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@alexeymk

Hackathon snob, tabletop aficionado, amateur cyclist and immature climber. SF-based product engineer for hire turned digital nomad @hackerparadise
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Auckland

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Tel Aviv

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Tokyo

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Taipei

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  • IsraelIsrael
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    2.54 5
    1496 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    okay
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™€๏ธ Safety
    okay
    Tap to Open

    โ˜€๏ธ Feels 21.5°70.5°20°67.86°AQI50
    6mo
    $3,863 / mo
    13Mbps
  • New ZealandNew Zealand
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.24 5
    1878 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    okay
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™€๏ธ Safety
    good
    Tap to Open

    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 24°75°21°69.33°AQI32
    2mo
    $2,610 / mo
    23Mbps
  • TaiwanTaiwan
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.27 5
    1804 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™€๏ธ Safety
    good
    Tap to Open

    ๐ŸŒค Feels 28°82°27°80.19°AQI44
    1mo
    $1,501 / mo
    25Mbps
  • FranceFrance
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    2.86 5
    6540 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™€๏ธ Safety
    okay
    Tap to Open

    โ˜€๏ธ Feels 20°68°20°68.195°AQI37
    21d
    $3,103 / mo
    24Mbps
  • ItalyItaly
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    2.95 5
    6828 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    okay
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™€๏ธ Safety
    good
    Tap to Open

    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 20°68°20°68.3°AQI33
    9d
    $2,925 / mo
    15Mbps
  • JapanJapan
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    2.92 5
    6962 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    okay
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™€๏ธ Safety
    good
    Tap to Open

    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 14.5°58°15°58.63°AQI39
    6d
    $2,612 / mo
    22Mbps
  • ๐Ÿ›ฌ Frequent visits

  • TaipeiTaipei
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.96 5
    210 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™€๏ธ Safety
    great
    Tap to Open

    It's the hidden garden of Eden of Asia. Safe, clean, good services, relatively cheap for the quality of living you can get here. Friendly people and attractive girls. You walk out of the house, sun is shining with this cool tower in the skyline, you get your coffee, and some 7 eleven snack you go do some work. As Pieter said, you get to hang out with cool taiwanese ppl, many studied and worked in USA, and in general open to foreigners. Always felt treated well. For some reason, Taiwanese people don't think as highly of their country, but having seen the rest of the world, believe this is Heaven. Imagine if whole of China was as cool as Taiwan, the world would be one big happy party. Sorry not sorry

    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 25°77°22°71.84°AQI37
    1x
    $1,747 / mo
    20Mbps
  • TokyoTokyo
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.37 5
    221 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    very bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    great
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™€๏ธ Safety
    great
    Tap to Open

    Really fun city. I think the easiest big city in Asia for westerners to feel comfortable in. People are generally pretty friendly on a superficial level, quick to smile, laugh, and help. Unfortunately, becoming real friends with Japanese is much more difficult and most cannot speak English. Store staff are mechanically polite like robots, which is better than rude, but also a bit weird. A bit pricey and gets more expensive after a year of residence (after you get taxed based on previous year's salary, same for health insurance fees). You can drink in public at any time, though it's not really a drinker city like some European cities are known for. Clubs and music events are expensive unfortunately, though quite a few options. Great public transport system, can just be a bit confusing with all of the different names. The street layout is completely chaotic, which can be fun but also disorienting. You will often have no idea which direction you are facing, like you are in a giant maze. You can find most major international food options but not in great numbers. Obviously, Japanese food is everywhere though. It's technically on the water, though odds are you will live more inland. Still, you can reach the bay within an hour or so and an actual beach further south in Kanagawa within 90min. Japan itself has a lot of cool things to check out as well. Best time of year are spring (cherry blossoms) and fall (cooler, leaves changing cooler), though there are a series of summer festivals that start in August that are incredible (people dress in traditional clothes, food vendors all over, tons of fireworks, etc.) and they have a lot of Christmas lights and displays in December. Dating for men is not bad, just don't come expecting every woman wants you. As mentioned before, most cannot speak English and they're somewhat conservative overall, not big on casual sex. You may have an advantage in the dating pool if you're not an English teacher, since most western foreign guys there are and that job is known for not paying that well, and definitely do if you can speak Japanese near fluently. Some negatives besides those already mentioned: it's really humid and mold develops quickly, there are A LOT of crows that creeped me out and cicadas that are VERY noisy in the summer, finding the right specialist doctor that also speaks English can be tricky, the friends you make from other countries come and go constantly, a lot of guys with issues come here (socially awkward, major womanizers, right wing nuts, escaping something from their home country, stereotypical anime fanatics, etc.), Japanese men are not anywhere near as friendly as the women are and are more likely to be xenophobic (pretty much like every other country), living space is really small for the price, vegetable selection is pretty limited and expensive, a lot of food products contain soy, subways get really overcrowded during rush hour, popular areas get really overcrowded on weekends, it's not that English friendly especially dealing with contracts and anything government related (there is a free foreigner help service that can help you via phone and usually whatever government stuff you're dealing with will have at least one person on hand who understands English and can help you).

    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 24°75°21°69.6°AQI16
    1x
    $4,368 / mo
    22Mbps
  • Tel AvivTel Aviv
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    2.45 5
    195 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    very bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    okay
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™€๏ธ Safety
    good
    Tap to Open

    One of my favorite places. It is a bit more expensive, but if you are ok with spending more for living, you will get sun, beaches, safety (I never felt threatened), culture. Jerusalem is just an hour bus ride away for touristing (bus prices are super cheap). You have to be ok with soldiers with guns walking around. And you have to get used to getting your bags searched every time you go into a mall or movie theater. I got used to it pretty quickly. I loved Tel Aviv.

