I’m sitting on the train to my next remote working adventure in Cape Town, marveling at how I ever got so lucky as to travel around the world while working from my laptop. It has worked perfectly so far, which is in large part due to the digital nomad group I decided to travel with: WiFi Tribe.
There are quite a few such groups out there these days, in which digital nomads and remote workers get together for a few weeks or months in the same location, to live, work and travel together. The Remote Year, Hacker Paradise, Coworkation and The Remote Experience come to mind.
I had very specific reasons for choosing WiFi Tribe over all the others, and all those reasons have been confirmed in full by WiFi Tribe’s setup. So I want to share them here with you now, in case you’re a digital nomad thinking of joining one of these groups, but unsure which one might be best for you.
As a digital nomad, flexibility is key. At least it is for me. I don’t want to have to commit half a year or a year in advance to specific dates and locations. I want to be able to hop on and off, to choose locations, to take a couple-days’ side trip when I feel like it, and to book my own flights.
All of this is possible with WiFi Tribe. There are two to three groups in two locations at all times (currently one in South Africa, one in Nicaragua), for four to six weeks per chapter and location. The locations are chosen a year in advance, so you are able to plan ahead.
You can choose a 1-month, 3-month or 6-month subscription, as well as a single or a shared room in the villa – or villas, depending on chapter size – the group shares as co-living space. But even if you opt for the 6-month package, you don’t have to take those six months in consecutive chapters. You have a whole year during which to pick and choose the chapters you want to join.
2. Small groups
WiFi Tribe keeps the group number per chapter at around 20 people; 25 at the very most. It’s the perfect group size to co-live, co-work and co-travel with. Not so small as to give you the feeling that you’re stuck with the same people for four weeks, nor so big as to really allow cliques to form.
Big enough to always find enough people to go on weekend trips with, small enough to go on those weekend trips together without a huge hassle.
Big enough that you have different people to hang out with at different times, small enough to get to know everybody pretty well.
Big enough to add diversity and new experiences, small enough to be able to learn from each other.
3. Application process
Not everybody gets in willy-nilly. This may sound a bit snobbish, but that was a huge criteria for me. You have to fit to the group and believe in (and live by) its core values to be accepted.
WiFi Tribe “checks” this with every applicant in three steps:
- A questionnaire to gain some general information about the applicant; who they are, where they live, what they earn their living with, why they want to join WiFi Tribe.
- A telephone/Skype interview with Diego, one of the Tribe’s founders. He asks awesome questions that go deeper into who the applicant is, why they love to travel, what their core values are – my interview was actually a lot of fun and showed me a few things about myself that I’d never consciously thought about. It was enlightening, while also fun and easy-going at the same time.
- An online personality test. This isn’t done to exclude certain personality types, but to pair up room- and house mates that will fit together well, personality-wise.
Some (non-Tribers) find this thoroughness a bit over the top, but its success speaks for itself: during my two chapters in Bali and Thailand so far with the Tribe, there wasn’t a person who didn’t fit in or who acted out in a way not acceptable to the group and its open, diverse and respectful values.
4. Affordable monthly rate + different rooming options
If you choose the 6-month model and the shared room option, you can join the Tribe for as little as $800 per (attended) chapter.
Sure, it gets more expensive for a single room or fewer months’ participation, but if you’re really strapped for money, 800$ per four weeks is one of the cheapest options with a digital nomad group out there. It’s also more or less what I paid for rent at home in Germany, which was how I knew I’d be able to swing it.
There you go: those are my main reasons to go with WiFi Tribe above all others. And no, the Tribe isn’t paying me to say this. I can absolutely recommend this digital nomad group to all remote workers or digital nomads wanting to join a traveling community.
Whether you’re just starting out or want some wonderful company on your many travels – WiFi Tribe is the best way to go, IMHO.
(Psssst! If you do apply and get into WiFi Tribe, you can help me save 100$ on my next chapter by telling them you heard of them through me. 😉 Thanks! )
Photos courtesy of Wifi Tribe/Julia Kallweit, Dan Sloan, Karl Marty Balingit, Justin Chan, Katherine Anderson, Morla Angelina and Andrea Ottolina. Thanks guys!