Dipping My Toes Into The World Of Digital Nomads
Being a digital nomad opens up the possibility of working and travelling all over the world.
I was very lucky to be given the opportunity of a lifetime, to go and live in Morocco for three months. I packed my bags, grabbed my computer and off I went. The only thing I needed to enable me to work when I got there was a decent internet connection.
Arriving in Marrakesh a vibrant bustling city, it was easy to connect to WiFi in cafes and my hotel. As a women travelling on her own I chose a well known hotel that was right next door to the coach station.
Image Source – By Tak
I happily walked around Marrakesh on my own and felt safe, as there were many tourists, and friendly locals, and like anywhere in the world if you keep your belongs safe and don’t go to quiet out of the way places on your own, you should be just fine.
I’ve not been to Casablanca the commercial capital, or Rabat the actual Capital city of Morocco where the King of Morocco lives, but from what everyone told me Marrakesh is more popular for a reason, it has so much more character especially in the Medina.
Personally my favourite place in Morocco is Essaouira, so I headed down there next. As well as blogging I love working with animals and have been a number of times to Essaouira now with the charity Help The Street Animals Of Morocco (HSAM).
Unfortunately in many countries all over the world people have not got the money or resources to care for and sterilise animals, so HSAM are essential to the street animals wellbeing.
Image Source – By Goggins World
Tourists love the character of the port, and love the street animals, over the years it has become a very popular tourist destination and if like me you only speak English it’s not a problem at all, as so many people not only speak Moroccan Arabic, they also speak French and English.
As a digital nomad having access to the internet is essential. A few of the places I stayed in in Morocco had great WiFi, but I encountered a number of problems.
Although some places advertised as having WiFi the signal did not reach very far, and working in the lobby area of a hotel or B&B is not fun. Especially if the sun is out and your stuck inside – not exactly living the dream!!
The other issue I encountered was charging my laptop, as it’s getting old now and doesn’t work if it’s not plugged into a power supply, so an extension lead and an easily accessible plug socket was very important for me on this visit (must buy new lighter laptop).
My extension lead made the difference many a times between sitting in doors or sitting outside with a beautiful view and glorious sunshine.
Once I left Essaouira for El Henchane I had to purchase a Moroc Telecom dongle and sim to receive an internet signal, as it’s in the middle of nowhere and very few people have a phone line or satellite.
This did make things harder at times, as I often need to download large files for work and this was made nearly impossible, but I got round this problem by contacting my partner back home. He uploaded all the files I needed to the blog and it worked perfectly, well, as long as the weather wasn’t too bad that is. During a few crazy storms I couldn’t get any work done.
The other unfortunate issue I came across at the time was the lack of Skype and Whatsapp, as Maroc Telecom doesn’t allow you to use free such applications. The solution to this was to purchase a Moroc Telecom sim card for my phone which allowed me to place cheap international calls.
At times working on my computer abroad was a lot harder than I imagined it would be, but meeting amazing people and animals, seeing beautiful scenery, architecture and interior design has made it all worthwhile.
I intend to go to Thailand next after researching on line for the best places to be a digital nomad, especially as I would love to visit the elephant sanctuaries.
I came across a number of useful sites when researching Thailand, one of them being NomadList.com. This is a great site as you can enter in the details that are important to you for example fast internet, safe for women, cost of living and many more.
The Nomad Forum is great too, as you can learn from others experiences and access a great deal of help from people already living the digital nomads dream.
From all my research I’ve found that there are many ways digital nomads can make money online whilst living and travelling abroad. Here are a few examples:
- Some people blog about their travels – this is a great blog regrading Thailand that I’ve been enjoying reading. It gives a realistic view of the issues the couple had whilst finding suitable accommodation and the costs – though remember prices do change.
- Others blog about the food they find, and what they feel would be of interest to others.
- I’ve been looking into binary options, but it can be a little bit confusing at first so best to read up about it at professional sites such as Binary Uno.
- One guy in Thailand talks a lot about drop shipping, again like many options available it is best to research each option thoroughly.
- There are also a number of people who are programmers, web designers, and often owners of their own companies, where they outsource areas of the business that they cannot manage to do themselves whilst abroad.
If you have tried or are living the digital nomad life I would love to hear from you, be it a success story or even times when it has been hard, as each has a great learning potential for others and myself.