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How do you work without multiple monitors? I can only carry a MBP 15"

 

by @tschentscher | 5yr  | 39 comments

Hi Nomads!

Starting January 2016 Iโ€™m going to be starting a year as a Digital Nomad.
The last 5 years Iโ€™ve never worked with less than 2 monitors in front of me.
Sure, Iโ€™ve done some cafรฉ and hotel-room work. But all my biggest project has all been done in front of a stationary setup.

I do webdesign and development and have created a working habbit with several monitors on a large desk. Funny enough this is my biggest concern getting closer to January.

How do i teach myself to work from a 15" screen?
Do you find working from a 15" screen enough or do you have some kind of magical folding screen in your backpack?

If you have any ideas for me keeping a dual-monitor setup (The laptop being the first monitor) Iโ€™m all ears!

Regards! And thank you for this delightful Forum!

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@yujin | 5yr

I have been working remotely since 2004 so been able to test various approaches. My stays in any one location tend to last 2-3 months. So it gives me a bit more flexibility than someone who travels more frequently and might have less luggage. I have done 3 different things:

  1. Buy a monitor locally - and then sell it when you leave. If I buy new, it tends to be $150-300 to buy. Sometimes I find a good used one. This is what I have done the most in my travels. It was great when CRT monitors started disappearing from places I visited about 6-7 years ago.

  2. Carry two laptops. For part of my travels, I had two 13" Macbook Pro laptops. One was for backup, PC testing, and a second monitor.

  3. I just started this, but I am finally seeing monitors that you might be able to bring with you. Starting to see a trend toward bezel-less monitors which will maximize viewing area and minimize monitor size. And I found one that has a detachable stand which has been the big issue fitting a monitor flat in luggage - HP Pavilion 22xw. I kept half of the styrofoam protection to prevent any damage to the edges during transit.

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@mikenorth | 5yr

I spent loads of money trying to solve this problem, and only recently found something that results in a productivity boost similar to what I get from using a pair of Thunderbolt displays vs. my 15" Macbook Pro.

I started with the GeChic 1502i, which has a couple of things going for it

Pro:

  • Itโ€™s lightweight
  • It can be powered entirely by USB โ€“ meaning it draws power from the Laptopโ€™s battery, and optionally can be plugged into the wall.
  • Itโ€™s a true 1080p display

Con:

  • It doesnโ€™t have an internal battery
  • The display is dim, relative to the amazing MBP retina display
  • Itโ€™s substantially bigger than the MBP, and thus doesnโ€™t fit in to a lot of cases that are designed for โ€œlaptops + extrasโ€ (i.e., my Saddleback Leather briefcase)
  • An ordeal to set up, particularly if you want to plug it into the wall
  • The screen is quite fragile โ€“ itโ€™s not glass, but rather a soft plastic that can be easily scratched

Over the past month, Iโ€™ve been using an iPad Pro w/ the โ€œDuet Displayโ€ app. Itโ€™s truly a game changer. The video signal being sent over a lightning cable instead of WiFi makes a big difference (no noticeable lag at all), and of course the iPad is a useful thing in and of its self (compared to the GeChic, which was useless on its own).

Hereโ€™s what my setup looks like:

Gotchas:

  • Still a bit of an ordeal to set up. I get some looks in coffee shops when I go โ€œfull nomadโ€ and break out the second display
  • The iPad seems to still lose battery while being used as a display. Iโ€™m not sure if this is because it consumes more power than it can draw from the laptop, or whether it canโ€™t charge at all while being used as a display. In either case, youโ€™re limited by two batteries now โ€“ not just one (your laptop).
  • The OS X app and iOS app are not flawless. Sometimes you have to quit/restart in order to get a particular set of resolutions working properly. With a little fiddling, everything works and you can leave it alone :smile:
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@hjbarraza | 4yr

Hey @michael_l_north
Iโ€™ve been using iPad Pro + Duet combo and Iโ€™m loving it.
Itโ€™s totally worth the investment. Nowโ€ฆ

I want to get a keyboard case for the iPad Pro, considering that weight and mobility is a priority, would you suggest any particular keyboard case ?

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@jb510 | 5yr

Iโ€™ve traveled with an Asus MB168b+ for almost two years now and I love it.

No itโ€™s not as glorious as my 15" rMBPโ€™s screen, itโ€™s not great in bright daylight (like sitting outdoors) but itโ€™s totally serviceable as a second monitor and it does not pick up indoor glare from a window or office light.

