My Antler Juno 2 Review – Going Carry-On Only

My Antler Juno 2 Review – Going Carry-On Only

I received the Antler Juno 2 suitcase for free from Antler to review and test out, but all opinions are my own and I only recommend what I truly love. So here we go, my review of the Antler Juno 2!

When I first started travelling I was super excited to go backpacking, like a proper traveller I thought. I carefully picked out the perfect backpack (it was pink, naturally) and absolutely adored travelling with it for the first few years. But then I started working online and travelling as a nomad. My travel style was changing and so were my luggage needs.

 

 

I retired my backpack with a heavy heart (at least until the next backpacking adventure) and switched to my big green Antler suitcase with two wheels, it’s been in our family for 20 years I think. I was thrilled to have more space and wheels, so I wasn’t breaking my back carrying all my worldly belongings around with me, which now included my electronics and home office.

However, it turns out that if you have the space, you fill it up. I started lugging around more and more – my suitcase, a backpack with electronics, my yoga mat, then my hula hoop. Every time I travelled, it literally looked like the travelling circus was arriving.

 

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Then, after hopping around Europe this summer, I’d finally had it. After an excruciating trip from Barcelona to Sofia that involved queuing 2.5 hours to drop our bags despite having paid for speedy check-in, I decided enough was enough. I’d long admired those smug carry-on-only travellers whizzing about the airport while us mere mortals had to stand in line to drop and pick up our bags.

I decided it was time to become one of them!

Going Carry-On Only

Of course, as a former scientist, I had to research the pros and cons of all available options – backpack vs. suitcase, softshell vs. hardshell – and after a lot of research and consulting the DNG community I decided a cabin-sized hardshell suitcase was just what I wanted.

So, you can imagine how delighted and excited I was when the lovely people at Antler asked me to try out and review their new Juno 2 suitcase range? Uhm, did I? Yes, please! I even got to pick my own colour!

Naturally, I picked the pink version, which is a similar shade to DNG pink, and a couple of days later two shiny new Juno 2 suitcases arrived from Antler, one cabin-size and one medium-size.

 

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As my old Antler suitcase has been in the family for nearly 20 years, I was confident the quality would be great. After all, as a digital nomad girl, my suitcase is kind of like my portable home, so it has to be sturdy.

If you missed me testing the suitcases on my Instagram story, you can still watch it in my story highlights here.

 

The Specs

So firstly, let’s talk specs. After researching suitcases for the last 2 months, I became a bit of a geek on the subject (my boyfriend gets annoyed when I comment on everyone’s suitcases at the airport, quoting stats and brands. That’s normal right?).

Here are the specs of my two new suitcases:

Cabin Size:

  • Size: 55x40x20 (cm)
  • Weight: 2.4 kg
  • Volume: 39 litres
  • Wheels: 4 double spinner wheels
  • Lock: TSA approved lock

Medium Size:

  • Size:  68 x 46 x 27 (cm)
  • Weight: 3.1kg
  • Volume: 77 litres
  • Wheels: 4 double spinner wheels
  • Lock: TSA approved lock

There’s also a large-sized version, but I think I’d have to be moving my entire family across the globe to ever need that much space. On the other hand, it would be great for fashion bloggers or shopaholics, or for a couple to share.

Pleasingly, the suitcases fit neatly inside each other, like little Russian dolls. This makes it so convenient to store them when you’re not travelling. They also have top and side handles that make carrying and loading/unloading so much easier.

I was dead set on going carry-on only for my six-week trip to Colombia, so I had to make sure the cabin-sized Juno 2 had the right dimensions. Thankfully, it complies with international and even European carry-on dimensions (which are stricter). The stated dimensions include the wheels and handle, so you can definitely take it onboard most airlines.

Many airlines have weight restrictions on cabin luggage, so it helps that the Juno 2 only weighs 2.4 kg – I can literally lift it with my pinky.

But for me, the most delightful feature is having four wheels. I’d never had a four-wheeled case before and I was a little sceptical about whether it would make much difference.

Trust me, it does.

My mother-in-law literally caught my boyfriend and me spinning our suitcases through her kitchen, amazed how smoothly they were gliding across the wooden floor (that’s also normal, right?). I also love that the wheels are colour coordinated with the shell, so mine are pink. It’s those little details that make the difference.

 

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The hard shell is made of polypropylene, which is super strong but also a little flexible. Having never used a hardshell before, I wasn’t sure how it would feel to pack, so I was super happy to find that it had a little give and wasn’t totally rigid.

For me, there was no question about the colour – pink forever – but for those of you who appreciate other shades, the Juno 2 also comes in black, white, turquoise, orange and purple. There’s definitely a colour for everyone.

 

Let’s open it up…

I’ll be writing a separate blog post on what and how I pack my suitcase as a digital nomad, so I’ll just give you the quick rundown here. The interior of the Juno 2 is lined with a medium-grey sturdy fabric.

 

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I love that the stitching and other details are colour coordinated with the exterior, so mine are pink. It’s also great that the interior is light and not black like most other suitcases, making it easier to pack and find everything, even when it’s dark.

The cool thing about hard shell suitcases is that they have a sort of clamshell design with two separate halves, which can really help keep your belongings organised and separate. In the Juno 2, one half has a zipped cover and the other has an elastic cross strap that keeps everything in place.

 

Will it all fit?

Having never packed like this, I was a little nervous about fitting everything in, especially as I usually use packing cubes. I decided to pack all my clothes in the zipped side and then arrange all my other bits and bobs, like shoes, toiletries, raincoat, a sarong, etc. in the other side.

Initially, I was a little sad because I thought I’d have to leave my foldable travel yoga mat behind, but to my surprise, I managed to fit it between the two clamshell halves and still got the suitcase to zip shut – yay! No more travelling circus!

I experimented quite a lot with different ways of packing my clothes into the zipped half. Ok, so I may have done a dozen different trial packs – I get a little obsessed when it comes to packing.

In the end, what worked best was roll-folding my clothes (yes that’s a thing, watch Mari Kondo fold in this style here) and using the zipped side as a giant packing cube. I only used one actual packing cube for my underwear, socks, bra, and swimwear, which also fit into the zipped side with the clothes.

