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A wannabe digital nomad

hi there
has anybody here tried living and working abroad? i feel so bored staying where i am right now and long for some change. i imagine it like i can chill by the sea and enjoy the sun and warmth, and do a bit of work. and i’ve read here that Singapore and New Zealand for example are perfect places to move and work from there. not that i want to look for job there, i guess it’s too much for a start. i think of some freelance remote work (to cover up the costs of staying there at least) provided the internet on the beach is good :smiley: though it’s a big step so i’m hoping for some advice from experienced people or if you know some stories :slight_smile: thanks

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I would recommend not going anywhere… Yet.

To much problems abroad with money, racism, war, politics. (And of course the good old language barrier. :slight_smile: )

New Zealand and the czech republic are nice though! But somewhat expensive, and just don’t even waste time in the east Asian nations. Not really good pay, and places like Vietnam are ruled by communists. (And not very nice to foreigners… This is from experience. Also the living quality is in the gutter.) That never ends well! :frowning: Plus places like singapore are way overcrowded and crime is a real problem.

And as someone who knows a few people in Costa Rica… Not a good place to live. Unless you have plenty of money! (Visiting on the other hand is great.)

Just my 2cents though. :slight_smile:

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I’ve lived and worked in a few countries (and travelled through a significant chunk of the world in the process). As a general rule, it is not always easy to work abroad and you will need to consider legal and visa restrictions before doing it - it’s not as simple as picking up a laptop and just going places.

In my case, being British opened a few doors for me in this regard, I could work anywhere in the EU and there are special considerations in place for working in some commonwealth countries, but not everyone is this fortunate.

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wow guys, thank you so much for the advice and awesome tips!! though now the world looks not so friendly as it used to :frowning:
Czech Republic is probably the safest option for a start, though there’s no sea nearby as i fancied. though can go to Croatia or Slovenia occasionally. i’ll research this question further, cause there’s really nothing much that ties me to my home

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I am working in Iceland, and it is abroad for me. Place has good and bad aspects. And you will never know until you try it. So if you can afford a little of adventure go for it, but always keep safe landing spot in your home town. Anyway just go for it if you are still single and without kids, even if you don’t like foreign places it will give you perspective (and nice paragraphs in future CV).

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i guess i’ll get used to the beach sooner or later so it will not be a problem :smiley: that’s an awesome idea, i should really think about doing it this way, thank you.

Iceland was also my dream some time ago, i even got to study Islenska a bit :cool: but then the circumstances changed. Nawrot, do you enjoy it there overall?

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People are great here, however they can keep distance for quite long time before they accept you as friend, but that probably is trait of all island nations. Work atmosphere is great like in all nordic countries, we are kind of pampered here compared to what i hear goes in US. And those wild nature views just outside city (or while i ride bus to work). So if you do not mind dark rainy and long winter (great time for party) then it is fine. And you can make up during summer for all those winter hours indoors. Only bad thing about Iceland now is renting place to stay, we have flood of tourists, everybody builds hotels and rents apartments to tourists.

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Its happening everywhere! :frowning: Case in point from the above list, this was just published yesterday.

No worries… Just to add, part of the trick is to figure out which places people are not visiting atm.
So go against the herd to save money / have more choice, i.e. avoid popular lists like those above. :slight_smile:
Also travel out of season in each region. August is holiday time in EU, but not always in Latam etc.

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I’m quite glad I visited about 5 years ago before it started to get really touristy.

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guess the world has just gone crazy about Iceland especially after Euro 2016

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It’s because it’s cheap to get there now. 6 years ago a flight to Iceland from the UK was about £400, making it a very expensive destination - now you can do it for £30.

I went out there on the very first Easyjet flight from the UK.

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interesting. read about New Zealand - really unique place. will be a shame if people spoil it like Venice

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I think this is a very good idea. You need to enjoy life. I went to Asia, bought real estate, and now Im working in IT company

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-snip- Removed quote. Quoting a spammer, who is spamming a link <about Lisbon >. -snip

Forgot threads like this existed (how far the forums have fallen)… Being a Digital Nomad is great. But its also a tricky lifestyle, especially at the moment obviously. Its still worth it though imo. As regards Lisbon, a lot of people rave about it. When celebs like Madonna moved there it helped raise its profile too. But despite spending lots of time there, I couldn’t really get into it.:frowning: Portugal is a more difficult country to travel around anyway imo, and even harder to live and work in versus other places. Some of the red-tape is especially frustrating (I had friends who opened bars but gave up after a while). :frowning:

Portugal also has a trickier language barrier than most other parts of Europe. So how can I put this delicately? Portugal offers somewhat of a less warm reception than other places… The main reason though is that the language is a btch. Its all the extra sounds you have to learn versus something simpler like Italian / Spanish. But overall, I still think Asia is the most interesting place to be a Digital Nomad. Maybe some parts of the UAE too. However the good times are over for a while… This pandemic has changed everything really…:eek: How long before being an expat is a fun adventure again? :cool:

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Based on my experiences, I enjoy the travels. Three things you should learn as a Digital Nomad: first is, bring your things with you most especially the needed things. Take some notes for that. Second, you should be aware of where to go and stay but if you have an RV, then, that’s great. Third, you must be happy to meet new faces, learn how to communicate with them for you to have fun and have friends through your work and fun times.