Furnished Cape Town Rentals Western-Seaboard from $473

Cape Town’s Western-Seaboard including the coastal areas of Milnerton and Blouberg offers great value rental apartments. Here is our round up of;

Five Great Value Furnished Cape Town Rentals.

Furnsihed 60m2 Two Bedroom Milnerton $946 via PrivateProperty.co.za
Furnsihed 60m2 Two Bedroom Milnerton $946 via PrivateProperty.co.za

Nomadic You found that studio apartment costs in Cape Town average $684 and larger 85m2 apartments average $956 per Expatistan.com. However, to save some money over these averages head north of the city to the Western-Seaboard.

The area offers beautiful beaches good shopping, dozens of restaurants and buzzing nightlife. You won’t regret choosing to rent here rather than in the city centre, especially when you are enjoying a jog (or run) along the coast at sunset.

#1 Milnerton Two-Bedroom $946, next to the Lagoon

Milnerton proper, is one of the older suburbs in the area. It is a perfect compromise between being in a quieter beachfront environment and still being near the city. If you are lucky you may find a spacious older apartment close to the MyCiti Woodbridge Island stop at the lagoon.

This 60m2 two-bedroom is in a new development, perfectly situated in Milnerton property within walking distance of the beach and shops is renting furnished for $946 per month. Milnerton is 8.8 km (5.5 mi) north of Cape Town Central. 

#2 Big Bay Two-Bedroom $800, for Sporty-types

Big Bay is a modern mixed-use development with upmarket restaurants and shopping on a beach that is popular for kite surfing.

This two-bedroom is in an estate opposite the beach that is ideal for sporty types; they have a tennis court and swimming pool. It isn’t walking distance of restaurants and nightlife, but it is on the MyCiti bus route. This 70m2 two-bedroom is renting furnished for $800 per month. Big Bay is 20.6 km (12.8 mi) north of Cape Town Central.

 #3 Century City One-Bedroom $690, for Shopping

Furnsihed 40m2 One Bedroom Century City $690 via PrivateProperty.co.za
Furnsihed 40m2 One Bedroom Century City $690 via PrivateProperty.co.za

Canal Walk shopping center, the third largest mall in Africa, has over 400 stores to explore. Staying in Century City next to Canal Walk, means all you need is within walking distance; restaurants, gyms, shops and entertainment. Although, in this case you aren’t walking distance of the beach.

This 40m2 one-bedroom is renting furnished for $690 per month. Century City is 10 km (6.2 mi) north of Cape Town Central, but you won’t need to go often, since Canal Walk has all you could possibly need.

#4 Lagoon Beach One-Bedroom $690 close to the City

Furnsihed 40m2 One Bedroom Lagoon Beach $690 via PrivateProperty.co.za
Furnsihed 40m2 One Bedroom Lagoon Beach $690 via PrivateProperty.co.za

Lagoon beach is the closest Western-Seaboard suburb to the city centre, so you can save plenty on Uber bills. There is an industrial area to the south, so not much within walking distance. But stay on the beach-side premises and enjoy the spectacular views!

This 40m2 one-bedroom is renting furnished for $690 per month. Lagoon Beach is 7.7 km (4.8 mi) north of Cape Town Central.

#5 Blouberg Studio $473, for Outdoor-lovers

Blouberg beach is rated by Tripadvisor as one of the top beaches in Africa. Spend your days just relaxing at one of the many beachfront restaurants at Marine Circle and enjoy the spectacular view across the bay of Table Mountain.

This 30m2 studio is close to the beachfront and the nightlife at Marine Circle and is renting furnished for $473 per month. Marine Circle is 16.8 km (10.4 mi) north of Cape Town Central.

@NomadicYou Furnished Cape Town Rentals close to the beach or next to the Canal Walk shops?


The $38.64 Daily Digital Nomad Budget

Nomadic You covers 25 cities where you can live as a digital nomad for an average $38.64 per day. Keep your cost of living on track with these;

Top 10 Digital Nomad Budget Tips.

Digital Nomad Budget Tips. Photo Pixabay
Digital Nomad Budget Tips. Photo Pixabay

#1 Stay Longer

When you change destinations often your airfares and transport costs add up. Rather be a slow traveler. You may even qualify for long-stay discounts on your accommodation; For example, many AirBnB places offer discounts for stays over 28 days.