I managed to neatly fit two pairs of shoes, toiletries, a makeup bag, a first aid kit, an umbrella, a sarong, a tote bag, two jackets, and a fleece into the other side, so it’s definitely roomy.

 

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The Test Drive

My suitcases arrived just in time for me to use them on my trip to Colombia for the 7in7 conference. With a heavy heart, I left the medium-sized case behind so I could test my credentials as a carry-on traveller (although I almost changed my mind at the last minute so I could buy more colourful handbags in Colombia).

I will probably take it with me to Thailand next month, and use it as my go-to suitcase for wintry or colder trips in future when I need that extra space for warm clothes.

So off we went on our 54 hour trip from Wiltshire, England to Medellin, Colombia!

I packed and zipped up my cabin-sized Juno II and my regular small backpack that I use to carry my electronics and for day trips when travelling. For the first time in forever, I didn’t feel like a pack mule with extra bags dangling around and weighing me down.

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The first hurdle came at the village train station in the UK on our way to London Paddington. Most small stations in England don’t have lifts, so I had to carry my suitcase up and down over the tracks. In the past, my boyfriend would’ve had to help me because my suitcase was too heavy for me to lift, but this time I was so thrilled to be carrying everything myself (#girlpower).

Once on the train, my suitcase even fit in the overhead storage for the first time, so I didn’t need to leave it in the luggage section at the end of the carriage and feel paranoid that it would get stolen while I wasn’t looking.

 

The Cobblestone Test

We stopped over in London for a few hours to eat some noodles run some important errands and travelling halfway across London with the small 4-wheeled case instead of lugging a giant suitcase or backpack made such a big difference.

In the past, I would’ve been a sweaty mess, dragging my luggage up and down the tube escalators, but this time it was actually fun. We even got to test the wheels on the cobbled streets, which were super sturdy and tackled the terrain without problems or damage.

Once at Heathrow, it felt amazing to go straight through security without having to queue for ages just to drop our bags. We had a lot of time to kill at Heathrow, so I spent hours whizzing my Antler around the shops and cafes. Having the four 360 degree wheels is a serious game changer, as they just glide really easily alongside you and you don’t have to use any energy pulling or carrying your stuff.

Even after our flight was delayed and then cancelled at 2 am (#nomadstruggles), we felt a little smug (ok super smug) because we didn’t have to wait for our luggage to come back off the plane and we got to skip the line for the bus to the hotel. Carry-on for the win!

 

All in all, I’ve absolutely loved going carry-on only, but there are a bunch of other reasons that I love my little Antler Juno 2.

Here’s a quick summary of why I adore my Juno 2:

  • It’s beautiful – yeah I know, I know, it’s not all about looks, but if you spend as much time travelling and packing as I do, it’s really important to have a suitcase you love. I’m delighted that I finally have a beautiful pink suitcase that makes me happy to look at and fits my brand.
  • It’s amazing quality – I already knew that Antler make quality luggage, and the Juno 2 is no different. The wheels and zips are really sturdy, the handle is smooth and adjusts to many different heights, and the fabric is tough and feels durable.
  • It’s super light – so I can maximize my luggage allowance and actually use it for clothes and toiletries.
  • It’s smooth to wheel around – Both the wheels and handle are really smooth and it feels like I’m not using any energy to manoeuver the suitcase, even on city roads, not only in the airport.
  • Its clever design – The zipped design makes it easy to pack all my clothes neatly without even using packing cubes.
  • Its neat little built-in TSA lock – which keeps my belongings safe and lets airport security open it up without having to damage my lock.

 

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  • Its hard shell – which protects my worldly belongings from bumps, spills, or even tropical downpour.
  • Its 10-year warranty – so even if something does break or wear out, Antler will replace your suitcase internationally.*

I want to give a very honest review because I feel it’s always important to show the pros and the cons of travel, and this is no exception. I truly thought long and hard about anything I might change about my Juno 2, and only one small detail came to mind.

I love the TSA lock and it works really well, but I feel it could be even better to have those metal loops on the zips that allow you to use your own padlock as well, just in case the TSA lock ever breaks. Apart from that, I seriously couldn’t find anything else I didn’t like about my Antler cases.

So, if you’re debating whether to go carry-on with a suitcase or want to make the switch from a big backpack like me, I really think the Antler Juno 2 is an amazing choice and you should give it a spin (see what I did there?). I couldn’t be happier with it and, as a digital nomad, I think it’s the perfect choice for its great quality, beautiful design, and easy packing and moving.

 

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You can get your own Antler Juno 2 in three different sizes and six different colours right here!

 

Thank you Antler for sending me my lovely new suitcases, I’m so excited to take them on many an adventure over the next years!

** Check out their warranty agreement here.

5 Lessons from 5 Years of Travel

5 Lessons from 5 Years of Travel

It’s been 5 years to the day since I strapped on my shiny new backpack (pink, of course) and jumped on the tube to London Heathrow to meet my boyfriend Simon and catch our flight to Lima, Peru. I can still remember how excited, nervous, terrified and thrilled I was to finally be going on my big around the world adventure.

I’d been planning this day and this trip for nearly three years. Travel was the only thing I thought, read and talked about, and I’m sure I drove at least a few of my friends just a little crazy.

But what was supposed to be a one-year around the world trip ended up becoming my life and full-time lifestyle. I could probably reminisce and share stories and anecdotes for pages and pages, but instead I want to share some of the travel lessons I learned in the last 5 years, both as a backpacker and as a digital nomad.

So here we go, here are my 5 Lessons from 5 Years of Travelling:

1. Nothing goes the way you planned

Both in travel and in life, we tend to imagine things a certain way. We plan, organise and prepare to make sure everything is just right. #perfectionism

I planned out my around-the-world-trip for nearly three years, so you can be sure I knew exactly what I wanted to do, see and experience. Thankfully this was pre-Instagram days (well, I was a little late to the ‘gram game) or I would have had even more skewed visions of what my trip should look like.

Do you know the quote ‘Life is what happens when you’re busy making plans’? Well that applies to travel just the same.

In three years of dreaming and planning, I never imagined that I would hike the Inca trail for four days with both a sprained ankle and severe food poisoning. But that’s exactly what happened.

