Romania for Digital Nomads

Romania for Digital Nomads

Romania for Digital Nomads

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Facts About Romania

The name “Romania” comes from the Latin word “Romanus” which means “citizen of the Roman Empire”. Romania is situated in the southeastern part of Central Europe and shares borders with Hungary to the northwest, Serbia to the southwest, Bulgaria to the south, the Black Sea and Ukraine to the southeast and to the north and the Republic of Moldova to the east. Roughly the size of Oregon, Romania is the second largest country in the area, after Poland.

Officially, Bucharest has been the capital of Romania since 1862, unofficially, since the end of 1859, when many foreign chancelleries moved their headquarters to Bucharest. Today, it is by far the largest city in Romania with a population of 2 million people.

Foreign visitors consider Romanians among the friendliest and most hospitable people on earth, as you will have the opportunity to discover on your tours in Romania. Romanians are by nature fun-loving, warm, hospitable, playful, with an innate sense of humor.

Things for which Romania is famous include: the Carpathian mountains, sculptor Constantin Brancusi, wine, salt mines, George Enescu, medieval fortresses, Eugene Ionesco, Dacia cars, and Dracula.

Information About Entry and Departure

A valid passport is required for all overseas/ non-EU visitors. Your passport must be valid for the entire duration of your visit.

For stays longer than 90 days visitors need to need to apply for a temporary residence permit (either before arriving into Romania or at least 30 days before the 90-day “no visa” stay expires).

Citizens of the European Union countries can enter Romania with a valid passport or with their National Identity Card.

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Safety

Although violent crime against tourists is almost non-existent. Visitors should take customary steps to safeguard their valuables. Leave your valuables and passport in a safety deposit box or use a money belt kept out of sight. Be aware of pickpockets and scam artists in major cities.

Money

Romania’s currency is Leu (plural “Lei” – pronunciation: lay). Foreign currencies may be exchanged at banks or authorized exchange offices (called: “casa de schimb” or “birou de schimb valutar”). International airports and larger hotels also offer currency exchange services.

ATM machines are available at main banks and at airports and shopping centers. Although there are very few ATMs in remote areas or villages.

Major credit cards including American Express, Mastercard and Visa are accepted in large hotels, car rental companies, and stores in the main cities. However, credit cards are unlikely to prove useful in small towns or away from tourist areas

WI-FI

Romania is known for having one of the fastest WiFi in Europe. Ranked in the top 10 in the world and 1st in Europe in terms of average Internet peak connection speed. 

Wifi is readily available pretty much anywhere like cafes, pubs, and even in public places.

    Mobile Internet

    You can purchase a prepaid SIM card with 2,000 local minutes/SMS and 9GB of domestic data for 10 Euros ($11.83 USD). Note that the Romanian network operators advertise their prices in euros, but the local currency is the Romanian Leu.

    Some of the popular cell phone carriers in Romania are the following:

    • Orange
    • Vodafone
    • Telekom
    • Digi Mobil

     

    MiFi

    Another possibility for mobile internet access is a MiFi device, which creates a WiFi network for you. I have tested the GlocalMe device and think it’s a really useful addition of my travel equipment. You can either use it as an ordinary wireless router with up to two SIM cards (very useful if you work with mobile TANs, you want to be available on your local number or if you want to use the social networks with a 2-factor authentication) but you can also use it without a physical SIM card but with the built in cloudSIM technology (which is of course more expensive) in over 100 countries worldwide. Apart from that it’s also a 6000 mAh powerbank, which is never bad to have with you.

    Living in Romania as a Digital Nomad

    Airbnb*, hostels, and hotels are all great options for short term stays. Prices vary based on amenities and location. I was staying in Bucharest at an Airbnb for 10 Euro per night.

    Romanians are friendly and open and foreigners are usually made very welcome. Chatting with visitors is very common for Romanians and they will find a way to communicate with you even if they cannot speak your language.

    For a studio apartment or a one bedroom, the price is around 200-250 euros per month. Naturally, cheaper apartments will be smaller and perhaps not as renovated. Also if you live in the center of town, apartments will be pricier than those further away from the city center.  

    Bucharest has a very dense network of transportation with buses and trams. The only problem is to figure out where the stops are and when the bus will arrive, which can be random sometimes. You’d probably rather stay next to a metro station and use the subway (15€ for a monthly card) or taxi (0,30€ / km) or Uber.

    Regarding entertainment, there are lots of cool bars, concerts, events, sightseeing and more than meets the eye. Just start with a pint of beer in the center (around 2€)

    Coworking Spaces

    Commons Unirii: Commons is a dynamic network of fully-serviced coworking spaces. Our informal lounge-like offices provide the perfect backdrop for creative and professional excellence while our vibrant and diverse community of Commoners offers exposure to like-minded people from all industries.

    TechHub Bucharest: Helping startups get better faster, TechHub is no stand-alone operation. It is an international network of nurturing likeminded TECH entrepreneurs and providing the spaces for them to work, meet, collaborate, network, learn and have a bit of fun along the way.

    Impact Hub: With more than 50 spaces, Impact Hub is one of the biggest chains of coworking spaces in the world. The space consists of a huge area with an event space and many meeting rooms around the sides.

