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Have you ever been called to U.S. jury duty while traveling?


by @krompson | 4yr  | 7 comments

My husband and I have residency in the state of Tennessee in the USA and my in-laws collect our mail for us there. We only pass through Tennessee about once a year.

Does anyone know what happens if weโ€™re called to jury duty? Is traveling a legit excuse to get out of it?

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I have been summoned every year for like 5 years in a row. In the beginning I would take off work, call the # and then they told me I didnโ€™t have to come in. Last year I totally forgot, and missed the day, and didnโ€™t hear anything about it. This year I just landed in Mexico 5 days ago and I got summoned. Iโ€™m pretty sure Iโ€™m just gonna reply with โ€œOut of the Country F-Off!โ€. Registering to vote years ago was a huge mistake!!! My residency is in Arizona. Max fine is $1000 supposedly if they pursue it that is.

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I filed โ€œOut of Countryโ€ and they denied it?? Soโ€ฆ I should just magically teleport to their court house I guess. It says I am on call. Not sure what to do now. It lets me submit it again online. โ€ฆ maybe I have to do it three times to let them know I am serious.

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@db8871 | 4yr

ignore it.

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@nickdanforth | 4yr

I just received my first summons after being on the road for 4 years. The summons was received at my mail forwarding address.

Should I return the summons and claim disqualification on the grounds that I am not a resident in the county of my mail forwarding service?

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@jamesschipper | 4yr

I just told them I was in Thailand, and it would be kind of a long walk for that. And they excused me.

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@mwp | 4yr

I think the answer depends on where you areโ€“some places are much more strict than others. In California, which is known for being fairly strict in the county I lived in, I had this happen and I had to send them documentation via email that I was out of the country and they let me off and said I would not be called again for one year.

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@wanderingdev | 4yr

I was called and didnโ€™t go and nothing happened. I think if you can prove youโ€™re out of the country itโ€™s fine.

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How to get SMS verifications for banks while traveling?

 

by @jackgopack | 3mo 2 months ago | 39 comments

Any suggestions for seamlessly receiving SMS Verifications from US financial institutions and other sites while traveling internationally continuously? Wonโ€™t keep my US Verizon account due to cost and currently plan to use local sims at each destination (T-Mobile and Project Fi are NOT an option as they terminate for continuous roaming). In summation, I wonโ€™t have a US mobile account.

Unless Iโ€™m missing something, which is very possible, this appears to be the single most complex issue Iโ€™ve encountered in my preparations, and one that no one addresses. I would greatly appreciate any possible solution that works 100% of the time. Canโ€™t afford surprises in this regard. Many Thanks! Jack.

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When will the Coronavirus travel restrictions from U.S. to Colombia be lifted?


in Colombia by @markm | 3mo 2 months ago | 1 comment

I've heard travel to CO from USA is blocked until September. Any news on this and may this change anytime soon?

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What is your ergonomic set-up while traveling?


by @caseyr | 1yr 1 year ago | 18 comments

What is your ergonomic set-up while traveling?

I personally have an external keyboard, and am currently exploring getting a laptop stand, some lumbar support, and a trackball-mouse.

What do you use? How are you balancing health / portability?

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Iโ€™m a U.S. accountant who works with Americans who live abroad, ask me anything!

 

by @olwagner | 2yr 2 years ago | 100 comments

Hi everyone,

If you have a U.S. tax question or would like some U.S. tax insight on your business/structure, ask away!

I have been preparing tax returns for US citizens abroad since 2012. I can answer any question in US tax with an international flavor. I operate 1040abroad.com and I have maintained a blog at taxsamurai.com

I look forward to answering all your questions. And if you are in Ho Chi Minh City in December, letโ€™s meet !!!

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Anyone tried Stripe Atlas to set up a U.S.-based company?


by @adrienbetweets | 3yr 3 years ago | 16 comments

I just came across https://stripe.com/atlas and what they offer sounds too good to be true.

Has anyone used these services?

If yes, how was your experience? any cons?

Their claims are pretty high:

Atlas helps you incorporate a U.S. Delaware company in a couple of days. You just fill out a simple form; we generate the necessary paperwork and handle the rest.

