I love living in walkable areas of town. I can always find them. But now I'm wondering where in the world are the most walkable places? I'm imagining walk streets (no cars), zoning allowing both business and residential, parks or beaches ,etc.
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tl;dr: introduce yourself in this thread.
We must all get sick of the same backpacker travel questions when we meet new friends, I know I do.
You know the ones - where are you from, where’ve you been, where are you going, what do you do, how long have you been doing it - etc.
The novelty of answering these questions wears off after maybe a week, but they’re nonetheless insightful and no matter how much we hate them, we find ourselves asking others.
So let’s bring the dreaded backpacker questionnaire to NomadForum and introduce ourselves shall we?
- what’s your name?
- where are you from?
- how long have you been away from home?
- what do you do?
- where are you currently?
- where are you going?
- what has been memorable for you so far?
- will you go home anytime soon?
- what have you learnt during your time as a nomad?
- [insert your own question here]
No need to answer them all if you don’t want to
But the more you share… The merrier!
Any US nomads found health insurance with global coverage? My current approach has been to have US health insurance, essentially a waste of money but if I ever got very sick I could go home and have coverage. My actual healthcare is a combination of travel insurance (haven’t really used it much though) and paying cash in cheap places like SE Asia and Latin America. The cobbled together approach is neither simple nor very cost-effective. Love to find a product with global coverage that also satisfies Obamacare requirements. Any leads?
I’m a Swiss Citizen but full time traveler (living a few month there and there) and therefore don’t have a permanent residence/home anywhere in the world.
For this reason, I’m as well not registered in Switzerland and therefore don’t have medical care since I would have to pay at least 200$ monthly for medical care which I won’t use since I’m not living there.
As a in Switzerland unregistered Swiss Citizen I don’t have medical care in Switzerland but, however based on Swiss Law I’m always allowed to return to Switzerland, register and then get medical coverage (f.e. in a medical emergency).
So now I was looking for both, an international health insurance with good coverage and an additional travel insurance for my trips. Unfortunately every insurance I check, I got asked for a permanent residence - which I don’t have and don’t want to. So I don’t know what to fill out and if I still can get insurance without having a permanent residence.
I was wondering if there are any nomads here with a similar situation like me and (not registered anywhere and without a permanent residence)? If so, what health insurance, travel insurance you have and where?
PS. As well I’m not sure if it is kind of illegal not having a permanent residence anywhere plus where do I have to pay taxes?
Would be extremely grateful for any help on those matters - thanks so much!
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