Destinations in Asia, particularly in South East Asia, are quickly becoming the semi-permanent homes for digital nomads. Given their relative affordability, they provide the perfect setting for those wanting to work while they travel the world. Bali is among the more popular holiday destinations for just this type of traveller and the island hosts thousands of digital nomads that prefer to work while sitting at the beach and enjoying a cold glass of coconut water.
So, how did Bali become the ultimate destination for digital nomads? Let’s find out, shall we?
An Island for Everyone
Bali as a holiday destination offers something for everyone. The island is perfect for those who love tranquillity and are looking for a relaxing holiday experience. At sunset, however, the streets of Kuta turn into a backdrop for vibrant parties and energetic nightlife.
Balinese destinations such as Seminyak, Sanur, and Nusa Dua, are where upscale restaurants, designer outlets, and a more mature ambience can be found. Places like Ubud, on the other hand, offer a spiritual retreat for those who are seeking enlightenment and a new way of seeing life.
A quick drive from most parts of the island takes you to cities with modern facilities. Denpasar, the capital city of the island, has everything you could need. It is also home to retailers that sell everything from new phones to cars and bikes.
The island certainly has something for everybody, and this is perhaps the biggest draw of Bali. On top of that, Bali is known to be incredibly affordable. The friendly people found here certainly make working from and living in Bali most enjoyable.
A Holiday within a Holiday
Bali offers something that not many other destinations can offer: a wide range of holiday experiences to try. When the gorgeous beaches of the island no longer excite you, you can do some island hopping and visit the Gilis, Nusa Tenggara, and even the Flores.
A trip to the Gilis is particularly interesting. The Gilis are basically three islands named Gili Trawangan, Gili Air, and Gili Meno. You can book a fast boat from Bali to the Gili Islands at any time. Each island offers something unique; all three of them are interestingly different than Bali.
Gili Trawangan is home to the parties. Gili Meno is for those seeking a romantic getaway. Gili Air, on the other hand, is famous for its soothing ambience. They are only one or two hours away from Bali – and really close to each other – so you can have a holiday within a holiday by visiting them.
Support for Digital Nomads
That brings us to the third and perhaps the most prominent reason: the amenities. Fast boats, great restaurants, and other holiday amenities will certainly make your stay in Bali a lot more enjoyable. At the same time, you have a fast internet connection, affordable service plans, plenty of coffee shops and co-working spaces, and a large community of digital nomads also available on the island.
Working from Bali isn’t as difficult as you think. You can upload gigabytes of video files for clients using the 4G network on the island. And you get to do so while sitting at the beach and enjoying an icy cold drink. There are Apple stores and electronic retailers near the city. Other supporting infrastructure like ATMs and grocery stores are always within walking distance no matter where you are.
The fact that Bali is very affordable becomes less important at this point. The island is simply a wonderful place to linger and perfect for digital nomads who want to experience the true joy of working from a tropical island.
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