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.

I deal with this in a few ways. Continue reading “How to make a temporary place feel like home when you’re a digital nomad”

Why I prefer access to ownership, part 2: housing

This article is part 2 of a series. See also: Why I prefer access to ownership, part 1: cars, books and more

An Airbnb apartment in Omaha (Dundee neighborhood) where I stayed for a few days.
An Airbnb apartment in Omaha (Dundee neighborhood) where I stayed for a few days.

I like the idea of not owning a place to live, but instead having access to well-designed living spaces that I can use as needed — like Zipcar, but for housing.

Since I didn’t purchase real estate until later in life (and right before the housing crash), I never made money from it or built equity (since I had 100% financing). It’s currently breaking even as a rental and when the value comes back up to a little more than I owe, I’ll probably sell it, since I don’t want the responsibility of owning something in a city where I don’t spend much time. Continue reading “Why I prefer access to ownership, part 2: housing”

My first stay with Airbnb – loved it!

I’ve been reading about Airbnb for over a year, and now I finally had a chance to try it. It was a totally positive experience! Since I’m living a “location-flexible life” I’m interested in easy ways to find short-term housing. Airbnb seems like a good solution.

With Airbnb, you can choose to rent a room in someone’s house or apartment (while they are living there), or an entire house or apartment (without them there). For my one-week stay in Mexico City, I wanted to stay with locals, so I could get advice about how to get around and what to do in Mexico City. Renting a room in Edgar’s apartment was perfect for that.

Airbnb apartment in Mexico City.
Airbnb apartment in Mexico City.

I chose his place for several reasons: Continue reading “My first stay with Airbnb – loved it!”