilometers limitation. First additional driver is free of charge. There are no cancellation fees, book now pay on arrival method. You can get free upgrades in winter and low season. You will not be charged in case of a delayed arrival. They have more than 30 offices where you can get your car. 

Useful Info – Imperial Car Rental 

Website:https://www.rent-a-car-athens.gr/ 

Address: More than 30 offices 

Phone: +30 211 19 85 264 

6) Acropolis Car Rental 

They provide free pick-up and drop-off at two locations, Athens International Airport and Piraeus Port. Unlimited kilometers is available for rental longer than 3 days. Renters are allowed to return the car up to 1 hour later without being charged for an additional day. More than 1 hour delay counts as an additional day. At ?of working hours? between 20:00 ? 08:00 delivery and/or collection there is an extra night supplement of 30,00? (incl. VAT). Border crossing is not allowed. Ferrying is allowed. An additional driver can be added with cost 6,00? per day extra.

Useful Info ? Acropolis Car Rental 

Website: https://www.acropoliscarhire.com/index.html 

Address: 11, Kratitos str. 117-45, Athens, Greece 

Phone: +30 210 93 19 682 

7) Ansa Car Rental 

Ansa International Rent a Car is a car rental company with the head office in Athens and branches at the Greek islands. If you wish your rental car to be delivered outside your hotel?s door, rate includes delivery from/to your hotel by their staff. First additional driver is free of charge. There is no kilometer limitation.?

Useful Info ? Ansa Car Rental 

Website: http://www.ansa.gr/ 

Address: Syggrou Ave. 27b, Athens 

Phone: +30 210 9216304 

8) Alianthos Car Rental 

They deliver/collect your vehicle, all over the city, to the destination of your choice for free. A small charge is incurred for rental periods less than 1 week. Minimum rental period is 24 hours. Additional driver is free of charge. There is no daily kilometer limit. You are not charged any extra cost in case of delayed arrival of your flight (or your ferry) at the place of delivery point. They have 50 delivery places all over Athens. 

Useful Info ? Alianthos Car Rental 

Website: https://www.athens-rent-car.com/ 

Address: Syngrou 25, Athens, 11743, GREECE 

Phone: +3028320-31851 

9) Morphis  

Delivery or collection of the cars can be done at airport, Pireaus port, Glyfada and Athens center. Minimum rental period is one day (24 hours). Each hour of delay upon completion of the 24-hour rental shall be charged with 1/5 of the daily rental fee. Prices for one day covers only 200 kilometers, the extra kilometers more than 200 costs depending on the car category. Rental longer than 2 days is unlimited kilometers. For cancellations 3 days prior to delivery of the car, 1 day rental payment is required. Transportation by ship is allowed, in the driver’ s responsibility. Border crossing is not allowed.

Useful Info ? Morphis Car Rental 

Website: https://www.morphis.gr/ 

Address: 102-104 Vasileos Pavlou | Voula Athens 16673 

Phone: +30 2108974197 

10) Avis Car Rental 

Delivery or collection of the cars can be done at 5 locations in Athens; Airport, Athens City Center, Chalandri, Metamorfosi and Piraeus Port. The return of the rented car on a different station than the one agreed at time of pick-up is charged at 25?. The charge for out of hour?s service is 23? excluding VAT. Cross border rental is possible. Minimum charge for delivery or collection service is 18?, excluding VAT. If the car is returned with less fuel, there is a charge of 12? for refuel service plus the cost of the missing fuel. 

Useful Info ? Avis Car Rental 

Website: https://www.avis.gr/en/ 

Address: 23 Syggrou Avenue, Athens, 11742, Greece 

Phone: +30 210 3224951-7 

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The 10 Top Coworking Spaces in Athens

We are witnessing a change in the work formats. Every day startups, entrepreneurships and freelance jobs are becoming more and more popular all around the world. While these changes take place, the need for coworking spaces has become inevitable. Regarding this need, many coworking spaces have been open for like-minded people, digital nomads to come together and work. Seeing these places as ?just an office? would be wrong. They offer enjoyable experiences with your fellow workmates and of course the network and new connections! As Greece becomes a great workation destination for Digital Nomads and Remote Workers, we?ve compiled a list of the 10 top coworking spaces in Athens. They are all amazing in different ways, so we hope we help you understand better which best suits you! We present them in random order.

