Work and Travel not the other way around
Living a remote lifestyle for us means working full time, 5 days a week, while also being in a different place every month. Subsequently we mostly leave the house for lunch or in the evening, and explore our surroundings further on the weekends.
We need to plan accordingly in aspects of the areas we choose to live in, the apartments we pick and how we spend our money in general. Our focus is productivity, followed by comfort, followed by adventure.
How we select a destination
As you might guess, we cannot explore remote places nobody has ever visited. Instead, we mostly stay in bigger cities. As for the country itself, we decide just depending on what we both want to visit. This decision is usually also the easiest one. We have similar wants, which basically stretch over the whole world…
Deciding for a specific city to stay and a place to live is a bit more difficult. A stable broadband internet connection is a necessity. Internet is the most important resource we require for our lifestyle and the jobs we do. Naturally this is always one of the first things we make sure exists. For example nomadlist.com gives you an overview of the internet speed in many places of the world, together with some other useful indicators such as cost of living for example. This is definitely a helpful pointer, to get a feel for the available internet speed in different countries. Though this site has been a great source of inspiration, we do not use it much in general. In the end, you have to trust in the landlords word. And find co-working spaces or cafes if the speed doesn’t play out.
Some cities we hear about from other nomadic people we encounter on the road, some we heard about before and thus they made our list.
What kind of accommodation we prefer
Once we decided for the city, we look for a place to stay usually via AirBnB or similar platforms (e.g. spot-a-home). Our places of choice are always whole apartments. We do not prefer shared locations and we avoid hostels for two reasons.
- First up we like our privacy and quiet time and mostly do not look for much company. The two of us are very much on the introverted side and people interaction for us is fun but draining.
- Second up, we always try to learn the language of the country we stay in and hanging out with a group of foreigners usually means speaking a lot of english and much less immersion.
We do not prioritize nightlife, so we look for the quieter areas with good general infrastructure. All in all we prefer a central area, so we can always leave the house to get food fast, do some sightseeing easily and don’t always have to plan for additional transportation.
AirBnB is definitely the most popular option to find these but also usually too costly as prices are aimed for people on vacation who don’t mind higher fees, as they usually only plan to stay for a few days anyway. In order to find alternatives we also look for local websites and other options we can uncover by googling.
What kind of apartment we look for
An interesting apartment for us requires two rooms: one bedroom, and another room with a solid table to work from. Most holiday apartments lack tables and therefore automatically get ignored by us. Hotels are even less interesting as they do not provide work environments anywhere and usually still charge extra for internet usage. A nuisance which we find mildly insulting. To this day hotels provide the worst value for money for us. If anybody can think of hotels that do, please let us know in the comments and we will post our experiences gladly.
Even though we do go out for food frequently, another necessity is a well equipped kitchen. We look for a coffee machine, a toaster and a solid oven at the least. Usually, we want to have breakfast and some lunch or small dinner at home, and every now and then we enjoy a home cooked meal as well.
Here is our (rough) budget plan for four weeks. We track most of our cost using expensify.
- about 1.500€ for an apartment
- about 600€ of flight cost together (as an average, the cost here varies extremely)
- about 300€ of groceries
- about 500€ to go out for lunch or dinner
- about 500€ to experience the surrounding country
This means a minimum amount 1700€ for per person, not counting additional expenses such as (cloths) shopping, special occasions, clubbing, etc. plus travel and mandatory insurances at home are not included.
Two weeks in, we usually start planning for our next stop and the whole process – what country is next (preferably something in close proximity, with less or no time change), what city to pick, which apartment to choose, commences again.