Nomads who bounce around Europe: Has anyone tried to use Andorra as their non-schengen time? I’ve read that you don’t get a stamp at the border, so I’m guessing if you wanted to do this you’d need to go to a govt office for a stamp? Is this even possible? If you’ve done this, would love to hear your experience!
📈 Averages over time
Average temperature and ratings of the cities you went (and when you were there). Interesting to see if there's progression in the quality of the places you visit. Be sure to add your home country cities too to make this chart accurate.
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I was thinking about packing today and I’m curious: what’s the weirdest thing you guys have in your bags? Nomads are, by nature, minimalists, but I’m sure we all do it differently. I have a friend who travels with BASE jumping gear, another a sequin dress. So, what’s the most unusual thing in your bag?
Mine is probably that I travel with a dog.
Doing some travel planning for when my boyfriend and I have to be out of the Schengen in the spring. I’m looking at Dubrovnik and Mostar. We’ll probably get to both of them, but was wondering - for those who have been - which one would you recommend basing in longer-term?
Some context on us: we love food and the outdoors. Both of us are cyclists (and should have folding bikes with us by then) and enjoy hiking/walking. Great views are a must. And neither of us are bar or party people, so the night scene isn’t a factor for us. Quiet places are great and I love small towns.
Keep in mind that this will be March/April/maybe May next year, so not high tourist season. I don’t mind if things are generally bustling, but I hate super crowded touristy spots (for example: I love Rome in winter and hate it in summer).
If anyone has insight, would love to hear it!
I’m in the process of buying a Brompton folding bike (I love cycling, but sold my full-sized bike last year after a cycle trip across France since it was just too much trouble to be constantly packing and shipping it - the solution: folding bike!) and I’m wondering if anyone else travels with one?
I’m trying to find a hard-sided suitcase that will fit the Brompton for plane travel and would love any recommendations! Most luggage is the wrong dimensions as far as I can tell, so hoping someone with first-hand experience might be out there to weigh in.
I’ve been seeing a lot of budgeting questions floating around lately (not just here, but other nomad forums), so I thought it might be useful to start a thread where anyone who is sharing their nomadic budgets can drop a link (or the budget itself).
I know Betsy and Warren of Married with Luggage share theirs here: http://www.rtwexpenses.com/
My friend Ali isn’t full-time on the road, but she shares real budgets for her trips: http://www.aliadventures.com/category/real-travel-budgets/
Anyone else out there sharing budgets for nomadic life? Please share your links below!
So, I’m in Colombia at the moment and have experienced some really intense harassment and even violence here. I was shocked because it’s been recommended to me by so many people, and so I thought perhaps it would be useful to start a thread here where we (we being women and other minorities) can talk about places where we recommend either not traveling or being particularly on guard.
So, are there any places you’ve been where you’ve experienced more violence, harassment, or maltreatment? Are there any places that you recommend other women/LGBT/ethnic minorities be particularly careful or not travel to?
I don’t want this to become a super negative thing or a personal preference thing, but I am hoping to get some insight into areas that might be more concerning and/or unsafe for certain groups so that we can all make informed decisions about where we want to spend our time. I really wish someone would have been frank with me about the issues here in Colombia, so I’m hoping we can be frank with each other about places where we haven’t felt 100% safe.
So, I’ll start:
I’ve had little to no problems in other parts of South and Central America, but here in Colombia I have witnessed not only street harassment, but also actual violence and malice and, worse, have seen people who could do something to stop it shrugging it off and saying “it’s normal here.” I would not recommend it for women and particularly women traveling alone.
Similarly, in Morocco I felt very uncomfortable as a female traveler. There wasn’t as much yelling or in-your-face harassment, but there was a ton of staring, men invading my space (standing over me in a bus and staring down at me from less than a foot away, for example), and men treating me like a second-class citizen (refusing to let me pass them on the sidewalk and instead forcing me to go around them into a busy street). I was traveling with a friend and we were both pretty exhausted by the end of the trip.
For those of you who have spent time in Eastern Europe, I’d love to know where you’ve found good tech and/or entrepreneurship communities? My partner and I are going to spend a good bit of time in EE next year and would love to know some good spots for both networking and just finding like-minded people. Would love any tips you can offer, especially on non-capital cities or places that aren’t as well known.
I’m doing a series of nomad interviews to demonstrate how different we all do this nomad thing. I’ve just published one on How Fast Do Nomads Travel? (http://gigigriffis.com/how-fast-do-digital-nomads-travel/) and I’ve got a few coming up on Do Digital Nomads Have Home Bases?, What Are Digital Nomad Work Schedules Like?, How Do Nomads Choose Where to Go Next? Etc.
I’m looking for people who would be interested in answering some questions and sharing their personal nomadic perspectives. So if that’s you, let me know.
Also, it’s really important to me to show some diversity, so I’m particularly interested in interviewing POC and nomads who are from unusual backgrounds (for example: 40+ nomads, retired nomads, nomads with kids, LGBT nomads, etc.).
