Lost Nomad http://lostnomad.org/ Fri, 21 Jan 2022 07:32:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 http://lostnomad.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/lost-nomad-icon-150x150.png Lost Nomad http://lostnomad.org/ 32 32 You can now stay and work in Thailand with the new 10-year visa http://lostnomad.org/you-can-now-stay-and-work-in-thailand-with-the-new-10-year-visa/ Thu, 20 Jan 2022 06:28:25 +0000 http://lostnomad.org/you-can-now-stay-and-work-in-thailand-with-the-new-10-year-visa/

In an effort to increase tourism and boost the economy, Thailand grants 10-year visas to attract wealthy and highly skilled professionals, retirees and nomadic workers to the country.

On January 18, 2022, the Thai Cabinet approved the new changes, and the same was confirmed by Rachada Dhnadirek, the Deputy Government Spokesperson.

An overview of what the new visa changes for Thailand include

New regulations

Dhnadirek informed that the new regulations for Long Term Residence (LTR) visas in Thailand have been submitted to the Cabinet in the form of two drafts by the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Labor of Thailand.

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These changes were made with specific types of foreign travelers in mind. People with deep pockets, retirees who want to relax, people who can work from anywhere, as well as highly qualified professionals.

The official announcements of the acceptance of the new regulations will be made soon by the two ministries which submitted the drafts to the Cabinet.

How it works?

According to the proposal submitted by the Interior Ministry, 10-year visas can be granted to up to four family members, including children up to 20 years old. Long-stay visas will initially be valid for up to five years and can then be renewed for another five years. Applicants will also have to pay 10,000 baht as an annual fee.

Travelers who plan to work during their stay can apply for a work permit after receiving their visa. The qualifications of families and travelers who can apply for this long-term visa have yet to be confirmed by the Board of Investment.

Additionally, foreigners staying in Thailand on LTR visas will also need to confirm their residential address once a year. If you change your mind, you can also apply for a change of visa type later, with the help of the Immigration Office.

The proposed changes according to the Ministry of Labor will allow travelers to work as soon as they receive their visa and apply for a work permit, without waiting for the permit to arrive. Work permits will last up to five years and can be renewed later.

Anyone caught breaking these rules will have to give up their visa and work permit.

(Main and feature image credit: Mathew Schwartz/Unsplash)

Thailand News Update | Adjustments for the revised Test & Go announced today! http://lostnomad.org/thailand-news-update-adjustments-for-the-revised-test-go-announced-today/ Thu, 20 Jan 2022 03:58:33 +0000 http://lostnomad.org/thailand-news-update-adjustments-for-the-revised-test-go-announced-today/

Changes to the revised Test & Go will be discussed by the CCSA and hopefully announced today.

A few leaks indicate that the Test & Go program will indeed be reintroduced but there will be a tightening up of aspects of the program. If the rumors are true, arrivals will undergo two PCR tests in their first seven days, the first when travelers arrive and the second on the fifth or sixth day.

The Ministry of Public Health also suggested yesterday that overseas visitors will need to take out comprehensive health insurance which covers all Covid-19 eventualities. The Department’s Permanent Secretary announced yesterday that visitors should ensure they are fully covered for all types of Covid-19 treatment.

The good plan for a restart of the Test & Go program, which only requires one night in an SHA+ hotel while you wait for your arrival test results, is for early February. The Thaiger will bring you all the details and the latest decisions from the CCSA meeting as they come in with full coverage on Thailand News Today with Jett.


Phuket officials are promising a major crackdown on foreigners on the island, flouting the country’s rules on face masks.

After several warnings, the police will now take legal action against foreigners who do not wear their face masks in public. Phuket’s immigration chief called on authorities to strictly enforce regulations set by the local communicable disease committee which required masks to be worn at all times in public areas.

Phuket has repeatedly tried to remind tourists and foreigners on the island of the face mask mandate, but many of their efforts have fallen on deaf ears as many foreigners defiantly ignore the rules, refusing to wear their masks.

Law enforcement teams will now focus on major tourist spots which are busy and pose high risks of transmission, particularly areas in Patong and major drags along Bangla Road. And, according to the immigration boss, when they catch people without masks in public, the penalties will be increased.

Thailand’s Communicable Diseases Act allows for a penalty of up to 20,000 baht and a year in jail, while the emergency decree doubles the potential fine and jail term… so far most offenders received a warning and a slap on the wrist.


Great confusion persists after government officials cleaned up the mess after a press conference hosted by the public health minister last week. Although the minister’s intention was to clarify the latest moves to decriminalize cannabis in Thailand, many remain even more confused as to the exact legal position regarding the Thai public planting marijuana in their homes.

Now Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-Ngam has stepped in to say he has spoken to the Minister of Health about discussions with the Narcotics Control Board to change the rules regarding the legal position of cannabis and the use of marijuana.

