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Does anyone bring their bicycle with them on their travels?

 

by @lamby | 5yr  | 36 comments

Anyone else keen cyclist or runner? Iโ€™m an ex-triathlete andโ€”whilst Iโ€™ve got my wardrobe down to a minimumโ€”Iโ€™m lugging around a rather large box on my travels containing my road bike. Am not doing the whole bike-touring thing, just using it for adventures, exploring, keeping fit, taking epic photos, etc., and taking my own bike is far nicer than renting.

Finding the balance between that and real work is a bit of a challenge, mostly in terms of a hard ride in the morning will mean Iโ€™m a little foggy throughout the rest of the day, concentration-wise.

Still, Iโ€™d rather use and enjoy my health whilst Iโ€™m young instead of waiting until I retire to do these things.

(If you do bike or run, do you also Strava?)

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Hi
I had a Montague foldable bike in Paris, they are normal bikes of normal size when unfolded (mine has 28โ€™ wheelroad they also have mountain versions but I didnโ€™t try so far.
Some have turn the city version to race road bikes by changing a few elements (saddle, handlebar, etc).
Of course when folded they are not Brompton sized but I managed to fit them on a daily basis in small electric car trunks, trbasis elevator, etc.
Im thinking at bringing mine in Asia to move around with me.
Maybe they would fit your need ?

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@mentisdominus | 4yr

I have an update. I just flew from Los Angeles, California to Taipei to Saigon to Da Nang. I ended up purchasing the Gavilรกn BFF case that @Fussen taught me about to pack my bike. In short, it has all worked out pretty well. I just went for a round trip bike ride from Hoi An to Da Nang this morning.

My case weighs 40 lbs (18 kg) and contains: my bike, helmet, shoes, road kit, pedal wrench, towel, latex gloves, two water bottles, a bike pump, and lights. Although the case is expensive, I havenโ€™t had to paid any extra baggage fees to check it in.

Iโ€™m not very knowledgable about bikes at all. It did take me a couple of hours to disassemble it and reassemble it. I also had to make some rear derailleur adjustments (I still do but the settings seem to be ok for now). Iโ€™m learning how to do that using YouTube.




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@vladepap | 4yr

Thatโ€™s amazing! Thanks for the update.

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@vladepap | 4yr

Awesome thread.
Iโ€™ve been missing my bike. And heโ€™s been missing me!
The suitcase bike looks very practical. Probably need to get the hang of assembling it.

I have bought a bike through local classifieds as it was cheaper than renting and afforded a better quality and lighter bike than most places with daily rentals have. However, itโ€™s not practical for shorter term stays.

A folding bike would not be fun on longer rides, even if pretty practical also. Plus Iโ€™m tall and feel precarious on them!

Does anyone know if the (S&S?) coupled bike can go longer distances? What is that like, re: comfort & stability?
Also, what to do with the case when using the bike? I guess you can only use it from a โ€˜home baseโ€™

Eager to hear more bike while traveling stories/solutions.

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@fussen | 4yr

@vladepap, S&S coupled bikes can be ridden (and raced) just like a normal bike. Co-motion and a few other companies make bikes with S&S or they can be retrofitted to some frames, but itโ€™s more expensive this way. Yes, I believe the case has to be left behind. I donโ€™t think anyone has a good case that converts into a good travel trailer.

Iโ€™ve also heard good things about the Ritchey Breakaway folding bikes. Theyโ€™re similar to the S&S couplers but the frame maybe not as stiff for taller/heavier riders.

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@vladepap | 4yr

@fussen Thanks, will check out those ideas! Re: your packed bike setup description above, a video beats text chunks ;D

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@mentisdominus | 4yr

I have a 56cm road bike that Iโ€™m highly considering taking with me to Vietnam and China. My feeling is it will be a pain to travel with, but I really need to take my bike with me for training purposes. Itโ€™s nice to hear @haxpor had a pretty good experience using his bike bag. And good info all around.

This thread is about bikes in general. But, I want to know: does anyone have experience traveling with a road bike plus bike gear like helmet, shoes, bottles, etc. for training purposes? (should I start another thread?)

