The Pitfalls Of Being A Digital Nomad

For all of the fantastic information about out there about how to become a digital nomad and live a life of freedom and independence—there’s rarely any content about the downfalls.

Sometimes the information is pushed by guys trying to make money directly off a product, or simply because they’re in the honeymoon phase of their journey. That’s not to say that living this life isn’t amazing, but I do think it’s important to put unbiased information out there for those of you who want to make the leap. It’s important to note the potential pitfalls of life abroad.

Here are the potential downsides of living the life of a digital nomad.

You Have No Home

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Changing apartments every month (hell, I know some guys who do it nearly every week) gets exhausting. No place feels like home. This is especially true if you’re staying in the same city every month.

It’s a little different when you’re moving to a new country or city, because the excitement of exploring a new place makes it worth it. Regardless, having no place to truly call your own home, where you can truly settle in, can be disheartening. It’s especially true when you factor in whatever you are trying to accomplish in life—such as building a business.

Tip: Make sure you get home to see your family (provided you like them and they don’t try to bring you down with blue pill garbage). Spend a month or so to recharge your batteries before hitting the road again.

Something else that I’m considering doing is picking a city I really like, actually signing a lease—and still spending several months a year on the road. The cost saved on a yearly lease versus a monthly rental will outweigh the costs, even if I don’t live in that apartment for 3-4 months a year.

The Language Issue

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Don’t get me wrong—I’m a big proponent of learning some of the local language before you head to a new country. But months and months of not being around many native English speakers can wear you down. It’s the constant struggle of trying to communicate basic things on a day-to-day basis.

Add in a few dates with girls who speak poor English (though they can be fun, and are still infinitely better than American women), and you could see why this can be a downfall.

Tip: Network and make friends with your fellow Westerners. Just screen them properly—you don’t want to escape the Western world only to find more of the poison. But try to go to a expat meeting and screen the people out. You might meet some great people who have been living abroad for years and can be a lot of fun to hang out with.

Electronics Are EXPENSIVE

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My laptop died on me a few weeks ago. I thought I was going to have to buy a new one, with the typical 30% markup on electronics in Ukraine. Yikes.

I lucked out and managed to have it fixed for a modest $50, but I was still without my laptop for a week (more on service later). Kind of a problem for a digital nomad.

Simply put, anything you need to buy overseas from an electronic sense is going to burn you. This is made up by an overall cheaper cost of living, but you also have to factor in that most aspiring nomads are not making a full-time American salary (that allows you to manage large expenses like electronics).

Tip: The solution is to network with people around the globe. As soon as my laptop died, I contacted my good friend from the RVF forum (who was coming in two weeks). He agreed to bring a laptop should I need it. It’s those kind of connections around the world that can make your life much easier.

The Service Can Leave A Lot To Be Desired

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It’s just part of living abroad. Sometimes, the service can be really bad in places. Take my computer problem for example. I was told I’d get a call back in two days. Nothing. Then they told me another day. Nothing. I call again on the fifth day.

“Uhh, we are working on your computer starting in one hour…we did not pay our internet bill, so we could not work on your computer.”

Yes, a computer shop that didn’t pay it’s internet bill!

Restaurants are generally much slower—sometimes they’ll forget an entire dish, bring main deals and then appetizers 45 minutes later, or just flat-out forget about you. Simply things that you wouldn’t see in a place with an emphasis on Western customer service.

Again, it’s just part of the tradeoff for a much better life overall, but these kind of situations can frustrate someone who is not used to it (or isn’t expecting it).

Tip: Not much you can do, really! The more time you spend on the road, the more you’ll likely grow to enjoy the slower pace of the service. Rather than a restaurant in America that has a 45-minute table turnover, you’ll like getting to take your time and truly enjoy your dining experience.

Conclusion

Life abroad as a digital nomad is still infinitely better than being stuck in the jail cell, corporate life. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. With that being said, there are definitely pitfalls about the life—but you learn to take the good with the bad. There are always way to counter these, as I’ve illustrated above.

I’d continue to encourage men to try to break free and travel the world, but take both the good and the bad into account when you make such a huge choice like this.

Read More: 5 Steps To Living Like A Nomad

83 thoughts on “The Pitfalls Of Being A Digital Nomad”

  1. It’s an adolescent phase of life everyone should go through. Contributes to establishing a successful business in adulthood.

