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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]

**

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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Does anyone regret becoming a nomad?


by @acdc |  | 15 comments

Iโ€™ve got a lot running through my mind at the moment, Iโ€™m rather anxious as it feels as if Iโ€™m coming towards a crossroad and need to make a decision soon, of which Iโ€™m not confident in making the right one.

Long post, it does come back around (i.e., details about my situation in middle, then Q at end about anyone similar, or who thinks their old life was the same if not better)

I have a partner & a pet.

Scenario:

City A

  • Own a house
  • Have some family left, they are getting old (mid 70โ€™s). Have some friends and roots, no close friends though.
  • Nothing particularly wrong with it. Donโ€™t get out much so lack of attractions isnโ€™t a big deal (and besides once youโ€™ve lived for 10+ years it will have little left to do outside of routine gym/cinema/restaurants/beach)

City B

  • I have parents here with 2 siblings (very young). So โ€˜future-proofโ€™ wise this is better (i.e., would we end up moving here one day anyway? Could be worth biting the bullet now)
  • Okay-ish for rent, very expensive to buy. Basically double what my house is worth.
  • If we fell out with parent or didnโ€™t like siblings (it could happen) then weโ€™d have lost pretty much the only reason to move here

Nomad

  • The generic pros/cons
  • More specific cons: What to do with house (rent likely). What to do with all the contents (~$20k worth), would sell at a fraction of what would cost to rebuy. Our pet :frowning:
  • Would cost $1-2k each year to come back home to visit. Reliant on other people (staying at their house while visiting for a few weeks/month would be harder then being close where visits are shorter and easier to not be so intertwined).

I travelled for ~3 months straight last year so Iโ€™ve got a decent understanding of the work implications and routines there.

Iโ€™m wondering what to do, is the travelling really worth it or is it an escape fantasy that wonโ€™t deliver?

Itโ€™d be hard to go back if change mind (hey can we take our pet back? Tenant has a 12 month lease. Rebuying things).

My thought was (pending family thoughts):

  • Take some key things to family house in City B. Pet can stay here
  • Nomad lifestyle, and visit City B once a year or so along with City A and some other various family for ~2 months before leaving again
    Seems to be the best compromise between nomad lifestyle and family.

Has anyone else been on the fence, how did it work out?
Has anyone changed to the nomad lifestyle and found out it wasnโ€™t as good as they thought, and staying put would have been a good option in the end?

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As a British person, do I need a Visa to stay in Bulgaria for a few months?


in Bulgaria by @ag_designstudio |  | 6 comments

This year I would to work for a few months in a different location taking my partner with me. Iโ€™m calling it a working holiday. Bulgaria is the place Iโ€™m thinking of starting this โ€œtrendโ€ I would like to do. I have read a lot of other peoples thoughts of it and I know a guy who I sort of worked with, He currently works around the world.

My question is as I am a British WordPress developer will I need a work visa or anything? All my work will be with clients back home. Iโ€™m fully booked up with projects for around 6 months - it grows each week.

Will my partner need any visa?

I have been looking at places to stay and the thought of working on a nice sunny balcony overlooking the sea really make me feel good.

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What does "full time" really mean when working remotely?


by @kltellim |  | 12 comments

This one is for those of you who have full-time remote jobs. I noticed @wanderingdev mentioned being an FTE for a US company, hoping she may be able to weigh in here.

I have a very nice remote programming job. Great team, and the whole teamโ€™s distributed. Iโ€™ve been working remotely for years now โ€“ but never as a developer. I used to do more writing-related jobs, where you get paid by the word, and hours donโ€™t matter.

As a coder, Iโ€™m suddenly paid by the hour. I am not a โ€œconsultantโ€ - but I still find it very confusing and troubling, and Iโ€™m trying to nail down some norms. Iโ€™m supposed to be โ€œfull timeโ€, which basically means 40 hours/week or so (43, but whoโ€™s counting).

I have a timer I use (nobody asked me to use it, and I donโ€™t share the time report with anyone). I used to stop the timer whenever I went to the kitchen for a moment or to help with the kid. Working like this, an 8-hour day quickly became a 13-hour day. Meaning, it took me 13-14 hours to get 8 hours of work done, and it was pretty terrible.

I decided to do a sanity check with a colleague whom I have good rapport with. Heโ€™s a senior dev whoโ€™s been with the company for years. He said that in an 8-hour day, he usually manages to get in about 4 hours of โ€œbillable timeโ€ โ€“ meaning, about half his time is spent actually working, and the other half is doing other things, which he says is important to stay creative/fresh and not burn out (I definitely see the sense in this).

He told me that when he used to be a consultant, he used to charge exactly per what he actually worked โ€“ but then he doubled his rates to make up for it. (I donโ€™t get a ton of money, Iโ€™m not a very experienced coder, and Iโ€™m not considered a consultant by any stretch of the imagination)

Soโ€ฆ I decided to cast a wider net here, just as a sanity/reality check. As remote programmers, how do you manage your time? What does an โ€œ8 hour workdayโ€ look like for you, in reality?

Do you have a timer? When you watch a YouTube video, do you stop your timer? Etc. etc.
When working at an office itโ€™s easy to get a fix for the norms - but working from home, you guys are what I have. :slight_smile: TIA.

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What do you use to work out on the road?


by @jbroomeresearch |  | 7 comments

Just made a list of a few of my favorite things when working out on the roadโ€ฆwould love to hear what other people are using! What do you use to work out on the road?

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How do you make friends on the road?


by @fraserdeans |  | 5 comments

Nomading can be a lonely lifestyle. Which is probably one of the biggest worries for people thinking about solo travel. However, nomading can also be a great opportunity for making new friends from different walks of life.

Where do you make new friends on the road? What kinds of places do you meet them? Any tips for finding like-minded folk?

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