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Is it worth buying a Travelsafe or similar?


by @kathrynoh | 5yr  | 6 comments

Iโ€™ve never really worried too much about securing my stuff before when Iโ€™ve been travelling but then Iโ€™ve never really worked at the same time. For this trip, Iโ€™ve started thinking about security. Even if my laptop is covered by insurance and Iโ€™ve got everything backed up, itโ€™s still going to be a PITA if it got stolen.

Iโ€™ll be staying in Airbnbs and similar for most of the time and really, you donโ€™t know who has a key to those place. Plus I will probably want to leave my stuff in the apartment for a couple of days if I do some side trips.

Is it worth buying and lugging around something like the Pacsafe Travelsafe or is that overkill? Itโ€™s more the idea of carting around something that I may not use than the cost.

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@floc | 5yr

Depends a lot, where you are staying.

If you are not into shared accommodation, just forget about the Travelsafe. Real thiefs, who break into your room wonโ€™t be stopped by it.

If you are staying in shared accommodation itโ€™s really great against casual stealing. Iโ€™ve been using mine for more than 2 years. The laptop medium sized one fits a laptop and a DSLR camera and still has space left over.

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@wanderingdev | 5yr

I carried one for about 8 months before ditching it because I never used it but it probably depends where you are staying.

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@denispitcher | 5yr

Another vote of support for carrying a pacsafe. Iโ€™ve carried one for the last 6 months and the piece of mind alone is worth it. Many places with safes that Iโ€™ve stayed in havenโ€™t bothered to bolt them down, leave basic override codes in place (1234) or have seemingly no policy on who keeps the keys.

The pacsafe is at least enough of a deterrent to prevent opportunists, which represent many theives

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@mrbromley | 5yr

Kathryn,

Iโ€™ve been on the road for 8 years now and the PackSafe Travelsafe has been everywhere with me. It packs flat doesnโ€™t add much weight. I may not use it all the time but as soon as I think โ€˜should I look my stuff up hereโ€™ it comes into action and just gives you that little bit extra piece of mind and stops the opportunist thieves.

Itโ€™s not a huge โ€˜safeโ€™ but it does allow enough room for Passports hard drives cameraโ€™s and cash. I keep everything backed up to GDrive and a USB HDD in the safe I know that if nothing else I can grab a cheap netbook and be back online in a few hours, I call this Fireproof!

Tip: Get a combination lock for it so you donโ€™t have to worry about losing the key.

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@kathrynoh | 5yr

Thanks. The USB is a great idea. I think more than the monetary value if things get stolen, itโ€™s the loss of time having to recover everything especially with less than ideal wifi.

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@replay | 5yr

Depends a lot on where youโ€™re going toโ€ฆ Personally Iโ€™ve been travelling around in Africa, South America and Asia with my laptop and I only got it stolen once, that was out of the car at a gas station in Argentina, not a hotel or Airbnb. Generally I still think itโ€™s better to not worry too much and just apply common sense, and it really depends a lot on where you are going, for example I would be much less worried about Eastern Asia than about South America:)

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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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by @jackgopack | 2d 1 day 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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Introduce yourself โ€” who are you, where are you and what do you do?

 

by @coffeeshopceo | 3d 2 days ago | 670 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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  • whatโ€™s your name?
  • where are you from?
  • how long have you been away from home?
  • what do you do?
  • where are you currently?
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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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in Indonesia by @miklaskroager | 3d 3 days ago | 0 comments

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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by @viktor | 6d 5 days 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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Where do you work from in Lisbon? ๐Ÿงณโ˜•


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Hi everyone,

I am going to move to Lisbon in July and I was wondering where you guys work from? Do you have any recommendations for working on a budget? Any good cafรจs or cheap coworking spaces?

