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What are some tips for traveling with guitar/musical instrument?


by @andrewkent | 6yr  | 4 comments

I play guitar and practice almost every day. Iโ€™ve been sedentary for a little less than a year, so I havenโ€™t had to lug it around, but Iโ€™m hitting the road again soon.

Does anyone have any experience traveling with a guitar and/or other musical instrument? Any tips on preventing damage from airline luggage crews? Any extra precautions you take? Do you buy travel insurance for your instrument?

My guitar retails at over $1000, and Iโ€™ve added a nice pickup (~$200), so Iโ€™m thinking I might buy a cheaper guitar with a good hard case and travel with it instead.

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@jammingsloth | 6yr

I used to have a Martin Backpacker but recently upgraded to a Little Martin and wouldnโ€™t go back. Itโ€™s definitely more to carry, but in my opinion the sound and feel make it worthwhile. The Backpacker was decent to practice on, but eventually the tone just didnโ€™t cut it. It sounded more like a banjo than a guitar. And it was awkward to strum and hold (top heavy). The Little Martin plays and sounds like a real guitar. Even though the wood version sounds slightly fuller, I went with the laminate to avoid any warping.

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@cpury | 6yr

I can really recommend the Martin Backpacker Guitar! Itโ€™s tiny and of surprisingly high quality. Sounds as if youโ€™re playing a tin can with strings. I love it but you should try first if the soundโ€™s ok for you.

http://www.martinguitar.com/model/item/216-steel-string-backpacker-guitar.html

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@theunisk | 6yr

I switched over to a ukulele/guitalele for this reason. I always take them as hand luggage.
Even they can be a chore to drag around with you though.

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@andrewkent | 6yr

Yeah, Iโ€™ve thought about switching over to a Mandolin for a while. Used to play a little, but always ended up back at my guitar. Would be a heck of a lot easier to travel with though.

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by @jackgopack | 6mo 6 months ago | 39 comments

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What's the best SIM card you can get for traveling to Spain?


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Hi! I want to relocate to Spain and I was wondering if someone can recommend a SIM card with a good data package.

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What is your ergonomic set-up while traveling?


by @caseyr | 1yr 1 year ago | 18 comments

What is your ergonomic set-up while traveling?

I personally have an external keyboard, and am currently exploring getting a laptop stand, some lumbar support, and a trackball-mouse.

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by @artofbryce | 2yr 2 years ago | 10 comments

We just finished our first stint around South East Asia and somehow survived 3 days of way too many flights, leaving me to feel like death.

Too much shitty airplane food, not enough sleep, big time difference from Mexico to SEA.

Anyone have tips to prevent that more in the future (aside from better flight plans)? More importantly, how do I recover faster from this horror?

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in Russia by @shaulsolomon | 3yr 2 years ago | 1 comment

I am an English/American currently in Israel, and heading in a week to Georgia/Armenia for two weeks and then want to head to Russia for a week.
As I am only in Israel for another week, would it be possible to apply for the visa in Israel and ask to receive it in Armenia (my last stop before I want to go to Russia)?
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Living in Dubai for a month. Tips?


in Dubai, United Arab Emirates by @cyrilgupta | 3yr 2 years ago | 2 comments

Heya!
I have to be in Dubai by end of the month to finish the formation of my company and residency etc. Iโ€™ve stayed at hotels earlier, but that sounds pretty impractical considering I will be living there nearly for a month.

Anyone got any tips about renting a short-stay apartment for a month? Maybe even a few leads?

What about living in Dubai? I will be working hard, but I donโ€™t want to be bored out of my mind. Places I can hang out, things I can do?

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Tips for nomads in Granada, Spain?


in Granada, Spain by @katieuniacke | 3yr 3 years ago | 0 comments

Hi everyone. Iโ€™ve just moved to Granada in Andalucia to live with some friends I met in Mexico. Planning on staying a few months and then seeing where the wind takes me, but in the meantime, I wanted to know if there are any fellow nomads around, or if anyone has any tips for coworking spaces/cafes? Thanks in advance! :smiley:

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Do I need vaccinations for traveling in Asia?


by @fredrivett | 3yr 3 years ago | 6 comments

Iโ€™ve been looking to travel for a few years now, and Iโ€™m finally at the point where Iโ€™m pretty much ready to get going, hopefully next month.

That said, Iโ€™ve not planned ahead well, and it only just occurred to me about vaccinations. Iโ€™ve done a bit of research and there are vaccinations available, but Iโ€™m unsure how necessary they are.

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Anyone (almost) exclusively traveling in Latin America?


by @danielaf | 3yr 3 years ago | 7 comments

Is there anyone around who spends most of their time in Latin America? After short trips to Peru earlier this year, Iโ€™ve now come back to Lima to stay for another three months and will then head to Buenos Aires. Lima will be kind of my home base but I aim to explore as much as possible of Latin America in the next couple of years. No interest in Asia, Africa or North America and no intention to go back to Europe.

