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Get Ready to Leave with Our Departure Checklist

Get Ready to Leave with Our Departure Checklist

We know what it’s like to prepare for an upcoming trip. As the departure date approaches more and more needs to be researched, planned, organised and completed. While going through this process we decided to create a comprehensive Departure Checklist as a resource to help both us and you to get ready for your next adventure.

Let us know if you find this helpful and if there is anything we have left out. Tweet us @FreemadicLife or leave us a comment on our Facebook Page.

Staying Connected in Turkey with Alldaywifi

Staying Connected in Turkey with Alldaywifi

One of the biggest challenges digital nomads face while travelling is staying connected. Finding reliable and fast Internet in a new destination can be as simple as purchasing a local sim card with a pay-as-you-go data bundle, however in some places this process can be complicated and time consuming. On a recent trip to Turkey I decided to save myself the time and hassle of getting a sim card, and instead I tried the Alldaywifi service which left me pleasantly surprised.


On their website, the process is described in four simple steps: Book, Get, Use and Return. Here is a brief breakdown of my experience using AllDayWifi while visiting Istanbul and Bodrum.

1. Simple & Easy Online Booking

I really wish all reservation processes would be this simple. It literally takes you less than 30 seconds to reserve your mobile router on the Alldaywifi website. It’s as easy as entering your pick up and drop off dates, entering some additional details on the next page and paying via PayPal. You will then receive an email confirming your order.

2. Efficient Delivery Before Arrival

As promised, my Alldaywifi kit was waiting for me at the reception of my rental apartment – charged and ready to go including a spare battery pack (to charge the router or my iPhone), an Istanbul (Public Transport) Kart, as well as concise user instructions.

3. Fast Speed With Decent Coverage

I tested the device at various locations with decent results. The coverage and speed will depend on the network coverage. However if you do get stuck with poor coverage and slower speeds, it’s simple enough to move along and find a new cafe or restaurant to work from.

4. Hassle Free Return

I started my trip in Istanbul and ended in Bodrum, which was no problem when it come to returning the device. Leaving your kit at your hotel or apartment in Istanbul is free of charge and for a small additional fee you can also leave it at your accommodation outside of Istanbul – in my case this was Bodrum.

Customer Service

As I do with most services and products, I usually find some or other reason to contact customer support. I did have some issues connecting my MacBook and iPhone to the mobile router. I contacted AllDayWifi on Twitter and got efficient support. After following the simple step-by-step instructions I had reset my device to factory settings and was back up and running.


Alldaywifi didn’t only work for me, but for my entire family too as we could connect multiple devices to the mobile router. For my requirements Alldaywifi offered me everything I needed and I would recommend it anybody planning a visit to Turkey.

Ask us anything about Istanbul and Turkey on Twitter (@FreemadicLife) or on our Facebook Page.

Chalet Robyn’s Nest – A Little Piece of Paradise

Chalet Robyn’s Nest – A Little Piece of Paradise

If you ask a South African where to go stay for a month or so, Botrivier would probably be the last place that they’d think of. This beautiful little town just an hour and a half outside of Cape Town is a place where cows outnumber people, there is one grocery store, and plenty dirt roads. And looking from the outside in, we were pretty sure that technology had forgotten about Botrivier too. So when we were invited to stay at the self-catering Chalet Robyn’s Nest for a week, we were pleasantly surprised to see that it had WiFi – and where there is WiFi we will go!

Greeted by three adorable sausage dogs as we rang the bicycle bell doorbell, the owners, Kike and Johann who live on the property, welcomed us. Located in the middle of Kike’s beautifully flourishing and tranquil garden, Chalet Robyn’s Nest is quaint and rustic, but has all the comforts of home. Designed and built by Johann, the cottage lends itself to lazy days lounging in the garden, catching up on hours of reading, or, for those who live a digital nomadic lifestyle, focusing on work.

Consisting of a kitchen with a microwave, one-plate stove and fridge, a decently sized bedroom with two three-quarter beds, and a beautiful bathroom, the studio style cottage has all the basics we needed during our week long stay. The lush garden is an extension of the cottage where we found and made full use of the BBQ facilities, and outdoor furniture.

