Best Relaxing and Recharging Places to Visit around Sydney

Best Relaxing and Recharging Places to Visit around Sydney

Sydney is an enormous cobweb of streets filled with art, culture, and, ultimately, life. It’s a digital nomad’s paradise, a globetrotter’s dream destination and essentially, everything you could ever wish for in a city. But we are only human and sometimes, we simply get tired of the concrete jungle and need a breath of fresh air to relax and unwind and get back to work with renewed energy. Luckily, the surroundings of Sydney are just as interesting as the city itself, and those looking for a quiet getaway don’t have to travel far to find themselves in a completely different world. Here are some of the best recharging places around Sydney perfect for a day trip or a weekend getaway.

Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay Australia Sydney

If for you, nothing screams relaxation more than secluded, white sand beaches, you’ll be happy to hear that you don’t have to go too far to find exactly that. The crystal clear waters of Jervis Bay south of Wollongong will make you feel like you’ve traveled to a magical island that has the whitest sand on Earth. Lying on the beach and taking a dip in the beautiful turquoise water should be your number one priority: choose one of the several must-see beaches, soak up the sun and take loads of enviable photos! In the unlikely scenario that you’ve had enough of the refreshing water, you can also tackle the White Sands Walk that is a grade 3 track perfect for families too!

Hunter Valley

About two hours from the hustle and bustle, you can find yourself surrounded by a quiet, relaxing environment in the Hunter Region. Not only is this region spectacular with vast open fields and mountains in the distance, but it is also a gourmet’s hotspot. Given that this area is one of the most famous Australian wine regions, there is a great choice of Hunter Valley wine tours that combine two of the best things: relaxation and good wine. But even between the tastings and exquisite dinners, you will find plenty of activities to enjoy that will make you forget about your unfinished tasks back home. Go for a hot air balloon flight, book a relaxing massage or walk around the beautiful Hunter Valley Gardens; the choice is yours.

Royal National Park

Even closer to the city, lying just at the foot of the southern edges of Sydney, you can find the absolutely underrated Royal National Park. If you know a thing or two about Australia’s many national parks, you can probably assume that this one is just as spectacular as the rest; towering cliffs and breathtaking seascapes await those who want to unwind in nature and enjoy a barbecue, a picnic or even bushwalking with plenty of tracks to choose from. Note that the famous Wedding Cake Rock can be found in this national park too so don’t miss out on it if you’re there! Fauna lovers might want to keep their eyes open as they walk through the forest paths as many bird species hide among the trees, as well as little furballs including sugar gliders, possums and wallabies. Even if you’re not big on trekking, you can be at ease as there are plenty of facilities nearby for everyone’s comfort.

Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains Sydney

Another natural gem found in the close vicinity of Sydney is Blue Mountains National Park. Especially recommended to active travelers for whom there is nothing more relaxing than exploring nature on foot, Blue Mountains have some impressive peaks and many walking trails, so everyone can find one that is suitable to them. Some of the most notable attractions include the Three Sisters – a true landmark of the region that is surrounded by an interesting Aboriginal legend. Besides these almost a kilometer tall rock formations, make sure you don’t miss out on the Jenolan caves – which are the world’s oldest caves and the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden to see some colorful flora!

Port Stephens

port stephens

Port Stephens is another excellent short trip from Sydney just north of Newcastle, with relaxing sceneries and a variety of activities to choose from. No less than 26 beaches are at your disposal if you want to have a bit of water fun, and rest assured, you will not get bored, as Port Stephens is home to 150 playful bottlenose dolphins you can see by taking a cruise or even join in the water if you’re adventurous enough and go for a Dolphin Swim tour. Besides the playful little mammals, you can also see their bigger friends, humpback whales, that are migrating between May and November in the region. To rest and properly recharge after such adventures, drop by some of the excellent restaurants and have a bit of seafood by the water.

Australia has both amazing cities and breathtaking natural sights, all next to each other, so you don’t have to venture too far to enjoy the serenity of greenery all around you. Whether you are a seaside fan or you want to walk through lush forests, you have plenty of choices around Sydney that will not disappoint!

