WiFi Tribe Review – Should You Join? An Honest and Detailed Review from A Five-Year Digital Nomad

| May 14, 2024

I love WiFi Tribe and highly recommend joining if you’re a digital nomad who wants to contribute to and build a community. Newer nomads love WiFi Tribe because it takes some of the fear and nerves out of nomading; experienced nomads love it for the community. When you’re ready to apply, use my referral code to give your application a boost.

I’ve now done five WiFi Tribe chapters:

  • Medellín, Colombia – February 2023
  • Quito, Ecuador – August 2023
  • Cusco, Peru – September 2023
  • Antigua, Guatemala – November 2023
  • Crete, Greece – April 2024

So here’s the tea. I’m going to answer questions you probably have if you’re thinking about joining WiFi Tribe, share about my experience, and tell you everything you need to know.

What is WiFi Tribe? What’s it like? What’s the vibe? How does it compare to similar communities?

WiFi Tribe is a community of digital nomads who work and travel together. If you have your own business or a remote or location-independent job and you’re thinking of trying out nomad life, WiFi Tribe is a great way to do it. If you’re already a digital nomad and crave community, WiFi Tribe is an amazing way to find it.

You have to apply (use my referral code to give your application a boost). Once you’re accepted, you can join any chapter – WiFi Tribe has chapters nearly year-round with week-long gaps between chapters. Chapters are 28 days long; they start & end on a Friday. There are usually 2-5 chapters going on every month (and chapters often start mid-month).

I describe WiFi tribe as coliving on crack (see my full list of coliving recommendations here). Everyone shares a similar lifestyle and values. You’re arriving and leaving on the same day. And you show up committed to co-creating a beautiful experience together. I find chapters to be intense, and I like to give my all. It’s very work hard play hard. My first chapter was definitely not the most productive time in my business, but I’ve gotten better at balancing my needs. It’s just hard not to have FOMO – I want to participate in everything! In many chapters, I’m working all day plus at least one or more activities with the Tribe.

I haven’t done Hacker Paradise or Remote Year, but I know tons of people who have. From what I hear, WiFi Tribe has a lower acceptance rate and quality people. WiFi Tribe does less for you – you are co-creating the experience with your chapter. Your host is there to set the vibe, not plan activities for you – you do that with your fellow Tribers. WiFi Tribe is a bit more rugged and scrappy – perhaps not as nice accommodations but also less profit-focused. I’ve heard Remote Year can have huge ‘chapters’ with 50+ people, none of whom are vetted. However, they do everything for you, have local teams who can help you navigate the country, language and culture, and it’s a one-stop shop where you do all your tours and activities ($$$$) through them, and it’s pre-planned. So if you need to know your schedule far in advance and don’t have the capacity or desire to contribute, that might be a better fit for you.

Some of the things I love about WiFi Tribe:

  • Small chapters (10-26ish people) gives you more of a chance to get to know people.
  • It’s a curated community with a thorough application process and about a 20% acceptance rate. Most people you’ll meet in WiFi Tribe are phenomenal humans.
  • It’s a co-created experience with nomads who are flexible, good-natured, and adaptable
  • Community policies and values

Who should join?

Join WiFi Tribe if you love the idea of contributing to a community and meeting other like-minded nomads. Don’t join if you’re not prepared to contribute and want everything done for you.

When should I join?

I recommend applying a few months before a chapter you want to join (use my referral code to give your application a boost).

What should I know going into my first chapter? How do I make the most of a WiFi Tribe chapter?

WiFi Tribe can definitely do a better job of onboarding first-time Tribers and preparing y’all for your first chapter. Here are my tips –

  • Try to go into it fresh and with energy. I often like to spend time alone before and after a chapter. I know at the end of a chapter my social battery will be low.
  • Focus on connecting with your fellow Tribers. (i.e. on chapter is not a time where I join local Facebook groups, get on Bumble, or invite friends and family to come visit me). My focus is on connecting with the other humans on chapter. If you do make other plans, you’ll probably have FOMO!
  • Chapter can be a bit of a bubble – you’re in a bubble with your fellow Tribers. On chapter I don’t tend to make a lot of local friends. There’s just not enough time, space, and capacity.
  • Don’t plan anything for the week after chapter. Often, post-chapter plans will emerge with others on the chapter.
  • If there’s a big adventure that needs to be booked in advance (Machu Picchu, Galapagos), plan that with your fellow Tribers in advance. Otherwise wait til you’re on chapter to start making plans! I can’t focus on a chapter until I’m there.
  • You’re going to go on weekend trips and adventures. So make sure you pack for them! Bring layers, hiking stuff, bathing suits, etc.
  • Check in is usually 3pmish the day chapter starts. It’s ok to arrive late if you need to. I like to arrive in the evening on the first day of chapter if possible. You’ll see when others are arriving and can plan to share cabs.
  • It’s also ok to leave chapter a few days early if you need to. WiFi Tribe always keeps the property til Saturday if you need to stay one more night. I prefer leaving on the earlier side – nice to go out on a high and not be one of the last few.
  • Show up ready to contribute. WiFi Tribe is a co-created experience. Do you want to cook for everyone? Teach a skillshare about something you’re passionate about (I usually do an improv workshop)? Plan a weekend trip?
  • Be considerate of your fellow Tribers and communal spaces. Don’t leave dishes in the sink. If you have an issue, try to resolve it yourself – don’t just go to the host for help. WiFi Tribe operates on the premise that we’re all well-versed travelers who can handle ourselves!