5 Lessons from 5 Years of Travelling Angry Hiking Inca the Trail

Worst of all, on the final day of the hike, when were due to arrive at Machu Picchu, the heavens opened up and we got drenched as we’ve never been drenched before. By the time we arrived at the sun gate (the spot where every Instagrammer worth her Himalayan salt takes that iconic Machu Picchu shot) the site was completely covered in clouds and we could see nada.

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Was I sad, gutted, annoyed, frustrated and just a little angry? Hell yes! But did it ruin our experience and memories? Absolutely not.

Because anyone can just go to Machu Picchu on a train and enjoy that view, but I earned it.

Strapping my ankle into its brace every morning, braving the squat toilet situation along the trail (I’ll spare you the graphic details), and shivering my way around one of the 8 modern wonders of the world was NOT how I imagined it, but it’s my own unique experience and I’ll cherish those memories and stories forever.

So don’t be too annoyed when things go differently in your travels (or business, life, love…) than you expect, it’s all part of the fun. Just enjoy the ride.

2. It’s the people that matter and that you remember

Before I went on my trip, I was daydreaming of iconic sights like Chichen Itza, the Golden Gate Bridge, and of course, Machu Picchu. I was imagining feeling humbled and inspired by these views and, truth be told, there’s nothing quite like sitting on the side of the Grand Canyon and gazing across to the other side.

But what stays in your memory more than any sight or any tourist attraction are the people you meet along the journey.

I spent some of my best travel days in Panamanian suburbs, in remote jungle lodges and on dilapidated Nicaraguan boats. What made these days so special were the people I shared them with.

It didn’t matter if we were sleeping in hammocks for $3 a night or living on hostel pancakes because they were free, because the company was, just like a Mastercard ad, priceless.

But what surprised me more than anything is how easy it is to form deep and meaningful friendships with people you’ve just met a week, a day or even a few hours earlier.

Travel strips away all the bravado, the pretence and the walls we build up around ourselves.

5 Lessons from 5 Years of Travelling Best travel friends ever

You get thrown into situations where you can’t help but show your true colours, and the true travel friends you make will accept and love you for it because you shared these precious memories together.

Wow, this got a bit deep.

So let me just say, there’s nothing quite like spending an hour in total darkness on a chicken bus stuffed so full to the brim with people, luggage and actual chickens, that even the locals find it hilarious, and Reggaeton blasting so loud you can’t hear yourself think, while careening down windy Guatemalan dirt roads and swigging whisky from a hip flask to stop the oncoming panic attack.

Alone it would have been a nightmare; with friends it was already a legendary travel story 10 minutes after it happened that has bonded us together for life.

 

That’s also exactly why I created the DNG Inner Circle: to give us a place to find others who ‘get it’ and to be able to take our global friends with us everywhere we go!

We have coworking sessions, goal setting, book club, accountability buddies and so much more to make that amazing travel life even more amazing with our on-the-go community!

3. There’s no right or wrong way to travel (well kinda)

Let me give you an example. When we first started backpacking I’d read every budget travel blog and book I could find and I’d calculated our travel budget down to the dollar. I knew exactly how much we’d be spending every day in every country on accommodation, food, fun, transport, even miscellaneous (how is that even possible?). I even had the budget tracker app to stay on top of it all.

The only problem was, we didn’t stick to our budget at all.

Well kind of.

We did well on some days, but then crazy overspent on other days. In general, we were always around 10–20% over budget.

I was frustrated and annoyed with myself for months that we couldn’t stick to our budget. Until one day I realised that what we were spending was our budget. I had based my calculations and estimations on other people’s experiences and comfort levels.

Most of these people were backpackers in their early 20s who preferred to spend $3 on a 24-bed dorm room so they could splurge on a box of wine that night and party.

I, on the other hand, had just turned 30 and was more interested in eating my way around the world, visiting incredibly sights, going on hikes and even buying a few souvenirs.

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A very large majority of my travel pics involve food in one way or another – it’s just the way we like to travel!

I also value safety, so I’ll usually pay for the nicer safer bus rather than the cheap rickety version. Which is totally fine because that’s my travel style, nobody else’s.

As the years passed and we transitioned from backpackers to working-holidayers to digital nomads; so did our travel style. As nostalgic as I sometimes am for the good old days we spent making friends in hostel kitchens, I’d hate to stay in a cheap hostel now that I run my own business and need to actually work.

I’m also not embarrassed anymore to switch my trusty old backpack (yep, that pink one) for a shiny new hardshell suitcase with wheels.

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I guess what I’m trying to say with my budget story is, your travel style will evolve over time, and there really isn’t one right or wrong way to travel; this is also quite similar to my belief that there isn’t a right or wrong way to be a digital nomad.

The only exception to that is, of course, to not be a touristy douchebag who disrespects cultures, the environment or local people. But that should go without saying, right?

Apart from that, there really is no one-size-fits-all travel style. So, bring your own pillow if it makes you happy, splurge on lounge access, or stay in a swanky Airbnb. But equally feel free to couchsurf, hitchhike or volunteer your way around the world. There’s no right or wrong way, just your way.

4. Travel changes you

Whether you like it or not, travel will inevitably change you in one way or another, and probably in lots of ways. And I don’t mean that you’ll get a tan, a funky hair wrap and start wearing tie-dye tops and Thai fisherman trousers, though this can even to happen to the best of us.

5 Lessons from 5 Years of Travelling Fashion Sins in Indonesia

The change will be much deeper and not quite as reversible as a temporary hippie wardrobe.

I could fill the pages of whole books about this topic, but here are just a couple of ways in which travel has changed me.

I’m incredibly impatient. Take it from someone who once got second-degree burns on her tongue from melted cheese because she’s too impatient to wait for her toastie to cool down (ok, this might be a slight exaggeration, but you get the gist).

However, travel teaches patience, even if it takes an eternity to sink in (#tooimpatientolearnpatience). I can now happily spend 23 hours on a bus, sleeping, reading, staring out the window, knowing I’ll get there when I get there. Travel teaches you to enjoy the ride. Literally.

Travel makes you adaptable. We recently did some cat-sitting for friends who went on a mini honeymoon for a week. We arrived at their house, unpacked our essentials, connected to the wifi and we felt right at home. I think most people would find it incredibly awkward to settle into a new place within minutes, it might even take them weeks. So, it’s kind of nice to be able to feel at home almost anywhere pretty much instantly.

