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

 

by @naii6yr  | 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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@namtrok5yr

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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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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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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@harris6yr

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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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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@naii6yr

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

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@harris6yr

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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@borowiis6yr

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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Solo here.

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@rijk6yr

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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@naii6yr

Very interesting. Thanks for that @rijk :slight_smile:

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@yanokwa6yr

@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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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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solo here

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

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@borowiis6yr

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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@borowiis6yr

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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@naii6yr

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

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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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@naii6yr

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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@borowiis6yr

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

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@borowiis6yr

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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@naii6yr

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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Youโ€™re very welcome, borowis :slight_smile:

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

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by @levelsio7mo 6 months ago | 3 comments

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Any nomads in Arizona, US?


in Netherlands by @info1328mo 7 months ago | 4 comments

Hi guys,

After the Netherlands, the Bay Area, Colorado and being on the van life for 8 months, I am now in Sedona, AZ with a few other digital nomads. We are sharing a home here and are wondering if there are more like minded people in the area.

We do a bunch of hikes and campouts in the northern of Arizona. If you would like to connect with us, please do so :)

Val

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Are there any digital nomads in the Islands e.g Bermuda, Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis?


in Antigua, Guatemala by @momo1110mo 9 months ago | 3 comments

Does anyone ever travel to any Islands like Bermuda, Barbados, Barbuda and St. Kitts & Nevis?

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


in Portugal by @joelnicholson1yr 1 year ago | 9 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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Tax advisor for permanent nomads?


by @eljaques1yr 1 year ago | 1 comment

I'm in need of a tax advisor who understands "our" typical situation. I'm all good on being legal on taxes at this point, but as I'm doing more investing and there's more compliance and KYC and such, it's getting more complicated to deal with this topic. Not living in my country of citizenship, company in another country, resident in yet another country, banking in a different country ... you know how it is, a pile of red flags.

Would be great to find a good tax advisor to sort things in a way that makes my situation as "explainable" and easily dealt with as possible. Any leads?

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How to get into the digital nomad lifestyle?


in Switzerland by @filiptk1yr 1 year ago | 1 comment

Hi, I've got a question to anyone who had experience with the digital nomad lifestyle. I'm 24, I'm in my last year of university doing computer science, got 3 years of experience mostly doing web development.

I never liked the idea of staying in one place, getting a job and growing roots - hence the will to take the opportunity and travel the world. My main question is โ€“ how do I go about it? Are there any useful resources I could look into?

How do I go about insurance and such once I decide to move. I currently live in Switzerland and do freelance work for one company. It's not a lot, since my studies don't allow me to pick up a full time job, but it allows me to cover simple expenses.

I'd be happy to get some insight into how things work and also happy to network with anyone interested.

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What is the best online insurance for digital nomads ?


by @berberos1yr 1 year 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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How to get SMS verifications for banks while traveling?

 

by @jackgopack1yr 1 year 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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What's the best SIM card you can get for traveling to Spain?


in Spain by @gabygarreau1yr 1 year 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 @mattlock2yr 1 year 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 @larsheather2yr 1 year 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_steffen2yr 1 year 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 @iamhopeless2yr 1 year 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 @mateuszwieloch2yr 1 year 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 @programmingmark2yr 1 year 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 @freddychanut2yr 1 year 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 @rodriigovieira2yr 1 year 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 @martinratinaud2yr 1 year 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 @jasraj2yr 1 year 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 @krzemian2yr 1 year 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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