"Digital Nomads" (Working abroad on Internet Marketing)?

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Hi folks,

I just wondered if anybody else out there is leading a similar life to me and travelling in far off distant places while keeping up their IM career. It would be great to network with some of you!

I've worked so far in NYC, London, Riga, KL, Melbourne and I am currently in Buenos Aires.

Would love to hear your stories!
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  • Profile picture of the author TryBPO
    We're Americans, living in Davao City, Philippines where we have our company, home base, etc. We both travel throughout Asia quite a bit, though...mostly for fun but a little bit of business mixed in! (Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, etc.) I like the Digital Nomads lifestyle because I just love to travel and make money while I'm doing it...can't beat it!
    • Profile picture of the author theultimate1
      Originally Posted by TryBPO View Post

      We're Americans, living in Davao City, Philippines where we have our company, home base, etc. We both travel throughout Asia quite a bit, though...mostly for fun but a little bit of business mixed in! (Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, etc.) I like the Digital Nomads lifestyle because I just love to travel and make money while I'm doing it...can't beat it!
      I'm just curious... which country do you pay your taxes to? Your websites are probably hosted on US servers, so would that mean (assuming that you run web-based businesses, other than of course TryBPO) that you should pay taxes to the US Govt.?
  • Profile picture of the author LocoDice
    Cool! Sounds awesome, do you know any good websites that focus on the 'digital nomad' style life?
  • Profile picture of the author TryBPO
    These guys have a really nice community:
    Location Independent | Live and Work Anywhere

    Cody McKibben's pretty interesting to follow, although last time I talked to him he beat me up for my social media "tactics"...ouch!
    Lifestyle Entrepreneurship, Permanent Travel & the Digital Nomad Lifestyle | Thrilling Heroics

    That should give you a couple of good places to look!
  • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
    I'm now back in the UK and settled again but in the last 3 years I've lived in America (Boston), Singapore and been all over the world to more countries than I can remember- doing IM the whole time.
  • Profile picture of the author LocoDice
    Great to see some good responses here, where do you think some of the best countries to minimise costs and have a good quality of life are?

    I've lived in Riga, Latvia and Buenos Aires, Argentina and have good things to say about both. I can live a lot cheaper in both these places than my home town of Melbourne, Australia.

    But I'd like to know what other options I have. I'm thinking of dropping into SE Asia for 2-4 weeks in July/August and wondering about tips. Anybody done Bangkok?

    I'd love to do that stereotype, sit on a beach with pina colada in hand and work on my laptop.. just because
  • Profile picture of the author allenjohn
    Vietnam = $1 per bottle of Heinekin
    Paris = $15 per bottle of Heinekin

    Tough call all the very best, Allen
  • Profile picture of the author LocoDice
    Haha, funny I usually go on can of coke or the price of a big mac...
  • Profile picture of the author Anonymous Affiliate
    I've been working+traveling for years. I dont do the backpacking trail anymore (did it extensively through my 20s). Instead, what I do now is to move somewhere, rent an appartment, settle in like a local, live for half a year or so, move on, etc. I've been doing that in France, Germany, Thailand, Spain, Argentina and some other places along the way.

    Nothing, NOTHING, beats the feeling of knowing that you're in full control of your next destination and your location in the world, and you can change it within the day.
    • Profile picture of the author LuvAbundance
      Originally Posted by Anonymous Affiliate View Post

      I've been working+traveling for years. I dont do the backpacking trail anymore (did it extensively through my 20s). Instead, what I do now is to move somewhere, rent an appartment, settle in like a local, live for half a year or so, move on, etc. I've been doing that in France, Germany, Thailand, Spain, Argentina and some other places along the way.

      Nothing, NOTHING, beats the feeling of knowing that you're in full control of your next destination and your location in the world, and you can change it within the day.
      Do you have any specific places to recommend? I am about to start my travels around the world. (In Barcelona now!)

      Thanks
  • Profile picture of the author Willie Murray
    All being well we're moving out to Thailand this year and plan to travel in Asia, from the UK.... Can't wait...
    • Profile picture of the author LocoDice
      Great to read similar stories to what I'm doing. I always think that this kind if lifestyle really was not possible until very recently.

      It is funny in a way because this is what they were predicting back in the 1960's/1970's.. so called 'telecommuting'. Well for some it is happening.

