One of the growing trends in the 21st-century are people learning to become location independent and travel the world as they work from their laptop. If you can make a reliable income from the computer, the world can become your office. And one of the hottest spots in Asia for digital nomads is in Bali. For a more upscale experience, you can find and stay in some of the villas in Bali or just rent a room for a few weeks. Here are the essentials about choosing Bali as a spot to be a digital nomad.
Why Choose Bali?
The most obvious reasons to choose Bali as a nomadic destination is the attractive environment and beautiful weather that come at affordable prices. Expect to find lush greenery everywhere you go on the island and gorgeous stretches of coastline and beaches. Imagine waking up to the sound of the birds and looking out the window to see palm trees. Sounds like a paradise? Well, it is,and that’s why so many people are choosing to spend an extended period of time in Bali. As long as you’ve got an Internet connection, you can step up your office anywhere.
If you spend an extendedperiod in Bali, having a comfortable place to stay is a must. You should be careful about selecting the area and type of accommodation to stay in. After all, you’re not in Bali on holiday. It’s a good idea to avoid the more active parts of the island and to find yourself a retreat in somewhere like Ubud. There are also several hidden spots around the island providing peace and tranquillity. Hostels and guesthouses with younger tourists shouldn’t even cross the radar. How can you get work done when the temptation to go and party every night is too high? Or what about when the other guests stumble back in the middle of the night and wake you up?
Another tip for finding accommodation is to consider short-term rental overbooking for a few nights. The longer you plan to stay, the more likely it is to find a good deal. For example, some people might get a beautiful villa for around $30 per night. But this can often be negotiated to $500 per month saving approximately 40% of the total cost. The same goes for those looking to go for all-out luxury. If you’re planning to stay longer, it’s easy to find a better deal.
How to Get Your Work Done
Productivity can be a difficult thing to achieve in Bali. The temptation can often be too much to skip out of the work to spend a few hours on the beach instead. With so much beauty and activity, the island is a fun place and forcing yourself to sit down and start the work is tough. Everyone has been in the same position at least once or twice. Fortunately, there are a few tricks to get the most of Bali while remaining ultra-productive.
Finding a decent place to work in a quiet and supportive environment without distractions is essential. This might be at the local café or by making the most of Bali’s coworking space. Visit the place first before returning the next day with your laptop. As long as the place is quiet, you have enough room to work,and the Wi-Fi is reliable, you’re all set to go.
Other people prefer to work from the comfort of their accommodation. Perhaps you have a balcony with a table that can provide an excellent place to sit for a few hours in the morning. Or maybe you want to just stare at a blank wall to avoid the distractions. If you prefer to work from your own room, double check it has suitable workspace before booking anything up.
The next trick to be super-productive is to wake up early and work in the morning. Most people find they get the most work done with the least distractions first thing. If you can drag yourself out of bed at 6:00 am, you could probably get a full day’s work done by lunchtime. This then gives you the chance to explore the island and have fun for the rest of the day.
Rent a Motorbike
Almost every man and his dog seems to own and ride a motorbike in Bali. Motorcycles are convenient, affordable and easy to ride. For a digital nomad, having your own transport is a vital part of staying in Bali. Some people might stay quite far from civilisation to get the peace they desire to get their work done. And not having your own set of wheels takes away the flexibility you crave.
The best solution is to rent a motorbike for the first few days when you arrive and shop around the find the best deal for a long-term rental. In the same way as accommodation, finding an excellent deal and bargain for longer-term use is much easier. Always be sure to bargain with the rental shop. And if you plan on spending longer than a month, why not consider buying your own cheap bike? You can then sell it for at or around the same price as you bought it for before you leave.
Can I Do it?
The short answer is yes if you have a stable income that you can earn online and are brave enough to commit to this life-changing experience. Just remember to plan when finding accommodation and try to get a discount on longer term stays. Bali is a beautiful place,and it makes an ideal setting to relax for a month or two.