  2. Sorry, but what is a ‘digital nomad’? Does it mean to simply travel all over the world and have an online business?
    I think I’d like that idea, but not with switching places every month. Half a year at every place maybe, that would sound appealing. Enough time to get to like the place and then leave just as you start to get bored of it.

        1. I don’t think they do earn a lot. I get the feeling these people live off the generosity of others. Essentially they are muchers. Now with that said I don’t know anything about this writer what he does for a living or how much he makes.

        2. Well, ‘moocher’ is not a binary term. The lines can be blurry. Is it mooching, for instance, to ask for donations when you give something away for free that is of value to others? Also, I don’t think you can mooch THAT much. Surely he has some other income source.
          But there are bloggers out there whom I believe to make a lot of money. Not solely through the blog, I guess, but through being able to channel the publicity into selling their work / product.

        3. Maybe I’m being too critical. I’m from the Sf Bay area originally I’ve met plenty of these digital nomads types. They fly in with high dreams of starting a pet walking app or writing an ebook on life-hacks meanwhile they share a microapartment with 6 other people because they are full of hot air.

      1. Lol. Then what is an analog nomad? (Monad?)
        Here’s the google definition of nomad: “A nomad (Greek: νομάς, nomas, plural νομάδες, nomades; meaning one roaming about for pasture, pastoral tribe) is a member of a community of people who live in different locations, moving from one place to another.”
        I don’t see how that word relates to the article. ‘Real’ nomads are not solitary. They are part of a group that roams with animal herds, for example.

        1. Most people think of it in the singular these days. I agree that they’re wrong to do so. I suppose it sounds better than “hermit” though.

        2. How about ‘hobo’?
          “A hobo is a migratory worker or homeless vagabond, especially one who is impoverished. The term originated in the Western—probably Northwestern—United States around 1890. Unlike a “tramp”, who works only when forced to, and a “bum”, who does not work at all, a “hobo” is a traveling worker.”

          Has a nice feel to it.

        3. Actually a more compelling phrase would be “lone wolf”. Sounds dangerous yet intriguing (well, it does to me anyway).

        4. I’ve always liked the word “Wolf”. Sounds powerful, yes.
          For example, when you hear the name “Wolf Blitzer” you immediately think of some raging giant Nazi superman who destroys entire Soviet tank formations by roaring at them from the mountains. It’s just that kind of name. Yet the reality is that it’s attached to a sniveling little dweeb. What a waste of such an awesome name.

        5. On the other hand, if we imagine a real-world lone wolf, we can see how he would quickly die without being part of a pack, and likely feel all kinds of terror and abandonment and be miserable all over until he would indeed break down sniveling and die. In fact, this happened to a wolf in a reservoir near Munich where a pack cast out a wolf into a tiny territory. The wolf survived because the staff fed him, but then they basically made the whole reservoir smaller, which cut away the part where this wolf was exiled to. They other wolves perceived this as a transgression of territory and finished him off.
          So I dare argue that while I do feel the same association you do, it’s not really a realistic one per se. A solitary wolf is not very mighty, if we be realistic. He is rather small (compare to, say, a bear) and unable to use smart pack tactics to hunt. The strenght lies in the pack.
          So I’d say that this association we both have is culturally manufactured symbolism.
          To give a little context for this idea: What do we in Western culture associate with the ‘Owl’? Wise, calm, etc. Now, I have some African guys in my Facebook friend list. Guess what they associate the owl with? Harbinger of death and disease.

        6. Well yeah it’s cultural. But that’s ok, because belonging to a culture and embracing it’s myths and mythos is actually a pretty human thing to do.
          Lone wolf is analog to the ancient concept of “outlaw”. We think of “outlaw” today the same exact way some think of “lone wolf”. But it’s the same situation, a person was cast out of the village/city and deprived of community, family and protection from the law. Any ol’ body could walk right up and kill him without consequences, and nobody would help him survive if he wasn’t killed. He was literally (Hitler) “outside the law”. Not a good situation to be in, for certain.

