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Can you name some destinations where hardly anyone smokes?

 

by @ani_goes_tweet5yr  | 24 comments

Iโ€™m dying to spend some time in a beautiful place (especially a place with mountains and a good climate) where itโ€™s possible to enjoy the outdoor cafe culture without breathing in lots of secondhand smoke! There must be some places that are kinder to non-smokers than others.

Any suggestions?

(Bhutan is no goodโ€ฆ its daily tourist visa is way out of my reach!)

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@levelsio4yr

Hereโ€™s cities with clean air ranked by how much people smoke per year: https://nomadlist.com/safe-cities-with-clean-air#sort=smoking_packs_per_year&order=asc

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@brmolin4yr

In reference to an earlier post, about two months ago I left Medellin after having been there for about 6 months, and it was not a smoke free place in my experience. This could have just been the particular cafe that I frequented, but there was a group of older expat gentlemen who were frequently putting down cigarettes with reckless abandon.

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@ld4yr

We just visited Ljubljana, Slovenia and the first thing we thought was - no one is smoking! Of course people smoked there but it was far far less than what we dealt with in Italy and Croatia. It seems to have a health conscious scene too - good organic and vegan food places, which Iโ€™ve found pairs socially with less smoking.

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@travis4yr

How did you like Ljubljana and Slovenia overall? Assuming you liked it โ€“ what did you like about it?

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Svalbard. Itยดs banned inside and too cold to smoke outside!

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Thanks for all the ideas so far!

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@ld5yr

Iโ€™m in Rome at the moment and this is the ONE thing killing our enjoyment. Smokingโ€ฆeverywhereโ€ฆALLL the time. (then thereโ€™s the car exhaust). I too value this, so thanks for posting.

Iโ€™m from California, and smoking is heavily frowned upon there, or in the least telling someone to stop smoking near you is expected. Itโ€™s a health conscious, progressive state. You canโ€™t smoke near doors, or outdoor cafes. And plenty of natural beauty and perfect climate. But if you are from the U.S, youโ€™re probably not looking to go back atm :stuck_out_tongue:

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@boyang5yr

Hi Ani,

Singapore is the place for you.

It has the strictest laws against smoking and highest tax on cigarettes, resulting a lowest adult smoking rate. I suffer from asthma since young so I researched into these stats and settled for Singapore.

Weather here is beautiful, too.

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@etc5yr

What about the weeks of suffocating Sumatran haze that blows through during slash and burn season? Doesnโ€™t your asthma flair up?

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@floc5yr

Thailand made smoking an offense in indoor public spaces including restaurants and bars, public transport, work places and many outdoor public spaces like parks or markets.

Few locals smoke in the cities but of course itโ€™s always different in the countryside.

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Sweden. Not much smokers any more and good mountains and good air in the central provinces like Jรคmtland

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Costa Rica / Nicaragua in the more developed regions seemed almost hostile to public cigarette smoking. Still some going on in outdoor cafes, but the culture did seem against it.

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It really is a shame they still allow smoking in outdoor cafes in Europe. That really is my pet peeveโ€ฆ Everywhere in France and Italy, nobody ever seemed to give a thought or care to the people sitting one foot from them at a table trying to enjoy the meal, lighting up one cigarette after another after anotherโ€ฆ I know they grew up with a cigarette culture, but itโ€™s like humidityโ€ฆ If you didnโ€™t grow up around itโ€ฆ it really is miserable to be around.

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Was going to mention Seattle, WA. Sure enough, there was another Seattleite on here adding their piece. lol

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Asghabat, if youโ€™re feeling adventurous :wink:

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Ha ha. Someone suggested this (tongue in cheek) on Facebook as well. Going by one report, it seems that everyone is hiding inside, so thereโ€™s not much chance of enjoying open air cafes! (Yes, I would even consider Ashgabat, if it had beautiful open air cafesโ€ฆ)

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@sif5yr

Iceland! Smoking cigarettes has become so uncommon here that at the last survey more people had smoked cannabis than cigarettes :wink: Itโ€™s beautiful, fresh air, clean water and plenty of mountains to hike in.

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Thank you. Iceland would be wonderfulโ€ฆ Do you happen to know how widespread flatsharing is there, and what online resources people use for this?

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@sif5yr

Iโ€™m not sure about flatsharing, but certainly couchsurfing and airbnb are used there.

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@martinqz5yr

Just as long as youโ€™re prepared to fork out your kronas. Iceland is crazy expensive at the moment!

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Yeah, itโ€™s probably too expensive for meโ€ฆ Sadly, as I would love to spend a few months there.

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@jpabon5yr

Well, still plenty of people smokes here, but in the last couple of years the law banning smoking in public places is enforced, so every public place (cafes and the likes) are smoke-free in Medellรญn, Colombia.

It also complies with all your other requirements: beautiful, mountains, coffee culture and spring weather year round -plus: good equipment/infrastructure/services, favorable exchange rate from USD, etc.

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Thanks, thatโ€™s interesting - Colombia isnโ€™t a place that would have come to mind - not in terms of a smoke-free outdoors, anyway! Is it only Medellin thatโ€™s benefiting from enforcement of the public-smoking ban, or is this also true of other cities in Colombia?

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@jpabon5yr

Almost everywhere in Colombiaโ€™s biggest cities I would say. I just point out to Medellรญn because I am from there and It is very popular right now with foreigners -for good reasons, without saying itโ€™s perfect.

But the small towns in the coffee region (Manizales, Salento, for example) are pretty similar, if only not as cosmopolite, same with the north coast cities (Cartagena, Santa Marta, Barranquilla, with beaches and warm weather); but for coffee culture, mountains, and spring-like weather, Medellรญn itโ€™s high on the list.

