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Where should I set up a home base in Europe?

 

by @tylertringas | 5yr  | 22 comments

Hi folks,
Iโ€™ve been nomading for about 2 years straight and Iโ€™m looking to switch it up a little bit. This year Iโ€™d like to set up a home base somewhere while still being able to travel around 50% of the time. I thought I would just put my current thinking here to to see if anybody had advice or input on it.

First, why have a base at all? For me it boils down to three reasons:

  1. Gear. Rock climbing, skiing, diving, trekking (and if youโ€™re me, cooking) require specialized gear. I have some of that stuff in storage in the US and Iโ€™m tired of over-paying to rent sub-par equipment. Looking for a spot to store my gear and easily swap it out as needed based on seasons.
  2. A comfortable default spot for work. Sometimes you just want to sit in one spot for a month or more and just crank on a project. I want a great setup that I know I can default back to when I really just need to focus on work.
  3. Community. Nomading is great and this community is excellent. But Iโ€™d like to have my cake and eat it too, being part of a local and nomad community.

So Iโ€™m looking at Barcelona, Berlin and Budapest. No I donโ€™t have a weird thing about cities that start with โ€œBโ€ - it just worked out that way.

Iโ€™m likely looking for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center (i.e. Gracia, Mitte, District VII). It needs to be either (1) cheap enough that I wouldnโ€™t feel awful about traveling while still paying rent, maybe max EUR 800-900/mo (2) Or, easily Airbnbโ€™able if Iโ€™m gone for a while. Also looking for โ€œforeigner-friendlyโ€ setup without an extensive bureaucratic leasing process.

So my questions:

  1. What are the sites/processes for finding long-term apartments in these cities?
  2. Anybody seen any interesting other solutions to this? Like dedicated nomad housing? Sweet group housing around this idea?
  3. Anybody already have a setup like this that theyโ€™d care to share?

Also if anybody loves this idea and wants to chat about finding a bigger place together Iโ€™m open to the idea.

Thanks!

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@liberalogica | 5yr

I have been living in Berlin and it is a great place for a nomad. The problem i see with Europe is bureaucracy. Now when i am travelling out of Berlin for months i still need to pay a lot of stuff here, because almost everything, even the gym or the mobile phone, can be paid just with a contract relying on your bank account. And then there is the health insurance, people ask documents when visiting homes, and here they donโ€™t joke with taxes. Just too many pointless papers. Maybe i did the wrong moves, i am not sure, but i think that the less bureaucratic place in Europe is probably the United Kingdom, so i would consider it if i were in you

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@poppyjikko | 5yr

What about Switzerland ? Czech ? Estonia ? Sweden ? Post-Renzi Italy ?

Thanks for your insights ! :smiley:

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@jacobjay | 5yr

Iโ€™ve bought myself a base in the south France. Thereโ€™s a lot to be said for mid-sized towns. You can buy a liveable 1-bed apartment in a centre under โ‚ฌ30k, hell thereโ€™s a 120m2 across the road at 10k but needing major work, so whilst whilst theyโ€™re cheap, there are fewer that are good if you plan to rent later.

You need to be either in a town with tourism (Iโ€™m currently in Carcassonne, with the 2nd most visited attraction in France), or you need to be within distance of a decent city (Iโ€™ll be moving to Beziers, next to Montpellier, which has more life).

There are quite a few touristic towns that are year-round mini-hubs for low cost airlines, otherwise youโ€™ve got to be able to get to the cities. Both my current and future towns also have stations with lines to Barcelona or Bordeaux (3h <โ‚ฌ50), and Paris (4h30 โ‚ฌ15!).

Carcassonne and most other touristic towns have lovely countryside accessible from the doorstep, and Iโ€™d say are ideal if you spend much of your time in busier locations but would like to get away sometimes. Couchsurfing is also quite active and thus Iโ€™m not disconnected completely from some interesting company. Towns nearer cities tend to sacrifice the doorstop countryside but nonetheless so long as thereโ€™s a station you can get out (Languedoc has โ‚ฌ1 trains). French busses are useless.

More developed regions such as the Cote-dโ€™Azur are much more expensive, however would provide a much better return for renting if you can secure a deal.