    Blog Posts About Romania

    Unfortunately, I have only checked out Bucharest since I was doing research for my City Guide for Digital Nomads. But I had one guest blogger who wrote about places outside of Buchaest:

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    20 Useful Words / Phrases for Digital Nomads in Romania

    Hellobuna
    Yesda
    Nonu
    Thank you!Mulțumiri!
    PleaseVă rog
    Excuse me…Scuzati-ma
    Where is …?Unde este….?
    My name is …?Numele meu este ….?
    I don’t speak RomanianEu nu vorbesc limba română.
    Do you speak English?Vorbesti engleza?

     

    I’m German.Sunt din Germania.
    Could you help me?Ai putea sa ma ajuti?
    I need …am nevoie ….
    Hungryflămând
    Thirstyînsetat
    Waterapă
    How much is this?Cât de mult costă aceasta?
    Beachplajă
    Mallcentru comercial
    Hospitalspital

     

    The Numbers in Romanian 

    1un
    2doi
    3trei
    4patru
    5sinsi
    6șase
    7șapte
    8opt
    9nouă
    10zece
    11unsprezece
    12doisprezece
    13treisprezece
    14paisprezece
    15cincisprezece

     

    16șaisprezece
    17șaptesprezece
    18optsprezece
    19nouăsprezece
    20douăzeci
    30treizeci
    40patruzeci
    50cincizeci
    60șaizeci
    70șaptezeci
    80optzeci
    90nouăzeci
    100o sută
    1.000o mie
    1.000.000un million

     

    The Bucharest Guide for Digital Nomads

    Bucharest Guide for Digital Nomads

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    UAE for Digital Nomads

    UAE for Digital Nomads

    UAE for Digital Nomads

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    Facts About the UAE

    In recent years, the United Arab Emirates have experienced a new boom after the first one at the time of oil discovery in its territories. The new boom is represented by the remarkable economic growth that affected the pan-economic sectors of the country and helped to set up free zones in the different emirates.

    The geographic nature of the state has significantly contributed in enhancing the state’s economy in terms of entry and exit, and this naturally encouraged the re-export process and boosted the position of some of the Emirates, which are now considered a transit route for various goods, and this has activated the navy and airports in the country as well as it has encouraged many international companies to take Emirates as a regional base, raising the proportion of the issuance of professional or business licenses.

    UAE is also known for the palm-shaped islands, beautiful beaches, huge shopping malls, and cultural and sports hub. Aside from the rich natural deposits, the UAE feature well-developed architecture, and infrastructure. Also, the federation offers a promising economy.

    Information About Entry and Departure

    Depending on your nationality, you can either get a visa on arrival or have to apply to get a visa. You can check at Visit Dubai what category your nationality is in.

    Nationals and residents in the UAE can apply online and acquire 90-day /30-day UAE entry permits or visit visas for their families, friends, and relatives through the Ministry’s website- eServices section

    If you are a national citizen of one of the GCC countries, you don’t need a visa or a sponsor to visit the UAE. However, foreigners accompanying the GCC nationals, or GCC expatriate residents must obtain an online visa upfront before arriving to the UAE.

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    Safety

    Generally, the United Arab Emirates are rather safe for expats, tourists, and travelers. The crime rate is very low and both men and women can move in public with little difficulty. Still, there are some things to keep in mind when you move to Abu Dhabi or Dubai or decide to travel around the country, in order to stay safe. Scams are quite common. Some of them are just specific ways of begging for money others are directed to getting your credit card or phone.

    Money

    UAE’s official currency is the Emirati Dirham. The notes in circulation are Dhs 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000. Be warned that the brown Dhs1,000 note looks a lot like Dhs200. Generally, it’s good to carry Dhs100 notes and lower values for day-to-day transactions.

    Banks are the best places to change foreign currency and traveller’s cheques into dirhams, however, are the numerous exchanges found in malls.

    Major international credit and debit cards are accepted in large shops, restaurants, and hotels. When shopping in souks, it’s better to bargain for the ‘best price’ with cash.

    WI-FI

    The average download speed in UAE is roughly 13.43 Mbps, while the average upload speed is 3.64 Mbps.

    For an average user who consumes about 5GB data in a month, both Etisalat and Du offer plans for around Dh200 per month making it Dh40 per 1GB data. However, for someone who only consumes 1GB data per month, you will end up paying Dh100 on both carriers.

    Mobile Internet

    The Du Visitor Mobile Line (VML) is a prepaid mobile line specially designed for tourists or business travelers visiting the UAE. It gives all the benefits of a mobile line, allowing you to stay in touch with your friends and relatives in the UAE or abroad.

    The Visitor Mobile Line costs Dhs 35 (approx. $9.54) and is loaded with 20 flexible minutes (national or international), 20 flexible SMS (national or international) and 200 MB of data. All benefits are valid 7 days from the time of line activation and minutes used to make international calls are applicable for 175 destinations.

    Another option is the Etisalat visitor line gives you instant connectivity, rich pack selection, hassle free experience and access to the widest 3G & 4G network in the UAE. For just Dhs 100, get started with the Visitor Line and subscribe to any one of the below packs, with which you can talk, surf and text as you need.

    The Visitor line is valid for 90 days and it can be extended for 90 more days for Dhs10. The Visitor Line packs are valid for 14 days and can be re-purchased for Dhs 75.

