Just as with any major life decision you make, there are certain risks and realities to confront when you become a digital nomad (aka DN): isolation, loneliness, getting sick and having no one to help you, culture shock and depression from struggling with strange languages and unfamiliar places, becoming addicted to wifi and your computer, exhaustion from frequent traveling and not having a stable … Continue reading 9 Incredible Things You’ll Learn About Yourself and the World as a Digital Nomad
It’s not easy to make money as a travel writer—some of the biggest travel publications (print and online) are paying less and less these days, and more of them also want you to provide your own photos. You could become that travel writer who also has the talent to take fantastic, hi res photos. But just remember that it means one more heavy, clunky, and … Continue reading How to get started as a travel writer
“It’s a desert with two big malls in it. You won’t like it.” Before visiting, my impression of Dubai was based only on these comments from a couple friends who had already been there. Once I arrived, I realized that the city does a damn good job to erase the idea that you’re really just in the middle of the desert. Still, that fact had … Continue reading Beyond Dubai’s Glitz and Glamour
For the blog of CreativeLive.com, here’s a post I just wrote about the challenges of being a digital nomad. Original post here. Is the Digital Nomad Lifestyle Right For You? It’s not just a fleeting trend–the digital nomad way of life is definitely on the rise. Fed up with being tied down, people are quitting their 9 to 5 jobs, selling or giving away … Continue reading Here’s what it’s really like to be a Digital Nomad
I am in the end of a train car where there is almost always space to sit on the floor underneath the wide, scratched windows. I imagine the shoes that have been here, smeared with sidewalk dog shit, muddy boots and wet bike tires, all the filth of a city underfoot, filing in and out of this car. But the floor means no standing on tired … Continue reading In the trains of Buenos Aires, you can’t ignore life
Besides hoarding your frequent flier miles, there are actually other methods of scoring free travel—and some of these ways also throw in free accommodation and maybe a bit of a stipend. Intrigued? If you have some scholarly and/or artistic talents, if you can fill out an application like you mean it, or if you are just too damn creative for your own good, then read … Continue reading How to get FREE flights and housing abroad–seriously.
Nostalgic Lisbon had been a sun-dappled dream, but my 90 Schengen Zone days were rapidly coming to an end. I couldn’t bear the thought of parting with my morning pingado and pastel de nata, but as a non-EU citizen without a long-term visa, the rules in place allowed me only 3 months of basking in the European lifestyle. But unwilling to accept defeat, I did … Continue reading Loving and Leaving the Schengen Zone