About the Author

Nina is a digital nomad, yoga aficionado and a travel enthusiast. She’s passionate about learning new things and sharing meaningful ideas. If you wanna see what she’s up to you can find her on Twitter.

On Barbaralicious, she also wrote about the best places for digital nomads in Western Australia.

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What It’s Like to Live In An RV As A Digital Nomad

What It’s Like to Live In An RV As A Digital Nomad


So you’re interested in living in an RV and becoming a digital nomad?

Awesome! It’s an incredible lifestyle. You get to travel anywhere you want, have amazing backyards (beaches, mountains, deserts, you name it!), and work anywhere with an internet connection.

But it definitely has its cons and it isn’t for everyone.

This article will share mine and Kayla’s experience living and working as RVing digital nomads, the pros and cons, and how you can test this lifestyle for yourself without buying an RV and committing. Let’s dive in!

What Is The RV Lifestyle Like?

Living in an RV is awesome. Don’t like where you’re living? Pick up and move!

There’s always something to new to see and a new adventure to be had. But it can also be highly stressful, and it definitely isn’t for everyone.

We lived in an RV for 6 months, working from our laptops. We even tried our hand at work-camping, where we worked for the RV park owners in exchange for a free stay on their campground.

What We Liked

We really enjoyed the freedom. Every move was a new chance for a fun adventure. Seeing new sights was exhilarating, and it brought us closer as a couple.

My personal favorite parts where kayaking in far-away rivers and visiting national parks like Acadia, where I actually proposed to Kayla.

We also saved a good chunk of money. Your only required expenses are campground fees, the RV cost, and the usual costs like our phones, insurance, and food. Most campgrounds don’t make you pay for utilities like internet, TV, water, etc.

You can save even more money by buying your RV outright (no interest payments every month) and by boondocking (staying on public land out in the woods or mountains instead of on a campground). How would you like to stay here?

What We Didn’t Like

Of course, there’s also the bad side of RVing.

While the experience truly helped us grow, both individually and together, at times it felt like a nightmare. For example, our scooter once broke down over 50 miles from our campground, and we needed to have some people we just met on the campground come pick us up. Thank God they did!

There were unexpected maintenance problems (you should ALWAYS budget for unexpected maintenance) and setting up and taking down your RV every time you move can be very tiring. It’s a lot of work.

The limited space is also an issue. Especially the kitchen (Kayla loves to cook and even has a food blog called The Fantasy Kitchen). The small space is easy to clutter, and you REALLY have to think about what you want to keep vs what you want to get rid of.

But that’s probably easy for someone like you who has an interest in being a nomad, right?

The last thing I want to mention is that the hardest part of this lifestyle is actually funding it. We were lucky in that we had some passive income coming from our travel blog, and we had clients we could work with from anywhere. But getting started wasn’t easy!

Here’s a recap on our opinion of the pros and cons:

Pros of Living In An RV:

  • Adventure! There’s always new things to see.
  • Travel. If you love moving around, you’ll probably love RVing.
  • If you don’t like where you’re staying, you can just pack up and leave.
  • You can travel the country with your belongings and even your pets!
  • Possible to save money compared to living in a house.

Us taking our adventure cat Luna for a walk!

Cons of Living In An RV:

  • Can be stressful at times. You can and probably will be tested.
  • Things break. Your house experiences an earthquake every time you go on the highway!
  • Wi-fi is a real issue at campgrounds. This is getting easier with the unlimited data plans, but it’s still an issue. Campground wi-fi often sucks.
  • You’re at mercy to the weather. If it’s cold outside, it will probably be cold inside. Same thing with heat. A/C and heaters help, but RVs don’t have the best insulation.
  • Your space is limited. You probably won’t be able to bring all of your possessions.

Overall, we enjoyed it but it also tested our patience and forced us to grow. We do plan on doing it again for a few months while our home is being built later this year, so we definitely don’t think it’s a terrible lifestyle!

So now you’re probably wondering…

How Much Does It Cost?

We ran some numbers for how much it costs to live in an RV. We compared our own personal expenses to some other popular full-time RVers who also blog about living in an RV.

What did we find?

