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Staying outside major cities?


by @malaclypse | 1yr  | 7 comments

My question is about the actual experience of staying outside of major cities, as well as where/how (on this site or elsewhere) to search to find questions and discussions about the same.

Sometimes I like being in the big city, but sometimes I like being away from it. For many people with โ€œregular jobsโ€ you have little choice but to be in a big metro area since thatโ€™s where the jobs are; for me, part of the appeal of considering DN is sometimes being able to work someplace quiet, remote, secluded and beautiful- rather than a concrete jungle.

Iโ€™m curious whoโ€™s actually done stuff like this. Because while it sounds great, I could also imagine all sorts of unpredictable problems that might not be an issue when one is way off the beaten path that wouldnโ€™t come up if one were in a big metro area.

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@joshstraw | 1yr

We live on a little island in Mexico called Isla Mujeres. Itโ€™s home to the worldโ€™s 6th best beach (according to Trip Advisor), itโ€™s slow and affordable. Life here doesnโ€™t cost very much, but has access to all the conveniences just a short ferry ride away. Itโ€™s also super quick to fly up to the USA or across to the UK so itโ€™s perfect. Come join us any time, we want more nomads to move here.

Oh and I pay about US$75 for a satellite on my casa. It guarantees 16MB down and 5 up. If you need faster Cancun is about 10x that, but I hate Cancunโ€ฆ so itโ€™s a trade off.

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@lricci | 1yr

Transportation requires a rental car once we leave the metro areas, so that eats into the cost savings on lodging. WiFi signals vary so much I now ask every host to run a speed test and tell us what they have. We are in Portugal right now, and believe it or not, the landlord thought their internet was fine โ€” 1.7Mbps!
And yes, the peace and quiet, green and fresh air are welcome changes.

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@mpic | 1yr

In my village in middle of Marche/Italia I have a 7 Mb/s in download and 0.7 in upload (it was 0.45 but I called TIM so many times that they increased mine a bitโ€ฆ). I work from home, itโ€™s stable and most of times speed is enough, when I need something more in upload I use 4g.

About transportation most of times you cannot rent a car, too expensive. In my area it makes more sense to buy a little used scooter or maybe a bicycle. But to rent a car could make sense if you want to explore; for instance during my five weeks in Palermo/Sicilia I tried to use buses and trains to visit most of places, but for more isolated pearls I got a car three days and explored by car. But that was for exploring, not for living there, and itโ€™s the same if you go to Berlin or New York.

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@pras_k | 1yr

Iโ€™m also interested in hearing otherโ€™s experiences on this. For me, the biggest hassle would be preparing food myself. But I guess once you get over that and have transportation you can enjoy the benefits of seclusion and quiet.

Iโ€™m very much looking forward to an experience like that. Iโ€™ve been putting this off for too long since I know how highly I value quietness. Itโ€™s a bit of a forgotten and lost value.

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@mpic | 1yr

Far from cities itโ€™s easier to find good ingredients, and with those anything you can prepare is good. Maybe itโ€™s because Iโ€™m Italian, but as soon as I needed to prepare something on my own I just got the pan and I did it :sweat_smile:
At least in my region everybody eats at home 90% of times, itโ€™s much more pleasant than buying take away, specially if you can share food or cook with somebody.

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@mpic | 1yr

Itโ€™s actually difficult to move in little places, and I can tell you for sure because Iโ€™ve been living in a little village all my life. What I can suggest you is to join a community where you can ask info to locals (Couchsurfing?), and before moving in a little village ask info about transportation in particularโ€ฆ itโ€™s not pleasant to see people arriving in my area and escaping a few weeks later because itโ€™s impossible to have a normal life without a car or some other kind of vehicles for instance, or discovering how slow are internet connections here.
Iโ€™m sure about one thing: who can work far from cities should stay away from them because concrete jungles arenโ€™t for human beings, I see people stressed and hiding in their little rooms while in villages there are big houses, a lot of green and meaningful relationships. And in some villages mayors are actually giving houses for free because there isnโ€™t work in the surroundings. And you can save so much staying far from citiesโ€ฆ My two cents.

