Nomadic with a full-time job: everything I have learned so far

My tips and advice after living and working remotely throughout North America and Europe for nearly three years.

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Logistics of leaving

We started loosely planning a year in advance

We formally proposed the idea to our company

We moved out of our apartments

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Where to go and what to see

Multiple factors influence our route

The Schengen Zone dictates most of our European itinerary

We have to spend our time in the Schengen Area very carefully. (Map via ETIS)

We frequently use guidebooks as a tool

We watch travel shows & read lists to get inspired

Travel websites and apps are good for supplemental advice

We collect and organize information about places using Dropbox Paper.

We use Dropbox Paper as a hub for travel research

We plot locations on Google MyMaps

As we arrive, we quickly map walking tours, recommended restaurants, museums, and anything else we’ve heard about a city.

Guided and self-guided tours help us enjoy a place more deeply

We look for discounts on museums & sights

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Lodging

Airbnbs are great for long stays

We also stay in a few non-Airbnb places

We’ve slowly optimized how and when we move

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Work

We have plenty of gear to get work done

We rely on software to get work done remotely

Our workspace needs are relatively simple

Having decent internet is critical (but sadly unpredictable)

After lots of trial-and-error, this is how we connect to the internet.

Working at night in Europe is a huge life upgrade

More thoughts on working remotely as a nomad

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Travel and transit

We rely on many modes of transportation

We use Google Maps constantly

Walking, biking, driving, and transit directions from Google Maps

For longer journeys, we research transit options in advance

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Useful products and services

We carry Osprey travel backpacks

Our gear after almost three years on the road

We use a few other things to carry our stuff

Our kitchen kit helps us compensate for the shortcomings of Airbnb kitchens.

We bring some cooking supplies with us

We’re prepared for most weather conditions

We’re prepared for many health situations

Chase Sapphire Reserve is an unbelievable credit card for nomads

We use a few other financial services

We use Google Fi as our phone service

We use Google Translate for translations in a pinch

When you’re in an unusual situation, Google Translate is your friend.

More useful digital services

More useful physical items

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Reflections on being a nomad

Positive lifestyle changes

Coming back to the United States after a year in Europe brings some reverse culture shock.

Negative lifestyle changes

Nomadic futures

I’m an avid traveler hellbent on visiting more than 100 countries before I die. Nomadic since 2018. Designing things for the internet since 1997.

I’m an avid traveler hellbent on visiting more than 100 countries before I die. Nomadic since 2018. Designing things for the internet since 1997.