Iโ€™m passing through the US next week for WordCamp US and I just ordered an MB169b+ delivered to a friends house in Philly. Iโ€™ll be publishing a side by side comparison of the two for anyone interested.

FWIW, specs say the MB169b+ is itโ€™s IPS and slightly dimmer, but also higher contrast. I would love it if it got brighter, but weโ€™ll see what it really looks like.

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@kobekoto | 4yr

@jb510 - What are your thoughts on the MB169B+ after using it for a year. Worth it?

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@jb510 | 4yr

I love the MB169B+. I use it frequently. Pretty much any time Iโ€™m at a coworking space to work for the day I bring it with me. When Iโ€™m at a cafe or something like that I donโ€™t.

I also use it around the house some, like sitting on the couch and having it off to the side.

I like it so much that I ordered a MB169C+ to go with the 2016 MBP I have on orderโ€ฆ the 169C is here, but I canโ€™t use it for another week until the MBP arrives with USBC/DisplayPort. Iโ€™m going to do an update post that compares the MB168b+,MB169b+,MB169c+ once that arrives. I already have the 168/169 side by side (expect that on WanderingJon.com in the next 1-2 weeks)

Soโ€ฆ yeah, Iโ€™m still itโ€™s biggest fan.

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@kobekoto | 4yr

Appreciate the response. Just ordered the MB169B+.

Nice blog, btw.

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@dangermouse117 | 5yr

Like @levelsio, I do find 1 laptop more productive due to focus.

But for those days when 2 screens just rocks it - tax time, invoicing/billing, anything that needs a big spreadsheet on one side and a browser on the otherโ€ฆ I default to 2 screens.

Hereโ€™s my setup.

  • Macbook Air
  • Macbook Pro
  • ShareMouse KVM to tie the clipboard, keyboards and mice together
  • Apple Wireless Keyboard + SwiftPoint BT Mouse
  • The Roost Laptop Stand
  • Dropbox & Sync.com to sync up my folders
  • All my apps are cloud connected e.g. Evernote, Chrome

Why 2 laptops?

  • Itโ€™s surprisingly compact What started this off was that I couldnโ€™t find a portable USB monitor as thin, let alone as rugged as a 13" MBA. I travel with just a single smallish carry-on bag, believe it or the extra laptops is so thin that I donโ€™t really notice it apart from the extra weight when moving between cities.

  • Redundancy: I always have a backup laptop. Working like this also forces me to be backed up. Always.

  • Multi-Platform and Multi-processor: Especially for devs / software testers, you can shake it up by running Windows on one and Mac OS on the other (VMs just bog your host machine down). On that note, Iโ€™m finding it handy to have an extra compute resources, on design days (I use Adobe Fireworks which is resource hungry), Iโ€™ll push off Chrome which sucks too much juice onto the other laptop.

  • Versatility: On any particular trip to a cafe or coworking space, I can pick the Air for lightness, or the Pro for speed. I can also run the screens in a vertical layout to save carrying a keyboard and mouse (which is same bulk as a third laptop when you think about it)

##Loving it!
Iโ€™ve only just starting using this setup for a month and loving it, still fine tuning it. Most days I just take one laptop, and itโ€™s usually the Air. In future, Iโ€™m thinking to migrate to two Airs, an old cheap one, and a fast uber pimped out one, especially if the rumoured 15" Air comes out.

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I use two Surface Pro 3s and connect the screens into a multi-display setup using Mouse Without Borders. Weighs 3.5lbs total, doesnโ€™t take up much spaceโ€ฆ and I say that as someone traveling with a single 26L backpack. It doesnโ€™t quite replace the 27" screen I had before I started traveling, but the resolution on the Surface Pros is very high, and they fit much much more than youโ€™d expect.

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@gnefkow | 5yr

I think the simple answer is: cut yourself off, youโ€™ll find ways to make do.

For me, Iโ€™m a UI designer, but switched over from Mc to a Surface Pro 3 (which I love).

Both Mac and Windows have different ways to compensate, but they both involve a lof of hot keys, gestures, etcโ€ฆ

Mac:
Spend some time learning and customizing all of the swipe gestures. Magic Mice are wonderful (I miss mine dearly) because the swipes are built into the surface so you can use Expose to quickly switch between programs and three-finger swipe to keep things on multiple (virtual) desktops.

