- Why all ambitious nomads must experience Singapore
Why all ambitious nomads must experience Singapore
Plus: remote vs. RTO battles, guess the place, recent headlines
In today’s issue
Singapore, Part 2: the orderly, distraction-free city to get stuff done
Let’s end this battle: the remote work vs. return to office saga is tiring
Where in the world?: try and guess today’s photo
Headlines: so-called worst nomad spots, most expensive cities, Alaska-Hawaiian buyout
For the ultra-productive, Singapore just works
The best of both worlds: East and West, Old and New, cultured and modern
Singaporeans are brilliant city planners. Everywhere you go — roads, walkways, subways, parks, shopping malls — it all just makes sense. And it’s sparkling clean. This level of order greatly simplifies a productivity-focused lifestyle.
Unlike the beachy, free-flow influencer cultures of Bali and Thailand, Singapore professionals habitually follow a 9am–6pm, M–F corporate work week. They dress well, make good money, hire nannies, and walk designer dogs at dusk 🐩
Singapore is a small, safe country with a simple life formula: work, eat, sleep, repeat. It’s warm year-round, and therefore harder to laze around indoors. The social scene is pleasant, neither rowdy nor bawdy, and trouble is hard to find.
💎 There is one thing, though…
Gardens by the Bay, stylized
Singapore is hecka expensive. Rent is some of the highest in the world. Groceries and restaurants can cost you dearly if you don’t where to shop. If you live here, you can forget owning a car.
However, it’s totally possible to live lean and still enjoy your time in Singapore:
The remote vs. return to office saga: Still messy
Team Remote 🛖
Team Return to Office 👔
🔮 We predict…
…that neither side will “win.”
Some companies will support remote work, some will not, and many will meet us halfway with hybrid arrangements. Hey, at least we’ll have choices!
📝 Side note: According to a McKinsey report, commercial real estate could take an $800 billion hit by 2030 thanks to hybrid work and the emptying of urban centers.
Can you guess where this is?
Hint: it’s a famous road trip spot in Eastern Europe and was once declared the “best road in the world.”
↪️ Reply if you know the answer.
The best places to be a nomad? Nope: Here are some of the worst places to be a nomad. But hey — take it with a grain of salt.
New York City and Geneva tied for 3rd place as world’s most expensive cities. Guess which two cities tied for 1st place?
Alaska Airlines bought Hawaiian Airlines for $1.9B. Being from Hawaii, this news would normally upset us, but it doesn’t that sound bad.
—the Palmtree Editorial Team
Reply with anything you want to say.