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Any experiencie airmailing your stuff to yourself when moving from one place to another?


by @chelocoach | 4yr  | 5 comments

Hi there!

Iโ€™m going Nomad in about 3 months. Mainly Iโ€™ll stay in some places for at least 1 month, but Iโ€™m planning some backpacking trips in between movings. So Iโ€™m planning to travel carry-on only on this trips. But I also would like to carry with me some non-indispensable stuff that helps me to keep up with my lifestyle and work on the places where Iโ€™ll stay for a longer period. For example a blender, coffee and an Aeropress to prepare my bulleproof coffee. Also my guitar, some camera gear, a good quality screen to work, etcโ€ฆ

Except for the guitar, everything fits into a medium size luggage.

I know I can check in this stuff when moving. But if Iโ€™m going to backpack I donโ€™t want to carry this stuff around.

  • Is airmailing this stuff to myself a good option?
  • Any experience on this?

Iโ€™m a newby on this lifestyle so any advice is welcome :slight_smile: . Many thanks!

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@travelingpm | 4yr

Agree with the above. It also depends on how often youโ€™re moving and to which regions. We stay in each location for 2-3 months and typically purchase everything on the local expat marketplace facebook groupโ€ฆthen resell it on there when we leave. This has included a blender, kids toys, a motorcycle, second monitors, and grooming kits. If youโ€™re traveling to regions with different wattage, you may end up frying your electronics.

In general, it may be a dayโ€™s worth of shopping/fetching but packing up and mailing stuff every move sounds like pain and you wonโ€™t always know where to send it prior to the moveโ€ฆthen thereโ€™s waiting for it to arrive, if it ever does. Besides, Iโ€™m willing to bet that youโ€™ll have less โ€œnon-indispensable stuffโ€ on your list after about 3 months in. We travel with an eBags mother load, an TLS Professional Weekender, and tiny carry-on for a family of three.

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@chelocoach | 4yr

Thanks @grum and @wanderingdev !!

  • Didnโ€™t thought of the language and cultural barrier to be such a problem for dealing with the courier, thanks.
  • Didnโ€™t knew about those โ€œleft luggageโ€ kind of place. thanks!

@wanderingdev , you think buying and selling is less problem than shipping my stuff?

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@wanderingdev | 4yr

IMO, yes.

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@wanderingdev | 4yr

If youโ€™re in a backpacking area, there is likely a left luggage kind of place. I know in Switzerland you can leave stuff at the train station for up to a month. In Spain, many people ship things ahead on the Camino de Santiago and pick it up at the end. I think in general, shipping things will get expensive and seriously annoying. Just take less stuff. You donโ€™t actually need a blender for BPC. Or if you feel you must have one, get a stick blender that is small and easy to pack. (I canโ€™t wait until this BPC fad diesโ€ฆ) for the screen, make due with 1 or use a tablet for a 2nd or depending on how long youโ€™ll be in an area, buy a used one on the ground then sell it again when you leave. There are options. Having been doing this for years, I can tell you the biggest favor you can do for yourself is to not carry unnecessary crap.

(mod: corrected for capitalization)

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@grum | 4yr

Iโ€™ve done it before and aside from the guitar, my gear is similar to what youโ€™ve described.

Shipping stuff steals time from you. If youโ€™re willing to pay for fast shipping, itโ€™ll probably be better for your body but dealing with couriers or picking up at delivery centres can drive you insane due to cultural/language differences.

In the end Iโ€™d much rather check in my stuff and maintain a strict inventory than courier. A few hours of inconvenience lugging stuff around is better than arriving and having to wait for your stuff to appear later on.

That being said, I know plenty of nomads who carry too much and choose to ship the non-essentials.

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Hello, we are US citizens that have been able to stay in Italy past our standard visa stay due to covid. Now we must leave. We want to drive to Croatia as our โ€œout of EUโ€ stay. But Iโ€™m now wondering what considerations I need to take care of for my visa. I wonโ€™t go through an airport and get my passport stamped. But I assume I need to get my passport stamped as a way to prove Iโ€™m out of the EU.