And while we’re on the topic of home…

5. Home will never be the same again

Just as you will never be the same again having travelled for an extended time in your life, so will the concept of home. I’ve not yet met a traveller who didn’t struggle upon returning to their hometown after a long time away.

Reverse culture shock is a thing, y’all. And I would argue that it’s much harder to return home for good than it is to keep travelling.

It’s not that it isn’t wonderful to return home, spend time with family, catch up with friends and eat all your favourite foods. It definitely is, especially if you’re lucky enough to call a city as nice as Munich home, as I do.

But there’s also that slight distance that you feel when your friends fill you in about all the things that happened since you left and that you missed out on. And there’s also that nagging feeling that nobody really understands what you’ve experienced since you’ve left, or maybe even cares.

They probably won’t understand how different you feel. And not in a douchey ‘I found myself’ way, but in a way that is almost impossible to describe – as if you’ve just moved on from your old life a little bit.

It took me years to understand that it’s ok to not feel 100% at home in my old hometown anymore. I still love it and love spending time there with my friends. But I also have other cities now where I feel at home and have travel family spread around the world.

As writer Miriam Adeney once said:

“You will never be completely at home again because part of your heart will always be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place.”

If you also love yourself a good travel inspiration quote, check out some of my other favorites here.

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Bonus Lesson: The world isn’t such a scary place after all

When I found out that I was going on a three-month placement to South Africa during the second year of my PhD, two things happened. First, I was ecstatic and incredibly excited for this opportunity. Second, I had to listen to every single person I knew and met tell me how I would definitely get killed/robbed/raped/taken hostage if I went to South Africa by myself.

Definitely.

It’s not like I wasn’t a little nervous myself already, I mean this was the first time I’d gone that far by myself and for so long. But listening to all the horror stories of people who, I should point out, had never been to South Africa themselves, but had an dentist/second cousin twice/old plumber who’d been there and was nearly killed/robbed/raped/murdered made this 5-foot 3-inch 20-something year old girl a little nervous to say the least.

The news and magazines are filled with horror stories of kidnappings, giant man-eating spiders, tropical viruses and terrorism, of course, to make you want to crawl under your duvet and never leave the house. But once you step foot into the real world you’ll see it really isn’t such a scary place after all.

Naturally, nobody wants you to know that because it’ll mean you might spend your hard earned dollars in a different country or maybe even get ideas that the way we live in the Western world isn’t the only way or not even the best way to live.

What I learned from over 5 years of travelling across 6 continents is that people are kind. So much kinder than we’re told at home. In fact, speaking to strangers isn’t only safe but it’s the only way you’ll really learn about a country.

Like that time our bus arrived with a 7-hour delay in Guatemala city at 2 am and we had no hostel booked. We had made friends with a local lady on the bus who was being picked up at the bus stop by her husband.

The two of them didn’t only drive me, my boyfriend and our friend to a safe hotel they knew, they woke up the doorman to help us check in and even paid for half our room because they sensed this was a little bit out of our usual $10 a night dorm room price class. This was just a few days before Christmas and we remember our saviour couple fondly as Maria y Jose because (a) we forgot their real names, and (b) this was clearly a Christmas miracle, right?

Actually no, it’s not that uncommon at all. In fact, I’ve heard similar stories of the kindness of strangers from many travellers.

The majority of people in the world are good. As one of my travel friends says: ‘Remember that this place you’re scared of is home to someone’.

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So, there you go, 5 lessons plus 1 bonus lesson that I’ve learned in the past 5 years. To be honest, I found it difficult to write this post because I feel like I have 10 times as much to share, and many more meaningful lessons, but it’s impossible for me to put them into words.

So let’s just hope I’ll be more eloquent after the next five years! Here’s to new adventures!

Work From The Road – Vanlife For Digital Nomad Girls

Work From The Road – Vanlife For Digital Nomad Girls

This is a guest post bu DNG Nadia who travels in her VW bus with her boyfriend while working as an equestrian and canine writer (yep, that’s a thing!). Nadia shared how she lives her life, stays productive and lives the tiny Vanlife for Digital Nomad Girls.

 

Hey Girls, I’m Nadia, but you can call me Narnia – everyone else does! And much like many of you, I’m a digital nomad – but, with a bit of a vintage twist.

You see, I travel full-time, but not in the conventional sense, instead; my preferred form of transport is a 1969 VW Adventurewagen named Red.

As well as being my wheels (of the raddest variety!), Red also happens to be my home!

Yup, that’s right, I live, work, travel, and throw tea parties out of my 7.5 sq meter home, and I wouldn’t change it for the world!

The official term for my lifestyle is “Vanlife” so that would make me a “Vanlifer”, this lifestyle is pretty big, and growing fast (Unsurprising when you consider the fact that I can be anywhere in the world and not pay rent – boom!).

Today, I’m going to be talking to you guys about how it’s possible to live, work, and travel from the road.

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What’s Your Day Job?

I am a specialist equestrian and canine writer, so I can be writing anything from reporting on an international horse show to helping readers choose the perfect dog breed for their family. It’s incredibly varied, and I love what I do so it rarely feels like work!

I grew up on a farm in the Yorkshire countryside, and we had quite the menagerie of animals, from horses and dogs to the not so common meerkats and llamas.

I starting writing for equestrian magazines when I was only ten-years-old, so I’ve been doing this for quite some time!

But, writing wasn’t always my full-time job, I started out in the fashion industry, then switched to the tech industry before deciding to write full-time for the complete flexibility that it offered.

 

What’s It Like Living Tiny?

Other than when I was eighteen years old and wanted a grand equestrian estate, I’ve always been interested in tiny living!

For some reason, it took me years to work up the courage to jump in and go for it. If I knew then what I know now, I would have started living tiny years ago.

Many of you may be thinking “Wow, 7.5 sq meters – I could never live in that”. But for the majority of you DN ladies who live out of hand luggage, let me tell you; having space to store things again like paddle boards and mountain bikes (plus three times the amount of clothing – jackpot!) is such a luxury.

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How is Your Day To Day Life Different?

