Resources for Digital Nomads
Hello! It’s been awhile since we’ve posted on the blog, the whole family was reunited last week and we took some time off to ‘reconnect’ and spend some quality time together. But, now we’re back! So as our first post back I wanted to include some useful resources for digital nomads, that we’ve been using for awhile…
Since I have been planning my next big adventure to New Zealand, (see our previous blog post if you haven’t already!) I thought it would be a good idea for me to share some of our, the Digital Nomad Family, top tips! So, here we go…
Check your passport!
So this one may seem a bit obvious, but it’s possibly one of the most important things to check before going on any kind of trip, no matter how big or small… Check your passport is valid! Check you expiration date to ensure you are safe to travel with the passport, in a lot of places you cannot travel If your passport will expire with x amount of months of you leaving/being away – again, no matter how long the trip. Dad knows someone who had to drive to the passport office the day they were supposed to be flying….
Similarly to checking your passport, check beforehand whether you need a VISA or not to enter the country you’re planning on going to. Certain countries don’t require you to have a VISA depending on your Nationality, however you may need a VISA if you’re passing through another country en route to your destination. For example, my flight to New Zealand passes through Australia, which requires a VISA, whereas I don’t require one for New Zealand – luckily the Australian VISA, I need, is free and only requires you to fill in a form so it wasn’t too extensive.
JABS / Injections
This can be super important, again depending on your destination. It’s always a good idea to double check if you require any specific injections or tablets before you go away.
Especially if you’re travelling with a lot of valuables (camera equipment, laptops etc.), or you can be typically clumsy, travel insurance can be a big thing. You can normally find varying ‘levels’ that cover x amount of goods, hospital bills, etc. depending on what you need, so you can tailor it to your budget to make it more manageable. It’s definitely something we would recommend!
Debit Cards / Credit Cards
If you’re not planning on getting a travel credit card, be sure to let your bank know about your trip so they are aware of any ‘unusual’ locations that may come up on your account. It only takes 5 minutes but can save a whole lot of stress when you’re away so you’re card won;t get cut off. I recommend a travel credit card though – local currency. Mine is obviously New Zealand dollars
Do your research!
Most of the time when you book a trip you’ve had the idea of going to that place and so are somewhat aware of the culture and the country itself, but sometimes you want more of a spontaneous trip and make a last minute decision on where you’re going – even then it’s a good idea to do your research before you go. Being aware of certain customs in different cultures can simply help you get a better understanding of what to pack and how to act to respect the locals and not ‘kick up a fuss’. If you head to our Pinterest page, we have a board that has a selection of helpful infographics for various countries around the world that you may find helpful!
A Couple of our Favourite Websites;
I’m sure the majority of you reading this post will be aware of both of these sites, however, we wanted to include them because we use them so often and we think they are valuable resources for digital nomads!
www.skyscanner.net/ – Skyscanner is a great website for finding and comparing flights of varying prices, from the dirt cheap to the more expensive to help you find what you’re looking for. It’s super easy to use and helps you find some great deals – it can certainly be a lifesaver in an emergency! They also help with Hotels and Car Hire too.
www.airbnb.co.uk/ – If you don’t know about Airbnb then I’m not quite sure where you’ve been hiding! Airbnb is one of our favourites, and a site we’ve used in almost every one of our trips since it was created, that allows us to have a home away from home. Not only does it give you a different perspective of the place you’re visiting, it also gives you the excuse to stay in some amazing houses that you otherwise wouldn’t have access to. I think one of my favourites was the Kranhaus in Berlin – if you’re ever going to Berlin I would 100% recommend staying there!
So there we go, a few tips from us about travel planning, I’m sure a lot of them are pretty obvious but sometimes the odd one slips your mind! If you have any ‘top tips’ please let us know, via Facebook, Twitter or by commenting on this post – we’d love to hear from you!
Until Next Time!
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