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@fussen | 4yr

Hey @paulespin, Iโ€™ve travelled North America and Europe with my road bike, shoes, helmet, bottles, etc. Sorry for the wall of text below but here is my set up and tips -

  1. I now use a soft case (from Chain Reaction or similar) and had no problems flying with it. A soft case is also easier to fit in rental cars or on trains.
  2. Keep the bike case light and be able to carry over your shoulder. Even if there is extra room in the case, donโ€™t weigh it down. Wheels on the case may be OK but they can be damaged and youโ€™ll probably encounter cobbled sidewalks, stairs, etc. .
  3. Get your bike serviced and change the cables, rear cassette and chain before you go. Donโ€™t travel with all your tools and spares but donโ€™t have anything exotic on your bike that would be hard to service or replace.
  4. I fill my shoes with my pedals and bib shorts and take them in my carry-on. Everything else I can rent or buy until my bike shows up if the airline loses it.
  5. Know how to do basic servicing and troubleshooting bad shifting, breaking, creaking, etc. While travelling Iโ€™ve had bikes returned to me from the shop in worse condition than when I dropped it off.

When packing the bike, I - remove the pedals, put the chain in the big ring and tie it with a plastic bag to keep it there, remove the rear derailleur by removing the rear hanger (this is the mostly likely thing to get bent if you leave either on), bag the rear derailleur and much of the chain to keep oil off everything, mark the seatpost insertion place with tape and remove then tighten the seatpost clamp back on, remove the handlebar stem while leaving the handlebar attached to the stem (this is easier than removing the bars from the stem and realigning everything). I then put home depot pipe padding on the frame tubes for extra protection. The wheels go in wheel bags (came with the bike bag) and get placed next to the frame.

Iโ€™ve found online a couple cases (Gavilรกn BFF and Orucase) that are supposed to take regular bikes and pack at, or close to, the size to avoid extra airline fees. One of these may be my next case.

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@mentisdominus | 4yr

Thanks @fussen, this is really great info! I will be looking into bags over the next few weeks. Iโ€™ll definitely use your suggestions when packing.

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@haxpor | 5yr

I brought my road-bike to Ho Chi Minh via bag, see here, and stayed there for a month.

When I got there at the airport, I assembled the bike back together. The bag requires me to take off both wheels. Thus it takes very short amount of time before Iโ€™m ready to hit the road.

When Iโ€™m ready, I fold the bike-bag, and attach it firmly to my backpack bag. My plan was not to involve any public transportation, I will go on my own.

And yes, I cycle every day back and forth between co-working space and the place I stay. Itโ€™s ~12 km/day.

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@jacobjay | 5yr

As a fairly hardcore mountain biker, I think itโ€™s too much hassle travelling with it. And indeed danger (bent frames, anyone?). Iโ€™d never heard of S&S before, looks cool, and easier to ship, still a hassle having a case no matter if itโ€™s a bit more compact.

Currently I have a base in France and keep my bikes here, I plan to add another base soon, and another bike. Of course this means that when Iโ€™m not in these places I canโ€™t ride or have to make do with buying cheap clunkers as I donโ€™t see the point in renting for just an odd day. http://spinlister.com seems good, but itโ€™s expensive for regular use.

So at least some of the time I get to have great rides, plus I can travel out from around the bases (although the hassle may be no improvement, at least one can recoup without worry).

Thereโ€™s plenty of fab adventure destinations where you can get great quality rentals, but still doing that even more than a few times a year (hmm, expensive) is just not the same as having your own bike and leaving it somewhere you can return to.

Itโ€™d be too awesome to tour by bike, but one would loose an enormous amount of flexibility which for me goes against being a digital nomadโ€”not to be constrained, even by oneโ€™s passionsโ€ฆ

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@jpelker | 5yr

I travel with a bike. It uses S&S couplers to disassemble.

The breakdown and assembly each take about an hour, so I tend to keep the bike in its suitcase unless Iโ€™m in a city for at least a week.

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@nickdanforth | 5yr

Very cool. Iโ€™ve been curious about S&S coupled bikes.

Do you transport it in a regular suitcase or some sort of special case?

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@jpelker | 5yr

Hard aluminum case, just like this:

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@msurocks99 | 5yr

I would also love carrying my mountain bike to places and I miss it during my travels :frowning: . If I could carry it would have been great and MTB is a passion for me .

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@nickdanforth | 5yr

Just an update for anyone who is curiousโ€ฆ my wife and I have just purchased Bromptons. They are small enough to be standard checked baggage, and often can be carried through airport security and gate-checked or even carried on the plane.

