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Do any nomads work for a while then just travel for a while?


by @isabellabrookes | 5yr  | 12 comments

Iโ€™m just curious as to other nomadโ€™s lifestyles.

Most nomads seem to work constantly (either for others or themselves) and I was curious as to whether anyone works for a few months and then travels for a few months without working.

That would be my ideal schedule, just curious as to what you do and who you are! :smiley:

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@naii | 4yr

Thanks @travelrawr. I think itโ€™s a very good question.

I myself had been traveling quite intensively in the last 2.5 years up to total of about 1.5 years on the road (not in my home country).

That having said, Iโ€™m now booming more settled and currently doing 6 weeks full-time hustling with long (12-16) working hours (Monday-Sunday with Sunday being a bit more relaxed) and taking 1 week off as a sabbatical where Iโ€™m not allowing myself to work, only do things Iโ€™m also passionate about, like doing sports, biking, hiking, chilling, watching movies - a more lazy time although Iโ€™m still doing things of course โ€” Iโ€™m eternally restless :wink:

I find the idea of only traveling 6 months and 6 months only working very charming but would feel that Iโ€™m not accomplishing things. Thatโ€™s why for now my ideal rhythm is like I mentioned.

I hope itโ€™s helpful.

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@bobz_zg | 4yr

I cannot do nothing for more then a week, I need to read books at least otherwise I feel like my brain is getting smaller.
At the moment idally for me is to take a day tour, or something eg every 5 days.
If Iโ€™m next to beach, swiming every day or run in the morning.
Go out at least every 2 weeks to reset my self with couple of beers.

Last month I had a working streak 17 days, 8+ hrs every day. I got crazy, and took 2 days for just toursit things, I walked 50km in 2 days.

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@vladepap | 4yr

Iโ€™ve just started traveling more, but previously Iโ€™ve done long stays and then move.
The length of my stays seems to be getting shorter: 1 year, 6 months, 4 months, 2 monthsโ€ฆ Now down to weeks and days. Hmmm.

The thing about longer term stays is that it takes awhile to get setup. Eg: Spain I rented an apartment and had to go through the whole internet contract and rental agreement thing.

What has really worked well for me in the past (eg: El Salvador) is to find a place through AirBnB and request to see it, then negotiate a longer term stay.

Iโ€™m also trying to save up while traveling (which seems an oxymoron). Maybe my solution is to stay longer term, eg the max allowed by your visa (as was suggested) in places where people/the culture doesnโ€™t require formalities.

Seems your question has sparked my reflection. #workingoutloud.
;D

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@reustle | 5yr

This is roughly what Iโ€™ve been doing for the last 6 months. Iโ€™ll settle down (kind of) in a place like Bangkok and work while exploring. Then, Iโ€™ll do a month somewhere like Myanmar where it is near impossible to find internet sometimes. It makes focusing on work for those short few weeks easy when you instantly relax and adventure not long after.

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@anon72215238 | 5yr

What sort of work do you do? How long do you work vs travel? 3 months work, 1 month travel? i think i might try it.

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@floc | 5yr

I really like how the 2 guys from For 91 Days do it. 90 days tourist Visa and then move on to the next place.

Myself, Iโ€™ve been mostly traveling every few days for 3 years, but I finally have to admit, that this is not a sustainable way to earn money, and aim for weeks or even months at a place now.

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@anamatsusaki | 5yr

I know a brazilian couple that does like this (site available in English)

Every year they work for 3 or 4 months and travel the rest of the year.

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@kathrynoh | 5yr

Strangely enough, Iโ€™ve done this for years but never thought about it as being a nomad lifestyle. I guess the image of working and travelling at the same time is defining for me :smile:

I worked for about 10 years as an IT contractor. For the first 5 years or so, I worked solidly, either working or chasing work and freaking out if the gap between jobs was more than an week or so. Then I got more confident in the idea that the right contract would turn up when I needed so Iโ€™d take travel breaks, ranging from a week or so up to a year in Tokyo.

