I work at night so I have free time during the day. Every day, I would change hotels. This lets me experience a different part of town every day. At around 1pm, I would check out, then load up the hotels.com app and find the next 3-Star hotel under $40. Then I’d grab an Uber and make my way to the new hotel. And then repeat the next day until I’ve lived in every 3-Star hotel within my budget in the city. Does anybody else do this?
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Average temperature and ratings of the cities you went (and when you were there). Interesting to see if there's progression in the quality of the places you visit. Be sure to add your home country cities too to make this chart accurate.
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I think slack is for mostly location based questions, but the forum also has location based questions, so how do you know which one to post in?
So we have this forum here, but there is also a subreddit at reddit.com/r/digitalnomads. How do they compare? Anybody use both?
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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, where’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 they’re nonetheless insightful and no matter how much we hate them, we find ourselves asking others.
So let’s bring the dreaded backpacker questionnaire to NomadForum and introduce ourselves shall we?
- what’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 don’t want to
But the more you share… The merrier!
Every accountant is going to tell you that you really should be keeping separate accounts for all your businesses and even projects that may one day become businesses. But in my experience setting up a new account associated with an actual business entity is a pretty annoying process involving an in-person visit to a bank branch, proof of residence in that branch’s region, etc. Has anybody seen a bank that let’s you easily create a simple business checking account online and more importantly that would let you add additional accounts and transfer funds between them?
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?
I was wondering if anyone knows a website to keep track of the hotels I have stayed in, I really like to keep track of everything. I have a couple of websites to track each flight I took and was wanted to see if there is something similar but for hotels.
This is something I’ve not really seen addressed anywhere much but, when you are staying somewhere medium term, say 1-6 months, what you do about cooking? I figure anything shorter than that and you can make do, while over 6 months you aren’t going to mind stocking a kitchen so much. But, for that medium term period, it feels like a waste to spend too much on pantry supplies and equipment but too long to get by on basics.
Anyway, I’d love to know what other people in regards to cooking. Do you eat out for all your meals, have a few ‘go to’ dishes that you can cook anywhere with minimal equipment (mine would be omelettes) or do you adjust to the local cuisine?
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hi, I have been using a free VPN for a while.
Just wondering though, im planning on travelling into china and wanted to know if there were any VPN’s that anyone can recommend that are safe within china.
As I undertstand the Chinese are aware of some VPN’s and have blocked them. Not sure if that is true or not, but would be really great to know more.
Also any one think any particular VPN provider is better suited to nomads and why?
In the UK we have a significant vote about whether to stay in the EU. I’ll be abroad during the vote but will vote by postal vote in advance. I imagine this would be trickier if I were more nomadic; if I didn’t have an established base in the UK.
I’m curious to how others engage with their national political processes. I’ve met many Nomads who are quite politicly minded. Does this translate to being involved with the established political realities of their homeland?
Would love to hear what you do or don’t do. More an exercise of curiosity than anything else.
I’m sorry if this question has been asked before, whether in disguise or directly, but I couldn’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 Airbnb’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, I’ve gotten rid of my apartment in Portugal 2 years ago and moved to London simply for the pursuit of new and interesting opportunities. I’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 this… 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? I’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 cheers!
as I’m looking into buying a new laptop/tablet, I’m wondering what everybody is using here for work and why?
Mentioning your profession or business, location, travel activities or anything related to this will be appreciated.
It feels that being a digital nomad / remote worker also means a lot to be a solo-traveler. I’d like to see how much this is the case here — out of curiosity. And whether there are actually groups or families traveling in the (digital) nomad lifestyle.
I’m thinking about living fulltime in an RV mostly in the US and North America. Is this still part of the digital nomad community? Is there anyone who has tried this? Pros? Cons? Thanks!
Hey all, this is a bit of Hail Marry, hopefully someone knows the answer!
So I’m “moving” to Florida from CA because FL has no income tax. I’m using one those websites that provide a physical address and scan all your mail for you. For CA to be satisfied from a Tax perspective that I am in fact a resident of FL, I need to transfer my driver’s license.
The downside is that my new address is out in the middle of nowhere, and I’d really rather not have to visit the county unless absolutely necessary.
So, does anyone know if it’s necessary to transfer my license at a DMV in the same county as my new address, or can I do it from any county in FL?
Oh the joys of being a nomad…
Let’s say you’re in Thailand (or any other remote place) and you want to find a significant other (SO). It’s hard because most dating apps are good for local hook ups, or for locals dating locals. If you are a somewhat perpetual traveler, it’s hard to find anyone taking on a long-term relationship with you. You’ll date somebody, you’ll move to the next place, and they won’t be able to come with you because they have their ties to a place. Usually.