Hey fellow nomads!
I’m working on an article and would love to know: what are the most common questions people ask you about nomading/travel/working from the road?
My tax firm just did something shady, so I’m thinking if I can find someone in time I’d like to make a switch. Anyone have a recommendation?
I’m planning to head back to the Alps (Interlaken area) for May and June. Any chance any other nomads are planning a similar trip and have an interest in pooling our resources for housing since it can be a bit on the pricey side there? Let me know!
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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!
I’m looking for an international health insurance (no travel insurance) for my nomadic life. It should cover the basic services and at least be accepted in the EU (it’s ok if it’s not accepted in the US as I’m aware they rarely are). Nice to have: enter into a contract online. Anyone got a good experience or a recommendation?
Thanks in advance!
There’s been a lot of discussion on this recently.
Nomads usually stay in hostels, hotels and short-term apartments. But it’s all not very optimal.
I’ve heard people suggest getting funding and building a network of houses you can stay at for a subscription price (e.g. Bruno Haid is working on that).
I don’t want do physical stuff, so I’m thinking of building a platform around making housing better for nomads.
What are the housing problems nomads face? And how can we solve them with products/services?
I’m getting ready for my first trip abroad alone (this Oct). I decided on Chiang Mai because I feel like it might be the best place to get my feet wet. Plus I’ve been planning on going to Thailand now for about 3 years. Dream started 3 years ago, started my business 2 years ago, finished college/moved out of my parents 1 year ago, left my part-time crutch job a few months ago and now I make enough online to be location independent.
But now that my dream is becoming a reality, I’m actually kinda scared. Just thinking about boarding a plane with only a backpack in my possession is liberating but also frightening. Probably the craziest thing I’ve done in my life and I’ve worked so hard to get to this point.
I’m sure that most people here had to deal with the fear of leaving for the first time, the uncertainty of what will happen, and maybe even some resistance from your family. I’m just wondering how you dealt with it? Maybe I just need to re-read some of the books (4 hour workweek, vagabonding, The $100 startup, etc…) that gave me the motivation and courage to start in the first place. What motivates you to keep going?
The last few years I’ve spent mostly in Asia (Thailand/Indonesia) and Europe (Spain/Italy), but I run a company in the US and need to coordinate with 10 US based employees and business partners. The time zone issues between EU/US and SEA/US are exhausting even if I love the locales.
I’d really like to try romping around the Americas for a while, but I’ve never been south of Baja California and really can’t find much positive having been said about remotely working from CA/SA as a DN.
I know some hippy, surfer, artist, musician, yoga teacher types calling various locals home, but no one making a living online… more than a few people have told me it’s fabulous down there until you go to Thailand/Bali and then you wonder why all those ExPats are suffering in CA/SA. Of course you only really know when you go yourself.
I’d love to see nomadlist.io get filled out with more details on Central and South American cities. It seems really sparse coverage at the moment, but maybe that’s simply because it’s not good and no one stays there for long.
I was wondering what systems/apps etc people use for tracking their living expenses? I try to keep records but find that some months I prepay for a lot of future expenses (eg. Airbnb, flights etc) while other months I spend little because everything has already been made.
I guess what I need to know is my actual spending in a month, regardless of when I actually spent the money but also the cash flow for each month.
We’re researching places to use as a home base next year, and are leaning towards Mexico or Panama for 10 months (with 1 week “vacations” to explore surrounding countries)
But, I want to settle some place where the infrastructure is good enough for fast, reliable internet - fast enough to run live webinars without worrying that I’ll be S.O.L due to internet issues when it’s time to go live.
And ideally, I’d like to be on the coast… I like to have ocean/beach access without the need for a drive.
And not in a malaria zone (just saying, since Panama in particular has many areas that I’d rule out simply due to the need for malaria prevention meds)… it’s one thing to take that stuff for a few weeks long trip, but I don’t want to take it for months on end.
Thanks for reading all
I have been preparing tax returns for US citizens abroad since 2012. I can answer any question in US tax with an international flavor. I operate 1040abroad.com and I have maintained a blog at taxsamurai.com
I look forward to answering all your questions. And if you are in Ho Chi Minh City in December, let’s meet !!!
Looking to spend around 6 weeks somewhere in Europe this winter skiing and working. Don’t need a big tech community but care more about it being affordable and having at least half decent skiing.
So far I have heard good things about Les Deux Alpes, France and Bansko, Bulgaria.
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!
Any recommendations for a few weeks stay in a small, quiet town or village somewhere in Italy/France during summer ? Open to any setting, by the seaside, in the mountains or the countryside - I’d like to get a feel for local life (outside the cities) in a charming place.
Having hiking routes available nearby would be a bonus, but not required.
Internet speed will not be very important, so that does not need to be taken into consideration.
I’ll likely be doing both Italy and France, so suggestions for both would be great.
