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A curated mix on life, work and travel.

The realist's guide to being an online entrepreneur

If someone tells you that you can build a “six-figure business” with minimal investment, they are lying to you. (Bubble burster: After taxes and expenses and reinvesting some into growth, you’ll make about $40,000 a year from a six-figure business revenue.) Building a business that successful IS possible. I’ve done it. But what actually happens is a bit more complicated.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

How much of your time at work do you spend not working?

How much of your time at work do you spend not working? Let’s include meetings/email as job related.

This pioneering tech company figured how to make work-from-home work

With a staff of 450 spread over 45 countries, Automattic is often regarded as one of the largest and most successful examples of a fully distributed workforce.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Dave Nevogt - Hubstaff - Remote Work Interview

Here is cofounder Dave Nevogt on how Hubstaff is eating its own dogfood and building its remote team.

Digital nomad's ultra-minimalist van conversion includes hidden bike rack

American builder, entrepreneur and recovering architect Ross Lukeman of Alternative Homes Today is one of these new digital nomads, who lives, works and travels in a minimalist cargo van he converted himself.

A Digital Nomad, Remote Work and Travel Gear Guide & Packing List

In this guide, we look at: Minimalist Travel, Packing Tips, Travel Baggage: Checked and Carry-on Baggage, Clothing and Gear.

Friday, May 5, 2017

How to start freelancing and get clients

I get asked how to start freelancing and get clients more than any other question, so I’m going to give away all of the techniques and secrets and gotchas I’ve learned as a freelancer and as a manager/customer hiring freelancers.

How the Airlines Became Abusive Cartels

For air travel is far from a free market.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

More Americans now work full-time from home than walk and bike to office jobs

The data show that telecommuting has grown faster than any other way of getting to work—up 159% since 2000.

Tips for Traveling Alone: How Solo Travel Can Change Your Life

For the first time in my life, I love doing something that other people find nerve-racking and off-limits. People tell me I’m brave; never in a million years did I think I’d be associated with that word. Truth is, traveling by yourself doesn’t have to feel intimidating or lame; I attest that it can actually be really fucking fun, healthy, and rewarding in a million lovely, unexpected ways.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

What has been your worst border crossing experience?

Obviously living this way involves an element of dishonesty at the border when travelling on a tourist visa, and I’m sure most have heard horror stories of being grilled at the UK, US or similar borders, but I’m curious what your worst border experience has been so far?

Co-working spaces are the future of work but that could be a good thing

They can be noisy but co-working spaces also offer an environment where professionals can wait out the volatility of the job market.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Where is it legal to be a digital nomad?

In which countries is it legal, to any extent, to work on a tourist visa?

In Praise of a Nomadic Life

We’ve given up a lot for a life of working and living on the road—but we wouldn’t want it any other way.

The Benefits of Solitude

Our society rewards social behaviour while ignoring the positive effects of time spent alone.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Minimalism: another boring product wealthy people can buy

Minimalism is just another form of conspicuous consumption, a way of saying to the world: ‘Look at me! Look at all of the things I have refused to buy!’

How I work as a digital nomad

I was asked today on Twitter about how to find work as a digital nomad. I replied Be flexible. Line up work in advance. Get banking set up. Don’t plan to work 40 hrs/week. Travel light (28L backpack). Go. My comments are too long for a Twitter reply and may be interesting to people who don’t follow me on Twitter, so here goes.

Train Travel Tips & Life Hacks From Actual Railroad Riding Hobos

Cheapskate travelers will find no shortage of tips on how to travel on a budget: the best time of year to book flights, how to rent out your home, arcane websites that promise half-off on flights that only board for three hours on the morning of the winter solstice, and so forth. But the ultimate cheap travel move? Don’t pay. For anything.

Friday, Apr 28, 2017

Flying to Europe Has Never Been Cheaper. Here's How to Get the Best Deals Now

Here’s why Europe flight prices have cratered—and why, if you haven’t started making your summertime travel plans, now is the time.

All the evidence-based advice we found on how to be successful in any job

At 80,000 Hours, we’ve found that there are a number of evidence-backed steps that anyone can take to become more productive and successful in their career, and life in general.

IamA entrepreneur who sold more than $22M worth of online businesses and built a 100% remote company while traveling the world - all from my laptop. AMA!

My name is Justin Cooke, I am the co-founder of Empire Flippers where we help others buy, sell, and invest in online businesses.

Thursday, Apr 27, 2017

Do you have a pointless job?

Ever get the feeling you’re paid to look busy? You’re not alone.

Working from home may actually hurt your career

Working from home has its benefits, with research showing that it generally increases happiness and productivity. But a new study also shows that you ought to be careful before making the break with your office.

Wednesday, Apr 26, 2017

Flight attendants reveal the first things they notice when travelers board a plane

While they may be checking out your outfit to see whether you’re worthy of an upgrade, or scoping out your luggage to see whether you’re trying to smuggle on a too-big carry-on, first and foremost flight attendants are trained to keep passengers safe, and will make certain snap-judgments to ensure that safety.

Tropic Mango Path To Financial Freedom

I learned that if you earn US dollars (USD) or another strong currency and live in a Low Cost of Living Country, you’ll probably sooner or later find yourself whizzing away on a Hyperloop ride to Financial Freedom.

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017

Thinking about a year off from work to travel. Am I making a mistake?

Sorry to be the wet blanket, but I actually don’t think it is necessarily a no-brainer as others have said. If you do it, do it with purpose. Traveling will not fix your problems. It won’t help you progress your career. It won’t even necessarily expand your mind or help you learn new things.

