I’d like one number that folks on WhatsApp and LINE can use. How do I do this with Google Voice? Would it work better if I switch to a Skype number?
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Last summer I spent some time travelling through Thailand and Cambodia and jumped on mopeds to get around. I fell in love with them, the freedom, the ability to get off the tourist trail and see areas of a country not written about in tour books.
Recently a friend of mine cycled from London through Western Europe down to Morocco. His journey, stories and photo blog have all inspired me to see Europe by road rather than missing it all by plane.
I’ve been encouraged to do the same longer term through Europe. Next month I’m heading off to Spain to start that journey.
I was wondering if any nomads here are on similar journeys? Does anyone motorcycle between cities setting up to work for a couple weeks then moving on?
If so, have you got any advice/tips for someone just starting that journey?
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?
Hi. Newbie here.
Wondering if anyone here has expertise in being an “investor” nomad where you travel and live off investment income? I’m contemplating fleeing the rat race and wanted to throw out a few thoughts and ideas.
Have a UK passport so don’t get taxed on worldwide income whilst non-resident.
I’m thinking of residency in Malaysia (MM2H) or Philippines (Retirement visa).
In terms of generating tax efficient income:
- HK, Singapore and UK don’t withhold tax on equity dividends or preference shares
- USA doesn’t tax capital gains (but has nasty estate taxes on equities) for non-residents
- USA debt securities (CDs/corp debt) do not withhold tax (w8-ben)
- USA based p2p lending should be same as debt securities asset class hence no withholding
- Eurobonds do not withhold tax on interest payments (look to have a spread of local currency bonds).
Would look to supplement by buying property (have my eyes on a few places in Philippines) to rent out. Would also look to invest in local businesses wherever I find opportunities.
Appreciate any advise or insight people might have!
I worked out a few times a week back home, but haven’t been able to figure out how to make it a part of my routine now that I’m living out of my backpack in hostels. I’ve always gone to gyms, but I’d be open to trying bodyweight exercises. I thought that I might be able to do bodyweight exercises in parks/etc, but the past few days in London have been wet and miserable and I can’t find the motivation to go do push ups in wet grass. Any advice?
I use a mobile internet stick that gives me 1 gigabyte of bandwidth in a 24-hour period. If I use it all up in half that time (easy with print jobs) I have to either wait it out or use another stick. What are some of the things I can do to keep bandwidth from being used without my knowledge? (macbook pro / Yosemite) I looked in the activity monitor and safari seemed to be using a lot so I keep it off now when I’m not using it, and I paused synching on dropbox and creative cloud until I’m hooked up to wifi. Any other tricks?
For some of us maintaining a US Based Bank is just a necessity. Either we never pick up residency abroad, or have a US based business for which a US based account makes life easy.
Purely online personal banking is a growing trend. Schwab has a great checking account that reimburses ATM fees and has no international fees, Simple is a new online only bank with tons of great features (though not so great for nomads abroad).
Anyone know of similar services for small business online?
Features I’m looking for:
- Business accounts (not a human name on the account)
- Great website experience
- Photo Check deposit
- Cheap / below-average transfer and wire fees
- Cheap fees / minimum balance requirements
I prefer storing my cash in personal accounts or investment accounts
- Free international use of cards
I am considering moving to Ho chi Minh to work on some projects for several months. I was all set to go until I was reading about the issues with bag snatching and reading blogs about getting robbed. I lived in manila and Iloilo for awhile and in the Philippines and had no issues but I was also younger and more care free.
It seems like a good place to get started. But could anyone comment on the issues with safety.
I just really need a good cheap place where I can be really productive for 6-9 weeks and really take my programming skills to the next level. I was hoping I could do that in ho chi minh. But perhaps it is not suitable, I also don’t feel like stressing out about my bag all day as well.
I did chiang mai this time last year and it was good but I also got bored after awhile. Would Da nang or hoi ann be less stressful in terms of bag snatching?
I’m visiting Medellin this October for a month and was wondering what’s the best way to find a place there.
I’m looking at El Pabelado, but on Airbnb it’s all like $1500, when I know the real rent price there for a 1br should be $600.
Anyone can recommend some locals so I won’t get scammed/overpay?
In the past 10 years, I have visited many towns and villages across India, however except on Facebook, there is no other way to look back and see on one map - where all you have been to and also how many times.
Since its a part of the nomadic lifestyle as well, I am assuming a couple of you might have put things on a map. How and what service do you use? I would prefer Google Maps, however I am not sure how to put things on that and specially how to mark whether you have visited twice or thrice?
If possible, kindly share Free tools or services.
Hey gang, I’ve traveled pretty extensively through Central America and was recently in Colombia.
I love Latin America and want to continue to travel/work here, but internet connectivity is a constant issue. Hostel wifi is always hit or miss and when it does work, it’s often slow or there’s no convenient place to work.
