We launch in 2 weeks. In the US, we use Apple TV and Netflix regularly. Do these work abroad?
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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!
My question is about the actual experience of staying outside of major cities, as well as where/how (on this site or elsewhere) to search to find questions and discussions about the same.
Sometimes I like being in the big city, but sometimes I like being away from it. For many people with “regular jobs” you have little choice but to be in a big metro area since that’s where the jobs are; for me, part of the appeal of considering DN is sometimes being able to work someplace quiet, remote, secluded and beautiful- rather than a concrete jungle.
I’m curious who’s actually done stuff like this. Because while it sounds great, I could also imagine all sorts of unpredictable problems that might not be an issue when one is way off the beaten path that wouldn’t come up if one were in a big metro area.
We’re Americans planning to be in Europe for all of 2020 - approx. 90 days in each country, and alternating Schengen and non-Schengen. Our destinations will likely include four of these: Italy, Croatia, Bulgaria, Estonia, Ireland, Romania, and Spain.
Can anyone give us advice on cell phones? We would prefer to keep our current (U.S) numbers if at all possible. We don’t anticipate making many local calls, but will phone the U.S. about once a week. We’ll use our phones for internet quite often.
Any advice for our situation would be very much appreciated!
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It seems to be taking me days to plan my next trip. Its so complicated and seems to be a domino affect. Example: I’m in Dubrovnik and want to go to Bari, Italy next because it is close, and I can get there by ferry, (so not using so much carbon,) but the ferry only starts running in April and 90-day visa is up on March 15, so I need to move on. Cheapest flight out is to Rome, but Rome can be pricey and I’m more of a small town person, so I go looking for beautiful small towns in Italy, a BIG research project. Then how to get there?.. oy! I need a system, please!
Probably most of you do as I do, Google it first and then research further, if needed, on official transportation websites, travel guides, blogs, etc.
I travel each month to a new city and I find this task tedious, sometimes there’s not enough information in English or there might be a handy travel planning app or uber-like app that I’m not aware of.
I wish there were a “nomad list” website or app for transport information where you would choose a city and be given all the transportation options (Bus? Tram? Subway? etc), how/where to buy tickets/passes and any additional useful information (trip planner, apps, maps, etc).
Do any of you relate to this?
PS: I’m a developer and I might actually try and create something to “fix” this if a lot of people are experiencing this same “annoyance”.
For those constrained by their business’ time zone, how do you manage this?
My home office is in Los Angeles – though I could swing anything in Central/South America, I’m looking at going to Lisbon or Chiang Mai for a bit. Both of them are >=8hrs difference potentially wreaking havoc on the work + social life + sleep split. This is a common question for nomads but there doesn’t seem to be a lot of posting on the site about it.
What do you guys think? Any Americans working in Asia or Europe that does it well? I could likely negotiate with my supervisor to work in Eastern standard if I was in Lisbon/Europe, which wouldn’t be too much of a stretch. Noon 'til 8pm. A bit more manageable than Chiang Mai or Bali.
So, for the last 5 years or so I’ve been working in the travel industry - which means I’ve not had to worry about things like accommodation, because my employer provided it wherever they sent me. This means that , although I’ve been hopping around the world for some time, some of the typical nomad tools like airbnb are relatively new to me now that I’ve crossed over to the world of freelancing.
I was looking forward to adopting a “go where the wind takes you” mantra; never booking anything more than a few days ahead so that, if I’m in a bar and someone talks about a place really cool, I can just… up and go.
Well, I’m beginning to realise, that may be an unrealistic ideal! I’ve been taking a look through airbnb (granted, it’s for Europe Summer), and I’m looking about 2 months in advance and everything is booked! Most searches I perform give back statements like “Careful, only 5% of bookings with your search criteria are left” - in fact one of the places I planned to pass through only had 1 result left available.
It appears to me that if you want a reasonable period (let’s say 2 weeks), with a few basic conditions like wifi, space to work, etc and you want it at an affordable price that you need to start hunting what… 6 months in advance? Doesn’t seem very spontaneous and nomadic.
Those of you that have more experience booking with airbnb - how far ahead are you booking to get what you need?
Does anyone have recommendations to handle physical mail? In the USA, I’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 PDF’s.
Has anyone used these types of services? Impressions?
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Nice city. Need cash in many places still hence long lines for ATMs. Safe. Pretty. Goes from cloudy to sunny to cloudy to sunny. Take a bike tour to see the city. I stay in Chapinero which was nice. There a gym called Body Tech and they'll let you work out there for free your first time. No water fountains though so bring your own.⭐️ All 💵 Cost 📡 😀 Fun 👮 Safety 2x11Mbps×
Doesn't matter what you're interested in, Saint Petersburg has it. It's the largest "small" city in Europe. Such a large population, but everything you want in nightlife and action is packed into several districts. Best city in Europe for nightlife. Not sure why nomadlist has "safety" as a con because it's safer than any western europe city and every american city. Cheaper than Thailand, but winter is COLD.⭐️ All 💵 Cost 📡 😀 Fun 👮 Safety 1x18Mbps×
Although I would not praise Cologne as the top destination for digital nomads I have certain doubts about some negative aspects listed here. Hospitals: How can hospitals be pretty bad if Germany has one of the best medical systems in the world? This judgments compares it with remote 3rd world cities which is by definition not logical. Germany, and therefore also Cologne, has most likely the best emergency system in the world (ambulance must arrive within max. 12 minutes - independent of traffi⭐️ All 💵 Cost 📡 😀 Fun 👮 Safety 1x34Mbps×
After a month in Paris I can honestly say I have never enjoyed myself more from a culture perspective. The eating, drinking, and nightlife is excellent. People often complain that French people are rude but they have it all wrong. They are very formal. Dining is quite different as it doesn't align with the experience in America. In France restaurants are a space you are invited into and the waiters and chefs are professionals who know how best to treat you during your experience. They are in con⭐️ All 💵 Cost 📡 😀 Fun 👮 Safety 1x32Mbps×
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