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Should we go to South East Asia or Latin America with kids?


by @nomad4 3yr  | 2 comments

Hi guys!

Weโ€™re leaving on Dec 1st for a 5-month DN experience with our kids, but we have second thoughts on our journey. We were supposed to do a trip in South-East Asia (Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia). Weโ€™re from Canada, and our clients are all in Canada right now (weโ€™re digital marketing consultants).

After comparing destinations, weโ€™re starting the think Latin America may be a better choice to make sure we keep most of our clients during these 5 months (same timezone). Also, it seems Latin America fits our needs too :

  • cheap (actually often cheaper than Chiang Mai according to Numbeo)
  • great weather (sunny while less hot than Asia)
  • business continuity : good wifi connection, limited time difference
  • learning opportunity : one single language = great opportunity to improve our Spanish
  • relaxed pace of life
  • kid-friendly
  • relatively safe (see countries below)

So here are our 2 options ; which one would you recommend for our criteria?

A: SEA : Thailand (Chiang Mai and a couple islands in the South), Indonesia (Bali and Lombok), Malaysia (Penang)
B: Latin America : Mexico (Playa Del Carmen/Tulum), Colombia (Medellin), Peru (Lima and other TBD towns), Chile (Santiago and other TBD towns), Argentina (Buenos Aires and other TBD towns).

Thanks!

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Iโ€™m also from Canada, and Iโ€™ve just had to make the same choice. I elected to go to Mexico (the colonial highlands area), in order to keep my business relationships easy. Iโ€™ll transition over to SE Asia in the next few years. Feel free to DM me.

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Hi! As a person from Argentina currently living in se asia I would definitely say that working at Pacific Time while here is challenging (I definitely underestimated it). I also wonder if this place is kid-friendly enough since most food is street food and places donโ€™t seem to be sparkling clean. Latin America is a lot more similar to what you are probably used to (big cities, good internet connection, food you are familiar with). But having said that I think I would prefer my kids to experience se asia. Itโ€™s so different.
Hope it helps :slight_smile: contact me on slack if you need help with anything else!

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If you have a U.S. tax question or would like some U.S. tax insight on your business/structure, ask away!

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by @bovanalst 5yr 4 years ago  | 3 comments

Hi there,

Glad to be part of the digital nomad community.

Originally from the Netherlands, I lived in Madrid for two years and have been living in Melbourne since July 2017. Although I am used to living abroad and working from home, the digital nomad lifestyle is new to me.

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