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What are the struggles you've encountered when picking a new place to visit and live in for a while?


by @andreadardon | 6yr  | 10 comments

With my boyfriend weโ€™ve been traveling through Europe since July. We try to make a month at a time and the last place we got to was Cluj-Napoca, Romania. We soon realized that itโ€™s not a good place to find short term leases. Weโ€™ve usually done Airbnbs, but in that city they all seemed overpriced. After talking to some Real Estate agencies we found a place that we could rent for a month. They usually rent to students, but since itโ€™s the end of the semester, it could be rented for just that month. The apartment, however, didnโ€™t have internet.
We notice how hard it is to find places that will meet our โ€œdigital nomadโ€ needs: the city, if itโ€™s walkable, short term leases, fast and reliable internet, if it has a place to work like coworking spaces nearby, or if the apartment wonโ€™t drive you crazy if you stay in all day (in Spain every apartment we went to seemed to have construction going on somewhere close).
What are your struggles when finding a place in a new city?

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@munly_leong | 6yr

my major struggles have usually been finding adequate short term rentals especially when I was in Canada and both decent internet quality and an accessible router/modem to reset or fix things myself if anything goes wrong.

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@yivva | 6yr

Short term accommodation is often a problem for us also, not hard to find but usually much more expensive when only for one month. and we never find any good deals on airbnb so gave up on that one.

We have found it easier recently to make somewhere a base for three months and travel/explore from there. Then properly move every three months and do the same with that new location as our new central point. Works out better financially and is nice not to have to pack up everything we own all the time (not that thereโ€™s much stuff anyway)

Other struggles we have found is air quality. I noticed this has been mentioned on here a few times, but didnโ€™t even consider it a major problem until we stayed in Hanoi in July this year. It was something we didnโ€™t look up until we arrived and then were very disappointed. My friend there was constantly struggling to breath when he was outside. No amount of cheap beer / accommodation is worth that!

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@vong | 6yr

[quote=โ€œyivva, post:3, topic:5490โ€]
Other struggles we have found is air quality. I noticed this has been mentioned on here a few times, but didnโ€™t even consider it a major problem until we stayed in Hanoi in July this year. [/quote]

Clean air is one of those things you donโ€™t miss until itโ€™s not there!

Had to don N95 masks for an extended period due to haze in Singapore & Beijing, and it really makes you feel like crap. No outdoor activities + constant anxiety and guilt that youโ€™re killing your lungs.

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@andreadardon | 6yr

Iโ€™ve never even thought of air quality! Iโ€™d look more into it when picking a new place!

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@kathrynoh | 6yr

Iโ€™ve definitely had struggles with accommodation. Partly my fault from not understanding my own needs (eg. itโ€™s better and probably cheaper to get a place with a decent work area than have to go out to cafes โ€“ definitely cheaper in the long term when I need to pay for massages to fix my back!)

The other side of it is having issues with Airbnb. Itโ€™s getting to be a bit of a joke when I post on social media yet again about the problems. One of the factors that makes it difficult is that the reviews on the site are often veered towards the overly positive or give scant information. Photos and the description can only tell you so much and itโ€™d be nice to get the full picture. The nearby construction work is a good example of that โ€“ Iโ€™d want to know before I booked a place.

I think Airbnb facilitates that too. Iโ€™ve noticed when I get the โ€˜please reviewโ€™ emails their wording is about giving feedback to the host when I think itโ€™s as important, if not more so, to provide a clear picture to future guests. I always try to be well rounded when I write reviews for that reason and, obviously, some things that would be a huge issue for digital nomads are not going to be factor at all for a tourist in town for a few days and only in the place to sleep.

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@andreadardon | 6yr

I know exactly what you mean with the reviews being overly positive. I get it, when you personally meet the people who are your hosts, it gets harder to say bad things about them. I recently had a problem with a place in London, the hosts decided to remodel the house on our last week of a month long stay. We complained to Airbnb who later declined our complaint because the host โ€œdid tell us they would do the remodeling worksโ€ even though they told us the day before. The hosts where nice people, but on my review I had to tell the truth. After that I received a very nasty message from them.
Itโ€™s hard to pick a place, since most reviews are very nice and you trust them. Then if you want to help the community and say things as they are on your review, you get harassed verbally by the hosts, who had agreed to a system in which they could get bad reviews.
But youโ€™re also right about our needs not being the same as to those of a regular tourist, on this same place when we complained about the internet not being strong in our room, the host quickly said no one had ever complained about it. No one had ever needed the internet as much as we did.

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@kathrynoh | 6yr

Iโ€™ve had really good experiences with Airbnb when Iโ€™ve had to contact them with issues. They even compensated me for a hotel stay when I had to get out of one place.

One thing though, if you have issues during a stay that means you have to cancel your booking, you are unable to leave a review. There is just the comment added that you cancelled the booking but that could mean it was cancelled prior to your stay, because you found somewhere else or a number of other factors.

Itโ€™s really bad that the host harassed you. I had one host get very passive aggressive because I had to move out and cancel my booking. It was all in the reviews though and I figure they did themselves more harm by posting something like that.

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@db8871 | 6yr

my major struggle is making new local friends, which is the reason I tend to stay long term in the same place, or come back to he same places.

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@kathrynoh | 6yr

I think returning to familiar places can be helpful for a lot of the initial struggles. I was recently in Tokyo, where I used to live, and found I was a lot more productive than I have been in cities that are new to me. Thereโ€™s none of that settling period while you try to orientate yourself with the city, work out public transport and set up the essentials.

Of course, Iโ€™d never want to just keep returning to the same places constantly so the ideal is have a good mix of old and new.

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@andreadardon | 6yr

That is a real struggle! How much time do you usually stay in one place, out of curiosity?

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