1 – The Cube

The Cube - coworking office for remote work in Athens
The Cube

?We are ?a community melting-pot.?” This is how Maria and Stavros, the founders of ?The Cube?, define themselves. We would not be wrong in saying that they are absolutely right! With its 7 floors, The Cube provides offices, meeting rooms, seminar rooms, a workshop and event spaces. They host 20 startup companies and creative individuals. With their years of experiences, they are ready to support you and give consulting in your entrepreneurial journey.

Useful Info – The Cube

2 – Impact Hub Athens

Impact Hub Athens - coworking office for remote work in Athens
Impact Hub Athens

Impact Hub is a member based coworking space and event venue. It is part of a worldwide community of more than 13,000 entrepreneurs, freelancers, techies, consultants, investors, creatives, artists, and more. As a result, it is considered among the best known coworking space in the world. They organize events, workshops that inspire creativity and empower your team. The membership packages are affordable. They allow you to customize according to your professional needs and preferences. The place is in Karaiskaki, in an old Greek house with an amazing terrace where you can watch the sunset.

Useful Info – Impact Hub Athens

3 – Stone Soup

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Stone Soup

Stone Soup is an old folk story in which hungry strangers convince the people of a town to each share a small amount of their food in order to make a meal that everyone enjoys and exists as a moral regarding the value of sharing. And this is exactly what they do! As a production house based in the center of Athens, Stone Soup opens its door to everyone to gather, co-work, learn and build together. You can either work in the open space or rent an office. You can take advantage of their consultancy to get help from talented freelancers and companies for your projects. Oh, and also in its cozy environment, you will hang out and socialize with other passionate individuals!

Useful Info – Stone Soup

4 – Tzaferi 16

Tzaferi 16 - coworking office for remote work in Athens
Tzaferi 16

Winning ?2018 Coworker Members? Choice Award” for coworking spaces in Athens says it all. This old cosmetics factory transformed into an endearing coworking space will make you feel unique! It locates on Piraeus Street, next to the Benaki Museum. In Tzaferi 16 you can get to know professionals from various fields and share creative ideas. You can choose from the packages they offer, or you can create something which suits you the most. While there, you should host your meetings at the Olive Tree Square, the cafe, the penthouse or the roof!

Useful Info – Tzaferi 16

5 – Athens Place

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Athens Place

They say ?Creative people need a place to work. Small businesses need a place to grow. Communities need places to come together.? Athens Place is the place where you can make all that happen. It does not matter if you are an influencer, a startup enthusiast, a digital nomad or a freelancer, you can get your work done here. It is an uncluttered space witch white, airy and vibrant decoration and cheerful atmosphere to boost your creativity and productivity.  The facilities include a virtual office, event spaces, meeting rooms and the veranda with a great view to Athens city and Acropolis. They offer a creative space to focus, collaborate and succeed. To carry the experience you have there to the top, they are launching a gym and a playroom soon.

Useful Info – Athens Place

6 – Romantso

Romantso - office for remote work in Athens
Romantso

The former printing plant of the infamous Romantso magazine is now a creative hub for digital nomads and entrepreneurs within the creative industry. It also hosts events like art exhibitions, music performances, workshops and more that the wider public can attend. The building, with its private and shared working spaces, has been turned into a melting pot for young creatives. In order to present new ideas and keep the creative mood up, attendance to all events, the exhibition space and the cafe are accessible to everyone. No doubt while getting your work done here, the atmosphere will feed your soul and inspiration.

Useful Info – Romantso

7 – Regus Athens – Maroussi

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Regus Athens Maroussi

We did not forget the northern suburbs of Athens! Regus has 7 offices in Athens including one in Maroussi. The modern building?s facilities include shared area, meeting rooms, virtual office and a kitchen with unlimited tea and coffee-an absolute must. You can get a daily access which starts from 4,70 euro!

Useful Info – Regus Athens-Maroussi

8 – The Found.ation

The Found.ation - office for remote work in Athens
The Found.ation

The Found.ation originally established in 2011 as one of the first coworking spaces in SE Europe. They lead companies to ?unlock their resources towards a human-centric future.? They also educate people and companies in the digital mentality. Located in gentrified neighborhood, the Found.ation is a home for entrepreneurs and hackathons.

