Traveling around the world as a digital nomad didn’t turn out to be something I like. My next plan is to try it out on a smaller scale. Meet the city nomad.
As a city nomad, I’m planning to stay within my favorite city, Barcelona, and change flats every two or three months to discover all the areas. I first read about this idea by Felix Krause a few years ago and have been thinking about it ever since.
By staying within your favorite city and changing apartments every few months, you can experience different neighborhoods and cultures while still maintaining a sense of stability.
Fully Equipped Apartments for a Comfortable Stay
When choosing an apartment as a city nomad, it’s important to find one that is fully equipped with all the necessary amenities. This includes a kitchen, heating/air conditioning (depending on the season), a working desk, and a washing machine. By staying in a comfortable and functional apartment, you can focus on exploring the city without worrying about the little things.
Travel Light with Just One Backpack
As a city nomad, it’s important to pack light. You’ll be changing apartments every few months, so bringing too many belongings can become a hassle. Instead, opt for just one backpack and a small carry-on trolley with some essential kitchen equipment and other lifestyle essentials like a scale to track your weight for fitness purposes and a daily rucksack.
Budgeting for a Cost-Effective Lifestyle
Living as a city nomad can be a cost-effective way to explore a new city. By staying within one city, you can avoid the cost of constant travel and the need to purchase expensive flights. Additionally, by staying in fully equipped apartments, you can save money on food by cooking your own meals. It’s important to keep track of your expenses and stay within your budget, but if necessary, you can always cash in rewards points to cover unexpected expenses.
Immerse Yourself in the Local Culture
One of the main advantages of being a city nomad is the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture. By exploring local markets, trying different restaurants and bars, and meeting new people, you can get a better understanding of the city’s people and way of life. Changing apartments every few months also allows you to experience different parts of the city, each with its own unique vibe.
The Benefits of Being a City Nomad
Being a city nomad is a great way to explore a favorite city in-depth. It allows you to experience different neighborhoods and cultures while maintaining a sense of stability. By staying in fully equipped apartments, packing light, and budgeting carefully, you can live a cost-effective and flexible lifestyle. And by immersing yourself in the local culture, you can gain a deeper understanding of the city and its people.
- Fully equipment
- Heating / aircon (depending on season)
- Working desk
- Washing machine
One €30 Decathlon carry-on trolley with some kitchen equipment (i.e. a stainless steel skillet and a kitchen scale) and other life style essentials like a scale to track my weight for fitness purposes and a daily rucksack.
I’m living in Airbnbs for 5 years now.