#2 Plan your flights

Yes, Bangalore and Chiang Mai are cheap. But, if you are a long-distance flight away, then the cost of living savings will evaporate with your expensive airfare. Also, it is best to choose cities with busier aviation hubs, where more airlines are competing on routes.

#3 Choose Cheaper Destinations

MakingItAnywhere.com finds that their trips as a couple to SE Asia, “usually works out at about £1,000 ($1,700) a month. That’s why it pays to spend months and months in SE Asia.”

#4 Reduce the Visa runs

Many affordable countries have generous visa entry rules that allow you to stay for 90 or 180-days visa free. Try to choose these countries rather than ones where you’ll have to make a run for the border after 30 days.

#5 Eat with the locals

Amazingly, a meal at an inexpensive local restaurant in Bangalore can be had for S1.79. That is even cheaper than a $2.41 Big Mac Meal would cost you. And I’m sure tastier too! Good idea then to make friends with the local and ask them where they eat. They may even invite you for dinner.

#6 Public transport

We love featuring budget hotels near public transport. Sometimes it pays to pay a bit extra for conveniently located accommodation, rather than spending extra on taxi fares. Check out our Emoji Maps on Pinterest.

#7 Travel as a couple or in group

Sharing an apartment is often cheaper than getting a studio. For example, in Athens a furnished studio apartment will cost around $408. But, sharing a larger apartment means you could split the $595 rent in half at $298 each. (Being coupled up with someone who is not high maintenance can also help.)

#8 Go small, make the city your lounge

Numbeo.com has some excellent stats on the average monthly cost of renting a furnished 45 m2 studio apartments. We have summarized the info for our Top 25 budget destinations. Antalya and Bangalore top the list. Continue reading The $38.64 Daily Digital Nomad Budget

Skyscrapers, Vodka and the Best Sights Warsaw Metro

The Poles know how to party. We show you where the nightlife, best shopping and picturesque parks are in the;

Top 10 Best Sights Warsaw Metro Map

Top 10 Best Sights Warsaw Metro www.NomadicYou.com
Top 10 Best Sights Warsaw Metro www.NomadicYou.com

1.    Nightlife Warsaw Centum

Fruity cocktails with Vodka are popular in Poland. Have a drink with the locals at Level 27 Bar & Club in Filtry opposite the Warszawa Ochota Metro. The club is on the 27th floor with magical sunset views and the bartenders are known to entertain by dancing on the bar. The party continues till sunrise.

Also in Warsaw central, is 22 Cocktail Bar Max & Dom Whisky. They have the perfect cocktail just for you, (made by the barmen to your preference) with fruity combinations at a good price. The bar is close to the Hoża 04 tram stop.

2.    Explore Old Town

If you like narrow streets and tiny cafés, then Old Town is for you. This area is the heart of old Warsaw and on the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. However, the buildings are not as old as they appear; Old Town was completely reconstructed after being levelled by the Nazis.

The market square is especially photogenic, with colourful buildings re-built to look as they did in the 17th century. Old Town is 12-minute walk east of Ratusz-Arsenal Metro, or you can transfer to a tram at the metro.

3.    Selfie Palace of Culture and Science

The Palace is Poland’s tallest building with 42 floors and is 237 metres (778 ft) tall. The terrace on the 30th floor is popular with tourists and the perfect place for a selfie while you enjoy the panorama of the city. It cost 20 PLN per person and closes 20:00 weekdays and 22:30 on weekends.

The building also offers; a multiplex cinema, four theaters, two museums, a large swimming pool and the Congress Hall auditorium. The Palace is in the commercial heart of the city next to Warszawa Śródmieście station on the airport line. And Centrum Metro on the M1 line.

4.    Shopping Arkadia Mall

If the weather in Warsaw is blustery, then Arkadia’s 287,000 sq m (3,100,000 sq ft) of retail all under one roof, is the place to be. And since it gets over 20 million visitors per year, it would seem a popular place to escape the winter chill.

It is, according to their website, Poland’s largest mall with 230 shops, 25 restaurants and cinemas. Among the international brands are GUESS, Levi’s, H&M, and Zara. It is open till 22:00 daily, except on Sundays when it closes at 21:00. Take the M1 line north to Dworzec Gdański station, from where you take a 12-minute walk west to Arkadia.