I am trying to identify digital nomad hubs in each continent focusing mainly on the amount of digital nomads out there. I mean places which you can actually connect to nomads, regardless of cost of life and other factors. Also, what do you consider as the digital nomad locations which will be the next hubs?
That’s what I have currently, would you add a city, or remove one you find irrelevant?
European Hubs- Berlin, Prauge, Budapest, Barcelona
Asian Hubs- Chiang Mai, Ho Chi Minh, Ubud, Canggu, Bangkok, Davao
Latin American Hubs- Medellin, Buenos Aires, Santiago, Playa del Carmen
USA Hubs- Austin, Portland, San Diego, Boulder
Location which are becoming regional Hubs- Krakow, Lisbon, Taipei
Hidden Recommended Locations- Sofia, Plovdiv, Bucharest, Brasov, Cluj Napoca, Zagreb, Split, Thessaloniki, Yerevan, Tbilisi, Malta, Haifa, Galway, Phuket, Tenerife, Ljublijana
Best Value Locations- Lviv, Kiev, Odessa, Moscow, Saint Peterburg, Minsk
Top Level Hubs- Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, Tel Aviv, London, Munich, New York, San Francisco
Mod edit: Nomad List now has a live ranking of the trending digital nomad hubs
I will be moving to Switzerland a bit earlier than expected and would love to stay in the Swiss Alps for 2-3 weeks. Any of you have any recommendations for a solo traveler that wants to ski in the morning and work on my computer in the afternoon? I need to be mindful of my budget, although I don’t have to live super cheap. Anyone want to join me?
I had this impression for a while now, but now it seems impossible to find a monthly stay over airbnb for a decent price. Just now I was looking at Utrecht which averages at 2500 euro per month for a studio. People seem to provide only small monthly discounts. In my last few trips I relied on Facebook groups for finding stay. I do have decent budget but paying €1500+ for a studio in a European city simply seems ridiculous. How is everyone else finding accommodation?
I’m in the middle of doing some research for our next destination within Europe and I’m hoping to get some suggestions from some outdoor enthusiasts who’ve spent time on the continent.
My favorite cities are Innsbruck, Austria and Bergen, Norway because you can be downtown having a beer one minute and then… boom… up the mountain in the middle of nowhere 15 minutes later. I’m looking for a similar place to spend a month or two this winter. Places like these are hard to find because “mid-size european cities with great hiking nearby” doesn’t return too many relevant results on Google. Great adventure towns are usually in the middle of nowhere, the kind of places you’ll need to rent a car to get to the grocery store, and places with good public transportation are usually concrete jungles. But places like Innsbruck and Bergen manage to combine the best of both worlds.
Has anyone come across similar places they’d recommend?
I’m just interested on anyones experience of renting short term (1-3 months) accommodation in Medellin, Colombia.
I had a look on Airbnb of course, lots of places, on the more expensive which isn’t a huge issue… I’m just wondering if in anyones experience it’s better to take a room for a week and shop around when I get there or whether I should just book a month upfront? I recently had a bad experience with Airbnb so not dying to go down that road again just yet if I’m honest.
I’ll be arriving in Medellin from November onwards over the Xmas period and likely through till January, maybe longer. Another friend is coming with me so we could potentially rent a 2 bed apartment, or I’d also be happy in a studio or a private room in a decent house even. I’m thinking El Poblano or Laureles, as we are two girls with limited Spanish.
Any advice appreciated. Thanks
In august my Schengen tourist visa will be over. I would like to go 3 months in Eastern Europe, but it needs to be outside of the Schengen area. I would have loved to go to Budapest but because it’s Schengen I can’t…
Frankly, I don’t know Eastern Europe that well. What are the best spots for Digital nomad in this region ? Also, I need a cool co-working space, I don’t like working from my house.
Hi all, need some help with schengen fuzziness… I’m a US citizen.
Does any know if the 90 day rule applies inside of Croatia. I’m seeing that Croatia isn’t part of schengen but adopts the same visa aquis. This isn’t clear to me.
If someone has a definitive answer please let me know as I’m approaching the 90 day rule in my travel plans and I want to hit Croatia and not have it count.
Thanks in advance.
I’m new around here and thought I’d ask a question I’ve been wondering for a while now. I’m set to sample the nomadic lifestyle soon and I’m currently trying to define what my skillset is, and what I’m going to do long term.
I’m sure many of you have been through this, but it’s difficult knowing what you’re good at! I’m not a developer and I know there must be so many of you that aren’t working in technical roles. So I was just curious, for those of you that aren’t developers (or even those of you that are with an additional side-hussle) what do you do to earn money on the road?
Hi Guys! I’m planing to kick start my Nomad Life style in July, and I’m researching cities in Europe that can provide three things:
- Low cost (I’m earning money in Brazilian Real, not Dollars). Especially regarding rent.
- Some kind of Digital Nomad community and Co-working spaces.
- Security. Low criminality.
All other characteristics (Weather, english speaking), are not as important as the ones above.
Hello fellow Nomads!
