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What's the best noise-canceling microphone for remote VOIP calls?


by @mikevallano |  | 16 comments

Being nomadic comes with its fair share of background noise (roosters, motorcycles, speakers on trucks announcing todayโ€™s fruit specials, celebratory explosions, etc.).

While lots of fun, it can be distracting during client calls, which I typically hold via Google Voice or Skype just using my macbookโ€™s built-in microphone.

I donโ€™t want to carry an extra headset, especially if itโ€™s over-the-ear and looks like Iโ€™m working at a call center.

Itโ€™d be really nice to have quality earbuds that also have a decent mic built in, but I have yet to find anything that fits the bill.

Does anyone have a good earbud/microphone solution?

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Where are the nomad hot spots in Central and South America?

 

by @jb510 |  | 106 comments

The last few years Iโ€™ve spent mostly in Asia (Thailand/Indonesia) and Europe (Spain/Italy), but I run a company in the US and need to coordinate with 10 US based employees and business partners. The time zone issues between EU/US and SEA/US are exhausting even if I love the locales.

Iโ€™d really like to try romping around the Americas for a while, but Iโ€™ve never been south of Baja California and really canโ€™t find much positive having been said about remotely working from CA/SA as a DN.

I know some hippy, surfer, artist, musician, yoga teacher types calling various locals home, but no one making a living onlineโ€ฆ more than a few people have told me itโ€™s fabulous down there until you go to Thailand/Bali and then you wonder why all those ExPats are suffering in CA/SA. Of course you only really know when you go yourself.

Iโ€™d love to see nomadlist.io get filled out with more details on Central and South American cities. It seems really sparse coverage at the moment, but maybe thatโ€™s simply because itโ€™s not good and no one stays there for long.

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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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Do you travel with a laptop stand?

 

by @danielgenser |  | 38 comments

Now that Iโ€™ve been working for a few days without my Cinema Display (just sold it!), Iโ€™m definitely considering getting a travel stand for my 13" Macbook Pro. Do any of you travel with one? Any recommendations?

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I'll be entering the UK for 6 months, will immigration ask to see my finances?

 

by @shayna |  | 24 comments

Hi!

I (American) and my husband (Brazilian) are going to London for 6 months.

Heโ€™s going to study English - heโ€™s already registered & paid for the course.

Iโ€™m going to be a touristโ€ฆ and work on my online business.

Iโ€™ve heard UK border control can be a bit difficult and am wondering if they are likely to ask for financial evidence that we can support ourselves for six months.

I have savings in the bank, but of course Iโ€™ll also be receiving regular, stable income from the online business (I could show them a history of payments stretching back a year or more, if necessary).

Any thoughts/tips?

Thanks in advance!

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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 can I own a car if I'm not a resident somewhere?


by @nevergoingback |  | 15 comments

Hi peeps,

Here is me with a serious question again!

I travel the world alot but always go back to my home country for a couple of months each year. In this period I want to own a car. But because I do not live anywhere it is very difficult to own a car. I cant put the car I want on my parents name because of their salary and the Netherlands being very strict on that.

What options do I have to owning a car?
I know things should be possible just like afrojack who had a car with german license plates!!

Any advice on this?

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What do you do with presents?


by @bydorian |  | 6 comments

So there are many occasion people give gifts, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Birthdays, โ€ฆ etc.

For instance:

  • Food: you can use it pretty quickly
  • Flowers: doesnโ€™t last too long
  • Perfume: take a lot of space for a month or two
  • Clothes: what if you donโ€™t life them? (eg: a t-shirt, a scarf, โ€ฆ)
  • Random stuff: as part of the nomadic life, we want to be minimalist and canโ€™t keep too much stuff

I would say there is short-term, middle-term and long-term goods. And useful / useless / special goods.

So we have a problem, we donโ€™t have infinite storage space (either out of the bag in containers or inside bags).

Attacking the source of the problem:

  1. Asking people to give mostly short-term goods, useful middle-term/long-term goods (eg: from a wishlist for instance)
  2. Asking for no physical gifts
  3. Not going / celebrating those occasions
  4. Something else?

I think itโ€™s pretty hard to prevent people from giving unwanted gifts (rejecting a gift is an huge cultural mistake).

Attacking the effects of the problem:

  1. Giving gifts to somebody else
  2. Re-selling gifts
  3. Taking a photo of it and throwing it away
  4. Shipping them to some stockage container company
  5. Something else?

I personally think thatโ€™s one of the biggest thing against minimalism, and ultimately against the freedom of moving quickly.

So, what you you do?

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Have any of you left a pet behind?

 

by @danielgenser |  | 25 comments

Tough question to ask. Have any of you had to leave a pet behind? My wife and I have a cat that weโ€™ve had probably for 7 years now. We donโ€™t have anyone we can just leave her with. Weโ€™ve thought about finding someone to adopt her in the past, but now with our DN plans, weโ€™ve put her up for adoption through our local rescue organization. Iโ€™ve been fearing what will happen if no one adopts her. Have any of you been in a similar situation?

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Can I use my laptop to call into conference calls remotely?


by @dave4peace |  | 11 comments

Hi Nomads,
First, I am very appreciative of this Forum, have read a lot of very helpful feedback to questions to previous folks questions.

Currently, landing in Hong Kong in about 2 months with no true Nomad experience other than working remotely, as a US Citizen, from home to a US Bank here in the States. My normal workday is remaining constantly in meetings using a Conference software called โ€œLyncโ€ on my work machine. Usually, i can have Lync call my cell phone with no problem in the US, of course.

Question:
Can I do the same Lync Conference, as above, while working abroad, substituting my cell phone with a personal laptop with microphone wherever I work? (presuming: 1) good internet, 2) Skype/GoogleVoice, installed on personal laptop). Basically, my work laptop would be calling Skype on my personal laptop, right? Can this work, cheaply, for 40+ hours of calls per week? Does Skype have country limitations? How does this work in combination with Google Voice, any cheaper? I read GV only works only for certain countries (HK, China, Thailand are okay). Any folks here know what a 40 hour week costs, on average, having this type of setup (Skype and/or GV, or other combo)? All new to meโ€ฆ will just have to try it, and, let you know, if no one has done it here.

Thanks for any suggestions with this!!!
Dave

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Is it true that CapitalOne routinely declines foreign transactions?


by @nihilista |  | 5 comments

Hello everyone,

Iโ€™m looking to obtain a couple of credit cards with no foreign transaction fees and keep seeing Capital One as highly recommended by DNs. However, when reading the reviewed for their Venture One card I see that people say the company declines most foreign transactions and that you cannot call they ahead of time to let them know youโ€™re traveling in order to not have the card declined. Has anyone run into this problem?

Thanks!

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