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Where are the best digital nomad locations for hippies?

 

by @conni | 5yr  | 23 comments

I am a Yogi, living a spiritual, healthy, vegan lifestyle. I have been a digital nomad for several years and am now more and more looking for places that satisfy all my interests and needs that meet my healthy yogi lifestyle.

Right now I am in in Bali, which is perfect for me:

  • lots of yoga
  • many high-quality, healthy, vegan/veggie restaurants
  • loads of like-minded people
  • i can live my inner hippie while hustling away for my business
  • online entrepreneur community

What other places can you recommend that also match the requirements of a digital nomad lifestyle (good Internet etc)?

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@ride | 5yr

Looking forward to this thread unfolding.

Here you go: The word spiritual came up more than once in the topic. According to Oxford Dictionaries, the word spiritual means: Relating to or affecting the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things.

That can apply to many people on this forum - I mean, we travel, we donโ€™t own much stuff -, including me. But my spirituality - whatever that means -, does not include deliberately seeking out places with the highest hippie concentration, sorry to disappoint you. (You may want to check out Oxford Dictionariesโ€™ definition of the hippie as well.) Average concentration is still OK, donโ€™t worry.

Check this out: Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing. Episode 1

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@ride | 5yr

On a separate note, Fest300 by great business leader, recently turned Airbnb advocate Chip Conley is a great resource for finding interesting gatherings; let me know if you have found a good, but unusual one, outside the usual suspects!

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Pai Thailand and Vang Vieng Laos

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@carolynhoney | 5yr

Iโ€™m in Ubud, Bali right now and it sure looks like hippie central :wink: Boy oh boy, you should see the Ecstatic Dance on Sundays at the yoga barn.

Also, the health food in this town is amazing. Iโ€™ve stayed here for month just because itโ€™s the most bountiful, tastiest, cheapest health food in the world.

Plus I hear thereโ€™s a cafe called Napi Orti that sells magic mushroom milkshakes. Hippies dig that sort of thing, right?

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@richardh | 5yr

Tripadvisor reliably informs me Napi Orti sell a portion for 100,000 IDR when the same can be had in Kuta for 20,000 IDR.

While thereโ€™s no such thing as a fair price, I think when ripping off the tourists becomes normal itโ€™s time to find a new place to hang out.

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@nomadtax | 5yr

A big spiritual hub is Himachal Pradesh in the north of India (near Tibet). Thereโ€™s plenty of meditation retreats, plenty of hippies and India is obviously a great place for vegetarians.

This place has been recommended to me although I havenโ€™t been yet: http://tushita.info/

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@gregbrand | 5yr

Awesome thread! I have the same interests (except meditation instead of yoga) and all these great places just made me smile. Iโ€™m just starting out my digital nomad era and now Iโ€™m even more excited! Thanks for sharing, everyone.

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@jeff_bronson | 5yr

@Conni I spent a month in Goa, India with the hopes of finding this, even dragged my Djembe there from the U.S. There was drumming on the sea every night, Psytrance parties, lots of โ€˜newโ€™ hippies around, quaint places to chill, yoga stuff but also a lot of commercialism, bad food and trash. Itโ€™s a trade off.

Rishikesh has a good vibe to it as well. Iโ€™d been keep to checkout these S. American spots at some point.

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@logaoleg | 5yr

Dahab, Egypt.
There is a great yoga community here and the place is good for spiritual improvements. :smile:

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@yanokwa | 5yr

@kaaist We have similar tastes. I was in Puerto Escondido a few months before ending up in San Marcos.

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@kaaist | 5yr

Very nice! Puerto is a legendary spot! San Marcos is also a little piece of paradise.

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@kaaist | 5yr

I would +1 the recommendation for San Marcos La Laguna. I lived there in the Las Piramides retreat and it was a life changing experience. They have excellent vegetarian food and if you get there on the Full Moon you can do their inexpensive 30-day meditation and yoga intensive course and stay in your very own pyramid in the jungle. Around Lago de Atitlan you will also find lots of excellent yoga retreat centers.