It costs between $1,400 to $3,000 per month to live in an RV, depending on the RV you buy, where you stay, your food budget, etc..

How Can You Test The RV Lifestyle Without Buying An RV?

Are you interested in living in an RV but don’t want to spend $10,000+ on a new camper?

I TOTALLY understand. It’s a huge commitment, and jumping in to it like Kayla and I did can lead to regret. Particularly if you don’t like the type of RV you bought or if you find out you just plain don’t like it.

But there’s an easy way to test the RV lifestyle to see if you like it before you fully commit. We highly recommend getting a long-term RV rental in the model you’re thinking about buying. That way, you can spend a month or more in an RV to get a taste and test different types and models of RVs before you buy!

You can get a month-long RV rental for as little as $50 per night, depending on the model, location, and time of year. So the test would cost you between $1,500 to $3,000 for the rental, plus another $400 to $1,000 for the campground (if you stay in one spot).

You can often negotiate deals with both RV rentals and campgrounds for a lower rate when you stay for a long time, since it helps them guarantee the spot will be filled.

Our preferred way to rent an RV is through a peer-to-peer rental company like Outdoorsy or RVshare. They have RVs for rent by other RV owners, rather than having their own fleet of RVs. They’re cheaper, more reliable, and easier to use than going through an RV dealership.

We compared the best RV rental companies and found Outdoorsy to be the best. They’re the only rental company we found with an A+ rating on the Better Business Buraeu site and they have perks like free roadside assistance and insurance.

So what do you think? Will you try the RV lifestyle as a digital nomad? Let us know in the comments! And feel free to ask us any questions you have, too! :)

About the Author

Bill Widmer is a former full-time RVer and blogs about RV travels with his fiance Kayla at The Wandering RV. He’s also an avid gamer, ukulelist, and general lover of being outside. 


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Best Things to Do During a Layover in Dubai

Best Things to Do During a Layover in Dubai

A few decades ago, no one in the tourism industry had heard of Dubai. It was an obscure city; but today, it is one of our world’s most glamorous metropolis with an incomparable futuristic skyline. Nearly 20 million tourists travel to the city every year, whether it is for shopping for some of the best global brands or for business or for sheer entertainment. Dubai is home to some of the best airlines in the world. The Dubai Airport is a class apart, worthy of exploring by itself. People travel through this giant hub every day, and layovers in Dubai offer the perfect chance to explore the city. Here’s what you can do in Dubai if you’re there on a layover.


The Grand Mosque: Total Time: 1 Hour

The Grand Mosque of Dubai is located very close to the airport. The building is a magnificent piece of artwork. It can contain about 1200 worshippers at a time. If you are not a Muslim, you won’t be allowed within the mosque, but you can explore the outer section of the mosque and take pictures of the incredible design.


Burj Khalifa: Total Time – 4 Hours

The Burj Khalifa should be your first stop. It makes no sense to have a layover in Dubai and not visit the Khalifa. You’re your tickets in advance so that you don’t waste time in the queues. Best to take a taxi straight from the airport to the Khalifa. Be sure to take in the view of the building from the bottom and from the observatory deck on the 124th floor. The views from up there are simply amazing.

Dubai Fountains: Check out the Dubai Fountains, just below the Burj Khalifa, from the observatory deck. The fountains leap up to a height of 152 meters and are very clearly visible from the observatory deck. If you have time, take a walk around the Burj Khalifa to admire the Dubai Mall, the Dubai Fountains and the Burj Khalifa from the ground.

Dubai Mall: No point in visiting the Burj Khalifa is you don’t check out the Dubai Mall as well. It’s after all the world’s largest shopping mall by area, with more than 1,200 shops. Even if you’re not a great shopper, the sheer grandeur of the Dubai Mall is just not to be missed. The lobby with the fabulous waterfall with its sculptures of divers suspended in their dives is fascinating. There’s an Ice Rink, the VR Park, a 22-theatre multiplex, and the fabulous Underwater Zoo and Aquarium that beg to be explored.


Dubai’s Souqs: Total Time – 2 Hours

After admiring the Burj Khalifa, be sure to take a taxi to Dubai’s Souqs. The two main souqs are in Bur Dubai and Deira, which are separated by the Dubai Creek.

