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Would you like more adventure? If so, what kind?


by @chocking | 3yr  | 6 comments

Personally, after 4+ years and 30+ countries Iโ€™m getting kinda bored. I feel embarrassed asking the question. Iโ€™m also super excited to hear your answers.

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@jtompl | 3yr

Thatโ€™s the problem with us, digital nomads :wink: The life gets so easy, handy and comfortable, thanks to so many different ways we can spend our time (like change our place every 2nd day or just stay at the beach with coconuts and chill there), that after some time it actually gets difficult to find any next challenges for us.

I was travelling for 1.5 years around SE Asia and Europe. Now Iโ€™m having a short break by living and working in 1 city. It was super cool in the beginning [meeting my old peers], then quite depressing in the middle [โ€œwtf am I doing here? Thai beach was much better, people didnt have to work 9-5 thereโ€], but now itโ€™s getting quite good (new friends and social circles; relationships; took up some new skills]. However I planned to go travelling again in a next month or so, lol.

Anyway, Iโ€™m still going through that โ€˜what-to-doโ€™ problem, but what Iโ€™ve seen recently that works for me is:

  • find some good soul mates [force yourself to meet them, if u havenโ€™t yet]
  • pick up a good goal for the future [so you dont end up going cluelessly somewhere with no direction]

I did have those things all my previous life, until I reached the digital nomad point. Since being a kid I wanted to travel around the world and be financially independentโ€ฆ which I managed to accomplish. Now the problem is: what the hell do you do now? ; )

Try picking up some hobbies / new skills. Set up some goals/challenges for yourself. I started to play drums recently and take some theatre classes. This opened up a whole new world for me. You can do it either locally or on your travel. It can be personal goals as well, like โ€˜be more humorousโ€™, โ€˜become a story tellerโ€™, etc.

Also recently I noticed that as soon I have some good plans for myself for the nearest time, Iโ€™m 100% focused and donโ€™t have time for philosophical contemplations like this one :wink: Knowing this fact, a while after I did some brainstorming about what I actually enjoy and what I could be doing in next ~5-10 years. I think Iโ€™m in the end of my crisis finally now. I just have to pick one of the few options. โ€œLife is the art of choosingโ€, right.

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@poppyjikko | 3yr

did you try slow travel / going more in depth, seeking density?

for example

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@vishalmadhvani | 3yr

@adrianbeckett79 maybe the whole travel thing has become routine for you and you are no longer doing things outside of your comfort zone. Maybe make a list of thing you have yet to do and then prioritise doing them? Also stop doing things that you find boring. Identify things that you find fun and make time to do that instead.

@sonjameyer you should probably stop expecting other people to make life fun for youโ€ฆ they will rarely meet your expectation. I guess this depends heavily on your personality and whether your introverted or extroverted, but maybe try learn to have fun when your are alone.

I guess for some contextโ€ฆ for several years I was increasingly bored of well I guess life. Iโ€™m pretty sure I had a quarter life crisis where I sort of just decided I needed to make my life more fun and enjoyable because otherwise whats the point. What I found was not only was I bored of life, I was also very largely unhappy with it. It took some time but I was able to separate the two feelings.
For happiness, I practised being content, and slowly phased out people, things, jobs, habits etc that made me unhappy.
For fun, well I realised the younger me was much better suited at having fun, so I tried to remember everything I thought about as a child that I wanted to do, and one by one iโ€™m getting it done. Think of this as your bucket list as a child. Its been working amazingly well. The other day I went sky diving for the first time and in the video I am unquestionably enjoying it.

Oops, wrote more then expectedโ€ฆ not even sure its relevantโ€ฆ anyway curious to see what others are doingโ€ฆ

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@rnoble | 3yr

Do a thru-hike! Itโ€™ll change your life. Nothing like experiencing the world at 3 miles an hour.

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@travelingpm | 3yr

Try having kids and taking them along for the adventure. It as yet to get boring. :joy:

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@sonja | 3yr

Yes. Definitely. Iโ€™m not sure what kindโ€ฆ thatโ€™s a question Iโ€™m trying to answer for myself too.

For context, my story goes like this: I travelled a bit through Asia & Europe in my early 20s, then started doing the Digital Nomad thing in my mid-late 20s. Spent 2.5 years away without going home. Iโ€™ve been โ€˜homeโ€™ for almost 2 years (apart from 1 month in Thailand and 1 month in Nepal) and am planning 6+ months in Central/South America from August this year.