My daily life is pretty similar to when I lived in apartments; In the bus, we have all the comforts of home – a kitchen with sink, gas burner, fridge/freezer, a dining area with fold-out table, a living area with three-seater couch, and a bedroom area with memory foam bed!

The main difference is the fact that being in such a small space encourages you to get out more, which is one of the things that I love most about vanlife.

I used to have days where I would sit inside of my apartment working for two days straight without leaving once – crazy right?!

But now, we’re in a new town or city every few days; I wake up wanting to explore – wanting to make the most of my time in a spectacular Spanish city, or tiny French town!

 

How Do You Work From The Road?

The two most challenging things about working on the road are finding power and internet, but there is an easy solution for both!

We have a TP-Link Mifi with a sim card from EE that gives us 30 GB of data for £30 per month, and also a Goal Zero Yeti 400 Lithium Battery for charging devices.

The Goal Zero takes around six hours to charge when plugged into an outlet — we charge it at coffee shops — and then gives enough power to charge a MacBook Air fully up to seven times; that means we can be wholly off-grid but still be able to work.

We do always go over the 30 GB allowance (don’t tell the fella but I think it’s from watching cute puppy videos!), but we can top-up for £15 for every additional 10 GB.

The coverage has been incredible, and in the past year there have only been three spots that we didn’t have any service, and they were all right out in the sticks.

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How Do You Stay Productive?

Having been a digital nomad for most of my working life, I’m pretty good at just getting my stuff done when I need to. I love my lifestyle, so every time I have a deadline, I work towards it as though, if I miss it – the lifestyle goes away and I have to get a “normal job” because realistically if I don’t keep my clients happy, one day – I will. That keeps me hella focused.

For me, staying productive is all about having a good work/life balance. I used to work all hours of the day and night; you know what I’m talking about ladies – the hustle is real!

But now that I’ve worked my way to the top and considered an expert in my field, I can be much more picky about the projects I take on, and the hours I work. I now work three days per week, Monday through Wednesday and I’m far more productive because of it!

Every week, we have a four day weekend, because life should be filled with memories of actually living, shouldn’t it?

I want to reminisce about the time that we hiked up Table Mountain in Cape Town – or went boogie boarding down a snow-covered sand-dune in Utah.

Not just have memories of sitting in one spot sending emails and writing articles – no matter how good the writing may be, that’s not what life should be.

 

Where Do You Park?

Pretty much anywhere that’s out of the way! Sometimes we’ll stumble upon an amazing parking spot right on the beach, and other times we have to use apps such as Park4Night to find camper friendly parking.

This was one of the parts of vanlife that I was worried about before we got started, would we always be able to find somewhere to park? Would the police wake us up in the middle of the night telling us to move on?  

In fact, since getting the bus we’ve had nothing but friendly locals coming by to take pictures and ask us about the bus! The police usually just smile and wave, and have never asked us to move.

From the many people we’ve talked to along our journey, it seems that of the biggest barriers for many potential vandwellers is the fear factor of parking – it was for me too – but seriously ladies, it’s not a problem.

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So You Don’t Have a Shower or Bathroom?

Nope. But one of the absolute best things about living in a VW is that no matter what, I have to go to the gym to get a shower! You might be confused about why that’s a great thing, when many of you cana walk into your very own bathroom and take a shower right here, right now.

Well, it’s because it is the absolute easiest way to make yourself go work out, I don’t get to think about whether I feel like working out, or whether I’m just too tired today, I’ve just gotta get up and go!

We use public bathrooms, cafe bathrooms, and pretty much any kind of bathroom that’s available. It’s very rare that we’re not able to find a proper bathroom, but when that does happen I have a GoGirl which is a handy little device that makes it possible for ladies to pee in a bottle – so ladylike I know, but when you gotta go, you gotta go!

 

Do You Cook In Your Bus?

You betcha! We have a single gas burner as well as a fridge/freezer and a very sizeable pantry (well, by VW standards!), so we do tend to cook a lot of our own meals.

I had to get a bit creative when we moved into the bus to find recipes for one-pot meals as I was very much used to having four burners.

We could cook one thing at a time and use multiple pans – but as we have a 10 liter water tank for washing up, we try to be as streamlined as possible with our cooking.

Other than that, it really hasn’t felt any different to cooking in a regular kitchen. I have enough counter space for chopping veg and if I need more – I just pop up our dining table and use that.

We don’t have an oven, so sometimes I miss baking, but whenever we’re visiting friends and family – we make the most of their kitchens and bake up a storm which tides me over until my next big baking day!

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Is It An Affordable Lifestyle

Hell to the YES! If you do it right, vanlife can work on a tiny budget. I’d go as far as to say that, in my opinion, it’s the best lifestyle for digital nomads!

If you’re starting out, you can afford to travel and see the world while building up a client base, and if you’re a more seasoned DN’er – then you can put money aside for your retirement, or splurge on some mega trips every now and then!

The most significant costs associated with vanlife are gas, insurance, and repairs! Then you’ve got food, gym memberships, and wherever else you choose to spend your money.

My boyfriend and I spend approx £1500 per month for both of us to travel full-time in Red, but I know we could do it for way less if we wanted to – we’re vegan, and coffee addicts so a chunk of our budget gets used up in those areas.

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Do You Ever Get Me-Time?

Absolutely. Only working three days per week means that I have plenty of time to read, drink tea, and go on epic adventures. I have to admit, I’m a bit of a workaholic, so I do struggle to go completely work free for those four days, but I’m working on it!

My boyfriend and I were warned by ALL of our family members how much we’d get on each other’s nerves living in such a small space, but having already travelled together pretty much 24/7 for four years before buying our bus – we’ve learnt to be good at communicating when we need alone time.

So, even though we’re in the same little bus – he’ll play video games, and I’ll read – it’s actually quite lovely being alone, but together.

 

So Your Life Is One Big Endless Adventure?

Pretty much! Although I think everyone assumes that it’s all sunshine and rainbows – grass is always greener and all! But, we have to run errands, pay bills, and get our work done just as much as the next guy.

The difference is that we took the time to design and follow through on creating a life that makes us at our happiest. Which for us, means spending our time outdoors in the sunshine, going on adventures, and exploring as much of this great big world as we can!

