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Bring external monitor to SE asia and avoid coworking cost?


by @anderkd | 4yr  | 13 comments

Would it be advisable or wacky to lug an external monitor from the US in hopes of avoiding coworking costs by working from Airbnb with decent wifi? Iโ€™m not sold on coworking spaces, and like the solitude of coding away in my own little airbnb space. One screen is limiting to productivity, hence the love of an external monitor. Thoughts?

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@panoramica | 3yr

The HDMI Chromecast might be an option too. I used it to upskill from the couch while on a recent house-sit.

I havenโ€™t tried it for coding, but I think I would struggle to maintain focus on a screenful of data that was on the other side of the room.

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@munly_leong | 4yr

Ive actually lugged one around for years in its own box (finally sold it off when I took off again recently) and yup, buy if you can but im also spoiled by 4k right now and buying another 4k to use isnt an inexpensive option yet. Otherwise if youโ€™re just using regular โ€œfull HDโ€, yeah even IPS HD monitors have become very cheap and common now

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@victoriathoo | 4yr

How often are you planning on moving around? Iโ€™d just buy one here. I know lots of friends who prefer having the ability to work from home/airbnb and buy a cheap monitor as soon as they arrive. Cost per use easily pays itself off if you stay 2-3months+

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@ldarcy | 4yr

Ymmv, I used to carry asus usb monitor but eventually got rid of it. I go to cafes every day for couple of hours after getting bored to sit by myself in my Airbnb, and I canโ€™t really use it there.

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@ppccat | 4yr

I traveled for about 2 years with a different airbnb every 2 weeks - 1 month, and brought my laptop, a backup laptop, and an external USB monitor (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0105TIGI8/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1) 16" matches my laptop, and lets me work from anywhere, no worry about commuting to coworking space etcโ€ฆ No idea why anyone would want to worry with meeting up with someone and buying something then selling it again, when you can slide it in your same bag as your laptop and be set for the same price. ($150)

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@mule5 | 4yr

We also source some of our furnished apartments via airbnb when itโ€™s financially possible, and most all of them have large flat screen TVs. My laptop is 17" and works fine for coding, but when my eyes are tired, I donโ€™t mind hooking up to the 42+ inch screens in the apartment. I donโ€™t see the benefit for smaller second screens, even to extend my desktop, but I am not doing design or layout, and donโ€™t really care about the color spectrum or calibration of the screen. Maybe thatโ€™s why just a super light cord suffices for me. :slight_smile:

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@mule5 | 4yr

I got a $5 thin hdmi 15โ€™ cable from monoprice and hook up to almost every tv Iโ€™ve come across. Much easier than carrying a monitor around. You might need a converter or plug if your laptop doesnโ€™t have an hdmi out port. I donโ€™t co-work, since I travel with family and donโ€™t want the extra expense.

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I think the suggestion to buy one locally makes more sense, unless youโ€™re very particular about your brand/model of monitor. As long as youโ€™re not going to a super rural area, there will be an electronics store or office supply place that sells monitors.

On the other hand, if youโ€™re moving frequently, it might actually be less of a hassle to bring your monitor instead of buying and reselling at every stop.

If youโ€™ve tried co-working and itโ€™s not your thing, cool. But if you havenโ€™t yet, Iโ€™d say give it a shot before writing it off. I thought it would be distracting and terrible for my productivity, but I adapted very quickly and it actually makes me more productive. And some of the most meaningful connections Iโ€™ve made have been through meeting people at coworking spaces.

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@anderkd | 4yr

Iโ€™ve tried coworkng spaces in SF and I honestly didnโ€™t give it a fair shake. Do most places offer a weekโ€™s plan to try and see if you like it? I suppose most airbnbโ€™s are unlikely to have an ergonomic workspace anyway, so coworking might make a lot of senseโ€ฆ

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Free week is uncommon in my experience, but most of my experience is US and Europe, so I have no idea what youโ€™ll find in SE Asia (different cultures, etc).

By the way, my personal recommendation is to find newer and/or smallish coworking offices. People are much more interested in meeting their coworkers when youโ€™re the new face in a group of 10 - 30 people, compared to being another new face in a group of 100 - 400. My favorite coworking connections were made in places that had less than 20 regular members. May god help them keep their doors open and survive financially.

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@iamsukizoe | 4yr

You could lug one, or buy one over here. I got mine for $100. And they should be pretty easy to sell when you leave.

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@anderkd | 4yr

Is there a version of Craigslist where you can buy and sell things like monitors?

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@iamsukizoe | 4yr

No we donโ€™t have Craigslist. There are tons of FB groups for selling things.

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Which EU country doesn't charge social security for freelancers


in Luxembourg by @colin_o_keeffe | 2d 2 days ago | 1 comment

As far as I'm aware Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium charge both sides (employee and employer) of the statutory social security pension if you are a freelancer. Are there countries that don't make this a requirement? It is crippling having to pay out upwards of 19% of your income into a state pension.