Dubai Creek: If you want to enjoy Dubai’s majestic skyline in a completely different way, cross the Dubai Creek. You can do this cheaply on a wooden vessel called the abra. Or, if time permits, you can take a dhow cruise along the Creek, passing under the many bridges and past supertall towers that overlook the water beside beautiful gardens. The creek bustles with locals and tourists and is seamed with a number of eateries, souqs, and vibrant people. If you want to feel the soul of Dubai, visit the Dubai Creek.

Dubai Souqs: The most popular market is the Gold Souk, which is a covered part of the bazaar with many shops selling gold jewelry. You can see the shine of gold from a distance. There’s more gold here than you’ve seen at any one place in your lifetime. If you want to pick up some exotic spices on the cheap, visit the Al Sabkha Souk. You’ll see baskets and baskets of fragrant saffron, cinnamon, mace, nutmeg and a horde of other spices. You’ll also find many baskets piled up with the finest nuts. You are allowed to haggle at these souqs. Some of the merchants will quote outlandish prices the moment they realize you’re a foreigner. Be sure to check with a few stalls before you commit to purchasing from one. Enjoy the colors and smells that are sure to take you back to Old Arabia.


The Dubai Museum: Total Time – 2 Hours

If you want to understand how Dubai has transformed from being a pearl-diving and fishing village, visit the Dubai Museum. Dubai was once a small Bedouin village but today it is this magnificent entertainment hub that everyone wants to visit. The Dubai Museum is located at the Al-Fahidi Fort that was built during the 17th century. Explore the beautiful gallery of the museum which houses a wide range of military artifacts, a number of clothing and other local antiques of the Arabic culture plus old weaponry. Some of the exhibits are outside, and it is best to visit this museum from August to April, as it can be incredibly hot during other months.


Jumeirah Beach: Total Time – 2 Hours

Get to the Jumeirah beach next, from where you can enjoy the most magnificent views of the Burj al Arab hotel in the background. This is the world’s tallest and the only seven-star hotel. You cannot go inside the Burj al Arab unless you are a hotel guest or you have booked a table in one of the restaurants. If you are able to do that in advance, nothing like it. For now, enjoy the terrific views and be sure to take pictures of yourself against the backdrop of the Burj al Arab. The Jumeirah beach is best relegated to the last part of your day, so you can enjoy the sunset with the Burj al Arab in the background, before returning to the airport. Also check out the nearby Jumeirah Beach Hotel, with its iconic wave-like design.


Some Tips

  • It takes about an hour and a half to be done with immigration and customs, so take this delay into consideration.
  • We suggest you use the taxi system and forget the Metro, in the interest of saving time.
  • For a short layover, you don’t need to book into a hotel. Just store your luggage at the Dubai airport luggage storage facility for up to 12 hours at terminal 1 & 3.
  • At the airport, be sure to obtain your transit visa for Dubai so that you are able to sightsee.



If you are a frequent traveler who’s passing through Dubai on business or pleasure, be sure to factor in layover time whenever possible. This will allow you to formulate itineraries that’ll help you see a bit more of Dubai each time you travel. It’s a great way to see everything this grand city has to offer, in bits and pieces.

About the Author

An avid trekker, explorer and a true foodie; Neha finds happiness in small endeavors of life and loves to pen them down as a cherished memory. A firm believer that “we have just one life to live and so much to do”, Neha lives every moment to the fullest.

The Dubai Guide for Digital Nomads

Dubai Guide for Digital Nomads

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The 5 Best Beaches in Cancun, Mexico

The 5 Best Beaches in Cancun, Mexico


From Cancun to Tulum, each beach affords its visitors warm waters and plenty of sun. What can make or break a beach is the number of hotels and shops. While tourists are great for the local industry and undoubtedly helped build Cancun into a vacation Mecca, they sure do have a way of lessening a day at the beach. Our rankings are based off of the distance to Cancun, business of the beach, and of course the beach itself. Be sure to let us know in the comments which beach sounds the best to you! Do you know of any other beaches that should be in our top 5?


