Why I Made Antigua My Digital Nomad Home
For traveling and making countries your short-term homes, it’s important to not judge a book by its cover. That’s true for Antigua, too.
If I had listened to everything I had heard about Guatemala, I would have never had the courage to move to Antigua. And I would have missed out on the gem that it is.
Antigua is the perfect home spot for Digital Nomads (DN’s). Here’s why:
- Low Antigua Prices:
I compare Antigua to Tulum, Mexico, a lot, and in many categories, Tulum doesn’t compare. Antigua is very affordable. This is especially true for lower budgets. In terms of food, even if you shop at the Bodega grocery store and decide to cook in, it’s cheap. If you eat out every day, you can spend as much as you want or less in Antigua. I spend only 12 USD on food the entire day, and 30 is my maximum. The fresh fruit scene is also very cheap. You can shop for fruits at the market, support the locals and get other things at the Bodega and still save tons of money. Guatemala is a great place for fruit, it’s abundant and fresh. Accommodation-wise, depending on how you do your search, you can spend 500- 800 USD a month. However, if you prefer hostel life, look to spend around 270-300 per month Getting around is fairly easy as well, as the entire city is walkable. But if you don’t feel like walking, then you can take an Uber for 2-4 dollars.
I’m possibly the only person who has said this but as a foodie, I feel at home in Antigua. There are many cuisines and they’re some of the best in the world. Before I came to Antigua, I expected tons of tacos, burritos, Mexican food that I had in abundance in Tulum. While that’s here, there are so much more options and Guatemalan food can easily be overlooked, but it shouldn’t be. Guatemalan food comprises pork, rice, beef, cheese, corn, tortillas, beans, and plantains. And it’s all delicious. And if this doesn’t appeal to you, several Guatemalan national brands will make you wish you were born Guatemalan. My favorite at the moment is Pollo Campero, the queues are always wrapped around the building, and one taste, you’d understand why.There’s certainly something for everyone, regardless of what you feel like eating. The food is also fresh and delicious with large portions.
However, I don’t walk alone at night or all. When it’s dark, I hop in an Uber and the Uber drivers also look out for you. They wait patiently as you get inside and do not leave until they can see you’re in safely. And if I feel unsure about something, I either don’t go or I take a taxi, but this is just for Antigua. I’ve been to other places where I’ve felt uneasy and unsure about walking by myself or alone.
While this list doesn’t even begin to cover the amazing city of Antigua, I hope it will at least get you thinking about moving to Antigua for a few months. You’ll be glad you did, it’s an amazing city that gets better and better.
by: Dawn Demeritte