The Company Roam Wants to Change How We Work and Travel

Roam is one of a new subset of companies aimed at cultivating the coworking and coliving movements. Only now the horizon is abroad.

The Company Roam Wants to Change How We Work and Travel

Self-enrichment is a fun hobby. There are a lot of ways to pick up new skills and learn new things from the comfort of your own living room and computer these days. But what about the things you can’t experience without leaving your house, like travel?

Many people love the idea of picking up and living in different parts of the world for a few months at a time, but it’s a pretty big hassle. Now the company Roam has jumped in, saying that it can help make a world of difference when it comes to travel plans.

Roam allows members of its community to live together in various locations abroad in an environment that resembles part upscale hostel and part coworking space. There’s a guaranteed wifi connection so that people can work remotely from abroad, as well as a nice communal kitchen for meal preparation. It seems as though the company is looking to become an attractive housing option for adventurous and location-independent young professions.

One question that springs to mind when hearing about Roam’s plans is whether the idea is simply too niche to take off in a big way. Yes, there are more people with flexible jobs these days than there used to be. But not even that whole subset of workers can take off for weeks or months at a time to go live in Bali. It seems as though Roam has in mind a larger population however. They are also interested in serving empty-nesters and people in other in-between phases of life to help build their community.

Not everyone is impressed however. Some wonder at the cost of the service ($1800 a month) for a private room, bathroom, and wifi. Presumably in some locations you could find the same level of accommodations for cheaper. On a deeper level, there are questions about what these types of popular coworking and coliving arrangements mean for the future of neighborhoods. Have cities gotten so expensive in the U.S. that the millennial generation will look to temporary living situations as the new normal?

Additionally, what about the local economies of the places where Roam and similar companies set up? It may take more time to see how host countries respond to this new wave of competition with local hotels and hostels. But it doesn’t seem like too much of a stretch to assume that local workers and companies would be better off if travelers used the existing tourist infrastructure.

So. Would you try it out?

Archaeologists discover 3,200-year-old cheese in ancient Egyptian tomb

A team of archaeologists has discovered 3,200-year-old cheese after analyzing artifacts found in an ancient Egyptian tomb. It could be the oldest known cheese sample in the world.

The broken jar in which the white mass of cheese was found. (Photo: University of Catania and Cairo University)
Culture & Religion

Keep reading Show less

Modern society is as unequal as 14th century Europe

As bad as this sounds, a new essay suggests that we live in a surprisingly egalitarian age.

"Philosophy Presenting the Seven Liberal Arts to Boethius"

Getty Open Content
Politics & Current Affairs
  • A new essay depicts 700 years of economic inequality in Europe.
  • The only stretch of time more egalitarian than today was the period between 1350 to approximately the year 1700.
  • Data suggest that, without intervention, inequality does not decrease on its own.
Keep reading Show less

You are suffering from “tab overload”

Our love-hate relationship with browser tabs drives all of us crazy. There is a solution.

Photo by Anna Shvets from Pexels
Technology & Innovation
  • A new study suggests that tabs can cause people to be flustered as they try to keep track of every website.
  • The reason is that tabs are unable to properly organize information.
  • The researchers are plugging a browser extension that aims to fix the problem.
Keep reading Show less
Personal Growth

Epicurus and the atheist's guide to happiness

Seek pleasure and avoid pain. Why make it more complicated?