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In most cases you wouldn’t be working illegally but that may depend on the country. When I first started working remote outside of the US for my US employer I asked the Colombian and Argentina embassies if I can stay on a tourist visa for tourism purposes—of course—while I work remote and they said it’s not a problem. It’s a difficult concept for people to grasp. In many countries you may find you must pay tax depending on your duration of stay. In Colombia it was more than six months depending on your visa. If you’re there for tourism purposes you should be good. If you’re there to stay forever or conduct business in that country then that’s different. In Europe last summer I was asked about staying for the complete 90 days and if I work. I said my employer is in the US and that I can work from anywhere and they didn’t have further questions.
Time zones, I just overlap my work time with my coworkers in the states. I’ve been doing it for nearly three years now from all over the world. In Asia I work 3 am to 11 am and then explore the rest of the day. In Europe I work 10 am to 6 pm.
I’m currently interviewing for positions which are 100% remote, so I don’t have a lot of insight into how to ask your current employer to allow you to work outside of the country, but in general the concerns US employers have is your being available to work and collaborate during business hours in the United States. I’d suggest offering to overlap your work schedule with the home office (at least 50% of the time? 75%? 100%?). Traveling through South America makes this pretty easy. And you should be prepared to attend some meetings at odd hours. Suggesting it as a trial run for six months might make them more comfortable as well. I don’t particularly see why your employer should care where you’re working from; it’s up to you to comply with the laws of wherever you end up, not them. The only exceptions would be if your job requires working with data that can’t be legally accessed from outside the United States, or something similar.
As for traveling around, many countries grant US citizens an automatic tourist visa at the border. Whether you’re comfortable working on a tourist visa is up to you, but as long as you don’t tell the border officials that’s what you’re planning on doing it’s very unlikely you’ll be refused entry.
After the Netherlands, the Bay Area, Colorado and being on the van life for 8 months, I am now in Sedona, AZ with a few other digital nomads. We are sharing a home here and are wondering if there are more like minded people in the area.
We do a bunch of hikes and campouts in the northern of Arizona. If you would like to connect with us, please do so :)
Does anyone ever travel to any Islands like Bermuda, Barbados, Barbuda and St. Kitts & Nevis?
Hi there, title says it all. Canadian nomad hoping to find the city/town in Portugal with great, consistent surfing, a solid coworking spot, and a fun group of young nomads. Please recommend!
I'm in need of a tax advisor who understands "our" typical situation. I'm all good on being legal on taxes at this point, but as I'm doing more investing and there's more compliance and KYC and such, it's getting more complicated to deal with this topic. Not living in my country of citizenship, company in another country, resident in yet another country, banking in a different country ... you know how it is, a pile of red flags.
Would be great to find a good tax advisor to sort things in a way that makes my situation as "explainable" and easily dealt with as possible. Any leads?
Hi, I've got a question to anyone who had experience with the digital nomad lifestyle. I'm 24, I'm in my last year of university doing computer science, got 3 years of experience mostly doing web development.
I never liked the idea of staying in one place, getting a job and growing roots - hence the will to take the opportunity and travel the world. My main question is – how do I go about it? Are there any useful resources I could look into?
How do I go about insurance and such once I decide to move. I currently live in Switzerland and do freelance work for one company. It's not a lot, since my studies don't allow me to pick up a full time job, but it allows me to cover simple expenses.
I'd be happy to get some insight into how things work and also happy to network with anyone interested.
I’m looking for any recommendations for services or people others have used to get answers on the best place to set up their businesses based on their personal circumstances.
Leaning towards Singapore after a ton of research, but would really like some concrete advice before jumping in.
Hi guys ! hope you are doing well.
I would love to get your feedback regarding the best insurance for digital nomads. i'm traveling around Asia since 1 year and for next 4 or 5 years. Would love to buy an insurance to cover especially :
- laptop, phone ...
When reopening for tourism, Bali says it will focus on attracting remote workers to choose the island as their workplace:
"We will focus on a new pattern of how Bali is not just for leisure, but indeed to work in Bali as well"
Transactional Attorney with a focus on US Immigration. Burnt out doing the law firm thing. Trying to leverage skill to get on this digital nomad tip. Love the traveling experience, hostels, seeing new places, new cocktails etc etc.
My interest in DN lifestyle started when half of our company have been taking 1 month for remote work @ Ko Samui. It was truly cool but we observed quite some communication challenges. Communication seemed just “riskier” when online.
What were your worst situations caused by misunderstanding while communicating online with your teammates? What do you do to avoid misunderstandings?
Anyone know of any groups or resources for Ph.D. students working on dissertation while living as a digital nomad? I know there are several virtual writing groups around, but wondered if there were any specifically for digital nomads, particularly those who are dissertating.
I’m looking for an international health insurance (no travel insurance) for my nomadic life. It should cover the basic services and at least be accepted in the EU (it’s ok if it’s not accepted in the US as I’m aware they rarely are). Nice to have: enter into a contract online. Anyone got a good experience or a recommendation?
Thanks in advance!
Hello digital nomad!
I dream of being an independent digital nomad. But it feels very elusive & unattainable with my success rate. In full disclosure, whilst I have dreamed about making money online since high school; I have not earned a single cent making money online. $0, nada, zilch!! On the contrary, I have spent a lot of time & money on books, podcasts. Even though I have spent a lot of time reading/listening to others, I do not have anything to show for it!
I have made attempts in the past to start an online business, but these fizzle out quite quickly when I do not see traction especially when the goal I have set myself is too high.
Instead of reaching for the ultimate nomadic lifestyle goal, I want to start much smaller. Really small! I am simply looking to make $50 profit per month from a new online business. That’s it.
I need some advice from you please!
Is $50 profit too low? How long did it take you to earn $50 profit per month?
What is a good way of achieving this goal?
aka the $0 online business entrepreneur
Hello everyone! I’m new here and probably this is a very newbie question, but it doesn’t leave my head.
How do you, nomads, pay your taxes? I mean, if you’re constantly traveling, how are you going to pay taxes for a certain country if you are going to stay there a short period of time?
Or do you return to your “original country” and then pay them?
By the way, this forum has very nice cool formatting features!
Hey guys, this was my first year as a Canadian nomad.
As far as I know of, Canadians don’t pay taxes if they do not live in the country for 6 months.
But I’d like to talk to an accountant or someone who does Canadian taxes specifically for expats and nomads to get clear on the rules and for help on my return coming up.
Does anyone know someone who specializes in Canada who can help? I’ve seen plenty of US recommendations but none for us canucks.
I am planning to move to Latin America for 3-4 months (Oct-January). I’ve narrowed down 6 different places that I want to visit before committing to settling down, but I’d love to get some community input.
Here are the cities I’m considering:
The most important things I’m looking for:
Anyone have any experience with these places and can give some insight? I’m also completely open to other recommendations.
I just landed as a n00b digital nomad in Mexico City, and I am wondering… Where are all the international digital nomads hiding around here? I have been to several coworking spaces (Selina etc.) only to find A LOT of local Mexican workers and businesses. Don’t get me wrong, that is all fine, but I was hoping to meet some international nomads! Any advice?
There’s been a lot of discussion on this recently.
Nomads usually stay in hostels, hotels and short-term apartments. But it’s all not very optimal.
I’ve heard people suggest getting funding and building a network of houses you can stay at for a subscription price (e.g. Bruno Haid is working on that).
I don’t want do physical stuff, so I’m thinking of building a platform around making housing better for nomads.
What are the housing problems nomads face? And how can we solve them with products/services?
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