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Costa Rica or other suggestions in SA for a single woman travelling?


in Costa Rica by @ruthk | 5yr  | 14 comments

Hi guys,
Iโ€™ve decided I want to take a break from my way of living and go nomad for a few months (at least). I do music so WiFi is not my main concern, all I need is good inspiration and nice people around me.

I am looking for a mid-cheap / safe place, preferably having a nice beach around. Iโ€™d also like to socialize with people from different cultures. Meet and make new friends.
I got sick from living in Europe/US, so Iโ€™d rather be far away from these continents.

My choices have come down do Costa Rica, but Iโ€™m reading some good stuff about Medellin, Mexico, Panama. Iโ€™ve spend quite some time in Asia traveling as well (I love Bali and Koh Lanta), but Iโ€™ve never been to South America, so Iโ€™d rather go in that direction.

What would you suggest?

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@krompson | 5yr

Buenos Aires is about a 6 hour bus ride from the beach and has a huge city feel. I donโ€™t think thatโ€™d be the right fit for you. Iโ€™m heading to Costa Rica next week and thereโ€™s a new coworking space in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Tamarindo is touristy so the cost of living is a little higher there than other spots in the country.

One of my nomad friends loved her time in Florianรณpolis, Brazil and ended up staying there way longer than sheโ€™d initially planned. It is a vacation spot for Brazilians and doesnโ€™t have the safety problems of Rio.

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@whereskristin | 5yr

I am a female who has traveled alone for many years (over a decade). Some of my favorite โ€œsafeโ€ places are:

-Playa del Carmen, Mexico: Varied international residents, nightlife, activities, yoga, beaches and no car needed to get around. Iโ€™ve also heard good things about Sayulita and Puerto Vallarta.

-Costa Rica: CR has gotten more dangerous for everyone (not just women) in recent years. But the country is still quite a gem. My favorite places are Mal Pais/Santa Teresa for a younger, hip, international crown. For nature and solitude, the Osa Peninsula and surrounding area: Puerto Jimenez, Mata Palo area and Pavones (there is a cool place called the Yoga Farm there).

-Puerto Rico: The west and nw coast of the island is very popular with expats; itโ€™s a tight knit, diverse crew that grows every year. Surfers, celebs and health/wellness types are all attracted to PR. Itโ€™s also a good jumping off point for visiting places in the Caribbean.

-Bocas del Toro, Panama: Fun, beautiful, laid back place, especially good option if internet isnโ€™t a priority. Pretty safe and striking distance from Panama City if you need a dose of culture and city life.

-Note on Medellรญn: This is an okay destination for a short term visit, but for a Western woman, there are better places to stay long term.

Places to probably avoid:

  • Honduras: Unsafe
  • El Sal: Unsafe
  • Guatemala: Mixed; beautiful place but better to travel with at least 1 other person
  • Nicaragua: Mixed opinion - Overall Nica is pretty safe but I wouldnโ€™t necessarily recommend it as a great place that stands out necessarily for a Western woman to meet other artists and expats. However, San Juan del Sur is a bit of an anomaly with a diverse population and many tourists, expats and backpackers. That would be one possibility, then pop over to Ometepe and the Corn Islands for something different. If internet isnโ€™t a big issue then that makes it more appealing because it is very affordable. I would recommend checking it out if you spend time in Costa Rica.
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@lightmotif | 5yr

While weโ€™re on the subject of personal safety for women (or anyone), I saw this recently โ€“ looks promising for travelers: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/roar-smart-safety-jewelry-to-reduce-assaults

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@lightmotif | 5yr

I lived/ traveled solo for 3 months in Costa Rica earlier this year, spending most of my time near Puerto Viejo. I liked it, and itโ€™s safe enough as long as youโ€™re not wandering isolated roads at night โ€“ they do have their crime there too, itโ€™s not all serene paradise as the tourist industry makes it out to be. But Costa Rica is not cheap if you want to be in or near a town with services and wifi. They have US prices, basically, in a developing country, though the Caribbean side where I was is a bit cheaper (and cooler, though very humid). Avoid staying in Limรณn or Cahuita for safety reasons, though they both make great day trips.