I wanted to see if I could get all the people on Nomad List together, and experiment if we could figure out how to fix dating for travelers. So I build this mini app that looks similar to most dating apps. It has swiping left (dislike), swiping right (like) and you can in-app chat with the people you meet. Also no installs as it’s just a website!
It also ties into Nomad Trips, so it’ll show your current location and in the future will match you based on previous and future trips! And even propose dates when you have cross over
Let me know any bugs you find, and what you think I should add as features! It’s pretty bare now
I’m getting sick of being a CA business because too many things need to be physically mailed in. My customers are all located in the Bay Area in California, but I want to incorporate in a state with low tax liability plus the ability to manage EVERYTHING online, such as business licensing, etc. Anyone got any tips?
My work is applying for a z visa to China. I need to gather reference letters from all my past jobs to show continuous work history.
Will the z visa impact the new 10 year revolving visa that China just opened up? In general, how do work visas impact other types of visas like business/tourist etc… Is it easy to apply for a different visa after a work visa has expired. For example, will my z work visa impact qualifying for a different type of visa later in time.
Hi, tried to find an answer on the internet & in this forum, but no luck…
With the changed visa requirements/visa runs how do you guys stay in Thailand for an extended amount of time? Currently living in Rio de Janeiro - but would love to spend +6months (up to 12) in Chiang Mai, without following Thai classes
I’ve noticed that recently a lot of us tend to prefer the ‘slow-travel’ 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 backpackers’ 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?
- 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 I’ve seen any digital nomads in the backpacker places or vice-versa. I’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.
I am wondering how do you manage your laundry work flow.
I ask this question because since I investigate the minimalist way of life I only have 4 teeshirts.
So I changed my habits and I wash my teeshirt, my boxer and my socks while taking a shower (takes me 6 more minutes).
How about you ?
Are you reducing your laundry flow, like by wearing merinos wool clothes ?
Are you going to lavomatic one time a week because you have enough clothes for all the week ?
Are you going to lavomatic more often that once a week because you have only few clothes ?
Are you handwashing your clothers ? how and how often ?
Browsing this forum a lot, I learned that the best option for mobile data is buying a local SIM card in pretty much every country I go to. Ok, that’s manageable.
Now I was wondering which mobile hotspot to buy, because I will have more devices with me that I want to connect to the Internet, and my girlfriend will have even more devices with her to connect, too.
When I was looking at just one manufacturer’s offerings, I’m already overwhelmed by the complexity of options.
Should I just use my main mobile phone’s hotspot feature for this?
Should I get a separate mobile hotspot device for that? Which one? Any recommendations?
How do you do this?
did anyone (with a EU Passport) ever got a e-Tourist Visa for India? Visa regulations in India change quite often, so I am wondering, if it is actually possible to get the e-Tourist Visa (eTV) that is issued on arrival.
I need to get a few documents legally certified and am not really sure where to start. Whatever certifying remarks (if any) would need to be in English. Anyone have any ideas where I could find this service without paying a law firm a small fortune for the 2 minutes it would take to do it? Would an embassy (like US Embassy?) be able to do something like this?
I do client work, and am wondering if Internet reliability is a factor for making the regular VoIP calls expect to do? I don’t mind paying for good VoIP (prefer skype). In the US, I got vonage and found it not so reliable, as the “quality of service” …a metric that is not important for regular Internet use…was a problem. Anyone have experience on this issue?
There’s a pretty good mix of nomads here. It’d be interesting to see if there’s a significant difference in terms of amounts of people belonging to certain camps.
Some are remote employees working for a specific company, others are freelancers who are picking up gigs here and there to fuel their travels, and the others are location independent entrepreneurs who are building businesses (however you may define it).
Which camp do you belong to? Do you belong in multiple groups? What does your past look like and were their transition periods?
I myself started out in the first group and transitioned into the third.
What’s up dreamers?
Do you have any recommendation on where to do online shopping in Thailand?
I just got an external screen & accessories from Lazada.co.th: the price was good & delivery of the screen (to Koh Lanta) took only 3 days…! This was way beyond my expectations.
Any other tips (& shared experience) would be appreciated.
ps. created the same conversation on the DN Thailand facebook group if you prefer participating over there https://www.facebook.com/groups/1069582656437496/permalink/1075943859134709/
Does anyone know of a service where I can buy SIM cards for countries before actually getting to the country? My mobile coverage doesn’t work most places out of the US (or it’s an exorbitant cost). I just want to land in the country, and pop in a SIM card right at the airport.
I’m currently residing in Seoul, Korea working at a corporate office job. I’m having hard time finding a remote job or freelance job besides programming or article writing related jobs.
Are there options to do a remote job or freelance job for somewho who has no programming background?
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