Being digital nomads Internet speed and accessibility is always at the top of our list when it comes to looking for the perfect accommodation. When it came to this determining factor Robyn’s Nest didn’t disappoint – considering we were in South Africa, in the middle of nowhere – with speeds up to 2Mbps. For our work requirements this was ideal speed and we were pretty impressed at the reach and accessibility of the WiFi. There was also plenty of space to set up a work station, with the three seater dining table inside quickly being converted to our desk, and the outdoor table and chairs becoming our secondary desk for Skype calls (as it was closer to the router).

When we were not working Kieke encouraged us to make full use of her garden and pick any ripe fruit and vegetables that we could find and use it for meals. We also spent hours playing with the dogs and even got to take them on a walk around the quiet neighbourhood. We had complete privacy throughout our stay and throughly enjoyed being cut off from the big city (even though Hermanus is only 35km away). After our week long stay we found it difficult to leave such a productive place, but knew we would be back in the near future.

Ask us anything about Robyn’s Nest Cottage on Twitter (@FreemadicLife) or on our Facebook Page.

For more information, enquiries or bookings, email Johann and Kike Mendelsöhn at


The 5 Things You Need to Become a Successful Digital Nomad

The 5 Things You Need to Become a Successful Digital Nomad

Becoming a digital nomad is not as easy as quitting your job, booking a plane ticket to the other side of the world, and trying to find some freelance work. It is about making sacrifices, working hard and having the determination to follow your dream and design your own desired lifestyle. In this post I’ll share with you the five things you need to become a successful digital nomad that in turn will give you ultimate freedom to travel the world indefinitely.

1. An Open Mindset

After reading The 4-Hour Workweek I started questioning the norm and decided to design my work around my lifestyle instead of my lifestyle around my work. I decided to avoid the corporate world by starting my own business and owning my own time. As a digital nomad you’ll need to be able to challenge the status quo and go against the norm. You’ll have to get comfortable with feeling uncomfortable, have the courage to embrace change and challenges, and see opportunities instead of problems.

2. Location Independent Income

After finishing my studies in Cape Town, I spent a year traveling and working in Australia. During this year I secured my first client and revamped their website remotely. Since then I’ve been building up a client base that has allowed me to work from anywhere in the world. Today I sell online marketing services through my business Posmay Media and have co-founded Freemadic. Charging for services that I deliver remotely has allowed me to earn location independent income. Without sufficient income or savings, you won’t be able to travel for very long. Being able to earn income from anywhere is the lifeblood of a digital nomad lifestyle.

3. Compact Mobile Office

In order to do your work and stay in touch with friends, family and clients, you will need a reliable and compact mobile office setup, which should include hardware, software and online services. Depending on your work, this may be as little as your laptop and mobile phone, however it could also include cameras, batteries and external hard drives. Check out our complete mobile office setup to see what we use and recommend.

4. Reliable Internet

In order to stay connected with your work commitments you will require a reliable Internet connection. The speed requirements and the duration of connectivity will depend on your work, but all digital nomads regularly need an Internet connection.

While travelling I always make sure that the accommodation I choose includes fast, reliable and uncapped Internet. I also make sure to get a local sim card for my iPhone so I have mobile Internet access. Various countries like Thailand and Vietnam offer unlimited mobile data for a fixed price. For emergencies this let’s me tether my Macbook to my iPhone when there is no Internet available.

5. Discipline

To avoid distractions and get the necessary work done, you will need discipline. Having the discipline to maintain a structured and balanced work/life routine is essential. On a trip to Southeast Asia this was something I really struggled with for quite some time. Overlooking the ocean and the two pools on Koh Samui from our apartment’s balcony made it very difficult to focus on work. I did eventually realise that taking too much time off was unsustainable which helped me get back to work and implement more structure and discipline.

Have I forgotten something important or do you have something to add or ask?
Let me know in the comments below.

11 Best iPhone Apps That I Use As A Digital Nomad

11 Best iPhone Apps That I Use As A Digital Nomad

The best mobile apps simplify and enrich our lives by meeting a need in a useful, fun and easy way. Here are 11 of my favourite iPhone apps that I use while travelling – tried, tested, recommended and mostly free.