Happy Travelling xx

Nadia

 

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Nadia is a badass digital nomad, currently travelling the world in her vintage VW, working three days per week as a specialist equine and canine writer, and spending the rest of her time going on adventures!

She recently launched a blog all about her journey to find the perfect work/life balance and say yes to life. To read more of her caffeine-fueled ramblings, and to find out how you too could live the vanlife – head over to SayingYes.is or follow her on Instagram @SayingYesIs!

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Digital Nomad Girls Guide to Ko Lanta

Digital Nomad Girls Guide to Ko Lanta

In our Digital Nomad Girls Mini Guides, we feature cool nomad destinations around the world. In this guide, Nicole shares her experience of travelling in Ko Lanta, Thailand in our latest Digital Nomad Girls Guide to Ko Lanta!

 

Hi Nicole! Please tell us a bit about yourself

I do writing and marketing remotely. I grew up in Boston, USA and lived in Los Angeles most recently. After three months on the road in Southeast Asia, I’m taking a breather on Cape Cod in the US.

 

Are you from Ko Lanta or have you lived there? If yes, how long?

I am not from Ko Lanta (also spelled Koh Lanta), but I stayed there recently, and received wonderful resources from the people at KoHub about how to live there long-term.

 

What do you like best about Ko Lanta? What makes it special?

The thing that makes Ko Lanta special is the community around the coworking space, KoHub. It has been called one of the best coworking spaces in the world, and it truly lives up to that name! KoHubbers have group dinners, group outings both on and off the island, and are in general a fantastic resource. The island has a great deal of natural beauty as well.

 

What are the best neighbourhoods in Ko Lanta to check out or stay in?

The majority of accommodations and swimmable beaches are located on the west side of the island.

If you are working at KoHub and don’t want much of a commute, your best bet is to stay in the Long Beach area, which is the main beach with many bars, restaurants, resorts, and so forth.

Klong Khong is the least developed of the “big four” beaches. It’s quite beautiful and has a number of villas to rent, as well as a lot of family-run businesses.

Klong Nin is further south than Klong Khong and is also quite laid back. There’s a small town centre area and a large, pretty beach. There’s plenty of restaurants, bars and lodgings available, but it’s so spread out that you’ll never feel crowded.

Old Town is on the east side of the island and was the original centre of Ko Lanta. It’s maintained its character and charm, with teak houses and restaurants on stilts. It is a bit of a trek from KoHub, so prepare for a longer commute, or rent somewhere with wifi.

 

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What are your favourite places to work in Ko Lanta?

Don’t believe NomadList. There’s one coworking space on the entire island, which is KoHub. It’s an amazing space to work. There’s easily seating for 100 people. They have a café where you can order everything from coffee to a coconut to full meals through their web app and have it delivered to your desk or the dining area if you need a break. They have regular outings and weekly movie nights. It has the strongest sense of community of any coworking space I’ve ever been to. If you are considering spending time in Thailand, you must spend some of it here.

 

What are your favourite places to eat? Are there any special dishes you recommend trying in Ko Lanta?

Beyond KoHub, there’s a number of great places to eat on Lanta. Irie Bar has delicious Thai food, cold beer and a great vibe and caters to a number of dietary restrictions. If you want something non-Thai, Greek Taverna has all the foods you’d expect at a Greek restaurant, done exceptionally well. Fat Monkey serves great food breakfast through dinner; it’s known for having the best burgers on the island, and the pizza is brilliant too.

 

Tell us a bit about the average cost of living in Ko Lanta from your experience

A budget bungalow steps from the beach with air conditioning, cable TV, wifi and a refrigerator will run about $225 per week if you book through an OTA. Rent for someplace with similar amenities will run you around $175/week if you don’t look too hard, less if you do.
A scooter is about $80 for a month, $30 for just one week, or $6 for one day. Fuel is about $1.25 per litre.
You can have your laundry done for $1.25 per kilo.
KoHub is $190 for a month, $60 for a week or $13 for one day.
A cup of coffee will run you about $1.50.
Meals can be anywhere from $3 for something low-end and local to $15 for something quite high end.
Alcoholic drinks will run you anywhere from $3 for a cheap beer to $10 or more for cocktails.

 

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What are your favourite things to do in Ko Lanta?

If you love playing in the ocean, Ko Lanta is your place! It has beautiful beaches that are relatively unpopulated and breathtaking sunsets nearly every night. Any water activity you can imagine, from paddleboarding to kayaking to sailing and more, is available somewhere on the island. Though the water on Lanta itself isn’t very clear, there are boat trips to nearby islands that are extraordinary for snorkelling.


If you prefer land-based activities, you can hike to a waterfall at Mu Ko Lanta.
If you’re looking for relaxation and wellness, cheap Thai massages are available everywhere, including right on the beach.
Old Town is lovely for its cultural flavour.
If you prefer the party scene, there are many beachside bars where you can dance until sunrise. Though I personally did not partake, “adult” milkshakes are available in many places; however please note that all drugs are illegal in Thailand.

 

When do you think is the best time to visit Ko Lanta?

Note: added by the editor as we forgot to ask Nicole this, oops!

Koh Lanta basically has two main seasons: high season, which is the dry season, and the rainy season, or Green Season as the locals call it. Dry season is roughly from November to April and rainy season from May to October with September and October being the wettest months.

But don’t worry, you can still visit Koh Lanta during rainy season, the prices will be much lower and you’ll have the beaches almost to yourself.

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Is there a digital nomad scene in Ko Lanta?

The thriving digital nomad scene on Lanta revolves around KoHub. You’ll meet people in many lines of work, all of whom are friendly and ready to talk.

 

How would you rate Ko Lanta in terms of safety for women travellers?

Koh Lanta seemed very safe for women traveling solo. I was treated with respect throughout and the many solo women I interacted with felt safe and comfortable. Common sense safety precautions are enough! There are some notes about Lanta for general safety, however.

Dengue fever does happen from time to time. This is an issue throughout the beachy parts of Thailand but most tourists never hear about it unless they contract it. Make sure to wear a good bug spray if you are outdoors (I suggest something DEET-based).

Thailand also is one of the most dangerous places in the world for driving. When riding on your own scooter be very careful. Wear a helmet and be aware that other drivers may be reckless or drunk. If you plan to drink, take a tuk-tuk; they’re cheap!