Isla Holbox

Isla Holbox is a travelers dream. Lying on the northern end of the Yucatan Penisula, the small island has remained pristine through the years. Few travelers make the 3-hour journey northward which has left the island in incredible condition. You won’t find any large hotels or even an ATM. All you’ll find is white sand stretching into the horizon.

For more adventurous travelers, a trip can afford the opportunity to swim with whale sharks. You read that right, people are willing to pay money to hop in the water and swim with the world’s largest shark. As they migrate each year, whale sharks stop just off the coast of Isla Holbox for several months. Expeditions are lead into the warm waters just off the coast and in the adventurers go! For those more suited to life on land, we encourage you to explore the island’s unspoiled jungles and view the many birds that call Isla Holbox home!


Puerto Morelos

Puerto Morelos is just a short 30-minute drive south of Cancun. As the crabs (sunburned tourists) begin to flock to the ever-popular Playa Delfines hop in the car and lay back in Puerto Morelos. The relaxed, quiet fishing village has all the amenities you could want but none of the crowds!

The village does an incredible job of upkeeping their beach and reef, constantly grooming and closing endangered sections of the reef. This makes it a perfect place to spend the day as a family. You can introduce everyone to snorkeling over the beautiful reef just off the coast or spend the day relaxing on the soft sand. Whatever you choose, remember to pack the sunscreen!


Tulum Ruins Beach

Just 75 miles south of Cancun is one of the most stunning beaches in the world. After a quick hike past ancient Mayan ruins and tropical jungle, you’ll stumble towards bright blue waters lapping against towering cliffs. A short and steep staircase spits you out over soft sand. Above you the cliff walls rise giving way to El Catillo standing prominently over the ocean. It’s hard to imagine a more inspiring view.

Tulum is just close enough to be a perfect day trip during your time in the Yucatan. We recommend starting off early and exploring the town in the morning. It is well known for its rustic charm and quaint restaurants. Luxury resorts have begun to realize the beauty of Tulum and resorts are beginning to dot the surrounding countryside. After a morning and lunch in town, visit the ruins and spend an afternoon in the sun before returning to Cancun.


North Side Cancun

The north side of Cancun is perfect for families looking for calmer waters and smaller crowds. The north shore is slightly less vibrant than its east side companion. The water is a deeper blue, and the sand isn’t quite as powdery white, but the lack of crowds more than makes up for the lack of color. The entire north shore is protected by Isla Mujeres making for a secluded, calm beach getaway.

For those looking to try kayaking, parasailing, or jet skiing, look no further. The shore’s calm waters are perfect for all kinds of water sports. They are also perfect for those looking for a safe place to play. Young or old, the north side of Cancun has something for everyone without the crowds you’d expect. There are also beautiful hotels and homes for rent on the north shore that offer great deals to families looking for an affordable vacation!


Playa Maroma

We can’t say enough about Playa Maroma. First off it is absolutely huge. Big enough that even if there was a crowd you wouldn’t even notice. Second is the color of the water, it is unbelievable. As incredibly bright blue as the sky. Third is the access to amazing snorkeling. Just off the beach is some of the most amazing snorkeling in the world with hundreds of species of fish circling the waters below you.

Playa Maroma is slightly harder to access. You either have to be a guest at one of the resorts lining the beach or go through the Riviera Maya Beach Club. Don’t let this deter you though. It is worth it! Once you get in, we recommend heading towards the southernmost point of the beach. The snorkeling is incredible on the south end and you should be able to have the reef to yourself for a bit!

With enough sun and sand for everyone, Cancun is the perfect place for a beach vacation. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly beach, a honeymoon getaway, or a water sports paradise, the Yucatan Peninsula has it all. Be sure to check out at least one of our top beaches in Cancun and don’t be afraid to go find your own! Thanks for following along!

About the Authors

Kestra and Jacob are a Christian Travel Couple known as The Agape Co. The duo travels the world together and shares their global adventures, handy travel hacks, and inspiring stories with their followers. From alpine lakes to sunny beaches, snow skiing to parasailing, they’ll help you to explore the world as they have. Be sure to check out their journey at: and to give them a follow on their social media.

