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”

The Advantages of Working Independently, Online

MacBook Air and iced tea

Several friends have asked me what it’s like working independently, online. So this post will be about my work life. I thought it might be fun to do it in the form of questions and answers.

What is your work?

I create online courses for librarians and educators about mobile apps. I focus on the creative ways that apps can be used for learning and content creation, since mobile computing and “natural user interfaces” are turning out to be a great way to enable lifelong learning and creativity for people of all ages and abilities. Continue reading “The Advantages of Working Independently, Online”

Why librarians are well-suited for location-flexible work

October 29, 2013. I’m in beautiful Monterey, CA for right now because I’m speaking at a conference here: Internet Librarian. Since all my work is online, instead of paying for three nights in an expensive hotel, I decided to find a place for a whole month and just live here for a while. I’m staying in a cute little cottage that I found on Airbnb. It’s only a few blocks from the conference hotel. I love it!

I’ve invited anyone who is interested in location-flexible work to join me this evening for a “dine-around” (group dinners at local restaurants on various topics of interest to librarians). We’re meeting at Siamese Bay (Thai food) at 7pm. Continue reading “Why librarians are well-suited for location-flexible work”