Any digital Nomad Here?

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Habibi come to Bali :D
 
I'm during moving to Sri Lanka. Signed a house lease on 21st. So you know, still learning basic stuff, visas, how tf to do grocery shopping lol, etc. Check my latest threads in the lounge.

European btw.
That's interesting, considering @javabro became a digital nomad to escape Sri Lanka.
 
How's life? What types of problems do you face along the way? Is it as smooth as home?
Life is fine, I wouldn't ever live in the US again (I've been gone for so long that I get culture shock when around Americans again).

I live in Singapore & Malaysia:
  • The first problem I encountered was the long-term visa problem when I decided that I was done bouncing from country to country, I settled that... but, that's something that becomes an issue when you find a country you don't want to leave.
  • The second problem was that I culturally drifted away from American culture but was too far removed from my new country to fit in. It took years, but I did it by essentially cutting off everybody back home who wasn't immediate family or a business partner and avoiding the "expats" and the "nomads". I've also picked up a local language which makes things much smoother (especially when dealing with daily life, small talk with strangers, etc).
  • I think where I live is smoother than where I came from, and I'd never call America "home" again. I'm completely indifferent to even visiting the USA again, and only talk to Americans to make money or if they're on a sports team I'm on.
My advice to everybody looking to move is:

  • If you're looking to move for girls, you're just going to be a sucker at a better exchange rate. Don't move, just go on a trip somewhere every now and then.
  • If you're looking to move to save money, then you better factor in the cost of travel/visas/just getting ripped off for not being local. The cheaper the country--the more opportunistic the locals will be with you.
  • If you've never been a minority before, don't just expect to up and move. Make a trial trip for a few months somewhere kinda like home, but not too different. Reason being is you have to get used to being around people who just don't "get" you, and that takes time and could feel quite lonely.
  • I've met SO MANY crypto losers... Guys who can only afford to live and travel out here because they struck it rich with crypto. None of those guys end up staying. They all come, live large, attract the gold diggers, get taken for a ride, then realize that they don't have any real friends or family and go home. I used to meet those kinds of SEOs and CPA affiliate guys as well, but less and less (the new soup de jour is remote developers, UX/UI workers).

    Develop yourself as a person before you decide to pick up and be a nomad. Then when you do. Pick the same boring spots as everybody else: Portugal, Bali, Chiang Mai, etc etc... Those locales will all have supportive communities of Westerners and Easterners from back home to help you get situated.

    Don't just pick a cheap city and move without the community.

    I leaned on expats for my first year in Asia, and I couldn't have done it without help.
If it matters, I moved to Asia to try and build the next unicorn in a growing economy and ended up falling in love with the culture and pace of family life. I never intended to like it out here as much as I do, I expected to bounce between Singapore and the west coast of the US, not stay out here. But, you never know where life will lead you.
 
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I do travel a lot but not a full time digital nomad. I like to relax a bit at my home base before taking off again. And a lot of people who claim to be digital nomads are not, they're just expats. If you visit another country and live there for years, you're not a nomad. They should probably look up the definition of nomad.
 
That's interesting, considering @javabro became a digital nomad to escape Sri Lanka.
Interesting, where did he move?

Def a lot of sri lankans leaving, but then for example russians and ukrainians moving to Sri Lanka to escape war and enjoy low living costs, etc. My sister's friend's son lives in Cyprus and apparently lots of sri lankans there.

  • If you're looking to move to save money, then you better factor in the cost of travel/visas/just getting ripped off for not being local. The cheaper the country--the more opportunistic the locals will be with you.
Ohhh yeahhh. *cough*
When I was at hotel I was scammed multiple times, now that I'm starting normal boring regular life it's not as much of a problem. Sri lankan friends instructed me to say 'I live here' when someone comes over at random and wants something lol. But yeah, 100% agree, watch out and don't get scammed.

Still cheaper with the visas and travel...
 
Interesting, where did he move?
I've been moving around different places, mostly in Asia and Africa. Considering EU and South America coming years.

Sri Lanka is definitely a cool place for a digital nomad. So I am not really not surprised you are moving there.

Where in Sri Lanka are you planning to stay most of your time?
 
I’d pick Kandy anyday over Colombo.

Good choice.

Interesting. I usually always look at coastal communities. Why Kandy over Colombo? Would you pick a different coastal region?
 
Yes. have been doing this for the past 10 years. Mostly in Thailand. Also China, Japan, Korea. Also in Portugal and Spain for some time, but mostly in Asia.

Visa can be a problem long term. But more and more countries become open to digital nomads now, that makes it easier.
 
I am a hobo. I don't plan on doing anything with regards to getting a house locally here in Poland.

Maybe I'll figure out how to live in a metal container and how to make it vandalism proof. Should I choose parking loot to keep it safer.

