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:

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.

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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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Five ways life is better when you don’t own a car

Volunteer Park, Seattle.

Volunteer Park, Seattle–one of my favorite places that I can walk to.

I’ve been free of car ownership since 2005 and I love it! I first did it to save money and I thought it would be less convenient, but it turns out the opposite is true.

Instead, my life is happier, less stressful, and more fun! I still drive cars from time to time, but I don’t own one. Here are the ways my life is better.

1. Saves money.

The most obvious one is that it saves money. Lots of money! No car loan, no insurance, no gas, no parking, no repairs, etc. The money I spend instead on public transportation, occasional taxis, car rentals, or Zipcar is much less. Many people don’t know that with Zipcar and Car2Go, you don’t pay for the gas——they do. I love that.

2. Less stress.

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