      If anybody knows any beaches I can work on with wifi and that are cheap in SE Asia let me know.. I am interested in doing this in a month or two.
  • Profile picture of the author Reed Floren
    I've done this too but always found it hard to focus being in a new time zone, adjusting to food/culture, seeing the sites and then finding time to do internet stuff when I know that I may never be at that specific place ever again

    As for taxes I was away on April 15th and my accountant filed for an extension so my taxes are due in October. (I think being overseas you can get an automatic 2 month but it may be an automatic 6)
  • Profile picture of the author TryBPO
    The Philippines is an excellent place for a low cost of living, beautiful beaches, etc. If you get outside of dusty, smoggy Manila, there are some amazingly beautiful places you can go. (Boracay, Palawan, Bohol, etc.) I highly recommend stopping in if you're out and about on an adventure. Locationally, it's a little out of the way, but it's a great place to check out.

    For the best tax advice, definitely speak to an accounting professional! I can tell you that it's a really good idea to set up a corporation or LLC...we have a corp based out of California and another corp here in the Philippines. As a foreigner, you can't own a business here in the Phils, so what we had to do was have our corporation in the US own 95% of the corporation here. The other 5 percent is split up between my partner and I and three Filipino placeholders.

    As an American, you're taxed on worldwide income, not just income made in the US, but there are tax breaks for those living abroad X% of the year...but, again, speak to a tax professional.
    • Profile picture of the author hardraysnight
      i have lived in asia for much of the past 10 years, mainly china, south korea and philippines. i have worked, on a wage structure in both china and south korea

      i have successfully launched and maintained an im business pertaining to sports betting, soon to make it bigger and better and a wider subscription base

      i do not pay tax except on interest in my home country

      you forgot baguio, joe, strawberries and the best shopping in the philippines
  • Profile picture of the author Mac Wheeler
    I have not been home to the UK for 5 years, all I need is my laptop and an internet connection and I can work anywhere. I even managed to keep working whilst I was trekking, half way up a mountain in Northern Thailand thanks to mobile internet.
  • Profile picture of the author Superior Content Creation
    I've been living in Thailand for the past 3 years, and I can't get enough of it. At the moment, I'm actually visiting family in the States for the first time since i left. I've been here for 3 months, and it was great to see everyone, but I can't wait to get out there again. I'm planning on heading back in a couple weeks.
  • Profile picture of the author Simin
    Great men.. IM really a border-less business...
    I hope some day I can do my IM business in other country..
  • Profile picture of the author flyinghammers
    What an inspiring thread. I have heard that U.S. citizens don't have to pay federal taxes on earned income as long as they are not in the country for more than 30 days out of the year.
  • Profile picture of the author JCorp
    Originally Posted by mkterbynite View Post

    Hi folks,

    I just wondered if anybody else out there is leading a similar life to me and travelling in far off distant places while keeping up their IM career. It would be great to network with some of you!

    I've worked so far in NYC, London, Riga, KL, Melbourne and I am currently in Buenos Aires.

    Would love to hear your stories!



    Cool man! Great job...

    Doing the same as well, but found a place to stay a bit longer to really dig deep in the culture, life, etc. That's the beauty of working online, you can choose to stay in a place for a day, or for a year and move to another place...
  • Profile picture of the author JCorp
    Regarding taxes, that's a complex subject, but I know that if you're traveling outside the U.S., many countries don't allow you to work unless you have a special visa (work visa, etc.)

    So if you're in one of those countries, you have to work under the radar... how hard is that working online anyway
  • Profile picture of the author TLCarroll
    Just curious about language barriers...

    For those of you in other countries, did you find it hard to learn the new languages?

    I'm looking forward to living several places outside of the US in my upcoming retirement, but I worry that it'll be hard for me to pick up new languages at my age. LOL

  • Profile picture of the author Globe_Trotter13
    I'm also a digital nomad/location independent person. I just returned from a 4 months mini retirement in Asia where I got to travel around the area. I stayed mainly in Bangkok where I fell in love with the city. It's truly an addictive and intoxicating city in the positive sense. The kind of city that has an energy and vibe life few cities in the world. Cost of living is cheap, food is delicious, weather is good, it's a fabulous location strategically speaking as you're an hour away from some of the most glorious beaches of the world such as Phuket, Krabi etc...2 hours from Singapore, Bali, KL, 3 hours from the Philippines, 7 hours from Tokyo etc...plus the women are sexy, feminine and beautiful, just the way women should be. I'm now visiting family back home but I'll be back to Asia next month and I can't wait!
    I've been running my online biz everywhere I go as all I need is my laptop and internet connection and i'm good to go.
    So yeah, being a digital nomad or location independent is truly addictive and the more I travel and see new places, the more I want to do some more.
  • Profile picture of the author davemiz
    its one of the 'perks' of what we do.... gotta take advantage of it. been living in amsterdam for the last 3 months.

    back to the states next week

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