The subscription model has become increasingly popular in the last decade – from cell phone plans to streaming services and cloud storage, subscriptions have become a part of each person’s monthly budget. A major advantage of this model is that it allows us to foresee future expenses and budget accordingly. When it comes to housing, this cost predictability exists with mortgage payments and long-term rental rates, but if you want to lead a location-independent lifestyle budgeting becomes a nightmare.The traditional renting landscape has often been fraught with uncertainty, hidden costs, and stressful negotiations. 

Good news is: subscription living solves this problem! Designed for digital nomads, remote workers, and anyone seeking a more flexible and straightforward way to live, it helps you avoid the repetitive bookings, excessive fees and the stress around finding the right accommodation.

So what exactly is Subscription living? With this new concept you can switch locations while paying a fixed monthly rate knowing your exact housing expenses for the year. There are no hidden service fees, no multiple contacts to juggle—just smart budgeting and a smooth transition from one home to another. Check this out: 

All properties are professionally managed, fully serviced, independent apartments. You can choose from studio or one-bedroom apartments and even larger spaces if you’re traveling with family or friends. You’ll find everything you need from a work friendly space to a fully equipped kitchen. 

Subscription bundles 

Instead of spending many hours planning the trip, researching different booking platforms and comparing rents, you can simply book your preferred bundle and pack your bags.They feature handpicked properties perfect for your work and lifestyle. Each bundle has a set starting date, stay length, destinations, check-in/out dates, and accommodation type. Take for example our Coastal charms bundle that starts in November. You get to spend a month each in Varna, Bourgas and Porto, just by doing one simple booking. Check out some of our other options. (link to bundles page). 

Subscription Living vs. Traditional Renting

Stable Costs: Subscription living offers budgeting stability. You pay a consistent monthly rent for your entire stay, eliminating unforeseen expenses and dodging potential scams.

Less Hassle: No need for endless hours of searching, tough negotiations, and hefty deposit fees, you can enjoy multiple locations with only one booking. 

So what now? 

Subscription living is reshaping the way we think about renting and accommodation. It offers a streamlined, stress-free approach, From the freedom to move to budgeting stability, subscription living has many advantages over traditional renting. The addition of our exclusive travel bundles further enriches this novel concept, making it an ideal choice for the modern-day remote worker or digital nomad. 

The digital nomad lifestyle opens the door to endless possibilities for exploration, work, and adventure. With a world full of amazing destinations, choosing the next place to call home can be both exciting and overwhelming. If you’re a digital nomad seeking the next best destination, here’s a guide to help you make the perfect choice.

1. Assess Your Needs and Preferences

Work Requirements

Consider your work demands, such as time zones, internet connectivity, and the availability of co-working spaces. Your destination must support your work without hindering productivity.

Lifestyle Preferences

Are you a beach lover, or do you prefer bustling cities? Do you want to immerse yourself in a new culture or stick to more familiar surroundings? Understanding your preferences will narrow down your options.

2. Research Cost of Living

Find a destination that aligns with your budget. Websites like Numbeo or Expatistan can provide insights into the cost of living in various cities. Consider rent, transportation, food, and leisure activities.

3. Check Visa Requirements and Regulations

Research the visa options and work regulations for your desired destinations. Some countries offer special visas for remote workers, while others may have more restrictive rules.

4. Evaluate Safety and Healthcare

Look into the safety of potential destinations, including crime rates and local laws. Healthcare quality is equally important, especially if you plan on a longer stay.

5. Explore Local Communities and Networks

Digital nomad communities, online forums, and social media groups can be goldmines for insights and recommendations. Connect with other nomads who have been to the places you’re considering.

6. Consider Weather and Climate

Weather can greatly impact your experience. Research the climate of your potential destinations to ensure it suits your preferences, whether you’re after tropical warmth or cooler temperatures.

7. Utilize Digital Nomad Tools

There are numerous tools and platforms specifically designed to help digital nomads find their next destination. Websites like Nomad List provide detailed information on various cities, including internet speed, cost of living, safety, and more.

8. Plan a Reconnaissance Trip (If Possible)

If you’re considering a long-term stay, planning a short reconnaissance trip to explore the place can be invaluable. This visit will give you a firsthand experience of the location, allowing you to make a more informed decision.

Finding the next best destination is a thrilling journey. Remember, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer, and what may be perfect for one digital nomad may not suit another. Keep in mind that flexibility and adaptability are part of the digital nomad ethos. Don’t be afraid to make a move, even if everything isn’t 100% perfect. Sometimes, the most unexpected destinations turn out to be the most rewarding experiences.

So pack your bags, power up your devices, and get ready to discover your next best destination! 

Hip urban atmosphere, beautiful seaside coast and snowy mountains all in one place? Bulgaria is the place for you!

Some might say we’re biased because we’re locals but we couldn’t miss the chance to share some of the best things you can do here. So let’s dive straight in. 