        7. Heh. Yeah.
          But then, I think one does not need to embrace the myths and mythos unquestioningly. For example, I find the African own much more fascinating and “real”. Also, a culture that would use the bear as a symbol for strength would just feel more right to me, because it is more … yeah, I don’t know, real?
          Come think of it. Do we have sufficient symbols in our current culture for every aspect of human life? I feel that while our culture is rich in the whole, say “Christian bright knight” thing, it kinda lacks a little depth when it comes to the more mystical, weird and dark sides of existence. For example, where’s our equivalent of Kali, the mad woman dancing on the battlefield, full of joy of seeing death and destruction? In comparison to all those myths, ours can seem a little ‘flat’ and narrow-minded. Although this may of course just be my perception due to our culture becoming very disillusioned and head-mind-based, embracing science to the exclusion of anything else. If I follow that line of thought, I may say that we may have good symbols perhaps, but they are so weak nowadays that they hardly move anyone. One may see this as a good sign of being detached or one may see it as a sign of actually having dissociated from many aspects of one’s own existence and feelings, which I think is more accurate. Symbols move us and if we reject a particular symbol, I think we are also rejecting a part of ourselves. Or rather, we rejected that part of ourselves in the first place, which is why we reflexively reject the symbol. It ‘triggers’ us in unpleasant ways.
          Take Rand for example. She’s an extreme of course, but if she were to dictate the cultural heritage, we would have no symbols for anything but ‘heroic rational superman’. How boring.
          But sure, that’s maybe simply my own preference and how I would like stories to be told. Freedom of speech and thought is a great thing, heh.

        8. It really pisses me off that such a dweeb has such an amazing name. That should be MY name, damnit!

        9. For example, I find the African own much more fascinating and “real”.
          Oh God Tom, you clearly live in Germany.
          If you can’t get an immediate super erection about the awesomeness of the Germanic pantheon, there’s just no hope dude. And wolves, amazing creatures, probably the closest to us in social nature.

        10. That’s not only a great name, but probably the one that 99 out of 100 parents would name him upon first casting eyes on his scrawny little infant face.

        11. I don’t know.. Ghost is a pretty cool name. Or have you been lying to us all this whole time and that isn’t your real name?

        12. I consider myself a lone wolf in many ways. Even though I have many acquaintance/friends and a fewsolid trustworthy ones.
          I think lone wolf because ultimately I’m the only one out for me and that is quite natural. If I see the opportunity for some gain or to simply get at my enemies I’m going to take it. I will do so without the consent or permission of anyone else Nor do I expect help. If anything I expect nothing but opposition should plans be made known. Hence the “lone” wolf.

  3. some good points here, although some of these will apply regardless of where you’re are squatting while others will be place specific. Saving money when abroad has a cost in time, as does lack of infrastructure, whether due to the country in question (I wouldn’t expect ukraine to have the best broadband etc but I wouldn’t know) or simply because moving from place to place will often involve difficulties with basic stuff like internet access etc. Renting / leasing an apartment is really the only option, as any kind of fruitfulness requires some structure and routine.

  4. Each to their own on the nomadic existence. I’m sure there’s truckloads of benefits.
    But for me – still bearing in my mind I’ve touched the dirt on every continent except Antarctica … home is everything!

    1. there’s definitely a downside, not least because you can take so little with you, especially by plane… even if you traveled by car or FedEx items to the next location, it’s less than ideal… a lot of wastage in items dis guarded, alot of money spent eating out all the time and not such a good diet…. standard household items like blenders, fryers, good bed, desk, comfortable work space all take a back seat….
      difficult to build any kind of business, even a real online business is going to need an assistant, a few staff….. hard to work always by remote with people you’ve never met and don’t have a vested interest in what you are doing.
      it’s not just language issues either, it’s cultural issues, learning your way around basic necessities can be a real pain…..bureaucratic issues… every country has it’s own way of doing things that can be alien…. until you know them….. your internet connection in some temporary furnished apt. is probably the most basic available… you’re always working from a disadvantage to some degree….. not owning a car is all fine and good, but it’s limiting, owning one in a foreign country means learning their codes and bureaucracies, renting all the time is always poorer quality.
      great fun and excitement, but lots of serious compromises.

    2. True home is home, Even if it’s the barren lands north of the M25. 😛
      Seriously though, I prefer the idea of short getaways but always coming home
      to basecamp. It’s always exciting to get away but oh so nice to get home.
      Occasionally, if you can swing it, a little sabbaticals not bad either.

  5. Better idea is to be a digital SEMI-nomad. Keep a simple and cheap home base in the U.S., keep your network of friends and family, and stay there maybe eight months a year.
    Then live in four different international cities for the other four months. Monthly rates discounts on Airbnb make this very doable.
    This reduces feelings of isolation. It also eliminates visa issues.