The Deputy Prime Minister was directly asked if Thai people should go ahead and plant marijuana in their backyard.

Wissanu replied that, for now, they should refrain from planting their own cannabis crop.

The Narcotics Control Board said it would try to clarify the exact situation with changes to the laws in the coming days.


There has been a lot of interest in the new 10-year visas for so-called wealthy foreigners and digital nomads.

The government continues to beat the same old drum that a few big-spending tourists should trump dozens of budget-conscious unwanted tourists who flocked to Thailand before the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Ministry of Labor and the Ministry of Interior are already working on drafting regulations for a long-term visa allowing highly skilled digital nomads and wealthy expatriates to stay in Thailand long-term. They say attracting these high-quality tourists will lead to economic stimulus and investment.

For now, we will just have to wait for the details regarding these new visas. Inevitably, there will be comparisons to the current range of Elite visas, and so far it looks like the options are much cheaper.

The four categories are Digital Nomads, Highly Skilled Professionals, Wealthy Global Citizens (not really clearly defined at this point), and Wealthy Retirees.


So what is the population of Thailand. At the end of last month, there is actually an official issue…. 66 million 171 thousand 439.

This figure represents just under 1% of the world’s population. Of this population, 973,000,656 are non-Thai nationals,

and the rest, some 65 million 197,000,783 are from Thailand.

Bangkok, by far the most populous province in Thailand, has recorded 5 million 527,000,994 people officially residing in the megacity.

The number is well below typical estimates for the Thai capital of between 10 and 12 million, highlighting the vast floating population that moves in and out of the metropolis daily.

The 5 most populous provinces reveal that the northeast and north of Thailand are much more populated than the south and west of the country.

The population of some 66.2 million people is around 4.5% lower than the 2018 population estimate of 69.5 million. But, with Thailand sharing loose land borders with Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia, it will remain impossible to count Thailand’s actual population.


Commerce Department puts chickens and chicken meat on state price control list and rolls out tougher measures for chicken farmers and slaughterhouses, requiring them to report selling costs and inventory in as part of efforts to deal with rising food prices.

The Central Goods and Services Price Committee has approved management measures for chicken farmers with more than 100,000 poultry and chicken slaughterhouses with a capacity of more than 4,000 chickens per day to declare the quantity, stocks and their selling costs each month.

Yesterday the minister thanked chicken farmers and producers who recently agreed to cooperate with the ministry’s request to freeze chicken prices for the time being.

Meanwhile, the Department of Domestic Commerce is warning other industries to avoid jumping on the inflation bandwagon and simply raising prices to take advantage of the situation.

There are currently 51 items on the state price control list, 46 of which are considered commodities.


Regionally, a tricky few weeks lie ahead for China as it fights to remain the last major country in the world to pursue a zero-Covid-19 policy. The Chinese New Year holiday is only two weeks away, when many usually go home to see their families, and then there is the opening of the Winter Olympics on February 4.

Parts of the country are now grappling with a new wave of Covid-19 cases, triggered by the deadlier Delta strain of the coronavirus as well as the less severe but highly transmissible Omicron variant.

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Oil prices hit seven-year high after Abu Dhabi drone attack http://lostnomad.org/oil-prices-hit-seven-year-high-after-abu-dhabi-drone-attack/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 18:07:00 +0000 http://lostnomad.org/oil-prices-hit-seven-year-high-after-abu-dhabi-drone-attack/

OPrices rose to their highest level since 2014 on Tuesday after a drone attack on production facilities in the United Arab Emirates raised fears of supply chain disruption.

Brent crude futures traded in London hit $88.13 a barrel as the threat of further geopolitical tensions added to a strong rally driven by soaring global demand.

Traders are already hammered by the disruption of global transport channels, while a series of blackouts, notably in Libya, have further affected production.

Meanwhile, the omicron variant had a more limited impact on demand than expected, as many countries avoided lockdown. Analysts at Opec, the oil-producing cartel, said they expected the variant’s effect to be “mild and short-lived”.

Goldman Sachs analysts have raised their forecast for oil and now expect it to top $100 a barrel by the third quarter.

Brent crude oil prices rose 50% last year after falling by more than a fifth in 2020. Prices rose on Tuesday after fighters from Yemen’s Houthi movement claimed they were behind a strike drone that caused an explosion and fire at a facility on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE.

Warren Patterson, an ING analyst, said the potential impact of escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine was adding pressure on prices, but disruption in Chinese demand could lead to further declines. of Brent.

He said: “Fundamentally, we also think the market is too complacent about demand risks around China and its zero-Covid policy.”

It came as Exxon Mobil, the US energy giant, has set an ambition to eliminate some of its greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 – the first time it has commit in this way. The company will develop a plan to eliminate emissions from Exxon’s refineries and other facilities, but will not aim to address the carbon produced by drivers and others who use its fuels.

