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How do you make friends on the road?


by @fraserdeans | 6yr  | 5 comments

Nomading can be a lonely lifestyle. Which is probably one of the biggest worries for people thinking about solo travel. However, nomading can also be a great opportunity for making new friends from different walks of life.

Where do you make new friends on the road? What kinds of places do you meet them? Any tips for finding like-minded folk?

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@neilsteel | 6yr

Couchsurfing.org and Meetup.com

Also, Tinder :wink:

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Humans are social animals. Even those of us who have โ€œlonerโ€ streaks still need periodic contact with other members of our species to stay sane. These are my two go-to techniques for staying social on the road:

  • Donโ€™t live alone if you can avoid it. When you first get to a new place and find a flat to yourself via AirBnB or something, thatโ€™s all well and good, but to REALLY get deep into a new culture, live with locals. If youโ€™re in your 20s or 30s, particularly, you ABSOLUTELY should be living with students or young professionals, not alone. There are a few considerations to be aware of (like not living anywhere where you canโ€™t secure your backpack under lock and key, obviously) but the tradeoffs are totally worth it.
  • Meetups. Youโ€™ve got interests right? Hobbies? Well so do lots of other people all over the world. Find them and hang out, exchange info, and run into each other again and again all over the world. When you get to a new city, subscribe to the Meetups that interest you there. Donโ€™t speak the local language? Fine, then join expat Meetups to meet your countrymen abroad. And, of course, if thereโ€™s ever a Nomad Meetups near you, youโ€™ve gotta go. The London one last month was a blast.
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@cpury | 6yr

Couchsurfing! You donโ€™t have to surf couches, just post in the regional groups and meet lots of crazy people several hours later :smile:

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Things that have worked for me: finding language exchange partners (on Craigโ€™s List, or go to a language school and ask if any students need partners); yoga classes (have met tons of interesting people here); becoming a โ€œregularโ€ at a bar or cafe, which really only takes a few days; and just generally being open and not scared to talk to anyone.

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@fraserdeans | 6yr

What about meetups? Try any of those on the road?

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


in Poland by @davda1546 | 6d 5 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 10 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 17 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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How do you work out and stay fit on the road?

 

by @christianbundy | 3yr 3 years ago | 30 comments

I worked out a few times a week back home, but havenโ€™t been able to figure out how to make it a part of my routine now that Iโ€™m living out of my backpack in hostels. Iโ€™ve always gone to gyms, but Iโ€™d be open to trying bodyweight exercises. I thought that I might be able to do bodyweight exercises in parks/etc, but the past few days in London have been wet and miserable and I canโ€™t find the motivation to go do push ups in wet grass. Any advice?

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How do you network on the road?


by @justinbosco | 3yr 3 years ago | 7 comments

Hey everyone, my girlfriend and I have been nomading for about 8 months now and weโ€™ve had a total blast doing it, but something weโ€™ve both struggled with is how to stay in touch with personal/professional networks while abroad, especially since we donโ€™t speak the language in most places we live. When youโ€™re at home or in a single English-speaking city, you can attend one of those awful professionals groups and make 10 business connections in 10 minutes, but when youโ€™re moving around monthly, itโ€™s just harder to keep up personal and professional relationships, let alone build new ones. So, as friends who understand this wonderful but often lonely lifestyle, how do you keep your networks up while on the road?

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The paradox of choice, how do you make decisions on the road?

 

by @sonja | 4yr 3 years ago | 23 comments

Hey all,

I recently spent 2.5 years as a DN (mostly Europe and SE Asia) but then went through a huge breakup (6 yr relationship) and decided to spend some time back home (Melbourne, AUS). Iโ€™m giving myself a year back here, just to โ€˜come downโ€™ from it all, reconnect with important people in my life, and lick my wounds a bit.

Can I just say, surprise surprise - itโ€™s HAAAARD! Being home is such a slap in the face, even though Iโ€™m earning more money than ever, my business is going great, and doing some other wonderful things/spending time with wonderful people. The breakup, coupled with a complete shift in my reality and routine has been almost too much to bare - I wouldnโ€™t recommend it! NOBODY at home understands the internal existential conflict Iโ€™m experiencing. Itโ€™s been 8 months and not getting any easier.

Hereโ€™s the thing: I know that I want to continue the DN lifestyle, and am very well-equipped to do so, but I canโ€™t stop thinking about why, how and when. Is it the right thing for me anymore? Should I set up a base here again properly, buy an apartment & all that jazz, and just do shorter trips?

This has probably been discussed multiple times, so apologies if Iโ€™m repeating. Here are my main concerns around going back to full time travel:

Being a DN with a long-term partner who was also working a bit seemed like the ultimate lifestyle for me. It was damn amazing. Now that Iโ€™m no longer in a relationship, and am a female nearing 30, I canโ€™t help but feel pressured by society to stay here and remain open to the possibility of eventually meeting someone again. If I want to have a family at any point, I kinda canโ€™t be running all over the world creating fleeting relationship after fleeting relationship and having to deal with the loneliness that inevitably hits when you make beautiful connections and then have to say goodbye over and over. I feel Iโ€™ve been โ€˜brokenโ€™ and donโ€™t have the emotional capacity to handle this anymore. At least last time, I had one solid thing that was always there - my partner.

On top of this, donโ€™t you think the DN thing is just way more purposeful and wonderful when you have someone to share it with? I feel like doing it alone will just remind me over and again of my loss. Perhaps though, as I create new memories, that will ease in time.

Also, because Iโ€™m so flustered and restless at the moment, I canโ€™t decide where I want to go next. Iโ€™m overwhelmed by all the places in the world I want to visit, and places I want to go back to. How do you cope with this overwhelm and making some decisions when youโ€™re alone? Was easy for me when I had someone to plan it out with.

And finally, am I being ridiculous? I know everyone says you should just do what you WANT to do in life, focus on yourself, do what makes you happy, and perhaps love will happen again at some point when youโ€™re ready. But you also donโ€™t get the things you want without a little bit of planning. Perhaps I should just stop thinking about my โ€˜body clockโ€™ and be ok with whatever happens. Easier said than done!

Your kind encouragement would be most appreciated.

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How to sign legal documents on the road?


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

It can be hard to get access to a good printer and scanner while moving, especially if you have to sign a lot of documents. Now, I could scan my signature and just copy paste a digital image it on the documents, but that doesnโ€™t feel secure and really easy to copy by others.

How do you sign legal documents while on the road?

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Anyone have advice for running a service based business from the road?


by @nick_hurford | 6yr 5 years ago | 0 comments

Hi everyone,

Iโ€™ve been running a web design business for the last 3 years from my hometown in the UK. Iโ€™ll be leaving for Chiang Mai in June and will be travelling across South-East Asia for 6 months.

Wondering if anyone has experience running a service based business on the road? One of my concerns is almost all my clients want to have face-to-face meetings, especially initial meetings to see if we can work together.

Obviously Skype is an option but when Iโ€™ve suggested this in the past people would much rather meet face-to-face.

Another potential stumbling block is being available to answer phone calls, although there seem to be good value telephone answering services available.

My long term goal is to move away from this and focus on building products as it allows for greater flexibility and growth. However, I need to continue the web design business for the foreseeable future as I have no other income streams as of yet.

Does anyone have any advice for running a service based business on the road? . Any advice is much appreciated :slight_smile:

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What do you use to work out on the road?


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

Just made a list of a few of my favorite things when working out on the roadโ€ฆwould love to hear what other people are using! What do you use to work out on the road?

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