Weโ€™ll be experimenting with incorporating them into our travels.

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@anywhereness | 5yr

If you have the cash to outlay for a great frame, Surly makes a โ€œWorld Trollerโ€ frame that can be broke down into two parts. This makes it easier to fit under the sizes for โ€œoversizeโ€ checked luggage. To save some cash, since itโ€™s a 26" wheel size, and basically compatible with most mountain bike parts, you could buy a used early 2000 MTB with decent components and transfer them to the frame.

http://surlybikes.com/bikes/world_troller

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@panoramica | 5yr

Those S & S Couplings are available on lots of bikes, including the Comotion Pangea http://co-motion.com/bikes/pangea :drool: They add a fair chunk to the price which is why I skipped them when I got my Surly Troll. I imagine that splitting your bike in half means that you donโ€™t have to so aggressively dismantle it to reduce the footprint though.

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@itinerantdev | 5yr

In big cities I think itโ€™s pretty easy to buy and sell bikes. Iโ€™ve only done it once, in Chiang Mai, but there I looked at renting and realised for three months it cost the same just to buy a cheap bike. So I did that and then sold it on a Facebook group before I left. If I did it again I would buy the bike second hand too.

There are also some cities where the local government want you people to hire bikes just to reduce congestion. I know you can do that in London, the so called โ€œBorris Bikesโ€, and here in Mexico City itโ€™s around $30 to hire a bike for a whole year, they have parking lots for them so you just put in your pin and collect a bike. You can then leave it anywhere in the city where thereโ€™s a station.

Of course these bikes wonโ€™t be as nice as your own bike, but maybe worth trying while you still have your other bike.

Also, Iโ€™m on strava, just for running, Iโ€™ll DM you my email address :smile:

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@lamby | 5yr

Well, of course you can hire bikes pretty much anywhere. The problem is that whilst they are great and very convenient for local transport, they are 99-times-out-of-100 terrible for biking in a sports and fitness sense. Donโ€™t get me wrong, Iโ€™m an avid user of the Boris Bikes when I am London but they are simply not a viable option for what I am afterโ€ฆ hence bringing my own bike.

Perhaps we should split this discussion into these two use-cases as they are really rather different and I worry that we are losing interesting advice (for both scenarios) as they seem to be repeatedly conflated :slight_smile:

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@itinerantdev | 5yr

The bike I bought and sold in CM I used only for fitness, I had a scooter for getting around. It wasnโ€™t the best bike in the world, but I enjoyed seeing how far up Doi Suthep I could get on it. (Answer: not far).

Iโ€™m not really sure what you are actually asking though? If the bikes you can rent or buy locally arenโ€™t fit for your needs, but you want to have a bike what choice do you have but to take your own?

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@ajsnewman | 4yr

How frequently do you move? I spend Jan to Mar in the alps and then at least July in the Alps and itโ€™s my base so I have my bikes anyway. I almost always bring a bike for the other two nomadic periods. I find as you described, itโ€™s not too much hassle to fly BA or Swiss etc and then when I am in my destination, I usually hire a car and a bike rack and drive from place to place, spending at least a month in each location (unless itโ€™s awful). I find that means that I can also drive out to find new, nice rides on the weekends.

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@lamby | 4yr

I was reading yesterday that itโ€™s easier to use the train to visit other climbs Pyrenees than in the Alps - could you comment on that?

(Can you actually bike in the alps during Jan-Mar? I mean, up the famous climbs?)

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@ajsnewman | 4yr

I mostly ski or climb or hike rather than cycle for the three months, but this year because of the weather, I did a reasonable amount of cycling in late December and until a couple of days ago it had been sunny for two weeks so once the snow has melted on the road and give them a couple of extra days to really dry out, then yes you can, but I would recommend thermal gear. I love a clear sunny winterโ€™s cycle.

Oh and the train is good enough, but I prefer the flexibility of driving as I can have a small case in the back in case I want to stay over night somewhere etc. I am based in Aosta so I can drive pretty much anywhere. I cannot speak for the Pyrenees

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@lamby | 4yr

Not a huge fan of cycling in the cold, alasโ€ฆ :slight_smile: When do you think it gets warm enough to not need thermals, etc.? Want to avoid peak tourist seasons, naturallyโ€ฆ

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@ajsnewman | 4yr

April to October is lovely if itโ€™s a sunny day.

