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As a freelance travel writer, photographer public speaker and content producer, I spend a lot of time traveling. I’m used to working while on the road, and often get lots of work done while lying in a hotel bed or sitting at a tiny table. But sometimes I need something different. Like during my most recent visit to Guadalajara, when I landed so early I couldn’t check into the Airbnb apartment rental. So, for the first time, I decided to find out what it’s like to use a coworking space in Mexico.
To find a good coworking space for my Mexico vacation, I first Googled “business center Guadalajara” but that brought up mostly overpriced office spaces that companies rent out to other companies with big budgets. So I tried “coworking Guadalajara” and found a bunch of places, several of which were near the Airbnb apartment I was renting. Several looked good, but I zoned in on one with a pretty cool name: Nevermind. But it wasn’t just the hip-sounding name that I liked. This coworking space has napping pods!
The rates at this Guadalajara coworking space are attractive, too: Just 190 Mexican pesos (around $10) for an entire day, including all the usual amenities (free WiFi, coffee and tea, printer).
Located in the upscale neighborhood called Ladrón de Guevara, the decor at Nevermind is casual and cool, with minimalist style and a few splashes of color. After paying for my day pass, I received a tour from the receptionist, who pointed out the kitchen, the public working areas (long desks with outlets), lounge areas and other comfy seating, and phone cabins so that patrons can make calls without annoying other people.
I also liked the many books and magazines stacked in shelves around the space — providing pleasant diversions when you need to take a break from work. The facility also has free lockers, which you can use if you’d like to go outside for a while but leave your belongings in a safe space.
I spent several productive hours at this Guadalajara coworking space, sitting at a table, lounging a bit, eating free bagels (yes, free, it was “free bagel Tuesday”). But what I most appreciated were the napping pods.
Essentially the napping pods at Nevermind are two small rooms with opaque doors. One room has a window for natural light, while the other room has no window and can be almost completely dark. Each has an L-shaped bench that takes up most of the room, with two or three pillows on top. After a couple hours of work, my jet lag (I’d landed from a difficult overnight flight that morning), I sprawled out in one of the pods and took a restful nap. It’s not completely silent, as you can hear people in the kitchen from time to time, but it’s still a big selling point.
Whether you’re on a business trip or a Mexico vacation but need a quiet space to get work done, a coworking space can be a great option. (And if you’re sleepy, be sure to choose one with a napping pod.)