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Video chat coworking solutions?


in Brazil by @essentiallyint | 1mo 1 month ago | 2 comments

I am new to working out of coworking spaces. My business entails a lot of video conferences. I haven't chosen a specific coworking space yet but generally, what are the potential solutions for this? I have a microphone and headphones but still fell like it may be inconsiderate to take the calls anywhere in the coworking space. For a solo person, what are some general solutions? Are there usually options to rent a private room by the hour with just enough room to set up my microphone and laptop? Sidenote: any coworking space recommendations in Florianapolis, Brazil would also be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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Where should I set up my company as a remote worker?


by @beloruchka | 2mo 2 months ago | 7 comments

Iโ€™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.

Appreciate it!

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How do I set current location? I've looked everywhere for this option.


by @yousifyalda | 4mo 3 months ago | 5 comments

All I see is section to add trips, but I reside here. Home and all.

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Introduce yourself โ€” who are you, where are you and what do you do?

 

by @coffeeshopceo | 4mo 4 months ago | 672 comments

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, whereโ€™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 theyโ€™re nonetheless insightful and no matter how much we hate them, we find ourselves asking others.

So letโ€™s bring the dreaded backpacker questionnaire to NomadForum and introduce ourselves shall we?

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  • whatโ€™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]

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No need to answer them all if you donโ€™t want to :smile:
But the more you shareโ€ฆ The merrier!

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Best place in South East Asia to live for 6+ months per year


in Indonesia by @miklaskroager | 5mo 4 months ago | 1 comment

We're looking for a country in South East Asia that can function as our base, mainly for tax purposes. Meaning it will have to be a place where we can stay for the 183 days required without too much hassle.

We've been looking at Thailand, but have heard that it's very hard to do visa runs etc., so what other can you recommend? Indonesia looked like a good option, but the income rate is a flat 20% and very high for the region.

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Anyone wants to learn to sail in the Mediterranean? (Sep or Oct)


by @viktor | 5mo 5 months ago | 1 comment

I'm thinking about taking a sailing (yachting) course in the Mediterranean Sea this coming September or October. Thus far from my research, it seems that most courses are held in locations with not many digital nomads. My thinking is that it would be more fun to go to a place with like-minded people. Therefore, I'm wondering if anyone else is interested in taking a sailing course in the Mediterranean this fall? If not, do you know a location that offers good sailing courses, where there is also many digital nomads / nomad infrastructure?

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What are the best blogs by individuals who have started businesses in Southeast Asia?


in Thailand by @haiducii | 5mo 5 months ago | 0 comments

Hey everyone,

Looking for blogs by individuals who document their progress/business in South East Asia - ideally Vietnam, Cambodia or Laos - but also Thailand/Myanmar too.

Thank you,

Haiducci

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What do you use to work together remotely?


by @artofwarbiz | 7mo 7 months ago | 6 comments

What do you use to work together remotely with your team?

I know Slack, Hipchat and Hall.

Which ones do you guys use and why?

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Any Ph.D students dissertating while a digital nomad?


by @larsheather | 8mo 8 months ago | 5 comments

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.

Thanks!

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Are there nomad families here and how do you choose your next destination?


by @martinratinaud | 10mo 10 months ago | 4 comments

All members of my family has different needs and hobbies so how do you pick the perfect places?

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Looking for a warm place, possibly near the sea with excellent wifi


by @mariaplslourdes | 10mo 10 months ago | 12 comments

hello :wave: Iโ€™m planning my next trip (from January/February), and Iโ€™m looking for a place where itโ€™s hot, with the sea, and good wifi.
At the moment I live in Paris and work with San Francisco times, so preferably I wouldnโ€™t go to Asia.
Iโ€™m thinking, South Africa or South America, what do you recommend?
Thank you

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How to save filter settings on Nomad List?


by @krzemian | 11mo 10 months ago | 3 comments

Hey, is there currently a way to save filter settings? I feel like it would be helpful for planning the trip as I have several ideas on what to target and would like to cycle between them

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How do you avoid settling in one place?


by @sukienniko | 11mo 10 months ago | 10 comments

As a follow up to my previous question (I guess I donโ€™t have the right to post links here?), but on a larger scale: if living as a nomad in a place for, say, more than a month (which will be beneficial for the sake of getting work done), how to you prevent yourself from getting too involved in the local society?

I find that every time I stay somewhere for a significant amount of time, I naturally start to settle into the idea that Iโ€™ll be there permanently, or at least long term. I guess this is human nature: wanting to have a stable lifestyle, with stable friends, relationship, workplace, recreational activities, etc. But, indeed, that is not my goal-- I believe the benefits of the nomadic lifestyle are far greater at this stage in my lifeโ€ฆ

So, for those of you who have successfully avoided settling somewhere time despite staying for months at a time, what strategies do you use to stay afloat, as in, not getting too deeply integrated locally?

