Earlier in January, I wrote a blog post about getting my rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis. Part of what helped me deal with the ups and downs of my health condition (which is getting much better, thankfully!) has been being able to travel and work remotely with friends.
So I’m going to rewind a bit and talk about what it was like to work remotely in Nashville back in January/February as part of my fancy new series about what it’s like to be a digital nomad and work all over the world.
How to Work Remotely in Nashville
We stayed in a gorgeous Airbnb that was close to the city but also on its own stretch of land, and our hosts who lived nearby were the absolute best. Our home was walking distance to a huge park with walking trails right by the river.
You don’t need to stay directly in Downtown to enjoy Nashville: it’s super easy to drive anywhere, fast. Unlike the unforgiving vortex of cars that clog up Los Angeles at every given hour, Nashville is actually pleasant to drive around in.
We were in Nashville during COVID, so we just drove through music row and all of the bars and restaurants and didn’t get the full experience.
I don’t eat meat, but my fellow travelers who did were actually *not* that impressed by the hot chicken. (Incredible, I know.)
Our Top Tips for Working Remotely in Nashville
First, try and avoid visiting in January/February — it’s still horrendously cold. We had the worst luck and were hit by the biggest snowstorm they’ve had in a decade, but generally springtime seems like it would be much more desirable.
Secondly, definitely try and take some work breaks and go and enjoy the nature. We found some beautiful hikes next to lakes and incredible views right outside of the city.
Other than that, there’s some incredible restaurants here. Koko’s Plant-Based Ice Cream was some of the best ice cream we’ve had hands down. There’s also a lot of great vegan restaurants like Avo that we loved, so you won’t have any problems finding cool places to eat after your workdays.
There’s also a lot of great coffeeshops and places to work in Nashville, including a WeWork and some other pretty co-working spots around the city.
This is key because we spent ~forever~ trying to get a few documents printed in scanned and ended up having to drive really deep into Downtown to a Fedex and paying an arm and a leg to do so. I feel like as digital nomads things you take for granted (like printers!) at home become something you actually have to think about on the road.
Final Thoughts on Nashville
Because Nashville is a kind of hybrid of country-meets-Las Vegas, it’s going to be a lot more fun to be here when there isn’t a global plague raging across the world.
Our final thoughts? Add Nashville to your list of remote work-approved destinations!
Want more suggestions for your digital nomad lifestyle? Check out more posts in my remote work travel series here.