I don't need money anymore cause as a hobo my expenses are only $300.

Low-key trolling but still a lot of it is true.

I'm on my way to $800 job now. This is gonna pay huge if they accept me. Never had a job that paid so much offline.

People don't understand what they're losing by spending it all on food and housings. Basically $10k annually wasted haha.

Imagine multiplying that by offering services here. I'd become a digital nomad.

I hack the system. Sometimes too much. I hope I don't get caught hacking systems at the job. People see it in my face. They say "I'm not responsible". Lol!

Freedom on low spendings + t-bonds on margins > money
 
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Interesting. I usually always look at coastal communities. Why Kandy over Colombo? Would you pick a different coastal region?
I like the mountains. Colombo is a busy city with lot of noise and pollution and it is hot af.

There are much nicer coastal regions in Sri Lanka (mirissa, hikkaduwa, and many more)
 
Interesting. I usually always look at coastal communities. Why Kandy over Colombo? Would you pick a different coastal region?
The beach is overrated... I was in Panadura and I thought I'd die from overheating. Mountains give some relief from the heat.
Yes. have been doing this for the past 10 years. Mostly in Thailand. Also China, Japan, Korea. Also in Portugal and Spain for some time, but mostly in Asia.

Visa can be a problem long term. But more and more countries become open to digital nomads now, that makes it easier.
Nice! How did you like Spain and Portugal? What about the visas there? Considered Spain before I decided to do Sri Lanka instead.
 
Life is fine, I wouldn't ever live in the US again (I've been gone for so long that I get culture shock when around Americans again).

I live in Singapore & Malaysia:
  • The first problem I encountered was the long-term visa problem when I decided that I was done bouncing from country to country, I settled that... but, that's something that becomes an issue when you find a country you don't want to leave.
  • The second problem was that I culturally drifted away from American culture but was too far removed from my new country to fit in. It took years, but I did it by essentially cutting off everybody back home who wasn't immediate family or a business partner and avoiding the "expats" and the "nomads". I've also picked up a local language which makes things much smoother (especially when dealing with daily life, small talk with strangers, etc).
  • I think where I live is smoother than where I came from, and I'd never call America "home" again. I'm completely indifferent to even visiting the USA again, and only talk to Americans to make money or if they're on a sports team I'm on.
My advice to everybody looking to move is:

  • If you're looking to move for girls, you're just going to be a sucker at a better exchange rate. Don't move, just go on a trip somewhere every now and then.
  • If you're looking to move to save money, then you better factor in the cost of travel/visas/just getting ripped off for not being local. The cheaper the country--the more opportunistic the locals will be with you.
  • If you've never been a minority before, don't just expect to up and move. Make a trial trip for a few months somewhere kinda like home, but not too different. Reason being is you have to get used to being around people who just don't "get" you, and that takes time and could feel quite lonely.
  • I've met SO MANY crypto losers... Guys who can only afford to live and travel out here because they struck it rich with crypto. None of those guys end up staying. They all come, live large, attract the gold diggers, get taken for a ride, then realize that they don't have any real friends or family and go home. I used to meet those kinds of SEOs and CPA affiliate guys as well, but less and less (the new soup de jour is remote developers, UX/UI workers).

    Develop yourself as a person before you decide to pick up and be a nomad. Then when you do. Pick the same boring spots as everybody else: Portugal, Bali, Chiang Mai, etc etc... Those locales will all have supportive communities of Westerners and Easterners from back home to help you get situated.

    Don't just pick a cheap city and move without the community.

    I leaned on expats for my first year in Asia, and I couldn't have done it without help.
If it matters, I moved to Asia to try and build the next unicorn in a growing economy and ended up falling in love with the culture and pace of family life. I never intended to like it out here as much as I do, I expected to bounce between Singapore and the west coast of the US, not stay out here. But, you never know where life will lead you.
This is actually a great advice. Thank you for sharing it! BTW how is life as expenses there compared with US?
 
I am a hobo. I don't plan on doing anything with regards to getting a house locally here in Poland.

Maybe I'll figure out how to live in a metal container and how to make it vandalism proof. Should I choose parking loot to keep it safer.

I don't need money anymore cause as a hobo my expenses are only $300.

Low-key trolling but still a lot of it is true.

I'm on my way to $800 job now. This is gonna pay huge if they accept me. Never had a job that paid so much offline.

People don't understand what they're losing by spending it all on food and housings. Basically $10k annually wasted haha.

Imagine multiplying that by offering services here. I'd become a digital nomad.

I hack the system. Sometimes too much. I hope I don't get caught hacking systems at the job. People see it in my face. They say "I'm not responsible". Lol!

Freedom on low spendings + t-bonds on margins > money
Come to us Germany for some: "Bürgergeld"
 
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