I have spent the last two months (January and February) traveling and working in South East Asia for the first time, mainly to escape the European winter and get to know new places I haven’t been before.
I traveled with a friend from Hamburg this time who is also a digital nomad and entrepreneur which was in many aspects more fun than traveling alone.
As a digital nomad traveling alone can be challenging since you spend a lot of time working and don’t naturally get to know people in hostels that share your lifestyle.
Also getting to know people in coworking spaces can be hard because you don’t want to distract them from their work. After all most coworking spaces are mainly shared office spaces. A good coworking space has to make sure that there are events or areas where the community is encouraged to get to know each other.
However there are a lot of online services out there that focus on bringing digital nomads or/and locals together. In bigger cities like bangkok Meetup is a good platform to find like minded strangers.
Nomad List is a platform for digital nomads where you can connect to thousands of other nomads in many cities around the world.
Remote Year is an initiative that allows you to work and travel with a group of selected digital nomads and entrepreneurs to preselected places around a globe for a year.
Also of course Tinder is a great tool to get to know singles or groups of people and is not necessarily restricted to dating.
Another problem while traveling for a longer period of time is to stay fit. If you like running you should have no problem keeping your routine while traveling. If you are used to going to the gym it might be a little harder to stay in shape.
I discovered Freeletics through some friends which is an app that contains a lot of exercises solely relying on your body weight. All you need is a Yoga or sports mat and you are ready to go. The application manages to keep you engaged by tracking your times and progress and lets you compare your times to your friends’.
To use these apps you need a steady internet connection. So the first thing we did after arriving in a new country was to get a data sim card at the airport. This makes navigating around a city so much easier.
We mainly split our time between Bali and Bangkok during our trip and both have their charms. I personally prefer Bangkok because there is more to do, the infrastructure great and there is a big expat community. We stayed in the beautiful Thong Lo area of Bangkok most of the time which is a very trendy, central and beautiful district in Bangkok. We used AirBnBto book apartments rather than hostels which I learned to appreciate during this trip.
Don’t get me wrong, Bali is also definitely worth a visit, especially if you are into activities like diving, surfing, hiking, rafting etc.
I am returning to Hamburg tomorrow and am already missing the people, food, parties and lifestyle in South East Asia. Until next time: Stay Tuned!
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