The outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic has greatly accelerated a so-called phenomenon ‘digital nomads’. These are people who perform work from remote areas by relying on technology and the Internet connection. The freedom to stay and to move anywhere and anytime has raised a plethora of discussions about what sorts of places are ideal for digital nomads.
Bali, a small part of Indonesia in the Southeast Asia region, has always topped many lists of ‘most’, be it most popular destination, most beautiful island, most preferable holiday spot, and suchlike. Also known as the island of Gods, you cannot ask for more what it can offer: magical atmosphere, lovely beaches, lush green paddy field, majestic mountains, towering rocky cliff, and rich traditional culture. These features have made Bali a favorite place for digital nomads to stay productive while enjoying endless leisure activities.
CURRENT SITUATION IN BALI
With more and more countries having been added into the list of visa on arrival (there have been 75 countries so far), and more international flights having been opened (22 routes so far, 8 of which are direct), Bali tourism is on the rise. A bunch of accommodation and F&B establishments in major tourist areas, such as Kuta, Canggu, Ubud, and Jimbaran, are seen to have re-opened. The ongoing revitalization of art markets in Kuta, Sanur, and Ubud will further provide convenience for visitors.
WHERE IS THE HUB?
Canggu and Ubud are two most popular hubs for digital nomads. If you are really into surfing and night life, Canggu can be a good option. No wonder Canggu is gaining popularity since its atmosphere is like what was offered by Kuta and Legian in the 1990s. Lines of instagrammable cafes, trendy boutiques, beach clubs, sunset spots, co-working space, even gym and yoga studios will surely make your days.
Another popular spot is Ubud, the center of Balinese art and culture. It is perfect for those who are looking forward to serenity. The museums and studios boast many forms of exquisite art from local craft and beautiful painting to wooden sculpture and fine jewelry. The small town is also surrounded by Hindu temples with their unique architecture, while the green rice field adds up to a relaxing ambiance.
WHERE TO STAY?
Accommodations vary from simple and affordable rooms to luxurious and fancy villas. For a simple room, you can rent a local homestay, usually coming with an en-suite bathroom, a shared kitchen, and garden area. It is more economical while giving you an opportunity to make friends with local people. For a more luxury vibe, villas are a good idea. It comes in many shapes and sizes, and offers more privacy and tranquility. It normally includes a private kitchen, swimming pool, gazebo, and garden.
Many digital nomads prefer a co-working space for its convenience, networking and collaboration options. Essential facilities, such as internet connection, furniture, snacks and drinks, are already on the house. However, the real benefit is a better chance of meeting new people that may potentially become future business partners, clients, or professional associates. Digital marketing, graphic design, copywriting, content creation, photographer, and video editor, just to name a few, are some common professions among them.
When it comes to picture-taking activities, either still or motion, Bali always springs to mind, whether it is merely a short product advertisement video or lengthy scenes of a movie. Most professional photographers and videographers definitely put Bali in their top list for a variety of purposes: personal, commercial, educational, and journalistic. Even Hollywood blockbuster movies like Eat Pray Love (2010, starred by Julia Roberts) and The Perfect Wave (2015, starred by Scott Eastwood) had several scenes shot in Bali.
Today, where the world has been digitally connected, it is possible for any photographers and videographers, without their presence in Bali, to take a shot as much and in any way they like. SNXP Studio is made up of a team of outstanding and passionate talents in the field of photo- and videography, from pre-production (discussion of concepts and ideas) to post-production (editing and publishing). SNXP Studio can do a wide range of shooting types (product, fashion, food, landscape, street, culture, etc.), In this way, brand owners, project managers, or creative directors can save cost, yet they still end up with high-quality photo and video results.