Stripe Atlas opens a business bank account for you with Silicon Valley Bank, the worldโ€™s leading bank for tech companies. Thereโ€™s no need to visit a bank branch in person to get set up.

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Stripe Atlas entrepreneurs will have access to guidance on U.S. law and taxes from Orrick, the international tech law firm, and PwC, the global accounting firm. Every Atlas entrepreneur will be able to chatโ€“for freeโ€“with a professional from PwC.

We set up a Stripe account that you can use to start accepting payments from customers in 100+ currencies right away. You can take advantage of the complete Stripe product suite, including Connect and Relay.

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What do you do about cooking whilst traveling?

 

by @kathrynoh | 4yr 3 years ago | 26 comments

This is something Iโ€™ve not really seen addressed anywhere much but, when you are staying somewhere medium term, say 1-6 months, what you do about cooking? I figure anything shorter than that and you can make do, while over 6 months you arenโ€™t going to mind stocking a kitchen so much. But, for that medium term period, it feels like a waste to spend too much on pantry supplies and equipment but too long to get by on basics.

Anyway, Iโ€™d love to know what other people in regards to cooking. Do you eat out for all your meals, have a few โ€˜go toโ€™ dishes that you can cook anywhere with minimal equipment (mine would be omelettes) or do you adjust to the local cuisine?

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How are you earning a living while traveling?

 

by @mattlock | 4yr 4 years ago | 22 comments

Iโ€™ve been traveling for over a year, and Iโ€™ve been working on 3 month contracts in locations abroad to sustain travel. I wanted to see what the community was like as far as digital nomads go. Are you trading your skills for $$$? and if so, how are you doing it?

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Hi!
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What's the best time to take birth control pills while traveling?


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Iโ€™m traveling with my girlfriend and she takes birth control pills, one pill every day. Can any of the digital nomadic women on here give her any tips on what time to take it to best suite global travel inside many timezones?

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Where do I pay tax as a U.S. citizen with Spanish residency making money from my book royalties?


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Iโ€™m an author, US passport, Spanish residency. I could live anywhere (or nowhere), but Iโ€™m unsure what the best option would be. Iโ€™ve been told I should pay tax in the country where I wrote the book, where I reside when the money is paid, where I reside when the advance is paid, etc. Nobody really seems to know. Any other writers facing these issues? Thanks.

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Can you insure a laptop if you're already traveling?


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Can anyone recommend an insurance company that will specifically insure a laptop for a few months or more for a UK citizen whilst already abroad for over a year and without a return date?

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How do you deal with fear of terrorism when traveling?


by @antonioevans | 4yr 4 years ago | 11 comments

I do not want to be an โ€œalarmistโ€ but today we had a recent major bombing at an airport & subway in Brussels. A few months back there was Paris. I am currently on my European part of this years trip and it is on my mind.

There are many places that are off the map for Digital Nomads and for good reason. Safety due to war or major crime. I am talking places like Syria, parts of Iraq, few islands in Philippines, a few province in Mexico, El Salvador, etc. But places that arenยดt historically unsafe do causes concern to people, specifically your back home family&friends.

As a traveler how do you deal with terrorism or major crime when it is around where you are visit? Also secondly how do you deal with at home messages from family members.

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Did you acquire gadgets before leaving or while traveling?

 

by @nihilista | 5yr 5 years ago | 20 comments

Iโ€™m debating whether to buy some things prior to leaving - a nice suitcase and/or backpack, noise cancelling headphones, a Kindle (Iโ€™m an avid reader and would love to take several books with me - but love books and have never found the need to have a Kindle since I have lots of space at home for adding to my library), etc. My feeling is that these things would likely enhance my travels but are not strictly necessary, and if the nomad life turns out to not be to my liking then I mightโ€™ve wasted some money. Are these items easily acquirable on the road? Iโ€™ll be in southeast Asia to begin withโ€ฆ

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Hello fellow nomads! How do you guys go about proving residence in a country if youโ€™re always moving? European banks will continue to send yearly statements of holdings and earnings to your old tax jurisdiction (even if youโ€™ve legally left) until you prove (address/utility bill) residence in another country. Any experience with satisfying the banks in order to keep some financial privacy while being a nomad?