    MiFi

    Another possibility for mobile internet access is a MiFi device, which creates a WiFi network for you. I have tested the GlocalMe device and think it’s a really useful addition of my travel equipment. You can either use it as an ordinary wireless router with up to two SIM cards (very useful if you work with mobile TANs, you want to be available on your local number or if you want to use the social networks with a 2-factor authentication) but you can also use it without a physical SIM card but with the built in cloudSIM technology (which is of course more expensive) in over 100 countries worldwide. Apart from that it’s also a 6000 mAh powerbank, which is never bad to have with you.

    Living in the UAE as a Digital Nomad

    As the UAE collects only 5% VAT, some purchases, such as electronic goods, can be very affordable. Also, the associated import tax is relatively low. The same goes for regional, everyday products such as groceries. These also tend to be of a very high quality.

    On the other hand, other things may be a bit more expensive, especially everyday products which need to be imported. This goes especially for products of well-known brands. Designer clothes can be very expensive in the United Arab Emirates, even more so than elsewhere.

    Average monthly rent in a decent area costs around 6,170 (1,679.75 USD) Dirham while 8,173 (2,225 USD) in a higher-end neighborhood.

    The most popular mode of public transportation in the UAE is the taxi. While buses not only operate within each individual Emirate, you can also travel between the different Emirates by bus.

    With its iconic skylines of high-rises and world famous beach resorts, the United Arab Emirates has become a favorite for family holidays and city breaks. Landmark tourist attractions such as Dubai’s towering Burj Khalifa and Abu Dhabi’s modern Sheikh Zayed Mosque, have branded the UAE as an up-to-the-minute luxury destination.

    Coworking Spaces

    The Bureau Dubai: The Bureau Dubai is a Co-Working space located in Souk Al Bahar Downtown Dubai. They offer a complete one stop solution to setting up a company in Dubai by either sponsoring or partnering with you, obtaining a license and all within their trendy furnished offices and facilities on affordable payment terms.

    NEST Dubai: NEST is one of the world’s first fully integrated co-working spaces within a worldwide branded hotel. The space is designed to fit the needs of the modern worker and offers a comfortable and flexible workspace that inspires and supports the need for networking and productivity. NEST perfectly pairs business and hospitality to enhance the workplace experience.

    Blog Posts About The UAE

    I spent three weeks in Dubai doing house sitting, a day in Abu Dhabi visiting the Grand Mosque and three days in the northernmost Emirate RAK.

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    20 important words/sentences in Arabic:

    Hellomarhabaan
    Yesnem fielaan
    Nola
    Thank you!shakar!
    Pleaseraja’
    Excuse me…efu…
    Where is …?‘ayn hu….?
    My name is …?aismi hu….?
    I don’t speak Arabic‘ana la ‘atahadath alearabia
    Do you speak English?hal tatahaddath al enklezyia?
    I’m German.‘ana min ‘almania
    Could you help me?

    hal yumkinuk musaeadatay?

    I need …aihtaj….
    Hungryjawean
    Thirstymutaeatish
    Waterma’an
    How much is this?kam thaman hadha?
    Beachshati bahr
    Mallmajmae tijariin
    Hospitalmustashfaa

    The Numbers in Arabic

    1wahid
    2ithnan
    3thalatha
    4arba’a
    5khamsa
    6sitta
    7sab’a
    8thamaniya
    9tis’a
    10‘ashra
    11ahada ‘ashar
    12ithna ‘ashar
    13thalatha ‘ashar
    14arba’a ‘ashar
    15khamsa ‘ashar

     

    16sitta ‘ashar
    17sab’a ‘ashar
    18thamaniya ‘ashar
    19tis’a ‘ashar
    20‘ishrun
    30thalathun
    40arba’un
    50khamsun
    60sittun
    70sab’un
    80thamanun
    90tis’un
    100mi’a
    1.000alf
    1.000.000million

     

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    Hungary for Digital Nomads

    Hungary for Digital Nomads

    Hungary for Digital Nomads

    When I got to Budapest, it didn’t take long until I realized what a gem this city is. After staying there for a month, I understood that this is my favorite city in Europe: Great Wi-Fi, low costs of living, a perfect location to travel surrounding countries, and an amazing community with many events and coworking spaces. What can a nomad desire more?

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    Facts About the Hungary

    Hungary is a country of unique beauty in the heart of Europe. With its size of 93 thousand square kilometres and its location at the border of Eastern and Western Europe, the country is an optimal choice for doing business by small and multinational companies.

    While the Hungarian language may not be similar to any other European language, the country has extensive and historically established relations with all three main European ethnic and linguistic families: the Indo-European, the Slavic, and the Neo-Latin languages. For this reason, Hungary is especially capable of acting as a bridge between various cultures.

    Located at the juncture of the 4 main European transport corridors, Hungary offers around 1,300 km motorway, an extensive railway network, and five airports.

     

    Information About Entry and Departure

    Traveling to the EU has never been more organized and stress-free. Due to the Schengen Agreement, citizens of certain countries are allowed to travel visa free among other Schengen states, meanwhile, citizens of non Schengen countries can travel throughout the Schengen states with the so-called Schengen Visa.

    A Schengen visa will allow you to stay within the Schengen zone for a maximum of 90 days.