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by @viktor7mo 7 months ago | 3 comments

Winter is coming and Iโ€™m feeling the ache of travelling after being stuck in the same place since the Pandemic started. Wondering if anyone is travelling right now? If so, where are you currently located and how is the situation where you are?

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Anyone up to explore some city which is kinda virus safe?


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Hello World!

I'm an experienced Digital Nomad and after being in Lockdown in Bangkok and Germany for one year I would like to team up with someone to visit a new place. Or just doing some exchange about what destinations would be interesting currently.

I take the virus seriously and still I think we can still be able to take our life in our own hands. So I'm aiming for cities/countries which are not in full lockdown, are not too complicated about immigration (I'm looking at you Thailand, your state quarantine costs like 1k USD and is basically a prison) and is also rather safe regarding the virus. I tend to stick for rather big cities and like culture. I'm not a beach or nature person. I'm pretty flexible about the money topic.

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Anyone want to share an airbnb villa in Mexico?


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I will be traveling/working through Mexico with my dog February to April. My plan is to stay in Sayulita for about 2-4 weeks, then travel south along the cost.

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


by @viktor1yr 1 year 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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by @keegansard2yr 1 year ago | 4 comments

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Has anyone seen a list or should I start making one?

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by @noam_lightstone2yr 1 year ago | 16 comments

Hey guys, this was my first year as a Canadian nomad.

As far as I know of, Canadians donโ€™t pay taxes if they do not live in the country for 6 months.

But Iโ€™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? Iโ€™ve seen plenty of US recommendations but none for us canucks.

Thanks guys!

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by @jackgopack2yr 1 year ago | 15 comments

Any long terms Project Fi users cancelled?

Planning on being outside of the US for a year or more and disappointed to just discover their โ€œtermination for excessive international roamingโ€ fine print (similar to T-Mobileโ€™s) as follows:

โ€œThe Services must be primarily used in the United States and are not intended for extended international use. Further, the Services are designed for use predominantly within our network. If your usage outside our network is excessive, abnormally high, or cause us to incur too much cost, we may, at our option and sole discretion, suspend your Project Fi account, terminate your service, or limit your use of roaming.โ€

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by @jammingsloth2yr 2 years ago | 33 comments

Planning ahead for the winter. Iโ€™ll be in Spain in the Fall and want to go someplace warm for the winter in or near Europe, but not Schengen. Was first thinking Cape Town, but the internet is slow and it is very far. Was also thinking:
Israel - but airbnb listings are very pricey.
Morocco?
Turkey - maybe a little chilly.

Any other suggestions?

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Can anyone recommend a good Spanish language learning program in Alicante or Valencia?


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Iโ€™m looking to spend 1-3 months in Alicante or Valencia this fall and would like to take a Spanish class there.

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by @lofty3yr 2 years ago | 3 comments

Hi,
My name is Nick,currently living in Australia and looking at moving to Shikoku next year to live for a couple of years.My wife is Japanese,but I dont speak much though I have lived in Tokyo for some years previously.
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by @wagmanben3yr 3 years ago | 5 comments

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/vermont-pay-10-000-move-110056645.html

Hello All,
Saw Vermont rolled out an incentive to get more remote workers to live there, Does anyone plan on applying and If so why? Reason Iโ€™m asking is I work for an organization in Tulsa, Ok that wants to also bring in Nomads, and would love to hear your thoughts on what such a plan should look like

Any help would be Awesome!
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Hi everyone!

Currently looking at ridding myself of the 9-5 and becoming a freelance consultant. Iโ€™m not planning to go full erm, โ€œtax optimisationโ€, as I believe in taxes as a concept, but I would like to pay less of them so I can get my business off the ground with more peace of mind.

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Thanks!

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Has anyone worked from Sihanoukville, Cambodia?


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Hey everyone,

Has anyone visited Sihanoukville recently? I would like to visit and give it a try for working but I am a little unsure about the following:

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In anyone can offer any info, suggestions on specific areas or recommended accommodation that would be great. I visited around 8 years ago so I am assuming the place has changed quite a bit since then.

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We are looking to get the ball rolling and are wondering if anyone else has done it.

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Thanks

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by @danielaf4yr 4 years ago | 7 comments

Is there anyone around who spends most of their time in Latin America? After short trips to Peru earlier this year, Iโ€™ve now come back to Lima to stay for another three months and will then head to Buenos Aires. Lima will be kind of my home base but I aim to explore as much as possible of Latin America in the next couple of years. No interest in Asia, Africa or North America and no intention to go back to Europe.

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by @michaltakac4yr 4 years ago | 8 comments

Hey guys,

Is there anybody who loves walking that much? Iโ€™m thinking about this for about 3 years now, and since I finished university this year, I could possibly plan for this huge trip and start sometime next year. I have no commitments, no girlfriend, some money saved and pretty strong motivation. I like to travel low cost (couchsurfing, exploring cities by walking, cooking own meals, sleep in a tent if needed).

Small background about me: Iโ€™ve been working 5+ years (and still working) as a software engineer remotely (full-stack, web, mobile, VR), trying to not spend everything and save a little here and there (plus some index funds, mutual funds and holding few cryptocurrencies). Walking is big part of my life since itโ€™s something like meditation, great time for creative thinking, research and solving problems. Usually my daily routine involves 10-20km of walking (some in the morning, some in the evening). So far longest stretch was 55km, aiming to raise it to at least 100km during next month. Also love to track everything (Fitbit Charge 2 + Gyrosco.pe).

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