I’d like to be more than just a Shengen stamp in the EU. What are the easiest ways/countries to be an EU resident (perhaps even permanent).
I heard you can buy cheaper property in Bulgaria or a business in Lithuania. Does anyone have suggestions?
Where can I find locally sourced, organic (or at least non-GMO) and also be able to work with strong internet?
I did a search but didn’t find much info. We love Bali and the food here is amazing, we are just looking to try somewhere else out (preferably somewhere in Europe) after a long time in Asia. We also loved the Northern Rivers area in Australia and want to find similar food offerings and compare our options!
Hello. We’re a couple looking for a flat with great wi-fi for the month of October in Barcelona, Rome, Lisbon or other city in southern Europe. Ideally, the place would have great wifi, be somewhat centrally-located, near public transport, have a few shops nearby, and not be on the 3rd floor or higher (unless there’s a lift). We’re looking to spend no more than €1000 for the month. Dates are somewhat flexible. A whole private apartment would be nice, though we are open to shares and coliving. Available places left on AirBnB are pricey, and we’re casting a wide net, so would consider many different locations. Thanks!
This is something I’ve not really seen addressed anywhere much but, when you are staying somewhere medium term, say 1-6 months, what you do about cooking? I figure anything shorter than that and you can make do, while over 6 months you aren’t going to mind stocking a kitchen so much. But, for that medium term period, it feels like a waste to spend too much on pantry supplies and equipment but too long to get by on basics.
Anyway, I’d love to know what other people in regards to cooking. Do you eat out for all your meals, have a few ‘go to’ dishes that you can cook anywhere with minimal equipment (mine would be omelettes) or do you adjust to the local cuisine?
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Hi fellow nomads!
I’m currently on a quest to find some places for temporary living on a quiet, ideally green and mountainy village, somewhere in Europe, since I feel l could use a break from the busy lifestyles of Berlin and London.
Trouble is, everyone always goes for the big cities… finding villages with decent access (not requiring endless hours of driving from an airport) is proving to be tough so far
Some options are some inner, rural places in Romania and Slovakia, but I would love to hear what suggestions you come up with! Maybe somewhere in your home country that you know it’s a gem to decompress around nature ?
I would love to hear your thoughts
A cheer for slow living!
Hi I’m Japanese<>English Translator/Blogger currently lives in Leipzig,Germany.
I was wondering if any of you know any websites/services for refugees and immigrants that support them to be a Digital Nomad? Like, seminars, courses, lectures, guides, e-book in their language (Arabic,Albanian,Serbian,Kurdish,Pashto,Dari, etc…)?
I know some platforms for refugees to find a job online, but these jobs are not mainly location free works. I’m wondering how realistic it is for refugees to work remotely? I am thinking to list up the Upwork type of online job platforms on my blog, and accordingly do some seminars ; how to get jobs, how to monetize your blog and so on…
I’m asking this because lots of refugees I meet here are all complaining how hard for them to get a physical job in Germany, especially my area Leipzig has less job opportunities in general. (Thus, cost of living is amazing for DN like me.) So, I think going DN could be a good solution for them. What do you think?
Hi fellow DN’s
I’m searching for a DN “last minute” type website / service out there?
Maybe something similar to travelzoo.com and skyscanner.com or tripalertz.com but with more focus for DN’s ? What I mean is I don’t really care about the location - if I go to Mexico, Canada or Shanghai. If there is a good deal I might be seriously interested.
Maybe there is nothing like this yet in that case it would be something interesting to create.
I’m an Australian, on a tourist visa in the UK. I work as a freelance graphic designer but get paid into my Aussie bank account and pay Australian tax. Being on a tourist visa in the UK allows me 6 months here… but what are the implications on working and earning money based on that.
Is anyone doing similar?
Is it the same story for places like Canada and the US?
Thanks to the forum and many hours’ worth of reading, I have a number of puzzle pieces, but am having some difficulty putting them all together as a cohesive plan.
This was evolving into an epic post (of heroes and dragons), but I think the crux of the thing is: everything basically requires a physical/street address somewhere in the US, correct? How are you doing this now, given current conditions/requirements?
For business formation, for a business checking account, and even for a personal account, it’s all about the physical address. For example, I believe I’ve read here that Charles Schwab (often recommended) may no longer be accepting addresses from mailing services such as Earth Class Mail and Traveling Mailbox, street-based or not. Correct? And that’s simply for a personal account–business stuff is always more complicated.
Assuming a “friends and family plan” is not an option, what to do?
One thing I think would work is to rent a cheap room or apartment in some state and use that as a base, but that’s an added cost/pain, and I don’t believe that’s what most people are doing.
This also has me wondering if it isn’t better to simply find a cheap domestic location and give up on the international plan. (But that sux.)
Hi - I’m looking for a good place to stay for a few weeks, work, have a beach, a bit to see… has anybody been to Cartagena and can say something about cost of living, scene, beach, Wifi (reliable??), safety. Or is somebody there right now? I plan to go in about 4 weeks! Thanks!
