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A big thanks to Steve and Sacha for publishing this article. Their site is an inspiration for anyone wanting to leave their job for a life of freedom and travel, and they offer many great anecdotes and tips and tricks to help you on the way. After reading this, be sure to check out their post on the best websites for planning your trip.
There seem to be endless articles cropping up recently about the realities of life as a digital nomad. They address the raised stress levels, uncertainty and potential disasters of this sort of lifestyle, but they barely ever point out that, despite the challenges, it’s easily doable—no matter who you are.
Sure, there are some downfalls of life on the road, but every choice you make will always have its drawbacks. In reality, there are many reasons why choosing to quit your 9-5, pack up and travel the world, is much easier than you’d first imagine.
Being a digital nomad, working where ever you want and not being tied down to the same desk in the same office from 9-5 is the dream. Cost of living is a heavy consideration for digital nomads as well as other factors such as connectivity, lifestyle, and safety of a country.
We’ve put together a chart showing cost of living by country to show you where the cheap countries are to be a digital nomad.
Cost of Living by Country for Digital Nomads: Consumer Price Index Plus Rent Index
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What does the consumer price plus rent index mean?
Unlike many other cost of living indexes, this data collected by Numbeo includes rent as a factor, a major cost for digital nomads.
We’ve recently discovered an up and coming travel and photography app called Fripito. The concept is a great one. Not only does the app contain travel guides with beautiful photography and GPS information but travelling photographers can also contribute their own photo guides and receive proceeds of the sales. The app is available to download for free on the AppStore or Google Play and guides cost between US$3.99 and US$8.99.
Readers of What Way Today can get a premium subscription to all of Fripito’s guides absolutely free, so read on.
Iceland Guide Preview
We all love a bit of socialising and community action, and Fripito does this well. Fripito works with professional photographers all over the world to create amazing guides to provide travel and photography inspiration. Also anyone with the app can comment and share photography and travel tips too.
Travel planning can be exciting, and the travel blogs like the ones we’ve listed in our Travel Links page are excellent inspirations. With many travel websites available, research can be time consuming so we’ve listed the best travel websites we’ve found that have been the most useful for the more functional aspect of travel planning and research, i.e. travel transportation, accommodation, and destination guides. Some are general and some of these travel websites focus on regions we are focused on next e.g. India and South East Asia.
Travel Transportation Websites
Rome2Rio is excellent for travellers planning the best way to get from their departure point to their destination. Plot in two destinations and Rome2Rio will provide various air, land and sea transportation options with timing and cost estimates. Brilliant for travellers planning for the fastest or cheapest way to travel and excellent for planning the order of your itinerary to find the most efficient travel routes.
Now that the decision been made to travel for a year it’s damn exciting. But there is a bit of stress and dread regarding all the preparation that needs to be done: vaccinations, visas, renting out the flat, etc.
We needed to get organised and manage this process so our heads wouldn’t spin. Apps solve most 1st world problems so here are the 3 best apps we’re using to really help our travel planning.
With around 200 countries in the world it’s always hard deciding where to go. Sacha has a rule when we travel (which I sometimes try to argue against) that we shouldn’t visit a country that we’ve already been to. In this case it was pretty useful as it eliminated around 30 countries. I eliminated Europe because we’ve seen a lot of it recently on our shorter travels and I was after a bigger culture shock.
It came down to a toss up between the natural beauty of Central America and the multifaceted culture of Asia. Asia finally won mainly because Sacha has always wanted to do the various golden triangles in India and Vietnam-Cambodia-Laos, the opportunity to teach English, and also because of our heritage.
We love travelling, but it’s been a long time (probably since our university days) since we’ve done some long-term travelling. Before we get too old and have too many responsibilities we thought we’d take a career break and do a big trip.