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:

riverboat on the Danube at night

From Budapest to Bangkok

On September 26, I left Budapest after a wonderful three-month stay. I flew to Bangkok, where I stayed for a week, and then to Chiang Mai, in the north of Thailand.

Bangkok skyline
Bangkok is quite a contrast from Budapest — I’ll write about it in my next post.

I came to Budapest to lead a web redesign project for the Central European University Library. It was fun to be back in the website design business again after a few years of focusing on mobile apps. (I was web manager for the MIT Libraries for quite a few years). And I enjoyed working with my librarian colleagues at the CEU Library.
Librarian web team at CEU Library
Click on this and all images in this post for zoomed in view.

Now that it’s late October, I’m finally getting around to writing about what it was like in Budapest! Later I’ll write about my Thailand experiences — I’m also enjoying it here.

Budapest — what I found interesting

I had very little experience of Europe and surrounding regions before I came. Continue reading “From Budapest to Bangkok”

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”