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@elnomadico | 5yr

Medellin is the best option for safety, comfort and city vibe. Lifestyle is amazing because of the current exchange and the city is world class.

I traveled through panama and Central America through the first half of the year and I found it to be too sketchy. you have to stick to beach towns where tourism is better managed otherwise its always Risky. Bocas de Toro is a beautiful spot and puerto viejo in Costa rica is not far from there. same with the pacific beaches in Costa Rica.

But for a longer stay Medellin is one of the best options in the planet, by far. Great Weather, Cheap, Entertaining & world class everything. Nothing beats it for getting work done.

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@stratigos | 5yr

During peak tourist season (winter), you will find travelers from all over the world in Costa Rica. There has been an upshot in burning man culture inspired music festivals throughout the country in the last 5+ years, and a lot of places that were formerly very remote are starting to become a lot more modernized. Check out Puerto Viejo on the east coast, and Dominical on the west coast.

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@miles | 5yr

Lived in Sayulita most of last yearโ€ฆ In Tamarindo Costa Rica now through Feb.

Mexico is much less expensiveโ€ฆ And has much more of a music cultureโ€ฆ And better food! Sayulita is quite awesome!

Costa Rica has stronger nature and a very international vibeโ€ฆ I hear French, German, Italian, English and Spanish being spoken every day.

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@ruthk | 5yr

Thanks a lot everyone Iโ€™m sticking around Costa Rica Medellin and definitely checking out Mexico. if anyone is going in that direction in January hit me up :smile:

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@rayhanv | 5yr

Hey @ruthkoleva!

I will be travelling around Mexico starting in Mexico City in January.
Let me know where you end up, would be cool to link up if we happen to be in the same spot.

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@gigigriffis | 5yr

Heya! Iโ€™m also a solo lady traveler and I highly recommend Sayulita, Mexico. Itโ€™s a small town, lots of yoga and surfing and beaches. Itโ€™s affordable. Super sunny. And a huge international community of interesting people from all over the world. It is, hands down, the best place Iโ€™ve been in Latin America.

Iโ€™m currently in Colombia and Iโ€™ve been pretty disappointed so far mostly because of the harassment and cultural perception of women. I know not every female nomad has experienced that (Iโ€™ve talked to several who adore Colombia), but Iโ€™ve found it exhausting and Iโ€™ve heard others say the same.

Cuzco, Peru, is also a super cool town. Really beautiful and interesting. I donโ€™t know much about the community there, as I was there with a giant group many many years ago, but itโ€™s somewhere Iโ€™d look into if I was thinking about South America for the first time.

Good luck!

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@planetjeffy | 5yr

Iโ€™ve been in Medellin for 2 months and really like it. Very safe place, even for women travelling alone - according to the ones I have talked to and what I have noticed. Also very cheap. The Col peso has been beaten down 30% to 40%, so many things are discounted that much if you exchanging dollars or euros.

Going to Panama end of the month for a week to check it out - also it is a very cheap flight from MDE. Planning on Cartegena in Jan, but from what I have found it - definitely more expensive than Medellin. Santa Marta next door is cheaper and less touristy. Also a trip to Leticia / Amazon river is affordable - round trip flights $200-ish.
One thing - not many people speak Englishโ€ฆso I am taking Spanish lessons. But I have gotten around pretty with with Google Translate on my phone and Uber English at the beginning of my trip. Now I am comfortable jumping in a taxi - they are everywhere, just raise you arm and most trips are $2 or under.

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@levelsio | 5yr

Iโ€™d like to counter that. Thereโ€™s big issues with constant catcalling, harassment in Medellin and the rest of Colombia. Itโ€™s their culture but itโ€™s rough for female travelers. Iโ€™ve heard lots of stories and was just there with my girlfriend and it was pretty much a multiple times per day occurance.

