How to be a digital nomad during COVID?
At 23, Ines Besbes traveled the world during Covid and quickly moved between France, Tunisia and Central and South America while working for Women Love Tech and the positive news site. Happy Ali on our social networks. Here, Ines shares with us her experience and advice on being a digital nomad.
Eighteen months ago, I would have imagined that I would now be working in a multinational tech company in Sydney. Instead, I live the life of a digital nomad. Laptop in hand, I moved from France to Tunisia to Costa Rica, El Salvador and more recently to Guatamala.
It all came because when COVID hit I was living in Paris waiting to return to Sydney where I was due to complete my masters at the University of Sydney but couldn’t go back due to the lockdown. Search through Linkedin To find opportunities for my career in Australia, I met Robyn Foyster, editor-in-chief of Women Love Tech, who quickly became my mentor and boss.
First, I moved from Paris to Tunisia as the situation got more chaotic in France, then I discovered that there were coworking spaces in Costa Rica frequented by entrepreneurs, freelancers and filmmakers. Many of them have managed to be abroad during these difficult times. So I decided to fly to El Salvador and currently live in Guatamala. Of course, the main thing you need is a good laptop, mobile (try not to drop it overboard) and secure wifi.
Here’s how to become a digital nomad during COVID.
My tips for being a digital nomad:
Being a digital nomad is great because you have all the freedom to work, travel and manage your own schedule. However, there are some travel situations that can challenge your daily life and have a big impact on your job. That’s why I’m going to share some tips that have been very useful to me and other digital nomads:
- Always have a SIM card plan with an internet connection because you are not sure you have WIFI everywhere.
- Check the internet speed rate of the hotels or hostels you are staying at before booking.
- Make sure you take out good insurance for your electronic devices (your computer and your phone) as well as your health which is mandatory in some countries.
- Back up your data regularly so you don’t lose your files.
- Join Facebook groups with other digital nomads (eg Digital Nomads in Costa Rica…) or from your country of origin (eg Australians in Costa Rica…). You will find an instant community of people to join and they could give you advice.
- Check if there are coworking spaces around where you are staying. Some hostels offer coworking spaces within the hostels themselves (the Selina is a good example).
- While traveling everywhere I had to provide proof of COVID test, so be sure to keep up to date with country (and sometimes state) regulations.
The pandemic has changed the way we work around the world. Most people are now working from home or are experimenting with hybrid work.
With the pandemic, I realized that the world can change at any time and it’s up to us to make the most of it. If you’ve always wanted to take your computer and travel the world, now is the time to do it!