What would it be like being digital nomads for a week?
We’ve always wondered what it would be like being “digital nomads.” We’ve no doubt in our minds that we’d love the lifestyle. There’s the excitement of being on the road, staying in quirky accommodation spots and exploring new places. And then, the best part, sharing it with the world. But how on earth do you sustain yourself?
How DO you sustain yourself? This is a question we ask ourselves over and over again each time we ogle over the accounts of the “travel couples” and “digital nomads” we follow on Insta. The bios are almost always the same. “We decided to give up our day jobs and travel the world.” “68 countries and counting,” or the one that really gets me is when there are just little flags of all the places they’ve been to. And secretly, you test yourself to see how good your travel knowledge REALLY is by seeing if you can recognize the countries. There are endless images of said digital nomads kissing in exotic locations, sitting in steaming bath tubs on the edge of mountain cliffs and watching the hot air balloons drift across Cappadocia from some undisclosed location. And they are almost ALWAYS dressed beautifully and drop dead gorgeous. You get the picture. Is this stuff for real?
Ok, so actually we are probably just envious. But at the same time we are also curious.
It has occurred to us that we should possibly have looked into this years ago, before we started “adulting.” When you are in your early twenties, you have pretty much zero responsibility. No bond, policies, insurance, medical aid or business running costs. These are the baddies that eat chunks out of your monthly income once you become a little more established in the world. Then again, you read of people in their 60’s doing this. But I am sure these guys pretty much have nest eggs should things not work out.
We’ve been known to make rash decisions while braaing and after copious amounts of red wine. Should we sell the house? Should we just hop in the car and see if we can do this? Should we buy a camper van? But when sobriety and reality set in we get cold feet. And here we still are, asking the same questions.
Except now we try to justify how we can make this work. We have cameras, and for the past 18 years people have been paying us for our photography. I think I can say with a clear consience that we are actually pretty darn good at what we do. I’ve been known to string a few words together. Andre spent years in the motor industry and he is super knowledgeable (and passionate I might add) about any kind of vehicle (yes, that’s a little hint to those car dealerships out there) Andre has a background in both sales, management and auditing, me in teaching and tourist guiding. So if there’s anyone out there reading this who is in need of any of the above, you can take that as our cv in short.
All jokes aside.
Recently we had one whole week of being digital nomads. Did we like it? We flipping LOVED it.
One whole week of being digital nomads
Our week started off along the Breede River at Olifantskrans River Cabins. This was not work, but in fact a weekend away booked nearly a year in advance. June and July are celebration months for birthdays and anniversaries. Our escape to Olifants has become somewhat of a tradition now.
Olifantskrans River Cabins
Less than two hours from Cape Town, Olifantskrans River Cabins is the perfect weekend getaway. There are seven fully equipped cabins all within 20 metres of the river. Or if you visit when we did, literally less than a metre! Each cabin has a deck with a built in braai as well as an enclosed lapa which makes it perfect for your furkids to come along too. Situated within the Breede River Wine valley there are a host of wonderful estates close by. If you’d rather stay put, there are kayaks, you can cycle, walk or literally just laze around with a good book.
Lady Grey Walk Cottage
Our next stop was the little village of McGregor. It was time to dust off the cameras and do some work. We photographed the lovely Lady Grey Walk Cottage. Here’s a little story about the power of social media. We visit McGregor regularly, these days mostly for work. A while back on one of our visits we did a few pop up shoots. One of the townfolk shared on their Facebook profile and the post was spotted by a “city” girl. We did city girls shoot, and so turns out she is not entirely a city girl, but in fact a McGregorite and owns the lovely Lady Grey Walk cottage. When she heard we were heading back to McGregor, she organized for us to do a shoot.
Cross the little bridge as you enter McGregor. On your left you’ll immediately spot the gabled beauty with its wrap around stoep from which you can observe the comings and goings of the villagers. Due to it’s location, the morning sun streams in through the windows, making it perfect for those chilly winters mornings. In summer, open up the patio doors and a cool breeze flows through. We loved the upstairs loft bedroom with its lovely mountain views.
A wander about the village of McGregor
What would a visit to McGregor be without a little wander about the village?
Planning the next tactics
The good thing about being a digital nomad is you can work in your pjs!
Rhythm full on, McGregor
We had a little interlude at the beautiful Rhythm full on. Although we did not photograph it this time round, you can view our shoot from a previous visit here.
Next up we got to do some work for the fabulous Lords Winery. They’d done some updates to the grounds and cellar which they wanted captured. We also had the absolute treat of photographing Singleton House situated high above the cellar. The BEST part is that we actually got to stay in this beautiful property. The views are nothing short of spectacular. This stunning 3 bedroomed home is perfect for a family or friends getaway. It’s also amazing for brides to get ready in, should they be using Lords as a wedding venue.
We’re huge fans of Lord’s wines and bubbly. So this is us spreading the word. Make sure to add it to your bucket list. They serve up a mean pizza too. All can be enjoyed at the roaring fireplace, or on the fabulous outside deck in a sunny spot.
And so ended one week of living out of a suitcase and a cooler box. Could we do it again? Definitley. Watch this space.
We’re working on alittle formula on how we could make this work. Well, this is of course all hypothetical. And it would only be for short periods at a time. Yip, we’re still not brave enough to do it permanently, but maybe this is a step in the right direction.
“But sometimes it’s the things that require a leap of faith that we need to believe in most of all.” – Lisa Wingate