I have been interested in traveling to the balkans for a while, and the cities I’ve been delving most into are Ljubljana, Zagreb, Split, and Sarajevo (also Prague and Budapest). I’m interested in hearing about these places from anyone who has travelled there, especially to multiple of the cities, or to any other place in the region.
In particular, I’m interested in pros and cons of the cities vis-a-vis each other, and interested in tidbits about the vibe of the cities, the culture of the people, and any other first-hand things that are hard to pick up by reading (I already know the sizes of the cities, that they each have beautiful architecture, that Split has the beach, etc. ). How youthful do the cities feel? How walkable are they? How friendly are the locals? How likely would a 26 year old digital nomad be to meet his bride there ;)? What are the biggest unique things that stand out about each place?
We spend a ton of time in the tropics and are craving a little bit of winter. There was a thread about ski towns: What are good ski towns for digital nomads? but I’m actually wondering about non-ski towns.
- On the cheaper side
- Reasonable internet and/or coworking
- Has good public transit
- Has snow without being mind numbingly cold
Anywhere on the planet is of interest from Bulgaria to New Zealand, from Harbin to Matroosberg… i don’t really care where on the planet it is, just that it’s not to hard to get to/from.
I’m planning to fly to Mexico mid October for 1 month. I’m working on my laptop (like many others I guess) so I need a reliable wifi connection.
My budget is about $1500/month.
I was looking at Playa Del Carmen and renting a flat through Airbnb is not too expensive since I get a major discount for staying a month.
I don’t really care about nightlife. I want a place with good vibes and I want a place near the ocean or with nature around me.
Does anyone have any thoughts about Playa Del Carmen? and Maybe suggestions of other place in Mexico?
I currently live in California, and work remotely for a company in Philly. I am considering moving to CZ but keep my job here, get paid here, and pay taxes here. I am dual citizen of USA and Poland (EU member), so I know that residency won’t be a problem, but I am interested in paying taxes. If my company keeps paying me to my account in USA, and taxes in California, do I have to pay taxes is CZ as well? This company doesn’t have a post in CZ.
Not sure if this should be here. Admins may move this.
I came across FireRTC that allows anyone to call a US number from their computers for free. The number can be easily changed, but the drawback is that one cannot receive calls on that number.
After that has someone discovered a solution thats as simple as calling or receiving calls on a mobile phone? (To be more specific, a lot of these might not work for/ from India.)
I (American) and my husband (Brazilian) are going to London for 6 months.
He’s going to study English - he’s already registered & paid for the course.
I’m going to be a tourist… and work on my online business.
I’ve heard UK border control can be a bit difficult and am wondering if they are likely to ask for financial evidence that we can support ourselves for six months.
I have savings in the bank, but of course I’ll also be receiving regular, stable income from the online business (I could show them a history of payments stretching back a year or more, if necessary).
Thanks in advance!
It feels that being a digital nomad / remote worker also means a lot to be a solo-traveler. I’d like to see how much this is the case here — out of curiosity. And whether there are actually groups or families traveling in the (digital) nomad lifestyle.
I’m thinking of doing some bike touring around China and then later Taiwan. However, I would then like to go to Chiang Mai and Southeast Asia WITHOUT the bike, rack and paniers. What do you guys recommend?
I currently have a bike in the US and love biking around but don’t always want to be biking. Sometimes it’s nice to just buy a motorbike and then sell it when I’m done. However a touring bike is very big possession and it would get expensive to keep buying and selling it.
I’m just curious as to other nomad’s lifestyles.
Most nomads seem to work constantly (either for others or themselves) and I was curious as to whether anyone works for a few months and then travels for a few months without working.
That would be my ideal schedule, just curious as to what you do and who you are!
Freelancing Nomads, which category do you fall into?
- I Build Stuff
- I Design Stuff
- I Blog About Stuff
- I Consult about Stuff
- Other (let me know!)
These are the five main groups i repeatedly see pop up for freelancing digital nomad so curious to see just how many people fall into each category.
Small towns with:
- beautiful nature (mountains or sea)
- progressive (clean energy, digital, social justice, etc)
- laid back attitude
- good startup community
It seems to me that if 2 and 5 then it’s hard to have 1 and 3. e.g. Berlin for startups is too big, not great nature, a bit too cold. Am I asking too much?
So far, everywhere I’ve lived, I’ve been able to book an apartment in advance on Craigslist or Airbnb. Sometimes I’ll even reach out on the #nomads Slack group, on Couchsurfing, or contact the owner of a local coworking space to see if anyone knows a landlord in need of a tenant. This works great for larger towns and cities.
I’m beginning to look into living in smaller, more remote towns. Does anyone have advice about showing up in a country without a home and tracking one down?
I’ve read so many articles, blogs and posts about “how to set up an online business”, “online business tips” or “benefits of having an online business while you travel” etc…
What I really want to know is what online businesses people actually have! As a noob nomad, enlighten me as to what you all actually do at your laptops while you travel! And why does this specific business fit into your lifestyle?
