Argentina’s Currency Woes/Muddy Water Filter/Nomad Stats

Nomadico issue #66

A weekly newsletter with four quick bites, edited by Tim Leffel, author of A Better Life for Half the Price and The World’s Cheapest Destinations. See past editions here, where your like-minded friends can subscribe and join you.

Argentina’s Mess Gets Messier

You might want to book that trip to Argentina soon before the economy collapses. The government just devalued their official currency rate 18% and raised interest rates to 118% (not a typo). This after a libertarian candidate scored the highest in a primary vote–a candidate who promises to dollarize the monetary system (like Ecuador did) and eliminate the central bank. If you go, bring lots of hard currency cash.

Lifestraw Water Filters

I caught up with some reps from Lifestraw at a travel conference recently and watched them suck dirty water through their signature product as a demo. It’s an easy-to-pack item for backcountry explorers and hikers. For more standard travel, get one of their Go Series bottles with a built-in purifier filter.

Digital Nomad Stats

This article was last updated in April, but there are lots of fun and sometimes surprising statistics in here that I saw confirmed at the Nomad Fest of 700+ people I attended this summer. Some 56% of remote workers are North American and 27% are from Europe, leaving 17% for the rest of the world. These aren’t broke backpackers: the median annual income is $85K. 90% have a formal education, 2/3 are single, and nearly half are self-employed.

Chimp Empire

Here’s something unique to binge-watch on Netflix. A Kevin Kelly mention in Recomendo put Chimp Empire at the top of my viewing list and it’s incredible. It’s a 4-episode nature documentary filmed in a jungle in Uganda, but one with a narrative plot that’s more Sopranos or Succession than Animal Kingdom.


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