Welcome to The Nomad Life



My name is Fran and I’m a journalist and full time traveler. My mission in La Vida Nomade is to share my experiences to help others.

The motto of this blog is: travel, learn, share.



Next time you meet some latinos, PLEASE don’t ask this!

Do you want to know how is working on cruise ships? You are in the right place.

This is a tough question. Let me help you with your luggage.

8 reasons why you should consider breaking up with your girlfriend and travel solo. Just kidding!


An opinion about travel blogs

I thought for several weeks —or months I should say— about writing this article. But I didn't want to be harsh. I am not an expert in travel blogs and I don't pretend to be one. I built this site during a very difficult time when I barely had time to go to the...

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La Vida Nomade’s first Liebster award!

So I've got nominated for my first Liebster Award, yey!!! What the hell is that? Well, it's an award given to bloggers by other bloggers who deserve recognition. Isn't that sweet? So this is how it goes: the nominee has to answer a bunch of questions given by the...

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I worked as a stripper in New Zealand

When you are planning a long trip overseas under a Working Holiday visa, a lot of questions might arise and maybe the most important one is which job are you going to do. You've heard a lot of stories from other backpackers and how they worked hard picking kiwis in...

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5 reasons why you should work on a cruise ship

Why should you consider working on a cruise ship? Whaaat? Wasn't me who wrote 5 reasons working on ships is not glamorous? Yep. Actually, it's one of my most visited and controversial posts. But as everything has its dark side —or not very glamorous—, there is also a...

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Crew Life: What should I pack

I thought about writing this article every time I had to pack my suitcase before heading to a new contract. Each time, the same dilemma arose: what should I pack? This is not an easy task considering that we need clothes and accessories for six months (or more) in...

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5 reasons working on ships is not glamorous

Working on a cruise ship is a great opportunity to see new places and meet amazing people, save money, gain experience and go to the best parties ever. Nevertheless, not everything that glitters is gold, so here I give you 5 reasons why working on ships is not...

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Be careful with this scam in Santiago, Chile

TRAVELLING TO CHILE? BE CAREFUL WITH THIS SCAM IN SANTIAGO Santiago is a big city and is quite safe for Latin American standards. But, as many other big cities, you should have extra care. There are some scams going on, and this one is totally new for me. "En su...

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Free Walking Tours around the world

What is a Free Walking Tour? Well, exactly what it means: a walking tour where you are not forced to pay. Wait, are they really free? Yes... and no. Basically, these tours are free of charge, but the guide will ask you for a collaboration at the end. A lot of people...

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Free walking tours in Asia

Free Walking Tours in Asia   It is your own responsability to check meeting point, schedule and if the tour is running the date you want. This is a work in progress, I'll be adding more free walking tours in Asia to this list. All of them are in English, but soon...

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