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How do you find the public transport information of your next destination?


by @nunoarruda | 3yr  | 11 comments

Probably most of you do as I do, Google it first and then research further, if needed, on official transportation websites, travel guides, blogs, etc.

I travel each month to a new city and I find this task tedious, sometimes thereโ€™s not enough information in English or there might be a handy travel planning app or uber-like app that Iโ€™m not aware of.

I wish there were a โ€œnomad listโ€ website or app for transport information where you would choose a city and be given all the transportation options (Bus? Tram? Subway? etc), how/where to buy tickets/passes and any additional useful information (trip planner, apps, maps, etc).

Do any of you relate to this?

PS: Iโ€™m a developer and I might actually try and create something to โ€œfixโ€ this if a lot of people are experiencing this same โ€œannoyanceโ€.

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@mitch_dina | 2yr

We make it a priority to go to the Tourist info office to get maps and schedules.

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@paxai | 2yr

Rome 2 Rio is gold!

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@aleksrk | 2yr

Try the Mooveit mobile application or their web app. They have an amazing database and real-time updates for the public transport. They support around 80 countries.

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@lricci | 2yr

I start with Rome 2 Rio. From there, I may hop to the sites that come up on Rome 2 Rio, but often thatโ€™s enough to get me started in a new city. Then Google Maps, if available.

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@hknomad | 3yr

Usually I donโ€™t mind finding out once I am there if itโ€™s not easily available on Google, but if I really need to find out, Iโ€™d usually try to find some FB groups for backpackers / travelers / residents in that city and ask there :slight_smile: (I think building an app would be quite difficult for those countries where you cannot find anything online for already, as the times change all the times or sometimes there are no set times etc)

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@adamnowek | 3yr

No :rofl: Google Maps on a mobile works just fine in most major cities that have any kind of formalised network of public transportation (with the exception of Vienna), including for connections from a port of entry (the only time I was confused by directions from an airport on arrival was in Shenzhen: it turned out they had just completed a brand-new subway line that ran directly to the airport but they just hadnโ€™t added it yet); if not, thatโ€™s what network maps and support staff are for. And if none of these exist, then just ask somebody.

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@voskovek | 3yr

Yeah getting to the cities from airports can be truly a hassleโ€ฆ sometimes I use transfer services like Suntransfers.com. Iโ€™ve gotten really good deals with such sites, specially when they offer shared mini-van transfers, it takes a bit longer but theyโ€™ll drop you off anywhere in the city centre and itโ€™s way cheaper than a taxi. Theyโ€™re also great for late night transfers to the airport.

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@kathrynoh | 3yr

Doesnโ€™t google maps do exactly that?

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@workingnomad | 3yr

My biggest issue is trying to find the best way to get to an airport from the city. Virtually all info online tells you how to get from the airport, but not the other way around! The point is that the cheapest or best way to an airport might be different from an airport.

Otherwise just use google for public transport info.

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@syneryder | 3yr

I think it also varies with how familiar & comfortable you are with the city. When I last landed in Singapore, I ended up getting a taxi because the people at Changi airport couldnโ€™t explain the EZ Link cards to me & were more interested in upselling me on other things. Taxi was faster & more direct. But once I was used to the MRT, catching the train back to the airport was easily the best & cheapest way for me.

(Basically, I now use Google Maps & Uber until Iโ€™m familiar with how a city works.)

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@voskovek | 3yr

How about asking people once youโ€™re there? I remember when I used to try doing research online and itโ€™s such a waste of time. Besides, as an introvert, I find itโ€™s a great excuse to talk to strangers.
People really need to stop depending so much on smartphones.

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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.

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in Croatia by @ld | 14d 14 days ago | 3 comments

Hello,

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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!

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โ€“ Donโ€™t use wifi with WEP!

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by @rudiments | 4yr 3 years ago | 0 comments

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by @yago1 | 4yr 3 years ago | 12 comments

Hi fellow DNโ€™s
Iโ€™m searching for a DN โ€œlast minuteโ€ type website / service out there?
Maybe something similar to travelzoo.com and skyscanner.com or tripalertz.com but with more focus for DNโ€™s ? What I mean is I donโ€™t really care about the location - if I go to Mexico, Canada or Shanghai. If there is a good deal I might be seriously interested.
Maybe there is nothing like this yet in that case it would be something interesting to create.
Best Y

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by @littleshiva | 4yr 3 years ago | 15 comments

Iโ€™m an introvert: people distract and exhaust me, and my ideal working environment would be an empty room and silence. Next best is what I have whenever Iโ€™m in my own environment: the space is never empty, but itโ€™s usually silent save for ambient noise. Working from public space involves dealing with noise levels that are, for me, entirely counterproductive. Right now Iโ€™m in a hotel lounge and was settling in to focus on a magazine layout job when all of a sudden they switched the music to something loud, upbeat and with lyrics. I put my earplugs in immediately, but I can still hear that crap, and my concentrationโ€™s shot. What do you all do to manage noise when working from public space, or what are your workarounds?

In my case right now, Iโ€™m here because I need several hours of electricity, not just the two hours max I could get at my off-grid location. My noise workaround is to come to town and recharge my laptop, then go back to the country to work, but for long amounts of time, thatโ€™s not an option for me (yet โ€” but Iโ€™m working on it).

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in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by @betoayesa | 5yr 4 years ago | 21 comments

I will stay less than a month in Kuala Lumpur. Anyone knows good locations (with reliable internet) for getting things done?

Thank you!

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What do we need to provide for you to choose Croatia as your destination?

 

in Croatia by @mirko | 5yr 4 years ago | 38 comments

Hello everyone! Weโ€™re a few IT professionals from Croatia, having our own companies/startups in various cities (on the coast) but all of us also own and manage properties for tourists (villas, houses, B&Bs, et.). We would like to use those properties and connect them with our passion for IT by making them available for digital nomads out there.

Those are all high quality accommodation so during a high season I think it would be too expensive, but off season (October till April, depending on the place) weโ€™re able to cut prices A LOT because our main motivation is to network with other IT people out there and promote our location.

Obvious advantage (we believe) is that weโ€™re IT people, so Internet connection (mostly 8 Mbit to 120 Mbit cable or DSL) and other technical issues would not be a problem like in other mostly tourist-oriented places. We also have personnel to assist you in any needs you might have (laundry, paperwork, information, etc); we have contracts with surrounding restaurants and probably could get a good price-cuts for your stay; we could rearrange some space to offices or meeting rooms; because weโ€™re in several different cities (like Split and Zadar) we could arrange a โ€œtourโ€ of several cities or you can choose to be static in one of the cities, etc.

But the question remains, does this make sense to you and what do you need to make Croatia your next destination? We would love to try and meet all those requirements if possible and would appreciate any comment.

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How much time did you spend researching your first destination?


by @nihilista | 5yr 5 years ago | 2 comments

Iโ€™m getting excited compiling a list of places I want to check out and explore. Do you think itโ€™s best to choose a 1st place that seems decent and that Iโ€™m excited about and then just take it from there? If I spent more time researching I could probably put together an itinerary that is more optimal for saving money for flights. Just curious to hear what you all did - did you spend days, weeks, months researching your first destination?

How much time do you spend researching your subsequent locations?

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