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How would you define "visiting" vs. "living" in a country?


by @krompson | 5yr  | 11 comments

CouchSurfing.com profiles have a section where users list countries theyโ€™ve visited and countries theyโ€™ve lived inโ€“an interesting distinction for a nomad to think about.

Certainly thereโ€™s no one right way to define โ€œvisitingโ€ and โ€œliving,โ€ but how would you define each of these?

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@andreadardon | 5yr

I guess for me living somewhere is experiencing life in a place like the locals do, eating where they eat, sleeping where they sleep and just doing what they do. Or at least trying to.

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@kathrynoh | 5yr

To be honest, Iโ€™d say living somewhere is when you have the legal status of living in a place. If you are on a tourist visa, no matter how long you stay, you donโ€™t have the rights and responsibilities of a resident.

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@geonomad | 5yr

Not true. You have many rights and responsibilities, depending on the country.

In the US, if you spend more than an average of 110 days a year over 3 years (easily legal with a tourist visa) you will pay taxes on your world-wide income just like a permanent resident or citizen.

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@andreadardon | 5yr

Hey @geonomad, I had no idea about the taxes in the US if you spend 110 days over 3 years! Do you know of anywhere I can read more about it? I only found about receiving income from U.S. sources, even if youโ€™re a nonresidential alien. Iโ€™m not there right now, but my boyfriendโ€™s American and I might be spending a lot of time there on my tourist visa in the future, but not necessarily doing work for American companies.

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@geonomad | 5yr

Sure, just Google โ€œsubstantial presence testโ€ and you will find the formula which is based on days this year + 1/3 of days last year + 1/6 of days the year before. If it adds up to 183 you pay.

So you need to keep a running count to avoid trouble.

After that it gets complicated and you need expert advice.

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@andreadardon | 5yr

Thank you so much. I will definitely look into it!

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@wanderingdev | 5yr

so none of us are ever living anywhere? have to disagree. :slight_smile:

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@kathrynoh | 5yr

Isnโ€™t a nomad, by definition, someone who doesnโ€™t live anywhere?

Tbh, I think itโ€™s all just semantics. Iโ€™m happy to be a visitor and not have ties or commitments to any place.

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@chelseaannefox | 5yr

A great question @krompson. Iโ€™ve always wondered this myself. I believe it goes to a combination of intent and length like @wanderingdev said. Generally, Iโ€™ve always thought three months or more, oneโ€™s type of lodging, and whether you try and settle in and integrate into the culture.

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@jonsunandco | 5yr

I think in this case the attitude itโ€™s more important than the length.
Your attitude is going to play a larger role than the time you spend in each place when youโ€™re defining if you are visiting or living somewhere.

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@wanderingdev | 5yr

for me itโ€™s generally length of time and intent. If iโ€™m only staying in a single location for a week or two and iโ€™m not making an effort to become localized, iโ€™d consider it visiting. same if iโ€™m in a country for a few months but iโ€™m moving locations all the time. but, if I rent an apartment in a single location for a few months with the intent to live there, settle in, do the local thing then Iโ€™d consider that living.

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in Russia by @vernon99 | 7d 7 days ago | 7 comments

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Maybe at least there're maps for specific passports? Mine are Russian and American.

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in Tenerife, Spain by @leojb | 9d 9 days ago | 0 comments

Hey Nomads, would love to know any thoughts here.

Top of the list are currently Tenerife, Lagos/Ericeira (Portugal) & Malta??

Would love to know if anyone can vouch for these at this time of year.

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Thanks a million. Much love.

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by @brmolin | 1yr 1 year ago | 4 comments

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by @ibobriakov | 3yr 2 years ago | 6 comments

Hi guys!
Iโ€™m originally from Ukraine and now traveling through SEA.
And I was thinking about potential possibility to apply for US visa in any of South East Asian countries.
Does anyone has successful experience of getting US visa in SEA region?
Or maybe it is not possible and I have to apply from my home country?
(for example, friend of mine from Ukraine tried to apply for South Korean visa in Bangkok, but they refused to do so and asked him to apply for the visa from Ukraine)

Thanks in advance!