What non technical career paths are appealing for digital nomads ?
Since I started travelling 6 months ago, I’ve used Airbnb a lot to find apartments. I’ve had some great experiences but enough bad ones to start wondering about the whole system. Arriving at places to find they are nothing like described, even when they have scores of glowing reviews is not good.
Even though Airbnb have done all in their power to help out when I’ve had issues, I’d rather avoid these situations in the first place. I want to arrive at a place to find it’s what I’ve paid for so I can get to work rather than spend time resolving issues.
Do other people have any system for finding places on Airbnb? Do you use recommendations, send the hosts a checklist or have any other methods? Or do you just not care so long as you have a roof over your head?
Has anyone been to Malaga before and if so, anything to recommend? I’m thinking of staying put there for December + January and then probably move on to Las Palma’s or Barcelona for a month. Maybe go to Asia again but we’ll see what happens.
I’m looking for a nice place to stay, moderately cheap. Heard a place is quite easy to find for around 300-400 euro’s, but can anyone confirm this?
Hi, hoping seasoned travellers can help!
I’m leaving Toronto for Lisbon, Portugal in 3 weeks. “Winter” weather there is described as Average 12-15 degrees. Spring "15-18 degrees, and summer 20 degrees up to 28.
Since I have one suitcase and a small luggage allowance - what do you suggest? I know that Lisbon has been warmer than usual in recent weeks!
Advice from Nomads in Portugal specifically welcomed.
I’ve decided I want to take a break from my way of living and go nomad for a few months (at least). I do music so WiFi is not my main concern, all I need is good inspiration and nice people around me.
I am looking for a mid-cheap / safe place, preferably having a nice beach around. I’d also like to socialize with people from different cultures. Meet and make new friends.
I got sick from living in Europe/US, so I’d rather be far away from these continents.
My choices have come down do Costa Rica, but I’m reading some good stuff about Medellin, Mexico, Panama. I’ve spend quite some time in Asia traveling as well (I love Bali and Koh Lanta), but I’ve never been to South America, so I’d rather go in that direction.
What would you suggest?
The questions… How do you deal with stuff you have to buy but won’t carry? Is there a better way that you already apply for you?
And here is the context to help you answering those…
I usually get semi-furnished apartments where I’m staying and I often have to buy stuff like kitchen utensils, some bed sheets and even pillows sometimes. All things that I have to leave behind what I cannot sell in time so I just got used to count these expenses as part of my stay (e.g. if I bought 200 USD of stuff and will stay 4 months then this adds 50 USD/month of expenses). But I think that is very inneficient. The problem clearly summarizes in: There’s stuff I need to use almot all the time I’m staying in the place, can’t sell it too much before leaving but won’t carry the stuff with me.
Thank you and have good travels!
Does anyone have any advice for Barcelona in terms of places to live that are dog friendly? Does anyone even travel with pets? Or even in a campervan? I plan to do lots of Europe first and foremost spending 1-2 months at a time in different cities/countries/places.
Hey guys, I officially became a nomad in February, moving to HCMC in Vietnam. Now I’m living in Chiang Mai.
I used to suffer from really bad anxiety and depression, and have a blog that helps people who deal with them.
I wondered: could becoming a digital nomad help with these mental issues?
For the pro-side, you get to travel, meet so many people, see more things than many could hope to see in their entire life…
On the against-side, you have stress of sometimes not having money if you’re just starting out, loneliness/isolation, problem with integrating into a new culture, etc.
Wanted to get you guys’ opinions and thoughts. Do you think this lifestyle can help or hurt? Why or why not?
I’m interested in finding out about locations in Europe that are in pretty, rustic locations, but also have good Internet speed. Any ideas on where to look? Bonus if the locations are out of the Schengen zone. AirBnB listings of places you’ve stayed at are helpful, too.
Tough question to ask. Have any of you had to leave a pet behind? My wife and I have a cat that we’ve had probably for 7 years now. We don’t have anyone we can just leave her with. We’ve thought about finding someone to adopt her in the past, but now with our DN plans, we’ve put her up for adoption through our local rescue organization. I’ve been fearing what will happen if no one adopts her. Have any of you been in a similar situation?
We are seriously considering to quit our current job and travel the world for (at least) 1 year… Beside the financial part (we still have a lot of unanswered questions…), one of our main concerns is our 5 year old Sphynx cat, Pixie…
We love her so much, that we couldn’t leave without her… I know, it will complicate things, but it’s either that or not leaving at all…
Does anyone in here have experience with traveling with cats (or dogs)?
I hope I can get some advice from you guys!
I have been travelling and working from quite a few of the common places in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America over the past two years and I’m looking for areas that are a little more off the common path of DNs.
Two years ago I was supposed to go to Mongolia for some trip, I already had my visa ready, but then I ended up not going because of some other incident. Since then Mongolia is a place that I really wanted to go to, and basically do some of the things I’ve planned to do two years ago:).