A day or so overland from there is Puerto Escondido in Oaxaca (a state of Mexico). Thatโ€™s my go-to place for getting away from rainy Vancouver in the winter. There are a lot of digital nomads, amazing food, surfing, amazing Indigenous culture, decent Internet speeds, and the nearby town of Mazunte is the yoga capital of Mexico.

I did a post on my favourite digital nomad destinations that elaborates a bit more on these places and some others:

If you have any questions about any of these places, Iโ€™d be happy to help.

Cheers,
Kyle

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@radnomad | 5yr

Another +1 for Ubud, Bali. More yogis and spiritualists than Iโ€™ve seen anywhere else, and a solid entrepreneur scene build around Hubud (the townโ€™s coworking space).

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@yanokwa | 5yr

San Marcos La Laguna in Guatemala has a lot of spiritual folks. http://wikitravel.org/en/San_Marcos_La_Laguna

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@rusticbohemian | 5yr

I would suggest Chiang Mai, Thailand. I also lived in Bali (Ubud) in 2010 for some months and loved it for the same reasons you did. The Yoga was fantastic. I left because, at that time, the internet was way too slow.

Chiang Mai has faster internet, a good yoga/vegan/vegetarian community, beautiful outdoor places, etc.

I eat a raw vegan diet, which is so easy in Chiang Mai. I wrote about the particulars in my guide book for the city: http://www.amazon.com/Vagabonds-Guide-Chiang-Mai-Thailand-ebook/dp/B00BG30ZLO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1429281123&sr=8-1&keywords=Chiang+Mai+Thailand

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@marinajaneiko | 5yr

Minca in Colombia, Vilcabamba in Ecuador, Elqui Valley in Chile, Iquitos in Peru.

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@vpazionis | 5yr

Nice have you been to these places before? Iโ€™m planning on traveling through SA starting in Colombia around October time. Any suggestions for places to stay, eat or volunteer in Minca for example? Gracias V

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@orlando | 5yr

Conni, you could check out Ko Pha Ngan in Thailand and Rishikesh or Goa in India.

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@jplebeau | 5yr

Hi everyone! Iโ€™m also planning to be on Bali for next year for all those reasons, but Iโ€™m just scared about one thing: is Ubud and the area is a too much touristic place? Iโ€™m mean, is it possible to search confort and peacefullness on this island? Also, someone knows a place to stay for a small family (my wife and 2 young childrens)?

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@lightmotif | 5yr

Ubud has gotten more traffic and tourism in recent years, but itโ€™s still amazing. Homes look like temples. You can show up and find a house, rooms โ€“ people will approach you at the bus stop and the best deals are found that way. With the tourism has come great cafes catering to organic eating, etc. But itโ€™s true that the wifi isnโ€™t so great.

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@melanie | 5yr

Hey Conni!

I find myself with the same interests and always had my eye on Bali (of course) so itโ€™s great to hear that youโ€™re loving it. As for other places, Iโ€™ve heard some great things about Byron Bay in Australia though definitely not on the top of the list for the most cost effective of locations.

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@rridds | 5yr

Looking forward to this thread unfolding. Iโ€™m starting a remote position in the coming weeks, and will be starting my nomadic journey in the coming months. Iโ€™m a practising yogi and hoping to find places exactly like your above description of Bali, hehe.

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@skatkov | 5yr

I should note that iโ€™m affiliated with a business, but my spiritual gateway is here:
http://workingretreat.com

website still claims it as Working Retreat, but we already re-brending it to โ€˜Ganesh Houseโ€™ :wink: But all the points on a website are still valid :slight_smile:

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What is the best online insurance for digital nomads ?


by @berberos | 12h 11 hours ago | 4 comments

Hi guys ! hope you are doing well.

