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Does fulltime RV living count as being a digital nomad?


by @juliet | 5yr  | 7 comments

Iโ€™m thinking about living fulltime in an RV mostly in the US and North America. Is this still part of the digital nomad community? Is there anyone who has tried this? Pros? Cons? Thanks!

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@kellyreid | 5yr

I just did this for a year. My then-girlfriend and I bought an old 40-foot Motor Home and drove around the States. I have been running my business remotely for 5 years and she got a job that allows her to work remotely.

It SURELY counts as digital nomadism, no question. We invested quite a lot of money into hardware to enable us to work from the road; solar power, batteries, energy efficient lights, cell phone boosters, etc.

Itโ€™s a GIANT pain in the ass, though, and now that weโ€™ve split up, I chose to take my digital nomadism out of the RV and into the world alone; the cognitive overhead of maintaining a vehicle-home really cut into my work time and focus; the 10+ hours I spent rebuilding our propane furnace was 10 hours I couldnโ€™t work on my company, read books, etc. When our rear suspension blew out and we spent $3000 getting it fixed, we spent a few days living out of our car and working from cafes.

We had a blog, which she still maintains, at www.smallhousebigworld.com. I suggest you read through that for more details. There are also some great resources for full-time young RVers, including a facebook group called NรผRVers, that you would enjoy.

TLDR, itโ€™s something a surprising number of people do, but do NOT underestimate the cognitive and financial overhead involved. I am greatly enjoying using existing infrastructure in the world rather than needing to drag 10 tons of home behind me at all times. But, it was an AWESOME year of my life, though maybe not one of the most productiveโ€ฆ

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@wordmonkey | 5yr

Is there a certification agency that decides whether or not someone is truly a digital nomad? An ISO standard? :slight_smile: RVing sounds like a fun way of life, and it gives you a bit more scope for having personal belongings beyond the bare necessities than you would have living out of a suitcase. As a trade-off, youโ€™re sacrificing the option of getting last-minute plane tickets to the other end of the world on a whim, but that may not be your preference, anyway.

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@waylandchin | 5yr

I would say yes, it does count as being a nomad, but your parking options are limited so get to see less of a city versus if you just had a backpack and could stay in any hotel/airbnb.

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@sunnytraveler | 5yr

Have been doing it for 2 years now and loving it! But we stay at RV resorts so not camping for free but the benefit is that we are fully connected and still donโ€™t pay as much as an apartment would cost. The freedom to travel though is what this is all about for us, there are no cons!

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@nomadicnotes | 5yr

I have seen some blogs of RV digital nomads, including:

http://westfaliadigitalnomads.com/
http://rvwanderlust.com/

Good luck with it!

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@nickdanforth | 5yr

My wife and I traveled the US in a camper van for 9 months a few years ago and still felt very much a part of the digital nomad community. Lots of nomads living, working, and traveling in the USA.

Pros/cons are pretty subjective, but for us the biggest pros were the slow pace of travel, tons of time in nature, and not having to pay for accommodation!

A con was the responsibility of owning and maintaining a vehicle. Itโ€™s not awful, but itโ€™s definitely more mentally/financially taxing than just living out of a bag!

Highly recommend traveling by RV though. Would happily do it again in the future.

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@portobellowild | 5yr

We travelled up the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland in an old 1985 VW camper for 3 months. It definitely is digital nomadism here are my ups and downs:

Ups:

  • Living in sync with the light โ€“ up at dawn and wind down at dusk.
  • Waking up to the sound of the sea and birds.
  • โ€˜Workโ€™ is about the work of living - finding places to park to eat, rest and sleep.
  • People were so generous, helping when we broke down, simply enquiring about the van and recommending places for us to stay.
  • The intoxicating exhaustion of having spent an entire day in the open air.
  • Slow travelling really allows you to get the feel of a place.
  • Hungry or fancy a cuppa tea - just pull in, pop on the kettle and kick back in beautiful surrounds (or sometimes a carpark)

Downs:

  • Can be difficult to get internet and forcing yourself to work can be very difficult when you are outdoors - may feel less like this in an RV than a small camper with windows all around.
  • Breakdowns are stressful when they happen especially as your home is in the broken down vehicle!
  • Campsites can be expensive. We wild camped two nights and campsite one for showers, power, strong wifi and relaxation.
  • Low barriers to beaches and โ€˜No overnight campingโ€™ signs are everywhere here in Ireland and it was frustrating (that might be a cultural issue here though).
  • You will see less cities as there is little to no parking near them.

