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How feasible is it to be a digital nomad with a treadmill desk setup?


by @nihilista | 5yr  | 8 comments

Hi everyone,

Iโ€™m very interested in becoming a digital nomad though due to sports injuries, chronic back pain, and a general avid interest in health I need to work on a treadmill desk which is my set up at home. I absolutely could not work long term out of coffee shops or even hotel rooms geared towards businesspeople.

After careful consideration, my plan as a solution for this would be to carefully research and choose a first location at which I could set up a long term situation (at least 5-6 months), long enough such that the expense of setting up a proper โ€œhome officeโ€ would work. Iโ€™m thinking that renting an apartment or ideally a house (I hate noise and prefer rustic, natural environments) would be ideal.

Is this feasible? I currently have about 5k in passive monthly income and 1k in online income but would prefer to spend only 3-4k total so as to save money. Other considerations are that Iโ€™m a single woman in her twenties so the area would need to be relatively safe or the ability to hire a guard for the house would have to also be affordable (I have extensive experience living in developing Asia with household help and guards and greatly enjoyed the lifestyle). My main interest in becoming a digital nomad is to experience different cultures though I am not much of an active sightseer; I prefer to absorb a culture deeply rather than simply seeing things or checking them off my list. I also would like to live somewhere that I could hire regular maid service and possibly even a cook. Iโ€™m extremely self-sufficient, can spend days and even weeks working alone, prefer home cooked healthy meals (never eat out) and do not enjoy nightlife. For recreation I prefer outdoors activities such as hiking and running, as well as reading and meditating. Access to a gym or space to set up a simple home gym (i.e. a set of free weights) would also be ideal.

In other words, my ideal situation would be to set up something resembling a home in each place (or even just one place - Iโ€™m fine living somewhere I love for years or forever; Iโ€™m not looking to check off a list of places) , while still saving some money (compared to living in the US).

Aside from the logistics of the above setup Iโ€™m confident given awareness of my personality and previous travel experience, that I would greatly enjoy this lifestyle. I just canโ€™t stomach the thought of not having a proper ergonomic setup! :stuck_out_tongue:

Any suggestions or thoughts?

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@wanderingdev | 5yr

you have to get it before you go it sounds like so iโ€™d contact them and ask them what the process is. i donโ€™t think itโ€™s a โ€˜hey, i want to stay longerโ€™ kind of deal.

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@nihilista | 5yr

Got it. Thanks!

I think my plan will be to visit a few places with the intention of finding a good, inexpensive home base - perhaps Chiang Mai or Bali. I think the treadmill issue will be expensive but the cost will be mitigated if I do not move around like a traditional nomad. Some hard numbers would be invaluableโ€ฆ perhaps I can see what treadmills go for on CL in various cities. :stuck_out_tongue:

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@nihilista | 5yr

Thanks for the info about visas. I just looked up info for Greece, for instance, and came across this:

  1. FINANCIALLY
    INDEPENDENT INDIVIDUALS
    U.S. citizens, who
    derive support and income from abroad, and wish to stay in Greece for two years
    or more, may apply for the two-year permit provided that, before coming to
    Greece, they obtain a visa from the Greek Consulate or Embassy that has
    jurisdiction over the area of their residence.
    For information on the
    documents required, individuals should check with the closest Greek Mission in
    the place of residence. A list of the
    Greek Missions in the US can be found at:
    List of Greek Missions in the U.S.
    Upon the individualโ€™s
    arrival to Greece, he/she needs to apply for the actual residence permit at the
    Decentralized Administration Office of the area of residence, at least two
    months prior to the expiration of the entry visa

Anyone know if this is relatively easy to obtain should I decide to stay longer?

Also, I donโ€™t necessarily need a โ€œtreadmill desk.โ€ The setup I use now is actually a standing desk plus a treadmill under it. The treadmill is designed for us as part of a desk setup but for short periods (i.e. months vs years) any old treadmill with the console removed would work. Would it be difficult to obtain a treadmill in most parts of the world?

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@wanderingdev | 5yr

the leaving and returning depends on the country. itโ€™s easy in mexico. in europe you have to leave for 90 days. youโ€™ll have a hard time finding a treadmill desk in many countries and the price will likely be prohibitive.

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@wanderingdev | 5yr

You donโ€™t say where youโ€™re from and that has a huge impact on how long you can stay places. Most countries give 30-90 day visas so 5-6 months per location could be challenging, depending on your nationality. Are you thinking of shipping your desk from place to place? If so then you have a whole host of other complications and expenses to worry about. If youโ€™re planning on buying in each new place, that cost would be pretty big if itโ€™s even possible. MUST you have a treadmill or can you just have a standing desk which is super easy and much more conducive to the nomad lifestyle.

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@nihilista | 5yr

Iโ€™m from the US. What youโ€™ve mentioned are exactly my concerns. I have tried a standing desk but strongly prefer a treadmill desk; itโ€™s made a huge difference to me. As you say, shipping or buying one locally (?) would be a consideration and add to the cost.

Places Iโ€™ve been considering are Chang Mai, Bali, Greece, or Spain.

Also, regarding visas - I thought for most places itโ€™s simply a matter of leaving few a days or weeks and then returning to renew oneโ€™s visa?

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@dfcowell | 5yr

It sounds that what youโ€™re looking for is a good longer-term central destination for arbitrage, rather than a nomadic lifestyle. Thatโ€™s kinda similar to what I do. Iโ€™d think about setting up in Vietnam, where I am at the moment. The visa situation is easy (getting a 1-2 year multiple entry visa is trivial with the right connections,) the living situation matches your requirements and thereโ€™s some fairly comfortable accommodations available.

Iโ€™ve got a very comfortable home office setup in a lovely apartment complex and my costs pretty typically hover around that ~3-4k mark per month.

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@nihilista | 5yr

Thatโ€™s exactly right - Iโ€™m looking to do location arbitrage. Thanks for the info about Vietnam.

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by @rose_davis | 11mo 11 months ago | 7 comments

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I am planning to move to Latin America for 3-4 months (Oct-January). Iโ€™ve narrowed down 6 different places that I want to visit before committing to settling down, but Iโ€™d love to get some community input.

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