As I will be using mine only part-time, Iโ€™ll be renting and indeed I plan to incorporate it with my next nomad-housing project in Fez. Storage is also cheap to buy, I got a 6m3 cellar for โ‚ฌ1600, which in the long run is far better value than renting! Buying is still debatable for housingโ€ฆ

For those with steady monthly incomes but not enough for an outright purchase (nor stability for a mortgage), thereโ€™s a type of agreement (โ€˜viagerโ€™) becoming more common. You pay about a third the value of the property in cash (itโ€™s usually in aesthetically bad condition), and then provide a nominal monthly payment to the owner for their lifetime. The seller is usually a retiree who just wants to move somewhere better and boost their pension, but wonโ€™t necessarily be around to claim the payments for long. Could be interesting for DNs interested in acquiring a stable asset!

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@nomadicme | 4yr

Thank you for the idea. I kept thinking I couldnโ€™t buy because prices in the large cities are insane (Paris Iโ€™m looking at you!). But perhaps there are some really inexpensive ways to set up a small pad in a small town. Iโ€™ve got to look into it! Now to figure out which countryโ€ฆ

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@jacobjay | 4yr

(This was meant as a reply to @NomadicMe ) I may have already covered this in another not rental-oriented thread, however for the buying route do pay attention to the taxes and building charges. If you end up spending 3k+/yr on these as I found myself doing, you might find youโ€™d rather just spend that on six months rent anywhere else. France is not great in this respect with national property tax plus local habitation tax of about 120โ‚ฌ/m2/yr. Building charges might be anywhere 100โ‚ฌ โ€“ 1kโ‚ฌ and almost all properties in towns are in such shared building. In villages you can find standalone properties but of course theyโ€™re rural.

Whatever you may make in seasonal rentals should cover your taxes but may not go further because these towns are not in such demand as the citiesโ€ฆ less developed countries may not have such hefty charges, and some towns also offer waivers but these donโ€™t last so long. That said thereโ€™s a reason why thereโ€™s TGVs and 1โ‚ฌ local trainsโ€ฆtaxes. But for a nomad who only gets those advantages part-time thereโ€™s less point paying full-time.

If you can find the right balance between cost and value then I think itโ€™s great to have a base. Particularly if you do a lot of work in a specific region, to attend events, a reliable place to meet less adventurous friendsโ€ฆ

Iโ€™ve already mentioned travel connections, and if one would need to travel on short notice a smaller budget airport isnโ€™t necessarily beneficial as tickets are only cheap in advance, however a larger airport like BCN has cheap flights on shorter notice and thereโ€™s cheap towns still within distance with flights at different times.

France is appealing for getting to the key western European cities because thereโ€™s many cheap airports within range (here I can reach 6 or 7, but many flights leave at early AM so I canโ€™t catch those) but also trains and coaches (for example I can spend just the day in Barcelona and catch the night bus back). Spain is however a bit far to reach say London or Amsterdam by ground travel, especially now night trains are basically retired.

If unplanned travel isnโ€™t a big issue then eastern Europe or even the Baltic could be investigated :smiley: Not to mention Morocco, Iโ€™ve seen 3-storey houses in Fez which being a city is far more interesting than a smaller European town, and for 60k (need renovation thoughโ€ฆ), plus itโ€™s a possible alternative to EU visa/residency. And as a final note, as @yangwao suggested heโ€™d be doing in Solvakia there are coliving spaces all over. Some of these need new members to buy into the property with them, which might be a more interesting form of ownership, typically however it is not oriented towards nomadism, Iโ€™m actually planning something that would be (like roam.co but co-op ownership instead of a rental contract).

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@yangwao | 4yr

just update, I made some PoC website, http://hackerdome.xyz, in 2017 it could be ready for you :wink:

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@jacobjay | 4yr

Hackerdome sounds great, and also nice location โ€” Iโ€™ll see if I can come by with my mountain bike next year โ€” bike trails and hyperloop oh yeah :smiley:

About micro/short-term, yes itโ€™s a lot of work, I had a slightly larger space than you (9 bed) but you are targeting hackers and not in a major metro so your residents should be more self-selecting and easier to manage. Itโ€™s great (and better supports an educational/hackerspace ethos) to have the option for some people to drop by short-term though (not everyone has a month+ to spend on their project/learn/help) so I had one or two rooms available at a higher rate/contribution, but maybe say a minimum of 7 days. On micro-term I like to welcome CSers for variety and sometimes others but only on request and when possible. For my next attempt Iโ€™m thinking mostly medium-term nomads and escapees, being too diverse both in model and community becomes a problem :wink: I look forward to seeing more details as you develop it!

