FBC – 481 – How to become a responsible digital nomad

How to become a responsible digital nomad.

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Who doesn't want to become a digital nomad?

Someone who can live in exotic countries and work from the beach or fancy coworking spaces?

The digital nomad lifestyle has been popularized in the last couple of years and there are more and more people aspiring to become one.

Being a digital nomad has its perks of course… However, there are also responsibilities that you need to be aware of.

In today's episode, I am going to tell you about the biggest one of them all.

Failure to take responsibility for this will get you in a world of trouble (and I REALLY mean it)

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The visa situation for people who are not Indonesian was kind of put on hold because of the virus, because, well, obviously, you can't leave the country, can go anywhere or anything.

But since today there is a new directive that came that said that a lot of people will have to leave the country in the next 30 days from now on, OK, which has triggered outrage from a lot of people saying, oh, what is the Indonesian government thinking? Do they not realize that we spend money here and all that kind of stuff, blah, blah, blah, etc.

It kind of sucks. But, you know, it is one of those things that I have been preaching for quite a while and I'm going to repeat this.

OK, so during the pandemic, basically what happened was that the government said, look, immigration is closed. You don't go to immigration because, you know, people gather there and it was not safe.

So you couldn't go to immigration, but you could pay an agent to go to immigration and get whatever it is that you needed done for your permit to stay here. OK, so it's just that this will cost you a little bit of money.

OK, and a lot of people were like, you know what, let me save 60 bucks. I don't want to do it, you know, while the border is closed. What can they do? They're not going to kick me out because I spend money in this country.

People told me, look, we heard this. We don't know if it's legit or not or if it's just like some sort of scheme where people are trying to make money because it's Korona.

But you still get an official stamp from immigration on your passport because normally if you have to leave the country on a certain date, then, you know, you need to leave the country or you need some sort of stamp that said that while you're still able to stay here.

So me, what I've done is, look, I'd rather pay 60 bucks and have a stamp that at the end of the day, instead of finding myself in a situation where I needed the freaking stamp four months ago and now I'm at immigration and they're asking me to pay a fine for being here longer than I should have, because there is something called that overstay here, that won’t happen.

People are moaning because it used to be far cheaper than this. I think before it was like ten, ten times less but they just increased it.

So I don't know where you guys are from, but for example, if you go to the US, and you stay one hour more than you should have, trust me, you're not going to like it. It's not that you pay a fine, they might throw you in jail. They will ban you for life or you can’t come back in the next five years.

So that overstay honestly is really not the end of the world.

So now flash forward today, like four months later. What happens is that the government said, look, if you are here and you haven't done this, you need to go in the next 30 days. And here's the problem.

How to become a responsible digital nomad

The problem is so people are like, yeah, but my country is closed, obviously, because my country is closed, they're not going to ask me to leave. But the government couldn't care less where you’re going. They just want you out. That's your freaking problem. It's not their problem. You know what I mean?

So all that just to say that, you know, there are two lessons there. Don't try to save pennies and end up in a situation where you wish you had invested the money because this is important and this is your like your visa and all that kind of stuff. You don't want to piss off immigration.

And second thing also is, you know, one thing that I've been preaching for a long time here is remember the quadrants that I told you about. You have four quadrants, right?

And I told you that the most important quadrant and the quadrant you want to live in and thrive is quadrant number two. “Something that's not urgent, but it's important”.

OK, and here in this case, this is typical quadrant number two. It wasn't urgent for people to go in and take care of their visa and stuff because, yeah, you know what? The borders are closed and blah, blah, blah. It wasn't urgent, but it was important and people didn't do it right.

You decided not to do it because that is not urgent. So now you end up in a situation where you are in quadrant one. It's urgent and it's important, but it's too late.

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