    1. That’s actually my idea, until I secure (down-payment) a flat in the city, that I can live in or rent out… then I can afford the luxury to spin around for 3-4 months and then head back to my shelter. At the moment enslaved with rent at my base location while affording travel and a second rent elsewhere is simply something I can’t do right now.

      1. I learned that six weeks is my outer limit for roaming. Best pattern is two or three months at home, one month abroad, two or three months at home, one month abroad. Repeat.
        Another advantage to living in the same city abroad for 4-6 weeks is that women will be much more open to sleeping with you. The idea of starting a mini-relationship can be the tipping point. I’ve seen eyes light up when I said, “Me voy a quedar aca muchas semanas, no tengo planes fijos, me encanta la ciudad/paisaje/gente”.

  6. Anybody see the obama erection video yet on DRUDGE? He stands up flaunting a boner in front of a bunch of female reporters….according to feminist doctrine, it would appear obama’s promoting rape culture. …and obama has the audacity to attack Trump for his”lewd comments” . notice the women are giggling and wanting to see obama’s erection,..but the MSM shows women outraged and offended by Trumps “comments” …selective outrage.

    1. “it would appear obama’s promoting rape culture”
      Didn’t you hear? Only fucking white males promote rape culture.

    2. “Anybody see the obama erection video yet on DRUDGE?”
      Ha, I read that far, and assumed your comment would be about Michelle. So you mean he’s not gay and she’s a genuine lady. The world’s turning upside down

  7. I think all these pitfalls are easily mitigated. The benefits far outweigh the downsides. However, the biggest pitfall I foresee in the future of the digital nomad is an increasing supply and declining and demand for paid digital content, goods and services as more people jump on the nomadic bandwagon, leading to lower incomes for nomads on average. How much digital content and services does the world need? Just like we’ve witnessed a saturation of free content in the porn industry, I think we’ll see the same in all other areas of digital content.
    News, current events and daily opnion/commentary can be sold akin to fresh baked bread that satisfies a niche market. But then the pool of people producing and selling such content will inevitably dilute the revenue pool making it harder for new entrants into the market to make a decent income. The established content providers are pretty much now established and have their followings. It’s will become increasingly more difficult for newbies to get a foothold and compete against the establishment.

    1. You’re thinking only of media, but there are many other sectors of the economy that feature non-fixed positions. I’ve met structural engineers who were travelling the world while working remotely on portions of big projects.
      Some companies don’t even have offices, of course. I worked at a dot-com whose founder had started a search engine with a guy in New Zealand back in the nineties. They became millionaires together without ever meeting one another.

      1. You made my point… “back in the nineties.” I’ve considered other sectors, but when people talk about digital nomads, I’d guess 90% or more are bloggers, travelers, software guys, etc.
        Engineering, software and design work has been offshored for well over a decade at fire-sale prices. It’s known as globalization. The technology has accelerated the rate of outsourcing the ability to outsource most everything on projects but the physical production and construction of things. It’s one of the reasons I got out of software back the early 00’s, despite making six-figures. I was tired of the Indian tsunami, and dealing the the cunt twats that had infiltrated software management roles who hired them.
        I’m talking about the future. I don’t see anything but a race to the bottom fueled by greater motivation by high-paying western companies to escape egregious taxation through corporate inversions and offshore outsourcing to avoid the huge costs of supporting western employees and their guberment mandated costs (e.g. Obamacare)

  8. Live on a boat, it’s the ultimate in mobile home. If one is pursuing the 5-flags strategy, it’s only necessary to change jurisdictions each quarter and if one chooses the right place, it isn’t that difficult. That’s when you really are a permanent tourist.
    If one wants to live in the US and get started on the digital nomad lifestyle, living on a boat is one of the most cost-effective ways of doing so because dock-space can be found in some of the nicest places at a whole lot less than even the cheapest of apartments in the same area. And don’t forget the cachet of living in the marina on board your own boat.
    The true value of living on a boat (or in an RV- except a boat has a lot more class) is the ability to move (quickly if necessary) without having to pack and maintaining control of your own space. Boats were designed to provide all the necessities of living. It’s not all fun and games because it’s a lot of work, but for those who really want independence and don’t have the money for it, it’s one of the best ways to go.

    1. There was a guy on this site about a year ago who had just moved onto a boat, I asked him to write an article, but he disappeared- would you care to write one? Pros? Cons?

      1. Yeah, he was all about writing the article, but after that hurricane he seems to have dropped out of the manosphere. I have no idea why.