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@yangwao | 5yr

Iโ€™m living in Bratislava, Slovakia, Central Europe and here are some pros/cons why is good as base

Pros

  • Cheap rent, you can get decent private room for 200-300โ‚ฌ for month here
  • Community meetups are pretty developed + strong startup scene
  • Vienna Airport is like 40mins of busride and 4โ‚ฌ for busdrive.
  • You have in 1 hour reach Vienna, 2 hours to Budapest, 3 hours to Prague
  • [Average temperatures are 13C]
    (http://www.yr.no/place/Slovakia/Bratislava/Bratislava/statistics.html)
  • Small-city factor advantages, cute downtown, everything in walk-distance
  • Uber & Liftago

Cons

  • not great developed cycle-transportatios, but working open-source bike-sharing system

These are objective thing, beside this, I plan open co-living here as I own house 10km from city center, some kind of Hacker House :sweat_smile:

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@jruz | 5yr

I have my base in Barcelona.
I have friends there so I just stay with them every time I go. I call it my base since I have a storage where I keep my stuff: rock climbing gear, vinyls, books, off season clothes etc.
Iโ€™m paying almost 40โ‚ฌ for 1x1x2.5 storage.

Some of the things I like about it:

  • Is a small city, with good transport.
  • I have an Avancar(Zipcar) membership so I go to the storage by car.
  • Its cheap, (food, coworking, hostels, storage)
  • Good hub, cheap flights to and from anywhere
  • Good weather all year long
  • Good night life
  • Amazing beaches (Costa Brava)
  • Great climbing spots (Montserrat, Siurana, La Foixarda, Calella)
  • I speak spanish, so makes things a lot easier

Something to consider is that AirBnb is illegal there, and heavily chased, thanks to hotel mafia and low quality tourism. You are safe if you only rent a room, they are chasing mainly whole flats. Also most long term rentals will ask you for a work contract or to pay many months in advance.

Good luck

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@bavals | 5yr

I heard about it and it really disappointed me, even though I completely understand the frustration with mass tourism, which seems to have flooded the city to the point of it no longer being itself. That said, and with all the sympathy for Barceloniansโ€™ cause, attacking AirBnB renters indiscriminately seems like a completely dumb thing to do. If they wanted to crack down, why not ban short-term rentals, as most cities with housing shortages did? That would be reasonable. My understanding is that they did almost the opposite, not only requiring licenses from AirBnB hosts, but also putting all kinds of other restrictions, including an upper limit on the days apartments can be rented for (even the licensed apartments!) and long moratoriums on issuing new licenses. It sounds like an open war on tourism to me.

So, while I do understand it, I donโ€™t want be caught in the cross-fire. Which is sad for me: I love the city and I have a genuine interest in Catalan culture. I spent a month in BCN last year studying Catalan (tell me Ms Colau, how much more exemplary can one get as a tourist?), spending not only on rent, food and entertainment, as everyone else does, but also on Catalan classes and books. Iโ€™ve met several other people like myself, so I am not a complete outlier (actually, half of our Catalan group consisted of foreigners on vacation). I was hoping to come back this year for another month or two, but having read about what the mayor is doing, I think I am going to reconsider.

Has anyone considered Valencia as an alternative to Barcelona?

Follow-up / P.S. Out of curiosity, Iโ€™ve just checked how much itโ€™d be to rent โ€œlegallyโ€ in BCN. The answer: apartment prices start at approximately $3,000/mo - basically, the โ€œlegalโ€ rents are double the โ€œillegalโ€ ones. Some people might be able to pay this, but I donโ€™t know too many of them. And I imagine, vanishingly few of those able to pay this would have even the slightest interest in learning Catalan. Doncs, bona sort, Ada!

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@harris | 5yr

Where are you looking for apartments and how large are you looking?
Iโ€™ve found good stuff on shbarcelona and even kyero.

They are going after short term rentals and not just AirBnB
Spain is also anti-uber and thatโ€™s being fought as well (uber taking spain to court).

There are legal ways to rent affordably.
Just talk to the homeowners.
Plus, you can order through airbnb still โ€ฆ and other sitesโ€ฆ again, just talk to the hosts about your concerns. Theyโ€™ll tell you the reality of their space vs what you hear in the news, etc.

Valencia has nothing on Barcelona. If you love BCN, I donโ€™t think youโ€™ll feel much love for Valencia - it just doesnโ€™t stack up.

