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What questions should one ask themself before embarking into the nomadic lifestyle?


by @marcob | 5yr  | 6 comments

What questions should one ask themself before embarking into the nomadic lifestyle?
& what would your answer be to said question?

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@wanderingdev | 5yr

what questions to ask are pretty personal but Iโ€™d say make sure to read the bad stuff too. there is a lot of โ€˜living the dreamโ€™ crap out there that completely glosses over some of the pain points of being a nomad. some of how painful it is depends on how you work. are you a FTE just working remotely or are you a freelancer who depends on new projects constantly coming in so you can put food on the table. The latter is much harder as a nomad IMO.

As far as questions, there are practical and psychological.

What will you do when all of your cards are denied in a country and you have no cash?
what will you do when your laptop is stolen so you canโ€™t work?
What will you do when your project falls through and suddenly you have no income this month?
What will you do when you have to do a video call and your internet goes out?

or

What will you do to make friends/have relationships when youโ€™re constantly moving?
How will you handle being lonely, as we all inevitably are sometimes?
How will you handle being homesick?

People make it look like an easy life. Sometimes it is. Sometimes itโ€™s really not. Make sure you research the really not because thatโ€™s the stuff that will throw a wrench in your works.

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@marcob | 5yr

@wanderingdev These are some very great points you bring to the table. Thankโ€™s again for also sharing in your input. You bring to light some important, and very real, questions to the table.

One question, this is personal and itโ€™s fine if you donโ€™t answer, but Iโ€™m curious: are you happy as a nomad? It seems you always bring up the topic of loneliness. Sorry, looks like itโ€™ll actually be two questions - as a nomad, are you escaping from something, searching for something, or are you just passionate about travelling?

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@wanderingdev | 5yr

Iโ€™m happy as a nomad, bit occasional loneliness is part of the deal and that fact is frequently ignored. People like to talk about all the good stuff. I prefer to talk about the real stuff. Everyone is probably both escaping and searching to some extent, if theyโ€™re honest about it. But I also just love to travel.

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@dgioulakis | 5yr

Iโ€™ve been working for my company for over six years and made the move to remote work last July. The company is based in FL but I live in NYC. Iโ€™ve mostly been working from coffee shops and hotel lounges but I must admit, itโ€™s gotten quite lonely sometimes and I occasionally miss having an office environment.

@wanderingdev, Iโ€™ve decided to make it a goal to work strictly from co-working spaces as I transition to a nomadic lifestyle. Whatโ€™s your experience with them overall? (If thatโ€™s a fair question to ask.) Do you see/interact with the same people for days/weeks?

I planned to do this originally when moving to NYC, however, the cost for a shared desk is roughly $600/mo so I never committed to it.

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@wanderingdev | 5yr

I donโ€™t work from coworking spaces as a nomad so I canโ€™t comment. Iโ€™m thinking about adding it in occasionally though for the social aspect. When I worked in the US, my company had offices in a coworking space and I got to know some of the other people but generally they kept to themselves. But it depends a lot on the space I think.

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@nickdanforth | 5yr

I think itโ€™s always good to check out local co-working spaces. Some are super social and make it real easy to get connected and make friends, which is incredible on the road. Others, not so much. Really just depends on the culture of the space.

Iโ€™d recommend checking each space out for a day or two before jumping into a longer (and more expensive) commitment.

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


in Poland by @davda1546 | 13d 13 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.

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I'm beginning my Nomadic journey - what advice do you have?


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

Hello Everyone,

On January 8, I set off on my Nomadic Journeys. I have a one way ticket to Iceland booked for a film shoot, and a flight into mainland Europe on the 20th, and from there I have no idea, and I am completely on my own.

What advice do you have? Right now I am feeling everything, from bad to good about it all, really can feel that safety/wool from underneath me get pulled away, I know Iโ€™m jumping out of my shell here.

(To give some background, Iโ€™m starting my nomad journey after having started a successful business, so financially I am set. Itโ€™s the question personally, mentally how do you cope in the beginning of leaving everything and going?)

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Any nomadic electronic music producers?


by @bavals | 3yr 3 years ago | 12 comments

I am curious if anyone here is traveling while also working on their electronic music productions. I know there are a few โ€œrealโ€ musicians here (respek!), but I am even more interested in finding my digital brethren.

If youโ€™re out there, how do you manage to do it? Granted, it has become a lot more feasible in the past 5 years or so, but not entirely problem-free.

Do you have a more comprehensive set up at your home base that complements your mobile studio or are you 100% mobile? Do you have a MIDI controller in your backpack/suitcase at all times? What about the monitors? While weโ€™re on the topic, would you maybe care to share your setup (DAW, interfaces, controllers, peripherals)?

Hereโ€™s my situation right now: MacBook Pro with Ableton Live, AKG headphones, a simple/tiny m-audio MIDI controller, an Apogee MiC for recording samples & voice. So far, nothing for the digital interface (apart from the built-in one) or monitors.

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Should nomads travel into countries with war crime problems?


