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The world’s best WFH destination nobody is talking about
September 6, 2021
You’ve finally accepted, eyes fully rolled, the word “workation” as part of the common parlance.
So now the coast is safely clear to review listicles from, say, British travel site Holidu who ranked the Top 10 places around the world from which to do so (via CNBC).
Annnnnnnnd it looks to be a game of spin the globe and randomly plunk down a fidgety finger:
1. Bangkok, Thailand 2. New Delhi, India 3. Lisbon, Portugal 4. Barcelona, Spain 5. Buenos Aires, Argentina (tie) 5. Budapest, Hungary (tie) 7. Mumbai, India 8. Istanbul, Turkey 9. Bucharest, Romania 10. Phuket, Thailand
Mmm, nope, don’t think it quite cracked the top billion. Which is so very, very wrong.
On the downside, nonstop flights from NYC are (temporarily?) RIP amid the pandemic, so, “Why the Dickens,” you ask, “would I suffer a 7-hour travel day of horror, with unavoidable layovers in DC or the like, just to wind up in East Tennessee?” In that amount of time you could’ve visited Europe. Canada. The West Coast. Mexico. The tropics. Just about any other place in the Occident that isn’t Chattanooga.
To that we say: Quit being so ask-y.
Just embrace the Scenic City (yes, that’s its real nickname) as being worth it. The mysterious whies start now.
But where/how, exactly? Depends on what you want: hotel, cabin, urban-style apartment, communal hostel space, tree house. The metro area has it all. The best place to start is on the Chattanooga Tourism Co. x the Chamber of Commerce website and just whittle things down with a fun wittle quiz until you find a perfect fit (not to mention job opportunities if you’re looking for a total reset).
Or, if you’re for real, for real about living here for the long haul, NOOGAToday would like to gently remind you that home prices are 27.5% below the national average, which certain surrounding cities that hog all the attention cannot boast.
When your nearest competition is made up of the “world’s best barbecue and/or music” claimants (Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville), you gotta play up whatever sloppy seconds God graced you with.
In Chattanooga’s case, it’s the “world’s fastest internet.”
It’s a dangerous game, building one’s identity around something as mundane and infrastructurish as broadband, but it beats flaunting your city’s, I don’t know, shower pressure … sort of?
To the layman, Chatt’s mythic 10 gigabit-per-second speed, courtesy of local public utility colossus Electric Power Board (EPB to friends), is nearly imperceptible. But to those who stream on Twitch, play Among Us and binge-watch “Invincible” — oh, and work from home, too — all at once, aka the real ones, we get it.
And one such hostel — a new-build with reclaimed materials as its meat and bones called the Crash Pad — happily offers it to prospective and thrifty workationers (from $51/night).
Moving the needle
Facts: When it comes to the vax, Tennessee is a li’l lax. But not nearly as bad as its problem-child neighbors like ‘Bama, Mississip and Arkansas. While the state as a whole hovers around the 42% mark for the fully vaxxed, Hamilton County (Chattanooga’s home sweet home) enjoys a jabbier 47+% and has a very NYC-esque maskless and happy and healthy approach to life.
October (and beyond) fests
Someone test for Adderall in the tap water, because Chattanoogans are addicted to doing things, especially if it involves transportation.
Then, running Nov. 8 to 10, the F3: Future of Freight Festival, celebrating the industry the town is built on, will go down in 30 different locales around the city (it’s more exciting than it should be).
As the Beavs go, so goes the world.
Oregon State released a study suggesting “living near protected areas can have positive impacts on human well-being.”
Boom. Chattanooga is protected AF.
Workationing in Chattanooga translates to having a once metropolitan-only job (wink, wink, New Yorkers), but with the added bonus of rural wilderness at your disposal. Sitting purty at the foothills of the Appalachians near both state and national parks, and known for some of the rockingest rock climbing in the country, Chattanooga was crowned Outside magazine’s “Best Town Ever” not once, but twice.