City Guide: Where to shop till you drop in Bangkok http://lostnomad.org/city-guide-where-to-shop-till-you-drop-in-bangkok/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 03:11:55 +0000 http://lostnomad.org/city-guide-where-to-shop-till-you-drop-in-bangkok/

Bangkok is known worldwide for its markets, temples, street food, walking streets, tuk tuks and ladyboys, to name a few. But this bustling city also offers a dazzling array of shopping venues. From its countless colorful night markets delivering a bargain hunter’s dream to the glitz and glamor of high-end malls – which one is best for you? We understand that travelers can be dazed by the maze of shopping craze in Bangkok, with the sheer amount of options that seem to entice you to spend your baht on every corner.

This is where Pete comes in to save you from your consumer headaches and help you find the best value for your baht. He’s curated this list of the best shopping malls in Bangkok, for those who want to browse the best deals this bustling capital has to offer – complete with food courts, caffeinated drinks and air conditioning. And of course, plenty of free WiFi.


Located along the Chaopraya River, you can take a water taxi across the river to Chinatown and enter the mall from the pier. This takes the cake for the best view and air-conditioned atmosphere. On the side of the pier, the viewpoint offers a breathtaking view of the river. For all the IG lovers, be prepared to spend some time taking photos by the pier with the palace-like glass and gold mall in the background. Besides the view, there are many luxury brand stores here, from Louis Vuitton to Guicci, Prada to Hermès, as well as fast fashion stores like H&M and UNIQLO. The mall’s wide selection of restaurants and cafes, coupled with its large cinema, are sure to satisfy foodies or movie buffs of all kinds.

Central Embassy

Central Embassy is the very definition of luxury shopping. It has a large collection of designer brands as well as fine dining and a classy cinema that other places can’t beat. If you want the best of the best, Central Embassy might just be your best bet. It is also relatively quiet, providing a more peaceful shopping experience. The top floor houses the luxurious VIP cinemas – where the cheapest “sofa” seat costs THB 1,500. It’s also recently been renovated into a hip coworking space called Open House, where you can rent an office by the hour or use the public space for the price of a cup of coffee – for all digital nomads. The mall is also connected to the neighboring mall, Central Chidlom, and can be reached by BTS station Ploen Chit or Chidlom respectively.


MBK is one of the most popular malls among tourists and travellers, and for good reason. There is something for everyone here. From countless boutiques selling counterfeit clothing brands to electronics stores where you can buy the latest phones, video games and accessories, with a food court, cinema and arcade, this is a warrior’s oasis of the weekend. Most stores are reasonably inexpensive. It’s important to walk around and bargain, as some stores may give you a better deal on the same product. Its central location in Siam makes it relatively easy to get to. We recommend getting off at Siam and walking around. For those who prefer to rest their feet, get off at the National Stadium BTS station.

Siam Paragon

Siam Paragon is located in the heart of Bangkok and is famous among the younger generation. It’s always busy, especially after school and working hours. There are countless stores where you can shop, from H&M and Uniqlo to high-end luxury brands like Chanel and Hermès. There’s an aquarium if you’re visiting with your kids and a cinema on the top floor to catch the latest blockbuster. If you go out with your friends, the bowling alley is right next to the cinema. Within walking distance from Siam Paragon, there are two other malls called Siam Center and Siam Discovery. Think of Siam like Shibuya in Tokyo. There is everything you could wish for in a domain.

Fortune City

Don’t overlook the geeks and nerds. Fortune Town is the perfect place to get lost in the computer world. If you’re looking for a new computer or want to build your own, this is the place to go. There are also many hardware and software options. But it’s not just computers and laptops. If you love photography, Fortune has you covered too. If you are interested in technology, this is a unique opportunity. You can visit here by getting off at MRT Petchaburi station.

Platinum Fashion Mall

Platinum is a great place for women as it has everything on sale from dresses, casual clothes, bags and shoes. Everything on sale is affordable and cheap. Most stores sell in bulk, which makes you want to buy even more. Most stores sell the same clothes, but the price varies, so it’s important to shop around. Here is a bit far from the train station, and the nearest station is BTS Chidlom station, and you have to walk about 1 kilometer.

Terminal 21

Each floor is themed around a different city, each an international travel destination. The entire mall feels like an airport, with a unique urban vibe on each floor. The signs resemble flight arrival and departure boards, while the pretty ladies at the information desk wear flight attendant uniforms. The food court is well known and loved by travelers and office workers alike, with a wide selection of tasty and affordable dishes. And like any decent mall in Thailand, there’s a Starbucks on the first floor for those who want their signature caffeine or matcha latte, as well as a cinema on the top floor, which features the latest domestic films and Hollywood blockbusters. The stores here are not limited to luxury brands but also include many local and boutique brands that cannot be found elsewhere, making it a great place to shop for gifts. Travelers looking to do some last-minute shopping for souvenirs or clothes in the capital can make a quick stop here, before taking the MRT one stop south to Phetchaburi Station, then on to the Airport Rail Link via Makkasan Station to enjoy a cheap, air-conditioned ride directly to Suvarnabhumi Airport.


