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Gamer setup for travel?


by @azurio | 1yr  | 6 comments

Hi guys! Who plays video games?

What system do you use? How does it work for you?

I work on a MacBook Pro, and of course Mac isnโ€™t great for gaming. Iโ€™m thinking of traveling with a (relatively) small eGPU to crank up the graphics. There might be decent PC laptops, but I want with macOS.

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@maxpou | 1yr

hey Azurio,

Iโ€™m in the same situation.
Iโ€™m waiting for Cloud Gaming to be a thing. Soon, Stadia (Google) and xCloud (Microsoft) will be in open beta. Iโ€™ll definitely give a try! (but you heavily rely on the networkโ€ฆ)

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@azurio | 1yr

Thanks for all the awesome responses! I appreciate every point.

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@langcalvin | 1yr

Ahh Iโ€™ve been thinking about this myself! I have it down to two main options:

  1. Nintendo Switch: possibly the best option for travel gaming. Portable, you can play it on the plan, if you get a dongle you can plug it into the TV. This is an excellent option. Mario Kart is awesome. The downside is it may not have the games you wish to play.

  2. Nvidia Shield. Also doesnโ€™t take up much space in your bag and you can stream games on the Nvidia game streaming platform. I can play GTA V, Witcher 3, all sorts of good stuff. This is the only device in the world where you can play Nvidia cloud gaming without a VPN internationally. Note: I play in HK, which is really far from the US servers, and the lag is just good enough to be playable, but itโ€™s not great. I will test in Europe in a few weeks!

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@nerdontour | 1yr

In 2015-2018 I used maxed MacBook Pro 13" and I was happy to play many titles from the X360 and PS3 era. Borderlands 2 and Pre-Sequel were my favourite games at that time and Mac ports were made well enough to play on medium-high settings.

Now I own maxed MacBook 12" 2018 and mostly play indie games like Celeste, Super Time Force Ultra, Skulls of the Shogun. The cool thing about most indie games is that they donโ€™t require advanced hardware while offering loads of fun. Mac ports are quite popular too, so no Bootcamp required.

For decades I was mostly console gamer, therefore I prefer playing on a gamepad. Also, my general nomad work setup is Magic Keyboard + Magic Trackpad + Tiny Tower laptop stand. So even if I play just once a week I carry Dual Shock 4 with me for gameful quality time :smiley:

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@jayfloyd | 1yr

Definitely go for a Nvidia max-q laptop, search on the forums you may be able to install a hackintosh on some of them (I think itโ€™s possible on the Razer blade). I have one and Iโ€™m very satisfied with it, especially considering the weight (1.9kg). My config is: MSI GS65, i7-8750H, 64gb of RAM, 2TB nvme, RTX 2080 Max-Q and LM repaste from HIDEvolution. The downsides are: Inferior build quality compared to a MBP and low battery life (Itโ€™s advertised for 8 hours but I get 2 to 3 hours max watching movies on Windows with battery saver on, maybe my battery is defective or I upgraded my components too much, I canโ€™t tell).

Apart from that Iโ€™m happy to walk away from the Apple ecosystem again after 5 years owning a MBP. Now I have a Windows/Manjaro Deepin dualboot and Iโ€™m very satisfied with it.

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@levelsio | 1yr

I have a MacBook Pro 15" and if you boot into Bootcamp with Windows, you can run most games at least on low settings.

I played GTA V on it for a long time, played lots of Minecraft with friends last year, and now playing Open Arena also with friends (a free version of Quake 3, which is from 1999, so itโ€™s super low spec requirements but super fun).

Iโ€™d not go with the eGPU, itโ€™s super bulky and you need an external display for it. Maybe easier to just get a Razer Blade gaming laptop:

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What's the best thing to do with your phone/ your phone number when travelling?


in Poland by @davda1546 | 7d 6 days ago | 6 comments

Hey, hope everyone is well!

We're leaving in a month to go travelling. Our first destination is still to be confirmed, but will likely be Poland or Slovakia. We will be moving around every month or two to different destinations.

The question we have is: what do people do with phones/ phone numbers when hopping from country to country? Ideally we'd just like one number for the whole trip (even better, the number we already have) wherever we go, rather than getting new SIMs with different numbers.

This is just so it's easier to keep in contact with family/ clients/ etc.

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Best place in Portugal near cool nomads, good surf, and a great cowork spot


in Portugal by @joelnicholson | 11d 11 days ago | 6 comments

Hi there, title says it all. Canadian nomad hoping to find the city/town in Portugal with great, consistent surfing, a solid coworking spot, and a fun group of young nomads. Please recommend!

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How to learn a language without taking a formal class?


by @zakamercury | 18d 18 days ago | 3 comments

How to learn a language without taking a formal class, while traveling in different countries?

What advice can you give me?

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Where do I get good legal advice/support to have a long-term stay?


in Lisbon, Portugal by @mzorrilla | 1mo 1 month ago | 1 comment

Hello, everyone!