5.    Dining Nowy Świat Street

Nowy Świat (New World) Street is one of the historic main roads in Warsaw that runs from the Royal Castle south to the royal residence at Wilanów. It has several cafés and restaurants to sit and relax after a good stoll.

De Javu Nowotarskie Lody Tradycyjne restaurant is open daily from 08:00. They are popular for their traditional ice-cream that will ‘satisfy your childish whims’ (maybe something is lost in translation). But they have great cappuccino, cakes, tarts, baguettes and salads too.

Restauracja Absynt serves typically Polish and Central European cuisine in an artistic environment. Friendly staff and a delicious food. Remember to try their soup.  Open daily from 12:00 midday.

6.    LGBT Warsaw Centrum

The best gay clubs and bars are in Warsaw Centre. Blok Bar is opposite the Warszawa Śródmieście Metro and opens at 18:00. This gay bar is on the 6th floor with no stairs (So, unpopular with bears I’m assuming). But the good cocktails, views and friendly staff are worth the climb.

TORO is a 10-minute walk away from Blok Bar. It has a club with two dance floors that attracts a big gay dance crowd at weekends. While TORO pub next door is open daily from 20:00 for a more relaxed evening. Situated at the corner of Skorupki and Marszalkowska streets opposite the Hoża 04 tram stop.

7.    Relaxing Łazienki Park

Rated by Tripadvisor’s users as Warsaw’s top tourist attraction, Łazienki Park is indeed a magnificent garden. The park was built by King Poniatowski during the eighteenth century and features the neoclassical Palace on the Water surrounded by canals and ponds. It is the largest park in Warsaw occupying 76 hectares south of the city centre.

Łazienki is home to squirrels and peacocks who share their habitat as a venue for music and the arts. The park is open daily from 06:00 to 19:00 (remember to pack nuts for the squirrels). The entrance at the Chopin Monument is a 14-minute walk south-east from the Politechnika Metro Station.

8.    Exercise Kabaty Woods Ursynów

A well-developed network of bike trails can be found in Ursynów and the Kabaty Woods Nature Reserve. The Kabaty Woods lie on flat ground for easy riding except for some hills in the eastern part. Kabaty Metro south of Ursynów is the last stop on the M2 metro line.

If you want to enjoy river views while you cycle, then the most popular route is on the left bank of the Vistula, from Młociny to Powsin.  The Vistula can be easily crossed on a bike across Świętokrzyski bridge.

9.    Hotels on the M1 metro line

Europe on a Budget: Hotel Cost Warsaw

10. Travelling Warsaw Metro

When arriving at Warsaw Chopin Airport, make your way to the airport railway station; Warszawa Lotnisko Chopina. The Sulejówek Miłosna 01 train takes 23 minutes before stopping in the city centre at Warszawa Śródmieście station.

From here you can transfer to the Warsaw Metro that consists of 2 lines and has a system length of 29 kms (18 mi). The M1 line is the longest of the two. Choose an AirBnB or hotel next to one of the 20 M1 stations to explore Warsaw by transit. You can transfer to the M2 line at Świętokrzyska station.

@NomadicYou What are your Best Sights Warsaw Metro? Relaxing in Łazienki Park or panorama snaps from the Palace of Culture?

Europe on a Budget: Hotel Cost Warsaw

You’ll love Warsaw’s nightlife and historic old town. And this central European gem is affordable too; Nomadic You compiled this;

Hotel Cost Warsaw. Warsaw Tram at Old Town Photo by あみでん Color Dodge
Warsaw Tram at Old Town Photo by あみでん Color Dodge

Comparison of Three Star Hotel Cost Warsaw.

Warsaw is one of the most livable cities in the world, although the traffic congestion is quite bad. But you can beat the traffic by exploring using transit. Choose staying near one of the station on the M1 metro line between Młociny and Ursynów stations for easy access to the city centre.

We’ve rounded up 10 Warsaw hotels that are near the M1 metro stations. Most of the affordable options are just south of the city centre near Politechnika station. This station is close to the Warsaw University of Technology so you are bound to find somewhere fun to drink a beer.

Expect to pay around $51.19 per night for a respectable hotel with breakfast and free Wi-Fi.