Although not a mall per se, this well-developed riverside shopping district offers the colorful assortment and open-air allure of night markets with the safety and sanitation of mall, not to mention its exquisite selection of restaurants. But both places are beaten in terms of views. Located next to the Chao Praya River, you can ride a Ferris wheel overlooking Bangkok’s skyline at night. Just a 10-minute walk from Saphan Taksin BTS station, it’s open from 5 p.m. to midnight, seven days a week. Once the sight of an international trading port, you can now sail, (no pun intended) visit the shops and buy gifts as souvenirs. There are two shows: a Thai puppet show and the Calypso cabaret (aka ladyboy show). ASIATIQUE is one of the main places to watch the city’s fireworks display along the river during the annual New Year celebration.

What is your point of view ?

So there you have it, our list of the best malls for style and selection, fun and entertainment, location and cuisine. When it comes to shopping, Bangkok has you covered. Whatever your price preference, everyone can find something to their liking in this city of material pleasure. As far as we know, all malls in the city are open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week, except on holidays and special occasions. Of course, there are many other places to shop in Bangkok, but these are our favorites. What are yours? Is there another mall or special shopping spot that is not on our list? Or do you have an exceptional shopping experience that you would like to share? Let us know in the comments section below and contribute to the ThaigerTalk travel community!

To note: A previous version of this article appeared in the “Bang for Your Baht” category. We’ve moved it to the “City Guide” category to better represent the content.

Work from anywhere: These are the best places to be a digital nomad in 2022 http://lostnomad.org/work-from-anywhere-these-are-the-best-places-to-be-a-digital-nomad-in-2022/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 23:11:02 +0000 http://lostnomad.org/work-from-anywhere-these-are-the-best-places-to-be-a-digital-nomad-in-2022/

If you’re reading this in a gray office or a small WFH kitchen, just imagine being on a sunny balcony or a white sand beach instead. Remote working has become widespread during the pandemic, with many of us connecting from home as lockdowns limited travel. But with the travel industry reopening, working from another country has never been easier.

In fact, the digital nomad culture is booming all over the world, with countries like Croatia actively encouraging workers to choose their country as their new base. So if you want to add travel to your work-life balance this year, what are your options?

Choosing a country with good internet access, plenty of local cafes and cheap rent should be a top priority. But of course you also have to think about time zones. While the idea of ​​working from Tokyo can be exciting, if your company works until London hours, you’ll be working well past bedtime.

What is the best country to work in 2022?

To help you make the right choice, the travel search engine KAYAK has launched the Work from anywhere Index. To develop it, they analyzed 111 countries, classifying them into six different categories: travel costs and accessibility, local prices, health and safety, remote working capabilities, social life and perhaps most importantly, weather.

To make things even easier, they have also created a time zone classification systemso you can make sure your workplace closely matches your home office location. Choose your time zone and the map will adjust accordingly, so you can see which countries suit you best.

Here are the top 10 countries overall, if you hope to live the digital nomad lifestyle in 2022.

10. Germany

The Western European country enters the top 10 with an impressive 83 points out of 100. Germany performed well in the health and safety category, ranking highly on political stability and LGBTQ+ rights. Unsurprisingly, it didn’t do so well in the weather category, scoring a wet 16 out of 100.

9. Czech Republic

One point higher than its neighbour, the Czech Republic has attractive local prices, with long-term apartment rentals averaging just £325 (€389) per month. Transport, food and restaurants are cheap here too, with the cost of a one-way train ticket around 80p (€0.96).

8. Panama

If you’re really looking for warmer weather, things are warming up nicely at number eight. Panama scores a mild 78 out of 100 on the weather scale and also stands out when it comes to accessibility, with an average of 234 weekly flights. You can read our guide to Panama here.

7. Costa Rica

Costa Rica has been in the news a lot since COP26, thanks to its eco-certificates. 75% of the country is now covered in forests, and with great weather and strong LGBTQ+ rights, it’s a dreamy remote workplace. On the downside, Wi-Fi speeds can be slow, and there aren’t many museums or theaters either.

6. Malta

The tenth smallest country in the world narrowly misses out on the top five. The Mediterranean island of malta does well in the health and safety category with good political stability and a low number of road deaths – only 4 per 100,000 people.

The country only scores a measly 10 out of 100 in the social life category, however, with just 16 theatres, museums and galleries per 1,000 people. But since it is the most densely populated country in Europe, this is perhaps not surprising.

5. Japan

If you work to a European schedule, Japan may not be the country for you. But if you can work flexibly, there’s plenty to offer here. The country scores an impressive 94 out of 100 on the social life scale, with a whopping 149 cultural centers per 1,000 people and a whopping 1,707 bars and clubs per 1,000 people. While the average temperature is only 14°C per month, this means you can enjoy skiing in your down time.

