Leandro Aguilar and his wife Neza run the website Safari Nomad, a website that helps travellers around the world based on their experiences. Their website provides information about holiday planning, travel gear needed and – of course – potential destinations!
Leo, what made you start Safari Nomad?
I decided to start Safari Nomad because of my passion for traveling. I proposed this idea to my partner and together we started this journey in January 2018. We were motivated by other travel bloggers who write great content and travel guides while travelling the world. The great thing about having a blog is that it can be a good way to make a passive income as a side business. Also, our motivation is to share our knowledge and experiences with other people who can follow the same path as us.
How did you decide to become a digital nomad?
The main reason behind becoming a digital nomad is having freedom. Being a digital nomad means you can work from anywhere, you just need a laptop and a good internet connection. However, in order to become a digital nomad you need certain discipline and habits, like being more self-sufficient and flexible with working hours. You need to adapt to changes, learn the rules of every new country you stay at and be prepared for challenges.
Do you and Neza have a “home” country that you base yourselves in?
As I am from Argentina and Neza is from Slovenia, we are part of the year divided between these 2 countries. Let’s say we can be 4 months in Argentina, 5 months in Slovenia and the rest in another country. For now, we get on well with this routine, but we don’t discard in the near future spending most of the year in a new country.
What do you look for when you go to an area for the first time?
When we first visit an area we look for good services in general, good transportation and a decent internet connection. Usually we work from the flat we rent or sometime we can go to co-working spaces where there is a nice environment and gives you the chance to connect with new people. Another thing to consider in a new area is the weather. We look for places mostly dry and with lots of sunny days. We also choose to stay in a nice neighbourhood close to shopping malls and super markets, but definitely not in the city centre.
Do you have a favourite country to travel to?
We don’t have a favourite country but yes a favourite area. We love the Balkans for many reasons. First, because we are connected with it through our roots. Then because we love the weather, the hospitality of the people, the food and the incredible variety of landscapes, nature and cultures. We enjoy the Dalmatian coast and its beaches. The long tradition of drinking Turkish Coffee with local sweets it is a wonderful experience every tourist should try. People in Balkans are very friendly and open, they would do everything to help you and make you feel comfortable. Another reason is that Balkans is a very cheap area, with a cost of living that makes possible living in a nice way with a monthly income of $ 300.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a digital nomad?
In order to become a digital nomad, first you need to be mentally prepared for changes and unexpected things. Leaving the comfort zone it means taking some risks. When you are living as a digital nomad you need to think about your health insurance, luckily there are many online services like safetywing.com or worldofnomads.com which offer a great service. Secondly, you need to have a great internet connection and a fast computer to work with. Thirdly, it is a good idea to connect with other digital nomads and attend to conferences related to the topic, in that way you can not only learn new tricks and receive tips but also get new friends.
Thank you Leandro for sharing your thoughts with us!
You can follow up with Leandro Aguilar at https://safarinomad.com