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NomadX live interview with Bogdan Danchuk

๐Ÿ”ฅ NomadX live interview with Bogdan Danchuk, Founder of Remote Haven.๐Ÿ”ฅ

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Bogdan is a full-time digital nomad for the past 12 years, having lived in 35 countries so far. His journey had begun way before the term ‘digital nomad’ came to be. He dealt with various businesses as an online entrepreneur throughout those years, including Affiliate & Performance Marketing, Software as a Service Startup, and Digital Product creation.๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฃ

๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸผHis latest company, Easily Global, is helping online entrepreneurs with tax, incorporation, and residencies have been founded upon realizing the formation solutions he has gathered from of all his ventures throughout the years, solving his own tax, incorporation, and residency matters, sharing them in an easy to understand, accessible manner.

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Interview Transcription

Dave: 

Hello, Nomads community. We’re going live today with Bogdan Danchuk. Bogdan is the founder of Remote Heaven. Remote Heaven is a business that just got started on Madeira Island. It’s a five-star co living, it’s an amazing concept. And he’s got about 50 digital nomads there at the moment. And he’s going to be running this program for the next several months, if not longer. So we’re going to talk to Bogdan a little bit about how he came up with this idea. He’s got some really great prices. He arrived a couple of months early, and was really doing a lot of research on the prices. We’re going to talk a bit about the prices. Single occupancy, I think is around 1400, 1850 for double occupancy for a month. All breakfast included as well. Bogdan’s an entrepreneur. He’s had multiple startups. He’s worked in affiliate performance marketing. He’s worked in SAS startups. He’s worked in digital product creation. His most recent company’s Easily Global where he helps entrepreneurs with taxes and corporations, residencies based on his years of travel as a nomad over the last 12 years to 35 countries. He loves Portugal. He was in Madeira a few years ago where he visited and now he’s back again. We’re going to talk a bit about it and just super excited to bring him into the live. I see Bogdan is here. If anyone has any questions or comments, give us a thumbs up, ask questions for Bogdan. We’ll answer them now or we’ll come back and answer them later. So without further ado, here he comes, Bodgan with us here in a second. Welcome everyone to our Facebook live with Bogdan Danchuk, the founder of Remote Heaven, currently sort of co-living at the Savoy Palace out in Madeira. Hey. 

Bogdan: 

Hey. 

Dave: 

Hey Bogdan. How are you doing man? 

Bogdan: 

Awesome. Great to be with you here. 

Dave: 

All right. Fantastic. We’ve got a bunch of people arriving at the live. So for anyone out there, please feel free to ask any questions that you have, hit the like button, give us the thumbs up. We’re super excited to have Bodgan here with us. As I mentioned, he has a new concept he’s working on. It’s a five-star co living concept on Madeira Island at the Savoy Palace. Really the number one resort on the entire island and based in Funchal which is about 30 minutes from Ponta do Sol. So without further ado, we wanted to ask you some questions here Bodgan. Maybe give us a little bit of your background and the inspiration for this project that you’ve started on Madeira Island. We’re really curious. 

Bogdan: 

Right. So I was actually living in Croatia at the time, I even didn’t hear that Madeira is planning anything of sorts on the global scale to make the country and the island really a digital hub for digital nomads. And with the pandemic happening around the world and Croatia being quite loose on the regulation and being very welcoming of tourism, I was thinking to do it there. And a friend just randomly sent me a link. “Hey, you love Madeira. You’ve been there three years ago. You didn’t stop talking about it ever since then. You wanted to bring your own friends, community, everything there. And suddenly somebody from the government is doing exactly what you were thinking for three years to do.” So immediately I changed the entire project and moved it to Madeira, started negotiating the hotels here instead of where I was originally planning on doing that. So yeah, definitely an amazing turn of events. I have never been happier than I am right now. This is just unbelievable. This island, this hotel, this project, yeah, mind blowing to me. 

Dave: 

That’s really amazing. So you had this idea several years ago, where were you kind of initiating the project before you decided to move it to Madeira? Where did you stay? In Croatia? 