4. Mauritius

On the heels of the first three, Mauritius in the Indian Ocean is ideal if you like things a little warmer. The average monthly temperature is 24°C while local prices are low. Renting a long-term apartment costs just £157 (€188) per month on average, while a mid-range three-course meal for two costs just £26 (€31). You can know more about Mauritius here.

3. Romania

At number three is the southeastern European country, Romania. With an impressive 92 points, the country scores high in all categories except weather. The average monthly temperature here is only 7°C, so if you want to work from the beach, this isn’t the place for you. If you don’t mind a cooler climate, rent and food are very cheap, and internet speeds are pretty fast too.

2. Spain

The ever-popular Spain ranks second, scoring high for LGBTQ+ equality. Air pollution is also low here, and a long-term rental apartment will set you back £424 (€507) per month on average. WiFi is fast and there are 807 clubs and bars for 1,000 people, so you’ll never run out of places to work. If you want to think outside the box, here are some of the the most beautiful villages you’ve never heard of.


Portugal takes pole position with an unbeatable 100 out of 100. The country ranks incredibly well in the categories of health and safety and social life with the lowest air pollution in the top 10, as well than high rates of English proficiency.

The Portuguese are also very keen to encourage remote workers, with the first digital nomad village launching in the Portuguese autonomous region of Madeira in 2021. And with an average monthly temperature of 17°C across Portugal, working from the beach (at least part of the time) is a distinct possibility.

Romania accepts digital nomads – but only high-income people http://lostnomad.org/romania-accepts-digital-nomads-but-only-high-income-people/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 06:46:13 +0000 http://lostnomad.org/romania-accepts-digital-nomads-but-only-high-income-people/

On January 14, President Klaus Iohannis signed into law the Law Amending and Supplementing Government Emergency Ordinance no. 194/2002 on the regime of foreigners in Romania – the Digital Nomads bill.

The bill defines the digital nomad as a foreigner who is employed with an employment contract in a company registered outside Romania and who provides services through the use of information and communication technologies.

The long-stay visa is granted, upon request, to digital nomads who wish to travel and stay in Romania, while continuing to derive income from the performance of the employment contract with a company registered outside Romania or from the activities carried out by a company registered by them outside Romania, using information and communication technologies, if they cumulatively fulfill the different conditions.

First, they must have obtained income from the activity carried out, in the amount of at least three times the average gross monthly salary in Romania for each of the last six months preceding the date of submission of the visa application, a ceiling of income that must be maintained for the entire duration of the stay in Romania under the Digital Nomad visa.

In November, the average gross salary in Romania was almost 6,000 RON (1,200 EUR). The average gross salary in the IT&C sector was 14,300 RON (2,860 EUR) – which means that on average, Romanian employees in the highest paid sector in Romania would not be eligible for the Digital Nomad visa in their own country .

The average budget for a digital nomad, estimated by abrotherabroad.com, a publication dedicated to such people, is $1,875 – less than half of the minimum set by Romania. The list of documents that a digital nomad must provide to the Romanian authorities, presented by Cursdeguvernare.ro, is also quite impressive.

(Photo: Benjawan Sittidech | Dreamstime.com)


Retirement is not just a siesta http://lostnomad.org/retirement-is-not-just-a-siesta/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 21:00:00 +0000 http://lostnomad.org/retirement-is-not-just-a-siesta/

On New Year’s Day, International Living – a global travel magazine – released its annual compilation of the world’s best places to retire in 2022. The list, which ranks countries based on various factors such as climate, health care, cost of living, housing, ease of obtaining visas, etc. saw Thailand come in 11th place and take top honors in Asia.

Sensing an opportunity to start the year on a positive note and take credit for the accomplishment, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was quick to thank Thais for their hospitality and expressed his pride for the country’s unique culture, said government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana.

Although the 11th place is not negligible, Thailand should be more competitive. In fact, the country ranked 7th in 2016 on the list, but it failed to capitalize on that momentum.

Thailand has a lot to offer, especially in terms of affordable housing, low living costs, and modern cities with excellent health care and world-class amenities. But the quality of life does not hide the fact that retirees enjoy few opportunities in the country.

Even after completing the bureaucratic maze required to obtain a retirement visa, retirees must maintain their status by regularly reporting to authorities, which means keeping up with changing rules and regulations.

It is also difficult, if not nearly impossible, for retirees to acquire permanent residence after deciding to settle permanently in Thailand. Retirees also miss out on benefits like utility discounts and find it difficult to start a business here. Compare that to top-ranked countries like Costa Rica, which grants retirees permanent residency after three years in the country, or Panama, where retirees get a wide range of discounts at hotels, restaurants and hospitals.

