Ever wondered what it’s like to experience the digital nomad life in Goa, India? Anna from Global Gallivanting shares with us the beaches and bad internet that are part of Goa’s unique charm.
I’m originally from a small country village in sleepy Suffolk in England but quit my job and left to travel the world indefinitely in December 2012. For the majority of the last 2 years I’ve been exploring India and been based in Goa, India working as a travel blogger and digital nomad.
When I left the UK I knew I wanted to go somewhere as culturally different as I could get so I chose India and just fell in love with the country. I first came to Goa in January 2013 and spent a few weeks here before moving on to travel the rest of India, Southeast Asia and then spent a year living and working in Australia.
But India left a massive imprint on my heart and has a lifetime of adventures to offer so I returned. As much as I love India travelling here can be challenging and I found it too tiring to be constantly on the move while trying to work at the same time, plus I wanted to have a more stable life and group of friends so I’ve found the perfect balance in Goa as it’s one of the most laid back and westernised places but has good connections to the rest of India.
I work as a freelance writer, travel blogger and digital marketing consultant helping companies with their SEO, social media and website design. Most of my travel blog, Global Gallivanting, now focuses on traveling in India as I’m here so often but the other companies I work for remotely can be from anywhere in the world.
Goa isn’t really a typical place for digital nomads – it’s far from ideal and actually the internet is really bad! That’s my main struggle, but I just love Goa – I love the beaches, the markets, the spirituality, the food, the parties, zipping through the countryside on my motorbike, the captivating blend of Portuguese and Indian culture and the diverse community of hippies and expats that stay here, many for 6 months at a time every single year so there’s a really interesting multi-cultural community and I love being a place where different cultures mix together so well.
The life in Goa is very laid back. I start my day with a yoga class under the palm trees, work from home until about 3 in the afternoon, then I’m just dying to get out into the sunshine so I head down to the beach for a swim, meet friends and enjoy a late lunch at a beach shack and watch the sunset. See more about a day in my life as a travel blogger living in Goa.
Goa is easy for those on holiday but working here is a different matter. As is the case in the rest of India, here in Goa things often don’t go to plan or work how they are supposed to. Some of the infrastructure is lacking, roads are full of pot holes, there is no trash collection, I have power cuts daily and the internet is just shocking. You can learn a lot from the challenges of living in India and in some ways it’s all part of the unique charm of Goa but when you make a living online and the internet is dodgy it’s a real problem!
But still, I wouldn’t change it for the world. Life in Goa is colourful, fun and affordable. It’s well connected to the rest of India but is a welcome escape from the chaos of the big cities. It’s not for everyone but for me, Goa is really a special and unique part of the world.
If you’re thinking of coming, check out my huge Insider’s Guide to Goa, which really goes into detail about all the best places to go in Goa.
Anna Phipps is a writer, dreamer, digital nomad and travel addict from the UK who left her job in the UK in Dec 2012 to pursue her dreams of a life of travel and adventure. Anna has been on an indefinite journey around Australia, South East Asia and India ever since traveling slow, independently and on a budget and is now based in Goa, India. She shares her tips and experiences on her blog Global Gallivanting to inspire others to make travel their lifestyle choice too.
Anna travels because she believes that “We travel not to escape life, but so that life does not escape us”.
If you’re a travel blogger/writer based somewhere other than your hometown I’d love to feature you. Get in touch by emailing jayne(@)ourtravelhome.com!