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@metamas

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Contracting software developer and aspiring indie maker.

I spend nearly as much time moving as I do sitting in front of my laptop. Biking, grappling, bouldering, and gymnastics fill those parts of my day.

Other interests include science fiction, financial markets, personal finance, exploring cities, and learning how to learn and think better.
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 25 Oct '18
25 Oct '18

Portland, OR

15ยฐC
United States
 16 Oct '189d25 Oct '1825 Oct '18
16 Oct '18

Warsaw

16ยฐC
Poland
 
 1 Sep '182mo16 Oct '1816 Oct '18
1 Sep '18

Gdansk

17ยฐC
Poland
 
 31 Jul '181mo1 Sep '181 Sep '18
31 Jul '18

Lisbon

23ยฐC
Portugal
 
 16 Jul '1815d31 Jul '1831 Jul '18
16 Jul '18

Porto

22ยฐC
Portugal
 
 22 Feb '185mo16 Jul '1816 Jul '18
22 Feb '18

Portland, OR

6ยฐC
United States
2017
 30 Nov '173mo22 Feb '1822 Feb '18
30 Nov '17

Wellington

17ยฐC
New Zealand
 
 27 Oct '171mo30 Nov '1730 Nov '17
27 Oct '17

Chiang Mai

31ยฐC
Thailand
 
 1 Sep '172mo27 Oct '1727 Oct '17
1 Sep '17

Canggu, Bali

27ยฐC
Indonesia

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Am I being silly by worrying about getting Zika in Bali? ๐Ÿ˜•


by @metamas |  | 5 comments

Bali was at the top of my short-list of places to go DM for 1-3 months until I saw it had the โ€œZykaโ€ tag on Nomad List :scream: . Iโ€™m not super read-up on the whole state of Zyka, other than occurrences of infection being on a decline (for now), but I am a worrisome enough person about such things that it has got me reconsidering. Though, it still seems to not be stopping the rate of DMs visiting Baliโ€ฆ

Is there cause for large concern here, or I am just being a nut? โ€ฆItโ€™s been known to happen pretty frequently over such things :anguished: :face_with_thermometer: :mask:

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What vaccinations should I get traveling from US to Indonesia?


in Indonesia by @metamas |  | 5 comments

What are the vaccinations I should get traveling from US to Indonesia? I read the CDC suggstions, but Iโ€™m curious on more anecdotal knowledge from experienced travelers to Indonesia.

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Cheapest flight path to Bali from West Coast, US?


by @metamas |  | 2 comments

Iโ€™m making plans to travel from Portland, OR to Canggu, Bali in a little over a month. Looking around at flights now. Can anyone lend experience on the most affordable flight path (airports and airlines) to take?

I subscribe to Scottโ€™s Cheap Flights, but nothing obvious has shown up in that direction (Portland, OR -> Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -> Bali ???). Iโ€™ve so far just been looking with Google Flights + Momondo. Any other tips from more experienced travelers are much appreciated.

If youโ€™ll be in Canggu Sep/Oct, Iโ€™ll return any favors with tasty eats and cold drinks :tropical_drink: :stew: :blush:

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  • New Zealand

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    $3,233 / mo
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  • Indonesia

    โญ๏ธ Overall Score 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost ๐Ÿ˜ Cheap
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet ๐Ÿ™‚ Good
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    ๐ŸŒง Feels 34° 93° 29° 84°๐ŸฅตAQI 17
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  • Poland

    โญ๏ธ Overall Score 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost ๐Ÿ˜™ Affordable
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    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels -4° 25°  32°AQI 57
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  • Portugal

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    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety good
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    ๐ŸŒค Feels 17° 63° 17° 62°AQI 14
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    $2,068 / mo
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  • Thailand

    โญ๏ธ Overall Score 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost ๐Ÿ˜™ Affordable
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet ๐ŸŽ Fast
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety good
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    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 33° 91° 29° 85°AQI 77๐Ÿ˜ท
    1mo
    $1,408 / mo
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  • United States

    โญ๏ธ Overall Score 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost ๐Ÿง Pricey
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet ๐ŸŽ Fast
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety very bad
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    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels  41°  43°AQI 30
    49yr
    $3,216 / mo
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  • ๐Ÿ›ฌ Most visits

  • Canggu

    Bali is amazing, but Canggu isn't really that great -- actually there are SO MANY better places, like Uluwatu, Gili Islands or even Ubud that I can't understand the hype. As almost everyone said below, beaches are crappy, roads are terrible, sidewalks are non-existent and having a motorbike is a must. On the other side, food is great and cafes are pretty reasonable with all those incredible bowls. Anyway I wouldn't recommend it for more than a week.

