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Staying outside major cities?


by @malaclypse | 2yr  | 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 | 2yr

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 | 2yr

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 | 2yr

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 | 2yr

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 | 2yr

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 | 2yr

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 | 2yr

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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in Lisbon, Portugal by @mzorrilla | 20d 19 days ago | 4 comments

Hello, everyone!

My idea is to stay as low as 6 months and as long as a year (maybe, who knows) over Lisbon after doing some analysis from many cities in Europe.

I'm an Argentinian and Chilean (both nationalities) so... no Euro-pass for me (getting my Italian nationality could take 2 years easily). I'm also a remote worker and I have a really good income (I work for a Silicon Valley company) so I can show more than enough resources to stay in the country.

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How do I get Travel/Medical Insurance for Portugal for visa application from Australia?


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I'm preparing my Portuguese D7 long-term visa application and one of the required documents is proof of travel insurance with medical coverage. However, as an Australian citizen, if put that as my country of residence in many travel insurance companies' quick quote forms, I'm unable to get ANY insurance coverage at all because of the current travel ban out of Australia, and the Australian govt's 'Do Not Travel' advice to ALL countries. I know that Aussies are applying for, and successfully getting visas from the Portuguese Consulate here, so where and how are they fulfilling this insurance requirement if insurers aren't selling any coverage? Does anybody know or have any ideas?

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I am new to working out of coworking spaces. My business entails a lot of video conferences. I haven't chosen a specific coworking space yet but generally, what are the potential solutions for this? I have a microphone and headphones but still fell like it may be inconsiderate to take the calls anywhere in the coworking space. For a solo person, what are some general solutions? Are there usually options to rent a private room by the hour with just enough room to set up my microphone and laptop? Sidenote: any coworking space recommendations in Florianapolis, Brazil would also be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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I have two passports from different countries and am trying to understand where can I travel now. Is there a publicly available map of countries open for visitors by passport country that I can use to see what are my options? I was pretty sure such a thing should exist, but cannot easily find any.

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in Chiang Mai, Thailand by @digitaldiva | 4mo 4 months 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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Hi guys!
Iโ€™m originally from Ukraine and now traveling through SEA.
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Or maybe it is not possible and I have to apply from my home country?
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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

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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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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?

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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?

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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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by @worldtravel | 6yr 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 | 6yr 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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