My idea is to stay as low as 6 months and as long as a year (maybe, who knows) over Lisbon after doing some analysis from many cities in Europe.

I'm an Argentinian and Chilean (both nationalities) so... no Euro-pass for me (getting my Italian nationality could take 2 years easily). I'm also a remote worker and I have a really good income (I work for a Silicon Valley company) so I can show more than enough resources to stay in the country.

Everything I see online doesn't inspire me much confidence (most sites looks a bit scammy) and this is not a "vacation stay"... I want to be clear my head far away from Argentina right now. If someone has a good website, recommendations, etc I will super appreciate.

Thanks in advance!

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Is Bogota safe to travel?


in Bogota, Colombia by @jackgopack | 2yr 2 years ago | 6 comments

HI All!

Considering Bogota for a while but recent reporting indicates quite a few robbery related deaths and the fact that US State Dept personnel and their families are not allowed to use inter- or intra-city bus transportation, with flights mandatory between Colombian cities. Anyone have any insight as to the current reality vs such reporting?

I know they often donโ€™t match but since our nomadlist.com rates Bogota safety as โ€œbadโ€, I would greatly appreciate anyone providing a current or recent boots on the ground status report as to this effect.

Jack

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What tools do you use to plan your travel?


by @kaizenpreneur | 2yr 2 years ago | 6 comments

What tools do you use to map out your travel plans for the year ahead (if you even do) - I donโ€™t mean tools for finding cheap flights - but the actual schedule planning.

For example, for 2018 I have certain locations that I need to be in at certain times of the year. They are fairly set in stone with a little flexibility.

Iโ€™ve then got a hit list of destinations that Iโ€™d like to build into that plan through the year. Not all will happen, some Iโ€™d like to prioritise and add to the plan right away, with the others as maybes and will be more spur of the moment.

Iโ€™m keen to look at a calendar type view where I can play around with different schedules. Iโ€™d thought something like tripit but I think this works best when you have already booked but I want to create a few versions to see how they look before going out to book.

Maybe it is colour coded or overlays

  • Booked
  • Planned
  • Maybe

Thanks
Jon

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TMobile for Continuous Travel?


in Mobile, United States by @jackgopack | 3yr 3 years ago | 5 comments

TMobile advises their international plan requires me to reside in the US for 3 months of each year, however I may be there only 1 month (or less). Anyone using their plan continuously? Rigid requirement?

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What items/services etc did you wish you had the first time you set off to travel?


by @theunisk | 3yr 3 years ago | 3 comments

A friend of mine is setting off on her first long solo trip, starting in Brazil. She will initially be backpacking but may turn to working on the road at some point.

Iโ€™d like to get her a nice gift for the trip and though I have a few ideas, I thought Iโ€™d come here for some further inspiration. What have you found yourself missing on the road, or what item or service has made your travels better/more comfortable/enjoyable ?
An example from my experience: a way to organise laundry, eg packing cubes or dry bags.

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Good Bank Account / Prepaid for travel?


by @dondizzler | 4yr 4 years ago | 5 comments

Hey guys, iโ€™m a Canadian resident. I have a corporation registered in Canada, and all of my income flows through this account and eventually into my personal account. Iโ€™m considering either opening a second Canadian account or an offshore bank account for the purpose of travel. My goal is not to change my business structure or avoid taxes, but simply to make it easier to make purchase worldwide.

Iโ€™m planning to do some travel in Asia and eventually South America. I know that in many countries, fraud can be a problem. Not only will I have to fight with my back to keep my account from being locked (they tend to be cautious when it comes accessing your account internationally) but iโ€™m also concerned about having my card duplicated and used illegally.

What iโ€™m looking for is some kind of bank account or prepaid card I can use to travel with. The idea is that I would transfer money to the account online, then withdraw the balance in cash to pay for my expenses. Because there will never be a balance on the card, I wonโ€™t have to worry about fraud. Iโ€™d also like to see if there is a way that I could reduce the fees I pay on currency exchanges or withdrawing in a foreign country.

Anybody have any suggestions?

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What's the best mobile hotspot device for international travel?


by @stefanlesser | 5yr 4 years ago | 7 comments

Browsing this forum a lot, I learned that the best option for mobile data is buying a local SIM card in pretty much every country I go to. Ok, thatโ€™s manageable.

Now I was wondering which mobile hotspot to buy, because I will have more devices with me that I want to connect to the Internet, and my girlfriend will have even more devices with her to connect, too.

When I was looking at just one manufacturerโ€™s offerings, Iโ€™m already overwhelmed by the complexity of options.

Should I just use my main mobile phoneโ€™s hotspot feature for this?
Should I get a separate mobile hotspot device for that? Which one? Any recommendations?
How do you do this?