The thing Iโ€™ve come to realise is that no matter where I am or what Iโ€™m doing - I feel bored. When Iโ€™m at home Iโ€™m bored because - you know the story - even my most adventurous friends just donโ€™t seem to have the energy to do all that much, most of the time.

When Iโ€™m away I feel bored pretty much for the same reason. The boredom is obviously either a problem with me (Iโ€™m just never satiated no matter what Iโ€™m doing!) or a problem with the world and the fact that no matter where you go, people are complacent andโ€ฆ wellโ€ฆ boring. They donโ€™t have fire.

I do think itโ€™s me though. Because I went to Nepal with 2 close friends and on several occasions I got frustrated with them for being boring. Once when we were ON A 10 DAY HIKE because all they wanted to do was sleep at the end of the day and not sit up and have a whisky with me. May I remind you that they were walking up to 6 hours per day at altitude and were desperately exhausted! And another time on the day we arrived back from the hike and they didnโ€™t want to have a few drinks and see some live music to celebrate with me. I was desperate for more, despite being in Nepal and doing something incredibly adventurous and amazing. More deep chats, more sponteneity, more randomness, more new interactions, more cultural experiences, MORE FUN.

So when you find the answer to the question of what kind of adventure, or what kind of people will satisfy a person after doing and experiencing so much, please let me know. :stuck_out_tongue:

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

 

in Poland by @davda1546 | 19h 18 hours ago | 0 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.

This is just so it's easier to keep in contact with family/ clients/ etc.

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I'm thinking to head over to France during the winter and I'm looking for recommendations on a good French town that has beach and is warm enough during the winter.

What are your favourites? Any recommendation is appreciated.

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Where do I get good legal advice/support to have a long-term stay?

 

in Lisbon, Portugal by @mzorrilla | 3d 3 days ago | 0 comments

Hello, everyone!

My idea is to stay as low as 6 months and as long as a year (maybe, who knows) over Lisbon after doing some analysis from many cities in Europe.

I'm an Argentinian and Chilean (both nationalities) so... no Euro-pass for me (getting my Italian nationality could take 2 years easily). I'm also a remote worker and I have a really good income (I work for a Silicon Valley company) so I can show more than enough resources to stay in the country.

Everything I see online doesn't inspire me much confidence (most sites looks a bit scammy) and this is not a "vacation stay"... I want to be clear my head far away from Argentina right now. If someone has a good website, recommendations, etc I will super appreciate.

Thanks in advance!

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What is the best online insurance for digital nomads ?


by @berberos | 6d 5 days 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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Driving from Italy to Croatia..how to handle passport?


in Croatia by @ld | 13d 12 days ago | 3 comments

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.

Anyone else travel in and out of Schengen zone via car? Or know what I should do to properly handle the visa situation? I get unclear answers online. Hmm.

Appreciate your help!

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Introduce yourself โ€” who are you, where are you and what do you do?

 

by @coffeeshopceo | 17d 16 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.

The novelty of answering these questions wears off after maybe a week, but theyโ€™re nonetheless insightful and no matter how much we hate them, we find ourselves asking others.

So letโ€™s bring the dreaded backpacker questionnaire to NomadForum and introduce ourselves shall we?

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  • whatโ€™s your name?
  • where are you from?
  • how long have you been away from home?
  • what do you do?
  • where are you currently?
  • where are you going?
  • what has been memorable for you so far?
  • will you go home anytime soon?
  • what have you learnt during your time as a nomad?
  • [insert your own question here]

**

No need to answer them all if you donโ€™t want to :smile:
But the more you shareโ€ฆ The merrier!

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Best/quickest way from Italy to Croatia?


in Croatia by @ld | 19d 18 days ago | 3 comments

Hello,

We are in Umbria until August 31. We've been here since March, but crisis-level visa extensions are over. After that we have to leave the EU. We would like to stay out of the USA (our home) due to it's covid crisis, at the same time we want to be responsible about travel. Ideally we would not travel at all, rather stay hidden in the countryside of Umbria forever until covid is more under control globally, but here we are!

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 | 23d 22 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 | 23d 23 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 | 23d 23 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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