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How can we ship our two suitcases from South Korea to Vietnam?


in Vietnam by @regina | 6yr  | 2 comments

Hey nomads!
My boyfriend and I have been living in S. Korea for the past two years and have somehow (probably my fault) accumulated tons of junk. Weโ€™re planning on shipping stuff back home to Texas but weโ€™re still needing to store two big suitcases and have them shipped to wherever we end up next, possibly Hanoi. I found this website http://www.sevenseasworldwide.com/. Have any of you used this company before? Do they charge an arm and a leg? Or do you all have any alternatives?

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@youjindo | 6yr

I always use CJ Korea Express when Iโ€™ve shipped my stuff between the states/China/AUS and S.Korea. They are the most reliable shipping company in Korea with a reasonable price. As I know, CJ has local partners in SEA including Vietnam. If you need any help with talking to the CJโ€™s customer service, let me know :wink:

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@regina | 6yr

Awesome thanks Youjin! Thatโ€™s great to know since the only company I know about is Korea post. And thanks for the offer, Iโ€™ll definitely hit you up on that once it gets closer to the date! Weโ€™re hoping a friend will be willing to store them at their place until we get to Vietnam :wink:

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in France by @fqlx | 11h 11 hours ago | 1 comment

I'm a dual citizen of America and France with my resident based in the America. Can I travel to the EU using my French passport?

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Do you prefer co-living spaces or hostels or Airbnbs?

 

by @davda1546 | 16h 16 hours ago | 1 comment

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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How do you ensure that you have good WiFi for working whilst travelling e.g. in places like India?

 

in India by @davda1546 | 16h 16 hours ago | 1 comment

We are hoping to travel later this year and we will be working remotely - how do you ensure you get good WiFi in places such as in India where the signal isn't always great? Do you have any tips on where to go/ what equipment you have to get?

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How do you find people to meet whilst travelling?

 

by @davda1546 | 16h 16 hours ago | 1 comment

We are going travelling but we won't know anyone out there, what's your best advice for meeting people and socialising abroad? We've thought about the obvious things like Meetup etc, is there anything else you can suggest from your experience?

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Best place in South East Asia to live for 6+ months per year

 

in Indonesia by @miklaskroager | 2d 1 day ago | 1 comment

We're looking for a country in South East Asia that can function as our base, mainly for tax purposes. Meaning it will have to be a place where we can stay for the 183 days required without too much hassle.

We've been looking at Thailand, but have heard that it's very hard to do visa runs etc., so what other can you recommend? Indonesia looked like a good option, but the income rate is a flat 20% and very high for the region.

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in Colombia by @markm | 3d 2 days 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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How to get SMS verifications for banks while traveling?

 

by @jackgopack | 5d 4 days ago | 38 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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Introduce yourself โ€” who are you, where are you and what do you do?

 

by @coffeeshopceo | 5d 5 days ago | 670 comments

tl;dr: introduce yourself in this thread.

We must all get sick of the same backpacker travel questions when we meet new friends, I know I do.

You know the ones - where are you from, whereโ€™ve you been, where are you going, what do you do, how long have you been doing it - etc.

The novelty of answering these questions wears off after maybe a week, but theyโ€™re nonetheless insightful and no matter how much we hate them, we find ourselves asking others.

So letโ€™s bring the dreaded backpacker questionnaire to NomadForum and introduce ourselves shall we?

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  • whatโ€™s your name?
  • where are you from?
  • how long have you been away from home?
  • what do you do?
  • where are you currently?
  • where are you going?
  • what has been memorable for you so far?
  • will you go home anytime soon?
  • what have you learnt during your time as a nomad?
  • [insert your own question here]

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No need to answer them all if you donโ€™t want to :smile:
But the more you shareโ€ฆ The merrier!

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Is it possible to become a digital nomad as a Vietnamese citizen?


in Vietnam by @animaniax | 2yr 2 years ago | 3 comments

Hi all!
I was meant to post this little inquiry for some times, and keep skipping due to tight schedule :v.
First off: The name is Toan. Yes, Iโ€™m Vietnamese and non-US/EU citizen :slight_smile:
Second: Is it possible for me to become a full digital nomad?

Iโ€™m aware that itโ€™s never been an easy road. Just wondering how itโ€™d be for non-US/EU citizens like myself.
I have a +5 years background as IT support analyst, with specialties vary from helpdesk technical, Windows OS and system support, IT infra/service management, business analysis fundamental, software project management, to Linux sysadmin and programming (Java/Ruby).
Recently, along with my aims to become DevOps/IT Project Management, I also target to fully independent location, due to new found passions on exploring the world and growing tired of 9-to-6 days.

From what I have observed so far, mates, youโ€™re all/mostly coming from 1st-class nations, either North America, Japan, or Europe. So you have no issues over choosing your path, work remotely or start your own business. While money isnโ€™t really a problem to me (a.k.a I usually require very little accommodation during my backpack travels, only (wireless) internet and clean room, thatโ€™s all), Iโ€™m stuck with the whole visa requirements and other paperwork things. Freelance could be a choice, but I find it is almost impossible finding positions even remotely related with my current skills/expertise. Iโ€™m a non-American, have no EU permitted working visaโ€ฆ Any other options for me? Any idea/suggestion is welcomed.

I donโ€™t need my own business. I only need to strive as IT professional, be able to work anywhere I want.

Thanks for the attention, mates. My apologize if my English is so bad that you have no idea what Iโ€™m writing :v And yes, I understand that all my concerns might sound naive, as Iโ€™m a newbie & only targeting recently.

