The Digital Nomad Lifestyle – “Living the dream.”
The RV digital nomad lifestyle is an aspiration for many; living frugally on the road, and camping in stunning, natural environments. But what does it really take, to “live the dream”?
Let’s examine a few key points of the RV digital nomad lifestyle, focused on camping off the grid, in beautiful nature.
You Need Enough GBs for the Digital Nomad Lifestyle
If you’ve been living ‘sticks and bricks”, with high-speed cable internet, you probably don’t have a firm grasp on how much data you’ve been using every day. The activities you enjoy the most online, such as streaming videos and downloading music, burn up more data than you realize.
Here’s an example:
SD quality 480 video uses about 700MB per hour.
HD quality uses about 0.9GB for 720, 1.5GB for 1080 and 3GB for 2K per hour.
UHD quality video uses tons of data. 4K video streaming uses about 7.2GB per hour!
Above all, many pursue the RV lifestyle as a way to save money. However, if you choose the cheapest mobile data plan, you may find you’ve run out well before the end of the month. If your plan is to work online, you must remember, using data for work comes before using data for fun.
You Need Consistent 4G Coverage
If you live in a city, you probably take coverage for granted. In addition, there is an abundance of free WiFi in the cities, at places like Starbucks. In contrast, if your goal is to camp off-grid, you will be on your own, regarding coverage. As a result, it’s important to choose a cell carrier, with good 4G coverage in rural areas. Many full-time RVers, who travel out west, choose either AT&T or Verizon. Before you commit to a cell carrier, study their coverage maps. Choosing an inexpensive data plan that works in the city, may ultimately cost you more if you don’t have any coverage at all, where you want to be.
Map Your Travel Routes Along Your Cell Coverage
First of all, compare where you want to camp, with your carrier’s coverage map. A lack of coverage doesn’t mean you can’t camp there, but it may limit your stay. If your goal is to work online while on the road, choose the roads where you can get 4G coverage.
Invest in a Cell Booster
While not cheap, a cell booster can come in handy, in areas with weak coverage. These can range in price from under $200 to more than $500. Keep in mind, this investment can be a tax deduction if you’re running a small, digital business from your RV.
With a few simple adjustments in how you use the internet, the RV digital nomad lifestyle can be a rewarding and economical adventure!
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