11 Best iPhone Apps That I Use As A Digital Nomad

1. Google Maps (Free)

Turn-by-turn voice navigation, travel time estimates, public transport info, traffic alerts, street view, business listings and reviews are all features that make this app indispensable. Link to App Store

2. new My Maps ($4.99)

This is the best app for accessing ‘My Maps’ on the Google Maps platform – either your own maps or maps that have been shared with you. I regularly create custom maps for destinations and this app let’s me access these maps on my iPhone. Link to App Store

3. Dropbox (Free)

The Dropbox app gives you access to all your files in your Dropbox right on your iPhone. Favouriting a file let’s you access that file offline. Great for flight and accommodation confirmations or any other documents you need at your fingertips. Link to App Store

4. Workflowy (Free)

Workflowy is my digital notepad and has become a digital extension of my brain. I create lists of travel tips, attractions and GPS coordinates. This app let’s me access all my lists on my iPhone. Try Workflowy for free and use this link to get 2x the space on your free plan. The Workflowy app syncs with the web app. Link to App Store

5. Scanner Pro ($2.99)

This app makes it simple to scan a paper document to create a digital copy. You can also then upload your scans to most popular cloud storage services like Dropbox, Evernote and Google Drive. Link to App Store

6. TripAdvisor (Free)

Reviews, photos and maps by travellers for traveller. This app makes it easy to find the best accommodation, restaurants and fun things to do. Link to App Store

7. Day One ($4.99)

Designed to encourage you to write about your journey – enter your memories, ideas, events and photos. I use this in conjunction with One Day for Mac. Link to App Store

8. XE Currency (Free)

Get live Forex rates and convert every world currency with this currency exchange app, including Bitcoin. Link to App Store

9. World Time Buddy (Free)

This app let’s you compare time zones, making it simple to schedule a virtual meeting or online call with participants in multiple time zones. Link to App Store

10. FaceTime, Google Hangouts & Skype (Free)

Video calls has become a frequent reality. Depending on the call recipient and the performance of each app, one of these apps will get the job done.

11. WhatsApp, iMessage or Messenger (Free)

The three instant messaging apps that I use most frequently. iMessage works best for other iOS users. Whats App is great for sending media and Facebook’s Messenger is great for chatting with Facebook friends.

What are your favourite travel apps? Do you have any other recommendations to add to this list? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

My 6 Step Game Plan After Quitting My 9 to 5 Job

My 6 Step Game Plan After Quitting My 9 to 5 Job

“Choice not chance determines your destiny.” — Aristotle

After leaving the comfort of a monthly paycheque, health insurance and overall perceived security, I found myself at home owning my own time. I had a few business ideas, some cushion cash and no real idea how I was going to make the same amount of money I did working for someone else. To be honest, the first three months of my new digital nomad adventure was a real struggle. Even though it was a refreshing start, I had to find my feet and define my worth as a professional writer and editor. I quickly realised that I needed a game plan. Using the following six step game plan, I stayed focused and kept striving for my ideal income and lifestyle.

1. Don’t Panic

For the first three months after quitting my job I had to constantly remind myself not to panic. The fear of the unknown left me feeling on edge and even, in my doubtful hours, applying for other 9-5 jobs. With a few pep talks from Sean I reminded myself to focus and see this new lifestyle as an opportunity. Rather than falling back into my old ways and letting my panicked state take over, I stayed calm and used that nervous energy to push my own brand harder.

2. Find A Mentor

No matter what you’re doing, I believe that having a mentor is very important. Someone to guide you, help you not make rookie errors and just reinsure you that you are doing the right thing or redirect you when you’re not. For me, that person was Sean. Not only is he my best friend, but he lived in my city, had been living a digital nomad life for eight years and was my biggest supporter. He was just a phone call away, answered all my questions honestly and pushed me to follow my dreams instead of building someone else’s.

