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How do I handle the PayPal limit lift?


by @matthieudrula | 4yr  | 15 comments

Hi,
I have been using Paypal since Iโ€™m nomading and contracting. However now it asks to confirm my identity.
I created my account when I was in the UK, now slow traveling, my account is bound to the UK and Iโ€™m feel like Iโ€™m *****ed since they ask for information about my previous UK address.
They are talking about limit lifts. Anyone using paypal has a nomad with no home address?

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@nomadtax | 4yr

Why use PayPal or Skrill? Simply setup a Stripe account and get a free invoicing app, this will allow your customer to pay directly using their credit card. You wonโ€™t have to deal with anything, the money hits your bank account within a week.

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@matthieudrula | 4yr

I am starting freelancing so new clients, they prefer to use Upwork with the time logging.
When you have a relationship, direct payment are indeed better.

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@matthieudrula | 4yr

Thinking about switching to Skrill, will see if they are less annoying although those annoyance might be legit (drug money laundering, โ€ฆ)

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@syneryder | 4yr

For what itโ€™s worth, Iโ€™ve heard the same thing happening to somebody else when they moved to Colombia & tried accessing their UK Paypal while over there. The account was frozen and it took several months for them to unlock - if I remember correctly they actually had to fly back to the UK at one point to meet with their bank in person to get sufficient ID documentation.

That said, the incident Iโ€™m thinking of happened a decade ago, so hopefully Paypal have improved their processes since then! I try to keep my online business earnings paying directly into my bank account now though, just in case.

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@oskar | 4yr

I have had paypal for 8 years, never had a problem. My employer sends me payments through it without any limits to withdraw. Just dont say you are moving around the globe for christ sake!!

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@harris | 4yr

Iโ€™ve used PayPal for years and itโ€™s best to just let them โ€˜thinkโ€™ you still live in your original location. Otherwise, Skrillโ€™s been pretty good and I hear a lot of freelancers are getting paid via Skrill now. That said, they will still eventually need some sort of identity check as well. Most, if not all, will need something showing who you really are b/c they need to feel like theyโ€™re not aiding a terrorist or other illegal entity move money around.

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@matthieudrula | 4yr

Thatโ€™s what I just did in fact, I sent a request via there website, then thought that I could give it a shot and added my old address and it was lifted without even requiring documents.
So now I just hope that they will do some good job and lose my request.

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@adamjar | 4yr

I had the same problem as you and I also work through Upwork so not using PayPal is not an option. I had to contact support and explain my unusual situation a few times before they agreed to work with me. They made me send in a bunch of other documents that confirmed my identity such as a birth certificate (the Swedish version) and a signed document from both my parents (?). It was a pain in the ass and I had my account frozen during the time, but everything has worked fine after that.

Good luck!
/Adam

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@matthieudrula | 4yr

#wtf
Next thing you know, they will start asking a signed document from the president.

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@orca | 4yr

It can be problematic and there are more and more questions arising currently but the key it a maildrop in the country where the account is and have something like a bank statement etc go there just in case they ask for proof of address plus its ideal to link a debit card (prepaid should work) and a bank account plus you need a local number too either voicemail or live (better if they call) in the UK this costs under ยฃ400 a year the pair and much the same in the US and many other locations. We arrange it all the time for people working in IT, contracting etc.

Hope this helps
Axel

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@matthieudrula | 4yr

Local Funds Transfer (COP)
$3.99 per withdrawal to Colombia.

Payoneer
$2 USD per withdrawal. Additional activation and maintenance fees charged by Payoneer.

Skrill
$1 USD per withdrawal. Additional activation and maintenance fees charged by Skrill.

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@iamsukizoe | 4yr

I use the same address from when I started my account six years ago. Iโ€™ve lived in several places since then - as far as Paypal and the connected bank account are concerned, I still live there.

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@wanderingdev | 4yr

paypal is a nightmare unless youโ€™re staying in one spot. most people i know avoid it as much as possible

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@matthieudrula | 4yr

Typically how do you get paid on Upwork, if not with paypal?

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@wanderingdev | 4yr

no idea, i donโ€™t use upwork. what other options do the show on their website?

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How do I set current location? I've looked everywhere for this option.

 

by @yousifyalda | 9h 9 hours ago | 5 comments

All I see is section to add trips, but I reside here. Home and all.

