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How safe are North African countries?


by @naii | 4yr  | 5 comments

Iโ€™ll be in Portugal in June and think about exploring North Africa โ€” for the first time: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt.

If youโ€™ve beee there: How safe did you feel working remotely there?

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@purplespatula | 4yr

@yanokwa and I are currently in Cairo and are having a fantastic experience so far. Weโ€™re staying in Maโ€™adi which is a bit quieter than the town center. We are working out of The Districtโ€™s new location on Nasr Street. Happy to answer any specific questions you may have about Cairo!

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@etc | 4yr

I just traveled through Casablanca and Marrakech, and am now exploring Doha and Dubai. Morocco is safe, particularly for males, in the same way Belgium is safe. The conventional wisdom is to โ€œavoid crowds,โ€ however, Iโ€™m not sure how youโ€™d experience the country with this as a primary goal. The Jemaa el-Fnaa souk in Marrakech was the site of the 2011 bombing. I operated from a riad a block from the square. Although thereโ€™ve been heightened reports of โ€œextremistโ€ activity in the country, ultimately I suppose your risk is a matter of chance. Tens of thousands of Europeans and Americans still flock to Morocco annually. Personally, Iโ€™ve gotten a lot more โ€œshadeโ€ from Qataris than I ever did from Moroccans. The latter are more interested in selling you goods at a โ€œdemocratic price,โ€ than your background. The travels through the Atlas Mountains were quite enjoyable as well.

My experience with Egypt is equally positive - although the โ€œunrestโ€ is a bit more palpable. There have been direct attacks targeting tourists in the last couple of months and Egypt has seen an uptick of sporadic events targeting tourists over the last couple of years. These often happen at popular hotels, although Egypt is a large country and as a matter of risk/statistics, the risk seems fairly low.

Tunisia saw a couple of attacks last year although I can only remember one that targeted tourists, the rest were related to local political unrest. I donโ€™t believe Algeria has been too much of a target lately.

Ultimately, you have to decide what your risk tolerance is. As you travel outside of the main cities, your risk will increase. YOLO can be interpreted in two distinct ways: for the experience and against it. From your profile picture, youโ€™ll have a tough time โ€œblending inโ€ so that may be part of your consideration - but ultimately, your risk is likely not related to a direct incident against your person but a broader risk of a pre-planned attack where youโ€™re in the โ€œwrong place in the wrong time.โ€

Good luck!

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@bellaluce | 4yr

Hi, Iโ€™m in Egypt quiet often. Itโ€™s beautiful, people are great. you might want to read this article by Mira Arnoldโ€ฆ it describes the situation pretty well. http://digitalnomadgirls.com/digital-nomad-girls-destination-month-egypt/
Let me know if you have a question.

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@nomadtax | 4yr

Not very safe, letโ€™s be honest. Avoid crowds, demonstrations, areas known to be terrorism hot spots.

If you want to see the African desert, you may want to consider Namibia. Or the UAE.

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@jessehanley | 4yr

Just do your research and make sure that you set up base in a place thatโ€™s known to be safe. The countries youโ€™ve listed should all be perfectly fine if you donโ€™t do anything silly :upside_down_face:

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in France by @amin | 2d 1 day ago | 0 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.

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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 :

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Driving from Italy to Croatia..how to handle passport?


in Croatia by @ld | 9d 8 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.

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Introduce yourself โ€” who are you, where are you and what do you do?

 

by @coffeeshopceo | 13d 13 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.

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Best/quickest way from Italy to Croatia?


in Croatia by @ld | 15d 14 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!

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Did you learn any Thai before staying in Chiang Mai?


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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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by @jackgopack | 24d 24 days ago | 39 comments

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Iโ€™m a South African about to become a Nomad next year. I will still be employed by a South African company and receive a salary into my FNB bank account monthly.

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Iโ€™m unsure of the best way to handle things. Should I try get another bank account outside of SA (Can I even do that)? I also have a British Passport if that makes a difference.

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by @mika | 5yr 4 years ago | 39 comments

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Hi, first time potential nomad here, who is on regular meds for asthma and allergies. Iโ€™m wondering how to find out about access and availability of meds in various countries. How and where would be a good place to start?

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