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Introduce yourself โ€” who are you, where are you and what do you do?

 

by @coffeeshopceo |  | 672 comments

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, whereโ€™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 theyโ€™re nonetheless insightful and no matter how much we hate them, we find ourselves asking others.

So letโ€™s bring the dreaded backpacker questionnaire to NomadForum and introduce ourselves shall we?

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  • whatโ€™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]

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No need to answer them all if you donโ€™t want to :smile:
But the more you shareโ€ฆ The merrier!

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How do you receive physical mail as a digital nomad?

 

by @danielgenser |  | 81 comments

Does anyone have recommendations to handle physical mail? In the USA, Iโ€™ve noticed various services over the years where you get a physical address that you can change your address to, they receive your mail, scan stuff and send you PDFโ€™s.

Has anyone used these types of services? Impressions?

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What's the easiest way to become an EU resident as an American national?

 

by @andrew_f_shaker |  | 27 comments

Hello fellow Nomads!

Iโ€™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?

Happy Nomading!
Andrew

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Any digital nomads w/ over $10k/m revenue?

 

by @homakov |  | 79 comments

Are there guys here with income over $10k month living more luxury-like lifestyle? I struggle to find friends with similar lifestyle who can travel anywhere and not care about the money, who can go to a nice restaurant or bar and not look at the prices.

I am not a douche bag (mostly) who only cares about the money, but the majority of people I met are trying to spend less and it kills so many opportunities to have funโ€ฆ I am not rich at all, but I hate โ€œbackpackerโ€ lifestyle and call myself a โ€œflashpackerโ€.

I used to live in Bangkok and I visit this city frequently. Now Iโ€™m in Saigon and going to Taipei in the end of Nov. Anyone wants to connect?

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Where's home? Where do you return to?


by @magalhini |  | 10 comments

Hi there!

Iโ€™m sorry if this question has been asked before, whether in disguise or directly, but I couldnโ€™t find its own dedicated topic and I find it very interesting to talk about.

One of my issues with the remote working world is the lack of knowledge of where to return to. After a one/two/ten month stint living and working somewhere else (say Airbnbโ€™ing or a short let, meaning a place that is NOT yours by any means), where do you return to?

  • Do most nomads own a place that you rent while you travel?
  • If not, is this something that you consider doing?
  • Do you return to your home country before deciding where to go next? Or do you jump directly somewhere new?
  • And when you return, do you find the need to be in a personal, private space? (ie, not sharing with strangers 24/7 365 days a year)

Speaking for myself, Iโ€™ve gotten rid of my apartment in Portugal 2 years ago and moved to London simply for the pursuit of new and interesting opportunities. Iโ€™m now, at last, working remotely and I plan on working and living for a few weeks/months in random European cities, but not knowing where to return after to after thisโ€ฆ is killing me! (I still own too many possessions to carry in a backpack. Not too many, but moving is a hassle).

  • Those of you who travel without a set of keys on you, how do you deal with this thought? Iโ€™m really curious to get to know your views on this.

Thanks in advance. This forum has helped me a lot convincing me that this is a leap I need to make sooner or later :slight_smile: cheers!

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How are you earning a living while traveling?

 

by @mattlock |  | 22 comments

Iโ€™ve been traveling for over a year, and Iโ€™ve been working on 3 month contracts in locations abroad to sustain travel. I wanted to see what the community was like as far as digital nomads go. Are you trading your skills for $$$? and if so, how are you doing it?

(Iโ€™ve also wanted to try this, but havenโ€™t been to successful.)

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How can you avoid foreign banking, ATM, and transaction fees?

 

by @danielgenser |  | 52 comments

Whatโ€™s the latest on how to avoid ATM/bank/foreign transaction fees? How do you keep track of money spent when youโ€™re never quite sure of the exact exchange rate? I normally use YNAB to keep on top of my budget here at home, but Iโ€™m dreading keeping tabs on all the minute foreign transaction adjustments abroadโ€ฆ

Iโ€™m looking at this to check out some of the banking options: http://thepointsguy.com/2014/02/the-top-11-checking-accounts-for-avoiding-foreign-atm-fees/

Have you used any of these?

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What do you think I should do with Nomad List?

 

by @levelsio |  | 57 comments

Nomad List has passed 200,000 monthly users this month, after being launched just a few months ago.

Since the launch Iโ€™ve worked hard to make the site better. But apart from improving the list itself, Iโ€™ve expanded by organizing meetups for nomads everywhere, launching a chat group, a forum w/ AMA with remote startups, a job board with remote jobs , and a blog with interviews with famous nomads.

I have a few more plans written down, but Iโ€™m mostly interested in your ideas where I should steer this ship, and also any feedback on what Iโ€™ve been doing right, and more interestingly: wrong. :slight_smile:

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Are there commitmentphobic nomads here?

 

by @harrivain |  | 25 comments

Iโ€™ll warn you before you start reading. This kind of gets personal and Iโ€™m not expecting everyone to openly spill their life stories as a reply. Just try to see it as something to think about. Thereโ€™s no need to reply if youโ€™d rather keep it to yourselves. But if the following is something that you think fits your life, Iโ€™d be happy to hear about you privately or in an open reply. And another warning: Iโ€™m not trying to tell that youโ€™re all probably somehow phobic and weirdos. Iโ€™m just curious to hear if Iโ€™m the only one thinking like this.

I introduced myself last week and since then Iโ€™ve started thinking a bit more critically about my life. Iโ€™m kind of generally allergic to words like โ€œfor lifeโ€, โ€œpermanent jobโ€, โ€œforeverโ€ and so on. (Iโ€™m not going to tell you about my relationships with women, donโ€™t worry. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:).

During the last ten years I havenโ€™t done the same thing (job, studying traveling) for two consecutive years. Thereโ€™s always been a change. I always saw that as something that just happened and as something that has made me the restless vagrant I am. Right now Iโ€™m starting to think it might be something that Iโ€™ve had all along. Iโ€™m calling it commitmentphobia.

Iโ€™m a teacher and my position is turning permanent in August. Itโ€™s actually something that traditionally is seen as a good thing, but I have a feeling of getting a big heavy lump of lead chained on my ankle. Which is actually complete bullshit. When Iโ€™m permanent, I can actually take up to six years of unpaid leave, which is a privilege that not many have. Since Iโ€™m rationally aware that the feeling is completely groundless, but I still canโ€™t stop feeling that way, Iโ€™m thinking it has to be something more unconscious.

Iโ€™m reading a book right now that has started to clarify the ants in my pants a bit (the German translation of โ€œHeโ€™s Scared, Sheโ€™s Scaredโ€ by Carter and Sokol). Itโ€™s more about commitment in a relationship, but there are so many stories about people who canโ€™t do the same job for long or canโ€™t settle down in one place that it immediately reminded me of you guys, modern nomads. It could be kind of like an occupational disease for nomads. Or maybe itโ€™s more like a requirement for the lifestyle and then it wouldnโ€™t be a disease, but something helpful. All a matter of perspective, I guessโ€ฆ

As I said, Iโ€™m just kind of starting to think about this and Iโ€™m absolutely not ready to call myself a commitmentphobic yet, but I canโ€™t escape the feeling that it just fits a bit too nicely. Are there any others here who think this might be a quality or a personality trait you possess? (Or that possesses you?)

-Harri

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