Covid-19 has revealed that the world is not static. People react to changing scenarios and countries need to adapt to these changes in real time to stay competitive. This principle applies not only to make Thailand more attractive to retire in, but also to coax other high-potential demographic groups such as remote workers or entrepreneurs wishing to set up local businesses.

For example, Dubai has moved forward with a digital nomad visa that allows employees earning a minimum of US$5,000 (165,000 baht) to live in the country for one year. Similarly, Portugal, which ranked 4th on the list, grants residency to remote employees earning at least €702 (26,500 baht) per month. Meanwhile, Thailand has been languishing for more than half a decade trying to introduce a visa option for the ever-growing remote work community.

Despite these challenges, foreign retirees and other groups enjoy a good lifestyle here, but can the same be said for Thai seniors? In 2016, nearly 40% of the 10 million elderly Thais who had passed the mandatory retirement age of 60 were still working, said the Department of Older People (DOP) of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development. In the twilight of their lives, elderly people drive buses in Bangkok, work on farms or work in factories to help support their families or pay for their grandchildren’s education.

The Old Age Allowance Fund (OAA), which was established in 2009 to support older people who do not receive a government pension, pays out a meager 600 baht per month to people aged 60 to 69, 700 baht per month to those aged 70 to 79. , 800 baht for 80-89 and 1,000 baht per month for 90+. While the initiative is commendable, it is an unrealistic amount to retire on if seniors do not have prior savings or are not receiving support from their children. With Thailand rapidly aging, the burden on this fund will continue to grow, which, in turn, will put pressure on the working-age population who pay for it.

In addition to better internal policies promoting savings from an early age and some form of access to social security for the workforce, including blue-collar workers, rapidly aging societies must also look to outside for help. Thailand should make the most of its international reputation as an ideal destination for remote work, business and retirement to bolster its pension fund. Give people with disposable income who want to live and spend here a headache-free legal option, incentivize spending and collect taxes to not only stimulate the economy, but also improve the retirement system. After all, shouldn’t Thailand also be a good place for the average Thai to retire?


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East of England Tourism Awards finalists announced http://lostnomad.org/east-of-england-tourism-awards-finalists-announced/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 09:30:00 +0000 http://lostnomad.org/east-of-england-tourism-awards-finalists-announced/

The finalists for the East of England Tourism Awards 2021-2022 have been announced – and what a tough job it was for our judges!

As organizer of the awards, Archant is delighted to recognize outstanding effort and achievement within the tourism and hospitality industry – see the full list of finalists below.

Tourism is a vital part of the region’s economy, attracting 140 million day-trippers a year and nearly 10 million stays, and directly employing around 240,000 people. And in this age of vacations, we’re incredibly lucky to have so many wonderful places to discover right on our doorstep.

Alongside the exceptional destinations of the Broads, our beaches and countryside are the hotels, restaurants, pubs, cafes, campsites, attractions and more that help make these areas wonderful places to visit and stay.

The rewards will be more poignant than ever following the significant challenges encountered during the pandemic. It is a testament to the resilience of the industry that organizations have been able to overcome these challenges by diversifying their business models and being innovative and creative in their thinking.

This year’s reinvigorated awards are brought to you in association with Visit East of England and have been made possible through a range of sponsors, led by our lead partner, Hoseasons.

Andy Wood OBE, Chairman of Visit East of England
– Credit: Adams

Andy Wood OBE, Chairman of Visit East of England, applauds the courage, entrepreneurship and creativity of our tourism and hospitality businesses as we progress to the finalist stage of the East of England Tourism Awards 2021 -2022.

“As the country learns to live with Covid, the tourism and hospitality industry looks forward to being fully open to welcoming visitors and guests in 2022,” Mr Wood said.

“For the largest industry and largest employer in the region, it is important that we recover as quickly as possible and return to pre-Covid levels where we had experienced significant growth in the region for much of it. of the decade.

“The hard work of companies and staff to keep the sector running has been outstanding. We happily put a smile on our faces for our customers, and there are certainly more reasons to smile in 2022. That’s why it’s important that we defend and celebrate our visitor economy – and that’s what the East of England Tourism Awards.

Tourism businesses operating in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire were invited to participate in the 15 categories, and judges chose four to five finalists in each.

David Whiteley at the 2020 event

The East of England Tourism Awards 2021-22 event will once again be hosted by David Whiteley
– Credit: Matt Brasnett – I do photography

A scintillating black tie event will take place at the Imperial War Museum Duxford on Thursday 24th February 2022, marking the celebration of those who have grappled with a year of change, challenges and new opportunities. The event will be hosted by David Whiteley and will raise funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities UK.

The winners and top two highly recommended businesses in each VisitEngland-aligned category will also compete in the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence final, with the potential to triumph as the country’s best.

