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The Ultimate Guide to Arriving in a New City as a Digital Nomad

the ultimate guide for arriving in a new city as a digital traveler

Stay Connected with a Sim Card

One of the first things you’ll want to do is stay connected. Whether it’s for work or exploration, directions or something else, a sim card is essential. While many airports no longer sell sim cards, they do usually provide free wifi that you can use to find your way to your accommodation. From there, you can search for the nearest location to purchase a sim card and use offline navigation to get there.

Download Helpful Apps 

Google has a range of helpful apps that can make your life easier as a digital nomad. From taxis to deliveries and more, these apps can make your life a lot easier and more convenient. In particular, we recommend using app-based taxi services to avoid being scammed by unscrupulous drivers.

Know the Conversion Rate to Avoid Scams

To avoid getting scammed when exchanging money, it’s crucial to know the conversion rate. Google it every few days to stay up to date, as rates can change hourly.

Take Care of Basic Needs

Once you’ve taken care of the essentials, it’s time to consider your basic needs. Bigger supermarket chains are usually cheaper but don’t forget about pharmacies, laptop-friendly cafes, gyms, and any other stores or supplies you might need to feel comfortable.

Find the Local Nomad Group

Depending on the popularity of your destination, you may have more than one group to choose from. Look for local nomad groups on Facebook (both groups and events),, and Telegram. These groups can be a great way to connect with other nomads and find support and resources in your new home.

Mingle with Locals

One of the best ways to get to know your new home is to connect with the locals. You can do this by joining language exchange groups or simply reaching out to people you meet along the way. Not only will you get to learn about their culture and way of life, but you’ll also have the opportunity to share your own experiences with them. Don’t be afraid to make local friends – they can provide valuable information about banks, doctors, post offices, and everything else you may need.

Take Free Walking Tours

If you want to learn more about your new destination, consider taking a free walking tour. These tours are a fun and insightful way to get a feel for the city, and you’ll have the opportunity to ask the tour guide a ton of questions about daily life and local culture. Just be aware that these tours are not actually free – they’re tip-based, which is how the guides make a living. However, there is no minimum tip required.

Explore Your New Destination

Don’t forget to explore! Whether you’re Googling the top things to do in your city or simply checking out the attractions on your map, there’s plenty to see and do in your new home. So get out there and make the most of your time as a digital nomad!

In conclusion, settling into a new destination as a digital nomad can be a bit overwhelming at first. But by taking care of the basics like getting a sim card, using helpful apps, and knowing the conversion rate, you’ll be well on your way to a smooth and enjoyable experience. Don’t forget to find the local nomad group, mingle with locals, take free walking tours, and explore all that your new home has to offer. With a little bit of planning and preparation, you’ll be able to fully embrace the digital nomad lifestyle and make the most of your time on the road.

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