A Digital Nomad in the Bahamas
“Not all those who wander are lost.” — JRR Tolkien
Ingrid and I just wound up a week in the Bahamas. It was a belated honeymoon as well as chance to test our ‘readiness’ for living as digital nomads. We flew from DC to Ft Lauderdale to Nassau via JetBlue. We checked in with Customs and were on our way.
Ingrid had found us a place on New Providence using AirBnB. We checked in with our host on Monday and ended up with our own private beach. Far away from the cruise ships and tourist traps near Paradise Island. Connectivity was excellent. We were able to conduct our businesses with no interruptions. There were no language barriers either. Our host provided two bicycles which allowed us to explore. So far, so good. We had great lodgings, great connectivity, a great host, and great weather. Now, the Bahamas, being islands, everything is imported, so food and gas were very, very expensive. Shove lots of Ramen in your backpack.
The currency exchange rate is 1:1, but ATM fees come with a 7.5% VAT, so bring the cash you’ll need as well. We were lucky to have the bikes. The cheapest car rental we could find was $104 per day. (We paid $27 for the taxi ride to our AirBnB)
Overall, it was a great experience, and if you’re anxious to dip your toes in the digital nomad water, the Bahamas are a wonderful place to start. Just don’t forget to drive on the wrong side of the road while you’re there.