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How much does it cost?W
Nomad Misfits Month is entirely free to attend. Of course, you will need to sort out your own housing, food, etc. and that costs money. We are all self-organized, so how much things cost depends on the group. Some events people organize or suggest will likely require a fee, but nothing is required. Ultimately, you can put as much or as little money into it as you like.
Why do I have to apply?
We want to make sure that the people who come really want to help build the community so that everyone gets something out of Nomad Misfits Month. This doesn’t have to be scary at all, we just don’t want 1000 lurkers who never event attend, ya know?
Communities work best when everyone is taking part. This can be however you want or are good at. If it’s as little as making a reservation at a wine bar and sending us a time and a place, that’s cool too. Maybe you want to do a hula hoop lesson in the park, or you want to run a skillshare, or run a informal TedX kinda event, or just plan a movie night.
Anything goes, the application is just there to make sure the people who attend are willing to put in enough effort to fill out a little form. I promise I won’t ask you anything too scary, we’re friendly! Any questions just shoot me an email: nabramow (at) gmail (dot) com.
When/Where is the event?
Nomad Misfits Month will run for the entire month of June 2019 in Berlin, Germany. Grab your lederhosen, it’s happening. Okay but really it’s probably too hot for lederhosen in June.
Can I just come for part of the month? I have X activity I need to do elsewhere on Y date in June!
While I really encourage you to try and come for the majority of the month, to really get to know everyone, Berlin, and have the full experience, I get that shit happens. Come when you want. The event is free, and I can’t stop anyone!
How will housing work?
Everyone will need to sort out their own housing…check out my blog post on where to find housing in Berlin! Berliners have a lot of vacation days and summer is the prime time to travel, so sublets are not hard to come by generally. For starters, the main site Germans/Berliners use to most flats and rooms for sublet is WG-Gesucht.
While I originally thought to book a coliving space for everyone, most people said in the initial survey that they were only able to spend up to 500€ for the month. While this is totally doable when renting a room in Berlin, pretty much all the coliving spaces are more fancy, starting at around 800€ per month.
So that people can better control how much they spend and choose something that fits their preferences and budget, I decided to let people sort out their own housing. I’ll still be sending around a document and suggestions of coliving spaces to attendees though for those who do want to splurge.
Am I enough of a nomad to attend?
This event is aimed at people who already have some experience working remotely (whether freelance, a remote job or via entrepreneurial pursuits) and/or traveling long-term. If you have a regular 9-5 office job and take your summer holidays each year, this might not be the best fit.
Newbie and experienced nomads are all welcome. As this is more a community event than a biz conference we should all get along fine. Want to plan an event just for newbies? You can do that. What about one just for seasoned entrepreneurs looking to scale? Fuck yeah, do it.
Long-term travelers and nomads who work part of the year at in-person jobs and the rest of the year traveling are also welcome, i.e. maybe you have a seasonal job and then travel the rest of the year.
Digital nomads with a home base are also welcome.
I’m not going to check your nomad membership card at the door, but you get the idea.
Am I enough of a misfit? What kind of people will attend?
If you ended up here, you are probably enough of a misfit. The goal of this event is to provide an alternative to the very male-dominated, not so queer-and/or POC-friendly/not very reflective variety of digital nomad events existing in the “mainstream”.
We’re all types of people. Some of us are a bit nerdy, some of us are gay AF, others just read a little too many books growing up. Most of us maybe think slightly more critically about our lives and choices than the average person.
At the least, we are queer-friendly, feminist (including our awesome feminist male-identified peeps) and welcoming of all nationalities, races, genders, ages and sexual orientations.
Still not sure if you’ll fit in? Feel free to shoot me a message at nabramow (at) gmail (dot) com with your concerns and/or questions.
How much should I expect to spend?
Berlin is pretty affordable (depending on your frame of reference of course).
In terms of daily living, here’s some examples:
- rent – around 400-500€ to sublet a room in a shared flat (an AirBnB place to yourself will put you back around 650-900€). Possibly cheaper if you score something good on WG-Gesucht.
- monthly AB zone transport pass – 81€ (59€ if you don’t ride before 10am)
- groceries – about 40€ per week (unless you buy super bougie stuff, can be half that if you are frugal)
- a falafel sandwich – 3€
- dinner at a casual restaurant – 8-12€
- beer – about 3€ each (craft beer around 4-5€)
- cocktails – 7-8€
I am trying to organize getting a package of Urban Sports Club memberships, but we need at least 10-15 for buying power. Info below, please check that your interested on the application form when you sign up if interested.
Urban Sports Club monthly M membership – 58€ (smartphone required, allows you access to hundreds of gyms, saunas, yoga studios, martial arts, bouldering and climbing, stand-up paddling, dance classes (seriously even Irish dance) all over Berlin. I’ve worked out a deal with them to get y’all a single month (usually you need a contract). All you need to do is turn on the app, browse by location/sport type and scan the QR code at the venue. It’s legit the best “gym” membership I ever had.
I’m an introvert. Is this going to be too much for me?
That’s the beauty of the setup of this event, rather than be a short period of intense social interaction with 1000+ activities every day like a conference or retreat , we’re gonna be more chill. Since we’ll be here for the month, we can spread things out and mimic normal life a bit more.
One-on-one meetings more your thing? Maybe you’re more the glass of wine with a few friends in a basement bar kinda type? Or you wanna have a little dinner party at your flat? Totally doable. Need some quiet time after each social interaction? No problem.
While there will be activities planned, this event is aimed to be more DIY, and give you the resources to create the events you want to see.
I’m an extrovert, will I be bored?
Similarly, this event can be whatever you want it to be. The planned activities will be a mix, but if you wanna rage in a Berlin warehouse club with 20+ of your new nomad friends, that can happen.
What kind of activities will we be doing?
This all depends on you! The reason there is an application is to make sure that people who take part want to help create the community in some way. Communities really shine when everyone is an active participant. This doesn’t mean you need to be a business guru. Like craft beer? Organize a craft beer tour! Teach yoga, offer to do some yoga in the park. Do you cook really well, set up a potluck at your flat! Of course, if you are an expert in email marketing or some other awesome biz skill, by all means hold a talk or a skillshare.
I’m also there to help you find your way around Berlin, suggest good spaces for activities, be a German translator if needed, etc.