Two mums with children who are supported by the Ronald McDonald House Charities UK

The Ronald McDonald House Charities UK can accommodate 426 families per night, allowing them to be closer to the children being treated in hospital
– Credit: Ronald McDonald House Charities UK

And the finalists are:

B&B and Guest House of the Year – sponsored by Tiptree

Alma Inn and Dining Rooms

Bed and Breakfast in Argyll House

Downham Hall

Suenos Guesthouse

Camping, Glamping, Holiday Park and Self-Catering of the Year – sponsored by cottages.com

Glamp and Tipple

Hippersons Shipyard

secret meadows

Wild with nature

Wolterton Park

Customer Excellence Award – sponsored by Swiss Campings

Barnham broom

Hippersons Shipyard

Country houses in Old Hall

Potters Resorts

Saffron Walden Tourist Information Center

Ethical, responsible and sustainable tourism award – sponsored by Biffa

Discover Ramsey

NOMADE Sea Kayak

Wild with nature

Woodland Holiday Parks

Experience of the year – sponsored by insight6

Brightlingsea Lido

Vintage tours in Cambridge

Watersports on Mersea Island

Prime Sailing

Sunnyfields honey and house

Grand Hotel of the Year – sponsored by Ensors

Salthouse Harbor Hotel

Seckford Hall Hotel & Spa

The Maids Head Hotel

Ufford Park Hotel, Golf & Spa

Wivenhoe House Hotel

Major tourist attraction of the year – sponsored by knp

Audley End Miniature Railway

Jimmy’s Farm and animal park

Pensthorpe Nature Park

RHS Garden Hyde Hall

ZSEA Banham Zoo

Marketing Campaign of the Year – sponsored by Pear Out Of Home

The best of Suffolk

Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park

Pensthorpe Nature Park

Potters Resorts

RORR! dinosaur adventure

New Tourism Business of the Year – sponsored by Larking Gowen

Felixstowe Beach Street


Old Buckenham National Park

Rayne Legacy

Watatunga Wildlife Reserve

Ad of the year – sponsored by everard cole

Alma Inn and Dining Rooms

The Angel at Watlington

King’s Head Bawburgh

The weeping willow

The Lion at Thurne

Resilience and Innovation Award – sponsored by Howes Percival

Audley End Miniature Railway


Potters Resorts

Richardson Recreation

Wroxham Barns

Small Hotel of the Year – sponsored by John Doe of Diss

The Assembly House

The crown

Hintlesham Hall Hotel

The pork hotel

Norfolk mead

Small Tourist Attraction of the Year – sponsored by Norfolk & Suffolk Tourist Attractions

English Spirit Distillery

Hippersons Shipyard

Rayleigh Town Museum

Shepreth Wildlife Park

Watatunga Wildlife Reserve

Taste of East of England Awards – sponsored by Adnams

Alma Inn and Dining Rooms

Restaurant pig and whistle

The English Whiskey Co.

The Lion’s Brewery

The Maids Head Hotel

Expat Empire helps people make their dreams of moving abroad come true http://lostnomad.org/expat-empire-helps-people-make-their-dreams-of-moving-abroad-come-true/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 22:43:27 +0000 http://lostnomad.org/expat-empire-helps-people-make-their-dreams-of-moving-abroad-come-true/

Expat Empire makes traveling abroad easy with expert advisory services and advice from experienced expats around the world. They support digital nomads, employees, entrepreneurs, retirees and more in their next steps abroad.

The Expat Empire team has been working hard since 2018 to help people around the world relocate, live and work abroad the way they want. Long-time expatriates themselves, the Expat Empire team distills the complicated and overwhelming information on the internet regarding moving abroad into useful tips and takeaways through their content and advisory services for their clients.

“I knew I wanted to live and work in other countries since I was quite young,” says founder David McNeill. “After blazing my own path to living abroad in Singapore, China, Japan, Germany and now Portugal over the past decade, I wondered why there weren’t more people living outside their country of origin. This curiosity motivated me to create Expat Empire, a company that inspires people to live abroad and helps them achieve it. Our mission is to make living and moving abroad a more achievable dream for more people around the world.

In addition to producing content such as online courses, blog posts, Expat Empire podcast episodes, books, etc., Expat Empire offers several consulting services to provide its clients with the support they need to dealing with a stressful move abroad. Here’s a look at some of the ways they help their clients move, live and work abroad:

• One-on-one coaching with company founder David McNeill sharing his knowledge and advice on all topics related to living abroad – Destination comparison services help customers use a data-driven approach when they decide between several countries or cities to move

• Visa planning services allow clients to assess their long stay visa options in their dream country while taking into account their unique circumstances and needs. and when they should complete them in

• International job search services support people who want to find local jobs in foreign countries – Remote work roadmap services provide a clear path for people to move to remote working arrangements and take their careers with them when traveling or living abroad

Apart from their own service offerings, Expat Empire also works with a global network of international partners, including immigration lawyers, tax accountants, relocation experts and more in key destinations across the world. world to ensure their customers get the in-person support they need in their new destinations.

