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How do you protect your tech gear from theft while travelling?


by @alejandrow | 5yr  | 6 comments

So, Iโ€™m about to become a digital nomad later this year. Right now Iโ€™m in the preparation mode and looking for useful information that will help me to achieve living like a digital nomad without having to deal with beginner problemsโ€ฆ

I have traveled before, so I have some experiences, but not long term travelling in poor countries. Just been living abroad in several countries in Europe for 3-6 months in the same place. I will visit both South East Asia and South America, so I would like to have some helpful tips about security and how to avoid theft.

So basically, if youโ€™d like to share your experiences: How do you protect your tech gear from theft while travelling?

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Pacsafe have some nice accessories, portable safes and locks for laptops and cameras.
http://www.pacsafe.com/

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@sylvain_lefran | 5yr

Hi
I always use 2 things :
I put my money inside, and I lock it on a chair or something difficult to move. In some countries (madagascar) itโ€™s difficult because the biggest banknote is 3โ‚ฌ, but usually itโ€™s OK.
I also use a computer lock :

I put the key inside the boxlock in the first picture.
I put my phone or other thing in my desk. If something is stolen, I see it immediately.
I sleep in about 30 hotels and no problem for the momentโ€ฆ

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@adrienbetweets | 5yr

The advices given previously are pretty good.

One thing I do when a hotel has no locker or feels unsafe. Just give your valuables in a very regular (if not cheap) bag to the receptionist. And take a picture with him, cheeeeeese. If anything happens to it, you at least know who took it from you. Donโ€™t put cash in that bag.

Regarding safes/rooms being broken into, like everywhere in the world, staff has a copy of all doors and locks. Bring your own lock with you if you use a safe from a hotel.

Another thing: uglify your gear. Make it look older, broken, low quality. Some people put tape around their cameras to do that, you can add any other sticky material. For your computer, you can first put a plastic shell to it and then put loads of ugly tape and stickers to it, the day you are back in a safe place you can simply remove the shell and itโ€™ll look as new.

Finally, get a decent travel belongings insurance. In some regions of the world itโ€™s considered exceptional to be able to travel for several months without getting robbed (yes I look at you Latin America!). Make sure you back up your work to the cloud as often as possible and keep good track of your computer setup (it can take days to setup a computer from scratch, nevermind if you donโ€™t know exactly what it was). Iโ€™m no expert at this field, but there might be some service providing the option to take full images of your computer every now and then, so if itโ€™s stolen you can at least have a look at that image and possibly restore it to a new computer.

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@alejandrow | 5yr

Thank you for your input. How do you deal with potential theft in your home while you are not there? This is my biggest fearโ€ฆ Or some idiot trying to steal your camera while taking pictures in less traveled areas.

Are hostel safety lockers really safe? I have read some cases where things got stolen anywaysโ€ฆ

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@wanderingdev | 5yr

mostly, donโ€™t do stupid shit. donโ€™t flash your gear, donโ€™t leave it unattended, donโ€™t carry it with you when you donโ€™t need to, donโ€™t carry it late at night, etc. same rules as how to keep yourself safe for the most part.

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@azurio | 5yr

I favor rooms and rentals with a safe or secure storage. There are travel backpacks that are marketed as a comfortable safe that you wear on your back, but that seems a bit extreme.

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I am currently living in Cologne, Germany, with my wife, but we are looking for to continue our slow-nomadism path towards a warmer city, possibly close to the sea, where I can easily get a new job and offer a set of well-know, tech companies/startups. Any idea?

I was considering Madrid and Valencia, but also Nice looks very attempting even if I am scared that there are not enough tech companies could become hard find/change job in the long term.

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by @andrewkennedy | 3yr 2 years ago | 13 comments

I currently work at one of the big 5 tech companies (Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon), at the main campus as a software engineer. I was wondering if any nomads work remotely for said companies and how you came to that arrangement. Working for myself or moving to a smaller company that has mostly remote work seems less desirable than maintaining access to all the resources I have internal to my company.

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To those of you that aren't technical, what do you do to earn money?

 

by @theblakemoore | 3yr 3 years ago | 27 comments

Hey guys!

Iโ€™m new around here and thought Iโ€™d ask a question Iโ€™ve been wondering for a while now. Iโ€™m set to sample the nomadic lifestyle soon and Iโ€™m currently trying to define what my skillset is, and what Iโ€™m going to do long term.

Iโ€™m sure many of you have been through this, but itโ€™s difficult knowing what youโ€™re good at! Iโ€™m not a developer and I know there must be so many of you that arenโ€™t working in technical roles. So I was just curious, for those of you that arenโ€™t developers (or even those of you that are with an additional side-hussle) what do you do to earn money on the road?