3. Aquire The Right Tools

While working my 9 to 5 job I used all the company’s equipment. After leaving I no longer had access to these tools. I had a really old secondhand laptop that did nothing more than slow down my productivity. As soon as I quit, I dug into my cushion cash and got myself the right tools including a new laptop which changed how I worked. Having the reliable tools not only makes it easier to get the task done, but frees up your time and makes working more enjoyable too. Check out our Mobile Office Setup to see what we use to work remotely and efficiently.

4. Freelance

Before I left my office job I knew I was going to freelance to keep myself going. I already had few paying clients and with my 9 to 5 job coming to end I spent about 30 minutes a day just looking for new work and liaising with potential clients. By the time I left my job I was so used to freelancing that the workload was easy to adapt to. The best part about freelancing is that you can start before leaving your 9 to 5 job security, you have the option of working remotely, and can make some money while building your own brand.

5. Schedule Your Life

Make time to keep your clients happy, build your brand and to just relax. I quickly fell into the trap of working on my clients’ projects all the time! I was back in that 9 to 5 situation selling my time for a couple of bucks. A change needed to be made and I needed a schedule. I decided to do my client work on Saturday, Sunday and Monday for three to five hours a day, work on my brand for at least two hours a day  and take some time to hang out with my friends and family.

6. Build Your Brand

I still struggle with dedicating time to growing my own business, instead of spending all my time working on client projects. I constantly need to remind myself that it is important to build my brand and develop my business.

Are you thinking of quitting your 9 to 5 job to pursue a digital nomad lifestyle or have you already left your office job? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter what your strategy has been and what you are struggling with.

We’ve Released The Freemadic Guide To Cape Town

We’ve Released The Freemadic Guide To Cape Town

After almost a year of researching, writing and editing, we’ve finally released The Freemadic Guide To Cape Town. This guide is the first in a series of destination guides aimed at location independent travellers – whether you are a volunteer, vagabond, digital nomad or retiree.

What is The Freemadic Guide To Cape Town?

A 96-page PDF guide written for location independent travellers by location independent travellers. We’ve combined our experience of living in Cape Town with additional online research to give you an honest representation of what to expect and what you need to know to best plan and enjoy your visit to The Mother City.

What Makes The Freemadic Guide To Cape Town Different From Other Guides?

Freemadic as a brand goes against sugarcoating anything we experience. If you’re looking for an honest guide that isn’t trying to sell you a city, but rather help you find a city that you’d love to work, play and live in, then this is the guide for you.

We answer all the most frequently asked questions and save you the time of doing your own research.

5 Ways I’ve Benefited From Joining The DC – A Community of Smart Online Entrepreneurs

5 Ways I’ve Benefited From Joining The DC – A Community of Smart Online Entrepreneurs

One of the sure ways to find inspiration, support and growth in both personal and business development is by surrounding ourselves with a group of likeminded, successful individuals.

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” ― Jim Rohn

In 2014 I decided to surround myself with people who would help grow my business development by joining the Dynamite Circle (DC). Not only has it given me access to a community of likeminded people, but it has also been nothing short of life changing.

What is The Dynamite Circle?

The Dynamite Circle is a private community for entrepreneurs – most members are location independent. From monthly meet ups/networking events and private forums to an annual conference held in Bangkok called DCBKK, the community encourages you to connect with likeminded entrepreneurs to help you move forward with your business.

To learn more watch the videos below and visit

Here are some of the benefits I have received after joining the DC

Joining a premium private community like the DC is only the start. The amount of value you can get from a community like this depends on how much you are willing to invest by getting involved. Here are some of the benefits I have received from getting involved with the DC.

1. Breaking The Isolation

As a self-employed online entrepreneur it’s easy to just stay home and work in isolation. For six years I worked from home or from coffee shops by myself, focusing on my own brands and my clients projects. This left me feeling lonely and disconnected. Joining the DC gave me access to a thriving community of likeminded entrepreneurs from all over the world that I can now reach out to and connect with.

2. Attending DC Juntos

The DC encourages its members to host and attend monthly meet ups called Juntos in whichever city they are in.

