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Hey friends,

Irene here, writing from the colorful Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico 🇲🇽, after spending a week getting to know the strong digital nomad community here.

I've been working daily alongside new friends at the local coworking space. We've also explored the area together, including the unique pools at Hierve El Agua and sampling Oaxacan chocolate, coffee and yes...a little mezcal as well!

Digital nomads from around the globe soaking up the vibes (and stunning turquoise pools!) of Hierve El Agua, Oaxaca.
Digital nomads from around the globe soaking up the vibes (and stunning pools!) of Hierve El Agua, Oaxaca.

Though the nomadic lifestyle has a reputation for being lonely, experiences like this show that making new connections can lead to an instant sense of belonging anywhere in the world.

While I may not cross paths again with these new friends (although you never know!), for a moment we bonded deeply over our shared love for travel and exploration.

I was reminded that:

Real friendship is about being present, not necessarily longevity.

A nomadic life brings uncertainty, that's true, but also unexpected connections and interesting conversations with fellow nomads.

With so many welcoming faces along the way, a digital nomad never stays lost for long. And while goodbyes are never easy, everyone marks the possibility of new hellos.

Hasta luego nomads!

Irene xx

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🧑‍💻 Nomad Story of the Week

Nomad story of the week
@valworksremote: “Last year I left the UK to travel while working remotely for a large corporation. Since then, I’ve returned to Bali a few times and I love it! 🇮🇩 *Disclaimer* you can spend as little or as much as you want in Bali, there are options for every budget, starting from accommodation $5-$10USD per night to meals of $0,50. Here’s how much I spent in one month: 💲Private villa - $1,100 pm (for the entire villa + most bills, a cleaner and gardener)💲Food & drinks - $500 pm, this can fluctuate and it is mostly meals out, and around half of it is on drinks/ coffee (excludes alcohol as I’m not drinking, which can be quite pricey here)💲Scooter rental - $100 pm and petrol for the week is around $3-$4💲Gym, spa and co-working space - $200 pm, one of our biggest expenses but we wanted to invest in our health these few months and we’re making good use of it (you can buy pay-as-you-go classes for around $5-$10)💲Health insurance - $50 pm, I use Genki and am super happy with them having had an awful experience with another of the major digital nomad insurance companies 🤢 - more on this in my link in bio💲 Self-care - $100 pm, for manicure, pedicure and haircut💲 Activities - this can vary from month to month, but a day at a beach club is around $20, a massage is $12, a weekend trip is around $30 for transport and accommodation from $5 for a dorm, $20 for a budget room, $60-80 for a nice place to ∞ This seems like a lot but I’ve stayed in dorms, a guest house, hotels, and now a villa - they all have pros & cons, I also split the accommodation and scooter costs with my boyfriend. The above simply works for me (for now) but there are a million different ways you can experience Bali on any budget!”

✨ Nomad Quote of the Week

"Freedom is not the absence of commitments, but the ability to choose – and commit myself to – what is best for me." – Paulo Coelho

🔥 Our Nomad Resource of the Week

r/digitalnomad - Reddit

r/digitalnomad is a subreddit on the popular forum website Reddit. It is dedicated to digital nomads and generally to people who work remotely and travel the world. The subreddit has over 2.2+ million members who share tips, advice, experiences, and opportunities related to the digital nomad lifestyle.

This subreddit is popular among digital nomads and remote workers because it offers a platform to connect with like-minded people, learn from their insights, and find inspiration for their journeys. It also features useful resources, such as their wiki, which can help digital nomads and remote workers succeed in their work and travel.

If you are interested in becoming a digital nomad or a remote worker, or if you already are one and want to improve your lifestyle, you might want to check out r/digitalnomad and join existing conversations on the platform. You never know, you might find a pro tip you didn't know about!

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