Why Coliving Spaces Are Better Than
Airbnbs For Your Digital Nomad Journey!

Sharvani Chandvale

Sharvani Chandvale

Are you confused between Airbnbs and coliving spaces? You’ve got the remote job (or you’re freelancing and your business is picking up), so you want to take this chance to travel and work remotely in India. A lot of people know that they CAN work from anywhere but not many know how to prepare themselves for it. Cafes and hostels can be loud and interruptive, especially if you have calls or want to do some deep work. Airbnbs can be isolating, especially if you get one that’s away from the city centre. So what stay for digital nomads is the best?

This guide will help you dive deeper into the benefits of finding a coliving space for digital nomads in India instead of settling for just any Airbnb. 

One of our Coworking corners at NomadGao!

Finding Your Community!

A Nomad Christmas!

Digital nomadism can be isolating. You’re always on the move and making new friends can be a task. What you’re looking for are people with similar goals and intentions as you – someone looking to work while travelling. It would be ideal to sit amongst freelancers, entrepreneurs, people with more work experience and so on. Can you imagine the conversations that could happen in a space like this? Whether it’s people from 10 different work backgrounds or 10 people with different experiences in the same field, it’s like striking gold! 

So here’s the deal -not all Airbnbs operate with that goal. Usually the only communication you’ll have is with the Airbnb host and even then, he/she might not be around all the time! Can you imagine how isolating it can get? To add to that, you could be living miles away from the closest coworking space. Coliving spaces understand this struggle and generally have an in-house coworking space too! A Coliving space like NomadGao brings you closer to your kind of community – people intent on talking about opportunities!

Community Events Ahoy!

Just picture this – you’re someone who’s curious about a certain field, say data science or being a travelling chef. You share this interest with a fellow nomad and you find out they’re a pro in the field! A few days later the coliving space you’re living in decides to host an event on how to ace being a data scientist as a digital nomad! Yea, it would be super cool for that to happen. And guess what? These things do happen in most coliving spaces! 

A lot of coliving spaces host community events for Digital Nomads. NomadGao has hosted events around the lgbtq community, blockchain etc. We even do fun barbecues or community dinners with some really fascinating cuisines! 

We promise you, every coliving space is designed to make digital nomads feel at home even when they’re not. An Airbnb will get you a good deal, but it won’t give you the digital nomad experience. As digital nomads ourselves, we know it can be so much more!

Making Remote Work Convenient

If you’re someone who has long days of work, we do realise managing household chores can get tedious. Most Airbnbs are simply rented homes which may or may not have room service or meal facilities. So on the days you feel like staying in and not ordering, you have no other options. Apart from that, apartments you rent on Airbnb come with bills, internet issues and lack of other utilities.


Coliving spaces are generally designed keeping digital nomads in mind and hence, are well-equipped with housekeeping and in-house cafes. We have Sheila’s Cafe at NomadGao and she whips up some amazing delicacies! We obviously have Swiggy and Zomato and have also partnered up with some restaurants to get you fun discounts! On the days you do feel like cooking, we also have a stove and utensils in our spaces!

Finding a Coworking Space!

Coliving spaces are designed to open up a different world of work to you. Flexible hours, plenty of travelling, better co workers and coworking infrastructure. Do we have to mention that there’s also no more traffic jams and work commutes? Coworking is an essential part of coliving spaces. They generally have good, ergonomic chairs that will be kinder to your backs and neck, wfh accessories like laptop stands, keyboards, mouses etc Since the goal is to enable remote work and make it easy, they also have reliable, high speed WiFi. When it comes to Airbnbs you may or may not have infrastructure to suit your WFH needs.

What’s more? NomadGao even has free tea and coffee to help you with your morning blues!

Here’s the thing – as digital nomads, Airbnbs have worked out for some. They can be budget friendly and comfortable for those who enjoy solitude. If you are looking to be a digital nomad, we recommend experiencing coliving spaces that exist solely for the community. If you’re still skeptical, do try them both. Just know that in this exciting little journey of yours, you’re not alone. As long as there is a coliving space where you are, you’ll have a home.

If you are looking for an Airbnb in Dharamkot, NomadGao Dharamkot is the perfect solution for your remote work problems. Find a community in and around Dharamshala and make the best of your mountain workation.