Bogdan: 

Right. So I was already in negotiations with a very big resort in Croatia, and we had about 200 rooms occupancy, which I thought of making, it was a long time thinking. And at the last minute I decided to change it to Madeira. It was a no brainer for me. I love the weather. I love the people. I love the country. I would love to even live here. This is paradise. Absolutely. 

Dave: 

That’s awesome. We just have a Brittany Snowbird just joined us. Welcome Brittany. We’re here with Bogdan Danchuk from Remote Heaven. He’s got an amazing program, this five star co-living. One of the nicest five-star resorts on the island of Madeira. And I thought the prices were really good. I was noticing here, it’s like 1405 for a single occupancy, 1855 for double occupancy. And that comes with breakfast as well if I’m right. Did I get that right? 

Bogdan: 

That is true. And we were quite lucky really because when I started the negotiations, it took about two months to get something on paper. And when it came to the island to check out the properties I was trying to make better than what they got. So being here of course gives you a bit more leverage than doing it remotely. And yeah, so we got upgraded four times within the same subway group, of course, but we got a hotel which was supposed to be triple in price than what we pay right now for the price I negotiated to begin with. So yeah, definitely. I didn’t expect that to be honest. I was working really hard to make it happen, but yeah, we got lucky for sure. 

Dave: 

That’s amazing. Well, I think you’re making a lot of people happy because I think for everyone that’s joined us, we have the digital nomad village which is in Ponta do Sol. It’s more villas, a smaller town. It’s really the headquarters for the first nomad village. But then we’re also in the midst of, we’ve got Funchal. Funchal is the major city of Madeira. That’s where the Savoy Palace is based. And I hear it’s supposed to be really nice. There’s a lot of stuff to do there as well. So we want to hear from you Bodgan kind of what’s going on and location, but yeah, I’ve been hearing some really great things. I think you have about 50 people that are there at the moment, if I’m right and more people expect it to arrive? 

Bogdan: 

Yeah. So currently we have 50 rooms booked, so that means a bit more than 50 people. I think it’s about 70 people by March 1st, but physically in the hotel right now about 50 people total currently. It’s amazing. The community really is just creating its own sort of ecosystem because right now, if you are not in Madeira yet, you might not know that we have a curfew at 7:00 PM I believe. We just don’t feel it at all. We have our own thing happening. The Savoy is the size of a small city. You really need to look at some photos to get the full perspective or come to one of our public events to see how big it is. But we are still discovering some rooms which we didn’t know exist. Yes. So imagine 50 people doing sort of the same thing, but in different walks of life, living together in a very spacious, small city environment which has zero curfew impact. And that really creates something like an adult summer camp you might say. People just are inside in any of the seven restaurants, lounges, swimming pools, just hanging around. And yeah, we have people actually creating different programs, which we were not even thinking will happen. We have guys that are passionate about conscious breathing, guys that are passionate about dancing, team building, hiking, and all of those people are really contributing their own time and effort and make those workshops happen and make those events happen. It’s really awesome. We have a small slack group that we have within the hotel. And whenever anybody has an idea, you just posted in the general section. And within minutes we have about 20 to 30 people on board. So if somebody has an idea, “Hey, let’s do some karaoke night,” which we did last night, within five minutes, we are organizing that. Within three hours, we’re there. 35 people last night, amazing times. Unbelievable. 

Dave: 

Yeah, that’s great. Yeah, it’s really nice I think to be able to find community in times like this. I feel like you have so many people right now maybe in a cold environment, especially here in Europe, maybe people in Germany or in Switzerland, and they’ve got a lot of snow right now and they’re stuck in their apartments, maybe by themselves or the significant other. And meanwhile, we’ve got this awesome opportunity going on in Madeira Island which just got started. And then as Bodgan said, he’s secured 100 rooms at the nicest five-star resort for excellent prices. And the good thing is you can really fly in from anywhere. So you basically get a COVID test, you fly straight into Madeira, they let you straight through. And then basically you’re in Funchal. You’ve got this amazing resort that you’re staying at. And then with access to all sorts of nature and all sorts of activities actually, with the Nomads, but then also anything you want to do on the island, whether that’s surfing, whether that’s hiking, whether it’s going to explore some of the smaller villages, just sounds absolutely amazing. It’s really, really nice that you set this whole thing up Bodgan. I feel like, yeah, you’re helping people get through the winter and creating some inspiration. And I’m sure there’s a lot of connections being made there too. So for business connections and social connections. 

