Digital nomad – working from anywhere
Digital Nomad Definition: Based on Wikipedia: “Digital nomads are individuals who use telecommunications technologies to earn a living and, more generally, conduct their life in a nomadic manner.” I’ve always wondered if that lifestyle would appeal to me, how realistic it is to do it and what challenges it presents. So when the opportunity came, I jumped in both feet.
My husband and I were fortunate to spend 2.5 months in El Sargento, Baja, Mexico in a windy spot called La Ventana. Having lived in Lake Tahoe for 18 years, not spending another winter here sounded very appealing to me. Many of our friends and acquaintances have asked us about our experience living in Mexico that it warrants a place on the web to give people an idea about it.
La Ventana is located on the Sea of Cortez, between Cabo San Lucas and La Paz and is a windsurfing and kiting mecca and international destination.
Check out this drone video from the area:
Is it safe to travel/live in Baja, Mexico?
Generally speaking, it’s safe to travel in Baja. It’s advisable that you keep travels to daytime and try to avoid night driving for fears of running over animals (cows, goats, etc) and running into other issues.
Life in La Ventana is safe and fun. A mixture of local fisherman, and visitors mainly from the U.S. and Canada make La Ventana and El Sargento a great place to live.
There are tons of activities in the area to keep you busy. Kite boarding, mountain biking, snorkeling, swimming, fishing, paddle boarding, running, hiking, yoga and travel outings to La Paz, El Triunfo, Todos Santos or Cabo.
So much to do there, so much to explore, so much to see.
Is the Internet reliable?
When you depend on the Internet for work, it means a lot to have reliable connection. The speed this year was a lot faster than last year and now there’s an operator from La Paz who can provide you with satellite equipment and for $50/month you can have fast, reliable Internet connection. The set up costs about $800 but the good news is you don’t have to pay for Internet if you are not there. Otherwise, the coffee shop in town and many of the restaurants offer free WiFi.
What do you do on a typical day?
Ha – there’s always something to do!
Normally, I try to work from early morning until 1-2 pm when the wind kicks up, then go for a kite session and then finish work. It’s a great life/ work balance engaging in activities I enjoy doing. Drinks and dinner with friends and then it’s Baja Midnight (9pm) – time to go to bed. Sleeping under the stars and waking up to the most amazing sunrises makes you feel happy and fulfilled each and every day. The food of course is amazing. Life here is very simple, the environment is beautiful and the people are amazing.
Are there any drawbacks?
You have to be prepared to work from anywhere and at any time. Also, dealing with scorpions, cactuses and snakes. Other than that, I can’t think of anything. The time difference with the U.S. is only one hour which makes it really easy for communication with clients and being able to work normal hours.
I highly recommend it to everyone who enjoys traveling, experiencing other cultures, learning a new language and breaking out of the 9-5pm work schedule. Personally, I can’t wait to do it again.