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What are your Zanzibar recommendations?


by @purplespatula | 4yr  | 7 comments

Have any of you worked from Zanzibar? Itโ€™s mostly a vacation destination but the Internet is relatively good so we are planning to give working there a try in mid-July. Do you know any hotels, coffee shops or restaurants that might be particularly good for getting work done?

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@purplespatula | 4yr

We ended up being based out of Dar Es Salaam which was a good decision for us. We stayed in a beach house at Mbezi Beach and got better prices than in Zanzibar with ready access to groceries, etc. We tethered and 4G was plenty fast.

We spent a weekend in Stone Town, Zanzibar and really enjoyed it but it would likely be hard to find a good Internet connection there. The townโ€™s charm comes largely from its stone buildings with very thick walls separated by narrow alleys. Turns out thatโ€™s just about the worst configuration for cell signal :laughing:. Itโ€™s possible to buy pretty good wifi access by the hour at Zanzibar Coffee House but that quickly gets expensive.

We didnโ€™t go all the way around the island but cell service was certainly better by the beaches.

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@kmander | 4yr

Have visited before, but it was around 8 hours ago. Certainly canโ€™t remember internet access being good back then, and there were also power issues at times. Are things really much better?

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@purplespatula | 4yr

Vague rumors suggest itโ€™s possible to get good WiFi. Weโ€™re developers so are mostly sending text around. It sounds like mobile data is fast and not too expensive so we always have the option of tethering if needed.

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@alexlielacher | 4yr

@lognaturel you should have most of your questions answered here, and if not feel free to reach out to Fiona (who wrote this). Just tell her you know me :slight_smile: http://smartmoneysmartliving.com/2016/06/20/digital-nomad-guide-zanzibar/

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@borowis | 4yr

According to data at http://opensignal.com/ I wouldnโ€™t call that good mobile internet (and usually I find opensignal pretty good indicator). Hope it works for you. Let us know how it was!

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@angelicism | 4yr

I donโ€™t actually have any useful information, itโ€™s just very high on my โ€œomg must visitโ€ list, although will probably have to be just a vacation destination for me (since I work US hours). Would love to know whatever else you find out though!

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@wanderingdev | 4yr

Hey, I know that @angelicism has it high on her list of places to visit, so maybe she has some info. Have fun!

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What's the best thing to do with your phone/ your phone number when travelling?


in Poland by @davda1546 | 6d 5 days ago | 6 comments

Hey, hope everyone is well!

We're leaving in a month to go travelling. Our first destination is still to be confirmed, but will likely be Poland or Slovakia. We will be moving around every month or two to different destinations.

The question we have is: what do people do with phones/ phone numbers when hopping from country to country? Ideally we'd just like one number for the whole trip (even better, the number we already have) wherever we go, rather than getting new SIMs with different numbers.

This is just so it's easier to keep in contact with family/ clients/ etc.

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Best place in Portugal near cool nomads, good surf, and a great cowork spot


in Portugal by @joelnicholson | 11d 10 days ago | 6 comments

Hi there, title says it all. Canadian nomad hoping to find the city/town in Portugal with great, consistent surfing, a solid coworking spot, and a fun group of young nomads. Please recommend!

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How to learn a language without taking a formal class?


by @zakamercury | 18d 17 days ago | 3 comments

How to learn a language without taking a formal class, while traveling in different countries?

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Where do I get good legal advice/support to have a long-term stay?


in Lisbon, Portugal by @mzorrilla | 1mo 1 month ago | 1 comment

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.

Everything I see online doesn't inspire me much confidence (most sites looks a bit scammy) and this is not a "vacation stay"... I want to be clear my head far away from Argentina right now. If someone has a good website, recommendations, etc I will super appreciate.

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Medellin, Bogota or Panama? Any recommendations?


in Medellรญn, Colombia by @xdrewx | 3yr 3 years ago | 3 comments

Medellin, Bogota or Panama? Any recommendations on a 6 month stay with the intent of learning spanish and running an ecommerce business(good wifi)?

Where is a good place to learn Spanish? I am coming in with an intermediate level of Spanish.

Where is the internet quality good enough?

Many thanks!
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Podcast recommendations?


by @ahawkins | 4yr 3 years ago | 4 comments

Hello everyone. Which podcasts are you listening too? Iโ€™m interested in topics such as:

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  • Financial planning & freedom

Hereโ€™s what Iโ€™m following:

Any suggestions or other interesting recommendations?

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in Canada by @bestscifireads | 4yr 3 years ago | 7 comments

Hey guys.

Iโ€™m in the unfortunate situation (and true Digital Nomadโ€™s worst nightmare) where the Canadian tax man (i.e. the CRA) has decided to come calling. And calling hard.

Any recommendations for Canadian Tax Accounts / Tax Lawyers specializing digital nomads / expats / non residents?

Hereโ€™s the deal:

Iโ€™m a digital nomad living in Thailand who has NOT lived in canada since the middle of 2011, and in that time, only been back to canada three times for a brief visit (with a total period between all those years of less than 90 days out of the 5 years).

I make an online income (affiliates, adsense, and such) of which all if it does not derive from Canada. And as stated, I donโ€™t live there anymore and havenโ€™t in many years. I donโ€™t own houses, cars, or anything (I do have a personal bank account though and a DL โ€“ you need those to function mostly). Iโ€™ve only used Canada as my bank account, from which I would send money abroad to live while outside of Canada, which was the entire period of time.

Anyways, the taxman back in Canada doesnโ€™t know this (that Iโ€™m a non resident) and of course has now come to collect. I had income tax demands sent to an address (parentsโ€™) stating I owe a very high five figure balance in income tax and owe it right away.

The whole digital nomad thing has just come to life the past years and when I left Canada in 2011/2010, no one new much about making money online, how to pay taxes when you donโ€™t live in your home country, etc. I was doing this earlier than most (from this forum, I gather itโ€™s common now).

I assume Iโ€™ll probably need a Canadian tax accountant and mayhaps a tax lawyer versed inโ€ฆwellโ€ฆdigital nomads. Iโ€™m going to call the CRA (Canadian Revenue Agency) and try to explain that I donโ€™t live there and havenโ€™t (and I can prove it), but yea. It may take more than that.

At this point, Iโ€™ve been looking how to properly structure my affairs (creating an Estonian Corp, creating an Thailand corporation) to properly handle how I should structure things in the future, but in the meantimeโ€ฆ

Advice or a recommendation for a specific tax specialist (iโ€™m from BC, Canada if that helps) would be awesome.

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by @jammingsloth | 4yr 4 years ago | 1 comment

Iโ€™m looking to hire probably an English fluent individual to help me with pricing and selling inventory. Does anyone have any experience with and recommendations for virtual assistants who can handle this work?

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