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Have you used a Skype psychologist when traveling?


by @mikhail_dickey | 5yr 5 years ago | 6 comments

Have you tried to use skype/viber services of psychotherapist/coach when youโ€™re travelling?

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What troubles have you faced while traveling?


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

Almost got caught out very badly the other week and looking for advice.

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30 day visa free entry. Went to check-in at the airport, staff wanted to see a departure ticket. Thankfully I had already booked a flight out (this is often not the case, Philippines are basically flight-only options though) however due to leaving Australia I had no SIM card in my phone. Thus no 3g, or access to the itinerary. It was with the same airline however they couldnโ€™t look it up (given the complete lack of competence this probably is true). Thankfully the airport had wifi and I managed to eventually load up an email after some stressful minutes. A number of airports only have wifi near the gates not out in departures too. If I couldnโ€™t load up the ticket she literally wasnโ€™t going to let us on the flight. Wtf. Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnamโ€ฆ all places I have been, had no exit flight/transit booked because was going over land, and train/bus tickets in a lot of countries arenโ€™t readily available online. None of them have ever cared.

Is this usual or was this chick just nuts? Of course when we arrived customs didnโ€™t care at all, โ€œwhen are you leaving, where to?โ€ and that was it. How many Australians exactly are smuggling themselves to live illegally in the Philippines, especially with only 7kg of luggage? Come onโ€ฆ

Money
We finally arrive Manila at 1am. Literally no ATM works. 3 different cards with 3 different banks, half a dozen ATMsโ€ฆ nothing, all โ€œerror communicatingโ€/some generic message. By this stage we were attracting a fair bit of attention having wandered the airport trying every ATM, our only saving grace was $30 I still had in cash that I exchanged at a booth, which was enough to get a taxi to accommodation 5km away. Next morning found an ATM nearby, stomach full of nervesโ€ฆ worked perfectly. We used 2x cards, both worked first go. Same bank as one of the airport ones. God knows why they didnโ€™t work at the airport (well, insert a nothing ever works or is done properly in the Philippines joke here), however I havenโ€™t read much about people carrying much cash. It seems like we should always have $100 - or more if an expensive country - in case this ever happens again? Even though I canโ€™t think of why this even happened in the first place. All the money in the world wonโ€™t help if you canโ€™t get your hands on it :frowning:

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How can I stay responsive to clients while traveling?


by @jbroomeresearch | 5yr 5 years ago | 6 comments

Hey all,
The feeling I get from a lot of nomads I talk to is that their time is very much their own-- no need to be โ€œon callโ€ or super-responsive to clients. Iโ€™m in a position of often needing to get back to clients quickly; checking email once a day really wonโ€™t do. This causes a lot of stress if Iโ€™m off the grid for more than a few hours. Would love to hear from others in this boat as to how they manage it.

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Where can I donate my extra things while traveling?


by @livvyjeffs | 6yr 5 years ago | 2 comments

I wasnโ€™t exactly expecting to be in Thailand - so I have a winter coat, a few books, and more clothes than I need to travel.

I want to donate or give these things away while I am in Bangkok.

I figure if there is anyone in Bangkok traveling to a chilly place - I have a winter coat for you!

And I figure I can give my books to some hostels - any recommendations?

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How do I get an International Driving Permit while traveling?


by @wanderingdev | 6yr 5 years ago | 2 comments

I want to rent a car in Italy but I didnโ€™t get an IDP. Iโ€™m currently living in Spain. Can I get one here? If so, where? Thanks!

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How do I use mobile-based 2-Factor Authentication while traveling?


by @iamfledge | 6yr 5 years ago | 7 comments

Itโ€™s just occurred to me that I have mobile-based 2-factor auth for almost all of my critical online accounts.

Iโ€™m about to head off from London through multiple countries, so not sure I can rely on my UK phone number to access those accounts.

Has anybody who uses 2-factor auth and regularly moves to different countries found a good solution to this?

Iโ€™m not really happy to disable 2-factor as a solution, and so far Iโ€™m thinking my best bet might be to set up a Skype number that I can then forward on to any mobile number Iโ€™m using at the time.

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