    โญ๏ธ Overall Score 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost ๐Ÿ˜™ Affordable
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    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety good
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    ๐ŸŒง Feels 38° 100° 30° 85°๐ŸฅตAQI 17
    1x
    $1,375 / mo
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  • Chiang Mai

    Chiang Mai used to be N.1 for the digital nomad life. It is still great and you can find really cheap apartments (300-400$) and restaurants (2-3$ for a main). Wouldn't recommend staying there during the burning season. The best area is Nimman, but it's also the most expensive. You can stay in the old city that's very nice but that gets noisy during the weekend for the night markets. Last but not least, very safe city. All in all would go back in a heartbeat.

    โญ๏ธ Overall Score 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost ๐Ÿ˜™ Affordable
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet ๐ŸŽ Fast
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety good
    Tap to open
    โ˜€๏ธ Feels 32° 90° 30° 85°๐ŸฅตAQI 138๐Ÿ˜ท
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    $1,110 / mo
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  • Wellington

    โญ๏ธ Overall Score 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost ๐Ÿง Pricey
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet ๐ŸŽ Fast
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety okay
    Tap to open
    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 21° 70° 21° 69°AQI 16
    1x
    $3,010 / mo
    31Mbps
    ร—
  • Portland

    -Very well situated between the ocean and mountains -Cloudy winters -Not much snow -Large Asian minority -LGBTQ+ friendly -High quality of living -Very expensive -Very good nightlife -A lot of parks -A lot of outdoor activities -1 of the best education systems in the USA -Healthcare is excellent -Good transit system

    โญ๏ธ Overall Score 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost ๐Ÿง Pricey
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet ๐Ÿš€ Super fast
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun great
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety very bad
    Tap to open
    ๐ŸŒง Feels  45°  45°AQI 63
    1x
    $3,224 / mo
    73Mbps
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  • Porto

    Better than Lisbon, much more cozy and welcoming. You can find cheaper places in the โ€œother side of the bridgeโ€, in the municipality of Vila Nova de Gaia. Public transports works and is pretty convenient, most part of the city is covered by tram stations. Beaches are freezing cold but nice for a running. Donโ€™t miss the daily sunsets in the garden nearby the bridge, eating pastel de nata and drinking a bottle of Porto Wine. But please, donโ€™t clap your hands to the sun โ€” only Brazilian t

    โญ๏ธ Overall Score 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost ๐Ÿ˜™ Affordable
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet ๐ŸŽ Fast
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety good
    Tap to open
    ๐ŸŒค Feels 15° 59° 15° 59°AQI 11
    1x
    $1,852 / mo
    24Mbps
    ร—
  • Lisbon

    Lisbon is the next remote work hub of Europe. There's many reasons why I think that: 1) it already has somewhat of a startup/tech scene because of the annual Web Summit conference 2) which means internet is fast, and there's lots of meetups and it's easy to make friends 3) it's relatively affordable for foreigners compared to Spain and the rest of Europe 4) Portuguese people are super friendly, a lot more friendly than in the rest of the Mediterranean and Europe 5) Lisbon is ideal to go on day/w

    โญ๏ธ Overall Score 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost ๐Ÿ˜™ Affordable
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet ๐ŸŽ Fast
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun great
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety good
    Tap to open
    ๐ŸŒค Feels 17° 63° 17° 62°AQI 14
    1x
    $2,060 / mo
    18Mbps
    ร—
  • Gdansk

    Gdansk is a city in northern Poland and the capital of the Pomeranian Voivodeship, with a population of 464,113 (December 2013). It is the 16th most populous city in the European Union, with a population of 740,918 (2011). Gdaล„sk is the largest city of the Kashubian region. It is the historic capital of Gdaล„sk Pomerania. Gdaล„sk lies at the mouth of the Motล‚awa River, connected to the Leniwka, a branch in the delta of the nearby Vistula River, which drains 60 percent of Poland's territory. A

    โญ๏ธ Overall Score 
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    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety okay
    Tap to open
    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels -1° 30°  35°AQI 19
    1x
    $1,602 / mo
    22Mbps
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  • Warsaw

    I already living more than 1 year in Warsaw and i still think it's one of the best cities to live as a nomad as well. there is plenty of meetups to meet other expats, the people are nice, its cheap, its very big and not crowded, and very clean, pros: cheap easy to make international friends , as there is many meetups great public transport plenty of cafes to work from warm and honest locals the cons : Not many nomads, big city so some places far from each other . expensive cowork places (

    โญ๏ธ Overall Score 
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    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun great
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety okay
    Tap to open
    ๐ŸŒจ Feels -3° 27°  33°AQI 61
    1x
    $1,840 / mo
    26Mbps
    ร—
  • ๐Ÿ›Œ Most time spent

  • Portland

    -Very well situated between the ocean and mountains -Cloudy winters -Not much snow -Large Asian minority -LGBTQ+ friendly -High quality of living -Very expensive -Very good nightlife -A lot of parks -A lot of outdoor activities -1 of the best education systems in the USA -Healthcare is excellent -Good transit system

    โญ๏ธ Overall Score 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost ๐Ÿง Pricey
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet ๐Ÿš€ Super fast
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun great
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety very bad
    Tap to open
    ๐ŸŒง Feels  45°  45°AQI 63
    5mo
    $3,224 / mo
    73Mbps
    ร—
  • Wellington

