Chiang Mai can be a good place for digital nomad parents who are always on the move with their little ones. It’s well-equipped with amenities that you need in order raise kids successfully. The international and bilingual schools have a decent mix or local and international students so you never have to worry about your child feeling left out. The medical facilities are top notch with fees that don’t cost you an arm and a leg. The city also has plenty of fun activities that you and family can partake in.
Those are just some of the things that make Chiang Mai an ideal city for digital nomads with kids. If you’re new to this lifestyle, here are some tips to help you become a better nomad parent.
1. Don’t over pack
Don’t bother packing bulks of stuff from home when you can easily buy them at your destination. Most of the stuff you need such as toiletries, clothes, food, can be bought cheaper in Chiang Mai. You’ll find plenty of western products here so you have a good chance of finding items for your kids.
2. Get used to living minimally
This ties in with the previous tip. As a family that’s constantly on the move, it is always better to not have that many things with you. You’re not weighed down by so much luggage which makes it easier to move from one place to another. Even if you’ll be staying in one place for a couple of months, we recommend that you try living a minimalist lifestyle. You’ll soon realize you don’t really need half of the things you’re clinging to.
3. Look for a hospital immediately
Get all the medicine, vaccinations, and other treatments your child needs. Also, ask for the hospital’s number in case of an emergency. The medical facilities in Chiang Mai are pretty good so you are assured with a reliable service in case your child suddenly needs a quick trip to the emergency room.
4. Create a routine
Being a digital nomad requires you to be adaptable to change. Most adults are pretty good at doing this but not kids. Too much change can cause them to be overwhelmed which can negatively impact their behavior and cognitive development. It is absolutely important to leave some room for stability. This means putting your kids on a routine. Schedule their waking time for school and non-school days, meals, play time, bed time, outings, etc. Not only is this good for your children but also for your productivity.
5. Let your kids explore
The whole point of becoming a digital nomad was to be free from being stuck in one place. So go ahead and enjoy that privilege with your kids. Set up days/weekends for exploring the city. Chiang Mai offers plenty of family-friendly activities such as cooking classes, hiking, exploring temples, etc. You can also do simple activities like trips to the mall, hunting for a new cuisine, and biking.
6. Just do it
If you think being a digital nomad and a parent at the same time is impossible, you’re wrong. Thousands of families are living the life out there and there is no reason why you can’t. You really could if you wanted to. Sure it takes some preparation but once you have all that you need, there’s no need to overthink it further. Just do it.
That’s it! We hope these tips help you out and inspire you to be a responsible digital nomad parent.
A variation of this post originally appeared on Hobo with a Laptop.
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