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Do you have a strategy for finding what to do in the city?


by @ifdattic | 4yr  | 12 comments

Anyone want to share their strategy/tips for finding out what to do when you arrive at new location, and/or finding about ongoing events (for example when staying for longer term)?

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@jason147 | 2yr

As a former bartender in Chicago and a traveler I usually go to a nicer bar where I am. I go about 2 hours before they get busy - enough time for the night bartender to come on and get set up and then I sit close to the register which they will always come back to a start up a conversation. I tip very well and before I know it I have a mini itinerary of all the off the beaten track places to check out.

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@jessykate | 4yr

i tend to google coworking and coliving spaces in the city iโ€™m going to, then go hang out there and see what comes of it. that usually exposes me to social enterprise/collaborative communities type lenses on that city.

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@ifdattic | 4yr

Do you use the same strategy when youโ€™re visiting the city for the short time (say couple of days)? Donโ€™t have experience with co-working spaces, but from recent looking about them found that a lot of them donโ€™t go for shorter periods than a month, and even then might now have availability.

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@kathrynoh | 4yr

Google :slight_smile:

Blogs can be good, especially if you find some decent ones written by expats or other digital nomads, rather than travel blogs who spend a couple of days in a spot and then do a โ€œ10 Best Things to do in Xโ€ type post. If you can find a few good, local foodie bloggers then all the better. Expats are hit and miss - some are better at showing whatโ€™s available in a place than the locals because they are looking at things with fresh eyes. Others are more about how to transplant their lifestyle.

Other than Meetup (which Iโ€™ve never used), hunt around for local specific event sites.

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@pashley | 4yr

Wikivoyage, a worldwide travel guide wiki run by the same foundation as Wikipedia, is sometimes quite useful. Coverage is spotty, though; some areas are very good, others not.
https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Main_Page

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@ifdattic | 4yr

Thanks. This looks like a really good resource to add when traveling :slight_smile:

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@floc | 4yr

meetups:

events:

  • local Facebook groups
  • local online mags
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@coffeejunk | 4yr

going to coworking spaces has served me well in this regard: the people there tend to be local, the backgrounds and interests are super mixed (not just others that do the exact same thing youโ€™re doing) and thus you get exposure to all sorts of ongoing events and happenings :slight_smile:

in addition to this meetup.com, the city channels on #nomads and couchsurfing are good places to look around

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@ibobriakov | 4yr

I rely on online services, such as Foursquare, to find good venues (usually all good, cool venues are presented there). For meetups there is meetup.com

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@motorrat | 4yr

I prefer to ride the public transportation system and get an overview of main areas (e.g., Bangkok Skytrain), and then visit museums related to my interests (e.g., Deutsche Technical Museum in Munich) and ask questions of locals and museum guides or while having coffee. In that way I have both a broad sense of the city and more specific information filtered by interests and people interested in learning.

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@nickdanforth | 4yr

I like to sit down at a bar/cafe in the university area of a town and talk to people. Most of the best things Iโ€™ve found to do in cities are by word-of-mouth recommendations.

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@rynesweeney | 2yr

Lost is the art of striking up a conversation and getting information from locals and possibly making friends. A lot of travelers dont really learn this skill nowadays.

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tl;dr: introduce yourself in this thread.

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Know Mexico City?

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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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I recently started running a software consultancy in the UK that specialises in MVP development and onboarding/marketing strategies. I found it relatively easy to get leads by attending networking events (quite a lot here in Edinburgh).

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Iโ€™m planning to stay in London for about a month in August-September, to coincide with an industry workshop thatโ€™s happening there at the beginning of September, and would really love to find a spot in or near the Brick Lane/Whitechapel/Bethnal Green area. AirBnB seems pricy, but Iโ€™m unsure of how easy it is to get a place via SpareRoom.

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Help me to come up with a better strategy to choose where to go next


by @nunoarruda | 4yr 4 years ago | 9 comments

Iโ€™m a digital nomad with a goal of visiting as many different cities as possible.

I travel each month to a different city (with good weather) in a different country and I never repeat the same country in the same year for diversity (except when visiting home).

I choose where to go next by pinpointing the top cities from the nomadlist.com (which is constantly updated according to the weather, if Iโ€™m not mistaken) in a personal Google Map, I then see whatโ€™s the nearest country according to my current location and I plan everything 1 or 2 months ahead.

In December I always go home (Portugal) to spend time with my family and then in January I start all again.

Sometimes in order to get to the โ€œnearestโ€ pinpointed country I have to take 2/3 flights which can be expensive and time consuming. This is when I think I might not be making the best move.

Do you guys have any advice that might improve my strategy?

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Best mobile app for finding the fastest wifi hotspots nearby?


by @thom801 | 4yr 4 years ago | 3 comments

Iโ€™m currently using Wifi Map Pro on iOS. Works pretty well, but no indication of speed or quality on that app. Any ideas?

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What's your system for finding places on Airbnb?

 

by @kathrynoh | 5yr 4 years ago | 51 comments

Since I started travelling 6 months ago, Iโ€™ve used Airbnb a lot to find apartments. Iโ€™ve had some great experiences but enough bad ones to start wondering about the whole system. Arriving at places to find they are nothing like described, even when they have scores of glowing reviews is not good.

Even though Airbnb have done all in their power to help out when Iโ€™ve had issues, Iโ€™d rather avoid these situations in the first place. I want to arrive at a place to find itโ€™s what Iโ€™ve paid for so I can get to work rather than spend time resolving issues.

Do other people have any system for finding places on Airbnb? Do you use recommendations, send the hosts a checklist or have any other methods? Or do you just not care so long as you have a roof over your head?

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