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Best coworking space in Hanoi?


in Hanoi, Vietnam by @grantcharge | 3yr 3 years ago | 1 comment

Any recommendations gratefully received! Cheers!

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What's the best digital nomad city in Vietnam?

 

in Vietnam by @ileitch | 4yr 4 years ago | 42 comments

Whatโ€™s your favorite city in Vietnam as a nomad? Specifically Iโ€™m wondering which is the most nomad friendly; co-working spaces, number of nomads, fun things to do, etcโ€ฆ

Advice on which area of the city to live would be great, plus any ProTips :slight_smile:

Thank for your input!

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Any nomads want to share accommodation in Hanoi?


in Hanoi, Vietnam by @susangaigher | 4yr 4 years ago | 0 comments

Hi there! I will be in Hanoi from 25 March and am looking to rent a room or share an apartment with someone. Probably around the West Lake area. If you have a spot in your place for me or want to team up and look for a place together, send me a message!

Or if anyone wants to grab a beer and show me the ropes that would also be much appreciated.

Cheers!

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Are there internet cuts in Da Nang during the rainy season?


in Da Nang, Vietnam by @j0hnlucas | 4yr 4 years ago | 3 comments

I am planning to spend 3 months in Da Nang in September and I donโ€™t really mind the rain but it would suck if there were internet connection cuts, which would make it impossible for me to work? Anyone has any experience with this? Also, does it make sense at all to spend three months there during the rain season? Or should I pick a different location?

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How to set up phone service in Vietnam?


in Vietnam by @cr8on2 | 5yr 4 years ago | 1 comment

Headed to Da Nang, Vietnam in my first international digital nomad experiment!

Iโ€™m a noob - whatโ€™s the best way to set up my phone over there.

  • I need to keep my same cell number as I get business calls to it. I canโ€™t afford to miss a call.

  • AT & T is my USA carrier, but heir options are very expensive.

  • Iโ€™ve heard everything from SIM cards to forwarding to a Skype number etc.

Note: If any of you are in Da Nang, Iโ€™d love to meet up!!! LMK.

Thanks in advance for any advice!

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Where can I buy a SIM card at Da Nang airport?


in Da Nang, Vietnam by @basicallydan | 5yr 4 years ago | 2 comments

Hey folks,

Headed to Da Nang airport for a stay in Vietnam. Iโ€™d naturally like to get myself a decent SIM card for my phone, and my Googling has revealed some confusion about where and how to buy them. Can anybody share a guide to buying a SIM card at Da Nang airport or somewhere in Hoi An? Ideally a pre-paid SIM with 3G or 4G. Thanks :smile:

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Can I stay in Vietnam as a dependent spouse if my partner (wife) is teaching English?


in Vietnam by @elephanttalk | 5yr 4 years ago | 5 comments

After taking lots of small trips around the world as vacations, weโ€™ve fallen in love with Southeast Asia and have decided to go there to teach English. Well, sort of - my wife is certified and will be teaching. I plan to use the time to develop an app that I have been trying to work on during nights and weekends up to this point. I figure I can live modestly and work on it full time for a year and see if I can get it โ€œdoneโ€ enough to actually launch after a yearโ€™s work!

I donโ€™t plan to make any money while there, and I donโ€™t want to get a job (poor meโ€ฆ) just to enable me to stay - I just want to work on my app (unpaid) full time. I plan to try to get a TT visa (http://immigrationservices.com.vn/visas-tt-vr/), and she will hopefully be on the Lฤ visa (https://visa.mofa.gov.vn/NewsDetail.aspx?type=Info&id=28#sec1).

Hereโ€™s the wrinkle: most advice I find online (admittedly geared toward those travelling solo) tends to recommend going on a tourist Visa and finding a job, housing, neighborhood that you like in person, and then getting your employer to sponsor your work permit, then using that to get the business (Lฤ) visa. Indeed, a lot of resources say it can be hard to find a reputable language school to hire you and sponsor your visa before entering the country.

If we both went on tourist visas, and she found work and was able to get a work permit, could I then convert my tourist visa to a TT (dependent spouse) visa? Is there any way to be sure that this is going to work besides just going and hoping?

As a follow up if that plan sounds too sketchy, should I get certified to teach English just in case I need to get my own job? Iโ€™d like to avoid it if I can, the certification and training is pretty expensive.

Worst case scenario, how many times can I do a visa run and stay on a DL (tourist) visa? Maybe Iโ€™m just bad at researching, but I canโ€™t find a really good resource for this kind of information.

I hope this isnโ€™t asking too much. Even a link to some more in-depth resources online would be greatly appreciated - I canโ€™t seem to find any definitive information on people using the TT visa in Vietnam.

Thanks in advance!

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How to find the best budget accommodation in Hanoi?


in Hanoi, Vietnam by @poppyjikko | 5yr 5 years ago | 7 comments

Share your tips, favorite areas and best online resources!

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Best way to transfer money to Vietnam? P2P?


in Vietnam by @skatkov | 5yr 5 years ago | 1 comment

My verification on http://currencyfair.com has just been rejected and they removed my account. Just because logged in from Thai IP address to their system.

Showing my passport, saying that iโ€™m a resident of Estonia and iโ€™m nomading around all the time didnโ€™t mae any difference. No explanation, no argumentation, just plain โ€˜we donโ€™t do business with Thailandโ€™ like a robot.

So what would they do if i verified being in different country? Ip discrimination is stupid.

Any other alternatives that work with Asia? There is http://transferwise.com, which only works with India, Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore for now. I was more looking into something that could get me money in Vietnam.

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