It worked really well for me because I really need variety in my life. Because Iโ€™m in Australia, it worked really well financially too. Taxes here are insane especially when you get up to a higher tax bracket so working less months of the year meant a lower before tax income but the after tax income wasnโ€™t so different :smile:

The big con for me was that Iโ€™d live very lean while working and save every penny for travel then take off and it started feeling a bit deprived. Eg. I lived in a the outer suburbs and didnโ€™t have a car (never wanted the expense and trouble) but that meant over 2 hours commute to work a day.

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I canโ€™t coz I have to work continuously to support my basic needs, travel expenses and to save a bit for back up. Itโ€™s quite hard to be a digital nomad without any savings at all so I try my best to save up as much as I can while exploring places. Just for my peace of mind, I guess? I have a Swiss friend though who does this. He works for like 8 months and then travel for a few months, before reverting back to his office job again.

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@wanderingdev | 5yr

I used to do that. Now I canโ€™t but after a year or so I will probably switch to freelancing and go back to that schedule.

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@eelcojellema | 5yr

Not doing it myself. But met a guy who worked for ~2 years, and then travelled for ~6 months. If I remember correct he ran his own consulting/interim business when not travelling.

I personally take a week almost completly off every 2-3 months. Works pretty well too.

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@gigigriffis | 5yr

Thatโ€™s what Ali and Andy (aliadventures.com) are moving toward, I believe. :slight_smile:

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What is the best online insurance for digital nomads ?


by @berberos | 10h 10 hours ago | 4 comments

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 :

- health

- laptop, phone ...

- Flights

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Any nomads working on startups?

 

by @mattlock | 3mo 3 months ago | 33 comments

Hoping to see all the cool stuff people are working on while they live an extraordinary life.

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Does international health insurance for digital nomads exist?

 

by @al_steffen | 4mo 4 months ago | 59 comments

Hey Nomads!

Iโ€™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 (itโ€™s ok if itโ€™s not accepted in the US as Iโ€™m aware they rarely are). Nice to have: enter into a contract online. Anyone got a good experience or a recommendation?

Thanks in advance!

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How do digital nomads pay tax?


by @rodriigovieira | 6mo 6 months ago | 19 comments

Hello everyone! Iโ€™m new here and probably this is a very newbie question, but it doesnโ€™t leave my head.

How do you, nomads, pay your taxes? I mean, if youโ€™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 โ€œoriginal countryโ€ and then pay them?

By the way, this forum has very nice cool formatting features! :smile:

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Anyone know an accountant for Canadian nomads/expats?


by @noam_lightstone | 7mo 7 months 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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Where are the nomads in Mexico City?


in Mexico City, Mexico by @shellyfish | 9mo 8 months ago | 9 comments

I just landed as a n00b digital nomad in Mexico City, and I am wonderingโ€ฆ 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. Donโ€™t get me wrong, that is all fine, but I was hoping to meet some international nomads! Any advice?

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How do we solve housing for digital nomads?

 

by @levelsio | 9mo 8 months ago | 61 comments

Thereโ€™s been a lot of discussion on this recently.

Nomads usually stay in hostels, hotels and short-term apartments. But itโ€™s all not very optimal.

Iโ€™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 donโ€™t want do physical stuff, so Iโ€™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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App/tool/service for nomads to bring things from another country?


by @brmolin | 10mo 9 months 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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Are there any nomads from India?

 

in India by @ankitdas123 | 10mo 9 months ago | 56 comments

I have seen a lot of posts from different people across the world, but not even a single post from someone in India, who has been a nomad, either living within the country or traveling to another one.

Would definitely love to hear stories from such people. We are a couple traveling as social nomads who are trying to bridge the gap between the rural and urban societies in India. We have started out very humble and do not have much resources, so looking out for help from the community.

Ankit & Rishika
Around Love and Life

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How is Sicily for digital nomads?


by @gaelm | 10mo 10 months ago | 15 comments

Hi all, I was looking for a cool spot in Southern Europe for winter and Iโ€™m considering Sicilyโ€ฆ Have you ever been there? If yes, how was your experience? If not, why?
thanks!