    โ˜€๏ธ Feels 24°75°21°70.02°AQI50
    1x
    $3,992 / mo
    13Mbps
  • GrenobleGrenoble
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    2.27 5
    180 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    okay
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™€๏ธ Safety
    okay
    Tap to Open

    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 24°75°21°70.05°AQI30
    1x
    $2,875 / mo
    23Mbps
  • AucklandAuckland
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.18 5
    205 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    okay
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™€๏ธ Safety
    great
    Tap to Open

    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 26°79°24°74.89°AQI35
    1x
    $2,867 / mo
    30Mbps
  • ๐Ÿ›Œ Longest stays

  • Tel AvivTel Aviv
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    2.45 5
    195 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    very bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    okay
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™€๏ธ Safety
    good
    Tap to Open

    One of my favorite places. It is a bit more expensive, but if you are ok with spending more for living, you will get sun, beaches, safety (I never felt threatened), culture. Jerusalem is just an hour bus ride away for touristing (bus prices are super cheap). You have to be ok with soldiers with guns walking around. And you have to get used to getting your bags searched every time you go into a mall or movie theater. I got used to it pretty quickly. I loved Tel Aviv.

    โ˜€๏ธ Feels 24°75°21°70.02°AQI50
    6mo
    $3,992 / mo
    13Mbps
  • AucklandAuckland
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.18 5
    205 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    okay
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™€๏ธ Safety
    great
    Tap to Open

    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 26°79°24°74.89°AQI35
    2mo
    $2,867 / mo
    30Mbps
  • TaipeiTaipei
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.96 5
    210 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™€๏ธ Safety
    great
    Tap to Open

    It's the hidden garden of Eden of Asia. Safe, clean, good services, relatively cheap for the quality of living you can get here. Friendly people and attractive girls. You walk out of the house, sun is shining with this cool tower in the skyline, you get your coffee, and some 7 eleven snack you go do some work. As Pieter said, you get to hang out with cool taiwanese ppl, many studied and worked in USA, and in general open to foreigners. Always felt treated well. For some reason, Taiwanese people don't think as highly of their country, but having seen the rest of the world, believe this is Heaven. Imagine if whole of China was as cool as Taiwan, the world would be one big happy party. Sorry not sorry

    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 25°77°22°71.84°AQI37
    1mo
    $1,747 / mo
    20Mbps
  • GrenobleGrenoble
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    2.27 5
    180 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    okay
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™€๏ธ Safety
    okay
    Tap to Open

    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 24°75°21°70.05°AQI30
    21d
    $2,875 / mo
    23Mbps
  • TokyoTokyo
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.37 5
    221 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    very bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    great
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™€๏ธ Safety
    great
    Tap to Open

    Really fun city. I think the easiest big city in Asia for westerners to feel comfortable in. People are generally pretty friendly on a superficial level, quick to smile, laugh, and help. Unfortunately, becoming real friends with Japanese is much more difficult and most cannot speak English. Store staff are mechanically polite like robots, which is better than rude, but also a bit weird. A bit pricey and gets more expensive after a year of residence (after you get taxed based on previous year's salary, same for health insurance fees). You can drink in public at any time, though it's not really a drinker city like some European cities are known for. Clubs and music events are expensive unfortunately, though quite a few options. Great public transport system, can just be a bit confusing with all of the different names. The street layout is completely chaotic, which can be fun but also disorienting. You will often have no idea which direction you are facing, like you are in a giant maze. You can find most major international food options but not in great numbers. Obviously, Japanese food is everywhere though. It's technically on the water, though odds are you will live more inland. Still, you can reach the bay within an hour or so and an actual beach further south in Kanagawa within 90min. Japan itself has a lot of cool things to check out as well. Best time of year are spring (cherry blossoms) and fall (cooler, leaves changing cooler), though there are a series of summer festivals that start in August that are incredible (people dress in traditional clothes, food vendors all over, tons of fireworks, etc.) and they have a lot of Christmas lights and displays in December. Dating for men is not bad, just don't come expecting every woman wants you. As mentioned before, most cannot speak English and they're somewhat conservative overall, not big on casual sex. You may have an advantage in the dating pool if you're not an English teacher, since most western foreign guys there are and that job is known for not paying that well, and definitely do if you can speak Japanese near fluently. Some negatives besides those already mentioned: it's really humid and mold develops quickly, there are A LOT of crows that creeped me out and cicadas that are VERY noisy in the summer, finding the right specialist doctor that also speaks English can be tricky, the friends you make from other countries come and go constantly, a lot of guys with issues come here (socially awkward, major womanizers, right wing nuts, escaping something from their home country, stereotypical anime fanatics, etc.), Japanese men are not anywhere near as friendly as the women are and are more likely to be xenophobic (pretty much like every other country), living space is really small for the price, vegetable selection is pretty limited and expensive, a lot of food products contain soy, subways get really overcrowded during rush hour, popular areas get really overcrowded on weekends, it's not that English friendly especially dealing with contracts and anything government related (there is a free foreigner help service that can help you via phone and usually whatever government stuff you're dealing with will have at least one person on hand who understands English and can help you).

    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 24°75°21°69.6°AQI16
    6d
    $4,368 / mo
    22Mbps
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