I hope that helps and best of luck. I can honestly say that time in the camper was the best of my life and I canโ€™t wait to save up enough to buy another one :slightly_smiling:

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Are there any digital nomads in the Islands e.g Bermuda, Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis?


in Antigua, Guatemala by @momo11 | 2mo 1 month ago | 3 comments

Does anyone ever travel to any Islands like Bermuda, Barbados, Barbuda and St. Kitts & Nevis?

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Any good coliving or other monthly rentals in Seville?


in Seville, Spain by @antoine_th | 3mo 3 months ago | 0 comments

Hello Everyone

I'm planning to stay in Seville for 6 weeks for mid January - end of February. Do you any recommandations for a coliving or a place to live in?

Thanks ๐Ÿ™

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How to get into the digital nomad lifestyle?


in Switzerland by @filiptk | 5mo 5 months ago | 1 comment

Hi, I've got a question to anyone who had experience with the digital nomad lifestyle. I'm 24, I'm in my last year of university doing computer science, got 3 years of experience mostly doing web development.

I never liked the idea of staying in one place, getting a job and growing roots - hence the will to take the opportunity and travel the world. My main question is โ€“ how do I go about it? Are there any useful resources I could look into?

How do I go about insurance and such once I decide to move. I currently live in Switzerland and do freelance work for one company. It's not a lot, since my studies don't allow me to pick up a full time job, but it allows me to cover simple expenses.

I'd be happy to get some insight into how things work and also happy to network with anyone interested.

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What is the best online insurance for digital nomads ?


by @berberos | 7mo 7 months 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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Do you prefer co-living spaces or hostels or Airbnbs?


by @davda1546 | 8mo 7 months ago | 5 comments

We are hoping to become nomads soon and have booked an AirBnB in September in Goa for our first destination. We are considering what would be the best option for accommodation after that. We are trying to decide between co-living spaces, hostels, or Airbnbs.

What are your experiences of accommodation in terms of the following: reliable wifi, social aspect, pricing, cleanliness, cooking facilities?

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Any Ph.D students dissertating while a digital nomad?


by @larsheather | 11mo 11 months ago | 5 comments

Anyone know of any groups or resources for Ph.D. students working on dissertation while living as a digital nomad? I know there are several virtual writing groups around, but wondered if there were any specifically for digital nomads, particularly those who are dissertating.

Thanks!

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Does international health insurance for digital nomads exist?

 

by @al_steffen | 11mo 11 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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Issues with not being a tax resident anywhere?


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

Anyone with knowledge regarding complications of not being a tax resident anywhere in the world? Iโ€™m aware that primary health care, bank account opening and incorperation can be problematic but are there other practical or legal factors I should be aware of?

And what about paying myself salary from a self-owned OECD company? I would like to know if I risk potentieal issues with the tax authorities in the jurisdiction of the company, especially regarding withholding tax.

Appreciate your input!

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How do you invest internationally as a nomad?


by @mateuszwieloch | 1yr 1 year ago | 17 comments

I have finally saved enough money to start investing. What company gives good, diversified access to stock, ETFs and mutual funds? Does it make sense to use company like Vanguard or Fidelity for that? Iโ€™m a EU/Poland citizen, how would I transfer my money back and forth without incurring significant fees?

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Has anyone created a list of co-living spaces around the world?


by @keegansard | 1yr 1 year ago | 4 comments

Iโ€™m a big believer in co-living but Iโ€™m finding hard to find all the options available in different cities.

I have found the major players like Roam, The Collective, and WeLive but havenโ€™t found many others.

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

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I dream of being a digital nomad? How do I do it?


