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.
  • In 2014 I explored west coast cities: LA, San Diego, and Portland, (Feb-April) and Seattle (May-Oct).
  • In 2015 I lived in Tucson from January through May.
  • In June 2015 I’ll visit San Francisco, Seattle, Omaha, and Boston.
  • Next stop: Budapest, Hungary from July through September.

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

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 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