The Digital Nomad Life: Global Roaming Tips & Tricks

It’s a good idea to independently verify all of the info below. This Guide is exactly that, and nothing more: get some general ideas, get thinking about things which might not have even occurred to you, and by all means comment on any page with any appropriate updates and corrections.

Top Tips:

  • Check out the cost of living by country before making any big decision
  • Internet connection speeds are an important consideration as well (best to verify)
  • Make sure your passport is up to date
  • Be sure your vaccinations are up to date, including for COVID-19
  • If you don’t plan to be driving again soon you can still get US Touring insurance
    • I got mine through USAA for $24 a year
    • Keeps you in touch with your insurer (and outright cancelation looks bad)
  • Consider getting an “International Plan” through your wireless service provider
    • You can also use SIM Cards for the cheaper-but-inconvenient option
    • Still try using WhatsApp for phone calls, and over a WiFi connection
  • Also note that Internet service is not what it is in the US
    • Consider getting a mobile hotspot like a Verizon Jetpack on Amazon
    • A WISP-capable travel router can boost your share of signal you’re using
    • Also consider external antenna connecting to laptop’s USB port for $80
    • When booking an Airbnb, confirm with the host the quality of WiFi
      • When booking a hotel room through Airbnb, ask to be near router
    • Use only one device at a time when logged into your Airbnb’s WiFi
  • Be sure to check out Airbnb if you’re not already familiar with the service
    • Don’t be afraid to book hotels through Airbnb
      • Airbnb is a great way of finding a boutique hotel with local character
      • Don’t be put off by ratings lower than you might find for individuals
        • High Airbnb ratings can just indicate charming incompetents
      • Also Internet might be more consistent at hotels (though see above)
  • Bring all appropriate electronic plug-in adaptors for each country you plan to visit
  • Stay in shape with exercises you can do pretty much anywhere
    • Bring running shoes for exploration runs through new cities
    • Use you two carryon bags as weights for leg lunges
  • Laptop-powered fans, sleep shades and earplugs come in handy
    • For hot, bright and noisy places when you just need to sleep

Country by Country:

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH)
    • Standard 90-out-of-180-days rule applies
    • No visa or visa fee required
    • In former Yugoslavia, you must register with local police within 24 hours
  • Bulgaria
    • Has been delayed joining Schengen
  • Croatia
    • Expected to join Schengen very soon, but hasn’t done so quite yet
    • Standard 90-out-of-180-days rule applies
    • No visa or visa fee required
    • In former Yugoslavia, you must register with local police within 24 hours
  • Cyprus
    • Technically expected to join Schengen, but won’t soon because of conflict
  • Egypt
    • Single-Entry 30-Day Tourist Visa available upon arrival at airport for $25
    • Multiple-Entry Visa available for $60
  • Ireland
    • 90 Days out of every 180 Days
  • Montenegro
    • Standard 90-out-of-180-days rule applies
    • No visa or visa fee required
    • In former Yugoslavia, you must register with local police within 24 hours
  • Romania
    • Has been delayed joining Schengen
  • Schengen Zone Countries
    • 90 Days out of every 180 Days
    • Austria
    • Belgium
    • Czechia
    • Denmark
    • Estonia
      • Do you speak English? = Kas sa räägid inglise keelt?
        • Casa ragged Inglise Celt?
    • Finland
      • Do you speak English? = Puhutko Englantia?
    • France
    • Germany
      • Provides an Artist Visa
    • Greece
    • Hungary
    • Iceland
    • Italy
    • Latvia
    • Liechtenstein
    • Lithuania
    • Luxembourg
    • Malta
    • The Netherlands
    • Norway
    • Poland
    • Portugal
    • Slovakia
    • Slovenia
    • Spain
    • Sweden
    • Switzerland
  • Turkey
    • 90 days within a 180-day period
    • Visa costing $50 fee required
      • My own visa was issued instantaneously online
      • Seems to ensure only visitors with a few dollars can get in
  • United Kingdom
    • 180 days out of every 360 days
Schengen Area (+ Prospective Members Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus & Romania)
Countries using the Euro (Eurozone members in blue & unilateral adopters in pink) / credit: Wikipedia
Flixbus destinations throughout Europe
Global Time Zone Map

Sources:

  1. https://www.google.com/search?q=how+long+can+an+american+stay+in+montenegro
  2. https://iamaileen.com/how-stay-in-europe-longer/
  3. https://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-blogs/how-to-legally-stay-in-europe-for-more-than-90-days/
  4. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Egypt.html
  5. https://travelsofadam.com/2012/05/how-to-get-visa-residenc-germany-american/
  6. https://www.wayfaringwithwagner.com/ins-outs-schengen-visa-rules/
  7. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/88/World_Time_Zones_Map.png
  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schengen_Area

This Post Has One Comment

  1. Bill

    Looks like perhaps 90 days in Germany/Denmark/Sweden/France, 150 days in the UK, then back to the US…

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