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by @octavient | 3yr 3 years ago | 8 comments

Has anybody ever encountered a travel gear manufacturer that makes gear that is solid and durable, but that is intentionally designed to look old and crappy? For international travel, I want good, durable gear, but Iโ€™m uncomfortable walking around with slick, brand-new-looking, expensive-looking gear (especially with my family in tow). Iโ€™m happy to snatch up any good used gear (reduce, reuse, recycle) that weโ€™re lucky enough to encounter, but selection is limited, and durability is often compromised. Seems like thereโ€™d be a decent market for some durable but ragged-looking travel gear. What i have in mind is luggage, backpacks, laptop cases, smartphone cases, camera bags, infant/toddler carriers, etc. Iโ€™m sensitive to the preppy fad of clueless, well-off westerners dressing up like the poor in naive but trendy mockery, but thatโ€™s not what Iโ€™m after, here. I just want good gear that doesnโ€™t put a target on my back as we traipse around various parts of the world. Anybody have any thoughts on thisโ€ฆ?

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Hey guys!

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What non technical career paths are appealing for digital nomads ?

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Costa Rica or other suggestions in SA for a single woman travelling?


in Costa Rica by @ruthk | 5yr 4 years ago | 14 comments

Hi guys,
Iโ€™ve decided I want to take a break from my way of living and go nomad for a few months (at least). I do music so WiFi is not my main concern, all I need is good inspiration and nice people around me.

I am looking for a mid-cheap / safe place, preferably having a nice beach around. Iโ€™d also like to socialize with people from different cultures. Meet and make new friends.
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My choices have come down do Costa Rica, but Iโ€™m reading some good stuff about Medellin, Mexico, Panama. Iโ€™ve spend quite some time in Asia traveling as well (I love Bali and Koh Lanta), but Iโ€™ve never been to South America, so Iโ€™d rather go in that direction.

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Any nomad-specific gadgets that youโ€™d get someone for Christmas or use to make your iife/location independent business more easy?

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Do you read paper magazines while you're travelling?


by @gaelm | 5yr 4 years ago | 6 comments

Iโ€™ve always thought that is important to balance a very digital lifestyle with some analogic source of informations, like magazines, books, newspapers, but in a nomadic lifestyle it could be difficult to find same media in every country. How do you feel about that? Do you read something specific and cross-crountry?

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How do you manage your time while freelancing and travelling?


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

Hi everyone,

Iโ€™m currently new to freelancing and Iโ€™m working on two projects at the moment. However, Iโ€™m not travelling yet as Iโ€™m still saving and building up a portfolio but at the moment I canโ€™t see how I could do this while travelling as it seems to take up all my time.

I know this is down to bad time management, but at the moment Iโ€™m spending about 12 hours a day working on clients websites. How do you current freelance web developers manage your freelancing work and have time to enjoy yourself while travelling?

Is there any tools or techniques that I can use to manage my time better?

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Any digital nomad working in biotech, e-health?


by @chase | 5yr 5 years ago | 0 comments

Hi there, anyone working as a nomad in the biotech / e-health / digital health field?
Would be interested in your story and how you are earning money.

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Should I get a loan to get my startup up and running while travelling?


by @traveller99 | 5yr 5 years ago | 4 comments

I am thinking about becoming a digital nomad. I already have a startup in my mind thatโ€™s ready to be build. I will make this website by myself, it should take me roughly about 2 to 3 months to complete everything. From that point on it will be a matter of time before it will generate a income. Before my website will make a steady income i would need money to survive. I do have some savings but it is not enough to keep me on my feet for half a year or longer. Is it wise to take a loan as a Digital Nomad to make the startup allot easier?

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Can technical writers work remotely?


by @munly_leong | 5yr 5 years ago | 3 comments

Technical writer jobs seems few and far between and often ive wondered how people can sustain it as a career. I just applied for one that was open for remote workers but may not be the right product/company fit. Iโ€™ve also been a coder and a writer but never both at the same time lol.

If anyone is a technical writer, or has been one in the past Iโ€™m wondering if there are any aspects usually for the role that canโ€™t be done remotely, on-site interviews with developers or engineers for sensitive work?

At the same time, if anyone has experience getting technical writing work remotely, where have you found it?

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What gear do you use for mobile wifi?


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

Iโ€™ve got an iPhone 5s, which I have used to work remotely by tethering in Europe and in the States. Iโ€™m heading to SEA in a couple of weeks, and Iโ€™ll be getting a SIM card there - but should I buy something else, with better range, or for the local 3G connection there?

What do you use?

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