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    Safety

    Take sensible precautions against petty crime. Bag snatching and pickpocketing are common, especially in Budapest. Be particularly careful on busy public transport, in train stations, at markets and at other places frequented by tourists. Theft of and from vehicles is common. Don’t carry large amounts of cash.

    Money

    Hungary’s official currency is the Hungarian Forint. It is possible to pay using Euro in Hungary, but the conversion rates are often not very favourable. Some larger hotels and tourist shops will even quote prices in both Euro and HUF, and the Euro price quoted might well be more expensive. If you don’t want to get HUF, you may try using your card. Small shops, restaurants, and cafes will only accept HUF. Other currencies won’t likely be accepted.

    In Hungary, it’s possible to exchange money at a hotel, airport, bank, or exchange bureau. The good news is that Hungary is a bit different than in other countries – exchange bureaus often charge fair prices. Bureaus charge a mandatory 0.3% commission, but largely won’t charge additional fees.

    ATMs are easy to find in Hungary, especially in larger cities; they will dispense forints at the mid-market exchange rate, but you may also be charged a foreign transaction fee. Currency exchange is available at banks for a surcharge. Hotels and airports will often charge a 10-15% commission on what you withdraw, so avoid them.

    WI-FI

    Wi-Fi in Budapest is pretty fast. I had stable and fast Wi-Fi in all the coworking spaces, cafés, and Airbnbs that I tested.

    Mobile Internet

    At the moment, Budapest has three mobile carriers:

    • (Magyar) Telekom
    • Telenor
    • Vodafone

    All providers have opened 4G/LTE to their prepaid users.

    You can buy a SIM card at any provider shop, just don’t forget your ID for registering. Also, give yourself some time to complete the process—the signatures and paperwork for prepaid cards can take a while.

    When you want to top up your Hungarian SIM card, simply bring your phone number to one of the shops. Remember to have it on hand for that.

    Hungary is part of the European Union, and if you have another EU carrier, you should be able to roam internationally at domestic rates. The motto is ‘roam like at home’.

    MiFi

    Another possibility for mobile internet access is a MiFi device, which creates a WiFi network for you. I have tested the GlocalMe device and think it’s a really useful addition of my travel equipment. You can either use it as an ordinary wireless router with up to two SIM cards (very useful if you work with mobile TANs, you want to be available on your local number or if you want to use the social networks with a 2-factor authentication) but you can also use it without a physical SIM card but with the built in cloudSIM technology (which is of course more expensive) in over 100 countries worldwide. Apart from that it’s also a 6000 mAh powerbank, which is never bad to have with you.

    Living in Hungary as a Digital Nomad

    As one of the most affordable European countries to live in, Hungary has a low cost of living which makes it appealing to many.

    When it comes to tourist attractions Hungary is not at all shy, showcasing an abundance of places to see and things to do. There are plenty of opportunities for enriching cultural experiences, from viewing historical monuments dating back to Roman Empires to visiting renowned UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

    Hungary’s location in the center of Europe makes it easy to travel to other European countries, especially neighboring countries like Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, Romania, and Croatia.

    Budapest showcases some excellent nightlife and entertainment like a “night party on the Danube”, fantastic festivals, the State Opera House, spa parties in the Széchenyi during summer and rejuvenating thermal baths to soothe your mind and body, to name a few. There is a wide selection of local eateries as well as regular to high-end restaurants.

    Coworking Spaces

    KáptarA coworking space that’s constantly developing over time, KAPTÁR believes that an active working space leads to producing great results. There’s a possibility for you here to create a unique way of working in comparison to the usual day in an everyday office.

    Impact Hub BudapestLocated in a beautiful turn-of-the-century building at the very heart of the city, we are so much more than just a co-working space. We are the new home for valuable connections, meaningful collaboration, business innovation, and an inspiring environment.

    Blog Posts About Hungary

    I spent three weeks in Dubai doing house sitting, a day in Abu Dhabi visiting the Grand Mosque and three days in the northernmost Emirate RAK.

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    20 important words/sentences in Hungarian:

    HelloHelló
    YesIgen
    NoNem
    Thank you!Kösz!
    PleaseKérem
    Excuse me…

    elnézést...

    Where is …?Hol van….?
    My name is …?A nevem ….?
    I don’t speak HungarianNem magyarul beszélek.
    Do you speak English?Beszélsz jobbat?
    I’m German.Németországból vagyok.
    Could you help me?Tudna nekem segíteni?
    I need …Szükségem van ….
    HungryÉhes
    ThirstySzomjas
    WaterVíz
    How much is this?Mennyibe kerül ez?
    BeachStrand
    MallBevásárló központ
    HospitalKórház

     

    The Numbers in Hungarian

    1egy
    2kettő
    3három
    4négy
    5öt
    6hat
    7hét
    8nyolc
    9kilenc
    10tíz
    11tizenegy
    12tizenkettő
    13tizenhárom
    14tizennégy
    15tizenöt

     

    16tizenhat
    17tizenhét
    18tizennyolc
    19tizenkilenc
    20húsz
    30harminc
    40negyven
    50ötven
    60hatvan
    70hetven
    80nyolcvan
    90kilencven
    100száz
    1.000ezer
    1.000.000millió

     

    The Budapest Guide for Digital Nomads

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    Indonesia for Digital Nomads

    Indonesia for Digital Nomads

    Indonesia for Digital Nomads

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    Facts About Indonesia

    Indonesia has begun to emerge as an economic power in Southeast Asia, as well as a newly democratic nation. Its long history as the source of spices coveted around the world shaped Indonesia into the multi-ethnic and religiously diverse nation that we see today. Although this diversity causes friction at times, Indonesia has the potential to become a major world power.