I don’t care much about the pollution in the city or (some people say) high crime rate, but I’m quite worried about the quality of the internet connections there. The speed of the connection is not that important for me, but the reliability is, so I would be very interested in hearing experiences of people who have tried to work from there.
Has anybody here tried working from Ulaanbaatar before?
I just landed in Europe - starting off in Malta. I plan to move around within Europe and the UK for about 8 months. Any recommendations for hotspots for digital nomads? Specifically, I’d like to meet other DNs in person (via coworking, etc), as I recently starting working as a DN and haven’t met too many people in person who are doing what we are doing!
Affordable places are great, but I don’t want to rule out Scandinavia, for example, if I can find a good housesit. Finally, I know this is very specific and might be hard for most to answer – but if anyone reading has experience eating gluten-free in Europe, would love to know the better countries for that (for instance, I’ve heard Germany and France are pretty tough). Thanks.
I’m a 25 year old Australian girl, newly single, working remotely for a SF startup. I’m looking for a location to settle for the next 6 months, starting in May. All countries are on the table (although stable wifi is required).
I’d love to be by a beach & somewhere that has a relatively bustling vibe, restaurants etc. Bonus points for surf or a gym.
Logistically, I have a visa to be able to stay in the Schengen zone for 4 years so Europe is doable. I guess I’m concerned about it being high season?
I’d love to hear any suggestions.
My girlfriend and I are Canadian nomads looking to spend 6 months (ideally) in the US this winter. We’re trying to figure out the best place to do so! The goal is to live somewhere nice and build up more savings and income.
Since we’re in Montreal and sick of the brutal winters, we want somewhere warm. And since we’re nomading, we’re looking to stay as cheap as possible, but also comfortable. We’d like to do a short-term (furnished) rental as opposed to a hotel or room rental since we’re a couple.
We also want to live somewhere nice enough, not in a dangerous area or anything like that. We like parks, shopping, farmer’s markets, etc. Not too big on night life.
Ideally, we’d like somewhere in California, but I’m not sure how realistic that is for our budget ($1500/month rent at the max).
As of now we’ve also looked at Las Vegas, which seems on the more affordable end of the spectrum. Austin was also on our radar, but again, not sure how realistic that is for our budget.
The biggest problem we have is actually finding available rentals online! We need something furnished! Doing anything through Craigslist online is out, and I know most people will suggest AirBNB, but it seems rather inflated in price. Other than that, there seems to be only private websites that are just as difficult (or untrustworthy looking) as Craigslist.
Can anyone point us in the right direction? Where would you guys suggest in our situation? Anyone from Vegas/California/Austin that could point us in the right direction for furnished short-term housing?
This seems like a really great community! I hope someone out there can help us out!
I’m talking about residency visas in EU countries that don’t give access to the labor market, don’t require family, don’t require you to study, etc.
I’m planning on applying to Austria’s, and would like to hear others’ experiences for Austria or any EU country.
I’ve come across a new term “destination entrepreneur”. I have a strong desire to settle down somewhere in Asia, but need to get away from English teaching (which I have done for over 2 years).
The “dream” so to speak would be to learn the language of the people and interact more directly with their culture in more of a technical or business sense.
The main businesses I’m leaning towards are:
I’d really like to see if there are any other “destination entrepreneurs” here that have started other businesses that interact more personally with people that you live on the ground with, or know of any success stories.
I am used to travel with my backpack. A logic choice when you also walk trails and such.
But while traveling for a few months now in South America, I do not walk a lot with my backpack while living as a DN.
So the question came up: Backpack or suitcase for the next travels?
The walk from hostel to the bus terminal is no problem. And a case is so much more accessible to live out… I think.
What is you experience with a case vs. a bag?
I am wanting to work abroad as a freelance programmer . I’m seeking a low tax jurisdiction , preferably in Europe . What countries offer a 1 - 2 year freelance visa ? I would prefer to complete and obtain my visa before leaving the States . What are my options ?
I hope to be a digital nomad in the not too distant future and plan to start saving now, but how do you work out how much you need to save? Are there any good resources out there to help me? The issue I am having is that, as it is my first nomad adventure, I don’t want to plan too much in advance but then I don’t want to miss out on activities as I didn’t save enough. Any advice?
Hey Nomads… I was wondering what your opinion is with the downsides of being a digital nomad? I’m not trying to be a downer haha… just want to know what the reality is. I have been living out of a backpack for a few months now… I came back to my native NYC and have been floating around Airbnbs for awhile… I could easily get on a plane and go be a digital nomad somewhere… but I’m worried about communication barriers, loneliness, not having meaningful connections with people… difficulty in dating, and really having a home… If I did go somewhere I’d settle in one spot… I’ll be 33 years old in less than a month… feeling the need to settle down… but I’m kind of rolling stone haha
What’s your approach/resources for finding medium term accommodation (I’m thinking 1 month-3 months as that tends to be the visa limit)?
Been building up my work this year whilst also being a traditional backpacker so moving far too quickly.
