digital nomad life

14 Jul

london 4.35pm 24C cloudy wednesday 2021

6.31pm 24C

i have been reading some comments in another blog that i follow, and this way i find new blogs to follow as i can go  into the links of those who commented and read their blog, and found this one about a digital nomad who had been travelling in s.e.asia, ie malaysia, thailand, vietnam and saying they have to decide to come back to uk because of the difficulty in renewing their visa in the currant country they are in, vietnam. it has been interesting to read of how their plans have been disrupted due to the covid. so much so that they have to come back to uk , to get vaccinated before beginning their travels anew, even assuming it is possible to get back to travel within s.e.asia now that region is being hit by another wave of covid.  i have been reading that foreigners in those countries find it difficult to get vaccinated as understandably, they give priority to vaccinating their own citizens. those countries are finding it difficult to get the vaccines, unlike here in uk where even children are now getting it. and i think here, they are opening it to foreigners and visitors too, because i see a sign in parliament square pointing the way to a covid vaccination centre. presumably anyone can walk up and get  any left over doses, rather than have them go to waste. 

what is interesting is reading the expenses that they incur monthly. it includes the rent for the air bnb places are not the cheapest, because they are not hiring it for long duration, only a month at a time, because they are only given a month extension of their visa each time it expires and so cannot plan long term. they spend about US$35 (about £25 a day (or £700 a month)on average for the whole of 2020, spending it in malaysia(3months) and in vietnam(9months). this is the all in cost. when u consider that rent alone in uk will come to at least £700 a month, it does seem quite feasible to live abroad like they do, in s.e.asia. it is only a new unknown factor , covid , that have spoilt it for all digital nomads like them. 

5 Responses to “digital nomad life”

  1. UnstableTrip Thursday July 15, 2021 at 4:15 am #

    Thank you for visiting my blog and actually reading it! And yes, it is very difficult for us right now but we finally managed to confirm the flight back home today! It is going to be an absolutely miserable nearly 30-hour trip and I am not looking forward to it at all. It will be good to go back, get a vaccine and go back to our normal lifestyle… or whatever is left from it haha. UK is extremely expensive and if you have a remote job travelling is actually much cheaper than staying home. You can save a lot of money this way without even trying. I am going to write about it in the future as well. You and all your readers are welcome to visit my blog and join the conversation! Let’s be blog friends! Due to our lifestyle, we don’t really have any other but online friends.

    • alifesgayventure Thursday July 15, 2021 at 9:09 am #

      hi, thanks for writing in. i actually thought u might be allready in uk, and was wondering how you are faring here. you would need 2 jabs of the vaccine so it would mean a bit of stay here . and then there is the travel bans whcih the countries in s.e.asia are imposing on travellers. so i cannot see a return to those countries anytime soon.
      i dont see any dates on your posts in your blog, so it is quite difficult to figure out when you wrote them. it is why i put down the dates on my posts and even the destination where i am, not that it is particularly important in my case, as it is always london.
      i am really surprised that £1=31,000 dong. not many countries have that kind of exchange rate. indonesia £1= 20,000 rupiahs is another one. the only danger is when the locals get wise to it, and quote the US$ instead of local currency. like they do in siem riep , cambodia. and actually prefer u pay in US$ notes. it raises the cost of everything to the tourists.

      • UnstableTrip Thursday July 15, 2021 at 12:22 pm #

        We’ll probably travel around Europe for a bit and layer go further west for a change. Not sure yet. Priority right now is the jab.
        In Cambodia they ask for USD because they know their own currency has no value. In Indonesia and Vietnam the exchange rate is huge but they still use their own currency… But always charge quite large”tourist tax”. After over a year here we know local prices quite well but Vietnamese still try to charge us something extra… Same in Indonesia. The best option is to say “no thank you” …. At least 3 times because once it’s never enough, and they go away or half their initial price. It’s usually still more than for locals but much more acceptable.

  2. Garfield Hug Thursday July 15, 2021 at 8:52 am #

    I so happen to have read their blog site too. It does sound smart to be bag packing and leading the life in countries with cheaper cost of living. It is fun being a digital nomad as with wifi alot can be achieved. Before the concept of WFH was a norm, people said it was not possible. I am happy to be working from home with wifi and I get so much done. Downside is that it keeps me isolated and alone – not good as some socialisation is good. Though I have neighbors who chat with me, it is different than going out and just seeing things. Ahh well, I save more money now as no more frivolous shopping haha!

  3. alifesgayventure Thursday July 15, 2021 at 9:16 am #

    hi, i actually found out about them via your blog when they made a comment on one of your posts, and that was when i found out about the situation in vietnam that all travellers have with getting visas to stay.

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