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@panoramica | 5yr

In my short experience so far, it is a PITA to transport a bike and far easier to actually ride it! While I intend to tour and am in a different situation to you, I had similar experiences when flying with my old bike for holiday MTBing.

A couple of things to consider:

While the bike can be disassembled to fit in train luggage racks it can mean paying an extra oversize fee (Russia) or, in the case of buses, bribing someone to let you put it there (China/Russia border crossing). In the worst case you will have to send it separately and wait around for it to arrive (Beijing to Manzhouli).

Your nicely-tuned bike might suffer somewhat from repeated disassembly and/or rough handling. So allow some time/money for retuning/repairs.

At the other end of your trip you will have a large/heavy unrideable item which potentially needs to be reassembled in some dark corner at some unsavoury hour or transported by someone with a vehicle large enough to accommodate it (if they wonโ€™t let you on the train with it - Beijing Airport). Also consider that some cities arenโ€™t exactly bike friendly. So for both of those reasons Iโ€™d try to arrive during daylight hours if you plan to ride your steed to your accommodation.

Of course if youโ€™re not moving countries every month then these small hassles become more bearable.

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@nickdanforth | 5yr

Thanks for sharing your personal experiences. Very helpful to hear.

Do you think a lot of the hassles would have been mitigated if you were traveling with a folding bike that required less assembly/disassembly and fit in a smaller case?

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@panoramica | 5yr

Hi, yes I think a folding bike would be perfect - small enough to stow anywhere, and minimal assembly time. Iโ€™m not sure that Iโ€™d want to try touring on one though :wink:

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@travis | 5yr

Hereโ€™s a somewhat informative Quora thread on touring with a folding bike: https://www.quora.com/How-good-are-folding-bicycles-for-long-distance-touring

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@nickdanforth | 5yr

Weโ€™ve considered traveling with Bromptons. Theyโ€™ll fit in the overhead bins on most planes, and if not, they can easily be checked without having to deal with the hassle of a full-size bike box.

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@wanderingdev | 5yr

my friends do. itโ€™s expensive and a pain in the ass but worth it to them.

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@levelsio | 5yr

Not sure how custom and high quality your bicycles are but in most places you can rent a variety of bicycles.

From street cycles to fixies. Theyโ€™re rentable in most places.

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@lamby | 5yr

Whilst Iโ€™m nowhere near need professional, rented bikes just are too much of a compromise for me. Absolutely you can rent bikes for just going around town, but itโ€™s rare (and actually expensive) to rent quality bicycles that are suitable for 3+ hour rides.

Or I could bring my own saddle, clothes, shoes, pedals, and measure up the bike etc. but just less faff in the end to bring everything of your own instead of half-assing it.

I like to fly BA; they count a 23kg (oversized!) bike box as part of your inclusive checked luggage allowance. The budget airlines charge through the nose, naturally.

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@nickdanforth | 5yr

Iโ€™m very curious about this, and keen to hear from anyone who has experience.

Both my wife and I were active cyclists before we started traveling full-time. Having our own bikes is something we miss terribly when on the road, but we havenโ€™t been able to bring ourselves to deal with the hassle of transporting the bikes when we move countries.

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@lamby | 5yr

Cycling is also rather good for generating nice photos:

etc.

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

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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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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 @lofty | 1yr 1 year 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.
Any advice on best areas to look at would be greatly appreciated ,

Thanks in advance
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Anyone have tips for preventing or getting over jet lag? ๐Ÿ˜“๐Ÿ˜ดโœˆ๏ธ


by @artofbryce | 2yr 1 year ago | 10 comments

We just finished our first stint around South East Asia and somehow survived 3 days of way too many flights, leaving me to feel like death.

Too much shitty airplane food, not enough sleep, big time difference from Mexico to SEA.

Anyone have tips to prevent that more in the future (aside from better flight plans)? More importantly, how do I recover faster from this horror?

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Can anyone recommend a good Swedish bank for European student?


by @raz | 2yr 1 year ago | 1 comment

The ideal bank will have an easy on-boarding as a European student studying and living in Sweden for a year and is merciful when it comes to sending GBP into the account.
Can anybody recommend a good Swedish bank? :raised_hands:

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Does anyone plan on applying to the Vermont $10,000 remote work incentive?


by @wagmanben | 2yr 2 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!
Ben

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Anyone know a good hairdresser in Amsterdam?


in Amsterdam, Netherlands by @abstaa | 2yr 2 years ago | 0 comments

Anyone know a good hairdresser in Amsterdam? Looking for something reasonably to the center!

