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. So far in 2014 I’ve lived in Boston, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Portland. As of May 1 I’m in Seattle and I plan to stay here through October.

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

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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How to make a temporary place feel like home when you’re a digital nomad

My living area.

My living area.

So far this year I’ve lived in Boston, Los Angeles, San Diego, Portland, and Seattle. And that’s only from January – May!

Sometimes people ask me if I get tired of moving so frequently. So far, the answer is no. I love it! It’s been fun to experience various locations for more time than I would on a typical vacation. I love exploring cities and neighborhoods that are new to me.

Living full-time in Airbnb rentals

If you know me, you know that one thing I’ve always loved is decorating my space. I love bright colors and I spend time reading blogs like Apartment Therapy, Design Sponge, and Houzz. But, when you’re living in other people’s spaces, you don’t get to spend much time decorating.

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What I like best about living in Portland

Trees with pink blossoms
I just finished living in Portland for about six weeks. Now I’m in Seattle. I’m experimenting with living in different West Coast cities for a few weeks at a time — maybe I’ll choose one of them as a place to live in the future.

I visited Portland once for a about a week a few years ago (attending a conference for work), and I really liked it. Now that I’ve had a few more weeks to explore, these are my impressions. Continue reading