    The Republic of Indonesia is a large archipelago located between the Southeast Asian peninsula and Australia, between the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

    Indonesia borders Malaysia on the island of Borneo, Papua New Guinea on the island of New Guinea and East Timor on the island of Timor. It is home to over 258 million people. It is the fourth most populous nation on Earth after China, India and the US.

    The official language, Bahasa Indonesia – a dialect of Malay – is spoken by almost everybody, although local dialects are usually the primary language.

    Information About Entry and Departure

    You don’t need a visa to enter Indonesia for visits of up to 30 days, calculated to include your date of arrival and date of departure. Visa-free visits can’t be extended or transferred to another type of visa.

    Upon departing, airport tax is included in the cost of your ticket for all domestic flights within Indonesia.

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    Safety

    It’s important to note that, compared with many places in the world, Indonesia is fairly safe. There are some hassles from the avaricious, but most visitors face many more dangers at home. Petty theft occurs, but it is not prevalent.

    Money

    The official currency of Indonesia is the Rupiah, also known in currency offices as IDR.

    Whether or not other currencies can be used varies from business to business. Large hotels and tourist stores may accept other currencies such as U.S. dollars. However, expect to generally end up paying more to use your foreign currency.

    Credit and debit cards can be used in larger stores, restaurants and hotels in Indonesia. Though it’s still worth carrying cash for smaller transactions at cafes and markets or if you travel to some rural areas.

    WI-FI

    In recent years, the availability and speed of broadband connections in Indonesia have improved dramatically, since the introduction of 4G and fibre optics. WiFi is easily available in hotels and cafes, and typical connection speed for WiFi  512kbps – 2mbps some providers can offer higher speeds.

    Mobile Internet

    If you want a SIM Card for your phone, you can get one directly at the airport when you arrive (it’s a Telkomsel booth and will cost about 250,000 Rupiah (around 25 US Dollar) for the SIM Card plus 10 GB LTE). If you are willing to wait, you can also get one in town for around 100,000 Rupiah (10 US Dollar) for up to 35 GB. The best-known carriers are Indosat, Telkomsel (SimPATI) and XL Axiata.

    MiFi

    Another possibility for mobile internet access is a MiFi device, which creates a WiFi network for you. I have tested the GlocalMe device and think it’s a really useful addition of my travel equipment. You can either use it as an ordinary wireless router with up to two SIM cards (very useful if you work with mobile TANs, you want to be available on your local number or if you want to use the social networks with a 2-factor authentication) but you can also use it without a physical SIM card but with the built in cloudSIM technology (which is of course more expensive) in over 100 countries worldwide. Apart from that it’s also a 6000 mAh powerbank, which is never bad to have with you.

    Living in Indonesia as a Digital Nomad

    Space is at a premium in Jakarta so expect to pay a lot more if wanting a house with a garden in an expat area. Most people opt to live in apartments. Expats can be expected to pay up to two years cash in advance for rental property so they should choose wisely and do their research. If choosing to live in an expat area be prepared to pay a lot more than if living amongst the indigenous population. In major Indonesian cities, traffic can be horrific so, ideally, expats should try to live somewhere that is as close to work as possible.

    Taxis are abundant and ridiculously cheap compared to the West, and if tipping well the driver will wait for passengers while they do their shopping. It is very uncommon for expats to drive in Jakarta and most people employ a driver. A good driver is worth it as they have knowledge of all the side streets to make traveling around more bearable. Having a driver in the West would be considered a luxury; in Indonesia, it is a part of life for most people with a stable income. However, in Bali, it’s a different story. The so-called taxi mafia is taking care of prices to be pretty high, especially when compared to Uber prices. Unfortunately, those apps are prohibited and in case you do choose to call an Uber / Grab / GoJek, you risk having your driver beaten up by taxi drivers. So, my recommendation is to get the number of one (or more) driver, which you call directly when you need to go somewhere special. But you should definitely get a scooter to be independent and travel wherever you wish on your own.

    Eating out is very cheap if alcohol is not included. Shopping for local fresh products in the markets and warungs – local restaurants with a kind of buffet – is fun and there are great bargains to be found. If buying locally and skipping the supermarkets, one can live very cheaply and healthy.

    Coworking Spaces

    Hubud– Hubud is Bali’s first coworking space, located in the beautiful Ubud in the uplands of Bali. Globally renowned for yoga, holistic healing, organic food and stunning scenery. The coworking space is well-known for its strong sense of community, and collaborative environment.

    Outpost– Outpost is a collaborative, productive community. Our coworking/coliving facilities and services are uniquely-tailored for individuals and groups seeking to immerse themselves in developing a new concept or grow existing ideas.