Price per room per night March 2017      
Campanile Varsovie € 41.00 $43.05 £34.85
Hotel Karat € 43.00 $45.15 £36.55
Hotel MDM City Centre € 43.00 $45.15 £36.55
Ibis Warszawa Stare Miasto € 43.00 $45.15 £36.55
Hotel Metropol € 44.00 $46.20 £37.40
Osir Polna € 48.00 $50.40 £40.80
Hotel Reytan € 55.00 $57.75 £46.75
Hotel Hetman € 55.00 $57.75 £46.75
Belwerdski € 59.00 $61.95 £50.15
Hotel Gromada Warszawa Centrum € 63.00 $66.15 £53.55
Three Star Hotel Average € 48.75 $51.19 £41.44

Wikipedia Warsaw

Chopin Airport 10 kms (6.21 mi) south-west of Warsaw is the busiest airport in Poland with 11,205,222 passengers per year. The hottest month is July with an average high of 24.4°C (75.9°F). The coldest month is January with an average low of minus4.2°C (24.4°F). The rainiest month is July with 73mm (2.87 inches).

@NomadicYou Does the low hotel cost Warsaw make you want to book a flight and dig into some hearty polish cuisine?

Will my digital nomad income be enough?

How do you make money after leaving your corporate job to be a nomad? JoburgRudolph gives some insight into;

Digital Nomad Income in your pocket
Digital Nomad Income in your pocket

Passive, Residual and Freelancing Digital Nomad Income.

I’m not sure if I am the most typical digital nomad. At 39, most nomads are younger and don’t have as many years of working in corporate behind them. Those years in corporate and a freakish obsession with real estate investment have given me a nice passive income buffer.

But, even with less income from investments, it really is possible to make ends meet as a digital nomad. You’ll just have to rely more heavily on freelancing and residual income. Nomadic You has you covered; Find a marketable skill you are good at and improve your skill with our post on Remote Working All in one for Dummies.

Remote Working All in one for Dummies

To show how all of this can be done in practice, here are my seven multiple income streams for 2017;

Passive Income

The IRS defines passive income as coming from rental activity or trade in which you do not materially participate. I probably don’t have enough share investments as part of my passive income. But, these are my three main passive income sources

#1 Furnished Holiday Letting Cape Town

Cape Town is a hugely popular tourist destination. I am so glad I purchased an apartment in Cape Town for holiday letting. The capital growth has been tremendous. If you choose wisely you can expect to earn around 13% per annum on your investment.

#2 Unfurnished Residential Letting Johannesburg

Cape Town property gets more expensive by the day. Property in Johannesburg is much cheaper though. I earn around 10% per annum on my investment for unfurnished letting. But if business activity improves, I may consider furnished letting to corporates for their employees.

#3 Interest Income

In most countries interest rates are so low that living off interest from your investments is not viable. In South Africa however, you can earn above 7% per annum on a 32 day notice deposit.

Residual Income

Being a landlord can be tricky and freelancing gigs are quite time consuming. Residual income is a good alternative; where you create an asset like a book, a patent or a song and collect royalties for many happy years thereafter.

#4 “Escaping Corporate” Book

Now that I’ve left corporate I am researching all my digital nomad and downshifting options. And turning this into an e-book that I expect to publish in April.

#5 Nomadic You Affiliate Income

The articles that form the basis of my “Escaping Corporate” book form the basis for the Nomadic You website. I’m not too keen on adding Google Ads to the website. But with an increase in visits to the website, there is good potential for affiliate income.

Freelancing Income

In my first couple of months outside corporate I studied “Big Data” and did some data analysis for a company that manufacturers snacks. There is a lot of buzz about data analysis being a career of the future. But, I regret studying big data. Only the largest of corporates have the scale to analyze data in real time. In my opinion, if you want to escape corporate, studying big data is not the best option.

Instead, inspired by writing my own e-book and helping my brother publishing his book on philosophy, I’ll be focusing my freelancing efforts on these two;

#6 Social Media Marketing Cat and Keyboard

I have learned new skills working with WordPress and doing social media marketing for my Nomadic You blog. I’m already doing social media marketing for an editing and manuscript evaluation blog called Cat and Keyboard.

#7 e-Book Cover Design

Several Shaw Academy Digital Marketing, Graphic design and Photoshop diplomas later, I’m feeling confident to start helping other self-publishing authors with their e-book covers. I’m finding Photoshop to be a lot of fun and quite addictive!

@NomadicYou What are the best ways to earn some Digital Nomad Income? How many freelancing gigs do you juggle?