Bogdan: 

Absolutely. People are becoming best friends under these circumstances. And what’s so super surprising to me is how people from completely different walks of life just wear this hat of like, “Hey, let’s be socializing.” And we have like PhD, very famous lawyers, with investors in the cryptocurrency market, artists. We have a published fiction author. We have designers, we have creatives, we have people doing technology, but really what is amazing is how they have sort of different backgrounds, but same language they speak. It’s bringing people together. It’s creating business opportunities. We have people creating some ideas already sort of collaborating. We are using every space here. And when you come there to the lobby, to the library, to any other lounge, you just see people that have never met before this project, spending hours together, creating their own groups, making events happen. We have a girl that just thought bouldering is going to be nice. So she thought there’s going to be two or three more people. Now she has 15 people coming with her a couple of days, for a workshop in bouldering in a robe. Yeah. 

Dave: 

Sweet. Man. Yeah, I think I heard tonight, I guess we moved this interview forward just a little bit because I saw I was searching. I think it was on Slack or on Facebook. And it looks like you guys had a crypto event this afternoon with a guy who’s very well-recognized in space, right? 

Bogdan: 

Right. So we were really not expecting anything specific. So I wasn’t targeting the crypto community particularly, but somehow a friend brought a friend and we ended up having some of the really most known names in the space in the world. We have a guy that owns the biggest crypto exchange in the world. Sorry, not in the world, in the UK. We have one of the people that basically rebuilds Ethereum right now. He’s creating a scaling network. For whoever doesn’t know, Ethereum is the second largest cryptocurrency after Bitcoin. So this guy basically decides how things are going to go into the future. We have a guy that’s responsible for the other side of the technology, which is called staking. So not to get too technical here because I know a lot of people are not into crypto, but neither was I, by the way, when I got into the sort of meetups and hangouts and got to speak with those people I got in, but I was not exposed to this world at all beforehand. And I’m only in right now and we have about 45 people I believe committed to come from the outside and maybe with our group it is going to be about 45 plus 25. Let’s say 70 people right now in an hour on the upstairs 16th floor. Yeah. It’s going to be amazing. 

Dave: 

Yeah. Sweet. So if anyone on here is on Madeira Island at the moment, and you’re looking to learn a bit more about crypto, we’ve got an event going on in the next 30, 40 minutes, which Bogdan is helping to organize with some amazing folks. So I think, yeah, that’s the beauty of these nomadic villages and bringing groups and Nomads together like in a retreat setting like you have, I know things have been super popular in the past, like the nomadic cruise. But unfortunately you can’t do the cruises right now with everything going on. So this is really maybe the best alternative to a cruise, but then you’re just not moving on water, you’re on land. But then you have access to so much nature and everything too. It’s kind of the best of all worlds I would imagine. 

Bogdan: 

Absolutely. I feel like also the longevity of the project gives a lot of upside to it. So you don’t have this formal experience where when you’re coming for something for a week or for two weeks, and then it ends, or you kind of know the schedule to begin with. And you know that it’s very intense. Here people have the ability to just chill by themselves, to just have some private time. There’s a lot of privacy and there’s a lot of socializing and you can always choose in between. We have very spacious rooms where people work from, if you want to have a co-working experience, you go and sit with other people as well. You have the best of both worlds. And within the month you have an opportunity to create a bit deeper connections, deeper communication, deeper friendships. And actually I was quite surprised, but I think currently about 80% of the guys that came on board for the first month have extended. So yeah, I can see us doubling by April and that’s super awesome. So people even have a longer experience than I even thought that they will have. So definitely that’s a big point of difference. 

