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

 

by @coffeeshopceo |  | 670 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 we solve housing for digital nomads?

 

by @levelsio |  | 61 comments

Thereโ€™s been a lot of discussion on this recently.

Nomads usually stay in hostels, hotels and short-term apartments. But itโ€™s all not very optimal.

Iโ€™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 donโ€™t want do physical stuff, so Iโ€™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?

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What's the best bank account for a global nomad?

 

by @barrybjjoubert |  | 25 comments

Dear all
As a wanna be nomad figuring out a way to get free of the rat race, I was wondering what is the best bank account to have while travelling the globe? I need an account where is easy for me to receive payments from all over the world and it also need to be a bank that I can find almost anywhere in the world. I want to avoid carry cash on me if itโ€™s possible.

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Do you always have your passport with you?

 

by @stepunk |  | 31 comments

While traveling, do you always have your passport with you? Or you leave it in your room/hotel/house and go around with just a copy of the main page?

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What's the best digital nomad backpack?

 

by @levelsio |  | 93 comments

I hear stuff about Tortuga and Minaal, although Iโ€™m myself using a fake Chinese one I bought here in Bali.

What do you currently have and whatโ€™s the best?

2017 UPDATE: I made a gear page now:

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Is it too late to become a digital nomad at 40?

 

by @roadwalker |  | 36 comments

Hello, i am a developer from italy currently working in south of france.
I would really like to go nomad as i donโ€™t like my current job and i would like to try new experiences in other countries.
I saved lot of money in the past and i donโ€™t have wife/son.My only fear is linked to my age. Going from 9-18 stable job to earn nothing is a litte bit crazy at this age. If i fail as a nomad(n it could be probably difficult to find another job.
I have good knowledge of java/javascript and i programmed in the past with many other languages. I am also familiar with iOS sdk /android and SEO: i was not able to make good stable incomes from apps and blogs as side projects working some hours during the week.
What do you think about my situation? thanks

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Why is South East Asia preferred by nomads over Latin America?

 

by @oskar |  | 34 comments

Hi guys

Why do you think south east asia attracts far more 1st world digital nomads and tourists than latin america does? i have some theories but i would like to know your opinions because most of the people in this forum are from 1st world countries :smile:
Is it because is cheaper? safer? closer? more โ€œcoolโ€ ?

thanks

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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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What's the best digital nomad city in Vietnam?

 

in Vietnam by @ileitch |  | 42 comments

Whatโ€™s your favorite city in Vietnam as a nomad? Specifically Iโ€™m wondering which is the most nomad friendly; co-working spaces, number of nomads, fun things to do, etcโ€ฆ

Advice on which area of the city to live would be great, plus any ProTips :slight_smile:

Thank for your input!

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Best place to stay in Bangkok?


in Bangkok, Thailand by @csilver34 |  | 15 comments

Hey nomads!

Will be flying into Bangkok from NY the second week of March to start off my travels & then move to the South of Thailand.

Anyone have any recommendations for stay in Bangkok?

Thanks nomads!

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What shoes/footwear do you pack?

 

by @danielgenser |  | 24 comments

Iโ€™m thinking through what Iโ€™m going to bring for footwear. Iโ€™d like to limit it to two pairs โ€“ one in my bag, one on me. Weโ€™re going to be in tropical/beach areas, but also cities. Iโ€™d like to be able to look presentable when needed, but also reasonable for non-urban areas, too.

Considering my existing Nike sneakers plus these sneaker/boot hybrid things by Reef โ€“ the Reef Spinaker: http://www.zappos.com/reef-spiniker-mid-nb-resrv-collection-black-tan

They seem super lightweight and comfortable (I tried them on at REI the other day). Has anyone else tried them out?

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Do you hangout with backpackers, while still working remotely?


by @jtompl |  | 14 comments

Iโ€™ve noticed that recently a lot of us tend to prefer the โ€˜slow-travelโ€™ rhythm, which is more about moving to a place for a month or two, and then living there, instead of changing your place every couple days.