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

Hello digital nomad!

I dream of being an independent digital nomad. But it feels very elusive & unattainable with my success rate. In full disclosure, whilst I have dreamed about making money online since high school; I have not earned a single cent making money online. $0, nada, zilch!! On the contrary, I have spent a lot of time & money on books, podcasts. Even though I have spent a lot of time reading/listening to others, I do not have anything to show for it!

I have made attempts in the past to start an online business, but these fizzle out quite quickly when I do not see traction especially when the goal I have set myself is too high.

Instead of reaching for the ultimate nomadic lifestyle goal, I want to start much smaller. Really small! I am simply looking to make $50 profit per month from a new online business. Thatโ€™s it.

I need some advice from you please!

  • Is $50 profit too low? How long did it take you to earn $50 profit per month?

  • What is a good way of achieving this goal?

Thanks
Mark
aka the $0 online business entrepreneur

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How do digital nomads pay tax?


by @rodriigovieira | 1yr 1 year 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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Best place for Digital Nomad in Latin America?


by @rose_davis | 1yr 1 year 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

Anyone have any experience with these places and can give some insight? Iโ€™m also completely open to other recommendations.

Thanks!
Rose

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How do we solve housing for digital nomads?

 

by @levelsio | 1yr 1 year 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 | 1yr 1 year 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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How is Sicily for digital nomads?


by @gaelm | 1yr 1 year 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 | 1yr 1 year 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 | 2yr 1 year 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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Are there any digital nomad fitness retreats?


by @ryanjames | 2yr 1 year ago | 1 comment

Hey all:

Does anyone here have any experience attending a full time fitness bootcamp or a fitness resort while working? I know there is one in Cambodia for digital nomads (Fitness Retreat Resort Kep Gym), unfortunately the time difference vs my work schedule would make my life suck if I tried to go there. Iโ€™m looking for a place between US and Europe timezones that lets you live with them, kicks your butt with fitness, but would also have good WiFi/accommodate working eight hours a day. Iโ€™m also open to other tangential ideas for something close-ish to get that same experience.

Thanks for any help!

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Best place to set up a company selling digital services?


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

Whatโ€™s the best place?
For residency Iโ€™m looking at Portugal and they have the NHR (non habitual resident) program which would exempt dividends from foreign income.
So all Iโ€™m really looking for is the best place to actually start the company.
Biggest factors are of course low taxes and ease of setting up the company plus a business bank account that enables me to receive payments through Stripe.

What I found so far:
Hong Kong
Corporate tax rate of 16.5% (8.25% for the first HK$2 million)
โŠ•/โŠ– offshore income from outside HK is exempt from taxation but itโ€™s not clear whether this can be done in the first year and prorated or if itโ€™s only through filing the offshore exemption claim. This might take two years and requires not income from HK at all. More info on that would be great
โŠ– seems very difficult to get a business bank account
โŠ– necessary services and fees are roughly around โ‚ฌ2000 / year
โŠ– accounting requirements seem to be very strict
โŠ• Doesnโ€™t require local partner
โŠ• Agencies available that seem to handle most of the work

Singapore
Corporate tax rate of 17% (0% on the first S$100k, 8.5% up to S$300k)
โŠ– requires a local director. What are the implications of this?

Malta
Corporate tax rate of 35%
There is the โ€œfull imputation systemโ€ but I donโ€™t really understand it.
"In most cases, the tax refund to the shareholder is 6/7 of the tax paid by the company on profits distributed as dividends. The tax refund rate may be different in the following cases: " This would result in an effective corporate tax of around 5%.
โŠ– European customers would have to pay VAT and Iโ€™d have to deal with that

Cyprus
Corporate tax rate of 12.5% and there seem to be ways to lower this
โŠ– European customers would have to pay VAT and Iโ€™d have to deal with that
โŠ– requires staying in Cyprus for 2 months / year

I find it surprising how much research this requires and how much โ€œit dependsโ€ information is out there when Iโ€™d assume that there are probably thousands of digital nomads who probably have very similar requirements.

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