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Developers! Thoughts on the new Pixel C laptop/tablet for travel?


by @dave_chakrabarti | 5yr 5 years ago | 9 comments

Itโ€™s that time of year again, where I see cool swanky new tablet / laptop hybrid things and start wondering if I could actually replace a Macbook Air for shorter / longer travel.

Anyone have any thoughts on Googleโ€™s new Pixel C? Anyone have experience writing code (or for that matter, writing long-form text, like a novel) with either Android or IOS as your main operating system? Would you leave the Macbook at home for a one week trip? A one month trip? Long-term?

  1. I know the softwareโ€™s not quite there yet. I anticipate major issues being the lack of web dev tools for mobile OSes (I write a ton of front-end code!), and flaky alternatives to Sublime. Iโ€™m interested in figuring out if itโ€™s โ€œgood enoughโ€. For example, howโ€™s Cloud9 on Android? Any workarounds I should know about?

  2. Anyone living tethered to Tmux / Vim on a Linode (or other VPS) full-time? Iโ€™m not drinking the Vim Koolaid (or well-aged single malt) yet, but might consider it if thereโ€™s a tangible reason for it.

  3. Is the hardware trade-off likely to hurt a lot? $500 - $600 buys quite a lot of laptop, running Intel 4th gen processors + the never-ending clunkiness of trying to make Ubuntu work on Windows hardware. Where should I expect to feel the pain on a Pixel C?

  4. Anyone figuring out a semi-reliable way to multi-task with multiple windows in Android? For example, how painful would it be to run two terminal sessions, a Cloud9 window, and a Rails tutorial window at the same time, switching between them constantly?

  5. Is there a compelling reason to consider an Ipad Air 2 over the Pixel C? Theyโ€™re in the same ballpark, and though Iโ€™ve stuck with Android as a phone OS, Iโ€™m very used to working within the Apple ecosystem for work stuff (downloading El Capitan as I type this).

Note: Iโ€™m fairly anti-Windows these days, especially as a dev environment (havenโ€™t used it since XP), so an older Surface isnโ€™t likely to be a good alternative unless the Ubuntu support is rock solid :smile:

Thanks! All feedback appreciated.

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How feasible is it to be a digital nomad with a treadmill desk setup?


by @nihilista | 5yr 5 years ago | 8 comments

Hi everyone,

Iโ€™m very interested in becoming a digital nomad though due to sports injuries, chronic back pain, and a general avid interest in health I need to work on a treadmill desk which is my set up at home. I absolutely could not work long term out of coffee shops or even hotel rooms geared towards businesspeople.

After careful consideration, my plan as a solution for this would be to carefully research and choose a first location at which I could set up a long term situation (at least 5-6 months), long enough such that the expense of setting up a proper โ€œhome officeโ€ would work. Iโ€™m thinking that renting an apartment or ideally a house (I hate noise and prefer rustic, natural environments) would be ideal.

Is this feasible? I currently have about 5k in passive monthly income and 1k in online income but would prefer to spend only 3-4k total so as to save money. Other considerations are that Iโ€™m a single woman in her twenties so the area would need to be relatively safe or the ability to hire a guard for the house would have to also be affordable (I have extensive experience living in developing Asia with household help and guards and greatly enjoyed the lifestyle). My main interest in becoming a digital nomad is to experience different cultures though I am not much of an active sightseer; I prefer to absorb a culture deeply rather than simply seeing things or checking them off my list. I also would like to live somewhere that I could hire regular maid service and possibly even a cook. Iโ€™m extremely self-sufficient, can spend days and even weeks working alone, prefer home cooked healthy meals (never eat out) and do not enjoy nightlife. For recreation I prefer outdoors activities such as hiking and running, as well as reading and meditating. Access to a gym or space to set up a simple home gym (i.e. a set of free weights) would also be ideal.

In other words, my ideal situation would be to set up something resembling a home in each place (or even just one place - Iโ€™m fine living somewhere I love for years or forever; Iโ€™m not looking to check off a list of places) , while still saving some money (compared to living in the US).

Aside from the logistics of the above setup Iโ€™m confident given awareness of my personality and previous travel experience, that I would greatly enjoy this lifestyle. I just canโ€™t stomach the thought of not having a proper ergonomic setup! :stuck_out_tongue:

Any suggestions or thoughts?

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How do I make enough money to travel?


by @bruno_kinoshita | 6yr 5 years ago | 14 comments

Hello, My nameโ€™s Bruno. Iโ€™m a Front-end Developer & UX Designer from Brazil.

I want so bad to dive into the Nomad Lifestyle. But Iโ€™m kinda fear that I canโ€™t make enough money. I donโ€™t know how much I need to save before start travel around the world.

I want to start traveling in June. For now, Iโ€™m trying to save money, like $10,000 and getting some good contacts to continue working as freelancers for them. Itโ€™s kinda difficult because I got stuck. Anxieties, fear, lostโ€ฆ :frowning:

Anybody can advice me? NY is my first stop.

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