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Has anyone from EU bought tickets at Ticketmaster.com and Fandango.com for USA


by @gmisjura1 | 2yr 2 years ago | 2 comments

Hey everyone,

I got into situation when nothing really helped me, and now searching for alternatives.

Two web site where I was trying to buy tickets for Tribeca film festival and just cinema do not let me to buy tickets and the websites are quite big -

Ticketmaster.com
Fandango.com

My question is , does anyone know alternative where I could buy tickets for example Madisson Square show and AMC Cinema screening. Eventbite worked fine for example with European card.

Best,

Georgius.

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Anyone here resident in Portugal with incorporation elsewhere in the EU? Need some advice


in Portugal by @solardive | 2yr 2 years ago | 0 comments

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.

Iโ€™ve decided I want to apply for the Portugal NHR (Iโ€™m a EU citizen), but I donโ€™t want to incorporate there. Anyone here has experience with being a Portugal tax resident and running a company elsewhere? If yes, where and why did you choose that country/place? Is it a a lot of hassle?

Thanks!

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Has anyone worked from Sihanoukville, Cambodia?


in Sihanoukville, Cambodia by @keybrownhill | 3yr 2 years ago | 6 comments

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:

  • Internet reliability (power cuts and speed)
  • 4G connection as backup
  • specific areas to live

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.

Thanks!

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Anyone gone through the MM2H (Malaysia My 2nd Home) process?


in Malaysia by @mmorris | 3yr 2 years ago | 1 comment

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

We are looking for an agent and are also wondering how far in you can open a Malaysian bank account.

If you know someone who was helpful, let me know!

Thanks

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Anyone (almost) exclusively traveling in Latin America?


by @danielaf | 3yr 2 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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Anyone walking around the world while working?


by @michaltakac | 3yr 2 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).

Iโ€™m thinking if itโ€™s possible to walk around the world in 5 years while working occasionally during mornings or evenings (own web/mobile app, writing blog) and at the same time complete a PhD in Process Control (got an offer to work with great professor on an interesting thesis using augmented reality, for which I only need a smartphone, my Macbook and ability to once in a while consult with him over phone/skype).

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Anyone know good foreign currencies to hold?

 

by @worldtravel | 3yr 2 years ago | 22 comments

Iโ€™ve done a lot of research on foreign currencies and which are good to holdโ€ฆ its pretty complicated. it seems obvious, swiss franc, hong kong dollarโ€ฆ but when you look at if you want to open a swiss bank account they require a very high minimum balance, can charge you just to hold swiss francs, etcโ€ฆ anyone have a deep understanding of this stuff?

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Anyone use FlyOnward?


by @jeremyluebke | 3yr 2 years ago | 14 comments

Anyone here use FlyOnward.com?

Seems legit but due to how the tickets are only good for 24/48 hours I want to make sure everything is on the up and up and Iโ€™m not stuck at the border.

Thanks for any guidance.

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Is anyone here an "investor" nomad?

 

by @gizmocaca | 3yr 2 years ago | 22 comments

Hi. Newbie here.
Wondering if anyone here has expertise in being an โ€œinvestorโ€ nomad where you travel and live off investment income? Iโ€™m contemplating fleeing the rat race and wanted to throw out a few thoughts and ideas.

Have a UK passport so donโ€™t get taxed on worldwide income whilst non-resident.
Iโ€™m thinking of residency in Malaysia (MM2H) or Philippines (Retirement visa).

In terms of generating tax efficient income:

  • HK, Singapore and UK donโ€™t withhold tax on equity dividends or preference shares
  • USA doesnโ€™t tax capital gains (but has nasty estate taxes on equities) for non-residents
  • USA debt securities (CDs/corp debt) do not withhold tax (w8-ben)
  • USA based p2p lending should be same as debt securities asset class hence no withholding
  • Eurobonds do not withhold tax on interest payments (look to have a spread of local currency bonds).

Would look to supplement by buying property (have my eyes on a few places in Philippines) to rent out. Would also look to invest in local businesses wherever I find opportunities.

Appreciate any advise or insight people might have!

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