    Blog Posts About Indonesia

     

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    20 important words/sentences in Indonesian:

    HelloHalo
    YesIya nih
    NoTidak
    Thank you!Terima kasih!
    PleaseSilahkan
    Excuse me…Permisi…
    Where is …?Dimana….?
    My name is …?Nama saya adalah ….?
    I don’t speak IndonesianSaya tidak berbicara bahasa indonesia.
    Do you speak English?Apakah Anda berbicara bahasa Inggris?
    I’m German.Saya dari jerman.
    Could you help me?Dingin kau membantuku?
    I need …Saya butuh ….
    HungryLapar
    ThirstyHaus
    WaterAir
    How much is this?Berapa banyak ini??
    BeachPantai
    MallPusat perbelanjaan
    HospitalRsud

    The Numbers in Indonesia

    1Satu
    2Dua
    3Tiga
    4Empat
    5Lima
    6Enam
    7Tujuh
    8Delapan
    9Sembilan
    10Sepuluh
    11Sebelas
    12Duabelas
    13Tigabelas
    14Empatbelas
    15Limabelas
    16Enambelas
    17Tujubelas
    18Delapanbelas
    19Sembilanbelas
    20Dua puluh
    30Tiga puluh
    40Empat puluh
    50Lima puluh
    60Enam puluh
    70Tujuh puluh
    80Delapan puluh
    90Sembilan puluh
    100Satu ratus
    1.000Satu ribu
    1.000.000Satu juta

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    How to Start as a Digital Nomad in 3 Steps

    How to Start as a Digital Nomad in 3 Steps

    How to Start as a Digital Nomad in 3 Steps

    So What is a Digital Nomad?

    The sad truth is that many people are not fulfilled with their jobs or they’re stuck in a rut. One’s income plays a small role in that problem, but also living in one location for your entire life will do that to you. And the everyday hustle usually becomes too much to cope up with when stress and problems begin piling up on top of that.

    The beauty that attracts most to the digital nomad life is the ability to live in exotic destinations like white sand beaches, global cities full of energy, and such places that have a lower cost of living but altogether a higher quality of life. But it’s not just about the cheaper costs for most, it’s about the new experiences and relationships created while moving from country to country.

    Now, let me tell you the 3 steps to start as a digital nomad!

    #1 Find Ways to Generate Income Online!

    First, figure out what you’re good at, what your passions are, and what it is you could do online. You’ll need to find a way to make some money, but also you’ll want to rely on a steady income.

    Make a list of your talents. Also, write down what you would like to do professionally. Then, try to find a way to make these things online.

    If you decide to start freelancing, you can use sites like Fiverr, Upwork, and other sites to generate some income. You could also teach online by doing 1-on-1 classes or creating online courses, and of course find possibilities to generate affiliate income, or write ebooks to help you generate some passive income as well in the long run.

    There are one million ways to make money online. You just need to find what’s working best for you.

    #2 Save Money!

    Especially, when you are only starting a nomad lifestyle, you are most likely going to spend more money than you earn. You want to travel everywhere, see a lot of places and might find it hard to get a job along the way. I get it. It’s tempting to be more of a tourist and traveler in the beginning and less of a nomad. That’s normal. But you should be prepared for that and make sure you have enough savings before you leave to survive for a while, even without a proper income.

    The first thing I did was cutting off all expenses that I had that weren’t necessary anymore. Do you have any subscriptions? A membership at the gym? Do you really need that car? Is there something you could sell? As a nomad, you won’t need all this stuff that has been waiting to be used for the last months or even years. So, sell it!

    Then think about the expenses you will have on the road. Also, don’t forget to add any expenses before you leave, like plane tickets, travel insurance, maybe a new laptop or backpack. Make a list early on so you still have time to save some money.

    The type of expenses will probably be very similar to the expenses you have right now. Although the amount may be very different from what you’re used to. Let’s say you choose to start in the nomad hub Chiang Mai. There, you will be able to save a lot of money while living at a relatively high standard. You can calculate to cover expenses for:

    • Rental cost for an apartment or room
    • Food and groceries
    • Utilities such as electricity, gas, and water
    • Telephone, internet access costs
    • Public transport costs
    • Personal care
    • Eating out/going out
    • Local travel
    • Coworking space

    To find out how much other nomads pay in a specific location check out NomadList.

    I always recommend people to save enough money to get by without any income for at least 6 months. If you can manage: 12 months are much better. So, pick your destination(s), plan a route, and calculate how much money you will probably need. I, for example, planned to spend around 1,000 Euro per month and left with 7,000 Euro in my bank account. It worked out perfectly for me. Do the math and go to step 3.

    First, you want some more tips about saving money and traveling low cost? Check our my blog post: Low Budget Traveling for Pros!

     Travel Longer for Less Money!

    You need a lot of money to travel the world? Wrong! Traveling on a Low Budget is a guide to help low budget travelers. I will tell you all my tricks to save money on the road…

    • for transportation
    • for housing
    • for food
    • for your leisure time (sightseeing etc.)

    I did a trip around the world with 8.000 Euro including all flights. With my tips, you can do it, too! Be prepared for what is waiting for you and plan your trip better.

    #3 Take Massive Action!

    Now that you know how to make money online and already saved enough to hit the road, there’s only one more thing left you need to do: book that flight! Don’t forget to pack your bags and just go! Of course, there are likely to be many challenges after you start your journey, but don’t worry too much about them right now. You will figure out how to handle them the moment they arise.