Cafes are even worse most of the time.
I’ve tried local sim cards with data and sometimes that works well, but skype calls eat the data right up and in many locations, the speeds are slow.
I’m willing to pay more for more reliable internet, but I haven’t found anything…
Wondering what most of you fine folks do and if anyone has any suggestions.
Also, what are some alternatives to hostels?
I know you can use AirBnB, but the locals jack the prices up on there (if you’re in an area you can find anything on AirBnB). Apartment rentals can be found pretty inexpensively, but I like to stay moving and usually don’t want to stay somewhere for even a month.
On top of all this, I like to surf and the coastal towns tend to be the worst for wifi.
I’m a little frustrated and wondering if anyone has any suggestions I haven’t thought of?
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I am currently in Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico with my visa but am ready to move. I need internet and would really like surfing and mountain biking to be part of the community I move to.
Does anyone have location suggestions or experience in San Blas, Nayarit; Saladita, Guerrero; or Nexpa, Michoacan? Thanks
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 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?
I’m planning to leave the US in May, travel for at least a year, maybe longer, and it is unclear, if I’m going back to the US at all, except for brief visits.
Looking at WorldNomads I seem to be covered for pretty much anything bad that could happen. But what happens, if I have to be transported back to US? If I understand correctly, WorldNomads is out at that point and I’m left with whatever insurance I have there.
How do you deal with this?
I am a Yogi, living a spiritual, healthy, vegan lifestyle. I have been a digital nomad for several years and am now more and more looking for places that satisfy all my interests and needs that meet my healthy yogi lifestyle.
Right now I am in in Bali, which is perfect for me:
- lots of yoga
- many high-quality, healthy, vegan/veggie restaurants
- loads of like-minded people
- i can live my inner hippie while hustling away for my business
- online entrepreneur community
What other places can you recommend that also match the requirements of a digital nomad lifestyle (good Internet etc)?
I have an LLC formed in Portland, Oregon. I am the only member and do not ever plan on adding more members. Should I elect to have my LLC treated as an S-Corp for my taxes? I am a US citizen living in Europe but I do not qualify for the foreign income exclusion yet. Can anyone give advice that has made this election? I know that as an S-Corp I can pay myself a reasonable salary based on the company’s income and then pay the rest to myself in dividends that are exempt from certain taxes.
If I chose to pay myself 70% of the company’s income as my salary am I required to pay myself the other 30% in dividends or can I leave that 30% in the company’s coffers for legal fees, large chargebacks, and the like? Thank you for reading and with any help provided.
I am a junior level web developer with 1 yr experience. At the moment, I have some options to work remotely for agencies, and need to negotiate hourly rate.
Having never worked remotely before, I want to know how much the standard rate is for juniors. I am a full-stack developer using either Rails or Meteor.
So for the last year or so I’ve been thinking of moving to Australia. Now it’s not quite ‘nomadic’, it’s a permanent move to one location to work for a specific country, but it’s similar to what you guys experience a lot.
I’m now at the point where a recruiter is recommending me to companies for roles, so this thing is all of a sudden very real. I’m 24, never lived abroad (although done some travelling, 3 weeks at a time max), single & looking for a job at a digital agency.
I can get a job in the UK, or get a job in Oz (Melbourne). Nothing in me wants the UK except that it’s known. What will I do if I go to Australia and I hate it? How long will it take to make friends? Do I want to spend a couple of years of my life on the other side of the world to everyone I know and love?
For me it seems like if I’m going to do it now is the time. I’m young (ish), single & have no job stopping me.
I just want to know how others have felt in this situation, the decision they made and how it worked out for them.
Any thoughts greatly appreciated.
I am thinking about becoming a digital nomad. I already have a startup in my mind that’s ready to be build. I will make this website by myself, it should take me roughly about 2 to 3 months to complete everything. From that point on it will be a matter of time before it will generate a income. Before my website will make a steady income i would need money to survive. I do have some savings but it is not enough to keep me on my feet for half a year or longer. Is it wise to take a loan as a Digital Nomad to make the startup allot easier?
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?
I am heading to Istanbul soon… I have a multiple entry visa valid for a 30 day stay within a 180 day period. I intend to spend a week or so in Istanbul and then travel onward, eventually returning to Istanbul in October for my return flight. So I will not be there for longer than 30 days - but I don’t yet have any proof of an onward journey as I would prefer to keep my plans flexible. Could this cause any trouble?
- When Nomad List launched, it had data on 25 cities, with 3 data points per city (cost, internet, temperature). In the last few months, I’ve worked together with a team of editors in the last few months to add the world’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. I’ve made an algorithm to score these places based on user reviews, WiFi speeds, proximity to each other (like it’ll recommend Hubba in Bangkok, and a hotel near that so you can walk to your work).
- It’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
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