Windows:
Windows FINALLY has multiple desktops and there are hotkey combinations to switch back and forth and I use Alt+Tab a lot to switch between applications.

There are a lot of tips and tricks for each, but at the end of the day youโ€™ll never learn them unless you have to, so just cut the rope and plan to be miserable for a week or so - itโ€™ll get better.

As so posture, I donโ€™t usually travel with a stand because it takes up to much space, but Iโ€™ve learned that I can usually find ways to get my โ€œmonitorโ€ up to where I want it in most places.


People will think youโ€™re weird, but your back and neck will thank you.

I always remind myself that you canโ€™t have both - which would you rather have, screen real-estate or a lighter suitcase?

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@planetjeffy | 5yr

This is my first Nomad excursion - Medellin. I downsized from a 15 inch lappy to a 13 incher. But I brought along an AOC 15 inch usb monitor. It is cheap, super light and indestructible, After using this setup for 6 weeks, I would not travel without the 2nd monitor.

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@traveller99 | 5yr

Checkout Slide 'n Joy for up to 2 extra screens for your laptop. This is what I would get to use on my 17 inch laptop, yes 17 inch. I have tried to work on a 15 inch but it just doesnโ€™t work for me and since I travel with a big ass camera bag that can hold a 17 inc laptop the decision was pretty easy.

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@tschentscher | 5yr

Wow. Just wow. Thank you all!

Iโ€™ll update this thread when landing in Bangkok in January - with how I end up setting up.

Iโ€™ve already preordered the Roost2 (Of course). That sound as a must-have for traveling lightly.
The ASUS-addon Iโ€™ll have a closer look at.

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@munly_leong | 5yr

hahahhah so there are others like me that feel the pain :smiley:

Personally I need 6 monitors. Well need is a strong word lol, but the other monitors are for things other than coding. That being said though, levels raises a great point. Focus, constraints and not screwing yourself over with context switching is a huge thing. That being said, 2 monitors is about the sweet spot so you can have web + work open at the same time.

I need that home base purely because of this factor :smiley:

That 15" screen though will be pathetically tiny. I dont think I could ever fully adapt.

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@mario | 5yr

Im getting a asus potable mon un the next couple of weeks.

https://www.asus.com/us/Monitors/MB168BPlus/

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@rico | 5yr

I am anxiously waiting for THIS: Portable Rotating Dual Monitor for Laptops

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@karel | 5yr

Iโ€™ve given this subject a lot of thought. I used in the past a 15" with an external 27" screen for a while and then switched to a 13" only for the last 3 years. In the past year, Iโ€™ve tried couple things to increase my screen real estate. Here is my experience.

As mentionned by @levelsio I think that multi screen is often a disctraction but there are some tasks that are really nice with two screens. A common one for me is to have the web inspector on one screen while previewing how the design really look fullscreen in the browser. All that to say that I learned to not depend on multiple screens but appreciate it once in a while.

I think there are two things that matter when using external screens. 1/ The posture and 2/ the screen real estate.

1/ The posture

I decided not compromise on the posture because when I only have my laptop, I tend to work a lot in the couch which is terrible for my neck and back. Even when I work on a desk, I have to look down. And anyone that worked on a standing desk with only a laptop knows how terrible it is.

So I currently travel with a stand and wireless keyboard/trackpad. It is heavy (~700g) but is totally worth a healthy back (except when you carry them). You also have to know whether you will be always on the move and backpacking or traveling slowly and stay longer in every place. I tend to do the second, making the extra weight totally acceptable.

For the stand, I currently have a cheap one from Amazon. It works decently well but is not very solid and must be handled with care. I also backed the Roost 2 on kickstarter, I should have it by the end of the year but havenโ€™t tried it (or the first one). For the keyboard/mouse, I have the apple ones. You might want a mouse if you do some cad, retouching or gaming though.

What I like is that i can reproduce a desktop-like setup anywhere, both on a sitting or standing desk. Talking of which, I tend to alternate between the two when I can. If possible I buy a Yoga Ball to sit when I arrive in a new place (they are rather inexpensive, 20-40$). I then give it to someone that wants it.