People are really nice though, but somebody needs to kill that macho shit, itโ€™s 2015!

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@fe_lix | 5yr

Iโ€™m pretty much looking for the same thing. Costa Rica is pretty high on my list, too. Iโ€™m looking into Colombia now, particularly Cartagena, as I think itโ€™s more affordable than CR and I heard good thingsโ€ฆ

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@yako | 5yr

Have you considered Rio? or Buenos Aires? To be honest all the options you listed are very good. It really depends on what inspires you. Maybe you can move a little bit from one to another?

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I'm a dual citizen of America and France with my resident based in the America. Can I travel to the EU using my French passport?

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How do you find people to meet whilst travelling?


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We are going travelling but we won't know anyone out there, what's your best advice for meeting people and socialising abroad? We've thought about the obvious things like Meetup etc, is there anything else you can suggest from your experience?

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


by @viktor | 1mo 1 month 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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How does Ireland tourist visa length and recurrence work?


in Ireland by @nrgetik | 3mo 3 months ago | 2 comments

Iโ€™m planning a stint in Ireland and Iโ€™m wondering about the 90-day tourist visa. Official information just mentions the 90-day limit without elaboration. Is it akin to Schengen where itโ€™s counted against the most recent 180-day period? Iโ€™m asking because I might like to take trips to the continent flying out of Dublin, but I donโ€™t know how I should account for the days Iโ€™m gone if I do that. Do I stop the 90-day clock for Ireland while Iโ€™m away, or should I make sure Iโ€™m gone from Ireland <= 90 days after my initial arrival date, regardless of where else I go during that interval, just to be safe? What have others done?

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How is the health and safety in Bali right now amid the global crisis?


by @valentineworld | 5mo 4 months ago | 1 comment

I would like to avoid having to come right back home, ya know? <3

I plan to be in Bali a lot, but if this is a terrible time to go,
it could stunt my future plans of being in Bali for an extended period of time.

Would love to see you guys! <3

@valentineworld

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Are there any nomad meetups in Osaka?


in Osaka, Japan by @freddychanut | 6mo 5 months ago | 1 comment

Will be in Osaka this April/May and was curious to discover interesting groups/events.
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Central America - Where and what's next?


by @as11 | 7mo 6 months ago | 11 comments

Currently in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico and heading to Santa Teressa, Costa Rica next week.
Then Aruba in the Caribbean Sea for Christmas and New Year.

However I feel I want to head back to Central America to bring living costs down, rather than staying in the Caribbean Sea among the expensive Islands.

This means I have around 2 - 2,5 month of unplanned travelling.
Any digital nomads who have ideas about where to head in that timeframe?

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Is it easy to renew your tourist visa for 6 months in Colombia?


in Colombia by @julien | 7mo 6 months ago | 1 comment

Hello everyone,
I will come to live in Colombia for one year.
What is the best solution with the Visa?
I thought to have a Visa for tourists for 3 months and renewal the visa for 6 months. Is that hard to renewal a tourist Visa in Colombia?
Thank you for your help.
Best,
Julien

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How to save filter settings on Nomad List?


by @krzemian | 7mo 6 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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Best place for Digital Nomad in Latin America?


by @rose_davis | 8mo 8 months ago | 7 comments

Hi!

I am planning to move to Latin America for 3-4 months (Oct-January). Iโ€™ve narrowed down 6 different places that I want to visit before committing to settling down, but Iโ€™d love to get some community input.

