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Azure waters. Verdant cliffs. Rickety (but oh so ‘grammable) boats. Besides being the setting for the Leonardo di Caprio movie The Beach, the Phi Phi islands – a much-vaunted archipelago off Thailand’s Andaman Coast – are also a tourist mecca.
They have long been held up as an example of what happens when money trumps nature (with fingers being pointed everywhere from travellers to Thai authorities), and this paradise on earth offers booze cruises, diving, cave exploring, hiking and sunbathing (among many other activities).
But we’re not here to discuss the ethics of overdevelopment: today’s topic is the pitfalls of being a digital nomad.Advertisement
An image posted yesterday on Reddit in the r/digitalnomad group, by user u/HandleZ05, has inadvertently unveiled one of the big challenges to ‘working travel’ that often gets swept under the rug.
Sitting on Koh Phi Phi island, a place notorious for its idyllic environs (as well as overcrowding), the author of the post appears to have carved himself out a quiet moment amid the usual madness (the global near-shutdown of travel probably helped).
“Koh phi phi Thailand. It’s empty, just me and my girl on an empty beach,” the user wrote, …
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