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Are there any VPN providers specifically suited to nomads?


by @nomadfamily | 4yr  | 10 comments

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 VPNโ€™s that anyone can recommend that are safe within china.

As I undertstand the Chinese are aware of some VPNโ€™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?

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@keegansard | 4yr

Big fan of ExpressVPN

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@endtagster | 4yr

For digital nomads working in China, using the internet is a big problem because the Great Firewall blocks many sites. Many people use VPN but many VPN services are blocked in China as well.

If you are tech-savvy, you can try installing your own Shadowsocks server because Shadowsocks works better than VPN in China (less likely to be blocked).

If you need a VPN, Iโ€™d suggest VyprVPN, ExpressVPN, AstrillVPN etc. You can also take a look at some VPN testing websites in China. For example, this link:

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@jasonl527 | 4yr

You can also search shadowsock, vpn, vps and make your own vpn. Itโ€™s a bit more work than an off the shelf version but itโ€™s going to be more reliable too.

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Hi
VyprVpN has end points a bit everywhere. They have their own protocol to go undetected in China, or so they say.
I did not try it in China but from time to time I had to go through other VPN blocking firewalls and it worked.

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@prof | 4yr

Iโ€™m in China at the moment and VyprVPN has been good. In any case, Iโ€™ve cycled through many VPNs over the years (outside of China) and nothing has come close to the speed and software these guys provide.

Itโ€™s definitely a game of cat and mouse out here though.

Connecting to some countries is fine, then not the next. Some Wifi set-ups are a lot more receptive to you running a VPN - others just donโ€™t seem to like it and drop out all the time. At one place I found I would keep a connection for 40-60 minutes then it would disable me for another 10-15 before I could get back on again. Bizarre and frustrating.

Right now though (in a different city) Iโ€™ve held a VPN connection all night with no drop outs and fast speed.

So there are many exterior factors in addition to choosing a good VPN. But I think VyprVPN would give you the best chance.

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@tama | 4yr

Iโ€™m in China now. I use ExpressVPN and hotspot shield. Definitely download more than one to both your phone and computer before you arrive because sometimes I just canโ€™t get one working while another will be fine.

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@tbronchain | 4yr

Astrill used to works amazingly well in Chinaโ€ฆ until recently.
I still works, from times to times, according to the provider. And I canโ€™t find any logic on when and why it will work, or wonโ€™t.
Iโ€™m now using ExpressVPN. It works. I canโ€™t say it works great. UDP protocol connections often get detected and blocked. TCP works almost all the time, but itโ€™s slow.

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@waylandchin | 4yr

I lived in China for 5 years and used Astrill. They have a StealthVPN option specifically for China. Itโ€™s supposed to work when regular VPN doesnโ€™t work. Plus, if they are down, you can email/skype their support, they usually have creative workarounds to get you back online.

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@nickdanforth | 4yr

@nomadtax is completely right!

That saidโ€ฆ Iโ€™ve lived/traveled in China extensively over the last two years and while I have 3 different VPNs that I rotate between, VyprVPN has been the most reliable for me even when others fail to connect.

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@nomadtax | 4yr

China doesnโ€™t block specific VPNs, they block the protocols that all VPN services use. This means that no VPN works well there. Sometimes it may work a little better but overall itโ€™s shit. If going to China, read this first:

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in Bari, Italy by @mitch_dina | 12mo 11 months ago | 7 comments

Greetings!
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What's the best mobile-data option in New Zealand for nomads?


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Hi All! Iโ€™ve heard Spark and Vodafone are the best. I plan to move around, so I care mostly about having good coverage, and all Iโ€™ll need is around 1 GB of data or so.

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Thanks!

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by @alexnapierholland | 2yr 1 year ago | 2 comments

Hey, Three in the UK offer a โ€˜Go Roamโ€™ package that - at first glance - looks good for nomads.

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Iโ€™d link to Threeโ€™s FAQ for Go Roam, but as Iโ€™m a new user I canโ€™t.

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Thailand is not, which may be annoying.

I could do with a new iPhone before I leave for Bali again in January and as Iโ€™ve been launching a new business, am a bit short on cash.

Unsure if this is a good solution, or if it makes more sense to sit-it-out on my iPhone 6 until I can buy an iPhone XS Max with cash and stick whatever SIM I want in it.

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in South Africa by @kirst85 | 2yr 2 years ago | 12 comments

Iโ€™m a South African about to become a Nomad next year. I will still be employed by a South African company and receive a salary into my FNB bank account monthly.

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My girlfriend and I started our DN life this March and went straight to Chiang Mai because of itโ€™s ease of living. We love it. CM is great โ€“ we got a scooter for 2700 THB, a nice apartment for 8000 THB all in, we get our laundry done for 50 THB, eat out at nice places every day for less than 100 THB etc. Arriving here needed nearly no preparation โ€“ it just worked out all by itself.

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Hi there,

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I know some of these questions are relative, but please give me your own honest opinion and advice.

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by @levelsio | 3yr 3 years ago | 21 comments

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by @ramblurr | 3yr 3 years ago | 24 comments

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.

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Anyone know of similar services for small business online?

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in Croatia by @jbroomeresearch | 3yr 3 years ago | 40 comments

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in Brazil by @phil | 4yr 3 years ago | 4 comments

Hi everyone. I am new on this forum and will post in the introductory thread when I have some more time. My question is:

Whatโ€™s the best mobile-data option in Brazil for nomads?

background info to the question: I bought a vevo (vivo?) sim the other day and charged up around $7US on recharge.com. it seems now that I can only send text messages but cannot call other people or get internet. I will be in brazil for min 5 weeks max 3 months. sorry if Iโ€™ve posted this in the wrong section.

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