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App/tool/service for nomads to bring things from another country?


by @brmolin | 1yr 1 year ago | 4 comments

I vaguely remember hearing about such a service before, but Iโ€™m drawing a blank on the name. Basically I left my tablet on a connecting flight in Europe, right before my main flight to Thailand. They have my tablet and are willing to ship it out for me, but people have warned me thereโ€™s a big risk of it getting โ€œlost in the mailโ€ if I ship something expensive like that to Thailand.

Iโ€™m wondering if thereโ€™s a service or community, where I can find a nomad whoโ€™s in Europe/heading to Thailand soon, so I can have it shipped to them in Europe and pay them to ferry it down here for me? I met someone in Budapest a ways back who had built something for this type of use-case, but I canโ€™t remember the name of it. Any help would be appreciated!

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Where to move for tax purposes as a non-US citizen?


by @mender | 1yr 1 year ago | 5 comments

I am a New Zealander looking to travel for a couple of years in different countries. For this purpose I would ideally like to shift my company to a lower tax territory where I will live part time, as I am currently taxed at roughly 33% in New Zealand, however itโ€™s closer to 40% when I add in all the hidden taxes.

With a move I wonโ€™t be living in NZ so Iโ€™ll no longer be obliged to pay any tax after 320 days.

I ideally would wish to be a tax resident of the country I incorporate in. What country is easiest to do this through? A large chunk of my business relies on PayPal which requires your bank account to be from the same country your company is registered. Thus I canโ€™t do anything such as BVI or small islands.

Tbh my best bet looks to be Dubai Free Zones at this point and I can do some travel in europe from there.

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What is your ergonomic set-up while traveling?


by @caseyr | 1yr 1 year ago | 18 comments

What is your ergonomic set-up while traveling?

I personally have an external keyboard, and am currently exploring getting a laptop stand, some lumbar support, and a trackball-mouse.

What do you use? How are you balancing health / portability?

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Can I bring my computer monitor on an airplane and through customs?


by @rfs45 | 1yr 1 year ago | 5 comments

Hello dearest nomads,
My girlfriend and I are heading to Argentina for three months, we both work remotely and want to bring our monitors with us.
Does anyone have experience regarding if this will trigger concerns with customs, either for taxes (less important) or lack of work permit (more important).
We both work for my own company which is based in US.
Thanks in advance!

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What are wise ways to handle health insurance, as a USA person


by @azurio | 1yr 1 year ago | 1 comment

Hi! Iโ€™m still struggling to figure out how to handle health insurance.

What handy guides have you found to help figure out USA health care?

Iโ€™m struggling with:

  • When itโ€™s okay/wise to go without coverage while abroad, these days.
  • What other type of insurance I want while traveling, and whether it needs to be a supplement to USA insurance or if it can be a replacement.
  • Etc.

Above all, I think I want out. I wonder about success stories in moving to some other system/location, and the method youโ€™d recommend: additional citizenship, a special visa, etc.

I have searched this topic and struggled with it, so summaries and clarity are super helpful. I appreciate any and all help with this. Thanks so much!

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Best place to set up a company selling digital services?


by @pras_k | 1yr 1 year ago | 10 comments

Whatโ€™s the best place?
For residency Iโ€™m looking at Portugal and they have the NHR (non habitual resident) program which would exempt dividends from foreign income.
So all Iโ€™m really looking for is the best place to actually start the company.
Biggest factors are of course low taxes and ease of setting up the company plus a business bank account that enables me to receive payments through Stripe.

What I found so far:
Hong Kong
Corporate tax rate of 16.5% (8.25% for the first HK$2 million)
โŠ•/โŠ– offshore income from outside HK is exempt from taxation but itโ€™s not clear whether this can be done in the first year and prorated or if itโ€™s only through filing the offshore exemption claim. This might take two years and requires not income from HK at all. More info on that would be great
โŠ– seems very difficult to get a business bank account
โŠ– necessary services and fees are roughly around โ‚ฌ2000 / year
โŠ– accounting requirements seem to be very strict
โŠ• Doesnโ€™t require local partner
โŠ• Agencies available that seem to handle most of the work

Singapore
Corporate tax rate of 17% (0% on the first S$100k, 8.5% up to S$300k)
โŠ– requires a local director. What are the implications of this?

Malta
Corporate tax rate of 35%
There is the โ€œfull imputation systemโ€ but I donโ€™t really understand it.
"In most cases, the tax refund to the shareholder is 6/7 of the tax paid by the company on profits distributed as dividends. The tax refund rate may be different in the following cases: " This would result in an effective corporate tax of around 5%.
โŠ– European customers would have to pay VAT and Iโ€™d have to deal with that

Cyprus
Corporate tax rate of 12.5% and there seem to be ways to lower this
โŠ– European customers would have to pay VAT and Iโ€™d have to deal with that
โŠ– requires staying in Cyprus for 2 months / year

I find it surprising how much research this requires and how much โ€œit dependsโ€ information is out there when Iโ€™d assume that there are probably thousands of digital nomads who probably have very similar requirements.

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