“Every move abroad presents its own challenges,” continues David, “and we do our best to help our clients overcome them. Our aim is to be the one stop shop for anyone considering relocating, living or working abroad. We offer our services alongside partners in our global network to accompany our clients from the earliest stages of their international journey until they are safely settled in their new homes in their dream destinations.

Contact us and get started

Whatever their personal situation, the Expat Empire team is ready to work with open-minded people around the world to find the best way for them to start the next chapter of their lives overseas. Beyond inspiring content and in-depth consulting services, they even offer a free consultation call for a limited time for people considering moving abroad as an employee, entrepreneur, digital nomad or retiree.

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Remote work is a saving grace — and can boost productivity http://lostnomad.org/remote-work-is-a-saving-grace-and-can-boost-productivity/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 21:30:08 +0000 http://lostnomad.org/remote-work-is-a-saving-grace-and-can-boost-productivity/

Before the pandemic, working from the comfort of your home was a pipe dream for most people. But that is changing. Apple, for example, recently announced plans to implement a hybrid work program beginning February 1, 2022. Apple’s remote use plan isn’t particularly sweeping – in fact, it’s conservative by compared to some other companies today. The companies behind Wikipedia, GitLab, WordPress, and PwC have all adopted work-from-anywhere policies. Even Amazon has opened virtual positions for certain domains. If the COVID-19 pandemic had a silver lining, it’s proven that the massive shift to remote working is both doable and desirable.

Most companies, even those with work-from-anywhere policies, still expect the majority of work to take place in a limited geographic area. Their remote work policies often have limits on time zones. For example, Facebook only supports its US employees to work remotely in the US or Canada. There can be many reasons behind this decision. Legal issues related to taxes and employee health insurance and data privacy concerns could be relevant. More importantly, it can be hard to imagine how an American employee working remotely in Asia, for example, could cope with an entirely different work schedule.

And yet, working remotely, even with extreme time differences, remains a saving grace. This is something I have studied and practiced for years.

Synchronous remote work on different continents is not a new phenomenon related to the pandemic. For many people, it has been around for as long as technology allows. Before the pandemic, digital nomads, who were often tech entrepreneurs, freelance lawyers, artists, architects, or business owners, worked remotely with extreme time differences to fulfill their travel dreams.

While people in these professions have long been able to control their hours and locations, you may be surprised that some traditional white-collar professionals were also able to work remotely before the pandemic. For example, it was not unusual for healthcare professionals who do not see patients in person to work remotely with extreme time differences. As early as 2005, it was standard procedure for many medical institutions to send scans overnight to radiologists in foreign countries for timely and crucial medical judgments. Many of these radiologists were immigrants who returned to their home countries after training in the United States or Americans living abroad.

Besides medicine, remote work before the pandemic covered a variety of other professions. A friend of mine was a data scientist at a large financial company and he was working from home before the pandemic. He and many other employees of the company were able to do this because they had to move to another state, or even outside the United States, for family reasons and the company did not want to lose talented employees. He said: “Remote work has really helped my family situation as my wife’s workplace was not flexible. However, I was worried that it would hurt my chances of being promoted in the future, as remote working was not yet the norm in the company at the time.

For many people, working remotely with extreme jet lag is a saving grace. During the pandemic, many immigrants had to return home to be with their families; most of them had traditional white-collar jobs. The ability to work remotely was a huge plus as it allowed them to see loved ones without losing their jobs. Whatever the reasons, the flexibility and benefits of working remotely, even with extreme time differences, must have outweighed the costs for people who chose to do so. Such benefits could greatly increase our personal satisfaction and happiness while being productive members of society.

My own experiences have shown me that working with extreme jet lag can actually increase productivity. I live on the east coast of the United States. I often conduct research on East and Southeast Asia and have many collaborators in Asia. For a project, I collaborate with a co-author who lives in Singapore. I work on our manuscript and comment on her writing while she sleeps; then, when I sleep, she works on the manuscript according to my comments and comments on my writing. We work on the manuscript practically around the clock and rarely wait to receive work from each other. We schedule virtual meetings for the few hours we are both awake. Because our speaking time is limited, we both aim for maximum efficiency. We believe that unnecessary communications are thereby reduced. The jet lag works in our favor and makes our collaboration efficient and satisfying.

Due to the feasibility and potential benefits of working remotely with extreme time differences, companies that only offer a hybrid remote working option should reconsider. As more countries launch remote work programs that allow foreign workers to live in other countries, digital nomads may become more popular. The option of hybrid working is not enough for everyone, because hybrid working still binds employees to their working environment. Only fully remote work would allow working from anywhere and open up opportunities for talent across the globe.

Emma Zang, PhD, is an assistant professor of sociology at Yale University. Her research interests include health and aging, marriage and family, and inequality. Follow her on Twitter @DrEmmaZang.