2/ The screen space

The first thing here is to have a retina display. I used it for a long time with the โ€œmore spaceโ€ setting but it is rather small and recently switched to a slightly lower resolution. I have an iPad mini that I use as a second screen once in a while, attached to the screen with a Sidecar. I tried the Mountie, it is nice but I recommend the Sidecar over it. I sometime also simply drop it on the keyboard like that:

What I can say is that the iPad mini is really small and even with Duet Display (the best option I found), there is a slight lag and you really need to focus to see whatโ€™s on the screen. I donโ€™t find that to be a viable option if you need a permanent second screen. I only plug it when I really need it. It might be better with the iPad Air but I havenโ€™t tried. Iโ€™m also thinking of trying with the new iPad Pro since it would be both a wacom tablet and a second screen. But it adds even more weight and is pretty expensive for a second screen!

Update: I forgot to say, I like Better Touch Tool for window management, and it is free. Another tip for mac user is to disable screen reordering based on usage since it gets in the way of maintaining a mental map of your screens.

I hope it will be helpful to some of you. Happy travels!

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@gnclmorais | 5yr

If thereโ€™s a tiny piece of advice I can offer you is install a window manager, like Spectacle. It will save you so much timeโ€ฆ

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@fire | 5yr

I got the gechic 15 inch portable display and i really like it

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@fewerflatlands | 5yr

As other commenters have said above, the key is virtual desktops (and, I find, especially the โ€œAssign Toโ€ function which constrains certain apps to a particular desktop, allowing you to stop different tasks from overlapping visually) and then mastering all the keyboard shortcuts to switch between apps and desktops effortlessly.

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@gideon | 5yr

Kantong knows whats up. 13" retina pro is the ideal travel computer. Dial the scaling down and you have plenty of real estate. Learn your shortcuts for changing screens and switching between windows. Use a program like Divvy to quickly split the screen. You donโ€™t need extra screens to do the work. They are just a crutch.

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@kantong | 5yr

Resolution is king. Iโ€™m currently using a 13" MBP Retina with the Retina display scaling turned on. Using the display scaling you can almost get a 1080p resolution on the tiny 13" screen. Great when you need a lot of screen real estate. Iโ€™ve found using the retina display scaling with spaces/virtual desktops has replaced the need for 24" dual screens. When using dual screens, youโ€™re only ever looking at one screen at a time anyway. Instead of turning your head, youโ€™re switching your virtual desktop. Ctrl+left and right arrow keys makes it quick and easy to switch. Iโ€™m also using hyperdock (similar to sizeup levels mentioned earlier) to snap apps to either the left or right half of the screen using keyboard shortcuts.

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@jpleboeuf | 5yr

A few companies (among them: Asus, Lenovo) offer portable external displays using the DisplayLink technology - have a look at the Asus MB168B+.

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@ldarcy | 5yr

Note that ASUS just introduced an IPS version on this monitor (MB169B+) - 168B+ is a TN one, I think.

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@jpleboeuf | 5yr

Yes, I saw that the other day - Asus MB169B+.

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@rumurphy | 5yr

I have the Asus MB168B+ and it is an absolute game changer when out of your office or traveling. Get a separate compact stand as the one it comes with is clunky.

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@tvrhe | 5yr

Jealous, Iโ€™m in SEA and have been tyring hard to buy it here somehow. Bali, Bangkok nor Singapore had it. Also canโ€™t order it to Bali here, at least not without an Indonesian bank account/CC : (

Asus MB168+ (even the 169+) seems like a perfect solution for the DNs who need 2 monitors.

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I think youโ€™ll find the Asus monitors to be disappointing. The resolution is jarringly low compared to the screen on modern laptops โ€“ I found it difficult to have text and display elements be different sizes depending on which screen I was looking at. Also, the hardware doesnโ€™t feel substantial enough to survive much travel โ€“ with a fully loaded backpack there was an uncomfortable amount of flexing. Maybe if you sandwich it between two rigid objects.

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@anon82020850 | 5yr

I did not know about this. That Asus looks very nice. Thanks for sharing :smile:

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@eddie | 5yr

Man I think some of you have been spoiled haha :smile:

Been using 15 inch laptop screens for the last 8 or so years. Before that I had a 17 inch CRT monitor back when I had a desktop. Never really experienced anything larger except for a few times using a school computer, and have never used a dual monitor before. So to me 15 inches is pretty normal.

I have a friend who has a 13 inch laptop and that thing is tiny!!! I feel like you lose soo much space and had to squint to see stuff haha. Must be how some of you feel losing your dual 24 inch monitor setup.