Here are the cities Iโ€™m considering:

  • Quito, Ecuador
  • Cuenca, Ecuador
  • Medellin, Columbia
  • Cartagena, Columbia
  • Antigua, Guatemala
  • San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala

The most important things Iโ€™m looking for:

  • Fast/easily accessible internet
  • Easy to meet other nomads/make friends in general
  • Safe for women
  • Some sort of spiritual community (Iโ€™m also a yoga teacher)
  • Easily walkable city

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by @sergiosa_la | 11mo 11 months ago | 2 comments

I have a month between Playa del Carmen and Medellin, and Iโ€™m deciding which city to be. Itโ€™s on november so itโ€™s summer in this region, what do you guys choose?

ps. just in case, Mexico is not south american

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Here is the itinerary of our trip to Costa Rica; what would you recommend?


in Costa Rica by @nomad4 | 11mo 11 months ago | 2 comments

Hi everybody,

for those who read us in the past, we made some changes to our plan for this winter.
We decided for several reasons to postpone our trip to SEA, and decided to leave for a month in Costa Rica instead. Weโ€™ll still be travelling with our 2 kids and will need to work a little as well.

This is our itinerary for the month. 39

For those whoโ€™ve been there, how long do you think we should stay at each place?
We were planning roughly:

  • 1 week in Tamarindo/Nosara
  • 2-3 nights in Monteverde
  • 2-3 night closer to the Arenal volcano
  • 2-3 night in Quepos
  • Uvita for undetermined period of time

Do you think thereโ€™s a place (among the ones we cited or else) we should consider to stay a little longer?

Thanks :slight_smile:

Magali and Guillaume

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in Salt Lake City, United States by @secondlife | 12mo 11 months ago | 2 comments

Hi,

Considering a trip to Salt Lake City area, with a side trip to Moab, UT. Thinking of renting a Class B RV (Sprinter van size) to test out Van Life.

Looking for any suggestions/input on:

  1. Organizations that might be interested in a presentation on โ€œYour website is more than a Brochureโ€. (Informative, not a sales pitch)
  2. Outdoor activities within 4h (see below)
  3. Best places to meet people interested in Tech and the outdoor activities.

Looking to do some easy to moderate:

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by @tylertringas | 12mo 11 months ago | 12 comments

Iโ€™m surprised this isnโ€™t anywhere on the forum yet. But just a pro tip for Americans about to start a nomad adventure. T-mobile offers unlimited SMS & data in 120 countries for FREE with any of their (already pretty cheap) plans. Itโ€™s ideal if you plan to be back in the US for any part of the year, but I honestly would consider it even if youโ€™re going to be entirely out of the country.

You get bumped down to much slower 3G speeds, but itโ€™s free and works as soon as you land. Can be super helpful before youโ€™ve sorted yourself out with a local SIM. I usually keep my T-mobile SIM in my iPhone all the time and then buy a local SIM and drop it in my pocket wifi for both laptop and iPhone when needed. I keep my local US number and just use it (itโ€™s like $0.05/min in most places) for important clients calls so they donโ€™t have to bother with Skype.

Iโ€™m not affiliated at all, just a happy customer. Anybody found a better deal worth mentioning?

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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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Cheap Cities in Mexico & South America with Fastest Wifi


in Mexico by @jnomad30 | 1yr 1 year ago | 3 comments

Hi Guys,
Iโ€™m planning out my next stops after leaving Medellin, Colombia soon where I can hunker down and get some work done with fast wifi and cheap living. Will be in Mexico first so starting a look there but wondering if coming back down to South America might make more sense?
My main concerns are budget and fast enough wifi for me to work from home. Other considerations are some nomad community (ideally also some English speaking expats as my Spanish is basic) and warm enough weather.
Thanks in advance!

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Should we go to South East Asia or Latin America with kids?


by @nomad4 | 1yr 1 year ago | 2 comments

Hi guys!

Weโ€™re leaving on Dec 1st for a 5-month DN experience with our kids, but we have second thoughts on our journey. We were supposed to do a trip in South-East Asia (Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia). Weโ€™re from Canada, and our clients are all in Canada right now (weโ€™re digital marketing consultants).