Need Space? The Best Cities to Rent an Apartment

Want to downsize your budget rather than your home size? Then consider these budget destinations;

Asia or Athens? Best Cities to Rent an Apartment. Photo by Elisa Atene
Asia or Athens? Best Cities to Rent an Apartment. Photo by Elisa Atene

Top 25 Best Cities to Rent on Foreign Shores

Extra space doesn’t cost too much in Asia. Must have something to do with developers accommodating larger families? Expatistant stats find that renting an 85m2 apartment in Bangalore, Delhi and Johor Bahru is not much more than renting a studio.

Asia is a great option then if you need space for a study or for your mother-in-law to visit. For the singletons out there, you can save some money by getting a flat mate, rather than having a studio of your own.

Studio for one or sharing?

The same principle applies in Antalya and Athens. For example, getting your own studio apartment in Athens may set you back around $408. But, sharing a larger apartment means you could split the $595 rent in half at $298 each.

Here is the list of best foreign shores to get a larger rental apartment;

Furnished 85m2 Apartment Rental      
1 Antalya $300 € 285 £246
2 Bangalore $337 € 320 £276
3 Bali $414 € 393 £339
4 Colombo $434 € 412 £355
5 Johor Bahru $445 € 423 £365
6 Delhi $450 € 427 £369
7 Chiang Mai $500 € 475 £410
8 Hanoi $539 € 512 £442
9 PlayaDelCarmen $568 € 539 £465
10 Athens $595 € 565 £487
11 Budapest $677 € 643 £555
12 Johannesburg $728 € 691 £597
13 Istanbul $770 € 731 £631
14 Prague $782 € 743 £641
15 Mexico City $803 € 763 £658
16 Lima $806 € 765 £661
17 Bogota $811 € 770 £665
18 Lisbon $825 € 783 £676
19 SaintPetersburg $851 € 808 £698
20 Buenos Aires $868 € 825 £712
21 Phuket $869 € 826 £713
22 Warsaw $887 € 842 £727
23 Santiago $928 € 881 £761
24 Cape Town $956 € 908 £784
25 Bangkok $1102 € 1047 £904

 @NomadicYou Space for a study or yoga room in your larger apartment? Where will it be out of these Best Cities to Rent an Apartment?

Best Rental Destinations for Downshifters

Where can remote workers find the cheapest cities to rent a studio apartment? Nomadic You lists these;

Antalya Beach from your $225 Best Rental Destination. Photo Pixabay
Antalya Beach from your $225 Best Rental Destination. Photo Pixabay

Top 25 Best Rental Destinations in the World.

Expatistan claims to be a Wikipedia for prices. It is a collaborative effort by users to add prices for a variety of items. Since rental cost makes up the largest chunk of most budgets, Nomadic You looked at Expatistan rental prices for our 25 budget destinations.

Expatistan statistics are for rental prices for 85m2 and 45m2 studio apartments in both expensive and ‘normal’ areas. For this comparison, we focused on the smaller studio apartments. Rental costs are an average of the expensive and normal suburb costs.

Furnished Studio Price Per Month      
1 Antalya $225 213 € £184
2 Bangalore $229 217 € £187
3 Bali $259 246 € £212
4 Chiang Mai $266 252 € £218
5 PlayaDelCarmen $295 280 € £242
6 Colombo $316 300 € £259
7 Johor Baru $320 304 € £262
8 Hanoi $355 337 € £291
9 Delhi $361 343 € £296
10 Athens $408 387 € £334
11 Budapest $425 404 € £349
12 SaintPetersburg $472 448 € £387
13 Phuket $517 491 € £424
14 Bogota $531 504 € £435
15 Warsaw $540 513 € £442
16 Prague $541 513 € £443
17 Johannesburg $541 513 € £443
18 Buenos Aires $553 525 € £453
19 Lima $563 535 € £462
20 Istanbul $565 536 € £463
21 Mexico City $576 547 € £472
22 Bangkok $601 571 € £493
23 Lisbon $607 576 € £497
24 Santiago $660 627 € £541
25 Cape Town $684 650 € £561

 @NomadicYou Will it be the beaches of Bali and Antalya, or cultural Chiang Mai and Bangalore that top your best rental destinations?

It is interesting to see how Johannesburg and Cape Town are relatively cheap to buy property in, but not that cheap to rent. The Antalya beaches seem appealing at around $225 for a furnished studio apartment per month. And since this is an average, it is possible to find rental apartments even cheaper than that!