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We must all get sick of the same backpacker travel questions when we meet new friends, I know I do.

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in Croatia by @ld | 15d 15 days ago | 3 comments

Hello,

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So we must leave the Schengen zone. We should avoid USA. We should avoid long air travel.

We were thinking Croatia.

Do you recommend a route to Croatia? We are open to long train rides. Ideally not long ferry rides. Is there a ferry route under 4 hours? I read about it...I don't see it. If not, the other option is to make our way north and up over to Croatia via train.

I'd appreciate your thoughts and insights!

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Iโ€™m curious to know how many people learned some Thai before going there. Learning languages is a hobby of mine but Iโ€™m very put off by how complex the writing system is, and if I decide not to learn it Iโ€™ll probably cross Chiang Mai off my bucket list. I prefer to be at least conversational in a language before I do an extended stay in a country. Iโ€™m curious how people who learned no Thai did getting by. And Iโ€™m curious, from people who did learn some, if itโ€™s any easier than it seems? Thanks!

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How do you guys deal with the dreaded โ€œproof of addressโ€ for banking and investing and other random stuff?

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When you meet new people or reconnect with old friends, do you โ€œoutโ€ yourself as a digital nomad? The simple question โ€œwhere do you live?โ€ makes us uncertain now. We wonder if some places may be less welcoming to digital nomads, or if โ€œdigital nomadโ€ has a negative connotation in some places. If you are forthcoming from the start, does your status as a digital nomad make it hard to form friendships?

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I have heard about an app that take screenshots of your room and send it to you if it detects movement too so you can alert the hotel staff.
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in Bangkok, Thailand by @andrea3018 | 3yr 2 years ago | 14 comments

Hello Nomads,
I would like to move in Thailand for 6-9 months starting from August.
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Would Bangkok be a good place to be during August?
I was also checking at the east coast isles but I got a little frightened out by the moonsoon idea but still, it would be cool to go to beaches and have some sun during that month :slight_smile: .
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Iโ€™ll move to Chiang Mai from september anyway but I would just like to start somewhere else since I have to wait for my girlfriend to come during september.

Thank you in advance for your advices,
Sorry for the bad english,
Andrea

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Out of the 3 Areas which would be most beneficial for a foreigner moving to SK?
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i) Dobonggu
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Background knowledge:
We love being physically active through sport and weight-lifting, love exploring food culture, need good Coffee and live very modestly in terms of going out/expenditure.

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Probably most other European states work in similar fashion?

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Hello Nomads,
is anyone in Tenerife at the moment? Iโ€™m moving there from the 1st of August and not getting out of it for at least 6 months.
Iโ€™m going to stay in Puerto De La Cruz.
Do any of you has ever been there and do you recommend this city to me? Or should I look for an apartment elsewhere in Tenerife?
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by @ileitch | 4yr 4 years ago | 15 comments

Hey all, this is a bit of Hail Marry, hopefully someone knows the answer!

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by @magalhini | 4yr 4 years ago | 4 comments

Hi there!

I realise this isnโ€™t the right way of asking for legal advice, but Iโ€™d appreciate some initial loose pointers on where to go and what to do.

Iโ€™m currently working for a company which is UK-based (full-time contract), where Iโ€™m paying my taxes, own bank accounts, and so on. However, being a remote worker, Iโ€™ve been working from Berlin this year and for personal reasons, I really donโ€™t want to move back to the UK.

So, being aware that I would need to spend at least 90 days in the UK if I want to continue to legally work, what are my options to avoid this entirely?

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  • Should, if itโ€™s possible at all, still be employed by this company (non-freelance) but pay my taxes in Germany instead of the UK? Again, is this wise and would it exempt me from the 90 days in the UK rule? (the company has no German affiliate)

Funny enough, I canโ€™t find an available accountant in Berlin to ask all of these questions, hence why Iโ€™m hoping some of you wise folks would point me in some direction :slight_smile:

Thank you!

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