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Digital nomads rely on modern technology, most notably the Internet, to perform business tasks on the go. Thus, they challenge the entrenched notions and traditional ways of building a career. This appealing lifestyle has prompted numerous individuals to leave the tedious 9-5 lifestyle behind and hit the road. Still, being location independent does not mean that you cannot fall in love with one city and spend some time there. Take the example of Sydney, the gleaming Pearl of the Land Down Under, which attracts nomads from around the globe.
A landscape of opportunities
Sydney is the largest city in Australia, a vivid urban landscape of different cultures and vibrant history. It is an immensely popular, sun-soaked tourist destination with world-famous heritage sites and attractions such as Bondi Beach. The laid-back approach to life appeals to many people and the buzzing art scene draws creative individuals in. There is a bunch of expats and the booming startup scene provides plenty of business opportunities.
In fact, the city is one of the main driving forces behind Australian economy, which is doing pretty well by the way. It does not come as a surprise that the job market is teeming with positions suitable for everyone from skilled professionals to labor workers. Higher education is affordable, the streets are safe and health care system rock-solid. The only downside is that living in Sydney does not come cheap.
The cost of dreams
Basic goods and groceries are rather expensive. The property market is hot and over-investment is a problem for most of the average-earners, who struggle to sustain their lifestyle in Sydney. In general, you should not expect to find an apartment for less than $500 or $600 AUD. Private rooms range from $60 to $90 AUD per night. The central business district is naturally more expensive, while in inner suburbs, it is possible to save some money.
The good news is that the appearance of coworking spaces around the world has enabled nomads to secure proper working conditions and infrastructure virtually wherever they choose to go. Likewise, nomads do not have trouble finding a nice, shared office space in Sydney. There are many great hubs where freelancers, entrepreneurs and adventurers work and interact. Networking opportunities are abound and there is always enough privacy when you need it.
Where to go, what to see
There is a ton of stuff to see in Sydney. Sights like Royal Botanic Garden, Opera House and Harbour Bridge are no-brainers. One can enjoy a stunning scenic view of the city, wander around the harbor promenade and hit busy local bars. I would also not miss the chance to experience the Rocks, the oldest part of the city. There you can witness narrow lanes, street entertainers, weekend markets, colonial buildings and quaint pubs.
Of course, Sydney is the epitome of beach culture and surfing, the national pastime. The beauty of it is that you are able to discover both the hidden gems and immerse in the tourist-packed stretches of shore. Ferry rides are perhaps the most authentic way to move around: a round-trip ferry ride to Manly costs around $12 and you get the chance to see the harbor’s main attractions. Coastal walks are also a great way to witness the splendor of the shoreline.
Expanding the horizons
Once you explore the urban core and surrounding beaches, I would advise you to get out of the concrete jungle. The countryside is idyllic and allows you to unwind and recharge your batteries. There are a lot of day tours, although they can get pretty expensive. Blue Mountains National Park deserves special attention, as it features glorious rock formations, sandstone gorges, steep cliffs, tumbling waterfalls and narrow ridges.
The timeless beauty of nature is visible in many other places, so keep both your mind and options open. And in case you want to taste some prime wine, you can go to the Hunter Valley and taste the luscious reds. Finally, those who would like to visit other cities and regions should know that Australia is a continent-sized country, where distances can be difficult to traverse.
All in One
Sydney is a unique and remarkable city. From modern high rises and pristine beaches to historical sites and colonial heritage, the burgeoning metropolis seems to have it all. For nomads, the most important thing is that there is no shortage of startup and networking opportunities. Remember that Sydney is best appreciated when you can take your time instead of rushing through. Also, you need to make sure you can cope with its high living costs.
About the Author
David Webb is a Sydney-based business consultant and online marketing analyst. With six years of experience and a degree in online business strategy, he is driven to help the people in better understanding of this new digital age. In free time, David enjoys writing, travelling and the occasional night out with his friends. Facebook | Twitter