Topic: People on the move


What going remote did for Elementary Digital

Is it worth putting the people at the heart of the company, taking the office out of the equation and becoming a distributed team? Here’s one startup’s story of becoming remote, the challenges it posed, and the benefits added in the end. Perhaps it was reading too many new wave business books or taking inspiration […]


Free People Move—meet Matt

Nothing makes us happier than people reaching out and sharing their experience of making a move with a little help from Teleport. Everyone, say hi to Matt, who recently Teleported to Mexico City! Hello! Who are you? My name’s Matt, and I was born and raised in New York. When growing up, my parents traveled […]


The 5 best cities in the world for designers

Which cities in the world have the best combination of reasonable costs of living, an active tech scene, and an inspiring cultural and artistic background? Underneath the income, living costs & quality of life preferences you can toggle in Teleport Cities, there are around 300 different data dimensions from 70+ sources, with topics ranging from […]


Have a question? Ask a local!

Pragmatic and straight-forward data is great. However, something we hear a lot from our users is the importance of being able to also connect and discuss with real people who have lived or are currently living in a city. Ask a Local has been available in Teleport Cities for a while now, but based on […]


San Francisco misses the cut: the five best cities for software developers

Tallinn, Estonia, September 8, 2016: Software Developers care most about pollution, crime, living costs and the startup scene when choosing a city in which to work and live, according to new data from Teleport, an international software company that helps its 190,000 users move to cities that are compatible with their personal living preferences. When […]


5 Flight Hacks Every Traveler Should Know

Traveling is the only thing that you can buy that makes you richer. There’s a point to that, although more often than not, traveling takes a good chunk out of your bank account. But what we at Flystein like to show people is that it doesn’t have to be like that. We play a game […]


A chat with Ben Horowitz

Ben Horowitz, cofounder and General Partner of the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz (also one of our investors) stopped by the Teleport office on his recent visit to Tallinn. Here’s a video recap of the meetup. Ben was in Tallinn a few weeks ago for a board meeting with TransferWise—a16z’s biggest investment outside of Silicon […]

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Visa tips for remote workers

One of the best perks of remote work is the ability to travel and work at the same time. However, this freedom is sometimes curbed by the need for visas to travel. Here are a few basics and visa tips for other remote workers who love to travel (but don’t necessarily have the best passport […]


The best cities for software developers

We’ve got almost 13k software developers among our users. Here are the 5 best cities in the world for the technology-savvy. Underneath the income, living costs & quality of life preferences you can toggle in Teleport Cities, there are 180 different data dimensions from 58+ different sources, with topics ranging from an active tech scene […]


Startup city spotlight: Berlin

Berlin is rollin’ hard right now – it’s mentioned as the next most awesome European tech hub after London by almost everyone who’s in the startup or tech industry. But why? Berlin has been an increasingly developing tech city for a couple of years now, but in the light of recent events (*cough* Brexit *cough*), […]


Brexit – what should British startups do?

The brits will vote on Brexit tomorrow and the polls are eerily close – whereas a month ago the “Leave” option only had 18% probability of happening, now it almost looks like a coin-toss. The poll-trackers are showing that younger and more educated brits want to stay in the EU and older and less educated […]


Packing for a move – 8 tips for staying sane

Packing is one of the scariest things about relocating. The idea of moving all of your belongings from point A to point B might tempt you to set everything on fire and start from scratch rather than dealing with having to pack everything up. I’ve moved apartments five times – two of them were international […]


The epic list of 99 remote working tools

Team Teleport lives and breathes remote work. With employees in different locations around the world, we know the challenges this arrangement can involve. Luckily, it can be made a lot easier with the right tools. Working remotely offers a great degree of freedom and flexibility, but not having everyone in the same place also requires […]


Latitude59: Countries attracting talent

This year’s Latitude59 conference was opened by Tim Draper (DFJ), HRH The Duke of York (Pitch@Palace) and Taavi Rõivas, the Prime Minister of Estonia, who discussed the different ways countries could attract more talent – a panel moderated by our own Sten Tamkivi. Photo by Raigo Pajula The goal of the panel was, simply put, […]


How to move in 7 steps – the tragically funny guide

I was 8 years old when my mother barged in with shocking news. “We’re moving!” The only person I knew who had moved was former elementary school classmate Anna. She vanished without saying goodbye on a Summer morning as if she was in some witness protection shit, giving me my first taste of irreparable separation […]

Parag Khanna speaks at TED2016 - Dream, February 15-19, 2016, Vancouver Convention Center, Vancouver, Canada. Photo: Bret Hartman / TED

Parag Khanna joins Teleport as Advisor

Teleport is pleased to announce that Parag Khanna will be joining team Teleport as an advisor, assisting us with product development and communicating our message to the world. Parag Khanna is a leading global strategist, world traveler, and best-selling author. He is a CNN Global Contributor and Senior Research Fellow in the Centre on Asia […]


Team Teleport reads mean feedback

We take every single bit of feedback from our users very seriously. This includes people who are hilariously blunt with their opinions. A few months ago we received a particularly spicy comment about one of our products. After having a chat about it, we decided to turn our frown upside down and look at the […]