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Man, I feel that pain. I have a 13 inch Air (I7, 8G RAM) as a mobile coding solution, and it works well (with an external mouse, preferably). But when Iโ€™m back at the base (currently Calcutta), Iโ€™m on a Mac mini with two 1080p 24 inch LCDs. The Air is higher specโ€™d than my old mini, but thereโ€™s no comparison in terms of productivity. Iโ€™d add a third screen if I could.

I recently broke one of the LCDs. Even following online tutorials is a pain when you have to switch workspaces or switch apps to toggle back and forth between the two. I can squeeze an open browser and two terminal windows into one LCD, but adding, say, Sublime either means making everything microscopically tiny or switching to another workspace.

I may give Duet a shot one of these days. Iโ€™m also thinking seriously about picking up a stand-alone 13 or 15 inch external screen for laptops; I suspect I can squeeze a very thin one in with the laptop in the Pelican backpack.

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@levelsio | 5yr

Super great question.

Until 2013, I had been working on multiple monitors on a huge self-built PC tower with 24GB RAM, 6 hard drives, two graphic cards, an external audio DAW card (I was making music back then), like as maxed-out as you can go. It even had a backup battery, like completely insane:


Then I wanted to travel and replaced all of that with a maxed-out MacBook Pro 15".

It was a very lucky timing because since then most of the stuff on that big PC, you can now do easily with a MBP 15".

About the multiple monitors, here comes to the crazy part: Iโ€™m a lot more productive on one screen than two or three. Why? I think itโ€™s because Iโ€™m forced to focus more on what Iโ€™m doing. Before Iโ€™d have lots of different apps open because the multiple screens LET me do it. Now I have to choose what to open and itโ€™s a constraint.

I think constraints are GREAT for creativity and productivity.

When I first switched for a year I would maximize all windows and use the 3/4-finger swipe to move from screen to screen. You kinda then have multiple monitors again. But that swiping takes a second or so which is too long for me. So now I have everything on one screen again.

I use one app to make it similar to multiple screens called SizeUp, it lets you resize windows to 25% or 50% of your screen and lock it to the left and right. Really useful.

Anyway, Iโ€™d recommend it. A great example is @mengto whoโ€™s a great UX designer and switched to a 15" screen too: Hi, Iโ€™m Meng To, author of Design+Code and world traveler. AMA!

By the way I tried Duet Display to have my iPad as a second screen with Mountie, honestly it worked great. Thereโ€™s 0 delay and latency. Itโ€™s just that I ended up being more productive on one screen, that might be personal. I also like simplicity and sold my iPad to carry less.

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@karlbecker_com | 5yr

By the way I tried Duet Display to have my iPad as a second screen with Mountie, honestly it worked great.

Fully seconded. Duet works quite well on my iPad mini. I tend to leave either my command-line window or a chat app open on it.

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@tschentscher | 5yr

You would be in for a treat with a dual-monitor-setup ;-).
I really can get more done this way. I just hope this changes in a couple of days :smile:

Using a HDMI with a TV or my iPad as second monitor are good tricks! Thanks.

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@wanderingdev | 5yr

suck it up buttercup. :slight_smile: Iโ€™ve yet to work with more than one monitor or on a screen larger than 13" and clearly the world didnโ€™t end as a result.

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@richardh | 5yr

Google Avatron Software Air Display โ€” turn your iPad or Android tablet into a computer monitor as I canโ€™t post URLs.

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@don_lee | 5yr

I do web design & development too. I used to have a set up of a desktop and 3 monitors back home, but now the only things I have are a 15" Macbook Pro and a Logictech G602 mouse. It wasnโ€™t so comfortable but I got used with that just after a few days, still gets work done perfectly. Iโ€™ve been even thinking of changing to a Macbook Air to even travel lighter. If you want yourself to be mobile then you must mobilize everything you have first.

However some coworking spaces have external monitors and you can rent one to use if you need it. You can also use the TVโ€™s in hotels, just remember to pack a HDMI cable. I personally work fine with only the laptop.

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@don_lee | 5yr

Time to say goodbye to your comfort zone!

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@tschentscher | 5yr

I really had that one coming ;-).

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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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What are some nice French beach towns?


in France by @amin | 5d 4 days ago | 4 comments

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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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?


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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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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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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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