We were just in both places this past summerโ€ฆ So, this is based on relatively recent experience.

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@bavals | 5yr

@harrisfellman Thank you! SHBarcelona is indeed useful (I am assuming what theyโ€™re listing is cleared with the mayor). Iโ€™ll definitely keep it for future reference, especially if I decide to stay in Barcelona for a while.

However, from a cursory look at their monthly rental process, they are still not exactly ideal for me for a few reasons:

  1. They require (cash) payments through a European bank. This is quite a hassle for non-EU citizens.

  2. They are an agency and will charge a significant one-time broker fee, which is not shown as part of the price. On a 1000E/mo apartment, my understanding is theyโ€™ll normally charge about 800-900E. Although they give discounts for rentals of 1-3 months, this is still a huge additional expense.

  3. Their approval process for self-employed foreigners requires submission of tax returns, etc (look under โ€œConditionsโ€).

  4. They also require a 2-month security deposit - I am assuming, in cash.

In summary, to rent a 1000E/mo apartment for a couple of months, one will have to jump through lots of hoops with paperwork and bank accounts, possibly have to send them the rent in advance plus 2000E in security deposit and at least 600E in broker fees. Upfront cost: 4600E and lots of headachesโ€ฆ Or โ€œEasy Booking,โ€ as they call this option. The name notwithstanding, I hope youโ€™ll agree this is still very difficult and pricey, at least compared to AirBnBโ€™s process.

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@mule5 | 5yr

Agreed - I prefer to deal directly with the owner, thatโ€™s why I suggested http://english.habitaclia.com - It seems more like the craigslist of listings, where are you not dealing with middlemen/extra fees. I have used this and AirB&B with success in Spain. We are a family of 5, and our budget wasnโ€™t over 1000 euros/month. Barcelona proper is a much more expensive locale than just outside the city.

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@stretford_dogs | 5yr

If you decide on Barcelona give me a shout, could be interested in a Gracia share if we put our money into it and then AirBNB when weโ€™re not there :slight_smile:

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@mule5 | 5yr

Firstly, I love the idea of setting up a home base in Europe. My needs are different, but Iโ€™d love to home share with a few other couples in order to wander around Europe while freelancing.

I havenโ€™t been to Berlin yet, but have have been to Budapest and Barcelona.

I absolutely love Germany, spent more than a year there, mostly in and around Freiburg as a base, but traveled North to South.

I didnโ€™t think I would, but I loved the two months I spent in Spain in 2014. I had preconceived notions of Spain that were put to rest, itโ€™s truly a great modern country.

Budapest was also an exciting locale. I didnโ€™t get to spend much time there, but thought it was like an up and coming Vienna. The city felt alive, but also experienced the language barrier.

I guess where you end up, will depend on your weather preferences and cost exposure. Berlin seems like the most expensive and Budapest the least. IF you are only going to be there for 50% of the year, you might want to consider a low cost base, instead?

As for your desired activities, I think there are more opportunities in the Austria (Salzburg) / Germany (Munich) / Switzerland (Innsbruck) / Italy (Bolzano) area for skiing/climing/treking year round on short trips. Although just north of Barcelona in France, there are supposed to be great climbs in the Pyrenees.

Because of the weather, cost and location to other borders, inexpensive international flights, Iโ€™d probably choose Barcelona out of your 3 options. Outside of Barcelona while still connected via train/metro/bus, you can find some inexpensive pied-ร -terre to house your gear and serve as a hub. To that end, you might find good options with http://english.habitaclia.com/

Best of luck, let us know where you end up.

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@wanderingdev | 5yr

Just a note, Innsbruck isnโ€™t in Switzerland. Did you mean Interlaken?

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@mule5 | 5yr

Thanks for catching my mistake. I meant Innsbruck, just not Switzerland. I was initially thinking of the triangle between Bolzano, Salzburg and Munich, but threw in there Innsbruck. That whole triangle region is really great for skiing, trekking, climbing.

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@wanderingdev | 5yr

gotcha. :slight_smile: though climbing in the swiss alps isnโ€™t something to sneeze at, and interlaken is a great center for mountain-based activities. :wink:

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@mule5 | 5yr

This region of the ร–tztal Alps between Italy and Austria can be treacherous, just ask ร–tzi. :wink:

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@alemacgo | 5yr

My vote also goes for Berlin. Iโ€™m living here for some time and itโ€™s really wonderful: very international and huge startup community.