Best sites for temporary housing

Looking for something more exciting (and affordable) housing wise than booking a hotel for a few nights, but less than a permanent rent contract? We made a list of 13 websites specializing in primarily short-term accommodation – whether it’s daily to weekly rentals or places that allow you to stay from a few months to […]


Teleport+Roam+Hitlist meetup in NY

In December last year, we had our first ever Teleport user meetup in San Francisco, which was super cool beyond all our expectations. We couldn’t resist organizing another one – this time in The Big Apple! Last time we hogged the entire event for ourselves, but this time we were joined by our friends at […]


Free People Move – meet Anthony

Nothing makes us happier than people reaching out and sharing their experience of making a move with a little help from Teleport – and why would we keep them to ourselves? Let’s kick it off with Anthony, who recently Teleported from Paris to Auckland. Everyone say hi! Hello! Who are you? Hey there! Anthony here, […]


All roads lead to Vienna

In Europe, all roads lead to Vienna, and there is something to learn from that. The other night I was playing around with Flock, Teleport’s app to find the best city for meeting  your distributed team. I imagined a situation where a team that has just one member in every European capital has to show […]


Nineteen new locations in Teleport Cities

Usually we add new locations to Teleport Cities a few at a time. This time we went a little nuts – check out these 19 (yes, nineteen) new places that you can now discover and compare. You might want to grab a cup of tea. Having more cities in the app is great because it […]


Startups, revenues and Zen

“The service is cool and all, but still – how does Teleport make money?”. We get this question a lot. Most startups do. Whether they should be able to answer that or not really depends on the phase the startup is in. A pre-revenue startup must focus on proving that they are doing something people […]


Ideas instead of places

I’ve been completely hooked by the word wanderlust. There is a mixture of excitement, foreign spices and long journeys in the sound of this word. Maybe it’s logical that this word itself is foreign, being lent from German –  wandern means to hike and lust – desire. When I saw Rebecca Solnit’s book titled “Wanderlust” […]


Retired US Ambassador Jeff Levine joins Teleport

We’re announcing an awesome addition to the team today: everyone, say hi to Jeffrey D. Levine, who is joining Teleport to lead our User Engagement efforts. Having a lifelong diplomat on Team Teleport as his first tech startup job is absolutely fantastic, and we’re extremely excited to learn from his personal experience of making 17 […]


Newest arrivals to Teleport Cities

It seems like forever since we added more locations to Teleport Cities, so – here are 8 more brand new awesome places that you can now discover and compare. Having cities in the app is great because it means we can collect data about different locations and help you easily compare them to other places […]


Teleport’s top 10 blog posts in 2015

How could we go into 2016 and not do an overview of the 10 most read posts on our blog in 2015? Here they are! Not only does revisiting last year’s best content remind us of what we were thinking about during the first full year for team Teleport, it’s also been fun looking back […]


Make your move in 2016

What are your New Year’s resolutions? Is it something classic like losing weight or switching jobs? Whatever you’ve been thinking about, how about instead you move to a new location and achieve several goals at once? We’ll help you – here’s why. Say you want to lose 20 pounds in 2016. That’s great – healthy […]


Plan your team’s budget with Teleport Runway

We’ve got a very exciting tool for team budget planning straight out of the oven – Teleport Runway helps you see how your team budget in your current city compares to other locations around the world. Salaries and other costs vary heavily in different cities around the world, and sometimes your first choice or current […]


Teleport user meetup in San Francisco

Yesterday was one of the coolest landmarks in the history of Teleport – we had our very first user meetup in San Francisco! Here’s a little overview of how it went, who came along and what we discussed. The most awesome thing about our first ever user get-together was that the idea was actually not […]

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Teleport collaboration with e-Residency

Today is a very special birthday for a very special occasion – exactly one year has passed since British journalist Edward Lucas became the world’s first e-resident and the Estonian e-Residency program was officially launched. As of today, more than 7200 people from 121 countries have joined and Estonian e-residents have established more than 240 […]


Teleport at Slush 2015

What’s November for a tech startup without going to Slush? Sten and Joonathan attended this year’s event in Helsinki to check out what’s new and spread the word about Teleport to entrepreneurs from around the world. Slush is the focal point for entrepreneurs and tech talent to meet with top-tier international investors, executives and media. […]


Five people with extremely unconventional homes

Housing can be a lot more difficult than just choosing a place and moving in. Sometimes, when the situation calls for it, creativity and innovation come in handy. Here are five stories of people that have disregarded the “traditional” way of living and found their place on their own terms. Regardless of whether it’s because […]


Shortcutting Effort

Technological progress is the creation of shortcuts. These shortcuts allow us to go from wanting to accomplish something to having done it by spending orders of magnitude less effort than we would need to invest otherwise. Instead of having to spend weeks to cross the Atlantic on a ship we now hop on a plane […]

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Outsite: stay, work & play in beautiful places