 

Thank you SO much Nicole for sharing this mini guide with us! If you want to find out more about Nicole you can check out her website and connect with her on social media.

Algarve for Digital Nomads: Destination of the Month

Algarve for Digital Nomads: Destination of the Month

Year-round sunshine, purse-friendly prices, and lots of great cafes with fast internet and cheap coffee. Could Portugal’s southernmost region be the next Chiang Mai? Maybe not quite, but there are a few reasons why it’s becoming more popular with digital nomads.

Why the Algarve?

For the past few decades, this enclave has been a haven for retirees and 18-30 partygoers. With Lisbon (just 173 miles up the road) drawing the attention of techies (hello Web Summit), the Algarve is a great low-cost option for digital nomad girls.

  • It’s home to some of Europe’s most beautiful beaches.
  • The majority of cafes and restaurants have free Wi-Fi. The local cafe culture means you can linger over your Macbook and 70 cent espresso without feeling awkward (the locals do the same, only with a copy of the local newspaper).
  • Because it’s been a tourism and retirement hotspot for years, most of the locals speak English.
  • Although it’s generally a sleepy and peaceful place from October to March, Algarve 360 ensures there are plenty of cultural events taking place throughout the year. I also love the low-season brunch at The Wolf Bar & Grill in Carvoeiro (free flowing mimosas!)
  • Did I mention the weather? I’m writing this on December 20th and I’m sitting outside in a Chang vest top and PJ bottoms. Nothing but blue skies, ladies.

What you’ll need

Data sim card: The biggest 4G provider in Portugal is MEO, and they have a special 15 day data plan with 30GB of internet for €14.99. If you’re staying for longer, a regular sim from the MEO store costs €9.99. You can add data for the month (€5.49 for 200MB, and €30.99 for 15GB). Other major sim providers include Vodafone (€13.99 per month for 1 GB data) and NOS (€7.99 for 1GB of data).

Transport: Living in the Algarve is do-able without a car or scooter, but it does make exploring a lot more difficult as buses and trains can be infrequent (the pace of life here is lovely and lazy).

Cost of Living

Portugal isn’t an expensive country anyway, but the Algarve is especially cheap. In 2016 it topped the Post Office’s holiday costs barometer. The cost of living in the Algarve is generally quite low.

Accommodation: The only time you’ll have trouble finding a place to stay in the Algarve is from June to September. This is the summer high-season, and hotel/Airbnb prices tend to triple. Visit in the winter and you’ll find some very attractive prices (as well as excellent weather by European standards).

  • Monthly Airbnb rental for a whole place with internet: around £600 per month (low season)
  • One night in a hostel: €17 in low season, €20 in summer

Food and drink: If you cook a lot, expect to spend around €15-20 per week on groceries (much cheaper if you’re vegetarian). You can find fantastic bottles of wine for under €5 in the supermarket. Dining out isn’t expensive, either. Main courses in local restaurants cost between €6 and €12. I rarely spend more than €1 on a coffee or €2.50 on a beer.

Toiletries: Expect to pay about €3-6 each for a bottle of shampoo and conditioner, and about €3-4 for roll-on deodorant. In Continente (a big supermarket) a 4 pack of Venus Spa Breeze razor refills costs €14.49, and a 6 pack of Bic Pure Lady cost €3.29. 16 applicator tampons cost €2.99 (OB brand) and 16 pads cost €3.99 (Evax Liberty).

Where to work in the Algarve

Most coffee shops have free Wi-Fi, and if the password isn’t super easy to guess (usually the name of the network or the coffee shop) the staff are always happy to share it. One of my favourite coffee shops to work from is Lazy Jacks on the marina in Lagos.

As for co-working spaces, the main ones are:

  • Faro Avenida Business Centre: €10 per day, one month from €70
  • Votum Co-working lab (Faro): €5 per day, €80 per month
  • CENTRO Lagos: €149 per month

Digital nomad retreats are also appearing in the region. CoWorkSurf in Sagres combines surfing lessons with co-working. They’ve got a few retreats in the pipeline for 2017 and are looking at getting a permanent space. Other retreats worth looking out for are CoWork Algarve, Cowork Villa and SouthWest Collective.

There’s also a Digital Nomads Portugal Facebook group, with lots of members based in the Algarve (including the moderator, Sergio, who is based in Faro).

Best places to base yourself

Faro – This is the capital of The Algarve, and where the region’s only airport is located. It’s also the main public transport hub. This makes it a good place to stay if you’re not planning on hiring a car or bike.

Lagos – This town is home to Portugal’s best burger bar and also has a growing digital nomad scene (as well as lots of surf schools). I recommend renting an apartment near Maia Praia beach, a 10 minute walk from the city centre.

Portimão- This bustling town has excellent shopping, including a fantastic fresh fish market and a shopping mall with a Primark. It’s very central, and near the party-town area of Praia da Rocha.

Silves – If you want to get a really authentic Portuguese experience, I highly recommend this little inland town. It’s halfway between the beach and mountains. Halfway between the west coast and the airport, and free Wi-Fi in the main square. The cost of living is a bit lower here, too.

 


 

Author bio:  Jemma Porter has been living la vida nomad since 2012, when she left Scotland to become a freelance writer. Although she’s been all over Europe and Southeast Asia, she keeps coming back to Portugal. She co-runs the website Portugalist.com, and you can find her on Twitter and Instagram too.

 

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The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Digital Nomad Girls

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Digital Nomad Girls

Tis’ the season to be jolly travelling! Holiday season is prime travel time and also gift time. But unlike most people, this can be a time for dread and fear for Digital Nomads.  

Why, do you ask? There’s always one relative or well-meaning friend who decides to give us a coffee table book as a present, something along the lines of  “Destinations of  Lifetime”, “Humans of New York” or the more obscure: “Underwater Dogs”. And while everyone loves a good coffee table book, most nomads don’t own a home, never mind a coffee table to store these weighty gifts on.

So, this year, I thought I’d put together a list of cool. nomad-friendly gifts so you can send your friends and family some ideas. I’ve divided the gifts into physical and digital gifts (for the extra light traveller) and I hope you like them.

P.s. some of these links are affiliate links, so if you buy something via the link I get a small commission at no extra cost to you. Basically a little holiday gift for DNG 🙂 Win-win!