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@wanderingdev | 5yr

Of those 3 Iโ€™d go for Berlin. I assume youโ€™ve looked into the visa issues? That might impact your decision on where to live.

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@levelsio | 5yr

Iโ€™d vouch for Berlin or Barcelona. Personally I like Berlin better because itโ€™s a bit more hipster. But then again, itโ€™s also colder. Budapest is great but it feels a bit isolated to me, especially because of the language. It doesnโ€™t feel that international (yet). But itโ€™s super cheap compared.

Berlin is definitely most international and thatโ€™s why Iโ€™d go there too. Even as a foreigner, youโ€™ll feel at home. Because everyone is either from outside Berlin (even the Germans there), or German immigrants, or foreigners/expats. Great mix.

Iโ€™d say go look for houses in the traditional places and sign a long-term lease for 6 or 12 months. Renting in Europe is not as bureaucratic as you might think, it mostly consists of them checking if youโ€™ll be able to pay your rent (so theyโ€™ll ask for proof of salary and employment etc.). However you can circumvent that by saying youโ€™re a foreigner and offering to pre-pay 3, 6 or even 12 months rent in one go. I even did that as Dutch guy in Netherlands because I was self-employed. That worked. They just want you to be able to pay your rent and not cause trouble. You donโ€™t need to necessarily register with the city or government in the places you rent either.

Airbnbโ€™ing for 12 months will bankrupt you, so definitely go local instead. Probably best to meet some local people first who can help guide you so you donโ€™t overpay. Most cities in Europe have a market for foreigners/expats and rent prices are usually 1.5x to 3x as much as for locals, simply because the sellers speak English. But thatโ€™s bullshit obviously.

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Hello, we are US citizens that have been able to stay in Italy past our standard visa stay due to covid. Now we must leave. We want to drive to Croatia as our โ€œout of EUโ€ stay. But Iโ€™m now wondering what considerations I need to take care of for my visa. I wonโ€™t go through an airport and get my passport stamped. But I assume I need to get my passport stamped as a way to prove Iโ€™m out of the EU.

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by @coffeeshopceo | 13d 13 days ago | 672 comments

tl;dr: introduce yourself in this thread.

We must all get sick of the same backpacker travel questions when we meet new friends, I know I do.

You know the ones - where are you from, whereโ€™ve you been, where are you going, what do you do, how long have you been doing it - etc.

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So we must leave the Schengen zone. We should avoid USA. We should avoid long air travel.

We were thinking Croatia.

Do you recommend a route to Croatia? We are open to long train rides. Ideally not long ferry rides. Is there a ferry route under 4 hours? I read about it...I don't see it. If not, the other option is to make our way north and up over to Croatia via train.

I'd appreciate your thoughts and insights!

Thanks.

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Where should I set up my company as a remote worker?


by @beloruchka | 19d 19 days ago | 6 comments

Iโ€™m looking for any recommendations for services or people others have used to get answers on the best place to set up their businesses based on their personal circumstances.

Leaning towards Singapore after a ton of research, but would really like some concrete advice before jumping in.

Appreciate it!

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Anybody bring their car to Mexico instead of flying?


in Mexico by @digitaldiva | 20d 19 days ago | 1 comment

Iโ€™m curious whether anyone drove to Mexico instead of flying and used their car down there. Iโ€™ve heard bad stories of people driving down there but not sure I believe them. How safe is it to drive through rural areas, and to park in cities? It would be cool to have the car to explore while there.

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Did you learn any Thai before staying in Chiang Mai?


in Chiang Mai, Thailand by @digitaldiva | 20d 19 days ago | 0 comments

Iโ€™m curious to know how many people learned some Thai before going there. Learning languages is a hobby of mine but Iโ€™m very put off by how complex the writing system is, and if I decide not to learn it Iโ€™ll probably cross Chiang Mai off my bucket list. I prefer to be at least conversational in a language before I do an extended stay in a country. Iโ€™m curious how people who learned no Thai did getting by. And Iโ€™m curious, from people who did learn some, if itโ€™s any easier than it seems? Thanks!

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What age did you start out and went location independent?


by @raynesio | 22d 22 days ago | 11 comments

Eager to find out what age most start out as a DN? (Me)โ€ฆ 27 and just started out in the last 6 months or so. Not presently 100% location independent, probably more like 90% as still required to visit the office from time to time

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How to get SMS verifications for banks while traveling?