However, what about those that still like the fast pace of travelling, with meeting lots of other travellers on the road? Are there any nomads here, that still like the backpackersโ€™ lifestyle? That is: you travel through a whole country by yourself; you change your place of living much more often; but you still have to work a bit digitally in the meantime?

If yes, then how do you hang out with backpackers and keep up with their pace, while still having to work remotely?

Related questions:

  • How do you choose which hostel (or place, area to go to in general) to stay in as a next one?
  • How do you maximize your way of meeting other travellers and your own travelling experience (by seeing other places, people and their cultures), while still having to work remotely in the meantime?

I like both digital nomads & backpackers, but so far, barely Iโ€™ve seen any digital nomads in the backpacker places or vice-versa. Iโ€™m wondering why? In the end, it would be a clear connection of Work & Travel at the same time, two things that a lot of us propably enjoy very much at this moment.

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What non technical career paths are appealing for digital nomads?


by @jasonmwomack |  | 12 comments

What non technical career paths are appealing for digital nomads ?

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How is the weather in SE Asia from July to September (Q3)?


by @scott_brown |  | 11 comments

I was wondering why SE Asia locations like Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Ho Chi Minh City are recommended to visit in Q3 when they tend not to have much sunshine during these months. In Ho Chi Minh City, for example, thereโ€™s an 89% chance of rain and only 4% chance of a sunny day in July (http://www.holiday-weather.com/ho_chi_ming_city/averages/july). Thanks!

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Where do you see the digital nomad culture in 10 years?


by @pummyjr |  | 14 comments

Hello guys,
I was curious, how do you see the development of the digital nomad culture?
What will the status quo be 10 years from now?
Iโ€™m interested particularly in the interaction between the nomads and the cities they temporary live in. Are they in any way influencing them? Will there be a voice of the nomad community? Will they want to get more involved? Are digital nomad and social entrepreneur compatible?

There are many questions running through my head right now, please feel free to shoot any crazy assumption.

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What are the top barriers holding people from moving around?

 

by @sten |  | 39 comments

What did Andrew miss? Which frictions were the hardest for you to get over?

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If you should learn any skill which one would it be?

 

by @martabcn |  | 28 comments

Hello!

Iโ€™m Marta from Barcelona. Iโ€™ve studied advertising but Iโ€™ve been working all these years in costumer service and tourism. Iโ€™m very curious person and I have knowledge a little bit of everything but I donโ€™t have a special skill developed.
I have been looking for a job in costumer service remotely but spanish spoken countries to work in that way is not very common yet.

I would like to work remotely and I would like to focus in one/two specific skills (SOcial media, wordpress, seoโ€ฆ?).

Any advice from your own experience?

Anyone that have been started from zero?

Thank you! :smile:

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What's the cheapest global location to bootstrap for 1 year?


by @thedude |  | 12 comments

The basic run down is Iโ€™m currently in Thailand and starting at the end of this year or beginning of next - I want to spend a year burning savings to build a piece of software. English language workable to get around (with the exception of Spanish - which I want to learn & donโ€™t mind finding a school / investing the time)

If I were to use a point system to decide where to go it would be something like this

Cost of living (has to include 1 - 2 round trip airfare back to the US. Visa runs / applications) - 10 pts

Geographic location I prefer (worth 3 points)

South / Central America
European
SE Asia
Africa / India

My options seem to be gravitating towards Eastern Europe (Serbia, Ukraine, Poland) or South America (Columbia, Argentina & Iโ€™m not sure where else). Looking into the visa rules it looks like I would be limited to six months in Columbia before needing to move on.

Am I wrong for giving up Southeast Asia? I understand itโ€™s popular (Iโ€™ve spent a month in Phuket Town, a few months in the Krabi province & a border run to Malaysia).