I would love to get your feedback regarding the best insurance for digital nomads. i'm traveling around Asia since 1 year and for next 4 or 5 years. Would love to buy an insurance to cover especially :

- health

- laptop, phone ...

- Flights

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Any nomads working on startups?

 

by @mattlock | 3mo 3 months ago | 33 comments

Hoping to see all the cool stuff people are working on while they live an extraordinary life.

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Any Ph.D students dissertating while a digital nomad?


by @larsheather | 4mo 4 months ago | 5 comments

Anyone know of any groups or resources for Ph.D. students working on dissertation while living as a digital nomad? I know there are several virtual writing groups around, but wondered if there were any specifically for digital nomads, particularly those who are dissertating.

Thanks!

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Does international health insurance for digital nomads exist?

 

by @al_steffen | 4mo 4 months ago | 59 comments

Hey Nomads!

Iโ€™m looking for an international health insurance (no travel insurance) for my nomadic life. It should cover the basic services and at least be accepted in the EU (itโ€™s ok if itโ€™s not accepted in the US as Iโ€™m aware they rarely are). Nice to have: enter into a contract online. Anyone got a good experience or a recommendation?

Thanks in advance!

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What is the gender split on NomadList?


by @iamhopeless | 4mo 4 months ago | 1 comment

Just curious. What percentage of men vs women are on here.

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How do you invest internationally as a nomad?


by @mateuszwieloch | 5mo 5 months ago | 17 comments

I have finally saved enough money to start investing. What company gives good, diversified access to stock, ETFs and mutual funds? Does it make sense to use company like Vanguard or Fidelity for that? Iโ€™m a EU/Poland citizen, how would I transfer my money back and forth without incurring significant fees?

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I dream of being a digital nomad? How do I do it?


by @programmingmark | 6mo 5 months ago | 2 comments

Hello digital nomad!

I dream of being an independent digital nomad. But it feels very elusive & unattainable with my success rate. In full disclosure, whilst I have dreamed about making money online since high school; I have not earned a single cent making money online. $0, nada, zilch!! On the contrary, I have spent a lot of time & money on books, podcasts. Even though I have spent a lot of time reading/listening to others, I do not have anything to show for it!

I have made attempts in the past to start an online business, but these fizzle out quite quickly when I do not see traction especially when the goal I have set myself is too high.

Instead of reaching for the ultimate nomadic lifestyle goal, I want to start much smaller. Really small! I am simply looking to make $50 profit per month from a new online business. Thatโ€™s it.

I need some advice from you please!

  • Is $50 profit too low? How long did it take you to earn $50 profit per month?

  • What is a good way of achieving this goal?

Thanks
Mark
aka the $0 online business entrepreneur

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Are there any nomad meetups in Osaka?


in Osaka, Japan by @freddychanut | 6mo 5 months ago | 1 comment

Will be in Osaka this April/May and was curious to discover interesting groups/events.
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How do digital nomads pay tax?


by @rodriigovieira | 6mo 6 months ago | 19 comments

Hello everyone! Iโ€™m new here and probably this is a very newbie question, but it doesnโ€™t leave my head.

How do you, nomads, pay your taxes? I mean, if youโ€™re constantly traveling, how are you going to pay taxes for a certain country if you are going to stay there a short period of time?
Or do you return to your โ€œoriginal countryโ€ and then pay them?

By the way, this forum has very nice cool formatting features! :smile:

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Are there nomad families here and how do you choose your next destination?


by @martinratinaud | 6mo 6 months ago | 4 comments

All members of my family has different needs and hobbies so how do you pick the perfect places?

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My first time nomad-ing... Spain or Portugal?


in Portugal by @jasraj | 6mo 6 months ago | 6 comments

Hey everyone,

Iโ€™m a freelance + nomad newbie, off for my 1st proper trip in May. Iโ€™m wanting to spend a month somewhere and go from there.

I just came back from Slovenia/Ljubljana and loved it there (just a week). I donโ€™t mind โ€œsleepierโ€ places par-say, as long as theyโ€™re close to a beach or nature of some kind. In fact, I kinda like places less-busy and a bit smaller/cosier.