 

by @jackgopack | 24d 24 days ago | 39 comments

Any suggestions for seamlessly receiving SMS Verifications from US financial institutions and other sites while traveling internationally continuously? Wonโ€™t keep my US Verizon account due to cost and currently plan to use local sims at each destination (T-Mobile and Project Fi are NOT an option as they terminate for continuous roaming). In summation, I wonโ€™t have a US mobile account.

Unless Iโ€™m missing something, which is very possible, this appears to be the single most complex issue Iโ€™ve encountered in my preparations, and one that no one addresses. I would greatly appreciate any possible solution that works 100% of the time. Canโ€™t afford surprises in this regard. Many Thanks! Jack.

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How do you ensure that you have good WiFi for working whilst travelling e.g. in places like India?


in India by @davda1546 | 25d 25 days ago | 4 comments

We are hoping to travel later this year and we will be working remotely - how do you ensure you get good WiFi in places such as in India where the signal isn't always great? Do you have any tips on where to go/ what equipment you have to get?

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Do you prefer co-living spaces or hostels or Airbnbs?


by @davda1546 | 25d 25 days ago | 5 comments

We are hoping to become nomads soon and have booked an AirBnB in September in Goa for our first destination. We are considering what would be the best option for accommodation after that. We are trying to decide between co-living spaces, hostels, or Airbnbs.

What are your experiences of accommodation in terms of the following: reliable wifi, social aspect, pricing, cleanliness, cooking facilities?

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Can Americans with EU Passports Travel to EU during COVID-19?


in France by @fqlx | 27d 26 days ago | 1 comment

I'm a dual citizen of America and France with my resident based in the America. Can I travel to the EU using my French passport?

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How do you find people to meet whilst travelling?


by @davda1546 | 27d 26 days ago | 1 comment

We are going travelling but we won't know anyone out there, what's your best advice for meeting people and socialising abroad? We've thought about the obvious things like Meetup etc, is there anything else you can suggest from your experience?

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Best place in South East Asia to live for 6+ months per year


in Indonesia by @miklaskroager | 28d 27 days ago | 1 comment

We're looking for a country in South East Asia that can function as our base, mainly for tax purposes. Meaning it will have to be a place where we can stay for the 183 days required without too much hassle.

We've been looking at Thailand, but have heard that it's very hard to do visa runs etc., so what other can you recommend? Indonesia looked like a good option, but the income rate is a flat 20% and very high for the region.

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When will the Coronavirus travel restrictions from U.S. to Colombia be lifted?


in Colombia by @markm | 29d 28 days ago | 1 comment

I've heard travel to CO from USA is blocked until September. Any news on this and may this change anytime soon?

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Anyone wants to learn to sail in the Mediterranean? (Sep or Oct)


by @viktor | 1mo 1 month ago | 1 comment

I'm thinking about taking a sailing (yachting) course in the Mediterranean Sea this coming September or October. Thus far from my research, it seems that most courses are held in locations with not many digital nomads. My thinking is that it would be more fun to go to a place with like-minded people. Therefore, I'm wondering if anyone else is interested in taking a sailing course in the Mediterranean this fall? If not, do you know a location that offers good sailing courses, where there is also many digital nomads / nomad infrastructure?

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Where do you work from in Lisbon? ๐Ÿงณโ˜•


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

Hi everyone,

I am going to move to Lisbon in July and I was wondering where you guys work from? Do you have any recommendations for working on a budget? Any good cafรจs or cheap coworking spaces?

I did some research and found some coworking spaces for > ~ 100โ‚ฌ p. month which is pretty reasonable but too much for me right now.

Thanks!

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What are the best blogs by individuals who have started businesses in Southeast Asia?


in Thailand by @haiducii | 1mo 1 month ago | 0 comments

Hey everyone,

Looking for blogs by individuals who document their progress/business in South East Asia - ideally Vietnam, Cambodia or Laos - but also Thailand/Myanmar too.

Thank you,

Haiducci

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Bali to focus on attracting remote workers when the island reopens for tourism


by @levelsio | 2mo 1 month ago | 0 comments

When reopening for tourism, Bali says it will focus on attracting remote workers to choose the island as their workplace:

"We will focus on a new pattern of how Bali is not just for leisure, but indeed to work in Bali as well"

thebalisun.com/bali-tourism-will-target-digital-nomads-and-those-who-work-online/

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