In recent years Bulgaria has become a preferred destination for digital nomads because of the cheaper costs and the availability of activities. From doing community yoga on a rooftop, to watching cinema in a park, to hiking on Vitosha mountain on the weekend and finding events with fellow travelers. Here’s why 

Explore Sofia 

A good start is the capital Sofia. Since the majority of flights are to and from Sofia the city is a convenient kickoff. For your free time there are plenty of museums, churches and galleries that can be visited for a very low cost or even for free. The National Art Gallery or Sofia City Art Gallery are good choices. If you happen to be in the city on the Night of museums (usually in the first half of May) you’ll get the chance to visit museums and galleries after hours completely for free. Plus during the night you could enjoy the Lunar Festival of Lights. 

For those of you who like to work from a coworking space there are lots of options in the city center. And more and more work friendly cafes are popping up. For your lunch break or after work walk, there are many parks and gardens. Borisova Garden is the biggest one but the smaller ones such as the garden in front of the National Theatre or Crystal garden are also amazing choices. Young people hang out there after work to have a drink, so it’s a great place to make new friends. 

You can find multiple dining options from an elevated street food (personal favorite is the Sando shop and the Fresh pasta) to elegant fine dining restaurants. All in pretty much a walkable distance since the city center is not that big.

Other urban options

If you prefer smaller city vibes you should definitely visit Plovdiv – explore the ancient ruins and narrow Old Town streets. Plovdiv is the cultural hub of Bulgaria so if you’re into this, the city is a must. Check out  Kapana, the  creative district which is a home of a vibrant culinary scene and small local boutiques. 

Veliko Tarnovo is also a great choice if you want to immerse yourself in the history of Bulgaria. The city is located in the hills of Stara Planina mountain and is particularly nice during summer. 

For tips on Bulgaria in summer and a seaside view keep reading in the next section 

Bulgarian Seaside 

The Bulgarian Black Sea coast is 378 km long and has more than 200 beaches so there is plenty to see and do. From small pebble beaches to big open bay sandy beaches with big waves, we have it all. The summer season is between mid June to mid September. 

Generally speaking the coast is divided into the south and the north. Burgas is the “dividing” section: below it everything is considered south, above it’s north. The two differ in terms of activities, types of towns and beaches. 

Generally there are more people in the south since it’s faster to reach. The main city is Burgas which has a vibrant atmosphere : it has seaside and cool urban vibes. It’s definitely a recommended stop on your journey, however we would move further down south for the proper beach experience. You must visit small villages like Sozopol, Lozenets and Sinemorets with their surrounding beaches. For a more lively setting and cool beach bars we recommend Smokinya Beach, Arapya beach or Veleka beach. If you want more secluded beaches go with Coral or Lipite beach : you won’t be disappointed. 

If those types of beaches are generally what you prefer you should also check the northern part. Known for its beautiful landscape and breathtaking panoramic views. The coast is higher with cliffs around 70m high, sea caves and endless wheat fields. This part is also famous for its golf courses. Some of our favorites are Ezerets, Bolata and Nomad beaches. 

Mountains in Bulgaria 

We love the mountains because they’re equally beautiful both in summer and winter and offer so many things to do. The closest one to Sofia is Vitosha: it takes around 50min by bus from the city to reach the Aleko hut up in the mountain from where you can take one of many trails in summer. If you want to start from the lower parts of Vitosha, good ones are Boyana or Dragalevtsi which are closer to the city.  In winter you can take the cable car up the mountain and ski. 

If you want to change the scenery of the capital, you can stay in the small town of Bansko situated in Pirin mountain. Opposite Pirin is Rila mountain, the home of the highest peak in the Balkans: Musala (2925m.). Another hike that we like is the one to the 7 Rila lakes because of its amazing landscape. Bansko is also the spot for digital nomads. Every year there is the Bansko Nomad Fest : one week of celebrating the location independent lifestyle. There are multiple coworking spaces as well, if you’re planning to work whilst there. Other mountain towns we like are Pamporovo and Velingrad wich are great options for SPA.

As technology continues to advance, it’s becoming clear that artificial intelligence (AI) is poised to play a big role in the short-term rental industry. AI refers to machines that are able to learn and improve their performance over time, often without human intervention. In the context of short-term rentals, AI can be used to automate tasks, streamline processes, and provide a better experience for both hosts and guests.

Currently, AI is already being used in a number of ways in the short-term rental industry. One example is dynamic pricing, which uses algorithms to adjust prices based on factors such as demand, seasonality, and local events. This can help hosts optimize their revenue and ensure their properties are always competitively priced.

Another use case for AI is in property management. AI-powered systems can monitor things like energy usage, occupancy rates, and maintenance needs, and alert hosts when action is needed. This can help hosts stay on top of things and prevent issues from becoming bigger problems down the line.

Looking to the future, there are a number of ways AI could transform the short-term rental industry even further. For example, some experts predict that AI-powered chatbots will become increasingly common, allowing guests to communicate with hosts and receive assistance in a seamless and efficient way.