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@jackgopack | 1yr

Hi Malaclypse:
Weโ€™re an older couple not digitally employed, but we prefer always being outside of the metro areas. Even with additional public transportation it is usually always less expensive and if youโ€™re at a hosted Airbnb or similar, youโ€™ll typically get to see, experience and learn quite a bit more. Of primary concern are transportation and security options when departing a city center at night and arriving in the dark and walking to your accommodation. Depends on the city but it has worked well for us over the years while both making the city more memorable and less co$tly.

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


in Croatia by @ld | 6d 5 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.

Anyone else travel in and out of Schengen zone via car? Or know what I should do to properly handle the visa situation? I get unclear answers online. Hmm.

Appreciate your help!

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

 

by @coffeeshopceo | 10d 10 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.

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?
  • where are you going?
  • what has been memorable for you so far?
  • will you go home anytime soon?
  • what have you learnt during your time as a nomad?
  • [insert your own question here]

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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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What is the best online insurance for digital nomads ?


by @berberos | 11d 10 days ago | 1 comment

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 :

- health

- laptop, phone ...

- Flights

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Best/quickest way from Italy to Croatia?


in Croatia by @ld | 12d 12 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!

Thanks.

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Where should I set up my company as a remote worker?


by @beloruchka | 16d 16 days ago | 6 comments

Iโ€™m looking for any recommendations for services or people others have used to get answers on the best place to set up their businesses based on their personal circumstances.

Leaning towards Singapore after a ton of research, but would really like some concrete advice before jumping in.

Appreciate it!

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Anybody bring their car to Mexico instead of flying?


in Mexico by @digitaldiva | 17d 16 days ago | 1 comment

Iโ€™m curious whether anyone drove to Mexico instead of flying and used their car down there. Iโ€™ve heard bad stories of people driving down there but not sure I believe them. How safe is it to drive through rural areas, and to park in cities? It would be cool to have the car to explore while there.

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Did you learn any Thai before staying in Chiang Mai?


in Chiang Mai, Thailand by @digitaldiva | 17d 16 days ago | 0 comments

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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What age did you start out and went location independent?


by @raynesio | 19d 19 days ago | 11 comments

Eager to find out what age most start out as a DN? (Me)โ€ฆ 27 and just started out in the last 6 months or so. Not presently 100% location independent, probably more like 90% as still required to visit the office from time to time

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How to get SMS verifications for banks while traveling?

 

by @jackgopack | 21d 21 days 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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How do you ensure that you have good WiFi for working whilst travelling e.g. in places like India?


in India by @davda1546 | 22d 22 days ago | 4 comments

We are hoping to travel later this year and we will be working remotely - how do you ensure you get good WiFi in places such as in India where the signal isn't always great? Do you have any tips on where to go/ what equipment you have to get?

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How to get US visa outside home country?


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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What are the nomad hotspots in Eastern Europe (outside Schengen)?

 

by @emondpph | 3yr 3 years ago | 43 comments

Hi everybody,

In august my Schengen tourist visa will be over. I would like to go 3 months in Eastern Europe, but it needs to be outside of the Schengen area. I would have loved to go to Budapest but because itโ€™s Schengen I canโ€™tโ€ฆ

Frankly, I donโ€™t know Eastern Europe that well. What are the best spots for Digital nomad in this region ? Also, I need a cool co-working space, I donโ€™t like working from my house.

Thanks !

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Best places for local, organic food and strong internet outside of South East Asia?


by @jmacattak | 3yr 3 years ago | 8 comments

Where can I find locally sourced, organic (or at least non-GMO) and also be able to work with strong internet?
I did a search but didnโ€™t find much info. We love Bali and the food here is amazing, we are just looking to try somewhere else out (preferably somewhere in Europe) after a long time in Asia. We also loved the Northern Rivers area in Australia and want to find similar food offerings and compare our options!

