Large bag and backpack. This is the purpose of Remy Mikel’s personal items. When he became a digital nomad, in 2018, he gave away or sold most of his possessions. The goal: light travel. In addition to his two bags, he kept a box in it “Suit, Papers and Memories”. This is stored in his mother’s house, for the thirty-year-old no longer has a pied-à-terre.
Since then, he wanders all year round in search of sunny weather. This desire to travel while working came about during a student exchange in China, when he was attending a master’s degree. “I enjoyed discovering a new culture so much that I told myself I wanted this to be my daily life.”, He says. His degree in hand, he worked for almost three years in Paris at a start-up company. Once he pays off his student loan, he leaves the company with contractual termination.
Between 200 and 300 euros per month
Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Mexico, Germany and France too. Every time he lands somewhere, it’s the same ritual: he spends two or three nights in a room, taking the pulse of the city. When he finds a neighborhood he likes, he starts looking for housing to stay in for a month or more. “As soon as I put my bag somewhere, I feel at home. »
In terms of budget, he spends between 200 and 300 euros a month by staying in hotels, guesthouses, apartments on Airbnb or thanks to ads posted on the street. It avoids co-stays targeting digital nomads. “They are often quite expensive for what they are. It is good for people who want to connect with digital nomads. But I try to meet the locals.”
His criteria when looking for housing? Get a big bed, desk, fridge, air conditioning, hot water… and a good internet connection. Because he needs it to work remotely with his French clients.
By choosing destinations where the cost of living is lower than in France, Remy can make a living by working part-time. Enough to give him time to visit and get to know people. “When I start to feel lonely, it is very easy to make friends by going out to bars or engaging in activities,” He explains.
Currently in France, he will return to Canada in September to visit a friend, then three months in the Philippines. He understands that this way of life is not the most virtuous from an ecological point of view. “I feel a little guilty about getting on the plane… Once I get there, I make sure to travel by train or bus, even if sometimes the plane costs less.”
By embarking on this lifestyle, consider returning and settling in France after two or three years. Admittedly, his plans have changed somewhat due to the pandemic. He found himself stuck in France at the time of the first reservation, but managed to leave for Mexico shortly before the second. Today, he considers himself a Bedouin for at least a few more years. “I have a lot more freedom and time than when I was employed. I am more complete.” And he never really misses anything of his life before.
The series “Strange Residence”
In the community, nursing home or Bedouin, these young people have chosen ways to live and live out of the ordinary.
Episode 1 – “We live in a hostel for young workers in Paris”
Episode 2 – They live in a house built of wood, straw and dirt
Episode 4 – “We live in a community in a participatory environment” (to be published)
Episode 5 – 23-year-old student, lives with roommates on an Ehpad (to be published)
Episode 7 – They Live in a Shared Apartment XXL with 21 Rooms (To be posted)