My Quest for the Perfect Office, Part 2

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My Quest for the Perfect 'Digital Nomad' Office

Taunting friends on Facebook is fun! While this started as a way to annoy family and friends back home, photographing my favorite ‘offices’ has become a bit of a hobby. Here are some of the best:

Tat Lo, Laos (above)
Pros: Beautiful view from my room’s balcony which extends over the river, dirt cheap ($8 per night), cold beer, reliable power, waterfall in the distance, old men net-fishing in the river, lightning bug show in the evening.
Cons: No wifi (like much of Laos), hard to get motivated to do anything.

Practicality: 2 out of 5 | Gloat Factor: 4 out of 5Johnny Vagabond -- travel, humor, photography

My Quest for the Perfect 'Digital Nomad' Office

Peppermint Cafe, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Pros: One of my all-time favorite spots, great food/service, solid wifi/power, on a quiet soi in the heart of the tourist district, order a coffee and stay all day.
Cons: The waitress is too cute and charming? The friendly Burmese waiter is too helpful? That’s all I’ve got.

Practicality: 5 out of 5 | Gloat Factor: 3 out of 5

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My Quest for the Perfect 'Digital Nomad' Office

Hilton Hotel, San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Pros: Main reason to work here: it’s one of the few places in San Pedro Sula where I wasn’t worried about being shot. (Honduras is currently the murder capital of the world).
Cons: Expensive (my buddy and I stayed there on points) and bland.
Practicality: 3 out of 5 | Gloat Factor: 0 out of 5

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My Quest for the Perfect ‘Digital Nomad’ Office

Hotel cafe in the beach town of Tela, Honduras
Pros: One of only two places in town with free wifi, great view, nice breezes
Cons: Dial-up speed, tough resisting the urge to go swimming.
Practicality: 2 out of 5 | Gloat Factor: 4 out of 5

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My Quest for the Perfect ‘Digital Nomad’ Office

Carnitas Nia Lolas, Copan de Ruinas, Honduras
Pros: Free wifi, power available only outside (true story), amazing grilled beef and cheap beer.
Cons: During a rain, making your way home via the steep cobblestone streets can be a bit tricky, especially after a few of the ‘cheap beers’.
Practicality: 2 out of 5 | Gloat Factor: 3 out of 5

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My Quest for the Perfect ‘Digital Nomad’ Office

Lakeside view, Flores, Guatemala
Pros: Several cafes with decent wifi and power, good food, amazing views.
Cons: Mosquitos can be tough, odd hours in the off-season.
Practicality: 3 out of 5 | Gloat Factor: 3 out of 5

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My Quest for the Perfect ‘Digital Nomad’ Office

Lake Peten, El Remate, Guatemala
Pros: Great view of ‘El Crocodillo’, the hillside that looks like a crocodile’s profile (see it?), good food (for Guatemala), cold beer.
Cons: no wifi, glare can be a major pain.
Practicality: 2 out of 5 | Gloat Factor: 3 out of 5

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Where have you found your favorite work space while traveling?

Check out Part 1 of this series HERE.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Audrey | That Backpacker December 28, 2012 at 8:27 am

Ooo, I’m liking the last 2 from Guatemala! I’d take an office like that any day. ;)

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Will Jackson - The Bearded Wanderer December 28, 2012 at 9:50 am

Damn, I wish I’d known about the Peppermint Cafe while I was in Chiang Mai.

My favourite cafe was Ponganes. They make amazingly good coffee (maybe as good as Ristr8to) but don’t have electricity for laptops and enough space to make a good office hideaway.

Good to see a new post!

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The Gypsy Nurse December 28, 2012 at 1:16 pm

I would take any of these over my current office situation! However, the wifi is pretty good…and it’s free!

Gloat Factor: 0
Practicality: 5

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wes December 30, 2012 at 7:42 am

Practicality wins!

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Toni December 28, 2012 at 6:19 pm

I really want to steal this idea haha I’ve had enough of other people making me jealous and I want to get some payback next year :D

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wes December 30, 2012 at 7:42 am

The cries of “you jerk!” on Facebook are extremely satisfying :)

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Maria AcceleratedStall December 28, 2012 at 7:35 pm

#1 looks great! Noticed there is almost always a beverage present, just to the right of your laptop. Back on topic though, well, someone has to have the office with a view – nicely done Wes.

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wes December 30, 2012 at 7:41 am

Thanks, Maria. That beverage is just for branding purposes, of course ;)

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Stephanie - The Travel Chica December 29, 2012 at 11:33 am

I’d pick Flores for my office.

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wes December 30, 2012 at 7:15 am

Flores is lovely. I had several favorite spots there.

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Jeff at Planet Bell December 29, 2012 at 9:35 pm

The Gloat Factor probably could be 5 of 5 on any of them since you are not in an office. I love the concept of taking these photos. I am working from home the next month in Oklahoma, not as nice as the tropics. Safe travels.

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Ayngelina January 3, 2013 at 10:08 am

No Mexico???

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Richard Crest January 10, 2013 at 2:31 am

Wow! I would love to Peppermint Cafe and see beautiful waitress there. Well, of course to visit beaches in Phuket, Thailand and do surfing.

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Carlo April 26, 2013 at 7:51 pm

What a great idea for blog post Johnny! I think I’ll nick this idea if you don’t mind for when I hit Asia in the summer.

As always, I love following your life and stories.

Regards
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