        1. speaking of “education”- common core math allows for credit if you dont answer the question if you respond “this math question triggers me”…

      2. I could, but I don’t think it would be what most would expect. I’ve lived on a boat before and will again. More than anything else it can be part of a low-cost high-value lifestyle that plays well to a lot of men, especially men who are trying to recover from being divorce-raped. The thing is, living on a boat has a lot of cache that living in a mobile home or an RV doesn’t.
        Like a lot of other things, there are ways to get what you want the smart way and the hard way. With boats, one has to know every system on the boat. If you develop a problem with the boat, the problem has to be solved. Typically that means either fix it yourself or hire someone to do it. Most problems can be solved before the happen by preventative maintenance, which must be done when necessary, which means discipline is required. I’ve known wealthy people who spent boatloads of money to keep everything shipshape and I’ve known others (like me) who did most of the work themselves and hired out only the very difficult or the very tedious jobs.
        There are lots of places where you can live in a marina that’s extremely well located and the slip fee is less than half of what the rent on a studio apartment in the same area would cost. And if your neighbors are obnoxious, it’s easy to move. Yes, the reality is that it’s living in a floating trailer park, but living on your boat in the marina comes across as high-value to most women.

    2. Having done both (boats and RV) and currently doing the latter, I agree with you overall, but disagree somewhat with your details. That is if you were talking about ownership and not renting someones empty party barge for a month.
      An inland boat limits you to mostly landlocked waters, if you have to relocate to another area for work or whatever the case may be, you’re going to have to pull that thing out of the water and tow it to another part of the country. Not the best in mobile living if you’re inland. An RV suits the inland mobile life much better. I would also disagree about your class comment… there are million dollar rigs in both worlds. My current rig was half a million in acquisition and not the eyesore 1970s style Winnebago that most people envision when they hear “RV”.
      However if one is going international in mobility, an ocean capable boat fits the bill nicely, and by that I mean one that is capable of circumnavigating the globe, these boats are not cheap. You’re looking at half a million investment just for an entry level ship fully equipped that wont kill you on your first crossing attempt.
      Beyond acquisition, neither are necessarily cheap living either, maintenance and docking fees can eat up funds quickly. If you go cheap on either acquisition, maintenance is going to eat you alive. Not only that many places (docks/RV parks) have a “dress code” anymore too, older units not allowed due to safety/insurance concerns and the eyesore aspect.
      Not saying it cannot be done on the cheap, I know people who “van/stealth camp” in parking lots. I also know folks who rent out their lake houseboats off season for live in caretakers if you will. The latter is a good option for someone willing to do the work required to baby sit someones boat and have cheaper than usual rent.
      Cheers

      1. I’m slowly whittling my wife down on the RV idea. Will we ever do it? Who knows, but I like to keep my options open. The idea of complete freedom to go wherever, whenever seems just to good to pass up.

        1. Yeah, I enjoy it. I don’t have a wife and my boy is grown so it’s just me in my castle on wheels, except when I have “company” LOL.
          Full timing is a bit different in comparison to house living regarding the chores, little more work involved but those things become habit pretty fast and are not really time consuming at all. It is very nice in that if you get tired of your surroundings you can proverbially flip them the bird and be underway in less than an hour. Limited storage space also means you can’t be hoarding anything. Everything stored on the coach should have a purpose and function. Easy for us guys, but harder for a woman to get their head around.
          Fuel is expensive however. If you are parked more than moving it’s easy on cost, but if your moving around often fuel can quickly eat up a budget. Mine has 200 gallon tank and can get close to 1200 miles out of it.
          I miss having a large garage/shop but an enclosed trailer doubles for this. Some places don’t like you to work on things, or even wash your windshield, however with the door closed on the enclosed trailer nobody knows I’m rebuilding the top end on a bike, unless running power tools heh
          One can generally rent a Class A diesel pusher for a weekend or a week, maybe take your wife out on a couple excursions? You’d only be out the rental cost and would be a great experience.

        2. Most RV parks have full hookups (water, sewer, electric, sometimes even cable tv). An RV will have holding tanks also for fresh water, grey and black water. Mine holds 100 gallons of fresh and I have inline house filtration, so boondocking somewhere (no hookups) is very doable.

    3. a boat = a hole in the ocean you throw money into…. shit always breaks down on boats…. endless maintenance costs….. plus lousy internet, unless you are chained up in a marina all the time, which = large fees.