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

Today I read an article about hundreds of thousands of Kurds who were misplaced and lost their homes during military siege of Kurdish cities Sur and Diyarbakir by the Turkish Army. Source below:

I was aware for some time now that the Turkish military is using excessive force against its Kurdish minority, especially after the military coup crackdown this summer. This is one of such articles

Now, looking from a broader perspective, do you think we should travel into countries which are going to use the tax money (which we will contribute to) to finance military campaigns with heavy human rights violations and consequences against civilian lives? Isnโ€™t that like crowdfunding war crime campaigns? How do other people observe such cases? This articleโ€™s focal point is Turkey, but I am sure there are many other countries around the world with similar problems.

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How do you take care of your mental health during the transition to a digital nomad lifestyle?


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

Iโ€™m a professional psychotherapist who is starting out in this lifestyle and Iโ€™m curious to hear what specific psychological struggles people had to overcome while making the transition to life as a DM. Also, what do you do to stay mentally healthy while traveling to foreign lands. Iโ€™m interested in hearing any insights people may have, especially since I am working on a book on psychological resilience and I canโ€™t think of a more stressful transition than moving from a static to a nomadic lifestyle. If youโ€™re not comfortable putting your experiences on a public forum, feel free to PM me.

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Hey everyone - Iโ€™m new here, and this may be a dumb question, but I need some help! As a U.S. citizen, can I fly into Budapest from London without a return ticket?

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Any digital agency owners living the nomad lifestyle?


by @nicolas | 3yr 3 years ago | 9 comments

Iโ€™d like to get into conversations with other agency owners with employees, or even create a mastermind group and share experiences around questions like:

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  • how you keep them motivated without daily face-to-face discussions
  • how you find and work with customers remotely
  • whether your goal is growth and exit or just lifestyle entrepreneurship
  • etc.

Anyone interested? Thanks!

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by @maarten | 4yr 3 years ago | 11 comments

Originally, I am from the Netherlands. Since january 2016, I have been working remotely all around the world. But even though I havenโ€™t been in the Netherlands this year, I am still paying taxes there. Iโ€™m still registered as a citizen.

I have to unregister in the Netherlands as a citizen. But if I donโ€™t register somewhere else, or have a freelance status or company somewhere else, I would still have to pay 50%+ taxes. This is, of course, not fun at all.

So I decided to move my business elsewhere. Either get freelancer status in another country, or create a business there to send invoices from. Which brings me to my question:

What is the best country tax-wise for a Dutch freelancer?

As of now, I found two solutions:

  • Have an agency set up a company in Bulgaria. It will kost 3000 euro a year, once 3300 euros and extra money if I want residency. And then of course 10% income tax on my earnings.
  • Have an agency set up a company in Dubai. It will cost around 2000 euro annually and 5000 euro once. No income tax.

Wether residency in an other country is required for the Dutch tax authority to not tax your world income, seems to be a grey area. However, if I unregister in Holland and send invoices from a company in a whole other country, it should be fine.

I have little or no experience. People with know-how: would you be so kind to comment on these options?

Are there alternatives I should consider?

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Do you know a country where there is no or a low income tax and this process is relatively easy and suitable for Dutch freelancers?

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by @gigigriffis | 4yr 3 years ago | 20 comments

Hey guys,

Iโ€™m doing a series of nomad interviews to demonstrate how different we all do this nomad thing. Iโ€™ve just published one on How Fast Do Nomads Travel? (http://gigigriffis.com/how-fast-do-digital-nomads-travel/) and Iโ€™ve got a few coming up on Do Digital Nomads Have Home Bases?, What Are Digital Nomad Work Schedules Like?, How Do Nomads Choose Where to Go Next? Etc.

Iโ€™m looking for people who would be interested in answering some questions and sharing their personal nomadic perspectives. So if thatโ€™s you, let me know.

Also, itโ€™s really important to me to show some diversity, so Iโ€™m particularly interested in interviewing POC and nomads who are from unusual backgrounds (for example: 40+ nomads, retired nomads, nomads with kids, LGBT nomads, etc.).

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Opening a discussion on the idea of buying a really large boat and turning into an office for a startup?


by @swarner | 4yr 4 years ago | 7 comments

Ever heard of people buying an old school bus together and taking a road trip throughout the U.S.? Well itโ€™s kind of like that.

What are the chances of a bunch of freelancers, or a startup, buying a really big boat, and working 100% remotely, while cruising to a different country each year? Kind of like Semester at sea but for a company or group of freelancers!

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How to get into the zone without caffeine?


by @panoramica | 5yr 4 years ago | 17 comments

Iโ€™m recovering from a stomach bug so caffeine and sugar, the two staples of late night development, are off the menu. As a result Iโ€™m finding it quite hard to get motivated!

Does anyone have some alternative techniques to wake my brain up and plug me in?

Currently Iโ€™m indulging in music but itโ€™s not having quite the same effect as the killer combo of coffee/music/chocolate :cry:

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