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by @danielgenser | 3yr 3 years ago | 37 comments

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What are the vaccinations I should get traveling from US to Indonesia? I read the CDC suggstions, but Iโ€™m curious on more anecdotal knowledge from experienced travelers to Indonesia.

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Hi nomads! Iโ€™m headed to Tanzania in mid-July and working my way down to Cape Town over about 2.5 months. Itโ€™s my first time in the region. Any tips or warnings for typical nomad concerns in Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana, Mozambique and South Africa?

Iโ€™m anticipating worse than usual wifi speed but any tips on connectivity would be great.

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Thanks :smile:

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by @kathrynoh | 4yr 3 years ago | 26 comments

This is something Iโ€™ve not really seen addressed anywhere much but, when you are staying somewhere medium term, say 1-6 months, what you do about cooking? I figure anything shorter than that and you can make do, while over 6 months you arenโ€™t going to mind stocking a kitchen so much. But, for that medium term period, it feels like a waste to spend too much on pantry supplies and equipment but too long to get by on basics.

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I am strongly considering ditching SEA for East Africa this summer. I just doing the cost analysis, but I am not sure how much food, drink and neccessities will be per month in Nairobi (and Kenya in general). Has anyone been lately who could advise?

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Hi all,

For Jan through March Iโ€™m looking for a place that as a) friendly people, b) warm climate, c) surfing, and d) reliable internet (either in cafes or a coworking space).

So far, this is my short list:

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If anyone has some good info on this, please share! : )

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As a woman and/or minority, are there any places you would not recommend traveling to?

 

by @gigigriffis | 4yr 4 years ago | 29 comments

Hi all!

So, Iโ€™m in Colombia at the moment and have experienced some really intense harassment and even violence here. I was shocked because itโ€™s been recommended to me by so many people, and so I thought perhaps it would be useful to start a thread here where we (we being women and other minorities) can talk about places where we recommend either not traveling or being particularly on guard.

So, are there any places youโ€™ve been where youโ€™ve experienced more violence, harassment, or maltreatment? Are there any places that you recommend other women/LGBT/ethnic minorities be particularly careful or not travel to?

I donโ€™t want this to become a super negative thing or a personal preference thing, but I am hoping to get some insight into areas that might be more concerning and/or unsafe for certain groups so that we can all make informed decisions about where we want to spend our time. I really wish someone would have been frank with me about the issues here in Colombia, so Iโ€™m hoping we can be frank with each other about places where we havenโ€™t felt 100% safe.

So, Iโ€™ll start:

Iโ€™ve had little to no problems in other parts of South and Central America, but here in Colombia I have witnessed not only street harassment, but also actual violence and malice and, worse, have seen people who could do something to stop it shrugging it off and saying โ€œitโ€™s normal here.โ€ I would not recommend it for women and particularly women traveling alone.

Similarly, in Morocco I felt very uncomfortable as a female traveler. There wasnโ€™t as much yelling or in-your-face harassment, but there was a ton of staring, men invading my space (standing over me in a bus and staring down at me from less than a foot away, for example), and men treating me like a second-class citizen (refusing to let me pass them on the sidewalk and instead forcing me to go around them into a busy street). I was traveling with a friend and we were both pretty exhausted by the end of the trip.

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How to insure my belongings when traveling in SE Asia & South America?


by @adrienbetweets | 4yr 4 years ago | 9 comments

I want an insurance that covers my belongings only.
I already have a international travel health insurance, hence I do not need some link or recommendation to do-it-all packages (i.e. insurance for health + rescue + belongings).

I came across this threads:

But they did not help me because:

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Ideally, Iโ€™d like to find an insurance that can insure my belongings regardless of my nationality & residence. Any link to information of quality is welcome.

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Are there digital nomads traveling by car?


by @patrick | 5yr 4 years ago | 10 comments

My initial plan was/is to travel by car from my hometown (Groningen, The Netherlands) to South East Asia. This will be the best trip based on cultures, landscapes and achievement.
The downside is all the visas you need for the countries in the middle of this trip. The hassle and the costs.

The alternative, what is in a name, is to start in Costa Rica. Hitting North America with a counter clockwise round. And then the same for South America.

Till now a dream trip, but I cannot get them out of my head.
For my I rest my hunger by living in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia for half a year.

But still looking t all the option for make this happen, eventually.
So, any Digital Nomads traveling and living form their car here?

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Have you ever been called to U.S. jury duty while traveling?


by @krompson | 5yr 4 years ago | 7 comments

My husband and I have residency in the state of Tennessee in the USA and my in-laws collect our mail for us there. We only pass through Tennessee about once a year.

Does anyone know what happens if weโ€™re called to jury duty? Is traveling a legit excuse to get out of it?

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Renting out apartment on Airbnb while traveling


by @swechris | 5yr 4 years ago | 7 comments

What are some good strategies on taking care of Airbnb managment while on traveling mode?

//Chris

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