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in Mostar, Bosnia by @gigigriffis | 3yr 3 years ago | 18 comments

Hey guys!

Doing some travel planning for when my boyfriend and I have to be out of the Schengen in the spring. Iโ€™m looking at Dubrovnik and Mostar. Weโ€™ll probably get to both of them, but was wondering - for those who have been - which one would you recommend basing in longer-term?

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in Chiang Mai, Thailand by @snu6ew | 3yr 3 years ago | 16 comments

My girlfriend and I started our DN life this March and went straight to Chiang Mai because of itโ€™s ease of living. We love it. CM is great โ€“ we got a scooter for 2700 THB, a nice apartment for 8000 THB all in, we get our laundry done for 50 THB, eat out at nice places every day for less than 100 THB etc. Arriving here needed nearly no preparation โ€“ it just worked out all by itself.

We are still on tight budget and donโ€™t want to give up much of CMโ€™s quality of life but we want to see other places and we are now thinking about what could be our next destination. We are not really willing and able to spend more than what we spend now. Bali seems to be a good place according to what you all wrote.

How does it compare to Chiang Mai or Thailand in general?
CM can get very hot and we often acknowledge that we should have chosen an apartment with a pool here. Can I rent something in Bali for a few months with a pool for less than 250 USD?

Are there any Nomad-houses or similar projects at the moment that make it easy to connect to other people?

We donโ€™t really hang out in co-working spaces, more in cafรฉs. We source products in China and sell them to customers in Europe through e-commerce.

Any tips or experiences are greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Living in one EU country with a residence from another EU country?


by @robetus | 4yr 3 years ago | 8 comments

I really thought this had already been asked on here but couldnโ€™t find anything specific. Apologies if it has been asked before and a link would be greatly appreciated. Iโ€™m a US citizen and if I have a residence permit for one Western European country that states I only have to live in the country for 6 months out of the year can I live in another European country for the other 6 months. I plan on EU country hoping every other 6 months to avoid becoming a resident of more than one country.

Is anyone doing this now?

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Is it possible to get Schengen Visa out of your home country?


by @andrusha | 4yr 3 years ago | 2 comments

Iโ€™m traveling South Americas for the next couple of months and want to visit friends in EU afterwards, given my Russian passport I have to apply to visa. Is it possible to do outside of my home country?

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Do you always have an onward air ticket when entering a new country?

 

by @danielgenser | 4yr 4 years ago | 54 comments

Iโ€™m looking into visa requirements for Indonesia and Thailand (our first two stops) and itโ€™s looking like Iโ€™ll need to show proof of onward air tickets out of both countries to be allowed in. Is that true in practice?

If so, Iโ€™m curious how other nomads manage it โ€“ do you just buy cheap tickets out that youโ€™re OK with not using to satisfy the requirement? Or do you chance it?

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Formentera, Spain vs. Santorini, Greece?


in Santorini, Greece by @que | 4yr 4 years ago | 5 comments

Hi,
Iโ€™m ready to start traveling again (looking at May through August, about). I have a little more money to spend and would like an island experience in Southern Europe. Iโ€™m a little older and looking for a little more comfort these days. I would plan to rent a 1 bedroom apartment if possible. Places that come to mind are Formentera or Santorini. Iโ€™d like to stay for 2 or 3 months. Does anyone have any experiences to share with these two locales. One concern I have about Greece is safety given the economic crisis. Any insight into there would be appreciated.

Thanks

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How do I apply for a visa from another country?


by @mkoehler | 5yr 4 years ago | 3 comments

Hi guys. My plan is to travel from country to country, spending about 2 months in each country respectively. For most countries you can only apply for a visa about 2-3 months prior to your visit and some like China, require you to apply from your home country or country of residence. How do I know apply for visas for my second, third and fourth destination? Say Iโ€™ll apply for a China visa in South Africa (where I live), go to China for 2 months, then I want to go to Thailand for 2 months. Letโ€™s assume I cannot apply for a China and a Thailand visa while still in South Africaโ€ฆ how do I go about that. And then, once I leave Thailand for say Vietnam, same question again. Do I have to go to the respective embassys in the countries Im staying in and apply for my next destination?
Thanks for your feedback and help in advance!

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