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Who is a solo-traveling digital nomad, who's traveling in a group or as a nomad family?

 

by @naii | 4yr  | 25 comments

It feels that being a digital nomad / remote worker also means a lot to be a solo-traveler. Iโ€™d like to see how much this is the case here โ€” out of curiosity. And whether there are actually groups or families traveling in the (digital) nomad lifestyle.

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@namtrok | 4yr

Weโ€™re a family of 6 traveling for over 2 yearsโ€ฆ http://homealongtheway.com

Thereโ€™s two podcasts that cover families who are nomadic, http://nomadtogether.com/podcast and the http://familyadventurepodcast.com

Also thereโ€™s a FB group for Nomadic/location independent families: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LocationIndependentFamilies/ (over 500 families in there!)

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@travelingpm | 4yr

Weโ€™re a nomad family (theluxpats.com), expats of 5 years and nomads for 1 year. We travel with our 3yr old and having experienced both solo travel and family travel, weโ€™d have it no other way. Seriously.

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@whereskristin | 4yr

Iโ€™ve always been permanently solo, but over the years sometimes friends join up for segments of different trips. My ex and I also traveled together for a couple years.

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@harris | 4yr

Thanks @borowis โ€ฆ yeah, weโ€™re definitely not homeschoolers. Thereโ€™s many ways to put the kids in school - we actually put them in โ€œinternational schoolsโ€ (private schools) and we typically choose ones following the IB Program now. (Thereโ€™s an awesome one here in Costa Rica called La Paz Community School that some parents have actually moved her just for the school.)

In our case, we more just โ€˜make sure thereโ€™s a good schoolโ€™ or even better โ€œmake sure thereโ€™s a few good choicesโ€ in an area that we want to move to.

Here in Costa Rica, Iโ€™ve talked to one guy that moved here 15 years ago, put his kids in a local โ€˜publicโ€™ school (which let out at noon), then rented a cheap house down the block from the school, hired a tutor, and put his kids โ€œin schoolโ€ for 3 more hours in English.

Depending on where you decide to go, there will be varying degrees of cost to educate the kids. You can do it for free - cheap, expensive, etc. Thereโ€™s a school here called โ€œTide Academyโ€ thatโ€™s really a home school program with a couple teachers. Thereโ€™s many of those around the world, too.

Weโ€™re moving to Barcelona nextโ€ฆ after applying and being accepted to a more expensive international school โ€ฆ I was connected to someone who moved there last year from our current area. He said the public schools are good there. Although, my kids are only just learning Spanish โ€ฆ and know zero Catalan โ€ฆ so, I didnโ€™t want to weigh them down too much; but thereโ€™s also kind of โ€˜in betweenโ€™ public/private schools - I forget what theyโ€™re called, but like charters in the USA. Theyโ€™re only, like, 150 Euros per month instead of 5x-10x that with a full blown International school in the city.

Anyway, thought Iโ€™d share some of the variables with you as well. The bottom line though is that itโ€™s impossible to know the โ€˜best choiceโ€™ for your child without really exploring ahead of time. And, we figure we canโ€™t screw 'em up too bad in elementary and (now) middle school. :slight_smile:

Oh, and yes, hereโ€™s our familyโ€™s blog, Wanderlust Living - my wife does all the writing there. Itโ€™s more of a travel blog than โ€œhow to family nomadโ€ blog at this point - but weโ€™re likely shifting in that direction.

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@klaaspieter | 4yr

My wife and I have been travelling since January with our 1-year-old.

I second @borowis request for a more family friendly nomadic and Iโ€™m definitely going to check out @naiiโ€™s NomadFamily.

For those interested we blog about our experiences at nomadparenting.com.

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@naii | 4yr

Thanks a lot @kpa. I would be happy to welcome you there :slight_smile:

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@harris | 4yr

Family of 4โ€ฆ but not sure youโ€™d consider us totally nomadic. We move somewhere for at least a yearโ€ฆ and travel out from there, put the kids in school, etc.

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@borowis | 4yr

Wow, thatโ€™s impressive! I was looking into this more as sooner or later our child will hit the school as well (and my life is not fond of homeschooling). Do you have a blog or something where you share your experiences? That would be super-interesting read for me. Thanks, Borys.

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@ani_goes_tweet | 4yr

Solo here.

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@rijk | 4yr

This episode of the Business Of Freelancing podcast might be of interest to you: https://doubleyourfreelancing.com/location-independence-with-family

My guest, Paul Kortman, is a nomad who travels with his wife and four children and runs a digital marketing consulting business from various locations. On this episode Paul offers some thoughts on this lifestyle and how to make your business work in a non-traditional setting.