Dave: 

Yeah. I mean, I think as people are traveling these days, I think once people find a place that they like and they feel settled and it’s productive and you’ve got a nice community, I’ve found that people tend to stay. So I think, yeah, the environment you’re kind of creating sounds great. How long will this initiative be going on for that you’ve got going on with a Savoy Palace? Is there a time limit to how long you guys will be doing this for or what are the plans? 

Bogdan: 

So initially we didn’t really know because we were sort of approved for February and March and we were so happy with how things turned and the hotel is super happy and all the management is really looking at the type of people that come super because they didn’t know if it’s going to be like 50 really young, a bit of a different environment. So they didn’t know what to expect. And when they saw who was coming, they approved it for until the end of May. So that is not even the end point, that’s just how long we already know it’s going to run for, but it could very well be around into June and July and maybe the whole year. So yeah, things are really, really long. 

Dave: 

All right. Sweet man. That’s awesome. It’s like yes for everyone that’s joined us, once again, we’re here with Bogdan Danchuk. He’s got a five-star co-living in the Savoy Palace, the number one resort in all of Madeira. So you can’t go too wrong with that. And he’s got an amazing group of digital nomads, remote workers, they’re all coming together from different backgrounds, creating content, sharing content with locals and really creating a nice community. And yeah, just getting out of the cold environment. Let’s see here. So yeah, this is really awesome. I’ve really learned a lot about what you’re up to here. Sorry, my wife’s alarm is going off. So just give me one second, a little bit of interruption, but beyond just the Savoy Palace which we think is absolutely amazing and it’s such an awesome concept. I wish I came up with the idea of myself, but I know you so I don’t have to. So yeah, beyond that, we just love to know a little bit about your journey because I know you’ve been traveling as a nomad for 12 years, I think it’s 35 countries. It looks like you’re more of a technical background, maybe more of an engineering background. Give us a little background on yourself and your travels and maybe some of the places you’ve been to that you really loved. And offer some value here for the community. 

Bogdan: 

Right. 

Dave: 

More value. 

Bogdan: 

So when I started my journey, nobody really knew what the digital nomad is and it really wasn’t the word anybody used. I think it kind of popped in the last six years, but back in the day, Airbnb didn’t really exist in Europe. Just to give you some perspective, Booking.com, didn’t even have apartments listed there. You didn’t have social networking the way you have right now. You didn’t have meetup, you didn’t have digital nomad communities. So I really was just excited to go somewhere and start traveling. So at 19, I took my first flight and never looked back. Basically that was 12 years ago. I was very lucky to have a kind of job that allowed for that so many years ago. I mean, 12 years ago in terms of how the world moves forward is quite a long time. So I actually was a web designer. That was my original background as a profession. And yeah, I started my own design agency age 18 after working for some other company doing e-commerce. Yeah, I was quite lucky to start very early on in this professionally. And then one thing led to the other and the agency became more focused on digital marketing. And then from working with clients sort of moved into the direction of performance marketing, affiliate marketing, working in those areas, doing software distribution mostly. Yeah, so kind of been doing that for a while and traveled 35 countries as you said, some for a short time, some for a long time, mostly I think on average, that would be three months per country. I think the longest I stayed at was in Spain, it was two and a half years in Barcelona. I stayed in France, I stayed in Germany, I stayed in Croatia, I definitely stayed in Portugal, my favorite one by far. I think actually for all those years, I was sort of having the feeling I wanted to settle somewhere someday, but until I visited Portugal, I never knew where. So that was probably the only place on earth I said, “Hey, that’s home.” And when I came to Madeira, that was doubling up on that. That was just unbelievable. I’ve been here three years ago and it really had all the infrastructure needed with zero of the people that could use it. I was maybe one of the only foreigners on the island because it was January three years ago. You didn’t have many people in our age group, young professionals in the prime of their endeavors. So I was thinking to myself, “Hey, this place has a lot of potential. It’s having the best weather in Europe and maybe in the world, in my opinion. It’s clean, it’s safe. The people are amazing. If you know locals in Portugal and especially in Madeira, you know what I’m talking about. So yeah, I was thinking to myself, “Let me buy a house here. Let me call 20 of my best friends and business associates and tell them to do the same. Bring them here and we sort of plant the seeds to make it grow.” And I was starting to do that already. And suddenly this thing with the government pops up, I was quite shocked. 