Useful Info – The Found.ation

9 – theSwitch

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theSwitch

The studio is located in Psyri. The area is easy to access. They support individuals and teams to work, to co-create, to arrange their meetings, small lectures, interviews or workshops. Their relaxing area and common terrace will let you take a break with the historical view of Athens. 24/7-hour access is a feature that carries theSwitch one step further!

Useful Info – theSwitch

10 – Spaces Athens-Ermou

Spaces Athens - office for remote work in Athens
Spaces Athens-Ermou

They are close to public transport stations, they provide super- fast W?-F?, 24 hours access, and barista-made coffee. What more could one ask for? Here, you can work, check your emails, meet your clients and create new ideas. Spaces app will help you find a member or easily book a room for your meeting in advance. Also, the members of Spaces have access to all the Spaces offices around the world, so you can connect wherever/whenever you are.

Useful Info – Spaces Athens-Ermou


What do you think about our picks? Have you worked on any coworking space in Athens? Would you add any other that we left outside this list? Let us know your thoughts and preferences so that others can learn from your experiences!

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The One Thought To Spend Your Time Right

I keep finding articles that say??5 Ways to Help You Spend Your Time More Efficiently? or??12 Steps to Spend Your Time Successfully? or??7 Ways That Successful People Spend Their Time?. There are even books based on such??tips?. Most of them will tell you to exercise, start a healthy diet, wake up early, set goals etc. You know, all the standard advises that most of us get and perhaps the classic goals that most of us set to spend our time ?the correct way?. I am writing the??correct??in italics because I?m not sure if the one who decides what is supposed to be??correct??is you or a third party.?All these pieces of advice can be helpful but there is?one simple thought?that you need to think in order to decide who, and what is worthy of your time. If you have ever spent your money on cash and card, then you can very easily understand what I am going to describe.

How Do You Spend Your Time?

Do you spend your time as you spend your money in cash or as you spend it when you use a credit card?

  • When you spend “In cash“: You have some money left in your wallet as you know exactly on what and how much you spend. So, you can dedicate your money to things that matter.
  • When you spend “By card“: Your card can get overcharged. In order not to face more problems, you must sacrifice some important things in the coming days. If only you were more careful when spending all that money?

Generally the following happen when we spend:

  • In cash
    1. We are more careful in where we spend our money. We seek for the best value for money.
    2. We know how much money we have left at the end of each transaction.
    3. We are better prepared on where to spend our money and we hardly allow ourselves to diverge. 
  • By card
    1. We spend a lot more money.
    2. It?s easier to drift into unnecessary waste.
    3. Because we do not know exactly how much money we have, we can reach our card limit when it will be too late to change our behaviour.

Treat Your Time As Your Bank Account.

See the minutes you have in this life like the money on the bank account. See the different activities, the different people and everything you spend time on, like the things you can buy with your money. See, that is, where you spend your minutes as to where you spend your money. But think wisely because:

  • in this ?bank account? you do not know how much money you start with and how much you have left,
  • you only have one card,
  • when you have no money left, then that?s it?

So did you answer the question I asked you earlier?Do you spend your money in cash or by card?

Why Do We Spend Our Time As If We Had Plenty?

We do not know how many more days we have in front of us. Time is a fuzzy concept in our minds. So fuzzy that we rarely realize how it passes. How many times has it occurred to you to say ?wow time really flies??. Most of us, we tend to not think about the end of our time, so we don?t manage it as we would if we knew how much we have left. Many obligations, situations and people ?battle? for our limited minutes every day. But these minutes will be gone and they are not coming back. The truth, however, is that time will continue passing whether we want it or not. Our ?bank account?, that is, our time, is decreasing. Each day that passes, takes something out from that account.

?You live as if you were destined to live forever, no thought of your frailty ever enters your head, of how much time has already gone by you take no heed. You squander time as if you drew from a full and abundant supply, though all the while that day which you bestow on some person or thing is perhaps your last.?


Seneca

Start Spending Your Minutes In Cash.

The great Stoic Seneca said he would not let anyone spend his day. My purpose is not to scare you. My purpose is not to teach you any lessons about how to spend your time. What I want to tell you is that no matter how you decide to spend your time, remember that unlike money, you can not find more. I do not suggest you be?stingy? with your time. Just the next time you have an ?obligation? to attend to ask yourself: ?Is it really worth spending my money there??. 

I hope you cut your card and start using cash so you start thinking a bit more how much you spend and on what. I try to do this as well!