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How is Bari, Italy for digital nomads?


in Bari, Italy by @mitch_dina | 10mo 10 months ago | 7 comments

Greetings!
Does anyone have experience in Bari, Italy please? We are thinking of going from Dubrovnik, Croatia to Bari by boat in mid-March. Has anyone taken a boat across? Is it nice or can it be choppy? (We are trying to avoid planes, to reduce our carbon footprint, so adding more surface travel.) Also, any info you might be able to offer about Bari and the surrounds? Next step will likely be trains up Italy as the Spring progresses.

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How is Mauritius for digital nomads?


in Mauritius by @wakkos | 11mo 11 months ago | 14 comments

Hello all,

Iโ€™m planning on spending a couple of month in Mauritius Island and even when Iโ€™ve been there for a week, never rented or worked there.

Does anyone here has tips or experience to share about Mauritius?

Cheers!

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Best way to connect with "local" nomads using Nomadlist?


by @migueltic | 12mo 11 months ago | 4 comments

Hi, Iโ€™ve seen that Nomad List offers different options that could work for connecting with other nomads that are in the same place as me (forum, Slack, user maps, matches and maybe even more options I havenโ€™t seen), but Iโ€™m not sure what is the best/recommended way to use all these options.

Should I use all of them? Start with a message in the forum and/or Slack?

Sending private messages to a lot of people feels a little bit โ€œaggressiveโ€. And matches are not based on current location if I understood it correctly.

By the way, I just arrived at Budapest :slight_smile:

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Best American phone carrier for nomads


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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Property Ownership - should digital nomads buy properties?


by @sparrow_23 | 1yr 1 year ago | 16 comments

I have been a digital nomad for the last couple of years. I have always worked in tech and now run a couple of profitable online businesses that give me a reliable income and allow me to fund a nomadic lifestyle.

I recently exited one of my businesses and I am considering to invest the income from the sale in properties, mainly for 2 reasons:

a) I donโ€™t want to keep wasting my money in renting apartments across the cities I stay

b) I believe in properties as investment and I want to diversify my investment portfolio (mainly stocks)

After years of constant wander from one place to another, now I am the type of digital nomad who sticks to few locations: I mainly rotate across 4 places each year (San Francisco, Medellin, Berlin, Bali). Buying a house in each of those location would be difficult and too expensive. Therefore, I was wondering if there was any sort of service that combines an investment opportunity with the ability to access different properties around the world (even if just for a limited time per year) ?

Imagine living in 4 cities per year and having a house in each place that you can exclusively use for 3 months and at the same time having your investment growing (this depending on the market, of course). Wouldnโ€™t that be great? I believe it could be done via a property fund selling you a share and giving you access to some of their properties for a limited timeframe each year.

Has anyone heard of anything like that?

Thanks!

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Apple TV and Netflix: Do these work for Nomads?


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

We launch in 2 weeks. In the US, we use Apple TV and Netflix regularly. Do these work abroad?

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Do any digital nomads travely solely by motorcycle?


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

Last summer I spent some time travelling through Thailand and Cambodia and jumped on mopeds to get around. I fell in love with them, the freedom, the ability to get off the tourist trail and see areas of a country not written about in tour books.

Recently a friend of mine cycled from London through Western Europe down to Morocco. His journey, stories and photo blog have all inspired me to see Europe by road rather than missing it all by plane.

Iโ€™ve been encouraged to do the same longer term through Europe. Next month Iโ€™m heading off to Spain to start that journey.

I was wondering if any nomads here are on similar journeys? Does anyone motorcycle between cities setting up to work for a couple weeks then moving on?

If so, have you got any advice/tips for someone just starting that journey?

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Any nomads in Budapest want to grab a drink?


in Budapest, Hungary by @worldtravel | 2yr 1 year ago | 7 comments

Iโ€™m in Budapest for the next 3 weeks. any nomads want to grab a drink?

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


in New Zealand by @goldsaj | 2yr 1 year ago | 2 comments

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.

Any suggestions?

Thanks!

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Is Three's 'Go Roam' package any good for British nomads?


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.

It essentially promises data use abroad, up to 12GB,

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

Bali/Indonesia and Australia are both included, which are top destinations for me.

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.

What do you guys think?

Cheers!

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