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How is Hua Hin for digital nomads?


in Hua Hin, Thailand by @julinhio |  | 7 comments

Hey ! Iโ€™m starting to plan my next move and I came across Hua Hin in Thailand. I would like to stay there at least a month so Iโ€™d love some general inputs (cost of living, accommodation, nightlifeโ€ฆ).

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Are there any destination entrepreneurs here?


by @luke |  | 13 comments

Iโ€™ve come across a new term โ€œdestination entrepreneurโ€. 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 โ€œdreamโ€ 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 Iโ€™m leaning towards are:
Sourcing Business
Exporting/Importing Business

Iโ€™d really like to see if there are any other โ€œdestination entrepreneursโ€ 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.

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What's better, a backpack or suitcase?


by @patrick |  | 17 comments

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 outโ€ฆ I think.

The case to go for me would be a Rimowa, thรฉ topnotch aluminum one.

What is you experience with a case vs. a bag?

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How do you deal with not getting paid when working remotely?


by @pixelfiesta |  | 10 comments

I have had bitter experiences of not been paid for assignments when I have been remote. Its either not paid completely or pair partially or delayed payments. How do you tackle such issues?
Do you take advances? Do you use escrow? or other third-party payment collection agencies?

What payment related problems do you face in working remotely and how do you tackle them?

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I'm launching Nomad List 2.0 soon, can you give me your feedback?

 

by @levelsio |  | 41 comments

Hi guys/girls,

Itโ€™s time for my regular request for feedback on Nomad List and all the related sites (including this forum, #nomads, Nomad Jobs etc.).

Hereโ€™s a little update on Nomad List itself: Iโ€™ve rewrote the entire site this month and will launch it soon as Nomad List 2.0, you can check it out at http://2.nomadlist.com.

Biggest changes:

  • When Nomad List launched, it had data on 25 cities, with 3 data points per city (cost, internet, temperature). In the last few months, Iโ€™ve worked together with a team of editors in the last few months to add the worldโ€™s 500 biggest cities, with about 70 data points (like safety, fun to the best hospitals). This means, it now has 35,000 data points.
  • It now includes over 10,000 places to work, like coworking spaces and coffee shops, and sleep, like hotels and hostels. Iโ€™ve made an algorithm to score these places based on user reviews, WiFi speeds, proximity to each other (like itโ€™ll recommend Hubba in Bangkok, and a hotel near that so you can walk to your work).
  • Itโ€™s integrated with #nomads now, which means I can add user profiles soon for all nomads to share their trips.

Let me know your tips and what direction you think I should go :slight_smile:

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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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What's the best dentist in Bangkok?


in Bangkok, Thailand by @ryanleroux |  | 10 comments

Hello folks :smile:

Iโ€™ll be visiting Thailand for the month of May after a yearlong stay in France. Iโ€™ve heard that getting dental work is super affordable in Thailand and I was hoping to get a cleaning + checkup before returning home to Canada in June.

Anyone have any experience with this? Iโ€™d love to get your thoughts/experience.

Thanks,
Ryan

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Where should I start off my nomad trip to SE Asia?


by @csilver34 |  | 15 comments

Hey guys!

Itโ€™s great to be here. I am super grateful to see a community like this talking who are all interested in the same kinds of nomadic things!

Iโ€™ve been following digital nomad blogs for a while now. I can now proudly say that I am making the leap & moving to SE Asia to build out my own business! Super excited :slight_smile:

Ive been trying to get guidance where to start my trip (I will be arriving in March) but Iโ€™ve been hearing a lot of mixed opinions on where to go first (because I think thatโ€™s all that really matters- the rest is history ;). So, whoโ€™s got some opinions for me? Where did you start first when traveling to SE Asia? Some places on mind, Chang Mai, Phuket, Ubud? Keep in mind, Iโ€™ll be there starting March.

Thanks for all your help!

Hopefully get to run into some of yaโ€™ll! I see there are meetups hosted by Nomad List- Pretty awesome!

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