Submitted by Alex from Germany
I’m from Germany and by 2024 I’ll have lived in eight nations in Europe.
Dwelling overseas is superb, and I like to recommend it to everybody who has an adventurous spirit.
However how do you proceed to maneuver throughout Europe with out having to purchase new furnishings in each new metropolis?
What when you don’t wish to soar between Airbnb, and benefit from the familiarity of your individual issues, and personal pillow?!
Right here’s how I lived in 8 European cities with my very own gadgets.
The Plan: Reside in Totally different European Nations
I work as a contract developer, and this provides me the liberty to work from kind of wherever I would like. So long as I’ve my laptop computer and an web connection, I’m free to roam.
I like to discover new locations and made a promise to myself that I’d see as a lot of Europe as I may earlier than I hit 35 (yet another yr to go).
To this point, I’ve been having the time of my life. I’ve met so many individuals, discovered about so many various cultures, and seen so many stunning sights.
It helps that European nations are so tightly packed collectively and it’s straightforward to maneuver from one place to the subsequent.
It’s nonetheless my purpose to have spent at the very least a couple of months in every European nation, though I’ve observed the final couple of years it has been tougher to uproot every part.
The Record of Nations
To this point I’ve lived and moved to the Netherlands (Amsterdam), Belgium (Antwerpen), France (Marseilles), and Spain (Barcelona).
The remaining ones are Portugal (Porto), Italy (Catania), Greece (Athens), and Austria (Vienna).
Visas was one of many largest points for digital nomads, as a result of vacationer visas had been capped at 30 days, which means your work routine was continuously disrupted.
However now increasingly more nations are attractive distant staff to remain for an prolonged time period, and Europe has many nations that supply digital nomads beneficiant long run visas.
I like the climate within the south of Europe, the meals and the way pleasant the individuals are. However the cities of the Netherlands and Austria additionally had a variety of cultural and inventive sights and had been definitely extra cycle pleasant.
Usually, I favor to discover cities on a motorcycle, as you possibly can cowl a variety of floor, however nonetheless go at a pleasant sluggish tempo if you wish to, or take a couple of hours break at a pleasant restaurant or cafe.
How Can I Transfer So Typically?
Individuals usually ask how I can simply pack up every part and transfer to a brand new place so usually? After all, I’m fairly lucky that I’ve an honest wage, however I do attempt to stay very modestly.
More often than not I cook dinner for myself. I don’t have a automobile.
I wish to exit, however not each evening, and to not costly touristy locations within the middle, however slightly to extra native bars and eating places.
I’m additionally acutely aware of attempting to not accumulate too many gadgets, attempting to be fairly minimalistic.
After I was backpacking as a teen, I may fortunately stay out of a backpack, with just some garments and necessities, however now I’ve gathered some furnishings and numerous bits and items that make life a bit extra pleasant.
Issues like a BBQ, bicycle, snug workplace chair and a giant desk, good couch and low desk for placing my ft up and watching movies or gaming within the night, and naturally, a giant fridge for beers!
However these purchases are normally one-off. My mantra is, purchase high quality, it should final, and perhaps you received’t have to purchase one other one within the subsequent 10 or 20 years. To this point, that’s true.
So I don’t wish to depart all my stuff behind or purchase anew every time I transfer, however fortunately there are European transferring corporations like Smoover. With just some weeks’ discover, they relocate me every time to my new journey.
They normally got here with a small truck. This was ample as a result of as I transfer rather a lot, I attempt to have simply the naked necessities on the subject of furnishings.
1 mattress (160*200)
1 wardrobe (IKEA Pax)
1 standing desk (necessary!)
1 workplace chair
1 Giant display screen 27”
1 small sofa
1 Espresso desk
1 TV (55”)
2 Bicycle (one for town and one for racing)
30 transferring bins with books, garments, and different miscellaneous gadgets
Digital Nomad: Deluxe
As a result of I keep at the very least six months at each location and transfer with my very own gadgets from dwelling to dwelling, I think about this a brand new and upgraded model of a digital nomad life-style.
I benefit from the freedom of no everlasting residence with the posh of my very own important furnishings and gadgets. The traditional digital nomad would simply transfer round along with his backpack and a Macbook.
Right here, I can sleep in my very own mattress, make espresso with my favourite Aeropress, take pleasure in a soothing night journey on my Cannondale, and be tremendous environment friendly when working with my 27” 4k Samsung display screen.
Of Nice Help: Smoover
Smoover was tremendous useful when there have been challenges.
In my first cease in Amsterdam, the staircase was tremendous small and really steep (as it’s usually the case within the Netherlands). They organized an outdoor elevator and lifted the furnishings over the balcony.
In France, my neighbor and I organized a wild goodbye social gathering in my condominium. It was positively price it, however after I moved from Marseilles to Barcelona the condominium proprietor wasn’t too amused and requested that I paint and clear the condominium to get the safety deposit again.
Smoover really had a cleansing and portray crew. The condominium regarded like new (they despatched me footage whereas I used to be already on the seaside in Barcelona). I received again the safety deposit shortly thereafter.
On my subsequent cease, I’m transferring from Barcelona to Porto. I’m taking a two-week trip in Thailand in between, so my issues are being put into storage. They are going to be delivered two days after I land in Porto.
I Dare You to Transfer
I can actually advocate attempting this out. Europe is so tradition wealthy, there’s so many issues to see.
Discuss to your employer to maneuver your work on-line, and embrace the sluggish journey life-style.
Use Smoover to care for the transferring, portray (or, simply don’t throw wild events), cleansing and storage.
Possibly we’ll be neighbors quickly!
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