As Spring begins across Europe, people everywhere are looking at their holiday destinations. Digital nomads and online workers are looking to return from Winter sun stays and are looking to Bosnia and Herzegovina as an option.
Around one-third of the workforce will continue to work remotely after the pandemic, presenting opportunities for a working holiday. What are working travelers looking for in their destination? Where will they visit when they arrive in BiH?
Here’s a complete guide to the cities where remote workers are heading in 2022. Remote working requirements for travelers
Strong internet is a primary concern for those taking a workcation. The average internet download speed across BiH is 30.47 Mbps according to Speed Test. This could be challenging for data-heavy nomads but should be fine for people who need to make a few video calls.
Internet security is another issue that remote workers need to be aware of. Using tools like Surfshark VPN and other simple safety measures will give the assurance of online safety needed.
Long travel times can be off-putting to people who work and travel. Strong international connections are vital for a country to become a hub for remote workers. The increase in international flights in BiH is positive.
Neighboring countries such as Croatia and Montenegro are already popular among online workers looking to travel as well. BiH should see an increase in nomads staying and working because of its proximity to these countries.
Prime destinations for remote work in BiH
Tourism in Bosnia and Herzegovina may not be as developed as in other nations in the region, but that is changing. After the pandemic, working tourists are keen to get away from the masses and find new destinations to work from.
The nation’s capital has clear draws for digital nomads. Some of the major plus points include great value accommodation and tasty food at great prices.
It’s vital for local businesses to offer the amenities long-term travelers and workers need. Having a strong internet connection will be viewed favorably and can increase rental prices, for example.
There are new co-working spaces popping up across the city. Places like HUB387 and tershouse give people a comfortable work environment and the chance to mingle with people working in similar roles.
Opportunities to co-work in Sarajevo will see more online workers happy to stay.
Co-living is a new concept that has, nonetheless, already arrived in the BiH capital. Place like Thalassa are offering large homes with long-stay rooms that allow nomads and workers to live and be productive together, co-living is a trend that should see growth in Sarajevo.
Some may say that Mostar has too many tourists to have the authentic vibe that many online workers look for. However, swimming on the river banks and selfies under the bridge are a big draw to the Instagram generation.
The nature, mountains, and accessible waterfalls are all appealing to people looking for the next new experience. Local hosts and guides can take advantage of the wanderlust of nomads and find off-the-beaten-path photo spots and natural landmarks.
Banja Luka has an old charm that will draw in online workers looking for culture and quaintness. Local businesses have started to adapt to the needs of those who travel and work, with a couple of co-working spaces already established.
Internet speeds in the nation’s second city can be a worry for digital workers. This could curtail the stay of some people and is worth paying attention to if a business wants to attract high-spending tech and marketing workers.
Where will online workers visit in BiH?
With its mix of comparatively strong digital infrastructure and great travel connections, Sarajevo is a city with a lot of appeal to people working remotely. The culture and the history – both old and painfully recent – attract people keen to learn about a different European narrative.
Adventurous nomads are likely to travel out to Mostar and Banja Luka, seeking great holiday snaps in the hills and valley and glimpses of medieval buildings rarely seen on social media.
BiH is making it into the travel plans of remote workers and local businesses can position themselves as service providers who understand their needs.