The Cabarete Guide for Digital Nomads

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5 Tricks to Ensure You Always Have Internet Access on Your Travels

5 Tricks to Ensure You Always Have Internet Access on Your Travels

If you’re a passionate globetrotter or a digital nomad who can’t live without a decent internet connection while on the go – welcome to the club, we completely understand your concerns! However, a fast and reliable Wi-Fi connection can sometimes be an impossible mission that can bring a lot of stress and anxiety. If that’s exactly what you want to avoid, just keep on reading and learn about five useful tricks on how to ensure you always have internet access on your travels. Check them out and enjoy!



Look for accommodation with free internet connection


Finding a hotel, AirBnB, or a rental apartment that provides a free internet connection for their guests should be your top priority, as this is one of the best ways to always have internet access while on the road. It’s highly likely to cover both your private and your business need for data volume, but there’s often a small catch – the Wi-Fi sometimes isn’t as fast as you hoped for. In order to prevent such problems, you should either check its speed in advance or go directly to that place and run a speed test. Of course, checking out other people’s reviews is highly recommended, so don’t skip that step and avoid that place if former guests ranked it poorly.




Use Wi-Fi in cafés, restaurants, and public spaces


Another way to have internet access while traveling around the world is to use free Wi-Fi in cafés and restaurants, which is a great way to post a couple of photos and scroll through your Instagram feed while having a cup of coffee or a delicious meal. However, you should bear in mind that Wi-Fi connections sometimes tend to be slow in such places, so be patient and give them some time. Besides that, you should also know that some cities offer free or cheap internet connections in particular public areas, especially in the city center, so be sure to take advantage of these and give them a try as well.


Buy an inexpensive local SIM card

On the other hand, if you need a 24/7 internet connection while on the go, you should definitely buy a cheap local SIM card. These usually include text and talk time, as well as a highly required data volume you’ll be able to use outside your accommodation. For example, if you’re traveling to the US, getting a local SIM card full of data is the easiest and the cheapest solution. All you have to do is to find the nearest AT&T store and ask for the deal that will meet your needs. Just bear in mind that your phone needs to be unlocked in order to use a local SIM card, and you’ll be more than fine.


Avoid using apps with ads and turn off updates

A large number of apps you can download for free are actually designed to bombard you with ads, and this kind of additional content actually equals additional download. This basically means that using apps with ads will eat through your data, so try to stay away from them as much as possible while traveling. You should definitely do a little research of your apps before you hit the road, so that you learn which apps to stay away from while far from home. Besides that, you should turn off updates as well, as these can also use your data without you even noticing it. Just download them when you have access to Wi-Fi and everything will be okay.



Use an external wireless card

Last but not least, using an external wireless card is a great way to always have internet access while traveling. It will combat weak connections and slow internet speeds, and it’s particularly beneficial for people who love to travel with their laptop. A good external wireless card has a powerful transmitter and a good antenna which can reach much further than the one in your laptop, providing you with a stronger Wi-Fi connection. If that’s exactly what you need, invest your money in an external wireless card, plug it into your laptop via USB, and enjoy a fabulous Wi-Fi connection without any distractions.



As you can see, there are a lot of tricks that can help you have internet access wherever you go. All you have to do is to stick to our tips and guidelines, and once that’s done, you won’t have to worry about your internet connection anywhere in the world!



About the Author

Roxana is a travel enthusiast and lifestyle consultant from Sydney and she loves to write about her adventures. She is all about the healthy lifestyle, loves to run with her husband and dogs and has fun cooking exotic meals for her family. Being a typical Aussie, she often hits the waves and loves beaches and sunshine! You can find out more about her writing following her on twitter and facebook. She is also one of the editors at Highstylife Magazine.

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The Digital Nomad Life in New Caledonia – Combining Work and Travel in Oceania

The Digital Nomad Life in New Caledonia – Combining Work and Travel in Oceania


Few professional endeavors can compare to the beauty of immersing yourself into an entirely different, exotic culture while you do what you love. For brave souls among you who decided to put their nine-to-five into the column of “past experiences”, heading to a remote, enchanting location such as New Caledonia will be the journey of a lifetime. However, it takes self-discipline paired with planning to stick to your professional responsibilities while you cross off one bucket-list item at a time in this South Pacific slice of heaven.

