As a digital nomad, it’s crucial that we’re always connected and online. And it’s actually a LOT cheaper and easier than you’d imagine!
A major contributing factor that allows us to continuously travel is the fact that we both work from home. We redefine the definition of “home” and remain flexible in most aspects of our life – with one very important requirement…
I absolutely have to be online M-F 9-5 EST.
Well, sometimes Pacific Time, but that’s another chapter.
My clients are US based and I often have conference calls and work remotely, so we can’t always rely on hotel wifi. For the most part, the signals are great. Hotels often have 1 router per floor, and you may have to try each floor to find the best one, but it’s generally reliable late night. Other times you may find yourself in the hostel lobby or fielding mosquitoes in the “community hut” trying to cop a signal.
So, I like to have a backup.
The process couldn’t be easier. Really. And the affordability of it, it makes me question where ISP companies back home get off charging the prices they do. But, I digress…
Where to get them
Most convenient stores sell SIM cards as well as “top up” scratch cards to purchase data – and the shopkeepers are usually kind (and curious) enough to help you get started!
In Thailand, 7-11’s are on every street corner. It not only serves as convenient 24-hour access to all things cheap and yummy, but you can also pay bills, transfer money, it’s the post office, it’s a police station… and they have SIM cards. TrueMove is the way to go. Then you select which data plan you want from a display of red credit cards. I generally choose the 4G unlimited for around $12.
You have options.
And they’re all great, from my experience.
We rely on Verizon when we’re camping in the States, and it’s sad how complicated, expensive and contract-binding mobile internet is in the US! They add an incredible amount of markup and taxes and fees… and it all adds up.
I’m thankful such inexpensive and reliable solutions are accessible while traveling Southeast Asia.
Daisey is a UX designer for Art+Logic by day, soul/funk singer by night, full of love and always smiling.