Definition: The Junto was a club for mutual improvement established in 1727 by Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia. Also known as the Leather Apron Club, its purpose was to debate questions of morals, politics, and natural philosophy, and to exchange knowledge of business affairs. –
Together with Paul Kortman from Nomad Together, I co-hosted the first Junto in Cape Town. Even though it was small I got to meet Dan Tržil and Jeff Pecaro from Nurtur Letters. Since then I have also attended Juntos in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, where I have met more DC members, made new friends and enjoyed many interesting and useful conversations.

3. Attending the DCBKK Conference

In October 2014 I attended my first DCBKK conference in Bangkok which was my first major conference experience. The four day event included keynote presentations, networking events and parties. The organisers did a great job of creating an environment that was comfortable yet professional, and assembled a panel of speakers that were extremely informative and valuable. I also opted to join the Mastermind session, which ran over an entire day. The group I was allocated to was made up of some well known and highly successful members that provided me with some great feedback regarding my current business situation.

4. Reading & Interacting in the Online Forum

As a private online membership site, the DC also offers its members access to an exclusive forum that is packed full of valuable questions, answers and advice. It’s a very active forum with many members regularly posting new content. Whatever your question might be, it’s very likely that it has already been discussed in the forum. You can also post a new topic or question and ask for feedback.

5. Meeting Individual Members

Over the past few months I’ve also taken advantage of reaching out to individual DC members to set up one-on-one in person meetings or online calls. I’ve made some great new connections and friends that I can reach out to if I need help or advice. And I’m also here to offer them the same.

Are you part of a community that helps you with your personal and/or business goals. If you have any questions or if you would like to learn more about how you can join the DC, please leave a comment below or tweet us @FreemadicLife.

Table Mountain Cableway

Table Mountain Cableway

Table Mountain is without a doubt the most popular and iconic tourist attraction in Cape Town. Getting to the top of the mountain by cable car is an amazing experience and offers outstanding views of the city bowl and its surrounds. The rotating 765 metre long vertical cable car ride takes around four to five minutes and is worth every cent.

There are various ways to get to the cable station at the bottom of the mountain including the MyCity Bus, the CitySightseeing Bus, a metered taxi or your own private transport. Even though tickets are available at the cable station, our recommendation is to book your ticket online and make your way to the cable station as early as possible to avoid the crowds and to enjoy the top of the mountain while it is uncrowded.

Cost: Adult (Standard Price): R225 (Return) | R115 (One-Way)
Child (4-17): R110 (Return) | R58 (One-Way)
SA senior citizen (Fridays only at Ticket Office): R95 (Return) | R50 (One-Way)
Student (Fridays only at Ticket Office): R130 (Return) | R68 (One-Way)

Sunset Special Offer: Enjoy the sunset from the top of the mountain.
Adults pay R112.50, children (4-17) pay R55 and tickets only available from the Lower Cableway Station from 18:00 onwards.

Birthday Special Offer: You get a free return that can be used on your birthday.

Have you ever been to the top of Table Mountain or experienced some other impressive cableway?
Share your experience or video in the comments below.

12 Inspiring Digital Nomads That I Met While Travelling

12 Inspiring Digital Nomads That I Met While Travelling

One of the best parts about travelling is meeting other awesome travellers along the way. While travelling I’ve met people that have not only become friends, but have also inspired me by taking bold actions. They have stepped away from the norm and are now exploring and living their own dreams. Here is a list of some of these inspiring digital nomads that I’ve met while travelling.

1. Maria Scarpello

I met Maria at WordCamp Cape Town in 2013, where she gave an inspiring presentation titled ‘Working and Traveling Fulltime with WordPress‘. She works remotely for WooThemes and travels with her partner Brian. Together they roam the United States in their RV visiting and writing about the best beer destinations. You can follow their adventures @TheRoamingPint and at

2. Kevin Grimes

Kevin is a graphic designer and interactive art director, whom I met at a WordPress meet up in Cape Town in 2013. During that time I was working at home in isolation and it was great connecting with a likeminded WordPress developer and designer. At the time Kevin was living his digital nomadic dream in Cape Town with his wife and son. He has since moved back to the US. You can follow Kevin @designerkev and at