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-> Have you every nomad-ed in a Spanish/Portuguese city? Iโ€™d love to know where and what you liked/disliked :slight_smile:

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Hey, is there currently a way to save filter settings? I feel like it would be helpful for planning the trip as I have several ideas on what to target and would like to cycle between them

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Anyone know an accountant for Canadian nomads/expats?


by @noam_lightstone | 7mo 7 months ago | 16 comments

Hey guys, this was my first year as a Canadian nomad.

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Does anyone know someone who specializes in Canada who can help? Iโ€™ve seen plenty of US recommendations but none for us canucks.

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by @rose_davis | 8mo 8 months ago | 7 comments

Hi!

I am planning to move to Latin America for 3-4 months (Oct-January). Iโ€™ve narrowed down 6 different places that I want to visit before committing to settling down, but Iโ€™d love to get some community input.

Here are the cities Iโ€™m considering:

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  • Cuenca, Ecuador
  • Medellin, Columbia
  • Cartagena, Columbia
  • Antigua, Guatemala
  • San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala

The most important things Iโ€™m looking for:

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  • Safe for women
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I just landed as a n00b digital nomad in Mexico City, and I am wonderingโ€ฆ Where are all the international digital nomads hiding around here? I have been to several coworking spaces (Selina etc.) only to find A LOT of local Mexican workers and businesses. Donโ€™t get me wrong, that is all fine, but I was hoping to meet some international nomads! Any advice?

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by @levelsio | 9mo 8 months ago | 61 comments

Thereโ€™s been a lot of discussion on this recently.

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I donโ€™t want do physical stuff, so Iโ€™m thinking of building a platform around making housing better for nomads.

What are the housing problems nomads face? And how can we solve them with products/services?

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App/tool/service for nomads to bring things from another country?


by @brmolin | 10mo 9 months ago | 4 comments

I vaguely remember hearing about such a service before, but Iโ€™m drawing a blank on the name. Basically I left my tablet on a connecting flight in Europe, right before my main flight to Thailand. They have my tablet and are willing to ship it out for me, but people have warned me thereโ€™s a big risk of it getting โ€œlost in the mailโ€ if I ship something expensive like that to Thailand.

Iโ€™m wondering if thereโ€™s a service or community, where I can find a nomad whoโ€™s in Europe/heading to Thailand soon, so I can have it shipped to them in Europe and pay them to ferry it down here for me? I met someone in Budapest a ways back who had built something for this type of use-case, but I canโ€™t remember the name of it. Any help would be appreciated!

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Are there any nomads from India?

 

in India by @ankitdas123 | 10mo 9 months ago | 56 comments

I have seen a lot of posts from different people across the world, but not even a single post from someone in India, who has been a nomad, either living within the country or traveling to another one.

Would definitely love to hear stories from such people. We are a couple traveling as social nomads who are trying to bridge the gap between the rural and urban societies in India. We have started out very humble and do not have much resources, so looking out for help from the community.

Ankit & Rishika
Around Love and Life

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How is Sicily for digital nomads?


by @gaelm | 10mo 10 months ago | 15 comments

Hi all, I was looking for a cool spot in Southern Europe for winter and Iโ€™m considering Sicilyโ€ฆ Have you ever been there? If yes, how was your experience? If not, why?
thanks!

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How is Bari, Italy for digital nomads?


in Bari, Italy by @mitch_dina | 10mo 10 months ago | 7 comments

Greetings!
Does anyone have experience in Bari, Italy please? We are thinking of going from Dubrovnik, Croatia to Bari by boat in mid-March. Has anyone taken a boat across? Is it nice or can it be choppy? (We are trying to avoid planes, to reduce our carbon footprint, so adding more surface travel.) Also, any info you might be able to offer about Bari and the surrounds? Next step will likely be trains up Italy as the Spring progresses.

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