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!

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

Budapest Parliament building from the Danube

Places I’ve lived as a digital nomad

People often ask me which of the places I’ve lived I like best — so I thought it would be fun to do a roundup. This is totally subjective. Some of these places I was only in for 10 days, others for six months — but I’ll give you my thoughts anyway.

(Prepare for a long post with lots of photos — you may want to take a break while the page loads, then come back to read it).

Things I look for when choosing a place: Continue reading “Places I’ve lived as a digital nomad”

The Digital Nomadic Life: Thoughts After My First Two Years

small suitcase and small daypack
Packing light for six months outside of the U.S.
It’s been a little over two years since I started my “location-flexible life,” otherwise known as being a digital nomad. So it seems like a good time to reflect—sum up the pros and cons, think about what I’ve learned, and gather my thoughts for the future. (See my very first post on this blog, “Why be location-flexible?“)

I hope this will be useful to those of you who are thinking of doing this, but haven’t yet started. Continue reading “The Digital Nomadic Life: Thoughts After My First Two Years”

Living in Tucson without a car

Walkable 4th Ave.
Walkable 4th Ave.

Yes, it can be done — if you live in one of the walkable neighborhoods — and if you don’t have to commute to work. I work on my laptop in local coffee shops, so as long as there are plenty nearby (with free Wi-Fi), I’m happy.

macbook air & iced tea at Exo Roast
Working with my Macbook Air at Exo Roast.

I’m living near downtown Tucson, also near the University of Arizona. I’ve been here since January 1 and I’m leaving on June 1. I bought a bike to use here, but I could have easily gone everywhere I need to without one, because it’s all very walkable. There is also a streetcar that I rarely use because it’s quicker to hop on my bike. Continue reading “Living in Tucson without a car”