    Living the Digital Nomad Lifestyle – Working in Paradise

    The beauty of this journey is that you’re taking your life in a conscious direction and I think that is something that we should all do regardless of whether we want to travel or not.

    Final Thoughts

    I hope this post has helped you gain a better picture of the possibilities of becoming a digital nomad. Living this lifestyle can be a truly rewarding experience, and you can get set up way faster than you might have thought.

    If you really want to work and travel at the same time the most important thing right now is to take massive action and start preparing yourself for the transition. If you take one step at a time and always keep in mind that your ultimate goal should be to not just become a digital nomad but to create a foolproof passive income so you can return home anytime you want.

    Yours Barbara

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    Thailand for Digital Nomads

    Thailand for Digital Nomads

    Thailand for Digital Nomads

    For me, Thailand is simply the best country for digital nomads. Why? Because for me here is the ideal relationship between all the factors I take into consideration when I choose a place: Internet, location, community, cost of living, infrastructure, Kizomba.

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    Facts About Thailand

    Once known as Siam, the Kingdom of Thailand is a long, skinny country running over 1,400 miles in length from top to toe. It shares borders with Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Cambodia, and Malaysia. The capital is Bangkok.

    The official language is Thai. Most professionals speak English, and most expats who live in recognized expat and tourist areas don’t bother to learn the language. However, don’t expect to find too many English speakers if you go “up country” into rural regions such as Isaan.

    Thailand has the last decades become a very popular tourist destination. A country that you just ‘have to’ visit if you enjoy traveling. The tourism has increased, but it is not hard at all to find a beach or a park where you can relax without crowds of people. As a matter of fact, it is still possible to find a beach where you can be on your own!

    In Thailand you will find some of the most beautiful islands and beaches in the world. Koh Samui, Koh Lanta, Koh Phi Phi, Phuket, Krabi and Hua Hin are destinations that we have to mention. The scuba diving on Koh Tao and Similan island is simply world class and sports as golf, tennis, kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing etc. will help You to stay in great shape, if You get bored at beach activities.

    Information About Entry and Departure

    Your tourist visa options when visiting Thailand by air are as follows:

    • Visa Exemption / Visa Waiver Entry
    • Visa on Arrival
    • Single Entry Tourist Visa (SETV) aka “60 day tourist visa”
    • Multiple Entry Tourist Visa (METV) aka “6 month multi entry visa”

    Which visa is the right one for you depends on your nationality and on your needs. Most countries in Europe and the US are visa exempt and only get a stamp in their passport. This is free of charge. If you want to stay longer than 30 days though you have to get a paid visa.

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    Safety

    Thailand is generally a safe country to visit, but it’s smart to exercise caution, especially when it comes to dealing with strangers (both Thai and foreigners) and travelling alone.

    Money

    International hotels and larger businesses in Thailand accept major credit cards. Despite protest from credit card companies, many establishments, such as supermarkets and department stores, add a 3% to 5% surcharge for payment by credit card (this is above and beyond any fees levied by your credit card company). Be sure to ask before handing over your card, and keep all receipts.

    Some travelers like to change a little money before leaving home, though it is not really necessary. You can sometimes buy Thai Baht at your local American Express or Thomas Cook office or order Baht at your bank; however, it is much easier to visit an airport exchange booth or ATM on arrival in Thailand. There are exchange kiosks at most international airport arrival halls in Thailand, which are generally open when flights arrive, but don’t rely on them being open 24 hours.

    But to be honest, I always simply withdraw money at the ATM and never had a problem in Thailand. Be aware though that most ATMs have a 200 Baht service fee.

    WI-FI

    Internet access is good in Bangkok and Chiang Mai but can be slow in other parts.

    Wifi is available in most cafés, restaurants, malls and hotels and also the Internet speed is OK. There are several cellular companies operating in Thailand and they also give you good wireless Internet access.

    If speed is important for you, use the free wifi networks of the cellular companies. Also the cellular Internet itself is pretty fast, as long as you are within your Data usage.

    Wi-Fi speed in cafés and hotels varies from place to place.

      Mobile Internet

      In Thailand, it’s easy and cheap to get a SIM card with data. When arriving, you will most likely find yourself in Bangkok’s international airport Suvarnabhumi. I would strongly advise you to buy your SIM as soon as you exit Arrivals. If you don’t exit in Bangkok just get one at the airport in Chiang Mai.

      There are three main operators:

      • AIS
      • True
      • DTAC

      I always recommend to get AIS. They have great coverage and you can add the so called Super Wi-Fi to your normal data plan (if you’re getting unlimited data; Super Wi-Fi is included with limited data plans). The Super Wi-Fi allows you to get high speed internet all over Thailand through the AIS hotspots.

      MiFi

      Another possibility for mobile internet access is a MiFi device, which creates a WiFi network for you. I have tested the GlocalMe device and think it’s a really useful addition of my travel equipment. You can either use it as an ordinary wireless router with up to two SIM cards (very useful if you work with mobile TANs, you want to be available on your local number or if you want to use the social networks with a 2-factor authentication) but you can also use it without a physical SIM card but with the built in cloudSIM technology (which is of course more expensive) in over 100 countries worldwide. Apart from that it’s also a 6000 mAh powerbank, which is never bad to have with you.