 

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Digital Nomad Girls

First, up our favourite gift this season:

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Membership to the DNG Inner Circle

That was actually my mum’s idea. She thought an annual membership to our DNG Inner Circle would be a lovely gift to ask for this year and I totally agree 🙂

The DNG Inner Circle is our brand new membership network: a virtual coworking community that travels with you wherever you go! I wanted to create a space where you can come for advice, learn from experts and where we’ll hold each other accountable and work towards our goals together. As a member you’ll get access to monthly masterclasses with experts, monthly live Q&As, monthly goal setting sessions, a dedicated community, virtual coworking days, workbooks, member-only perks & discounts and much more!

Annual membership is now available at the Early Bird price of only $220 and this price will be locked in and never go up as long as you’re a member. (Monthly membership is available for $22/month).

 

Physical gifts:

 

Stocking Fillers

Cable Tacos

Who doesn’t love tacos, right? But have you heard of a cable taco? These brilliant little inventions look just like little tacos and help you keep all your cords tidy. I love mine and have avoided serious cable tangling ever since using it. Here’s a great selection of cable tacos.

 

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Freelancer at Work Stickers

Created by one of the nomad girls in our community, Martina. These stickers are a super clever way to advertise your services while working at coworking spaces or in cafes. There’s a whole range of different job titles a they’re a great way to spark a conversation with potential future clients. Get your own sticker here.

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Digital Nomad Girls Get Dirty With Me

Get Dirty With Me

Not only is the name amazing, but this magic little powder shampoo might just change the way us nomads wash our hair for good. Another creation by one of our lovely DNG members, Leah has created this shampoo as a one-stop fix for all your washing needs. Can’t be bothered to wash your hair or want to freshen up after a long flight? Use it as a dry shampoo. Ready to hit the shower? Lather it up and use as normal shampoo. You can also use it on your skin if you’re a little hot and sweaty, as a face scrub and a soothing mask for a sunburn. It packs flat, is all natural and not tested on animals and made in Australia.

Bonus: if you use the coupon code DNG before December 25th you’ll get 3 free mini packs with your purchase! The minis are the perfect size to toss in your day bag. Check it out here and get it for all your nomad friends.

 

All time Favourite Nomad Gifts

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Amazon Kindle

One of my all-time favourite gifts that I ever received (it was a graduation gift from my research group where I did my PhD) is my beloved Kindle. It’s nearly 4.5 years old today and still going strong. I love a good, real book just as much as the next bookworm, but it’s simply not practical to lug them around in your backpack. It’s bad for your health, you’ll have to pay for the extra weight and it limits your reading options. A Kindle is one of the best gifts for digital nomads.

Both the basic Kindle as well as the Kindle Paperwhite (which has built-in LEDs) are great options and won’t break the bank.

 

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DNG Tote Bag, Tank Top or T-Shirt

I haven’t officially launched the DNG shop yet so you’re the first to find out about our brand new DNG goodies! Yay! You can choose between 2 fun travel quotes or just our simple logo on a tank top, tote or t-shirt! I love them all and hope you will too, maybe you have a digital nomad girl friend who’d love one for Christmas!

 

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Digital Nomad Girls Mamimu Tote

Mamimu Laptop Tote Bag

Also created by one of our very own digital nomad girls, June, the Mamimu Tote bags are possibly the prettiest laptop totes around. Inspired by Japanese Kimono culture and the graphic elements of urban landscapes, the totes come in 3 different styles and colours. I’ve been happily testing out my own Mamimu tote bag that June kindly sent me and it’s become one of my favourite bags. Great for popping down to the coworking space, without looking like a tourist with my backpack on. Check out the bags here.

 

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The Roost Laptop Stand

Not the sexiest present, but definitely one of the healthiest ones for digital nomads. The Roost Stand is my favourite laptop stand. It’s incredibly lightweight, packs down to the size of of a measuring stick and holds nearly any laptop safely. Since using it, I’ve really noticed less neck pain, fewer headaches and no tingling in my wrists and fingers anymore. I really recommend every long-term laptop user to use one of these.

You can get it on Amazon here > >

 

Digital Gifts

 

Sometimes even the most useful and lightweight physical gifts are too much to carry around. That’s why I love the idea of giving my nomadic friends virtual gifts instead. Here are some of my favourites:

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Headspace or Calm Membership

Keepingup with clients, travelling full time, running your own business, meeting new people. Phew. Being a digital nomad girl is hard work and often we forget to look after ourselves properly. One of the best things you can do to look after yourself is to look after your mind, and meditation is one of the best ways to do that.

Headspace and Calm are both meditation apps and I love and use them both. Headspace is a bit more down to earth while Calm is a bit more hippy-ish with soothing ocean sounds, gentle music and sleeping stories for adults. An annual membership is a great gift for any digital nomad girls and something they can use every day.

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Spotify Membership

Everybody loves music and the best way to access it these days is via Spotify. The free version works well on desktop but if you want to listen to music while you’re on the go, you’ll need a subscription. A great gift for a nomad!

 

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Yoga With Adriene Membership

As a nomad I spend a lot of time hunched over my laptop. I love my Roost stand but after a long day of work, my shoulders are tense even with the laptop stand. Yoga has been so helpful over the last years. It helps me relax, loosen my sore shoulders, stretch my wrists and neck.

My favourite online yoga teacher is Adriene from Yoga with Adriene. She offers a tonne of free videos on Youtube but if you want even more and want to be able to watch them offline, you can sign up to her membership and app. I love her and can really recommend this video on yoga for healthy wrists.

 

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Digital Nomad Girls Netflix

Netflix Membership

As digital nomads we work hard, travel hard and also chill hard 😉 Haha, ok that was super cheesy. But seriously, we all have long flights, airport layovers and train rides and what is better to pass the time than a nice Netflix binge. With the app you can even download your shows and movies to your phone and watch them offline. The perfect gift for any digital nomad.

 

There you go, the perfect gifts for all price ranges for Digital Nomad Girls! Whether you’re looking for a present for a DNG friend of yours or you want to give your loved ones some idea of gifts you’d enjoy, I hope you like our recommendations.

Happy Christmas to you all! Ho Ho Ho!

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