Next year is all about picking two or three locations and “settling” for a while.
Hey y’all. My girlfriend and I are in Austria and we have bed bugs. We stayed at a hostel and when they moved us to a new room it was crawling with them and my girlfriend got bit about 60 times. We tried our best to nuke our stuff in a dryer and get rid of them but seems like we still have them. Does not bother me but my gf is super allergic and it is destroying her.
From all the research I have done the best solution is a product called Diatomaceous Earth (DE) which is a powder that contains tiny sharp crystals which compromise the exoskeleton of insects and kills them very effectively and is non toxic. From all reviews I have read, this is the ultimate tool against bed bugs. I am trying right now to buy some but it is pretty hard to get some ordered quickly.
Link to a DE product in Europe: http://www.diatomretail.co.uk/collections/diatompest
Wondering if anyone else has encountered this problem and what types of things can be done to treat it and avoid being infested in the future. Thank you!
From what I see, many countries don’t easily issue work visas unless you have a sponsor in the country, so I wonder how legal being a “working nomad” is.
I feel that working for overseas on visa-waiver programs is sort of in a gray area but I doubt that the people at the customs would easily let you in if they knew you were technically going to work in their country.
How do you handle this? Do you get a work visa for every country you visit?
What if at the port of entry they ask you “what were you doing for three months in Country X without a visa?” “Uhm… vacation… and I’m going to be on vacation for three more months here.”
I’m thinking of spending the next three months in the US and this possible questioning is worrisome.
My rough and likely to change itinerary is Istanbul, Split, Budapest, Prague - for about a month each, doing a couple short weekend trips to other cities/sites along the way.
This will be my first solo international trip is a remote worker.
I’d love to get a taste for the culture of the cities I visit, meet some fellow travellers and nomads along the way, explore nature / hike (and of course, get work done).
Would be great to hear what some of you would do (or have done), and why?
My girlfriend and I are looking to find a place to stay in the USA for a few months this winter.
What are our options for finding a reliable place to stay for when we arrive?
I tried AirBNB, but got stopped at the verification stage, as I don’t have social media accounts (what a stupid requirement).
Craigslist has places, but I know that this is just asking to be scammed by doing it online.
VRBO seems expensive compared to AirBNB, but I suppose it’s an option. Does anyone have experience with it?
Is there anything else I’m missing here?
I’ve been traveling in Europe for about a year now, and I’ve come to realize (perhaps too late) that some of the most interesting and peaceful stays aren’t in the cities, but in the smaller villages. Unfortunately, I don’t have a car, so the logistics of this might be a little tricky. Have any of you travelled for significant periods of time through villages without a car? If so, I have a few questions:
- How did you deal with transport?
- Did you feel comfortable and content, or did you get bored? (I assume that without a car, you’d be spending much more time in the actual village than in the neighboring areas — unless you biked, maybe?)
- What kinds of people usually live in villages? Is it mostly older people or is it a mix?
- How did you deal with the language barrier? I assume that English isn’t nearly as common in villages as it is in the cities. Did you feel uncomfortable or out of place?
- Was the internet OK?
- Any places you’d particularly recommend?
- What are some areas around the world where you could get around easily and see lots of beautiful areas with a bike or scooter? I’ve heard this about parts of Thailand and the Amalfi coast. Also, if you don’t know how to ride a scooter/motorcycle, do you need lessons or is it easy to pick up?
- How easy is it to find affordable stays (via Airbnb or others)? My definition of affordable is no more than, say, $40/day, but ideally less than $35/day.
- Is there a good way to balance the desire for contentment and serenity found in villages with the lust for the multi-sensory spectacle and newness of city life (while not having a car)?
I realize it’s a general topic but I don’t have any specific destinations in mind. (Currently looking at France, Italy, Germany, etc.) I also realize that “get a car!” might be the optimal choice for most people, but for me, not only is it too expensive, but it just doesn’t mesh with the way I live my life. So even if there’s no good answer, I’d love to hear any and all tips you might have!
I’m writing an article about the digital nomad. Therefore, I am very interested to know your answer to the question: Was it difficult to you to decide to become a digital nomad?
Thanks for the answers!
Does anyone have experience travelling as a digital nomad with their children ? Obviously being in each location for such a short time can make it pretty impossible to put them in a normal school. I have seen online schools, but these mostly appear to be linked to real school districts (in the states).
I am confident my son will get a better education travelling the world but there are a lot of legal issues in certain countries (like Germany).
Any tips, advice or input would be greatly appreciated.
Specifically I’m self-employed with an American passport. Curious if there are any good tips & tricks for staying in Schengen Area more than 90 days, like closer to a year.
I have a cat of 6 months and I would like to take another one.
Are you having problems about traveling with an animal?(in particular a cat).
What about two? Is it a bad idea?
I’d like to take another one because this one that I have is feeling lonely during the day due to not having anyone to play with him. I play with him some times but I can’t put the whole daytime into him.
Thanks in advance for the answers.
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