How much does it cost? Is it good value?

There is an annual membership fee that starts at $500 (it gets cheaper over time) to join. This gives you access to the WiFi Tribe community and Slack – so even if you’re not on a chapter you can connect with other nomads around the world. There are about 600 active members.

Chapter pricing is based on whether you’re booking a shared room or a private room, and if you choose an upgrade (like ensuite bathroom, desk in your room, etc). I always book a private room (with an upgrade if needed) to make sure I have a desk in my room so I can do calls and webinars with privacy. There is also tiered pricing for chapters – the longer you stay in the community, the cheaper the prices get over time.

You can also buy deposits for chapters in bulk if you’d like to buy yourself into a cheaper tier. When I joined, I immediately bought myself Veteran status – I knew I’d love WiFi Tribe and would want to stay in for a while.

If you think of the cost of the chapter as the price of the room, you’ll probably be unhappy. It’s not cheap (you can definitely find a room for cheaper), and the accommodations aren’t necessarily gorgeous (depends on the chapter). You’re paying for the community and the experience – which is truly priceless. I think it is good value – I’ve met so many amazing humans (including my last partner), and had such incredible experiences because of this community. I hiked two active volcanoes, went paragliding, hot air ballooning, scuba diving, and made friends for life.

Things to consider when booking a chapter

Some things to think about as you decide whether to book an individual chapter –

  • Does the chapter align geographically with your travel route and my plans?
  • Are there any safety or security concerns? WiFi Tribe rarely cancels chapters & refunds them, so if you have concerns, wait to book until you feel confident/comfortable
  • What time zone is it in? Will I be able to do my work? In my experience, Latin America chapters were super fun – most people were working US hours and were all free at the same time to hang out. In Crete it was more challenging – still a lot of people working US hours, so it made it harder to plan things with us all together.
  • If you’re in WiFi Tribe, you’ll get updates about how full/empty chapters are, so you can decide when you need to book as you finalize your plans. Some chapters fill quickly and some don’t.
  • Check the weather for that location for that time of year and make sure that sounds good to you.
  • Make sure you read the chapter page thoroughly.
    • This includes for room upgrades – if all rooms have a desk, maybe you don’t need an upgrade ;p
    • If you’re picky about accommodations, make sure you will feel comfortable with them
    • Is it a chapter where you’ll be in the city or more removed, and does that vibe with you?
    • Is it a car-sharing chapter? Are you comfortable driving?

WiFi Tribe Critiques & Things to Improve

Here are some things I’m hoping WiFi Tribe works to improve –

  • Gender balance – some chapters tend to be more female-heavy. A lot of WiFi Tribe’s marketing is aimed at women, and I’m hoping they work to attract more men and create more gender-balanced chapters.
  • Diversity – the nomad community as a whole is predominantly white and from the US. WiFi Tribe seeks to attract more diverse members, and I hope they continue to do so. The prices can make it prohibitive if your job isn’t a well-paying one, which can automatically rule out people from lower-income countries.
  • Chapters that align geographically – WiFi Tribe should make more of an effort to create geographical pathways in their chapters. It’s better for the environment and much easier for long-term nomads to join that way.
  • Safety and security – WiFi Tribe should do a better job of monitoring security risks in countries where they have chapters and alerting members to important info and changes – and amending their cancellation policies if needed. If you’re a US citizen, I recommend signing up for the STEP program so you can get important safety updates about where you’re traveling. You can also learn about your destination and any travel advisories from the US State Department.
  • User-generated contentWiFi Tribe’s user-generated content terms and conditions need to be amended. They are too far-reaching and usurping the rights of members who provide a valuable service by documenting Tribe adventures and sharing about them. As content creation grows, this will become untenable. “By providing the Content to Us or posting such Content to social media you are granting WiFi Tribe a worldwide, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, right and license to host, store, use, copy, display, reproduce, adapt, edit, publish, modify and distribute the Content. This grant of rights and license applies to use of your name, contact information, photo, likeness, voice, and other personal information, if included in the Content. The grant of this license shall be irrevocable and shall survive the termination of this Agreement. You understand and agree that we may monitor or review any Content you post as part of our Service. We may delete, edit, or require you to delete any Content, in whole or in part, that in our sole judgment violates this Agreement or may harm the reputation of the Service, other members or our partners.”

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So what do you think? Are you joining WiFi Tribe? Let me know if you apply & if you use my referral code. Got any other questions I can answer for you? Give me a shout on Instagram at @t.prad and let me know!

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