Hacker Paradise Is Not What I Thought It Would Be

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Hacker Paradise Is Not What I Thought It Would Be

I’ve been happily drifting around the globe for almost 3 years. My digital nomad life started one morning in Brooklyn when I realized I could do my freelance graphic design job from anywhere. I booked a ticket to Berlin, stored my stuff, and packed a couple of bags. After several months of solo travel, I realized I loved the nomad life but I was feeling lonely and run down. I hoped a program would provide me with logistical support (locations, housing, events), and community (people to plan weekend trips with, get dinner with, or collaborate on work projects with).


I looked into programs and honestly, I wrote Hacker Paradise off.  Trips were only 2-8 weeks and I wanted a long-term solution that would provide community and logistical travel support for at least a year. It wasn’t until a while later that I realized I was wrong. Two of the biggest misconceptions I hear about Hacker Paradise are that it’s just for tech people and that it’s just a short-term travel program, neither of which fit into a true nomad life. I’ll elaborate:

It’s just for developers.

One of the things I value about Hacker Paradise is the mix of people with different careers, backgrounds, passports and hobbies. Is there still going to be someone (or several people) on your trip with an opinion about which VPN you should use or how to keep your laptop secure? Of course. My first Hacker Paradise roommate in Cape Town was this person. But, there are also going to be writers, designers, lawyers, translators, and everything in between.


It’s just short-term trips which doesn’t fit into my nomad life.

Although trips are no longer than 8 weeks, I’m already on my 3rd Hacker Paradise trip of 2019 (Thailand, Brazil, Italy). Hacker Paradise has cultivated a strong alumni community and each trip has a handful of alumni on it along with a group of fresh faces. When I join a new trip, I know there will always be some other alumni I know in the group which makes me feel at home, while I’m wandering the world, living my nomad life.

It didn’t take me long to realize that Hacker Paradise isn’t just a short-term break for programmers. Hacker Paradise can be whatever you want it to be, the most important of which to me is a travel family.


A note from the Hacker Paradise team

We understand that there are misconceptions out there. We also understand how some of them came about. Our roots are in tech and we’re proud of them. But since trading our desk lamps for destinations some five years ago, our group has expanded tremendously. In addition to the standard engineers, designers, entrepreneurs, writers, and data scientist type of roles, we also have nurses, inventors, NGO founders, ethical hackers, real estate developers, feminist bloggers, comic book illustrators, SpaceX engineers, and many other cool types of people come and join us. Also to consider: we’ve had people travel with us for over a year!

Basically what we’re trying to say is, chat with us. Or even better, chat with one of our alum (contact us for details). Find out what the Hacker Paradise experience is really like, before overlooking what could be one of the best decisions of your life. 

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Moneyback Guarantee for the HP Community

We’re so confident in our community that we’re offering a money back guarantee on it.


The decision to request money back must be taken between the end of the first and second week after being an active member in our community. This is to give enough time to see if the program and community meet the expectations. The participant needs to actively attend events (at least 3 events per week). Qualifying official HP Events are

  • Monday Lunch
  • Goals Setting Sessions
  • Skills Sharing Sessions
  • Potluck

To set in motion, you need to both verbalize to the facilitators in charge and via email to [email protected] how and why we didn’t meet your expectations.


After following the steps above, we will calculate and refund your money. We will process back 1200 USD for a 4 week period, 2400 USD if you signed up for an 8 week period. You will be expected to leave the housing after the end of the initial two week period. You will receive a full refund for the trips that are more than 8 weeks into your initial start date.


This guarantee applies to dissatisfaction with the HP community on trip and other factors such as housing or weather will not be taken into consideration. 

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