Dave: 

That’s awesome. So yeah, everything really lined up nicely for you. It’s nice when that happens, when you have this kind of inspiration. And obviously you’ve been an entrepreneur now for a long time and you’ve had a lot of really nice experiences. And the most recent one is a company called Easily Global which my understanding is for helping online entrepreneurs with taxes and corporations and residencies based on a lot of the experiences you’ve had. So that’s your kind of main business and then you’ve got this initiative going on. So yeah, I think you’ve got a really nice background. You’re very entrepreneurial and yeah, very connected to the nomad scene. So yeah, it gets really nice to have you running this initiative on Madeira Island. Let’s see here. In terms of, I’d love to kind of get your perspective, you’ve been doing this lifestyle now for a long time. We’re going through a massive pandemic. What does the future hold for digital nomads and for these remote workers? What do you see happening over the next five to 10 years? 

Bogdan: 

Without exaggerating, I think we will have at least five X the community within the next five years. I feel like large companies like Spotify, other big corporations, we actually have guys here which are very high positioned corporations in companies you would never expect going remote, living here and extending for the next three months. So definitely we see that happening. We see people that work in traditional jobs becoming digital nomads. We see people that do professions which at no other time, they had the validation that it’s even possible to be remote. So yeah, the whole remote idea just got such a validation because of this pandemic and it’s not going backwards. So we definitely will see more of that. 

Dave: 

Yeah, definitely. Well, there’s been a lot of press and I think yeah, everyone’s trying to figure out where do they go to work from? So people, I think are kind of tired of working from home and the co-working spaces get nice, but after a while you can only go sit in a co-working space for so long. So I think, this year people are starting to experiment with it and I’m curious to see what’s going to happen next year because I think everyone’s going to be moving or traveling around the world. So you’ve really been a pioneer in this space and really doing some amazing things and yeah, just exciting to see the community come together and rally around one another and create opportunities for everyone else. So I think that’s fantastic. Before we leave here, maybe just give us any sort of special offer or just let us know the pricing again, in terms of what you guys are doing. And if there’s any final words you want to leave for the community, just let us know and we appreciate it. 

Bogdan: 

Right. So first of all, as the final words, I would say that we are at the beginning of something really big here, and it’s always, always nice to be on the pioneering side of things. So if you want to do that, just come to Madeira, it will be the number one spot in the world in my opinion. And guys, I’m not from here. I’m talking as an outsider coming here, it’s going to be big. In terms of the deal itself, so it’s a 1400 for single occupancy and the 1850 for couples. And that includes breakfast, which is just out of this world. It’s more of a brunch really because it goes until 11:30. And 

Dave: 

Perfect. 

Bogdan: 

Yeah. 

Dave: 

Wow. 

Bogdan: 

Yeah, yeah. 

Dave: 

That sounds amazing. 

Bogdan:

So people that work on American schedules can still enjoy that and they definitely do. Yeah. So 1400 and 1850. That’s the price point and we’re running with that for the next few months. 

Dave: 

Cool. Well, yeah. hey, it’s been awesome having you on here Bodgan. I just got to know you recently through this project that you’re working on and excited to see that it’s going so well for you all and there’s so much excitement around Madeira and yeah, just wishing you the best. And I don’t want to keep you from your crypto event. So thanks for having this a little bit earlier for us and looking forward to 

Bogdan: 

Thank you. 

Dave: 

I’m going to be there. I’m arriving on Wednesday next week so I’ll get a chance to swing by and say hi and catch up with you all hopefully. 

Bogdan: 

Thank you so much. I’m looking forward to seeing it here. 

Dave: 

All right. Awesome man. Well, great seeing you today Bodgan. Yeah. Take care.

Bogdan: 

We’ll have that coffee on Wednesday. Yeah. 

Dave: 

Say hi to everyone for us. Cheers man.

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