#Vanlife, the Bohemian Social-Media Movement

Like the best marketing terms, “vanlife” is both highly specific and expansive. It’s a one-word life-style signifier that has come to evoke a number of contemporary trends: a renewed interest in the American road trip, a culture of hippie-inflected outdoorsiness, and a life free from the tyranny of a nine-to-five office job.

Monday, Apr 24, 2017

Do you feel Digital Nomad has become much more a marketing term than just working remotely?

Digital Nomad (back in the day we were Tech Gypsies) seems to have become synonymous with MLM/Amway type operations with everyone trying to build their “network” and such things. Do you feel the term has more of a negative association than the simple idea of working remotely from various places in the world with a focus more on life enjoyment than working in an office?

Douglas Coupland: 'The nine to five is barbaric'

“I haven’t been employed since 1988. I’m still trying to recover from the trauma. Sometimes I wake up and think: ‘Oh my God, I don’t have a job’,” he says. “My life is a vocation; I can’t imagine doing anything else. I have the freedom to explore whatever idea I want, take really random gigs and projects which change my life in some way.”

Friday, Apr 21, 2017

Digital nomads, language barrier?

How do you deal with learning the language – or, if you spend a significant amount of time somewhere and then leave, how do you deal with LOSING the language?

The Perfect System

Most of us are constantly looking for the Perfect System: The perfect system for being mindful, getting fit, losing weight, decluttering, building new habits, being a parent, building a new career, and on and on.

Thursday, Apr 20, 2017

Watch as the world's cities appear one-by-one over 6,000 years

Watch the rise of human cities, beginning with [arguably] the world’s first city in 3700 BC and continuing up to the present.

The Gig Economy's False Promise

The promises Silicon Valley makes about the gig economy can sound appealing. Its digital technology lets workers become entrepreneurs, we are told, freed from the drudgery of 9-to-5 jobs.

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2017

How to Knock Your Virtual Job Interview Out of the Park

Remote interviews are especially daunting, since you’re trying to connect with the interviewers while dealing with the ins and outs of cameras, background noises, and potential internet troubles. These tips will help ensure you’re able to put your best foot forward, even from hundreds (or thousands) of miles away.

What to Know if Your Flight Is Overbooked

Anyone involuntarily bumped must be compensated, per Department of Transportation regulations.

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017

I'm getting pretty desperate to find remote work.

It seems nearly impossible to work remotely if one isn’t a programmer. I have a degree in finance and I have experience writing, but I haven’t had any response to the applications I’ve submitted.

Killing Home Internet Is the Most Productive Thing I've Ever Done

Earlier this year I made the conscious decision to remove all Internet service from my home. It ended up being the best productivity decision I’ve ever made.

Monday, Apr 17, 2017

Digital nomad long form interview – Eli David

We recently had the pleasure of talking to long-time digital nomad and entrepreneur Eli David. There’s a lot to get through but it’s worth persevering because Eli is both extremely insightful and very funny.

The Utter Uselessness of Job Interviews

Research that my colleagues and I have conducted shows that the problem with interviews is worse than irrelevance: They can be harmful, undercutting the impact of other, more valuable information about interviewees.

Friday, Apr 14, 2017

How do you reconcile the desire to nomad with the desire to 'settle down' and form more meaningful connections?

It’s a weird feeling. On the one hand, I miss the comforts of being home - the old friends, being close to family, etc. On the other hand, when I’m at home, I feel that I’ve somehow outgrown it, and the thought of “settling down and living a normal life” scares the crap out of me.

Why Quitting Your Job to Chase Your Dream Is a Terrible Idea

In his research, Ericsson argued that for someone to become an expert in their field, they need at least 10,000 hours of practice. In other words, before you quit your job or make your next career transition, take your time building the skills you’ll need to do that job well.

Thursday, Apr 13, 2017

What I Wish I Had Considered Before Becoming A Digital Nomad

From the difficulty of building relationships to giving up the comforts of home, these are the questions to ask before you pack your bags.

Why Bargain Travel Sites May No Longer Be Bargains

Aggregators like Expedia have made us lazy — and we may be missing out on the best deals.

Wednesday, Apr 12, 2017

Building a side project that makes money. Where to start?

I want to build a side project. Especially, one that makes money. Even if it brings in $100, I feel that it will provide more satisfaction than my current job. Where should I start?

How to Work in the Gig Economy and Still Save Like a Corporate Lifer

There are lots of things to recommend the freelance lifestyle. But matching retirement contributions and a regular pay cheque aren’t among them. Here’s how to be the boss of your own money.

Tuesday, Apr 11, 2017

The Digital Nomad Life: Combining Work and Travel

“Remote work has gone mainstream,” said Stephane Kasriel, Upwork’s chief executive.” On-site work between the hours of 9 and 5 “is a remnant of the industrial era.”

A world without retirement

We are entering the age of no retirement. The journey into that chilling reality is not a long one: the first generation who will experience it are now in their 40s and 50s.

Monday, Apr 10, 2017

Digital nomads, Where would you go with $1,800 per month?

Where in the world would you go if you: Were earning $1,800 a month after taxes paid in your country which is Spain and wanted to save about $300 monthly from that income but still live in a comfortable way and enjoy your hard earned bucks.

Airlines Make More Money Selling Miles Than Seats

The golden goose isn’t your ticket or bag fee—it’s the credit card you use to collect frequent flier miles.

Friday, Apr 7, 2017

The Jobs Americans Do

Popular ideas about the working class are woefully out of date. Here are nine people who tell a truer story of what the American work force does today — and will do tomorrow.

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