Lagos Digital Nomads
“The secret of Happiness is Freedom. The secret of Freedom is Courage” – Carrie Jones
Looking back, we can say now that 2020 was not that bad after all. For some people, 2020 was in fact a wonderful opportunity to start living the life of their dreams. Many had the courage to become Digital Nomads and Remote Workers and were able to feel the true meaning of the word Freedom.
Due to COVID-19, remote work has become increasingly more relevant. Being one of Portugal’s largest touristic destinations, Lagos now has the opportunity to start looking into the Digital Nomads and Remote Workers market to help this industry. The traditional approach to tourism has changed and a new reality is being created. This is a reality where catering to remote workers has quickly become the new approach to tourism.
“Lagos Digital Nomads” was a project that started off as a Facebook group in August 2020. In the beginning, we knew very little about Digital Nomads and Remote Workers. Initially, we hosted weekly Meetups with the intention of building a Community of Digital Nomads in Lagos. Bit by bit, we started meeting Digital Nomads and Remote Workers and learned about their needs during their stay in Lagos. As time went on, we started organizing events and opened Coworking spaces.
Lately, we realized that this Digital Nomads and Remote Workers market is an excellent opportunity to sustain a vibrant tourism industry in both Lagos and the Algarve. This was how the “Lagos Digital Nomads” portal began. In this portal, local businessmen and entrepreneurs have the opportunity to target this new market of Digital Nomads and Remote Workers, by advertising their services and products. Accommodation, coworking spaces, restaurants, leisure, entertainment, and Portuguese lessons are some of the services in demand by many Digital Nomads and Remote Workers who visit Lagos.
Joana Gloria’s Biography - Founder of “Lagos Digital Nomads”
When asked to describe her biggest motivators in life, it comes at no surprise that our founder Joana Gloria had responded with networking and travel.
Having the ability to work on her own projects and vision, as well as the freedom to work from anywhere, were what prompted Joana to start her own business. After graduating from the Universidade do Algarve with a Hotel Management degree, she started her own business at the age of 26 by opening two Guest Houses in Lagos. Each of these Guest Houses were awarded over a 9.0 rating on booking.com and set the tone for the Guest House industry in Lagos.
To continue nurturing her desire to learn and develop new skills, Joana moved to Lisbon. In Lisbon, she was introduced to the Digital world and launched the platform “Eat at a Local’s” in March 2019.
In the meantime, the pandemic hit and her project was put on hold. However, like many entrepreneurs, her resiliency allowed her to keep working and fighting for what she believes in: the freedom to work on her ideas and vision. She took advantage of the confinement to evaluate new trends and in the summer of 2020 she saw an opportunity in the Digital Nomads market. She immediately launched her new project “Lagos Digital Nomads”, which, according to her, is the best of her two worlds: Tourism and Networking.
Seeing the potential within her hometown, Joana has already turned Lagos into a Digital Nomads and Remote Workers hotspot. Lagos is an excellent destination with the perfect conditions to host this type of market, not only due to the climate and infrastructures of the area, but also due to the strong community spirit that has already been created.