Previously I've shared some tips regarding submission of said application as well as my leap of faith with my cat to move cross continent to be a nomad (without visa approved in advance). Today I will be sharing some updates.:)
In my previous post, I've mentioned my visa will be ready in 14 days (instead of 30) as written down by PBGB officer but that was a mistake by the officer. I went back on the written date and the officer who received me at counter was so confused while I sat there waiting. After 7-10 minutes sitting, the previous officer who accepted my application came and explained she wrote the wrong date. It should be 30 days from application date and not "today" so they wrote a new date. Apologised. I politely thank them for the update. Went back again on the new date, this time finally got my passport with the visa.
I have submitted my application back in September and wrote down desired start date to be 01 November 2022. Happy to share they've granted it. So they do allow quite a bit of forward dating but I am not sure what is their limit.
For context, I am a single 34/F, nomadding with my cat. Self employed day trader. As a self-employed (not freelancer) visa applicant, you need a foreign registered business under your name.
Now that my visa is granted, I will be deciding whether to extend my co-living lease or find a cheaper furnished apartment instead. Co-living space is 720-750 Euro for 1 bedroom, decent size urban design living room, kitchen with oven, balcony looking towards a small park? Rest area?, big size shower, unfortunately no workspace in apartment. 28sqm2. I converted the dining table to be my workstation since I live alone, I don't need a dining space. They have shared laundry room, gym, workspace, TV/game room, community kitchen, and rooftop terrace. A typical apartment furnished would be 550-650 euro for 40sqm depending on the furnishing and interior. Not much of a savings there. Just about 100-150 euro per month if I switch apartments which isn't much considering I'd lose the community experience, gym, balcony with views etc.
After this one-year, I could either decide to stay and try to get a residence permit via business route (16k EUR capital only for FIE/solopreneur) since I can't extend remote working visa, which requires me to submit a business registration in Estonia. Or I could move on to another country before expiry. The latter is most likely going to be my decision. But who knows! Maybe after a year I will give a different update ☺️.
I'm currently a low-earning online teacher who traditionally DNs in Latin America (or while staying with friends in the states) but my students are all either German or Chinese and I'm growing weary of the effect of the time zone difference - I just spent all summer working through the night and at 37 years old it's not as easy on my body as it used to be.
I teach around 15 hours of classes a week and I earn around $1800 but I have credit card debts I need to clear so realistically my budget is 1000 a month. Looking for more work but won't accept the low pay that dominates the sector, so it's slow-going. I'm also a solo female traveller (although I'm 6 foot tall and 200 pounds so slightly less vulnerable than most women) so I need to take that into account too.
I would be very grateful to hear of any recommendations for the cheapest and safest European destinations, hopefully where winter is not too cold? Great internet is also a must, obviously, due to my job being reliant on making video calls.
Thanking you in advance!
Has anyone else found themselves conflicted by the insatiable sense of wanderlust after returning home?
First of all, I've always internally rolled my eyes at the term "wanderlust" because I associate it with kitschy coffee mugs and welcome mats, but I straight up have it and I'm assuming most people in this sub do as well. Since returning home, I am somewhat haunted by my desire to be out wandering again.
The thing is, I can't help but feel conflicted about it because following through with traveling again means giving up so much of what "most people want". For context, I came home to pursue a relationship that has dropped me squarely into the American dream. The exact situation almost all of my friends and peers work to obtain. By this I mean a nice home in a safe, clean neighborhood. A backyard. Central air. A Nespresso coffee maker. Amazon Prime. WiFi that virtually never fails. It's not that I'm ungrateful for these luxuries, I use them every day and it makes my life super comfortable. But my mind always drifts to the grittier more chaotic scramble of traveling. Where most days involve a problem to figure out or a logistical fire to put out. Something about that form of living is more nourishing to me — at least at this phase of my life, maybe that will change one day.
I guess I'm just at a bit of a crossroads. Pursuing the life I want in my bones would really hurt my significant other. Who, due to differing career permissions, would not be able to work remotely for months on end. Plus, for most people this life is what they want and worked for. I think for many, a week or two in one locations is a lot. But for us, a few months minimum is more aligned with what we're looking for. Curious if others have encountered this predicament upon returning home and how you handled it. Thank you!
Was looking at flightlist.io as it seems quite flexible, but not as flexible as I would like.
I'd like to be able to specify multiday layovers when searching for a cheap multi-leg set of flights to a destination. Flightlist.io lets me set a maximum time, but not a minimum. I'm not in a huge rush to get where I'm going, so if I was able to specify e.g. a 3 day layover between each flight, that could potentially be lots of fun.
Obviously it wouldn't work in the same way to just search for the individual legs.