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 took a month off to visit friends in San Francisco, Seattle, Omaha, Boston, and Martha’s Vineyard.
  • Current location: Budapest, Hungary from July through September.

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

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

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