      Living in Thailand as a Digital Nomad

      The cost of living in Thailand is cheap when compared with many other countries throughout the world. When it comes to property, location is the key and the cost of property will vary enormously according to where you wish to live. Despite this, rent is generally cheap when compared with western nations.

      Expatriates observe a big difference in the price of Thai and western food here. The local restaurants are extremely cheap and the majority of local people eat out on a daily basis because it is cheaper than cooking at home. The price of western food, however, will largely be on a par with the price of food in the west. Wine is very expensive here but beer and local spirits can be purchased at a very low price.

      The principal language spoken in Thailand is Thai, with significant minorities speaking Chinese, Lao, Khmer and Malay. A large percentage of the Thai population speaks English.

      The transport network in Thailand is quite dense and can take you almost anywhere in the country at least by bus. Bus is the most popular mean of transport and the most used by Thai people. The train serves the four cardinal points but not all major cities. There are no train to popular tourist destinations such as Phuket and Sukhothai.

      Coworking Spaces

      If you like working from coworking spaces, you will have no problems in Thailand. There are almost everywhere and the prices are relatively humane.

      Here, for example, are two coworking spaces in the nomadic hubs Koh Lanta, Bangkok, and Chiang Mai.

      KoHub

      Kohub is situated on the beautiful tropical island of Koh Lanta in southern Thailand and only a 40-minute speedboat trip from the popular Phi Phi Islands. Beautiful white sand beaches offer great snorkeling, diving and many other great local activities, such as Maui Thai and yoga. There’s also an abundance of local bars and events, it’s the perfect place to get some work done and enjoy the tropical lifestyle.

      CAMP

      CAMP is my favorite coworking space in Chiang Mai. Located directly in Maya Mall, it is in the heart of the digital nomad center. So if you’re in the popular Nimman or Santhitam neighborhoods, you can even walk there at best. There are no memberships here. You simply order your drink or lunch at the bar and get a code for the Internet that is valid for two hours. However, if you can use the Wi-Fi hotspot of your mobile phone operator: This is much faster and unlimited.

      The Hive / Hubba

      I’m a fan of the coworking space chain The Hive. Already in Saigon and Singapore, I have been working from there. I like the cozy atmosphere and the many activities. But if you want to use your free days of the Nomad List Membership when in Bangkok, you can do it in the Coworking Space Hubba.

       

      Blog Posts About Thailand

      I have been to Thailand well 10 times now. Unfortunately, I haven’t written that many blog posts but there are many more to come! Just stay tuned…

      Bangkok – City of Angels

      Bangkok – City of Angels

      Not only Los Angeles is called The City of Angels, but also the Thai capital Bangkok - at least the Thai call it by that name. I arrived at the early evening at the airport and made my way to the hostel. Changed trains once and the rest of the way by Tuk Tuk. Not that...

      20 important words/sentences in Thai:

      HelloSà wàtdii
      YesChì
      NoMai
      Thank you!Koopkhun
      PleaseKruṇā
      Excuse me…chan khothot khrup…
      Where is …?yùu tîi-nǎi
      My name is …?pŏm chêu
      I don’t speak Thaiphoot Thai mai dai
      Do you speak English?Kun pood paasaa anggrit dai mai

       

      I’m from GermanyC̄hạn mā cāk pratheṣ̄ yexrmạn
      Could you help me?Choo-ay dai ma
      I need …Toi can.
      HungryHiu
      ThirstyHiu naam
      WaterNaam
      How much is this?Taorai
      BeachChāyh̄ād
      Shopping CenterH̄̂āng s̄rrph s̄inkĥā
      HospitalRong phyābāl

      The Numbers in Thai

      1Noeng
      2Soong
      3Saam
      4Sie
      5Haa
      6Hok
      7Tjed
      8Peid
      9Kaauw
      10Sib
      11Sibed
      12Sibsoong
      13Sibsaam
      14Sibsie
      15Sibhaa

       

      16Sibhok
      17Sibtied
      18Sibpied
      19Sibkaauw
      20Jiesib
      30Saamsib
      40Siesib
      50Haasib
      60Hoksib
      70Tjedsib
      80Piedsib
      90Kaauwsib
      100Noengrooj
      1.000Noengphan
      1.000.000Noenglaan

      The Chiang Mai Guide for Digital Nomads

      Chiang Mai Guide for Digital Nomads

      Live Like a Local

      Are you searching for a cool spot for digital nomads in South East Asia? You should check out the world's digital nomad capital Chiang Mai!

      Subscribe to my newsletter so I can keep you posted about my life of travels and as a digital nomad! You will never miss a new blog post, a new ebook or where my next adventure is going to bring us. Because it’s never going to be boring!

      You could also be interested in the following destinations for digital nomads:

      Jerusalem – Israel für digitale Nomaden

      DESTINATIONS FOR DIGITAL NOMADS

      VIETNAM

      Rio de Janeiro – Brasilien für digitale Nomaden

      DESTINATIONS FOR DIGITAL NOMADS

      SINGAPORE

      Spanien für digitale Nomaden

      DESTINATIONS FOR DIGITAL NOMADS

      MALAYSIA