Work online, live anywhere

Welcome to “A Location-Flexible Life!” In the beginning of 2013 I left my 14-year position at MIT to become a “digital nomad.” It took me several years of thinking, dreaming, and planning before I felt I could make the leap, and now I have no regrets. I love this way of life!

In 2013 I lived in Oaxaca, Mexico for five months, then Omaha, San Francisco, Monterey, and Boston. In 2014 I lived in Boston, Los Angeles, San Diego, Portland, and Seattle. I spent the first two weeks of November in Tucson, and for the rest of the year I’m in Boston and Vermont. I’ll be back in Tucson for a few months, beginning in January 2015.

If you’re new here, you may want to start with these posts:

Living with minimal possessions: thoughts from a slow-moving digital nomad

two rolling suitcases, two small backpacks

All my possessions, packed up. In Echo Park, Los Angeles, on the way to San Diego, Feb. 2013.

Since one of my readers asked me to write about clothing, and since I really don’t have it all figured out, I decided to write about living with minimal possessions in general, with clothing as a sub-topic.

First of all, I really admire all of those travelers who move around the world with only a small carry-on bag and then blog about their packing list!

But that’s not me. Continue reading

How to make friends and enjoy your social life as a digital nomad

Sonja & David

My friend David with his daughter, Sonja. Hanging out with them in Portland.

When I tell people about my life as a digital nomad, questions I often hear are, “don’t you get lonely?” and “How do you stand going to a place where you don’t know anyone?”

My answer is: not so far, and it’s easier than ever to stay in touch with old friends and make new friends. The world is small.

Here’s how it works. Continue reading

From Seattle to Tucson

Seattle and Tucson

Seattle and Tucson

My six-month stay in Seattle ended on October 31st. On November 1st I flew to Tucson with the goal of finding a short-term apartment to rent for the winter. Mission accomplished — I found an apartment with a 7-month lease (with the possibility of leaving early for a fee of $195). My new lease begins on January 1st.

The weather in Seattle

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