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

 

in Poland by @davda1546 | 4d 3 days ago | 0 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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I'm thinking to head over to France during the winter and I'm looking for recommendations on a good French town that has beach and is warm enough during the winter.

What are your favourites? Any recommendation is appreciated.

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

 

in Lisbon, Portugal by @mzorrilla | 6d 5 days ago | 0 comments

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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What is the best online insurance for digital nomads ?


by @berberos | 8d 8 days 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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Driving from Italy to Croatia..how to handle passport?


in Croatia by @ld | 15d 15 days ago | 3 comments

Hello, we are US citizens that have been able to stay in Italy past our standard visa stay due to covid. Now we must leave. We want to drive to Croatia as our โ€œout of EUโ€ stay. But Iโ€™m now wondering what considerations I need to take care of for my visa. I wonโ€™t go through an airport and get my passport stamped. But I assume I need to get my passport stamped as a way to prove Iโ€™m out of the EU.

Anyone else travel in and out of Schengen zone via car? Or know what I should do to properly handle the visa situation? I get unclear answers online. Hmm.

Appreciate your help!

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Introduce yourself โ€” who are you, where are you and what do you do?

 

by @coffeeshopceo | 20d 19 days ago | 672 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?
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  • [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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Best/quickest way from Italy to Croatia?


in Croatia by @ld | 22d 21 days ago | 3 comments

Hello,

We are in Umbria until August 31. We've been here since March, but crisis-level visa extensions are over. After that we have to leave the EU. We would like to stay out of the USA (our home) due to it's covid crisis, at the same time we want to be responsible about travel. Ideally we would not travel at all, rather stay hidden in the countryside of Umbria forever until covid is more under control globally, but here we are!

So we must leave the Schengen zone. We should avoid USA. We should avoid long air travel.

We were thinking Croatia.

Do you recommend a route to Croatia? We are open to long train rides. Ideally not long ferry rides. Is there a ferry route under 4 hours? I read about it...I don't see it. If not, the other option is to make our way north and up over to Croatia via train.

I'd appreciate your thoughts and insights!

Thanks.

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Where should I set up my company as a remote worker?


by @beloruchka | 26d 25 days ago | 6 comments

Iโ€™m looking for any recommendations for services or people others have used to get answers on the best place to set up their businesses based on their personal circumstances.

Leaning towards Singapore after a ton of research, but would really like some concrete advice before jumping in.

Appreciate it!

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Anybody bring their car to Mexico instead of flying?


in Mexico by @digitaldiva | 26d 26 days ago | 1 comment

Iโ€™m curious whether anyone drove to Mexico instead of flying and used their car down there. Iโ€™ve heard bad stories of people driving down there but not sure I believe them. How safe is it to drive through rural areas, and to park in cities? It would be cool to have the car to explore while there.

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Did you learn any Thai before staying in Chiang Mai?


in Chiang Mai, Thailand by @digitaldiva | 26d 26 days ago | 0 comments

Iโ€™m curious to know how many people learned some Thai before going there. Learning languages is a hobby of mine but Iโ€™m very put off by how complex the writing system is, and if I decide not to learn it Iโ€™ll probably cross Chiang Mai off my bucket list. I prefer to be at least conversational in a language before I do an extended stay in a country. Iโ€™m curious how people who learned no Thai did getting by. And Iโ€™m curious, from people who did learn some, if itโ€™s any easier than it seems? Thanks!

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by @raynesio | 29d 28 days ago | 11 comments

Eager to find out what age most start out as a DN? (Me)โ€ฆ 27 and just started out in the last 6 months or so. Not presently 100% location independent, probably more like 90% as still required to visit the office from time to time

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How to get SMS verifications for banks while traveling?

 

by @jackgopack | 1mo 1 month 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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How do you ensure that you have good WiFi for working whilst travelling e.g. in places like India?


in India by @davda1546 | 1mo 1 month ago | 4 comments

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


by @davda1546 | 1mo 1 month 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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Can Americans with EU Passports Travel to EU during COVID-19?


in France by @fqlx | 1mo 1 month 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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How do you find people to meet whilst travelling?


by @davda1546 | 1mo 1 month 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 | 1mo 1 month 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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When will the Coronavirus travel restrictions from U.S. to Colombia be lifted?


in Colombia by @markm | 1mo 1 month 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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Anyone wants to learn to sail in the Mediterranean? (Sep or Oct)


by @viktor | 1mo 1 month ago | 1 comment

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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