Outsite is a new retreat concept for professionals, entrepreneurs, groups and digital nomads who want to get away and get focused. We had a chat with Emmanuel Guisset, founder of Outsite, to find out more about the concept and what the team is up to. Emmanuel – tell us a bit about yourself and your […]


Teleport Directory for moving tools and resources

We’ve started a curated directory of resources for people moving to a new city – hand picked and regularly updated by team Teleport! Check it out! Let’s face it – moving can really suck. Luckily, there are countless services, resources and information out there to help you make the process as easy as possible. While […]


Checklist: how to move to the San Francisco Bay Area

Planning a move? Don’t know where to start? We put together the mother of all sample checklists for moving to the San Francisco Bay Area. Update: since writing this post, we’ve built an actual checklist tool for planning and executing your move – to San Francisco or elsewhere. Check out Teleport Zen – and let […]


Interview with Startup Diaries

We love catching up with people and companies who have the same vision as Teleport. A little while ago, we came across Startup Diaries – a team hitting the roads on a mission to discover alternative working models from Santiago de Chile to Sao Paulo. We asked Fabian, one of the team members, to bring […]


Slipping away

I am ten thousand twelve kilometers away from home. Yet I am home. For more than eighteen years of my life, I have lived in several cities different from where I was born and, for at least fourteen, I have mainly spoken a language other than my own. I probably don’t qualify as the typical […]


Here’s How I just Extended My Life

Silver Keskküla served Skype as the first researcher of the core team. He has lived in 9 countries and is co-founder of Teleport, where he helps people to discover their best place to live and work.   A cool thing about moving to another country is that your life gets longer. Last year I calculated, that I should move […]


Adventures in Nuweiba – Interview with Aita Mihkelsoo

Retirement is an amazing opportunity to experience new places and cultures, so why not retire somewhere awesome? 74-year old Aita Mihkelsoo, born and raised in Estonia, got tired of the harsh Nordic winters and decided to relocate to the city of Nuweiba, a coastal town in the eastern part of Sinai Peninsula, Egypt. Here’s her story. Where […]


Why Do We Lie About Laptops On The Beach?

As a kid, my life changed when I saw a somewhat portable Apple Macintosh unboxed in the movie Short Circuit. Before that day I had daydreamed about girls, now I dreamt about girls AND my own Macintosh. As it turns out, the appearance of Macintosh was a product placement by Apple, a perfect move, the […]


Here’s what I learned when moving to Colombia

About a month ago I wrote about Another Kind of Silicon Valley Exit and how I systematically arrived to Colombia as the next place I should live at. Here’s some of the stuff I have learned from my move so far. Only two weeks short of my trip I realized I haven’t looked into vaccinations. […]


Interview with is a successful team of experienced entrepreneurs, financial professionals and legal advisors committed to a global vision of digital currency. We asked them a few questions Teleport style – here’s what we found out. 1)     Has your company relocated in the past before? is a fairly new startup and this is our first […]


Top 8 Barriers Holding Us Back From Moving Around

Even as more and more people are choosing to move around the world, there are legitimate reasons why many others still haven’t made their move yet. I went around and asked a few dozen people what factors are holding them back from moving. Here are the top responses. They would have to find new jobs. Many current […]


Nomads On Wheels

Many people who are truly passionate about their nomadic lifestyle often decide to turn their worldly possessions–including their homes–completely mobile. Usually, this transition requires some downsizing and a few other material sacrifices. In exchange for abandoning their static lifestyles, these nomads are given much more opportunities to “go wherever whim and chance might take them.” […]


Migration Trends in Silicon Valley

In the United States, migration trends have been among the most interesting social data sets to examine. Within these macro trends, migration in and out of Silicon Valley in particular stands out as the most fascinating and impactful in terms of sheer numbers as well as diversity and talent. Silicon Valley is rapidly outpacing the […]


Education for Young Digital Nomads

Digital nomads often bring their entire families with them on their journeys around the world. When we talk to these roaming families while designing the upcoming Teleport search experience, they often tell us that their children’s education is one of the most factors they consider when staying abroad. These children, who are often exposed to […]


Amazing Places Affordable With San Francisco Rent

San Francisco is widely regarded as one of the most expensive places to live in the world. To afford that rising cost, the median salary for software engineers in San Francisco has soared to $100,000. Given that many of these engineers could in theory work from anywhere on the face of the earth, I started wondering: […]


Discovering My Freedom

Can you imagine a life in a cell for years, only to learn that the cell door wasn’t even locked? This happened to me and I feel embarrassed that I didn’t even try to think outside of my fictional prison. During the last 9 years of perfect remote working capability at Skype I only moved […]


Commute Does Not Compute

My friends who commute more than two hours in total each day tell me that commuting is okay and that they have somehow harmlessly fitted the commuting time into their lives. In their SUVs they make calls, listen to podcasts and mull over some important topics at work. They say that they are happy doing […]


Just Enough Friction

It is generally agreed that diasporas are the most important drivers of migration. When you arrive in a foreign country or even just a new city it is the people like you that are already there who tend to give you advantages from information to material support. New Russian arrivals are better off in Brighton […]