Before you book your first flight out, make sure you take a look at the following guide. It aims to help you strike the right balance between work and pleasure, sightseeing and professional accomplishments, and it gives you tips on the best ways to make your trip a smooth one, with no Wi-Fi troubles or culinary crises to tackle.


Go prepared: prices can be high

If you want to experience all that New Caledonia has to offer, you need to brace yourself for a hefty price tag that comes with the territory. As a frame of reference, living in Noumea, the capital of New Caledonia, can be about 12% pricier than living in Melbourne, but roughly the same as living in Sydney. With that in mind, you will want to make sure that you have a steady influx of money coming your way before you plan your stay there.

That said, explore various online options that can be flexible enough for your schedule, and still reliable to meet your financial needs. For native English speakers, teaching English online is a viable opportunity, aside from your projects that you can take on as a freelancer on numerous platforms such as Upwork or Freelancer. That way, you can have a schedule of work responsibilities with plenty of time at your disposal to explore the region, but without the fear of breaking the bank!


Accommodation options

Thanks to its well-developed tourism and friendly locals, more digital nomads are flocking to taste the island life on this South Pacific gem. You have many traditional options at your disposal, from hotel rooms, all the way to resort-style accommodation. However, the best way to pick the safest and most affordable option is to go through a reliable agency such as New Caledonia Travel Connection, as they can give you suggestions based on your preferences and financial means.

By far the best place to stay for longer than a week-long vacation is Noumea. It’s brimming with options, and the Wi-Fi connection is the most reliable precisely in the capital. You’ll come across numerous cafés and restaurants, as well as free hotspots such as the Art Centre in the Latin Quarter. These free varieties may not be as stable as your hotel connection, but always make sure to inquire before you choose your best work location.


Plan for those excursions

Yes, some of them might be pricey, but rest assured they are worth your while and your wallet! New Caledonia is filled with natural gems, marine life waiting for your curious eye, and local culture that’s an eclectic mix of colonial influences and indigenous legacy. Make sure to hop over to the Isle of Pines, where you can snorkel in the tranquil lagoon, hike through the rainforest, and climb the famous N’ga peak, which means you might want to take a day off or visit the isle for more than one day!

Then, for the clever birds among you staying in Noumea, book a boat ride to Amedee Island. There, you should prepare for 247 challenging steps to climb the well-known lighthouse tower, where you’ll be whisked away by a breathtaking panorama ahead. After that, you can relax on the beach as a reward for all of your hard work in your digital ventures!


Treat your taste-buds

Hard work requires plenty of energy, and what better way to refuel for your brain work than to feast on the local delicacies in this remote little haven? Even if you’re not a “foodie” at the beginning of this journey, chances are you’ll become one as soon as you take your first, creamy bite of their dessert by the name of “poe” – made of coconut cream generously mixed with a banana or some pumpkin, it makes for every sweet-lover’s dream come true.

As a French territory, you can expect a wide range of fusion meals that have European tastes blended with island gastronomy. From escargots found only on the Isle of Pines, all the way to the locally produced wine, the menu of New Caledonia alone will be enough to motivate you to wrap up those tasks faster and more efficiently than ever. Not to mention the knowledge of basking on a honey-hued beach right after your meal with a fresh cocktail in your hand.

Soon enough, you’ll likely find yourself wanting to stay for more than a few months of digital escapism. New Caledonia truly does mix the best of both the urban and the slow-paced beach world, making it a new digital destination for eager explorers who want to venture outside of the urban bustle of the world’s famous metropolises. Just make sure your self-discipline is ready to do some serious work, and you’ll have an adventure of your life in this tropical, secluded paradise.

About the Author

Marie Nieves is a lifestyle blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels she likes to read poetry and prose and surf the Internet. Her favourite writer is Tracy Chevalier and she always carries one of her books in her bag. She spends most of her free time at home walking her Labrador Retriever named Max. She is an avid lover of photography and a regular author for She Roams Solo. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and Pinterest.

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