Nomad List 3.0

Find the best place to ❀️ live, πŸ‘©β€πŸ’» work, and πŸ’ƒ play

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Nomad List is the biggest crowdsourced database of cities in the world analyzing 250,000+ data points to help you choose where to go next. It also connects 10,000+ remote workers on a paid online social platform, as well as organizing meetups worldwide to connect digital nomads. 🌍 Find your ❀️ place

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Max Maker @rdev Β· JS Developer
πŸ‘‹ Hello Product Hunters! :)

This is the third iteration of my side-project turned business and life's work called Nomad List.

πŸ“– Story
Nomad List started out as simple list of 25 cities for digital nomads to go with their internet speed and cost of living.

πŸš€ Now
Since then it's grown to 1,000+ cities and now features 250,000+ data points from air quality, to female safety, to how busy traffic is.

This kind of data is always subjective, but I think I now have a shot at giving people a solid advice on which places to live, work or travel to based on their personality.

Because, where you're born is not always where you end up. And that's the motto of Nomad List, to help you: 🌍 Find your place

πŸ’° Revenue
Nomad List makes money mostly from paid memberships. Most of the site is freely usable but to use any of the social features of the site like the chat, forum and travel planner, you need to pay. Users pay monthly, annual or once for a lifetime membership. A small part of money is made from on-page ads (like a sponsorship with Automattic). Revenue ranges from $15,000/m to $25,000/m via Stripe and PayPal. See" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer"> It was profitable in its first month of launch.

The model is offer something for free and then a small percentage % pays. With 900,000 monthly visits, about 200 pay and become a member. That's 0.02%. That seems low, but the site pays my bills and I don't want to bug people to sign up. They can do pay if they want to. Because I think the importance of this site existing is higher than me having high conversion rates.

πŸ‘‰ Features

βœ… A destination search engine with 100+ filters to pick cities

βœ… Live flight prices for 100,000 flight routes from 1,000 cities to 1,000 destinations, directly bookable with one-click

βœ… 250,000+ data points on 1,000+ cities from cost of living to power plug type to quality of life for families

βœ… 25,000+ places to work (including coffee shops and coworking spaces) mapped in 187 countries

βœ… Integrated neighborhood data for every city if you zoom in on the map (from Hoodmaps)

βœ… A forum with over 1,000+ questions on destinations to go to and how to work remotely

βœ… A chat (on Slack and web) with 1,000+ messages sent daily

βœ… A trips planner where you can share your trips and see if other people are in the same place as you

βœ… A social network of 10,000+ digital nomads, remote workers and travelers you can connect with

βœ… 52+ official meetups per year all around the world and hundreds of informal meetups

πŸ›  Making
I coded, designed and built Nomad List alone in vanilla HTML, CSS, JS (with jQuery) and PHP. It's a collection of hundreds of PHP, JS, CSS files. I use a lot of old-fashion tech without frameworks like simple JS AJAX to PHP backend to SQLite databases.

It's been a lot of work maintaining all diff mini-apps (like the Chat) and pages (like the Gear page) and making sure it's all bug-free. Luckily I get a lot of bug reports on Twitter and try to fix them ASAP.

πŸ’– Thanks
Thank you everyone for sending me messages of support, bug fixes and feature ideas!

This is my πŸ‘Ά baby and I spent most of my time the last 3 years making this, thank you for being part of it πŸ™ƒ