I move. A lot. Help make my admin easier.
June 2, 2014 11:30 PM Subscribe
We move quite often - every 2 years or so. I have done it all my life, but usually within the same country.Over the past 5 years that has included 3 different countries, and it looks like for the next 6 years or so we are probably going to live in another 2 or 3 countries. Looking for tips on making our admin and daily living a bit easier.
posted by Megami to Work & Money (6 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
We are Australians, but 'based out of' the UK. We will hopefully get UK citizenship in the next few years.We currently live in Germany, and next year are most likely moving to another EU country or Turkey (or maybe staying in Germany. Or maybe moving back to the UK. You get the gist.)
Due to husband's work, we can always have a UK address that delivers to wherever we are. Housing, gas and electric, all that kind of stuff is okay. But are there some things that could make life easier:
- We have a UK bank account (which we have to keep) and currently a German account, which doesn't have debit/credit card because that costs more (we have a piece of plastic we can use at the ATM but not a number for things like paying online). Since we are going to be moving around, is there a good 'pan-EU/pan-global' banking solution?
- Internet and mobile phones: the bane of my existence is setting up new internet, with contracts I then have to break because I leave the country after less that the minimum number of years and it can't be transferred. Any suggestions? I usually have pre-paid mobiles to get around this, but keep having to change numbers (I have a global roaming SIM for when I travel to places like Australia, but it is not all that cheap. But it is international. Is that the way to go?)
- I have a UK paypal account and a German paypal account. It would, quite frankly, be easier to have a US account. Is there a quasi legal way of doing this?
- As above - a few other things would be much easier if I could just have a US address with a debit/credit card attached. I don't have US friends :( so is there any other quasi-legal way of doing this?
- International media - I currently use smartydns so I can get BBC iplayer and hulu.com. I would consider VPN, but believe I would have to keep changing it to accept feeds from different countries/regions. Is that correct, or should I look in to VPN?
- I homeschool my son. In places like the UK there are great homeschool/home education networks so we can socialise with other people in the same situation. Not so much in other places - while we are allowed to do it, it is generally not legal to homeschoool in Germany for example, so no groups to meet with. Any suggestions?
- I know there is a real 'digital nomads' community out there, which is a bit different than our situation, but probably has some great tips we could use. However, so many of the blogs/websites I encounter are either a) scammy (wanting to sell me an ebook or program) b) wishful thinking or c) more about how awesome they are than helpful hints. Do you have any sites to recommend?
Willing to take on all and any suggestions for internationally nomadic living!