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@naii | 4yr

Very interesting. Thanks for that @rijk :slight_smile:

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@yanokwa | 4yr

@lognaturel and I are married and have been nomading for about a year and a half. Itโ€™s great, but weโ€™ve learned that you gotta have some alone and hang out with other people time.

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@gigigriffis | 4yr

I did solo (well, me and my dog) for almost four years and am about to hit the road with my boyfriend for the first time May 1st.

Iโ€™ve met lots of couples and singles, not as many families, though they are out there.

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@waylandchin | 4yr

solo here

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@nickdanforth | 4yr

My wife and I have been traveling as digital nomads for about 4 years now.

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@borowis | 4yr

Travelling with a family, but not for a full year, maybe half a year at home, half a year on the road. Travelling solo or with friends are of course completely different activities (ask me about best playgrounds in the neighbourhood :D)

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@borowis | 4yr

It would be awesome to see nomadic family communities, at the moment HackerParadise or a RemoteYear are not doable with kids. And kids need company, they need to play with other children, to learn and explore. If you know any nomadic communities that do that, please let me know.

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@naii | 4yr

Hey @borowis, there is in fact a nomadic family community out there, called NomadFamily :slight_smile:

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@dirtandrust | 4yr

Thanks for this link, very cool! My family and I are about to embark on our Nomadic travels, starting in Oslo, Norway and then landing for a month in Riga, Latvia. Follow us at Whereโ€™s Your Dunny.

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@naii | 4yr

Thanks, Nathaniel. Funny tagline โ€œTrying to figure out how to find toilets and other essentials around the world.โ€ :stuck_out_tongue:

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@borowis | 4yr

ah, thatโ€™s cool, Iโ€™ll be watching them, seems like theyโ€™ve just started. Thanks, Naii!

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@borowis | 4yr

Hey, didnโ€™t understand thatโ€™s your project @naii. :slight_smile: I sent a simple inquiry on the site so looking forward to getting to know more about it.

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@naii | 4yr

Oh yes, it is. Sorry @borowis, I wasnโ€™t very clear about this. I saw your message and was happy to answer it. I hope you get a good idea about our project and how it can benefit your nomad family with kids :slight_smile: We are small right now but ambitious :wink:

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@naii | 4yr

Youโ€™re very welcome, borowis :slight_smile:

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@wanderingdev | 4yr

Iโ€™ve met a few couples, but the vast majority of nomads I know, including myself, are solo.

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How to get SMS verifications for banks while traveling?

 

by @jackgopack | 5d 5 days ago | 38 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.

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What's the best SIM card you can get for traveling to Spain?


in Spain by @gabygarreau | 28d 27 days ago | 3 comments

Hi! I want to relocate to Spain and I was wondering if someone can recommend a SIM card with a good data package.

Thanks

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Any nomads working on startups?

 

by @mattlock | 3mo 2 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 | 3mo 3 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 3 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 3 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 | 4mo 4 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 | 5mo 4 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 | 5mo 5 months ago | 1 comment

Will be in Osaka this April/May and was curious to discover interesting groups/events.
I had a look at FB + Meetup but there doesnโ€™t seem to be much. Any advice on where to look?

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How do digital nomads pay tax?


by @rodriigovieira | 6mo 5 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 5 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 5 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.

Iโ€™m been swaying towards Porto, but have been impressed by the rave reviews Iโ€™ve seen for Valencia.

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

Thanks! :slight_smile:

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How to save filter settings on Nomad List?


by @krzemian | 6mo 6 months ago | 3 comments

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 | 6mo 6 months ago | 16 comments

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

As far as I know of, Canadians donโ€™t pay taxes if they do not live in the country for 6 months.

But Iโ€™d like to talk to an accountant or someone who does Canadian taxes specifically for expats and nomads to get clear on the rules and for help on my return coming up.

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

Thanks guys!

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Best place for Digital Nomad in Latin America?


by @rose_davis | 8mo 7 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:

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

The most important things Iโ€™m looking for:

  • Fast/easily accessible internet
  • Easy to meet other nomads/make friends in general
  • Safe for women
  • Some sort of spiritual community (Iโ€™m also a yoga teacher)
  • Easily walkable city

Anyone have any experience with these places and can give some insight? Iโ€™m also completely open to other recommendations.

Thanks!
Rose

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Where are the nomads in Mexico City?


in Mexico City, Mexico by @shellyfish | 8mo 7 months ago | 9 comments

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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How do we solve housing for digital nomads?

 

by @levelsio | 8mo 7 months ago | 61 comments

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

Nomads usually stay in hostels, hotels and short-term apartments. But itโ€™s all not very optimal.

Iโ€™ve heard people suggest getting funding and building a network of houses you can stay at for a subscription price (e.g. Bruno Haid is working on that).

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 | 9mo 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 | 9mo 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 | 9mo 9 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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