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How to get a UK residence address without renting/buying?


by @pavel_maximov | 26d 25 days ago | 17 comments

Background:
Iโ€™m an EU national IT specialist, recently decided to become a digital nomad. I just left my permanent job in Germany and opened a UK based LTD (for a better taxation) to start a new career as remote working IT contractor. I also want to become a UK resident and pay personal income tax there BUT I donโ€™t want to rent/buy a place because I have no interest in physically living in the UK, as a nomad I will be traveling abroad 100% of the time.

So I just need a UK address where Iโ€™m registered as a resident and could receive mail, but I would never actually be there. I could rent a place and keep it empty but that would be a total waste of money.

Question:
How do I find somebody who could give me an official residence at his/her address and keep my name on the door? Iโ€™m ok with paying a reasonable monthly fee for this โ€œserviceโ€ (but not as high as a rent), and give assurance in whatever form that I will never pretend to physically live there. I have no close friends in the UK to ask for this favor, and trying to propose this to a random landlord would be just weird since they are not familiar with the needs of a digital nomad.

Maybe you guys can suggest me somebody who understand the situation and want to make some extra cash every month to pay the bills? Iโ€™m ready to meet in person, provide full proof of identity or any other document, and to make a written agreement that gives the landlord the freedom to cancel this โ€œsituationโ€ at any time.

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This is NOT for tax evasion, itโ€™s the opposite! I WANT to pay full tax as UK resident, I just donโ€™t want to waste money on a rent which I will literally never use.

I would be very grateful for any advice!

Pavel

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by @tobi | 1yr 1 year ago | 2 comments

Weโ€™re nomadโ€™ing around Europe, living in places for a few months at a time. It would be super convenient to own a car for this, but we havenโ€™t found a good option to buy and keep one without being a steady registered resident in any country. Every time we move weโ€™d have to basically change number plates et cetera.

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Kindergarten experience for DN families. Know a worth-considering place?


by @alexku | 3yr 2 years ago | 1 comment

Hey guys. At the moment I and my wife have two sons - 4 and 1.5 yo. We spent 5 months in 7 Asian countries last winter. Lack of kindergarten was the number one problem. Thatโ€™s the only one reason that stops nomading all the time.
This time weโ€™d like to do the same on another continent. Weโ€™re thinking about Latin America or Africa. We need a good kindergarten and beautiful safe place with good warm weather.
Ideal scenario - Montessori preschool in not too dry but green place with the temperature about 23-30ยฐC/70-90ยฐF.
Could you please share your experience or the useful information from the friends or relatives?

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Worth waiting until getting to Asia to buy gadgets?


by @skewed_corp | 4yr 3 years ago | 7 comments

Iโ€™m ticking off my lists before I venture off again and am starting to purchase stuff like 4G Routers, Wireless speakers, Mice, etc.

The only thing isโ€ฆ all of the stuff is shipped from Asia in the first place. Are all these gadgets readily available in a place like Bangkok and is it worth waiting to save on costs?

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by @iamjamesrodgers | 4yr 3 years ago | 10 comments

Flying soon from Toronto YYZ to ICN Seoul so, most likely Asiana but maybe Korean Air.

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But from your experience as a nomad is it really worth doing?
โ€ฆ Maybe Iโ€™ve been home for too long haha.

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by @swarner | 4yr 4 years ago | 7 comments

Ever heard of people buying an old school bus together and taking a road trip throughout the U.S.? Well itโ€™s kind of like that.

What are the chances of a bunch of freelancers, or a startup, buying a really big boat, and working 100% remotely, while cruising to a different country each year? Kind of like Semester at sea but for a company or group of freelancers!

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by @jasonmwomack | 5yr 4 years ago | 27 comments

I am contemplating if attending a full time web dev boot camp is worth it ? My goal is to become an expat or digital nomad , after enhancing my programming knowledge through a web development boot camp . Are they worth the price tag ? If so , which ones are highly notable? All suggestions and thoughts are definitely welcomed!

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by @abarron87 | 5yr 5 years ago | 11 comments

So, when you want to treat yourself and buy some new clothes and you run out of suitcase/backpack space what do you do?

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