In mid-September, I want to seclude myself in a city for three months to spend 14 hours a day working on my tech business. I already wrote about the things I'm not looking for in my environment to be productive, but how about what I'm actually looking for?
I want to keep my burn rate low: no more than $350 for a private room with Wi-Fi when I want to be alone, and cheap street food to avoid spending time on cooking when I don't feel like it.
The climate should be cold, or at least temperate enough to be able to work outdoor and bike on a daily basis. I am planning to take my bike with me on my adventures. I live very locally, so transportation cards are usually overkill wherever I go, and I quickly miss biking when I arrive in a new city.
Culturally, I enjoy places where it's easy to meet new people, where everyone is open and happy to share. From my experience, the hotter the average temperature, the more outgoing people are.
I'd enjoy great coffee shops and libraries to work from, within biking distance. It's important to make the distinction between where you live (where you rest and relax) and where you work, but I'm failing very hard at it. This aspect of my life requires change. Your brain associate your environment with a set of emotions: it's possible to train your brain to immediately enter a state of flow just by moving from one building to another.
My criteria are specific yet easy to fulfill, which gives me room for my instinct to kick in. So far I'm strongly attracted to Istanbul, but I might also choose Kiev. I'll go for the simplest option.