    โญ๏ธ Overall Score 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost ๐Ÿง Pricey
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet ๐ŸŽ Fast
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety okay
    Tap to open
    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 21° 70° 21° 69°AQI 16
    3mo
    $3,010 / mo
    31Mbps
    ร—
  • Canggu

    Bali is amazing, but Canggu isn't really that great -- actually there are SO MANY better places, like Uluwatu, Gili Islands or even Ubud that I can't understand the hype. As almost everyone said below, beaches are crappy, roads are terrible, sidewalks are non-existent and having a motorbike is a must. On the other side, food is great and cafes are pretty reasonable with all those incredible bowls. Anyway I wouldn't recommend it for more than a week.

    โญ๏ธ Overall Score 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost ๐Ÿ˜™ Affordable
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet ๐ŸŽ Fast
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety good
    Tap to open
    ๐ŸŒง Feels 38° 100° 30° 85°๐ŸฅตAQI 17
    2mo
    $1,375 / mo
    24Mbps
    ร—
  • Gdansk

    Gdansk is a city in northern Poland and the capital of the Pomeranian Voivodeship, with a population of 464,113 (December 2013). It is the 16th most populous city in the European Union, with a population of 740,918 (2011). Gdaล„sk is the largest city of the Kashubian region. It is the historic capital of Gdaล„sk Pomerania. Gdaล„sk lies at the mouth of the Motล‚awa River, connected to the Leniwka, a branch in the delta of the nearby Vistula River, which drains 60 percent of Poland's territory. A

    โญ๏ธ Overall Score 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost ๐Ÿ˜™ Affordable
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet ๐ŸŽ Fast
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety okay
    Tap to open
    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels -1° 30°  35°AQI 19
    2mo
    $1,602 / mo
    22Mbps
    ร—
  • Chiang Mai

    Chiang Mai used to be N.1 for the digital nomad life. It is still great and you can find really cheap apartments (300-400$) and restaurants (2-3$ for a main). Wouldn't recommend staying there during the burning season. The best area is Nimman, but it's also the most expensive. You can stay in the old city that's very nice but that gets noisy during the weekend for the night markets. Last but not least, very safe city. All in all would go back in a heartbeat.

    โญ๏ธ Overall Score 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost ๐Ÿ˜™ Affordable
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet ๐ŸŽ Fast
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety good
    Tap to open
    โ˜€๏ธ Feels 32° 90° 30° 85°๐ŸฅตAQI 138๐Ÿ˜ท
    1mo
    $1,110 / mo
    22Mbps
    ร—
  • Lisbon

    Lisbon is the next remote work hub of Europe. There's many reasons why I think that: 1) it already has somewhat of a startup/tech scene because of the annual Web Summit conference 2) which means internet is fast, and there's lots of meetups and it's easy to make friends 3) it's relatively affordable for foreigners compared to Spain and the rest of Europe 4) Portuguese people are super friendly, a lot more friendly than in the rest of the Mediterranean and Europe 5) Lisbon is ideal to go on day/w

    โญ๏ธ Overall Score 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost ๐Ÿ˜™ Affordable
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet ๐ŸŽ Fast
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun great
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety good
    Tap to open
    ๐ŸŒค Feels 17° 63° 17° 62°AQI 14
    1mo
    $2,060 / mo
    18Mbps
    ร—
  • Porto

    Better than Lisbon, much more cozy and welcoming. You can find cheaper places in the โ€œother side of the bridgeโ€, in the municipality of Vila Nova de Gaia. Public transports works and is pretty convenient, most part of the city is covered by tram stations. Beaches are freezing cold but nice for a running. Donโ€™t miss the daily sunsets in the garden nearby the bridge, eating pastel de nata and drinking a bottle of Porto Wine. But please, donโ€™t clap your hands to the sun โ€” only Brazilian t

    โญ๏ธ Overall Score 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost ๐Ÿ˜™ Affordable
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet ๐ŸŽ Fast
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety good
    Tap to open
    ๐ŸŒค Feels 15° 59° 15° 59°AQI 11
    15d
    $1,852 / mo
    24Mbps
    ร—
  • Warsaw

    I already living more than 1 year in Warsaw and i still think it's one of the best cities to live as a nomad as well. there is plenty of meetups to meet other expats, the people are nice, its cheap, its very big and not crowded, and very clean, pros: cheap easy to make international friends , as there is many meetups great public transport plenty of cafes to work from warm and honest locals the cons : Not many nomads, big city so some places far from each other . expensive cowork places (

    โญ๏ธ Overall Score 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost ๐Ÿ˜™ Affordable
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet ๐ŸŽ Fast
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun great
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety okay
    Tap to open
    ๐ŸŒจ Feels -3° 27°  33°AQI 61
    9d
    $1,840 / mo
    26Mbps
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