However, there are also some risks associated with the use of AI in short-term rentals. For example, there is a risk that AI-powered systems could become too reliant on data and algorithms, and fail to take into account the nuances of human interactions. There is also a risk that AI could be used to discriminate against certain groups of guests or hosts, whether intentionally or not.

At Flataway, we take these risks seriously and are committed to using AI in a responsible and ethical way. We believe that AI has the potential to make short-term rentals more efficient, cost-effective, and enjoyable for all involved. But we also know that this must be done in a way that is transparent and fair.

To mitigate the risks associated with AI, we have implemented a number of measures. For example, we regularly audit our AI systems to ensure that they are operating in a way that is consistent with our values and goals. We also invest in training and development for our staff, so that they are equipped to use AI in a responsible and effective way.

Ultimately, we believe that AI will be a game-changer for the short-term rental industry. By embracing this technology and using it in a responsible way, we can help hosts and guests get the most out of their short-term rental experiences. At Flataway, we are proud to be at the forefront of this exciting new frontier, and we are committed to using AI to deliver the best possible service to our clients.

In recent years, remote work has become a popular trend in the professional world. With advancements in technology and communication, more and more companies are embracing the idea of allowing their employees to work remotely, and this trend is likely to continue in the future. However, while there are many benefits to working remotely, there are also risks involved for the individual that must be addressed.

One of the main benefits of remote work is increased productivity. Without the distractions of a traditional office environment, remote workers are often able to focus better and complete their work more efficiently. Additionally, remote work allows for greater flexibility, which can be especially beneficial for those with families or other responsibilities. Remote workers are able to set their own schedules and create a work-life balance that works best for them.

However, there are also risks involved with remote work. One of the biggest risks is social isolation. Without the social interaction of an office environment, remote workers may feel lonely and disconnected from their colleagues. Additionally, remote work can lead to a lack of boundaries between work and personal life, as it can be difficult to separate the two when working from home.

Despite these risks, remote work can still be a great lifestyle choice for our target group of digital nomads, expats, and corporate travelers. To mitigate the risks, it is important for remote workers to establish a routine and create boundaries between work and personal life. They should also make an effort to stay connected with their colleagues and participate in social activities outside of work.

At FlatAway, we believe that remote work is a valuable lifestyle choice that can provide our target group with greater flexibility and freedom. As a provider of subscription living, we offer our tenants the tools they need to work remotely, including workstations in every apartment and a 24/7 virtual concierge service. We understand the risks involved with remote work, and we strive to create a community for our tenants that fosters social interaction and a healthy work-life balance.

In conclusion, remote work is a growing trend in the professional world, and it can be a great lifestyle choice for our target group of digital nomads, expats, and corporate travelers. However, it is important to address the risks involved and take steps to mitigate them. At FlatAway, we are committed to providing our tenants with the tools and support they need to succeed in a remote work environment, and we believe that our subscription living model is the perfect solution for those who want to embrace this lifestyle.

Welcome to the first blog post from FlatAway, the revolutionary subscription living service that’s changing the way people live, work, and travel. At FlatAway, our mission is to provide an innovative and flexible living experience that prioritizes comfort, convenience, and community. We understand that the modern world demands a different way of living, which is why we’re dedicated to providing a unique living solution for digital nomads, remote workers, expats, and corporate travelers.

As a startup, we’re committed to our core values of integrity, optimization, and teamwork. These values are at the heart of everything we do, and they drive our passion for creating a better living experience for our customers. We believe in working collaboratively with our team, partners, and customers to deliver the best service possible. We’re constantly seeking ways to optimize our service and innovate new solutions to make the FlatAway experience even better.

At FlatAway, we’re not just another company, but a community of like-minded individuals who share the same values and vision. Our objective is to create a network of high-quality living spaces that are affordable, flexible, and accessible to anyone who wants to live on their own terms. We know that life is not a one-size-fits-all experience, which is why we’ve designed FlatAway to be as customizable and adaptable as possible. Whether you’re a solo traveler, a remote worker, or a family looking for a new adventure, we have a solution that’s perfect for you.

But we’re not just here to provide a living solution, we’re also here to make your life easier. Our virtual concierge, Alex, is available 24/7 to assist with any queries or issues that may arise. From finding the best local restaurants to recommending fun activities in the area, Alex is always on hand to make sure our tenants are happy and comfortable.

As a startup, we’re always looking for new opportunities to grow and improve our service. We believe that the key to success is to stay agile, adaptable, and responsive to the needs of our customers. That’s why we’re excited to continue expanding our team and building new partnerships to create a better living experience for everyone.

In conclusion, we’re thrilled to be embarking on this exciting journey and can’t wait to share more about the FlatAway experience with you. Whether you’re a current tenant, a potential customer, or simply interested in learning more about our innovative living solution, we invite you to join us on this adventure. Stay tuned for more updates and insights from the FlatAway team.

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