Being a Digital Nomad in Bali

by Louise Henry July 26, 2016

 

Hi guys! In today's video, I'm going to talk about what it's like to be a digital nomad in Bali. I've been in Bali for a year and a half now and it's been such a wonderful change from the cold winters in Toronto!

The 4 main things you need to consider when moving to a new place are: 

1. Living Costs

2. Places to Work

3. Internet

4. Community

Let's get into it...

1. LIVING COSTS

Low living costs are one of the main reasons we choose to live in Bali. You can get a villa with a pool, security, cleaning services, all for $1000/month. Or simple accommodation for a few hundred dollars. 

When it comes to food, you can buy local lunch for $1.50 or there's a wide variety of healthy cafes so you can fuel yourself to keep creating. Our favourite place to eat is Shelter Cafe where your healthy lunch will cost about $7. 

For transport, we drive a scooter everywhere. It's a fun and quick way to get around and costs just $50/month, with most places having free parking.

2. PLACES TO WORK

Next up, it's places to work! Most days we hop around to different cafes where we know there's comfy chairs and good wifi. But our favourite is Dojo Coworking Space in Canggu. Super fast internet, a cool community, cafe, pool and it's open 24 hours! 

3. INTERNET

When it comes to internet at your villa, the wifi that's there in your villa might not be that strong. So in that case, definitely sign up with the company CBN. Signing up with them was a life saver. We have super fast, unlimited internet for just $60/month. An essential when running an online business! 

4. COMMUNITY 

Most people we've met fall in love with Bali and end up staying much longer than they expected. There's a good chance this will happen to you too! 

A big reason is the community! There's really supportive, entrepreneurial people here, which means there's always someone to grab coffee with, run ideas by, or someone who can relate to what you're doing.

Of course, we couldn't do a video about Bali without mentioning all the fun things there are to do. What other place can you surf and hang out at the beach in the morning and then walk across the road to a coworking place in the afternoon. Surfing, beaches, yoga, waterfalls - there's so many beautiful places to explore and fun things to do. 

Now here's a few reasons why you might not like Bali: 

The first is traffic. For many people this is overwhelming when they first arrive. It can be pretty bad, so this is why you'll want to drive a scooter and not a car. this way, you can mostly avoid being stuck in traffic. For us, we hardly notice it anymore. 

There's also always something going on. So if you struggle with FOMO, this might be a problem. 

All in all, I absolutely love this place. It's always summer, the people are amazing and it's just good, positive vibes. If you have any questions about living in Bali, leave a comment below and if you liked this video, hit subscribe here




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