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Staying in Italy for a few months - internet?


in Italy by @ld | 4yr 3 years ago | 8 comments

Hello,

My boyfriend and I would like to spend a few months in Italy - nowhere major like Milan, maybe Tuscany region or more south. Iโ€™ve been there before, but not in a work capacity. We need decent internet both where we stay (maybe airbnb) and are hoping to find some cafes or work spots around.

I donโ€™t see too much on here about Italy. And it certainly doesnโ€™t make any list of โ€˜best places for digital nomadsโ€™ - so Iโ€™m curious about that. Is it a bad spot for people like us that survive off of the internet? Is it not reliable?

I appreciate any insights from your experiences!

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What are the best places to stay in the UK outside London?


in London, United Kingdom by @worldtravel | 5yr 5 years ago | 1 comment

What are the best places to stay for awhile outside of London in the UK?

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What's the best visa strategy for US citizen staying in Bali for 5-6 months?


by @nihilista | 5yr 5 years ago | 4 comments

From what Iโ€™ve researched I can get a Visa on arrival and then extend that by another 60 days. (Is it around $60-70 for the original plus extension?)

But what about if I would like to plan for staying longer - should I get the 60 day visa that I can extend for 120 days?

Also, what is the process for extending the Visa? Do I need to leave the country to do so? In the first scenario, with the 30 day VOA and addโ€™l 30 day extension, is it possible to stay longer by leaving and then coming back? Is there a limit for how many days one needs to leave the country and how many times this process can be repeated in any given time period (i.e. a year)?

Thanks very much for any help / advice / information!

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Which Indonesian visa is the most hassle-free for staying there for 6-12 months?


in Indonesia by @david | 5yr 5 years ago | 6 comments

Which Indonesian visa is the most hassle-free for staying there for 6-12 months? By hassle free I mean reasonably easy to obtain, not too expensive, and ideally without frequent renewals. I will arrive in Bali in April 2015.

The visas that come to mind are:

  • 1 year business visa (but the first stay can only be 60 days, any following stay as long as I want?)

  • Half-year sosial visa (but I have to renew monthly and cannot leave for a few days without an exit/re-entry permit?)

  • Tourist visa which I convert into a sosial visa (probably itโ€™s cheaper and more hassle-free to do the sosial right away before arrival?)

Which did you try, and which were easiest? Do I need a local invitation, and what is the easiest way to get one without getting into obligations?

Would anyone be so nice and invite me for a business visa? If yes please PM me, we can talk of course before you agree to help me out on this one.

What I want to do in Indonesia (starting in Bali) is surfing, looking into starting an online business, or โ€˜looking into investment opportunitiesโ€™ (if arriving on a business visa).

By the way, I have an EU passport.

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Does anyone know of great beaches in Eastern Europe outside of Schengen?


by @worldtravel | 5yr 5 years ago | 7 comments

Looking for a place besides Croatia in Eastern Europe to go to the beachโ€ฆ any ideas? Looking for a place that is exciting and fun and not too sleepy.

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Are there any nice beach towns outside of Phuket in Thailand that have fast internet and are relatively cheap?


in Phuket, Thailand by @kevinballa | 5yr 5 years ago | 4 comments

Hi there - Iโ€™m planning a coding retreat with my two cofounders somewhere in Thailand or Vietnam for a month.

Are there any nice beach towns outside of Phuket in Thailand that have fast internet and are relatively cheap in Thailand?

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Do you own or have a long-term lease in any these cities?


by @nomadicpad | 5yr 5 years ago | 3 comments

Hi guys!

Iโ€™m trying to compile a list of all the property owner nomads, especially the one in enticing nomad destinations.

I know a few of us out there are trying to solve this mid-term housing problem for the community (@atu, @levelsio) , and I thought itโ€™s best to open this market up so we can solve things quicker.

Would love to hear from property owners, people who are in long-term rental agreements and would want to rent for 1-3 months while traveling:

Specifically looking for housing in these locations:
Barcelona
London
Berlin
Amsterdam
Bali
Chiang Mai
Bangkok
Hong Kong
Taipei
New York
San Fran
Austin
Mexico City
Medellian
Buenos Aires

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