3. Jodi Ettenberg

Lara and I met Jodi at the 2014 DCBKK conference in Bangkok. Jodi quit her job as a lawyer in 2008 and has been living and eating her way around the world ever since. As a travelling travel writer Jodi especially inspired Lara as she has expanded her brand by writing books and doing food tours. We were lucky enough to experience one of Jodi’s vegetarian street food tours in Chiang Mai after the conference.  Follow her adventures @legalnomads and at

4. Benny Lewis

Benny is a well-known digital nomad that travels the world mastering language learning. He was one of the keynote speakers at DCBKK2014, which is where I met him. His keynote discussed his experience of launching his own book and promoting it on his book tour. A few weeks later, I also attended one of his private workshops in Chiang Mai, where he spoke about language learning hacks and myths. Benny is featured in the Goodbye Commute, Hello World video and can be followed @irishpolyglot and at

5. Paul Kortman

Shortly after joining the DC (Dynamite Circle), I was surprised to find some DC members in my hometown of Cape Town. One of the members was Paul Kortman who I contacted and met at a beachfront cafe in Camps Bay. He was the first DC member that I met in person and he convinced me to attend my first ever DCBKK conference in Bangkok.  Together we co-hosted the first DC Junto in Cape Town.
Together with his wife and their four kids, they’ve been traveling the world and proving that a digital nomad family is not an oxymoron. Follow Paul @namtrok, his  family’s adventures at and check out their recently launched nomad community at

6. Derek Murphy

Derek was one of the first people Lara and I met at the pre-DCBKK networking event in Bangkok. Derek and his wife quickly became our friends and we spent loads of time with them after the conference in Chiang Mai including a visit to Elephant Nature Park. Derek is a writer and book cover designer living in Taiwan currently pursuing his dream of buying a castle in Europe to host writing retreats. You can follow Derek @creativindie and at

7. Cody McKibben

No stranger in the digital nomad scene, Cody spends his time travelling the world and helping others do the same. I met him during the lunch break at the 2014 DCBKK conference. Cody’s inspirational videos titled Live Your Life Like a Damn HERO outlines some core beliefs that remind us that . You can follow his adventures @codymckibbat and

8. Silver Keskküla

Silver was another friendly and interesting character that Lara and I got to meet at the 2014 DCBKK conference. Originally from Estonia, Silver was part of the team that built Skype. He has also worked for Nokia and Microsoft and is now the co-founder of Teleport, a website that helps digital nomads and startups decide where to base themselves. Follow him @keskkyla.

9. Derek Sivers

Well-known for successfully creating, running and selling the online mail order music store CD Baby, Derek is one of those role models that I personally was looking forward to meeting. He was also one of the keynote speakers at DCBKK, Derek shared his pearls of wisdom. Now he spends his time travelling, reading books and helping others whenever possible.  If you have not seen them, make sure to watch his TED talks How to Start a Movement and Weird, or just different? You can follow Derek @sivers and at

10. Kevin Greenblat

Lara and I met Kevin while enjoying a beer on a small plastic chair in the Old Quarter of Hanoi in Vietnam. Kevin is a self employed graphic designer and a travel photographer that shoots on film. Having a passion for photography myself, I was interested to learn more about Kevin’s travels and his photography. To see his work visit

11. Mads Singer

Mads is another digital nomad that Lara and I met at the 2014 DCBKK conference in Bangkok. We shared some interesting conversations about travelling, working online and living in Southeast Asia. Mads quickly became a friend and we look forward to visiting him in Davao City, Philippines, where he is based. He is passionate about personal effectiveness and offers training and consulting in the area of people management. Follow him @madssingers or at

12. Barbara Fernandez

Also known as the Raw Rock Chick, Barbara shares her passion for raw food and sells digital products in this niche. She was an attendee at the DCBKK 2014 conference in Bangkok where we met. She was friendly, positive and eager to learn as much as possible from the event. Follow her @therawrockchick and learn more about raw food at

These are just a few examples of many successful digital nomads earning a living online and enjoying a location independent lifestyle. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below or tweet us @FreemadicLife.