  9. “But try to go to a expat meeting and screen the people out. You might meet some great people who have been living abroad for years and can be a lot of fun to hang out with.”
    Good point. I am a DN and I find that the human connection is vital; that being said, people won’t knock on your door to meet you so you have to make the effort.

  10. Digital nomad for 4 years. Love hate relationship with the lifestyle. If the whole…
    Go to college
    Get a job
    Get married
    …deal wasn’t such a total scam I would do that instead because being a digital nomad really does grind on you… And not in the way that Colombian girls do to reggaeton music!

  11. I’ve lived in developing Asia for 10 years. Americans don’t appreciate what they have:
    – Plumbing that allows you to throw in toilet paper
    – Internet that works
    – People generally are on time
    – Direct and straight communication
    – Outstanding health care
    – Low food prices, outstanding quality and selection
    – Motorists yield to pedestrians
    – Walkable sidewalks not filled with hawkers, trash and motorbikes
    – People queue in lines instead of elbowing each other for position
    – Nice parks for walking, playing (great if you have kids which I do)
    – No pollution and trash everywhere. People actually give a shit about the environment (they don’t here).
    – Food safety. Meat not pumped with chemicals, etc.
    – Free education for kids (gotta send kids to private school here)
    I was back in the States recently and went to a Super Target. Holy cow I was blown away at the size, prices and selection.
    That said, overall I like living here. Advantages:
    – Far lower cost of living in general
    – Super cheap domestic help. We have a nanny and housekeeper.
    – Traditional gender roles (although feminism is creeping in even here, it’s still the 1950s in a lot of ways)
    – In some ways doing business is easier — competition here is poor
    – Rapid change and economic growth at a pace not seen in the USA
    – Optimistic people
    My (foreign) wife and I plan to move back to the USA in a few years. It’s a better place for kids. We’ll pick a medium-to-small-sized city lacking vibrancy and live a quiet life. I found my perspective on life really changed with a family.

  12. Either you buy your way out of this shit or you put up with it here in USA. Personally I am getting ready to seal up some more weapons and ammo and place them for future fuckovers.
    Anyone who scratches my nuts in an unacceptable manner will be shot.

  13. I am also psychic which aside from impending threats to my life does not work( no parlor tricks). I cannot explain it but I have learned that ghosts in the matrix want me to live for some damned reason. I should have been dead long ago. The drowning, the concussions, the beatings, the Shebaab. I dodge all that shit and more.

  14. Just remember fellow vets the VA alone has disarmed permanently 260k veterans…look it up your own self.

  15. Alan if you read this I am fully prepared to destroy anyone who derails my already planned life. In the end I am prepared for it. I do not wish to fight you.

  16. I’d even move to the US for a bit but it’s a nightmare to get a work visa (white british male) I’ve lived abroad but without the language it does wear you down. Learning spanish on the side to be more prepared. As for digital nomad – i’d like to know if you could actually make good money writing ebooks and blogs or is this just perpetuated and overhyped as a possible income stream? I’ve been doing 6 months corporate shit quitting and 6 months travelling – that’s my decent balance although can be a bitch getting back into finding a good job again explaining all the gaps in the career etc

  17. It’s just part of living abroad. Sometimes, the service can be really bad in places.

    Restaurants are generally much slower—sometimes they’ll forget an entire dish, bring main deals and then appetizers 45 minutes later, or just flat-out forget about you.

    So much for the stereotypes of Euros and third-worlders being lazy…maybe there is something to the tip system in restaurants.
    A few months ago, there was a tongue-in-cheek commercial featuring a vaguely-French, well-heeled European character who was mocking the American work ethic only to wind up adopting it.

  18. I own two laptops. Laptops are manufactured light enough now that having a “spare” is not cumbersome at all (in my opinion) and actually quite essential if you are living OVERSEAS. In case one breaks down, gets stolen, gets a virus, etc. Ideally, one should own two laptops and a Tablet/Ipad. Throw away anything extra to make room for them.

  19. omg, too funny. i am 46 & men never think i am & i am always told how funny, smart, witty & beautiful i am. i never ever ever have found my soulmate in the USA & now i am wondering from reading your guide if it has something to do with my being Ukranian. the men here are mostly horrible & the ones who aren’t are taken by terrible women who are not good enough for them & likely cheating on them & spending their hard-earned money.
    i need to learn how to be become a digital nomad. i must find a good mentor for whom to be a worthy protege. yes, that’s it.

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