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”

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 “How to make friends and enjoy your social life as a digital nomad”

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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