After comparing destinations, weโ€™re starting the think Latin America may be a better choice to make sure we keep most of our clients during these 5 months (same timezone). Also, it seems Latin America fits our needs too :

  • cheap (actually often cheaper than Chiang Mai according to Numbeo)
  • great weather (sunny while less hot than Asia)
  • business continuity : good wifi connection, limited time difference
  • learning opportunity : one single language = great opportunity to improve our Spanish
  • relaxed pace of life
  • kid-friendly
  • relatively safe (see countries below)

So here are our 2 options ; which one would you recommend for our criteria?

A: SEA : Thailand (Chiang Mai and a couple islands in the South), Indonesia (Bali and Lombok), Malaysia (Penang)
B: Latin America : Mexico (Playa Del Carmen/Tulum), Colombia (Medellin), Peru (Lima and other TBD towns), Chile (Santiago and other TBD towns), Argentina (Buenos Aires and other TBD towns).

Thanks!

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How do you stay safe from natural disasters?


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

Hey, planing on working in South East Asia for a few months. Still thinking about the exact places to go but wanted to check something with more experienced digital nomadsโ€ฆ

Is there any recommended way to keep alerted about natural disasters whilst moving around? I know some countries have local alert systems but I wonโ€™t be getting those as I will be travelling. I guess the chance is pretty small but would be nice to have something set up to keep me alerted just in case.

Also, should natural disaster coverage be something I look to get included in my insurance policy? Is this even possible or is it super expensive?

Thanks for your help and sorry if these are silly questions!

Stef

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How do I ensure that getting refused entry to the UK won't keep me from getting an Australian 462 (work and holiday) visa?


in Australia by @allisonkirschbaum | 1yr 1 year ago | 0 comments

On New Yearโ€™s Day this year, I was refused entry to the UK due to not having proof of funds, an outward-bound plane ticket (I was road-tripping out with a friend via car) and not being able to prove that I had indeed canceled the lease on the apartment I had leased during a prior recent trip.

I havenโ€™t had any entry issues to any of the several countries Iโ€™ve visited after, but now Iโ€™m applying for a 462 visa (work and holiday) visa in Australia, and since Australia and the UK share an immigration info system, I want to make sure getting refused entry wonโ€™t keep me from getting a visa. None of the issues that cropped up in the UK (the proof of funds, the plane ticket, and the apartment) will be an issue in Australia, as Iโ€™ve never traveled there before, donโ€™t know anyone and will have proof of more than sufficient funds for the trip and an outbound plane ticket.

Anybody have any suggestions on how to make the approval process go as smoothly as possible?

Many thanks in advance! :smiley:

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Where to set up offshore LLC (as an American)?


by @gnefkow | 1yr 1 year ago | 8 comments

Hello,

Iโ€™ve been searching through the forum, but most of the information Iโ€™ve found seems a little old and Americans, unfortunately, seem to be exceptions to a lot of things.

Situation:
Iโ€™ll start a new job with a 1-2 year contract outside the US in about a month, I:

  • am a US citizen - it is the only passport I hold

  • have been using my parentsโ€™ address (Texas) as my official address for the past few years.

  • will be on-sight in South East Asia, but officially billed as a private contractor for the company.

  • will make less than the cut-off amount for the American tax exemption in next year. It is realistic to assume based on my career, though, that in the coming years I will be over that mark.

  • plan to qualify for the 330 rolling days outside of the US

  • Donโ€™t plan to return to the US for at least the next several years, maybe ever for residency.

From research so far, it looks like the best options for me are Belize, though I see a lot of people talking about Hong Kong or Singapore. I know that within the US, Delaware LLCโ€™s are easy to set up, and may be a good short-term option since Iโ€™ll likely qualify for the foreign tax exemption in 2018.

I would love to talk to anyone that has some experience with this as my head is spinning a little bit. Website recommendations would also be great (there is a lot of information out there, but figuring out what is and isnโ€™t sketchy is a bit harrowing - has anyone worked with, like Nomad Capitalist or Flag Theory before?).

Thanks!!

Nomad Capitalist: http://nomadcapitalist.com/
Flag Theory: https://flagtheory.com

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