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Overworked as a remote developer or freelancer? Then stick to an optimized work schedule

Are you an overworked freelancer or remote developer? Have your work days been morphing into 12+ hour marathons? As a natural workaholic, I found myself early-on in my remote career working 16 hour days from home. Two years later, I’m now far more productive and working just 3 – 6 hours a day. What has...
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Need a Secure VPN Connection While Abroad?

When living, working, or traveling abroad, the Internet is your lifeline. Without it, you’ll fall off the radar of your family and friends. And if you’re running an online business or freelancing, your cash flow will go still. Yet how often are you forced to use dodgy Wi-Fi in a hotel or cafe? And if you’re...
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How to Negotiate Airbnb Prices, Even if You Hate Haggling

When looking to book an apartment, private room, or an entire home — those listed Airbnb prices can seem far too expensive. And the truth is, they often are. Yet, have you ever tried negotiating with a host? I know it can feel like it’s more trouble than it’s worth. Just a year ago, I...
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Getting past an Onward Flight Requirement with TripIt

When booking one-way travel to a foreign country, there is often the catch-22 of having to show proof of an onward flight, in order to even board your departing plane. And when dealing with the boarding policies of an airline, typically you either fork up the money for a return ticket that you may never use, miss your flight, or you try the...
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5 Little-Known Travel Hacks for Proof of Onward Travel

You’re looking at the entry requirements of Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, or some other international destination that you just booked a one-way ticket for — when you read that you must show “proof of onward travel”. Such an infuriating requirement. As you bought a one-way ticket for the reason that you’re uncertain about when you’ll be leaving...
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You Don’t Have to Learn to Code to Become a Digital Nomad

If you take a look at the remote-friendly job listings and freelance gigs out there, you’ll think that you have to be an expert web developer in order to become a digital nomad. But what do you do if you don’t have any technical skills? Or the idea of learning how to code, just doesn’t...
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The Fastest Way to Schedule Meetings Across Time Zones

When you are hopping between countries, coordinating meetings and calls across time zones can be a headache. The same is true when you have remote clients that reside in several parts of the world. Yet your sleeping pattern doesn’t have to be dictated by someone else’s time zone. But this is only true if you...
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5 Travel Fitness Ideas — One of Them Involves Fire

While on the road traveling or when moving to a new country for a few months, finding ways to fit in fitness is the key to staying healthy. But keeping a fitness routine under these unusual and ever changing circumstances can often feel like a lost cause. So if you are having trouble staying in...
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Does Your International Phone Solution Suck? Here’s How to Fix It

Is the way you’re making phone calls while abroad, a horrible experience?  Or is your international phone setup just not working perfectly for you? Then you should be curious to know how an experienced digital nomad would go about making his or her calls while overseas, in comparison to the big mistakes made by a beginner, or a “newbie”. Because a newbie...
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If Your Laptop Is Stolen Tomorrow, How Would You Protect Your Data Today?

Being location independent—traveling or living as a digital nomad—increases your risk for data loss. Your laptop could be stolen from your AirBnB rental, or snatched away with your backpack tomorrow. The extra wear and tear on your gadgets will shorten their lifespan (I know I’ve been caught in the pouring rain more than once with...
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Travel Hacking – Will it Work with a Low Income?

Travel hacking allows for very cheap travel. And it is one of the biggest enablers for a location independent life. To understand the basics of travel hacking, you should read my two previous articles on it: Adventures In Travel Hacking: My Path to an Instant Frequent Flyer Hacking My Way Through Long Term Travel Yet...
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How to Stay in Shape on the Road with Bodyweight Fitness

If you are a digital nomad or living location independently in one way or another; it can be especially difficult keep up with your workout routine. When you are in an unfamiliar and unstable environment, a conventional fitness routine will not work. Exploring a new city or country can directly benefit your health. But walking...
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The Best Cloud Backup Solution for a Digital Nomad with a Massive Data Collection (1TB+)

Do you have a growing collection of data that is traveling along with you? Perhaps you are working with video, audio production, or raw image files. And your work as a digital nomad is stockpiling into hundreds of gigabytes, or even terabytes of data on your laptop, smartphone, and external drives. Without a cloud backup...
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Travel Health Insurance Alone Is Not Good Enough

If you are a digital nomad, backpacking throughout South East Asia, or an expat; understand that travel health insurance — even if strictly for medical coverage — is not the same thing as having health insurance. The number of individuals that have this misunderstanding is incredible. Not long ago, I myself was oblivious to this...
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Tired of Being Locked out of Your Bank Account While Abroad?

Are you tired of being locked out of your bank account while traveling internationally or living abroad? Sick of the complications with those unreasonable and mysterious fees that make transferring money in and out of your account so expensive? Well, managing your bank account while abroad can be easy. In this blog post I will give you...
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How to Schedule Client Meetings Across Multiple Timezones

If you have the freedom to work and live a location-independent life, dealing with multiple timezones can become an issue. Whether this is because you have clients from around the world, your employer is within another timezone, or your own location changes frequently — overcoming the challenges of coordinating across timezones doesn’t have to be...
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The Fastest Internet in Bali Is Not Found at a Cafe

If you have ever been to Bali, then you probably know that it can be difficult enough just to find adequate WiFi for a Skype call. So what if you need to transfer gigs of data? Such as when you need to backup those raw photos and captured video that you can’t risk losing. The...
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10 Essential (Yet Unexpected) Items to Pack for Traveling the World

Whether you are traveling for 2 weeks or 2 years, what you pack can be crucial to your enjoyment. As every non-essential item that is taken with you, will become your burden. In mid 2012, I first wrote on how I’m packing for a year of travel. But now that year has stretched beyond 2,...
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Hacking My Way Through Long Term Travel

Now that it’s been more than 2 years since I first set off to travel the world, one of the most frequent questions that I get from people is “how do you afford it?” Well, there’s certainly more than a single tactic that I use to travel richly for a small fraction of what people...
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A VPN is Essential if You Travel with a Laptop

Hi readers, as this post has become slightly dated, please see my latest article on VPNs (Feb 2016): Need a Secure VPN Connection While Abroad? If like me, you depend on the internet, while traveling abroad—then you need to be using a virtual private network (VPN). Contrary to the belief of many, a quality VPN...
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How to Save Cash When Using Money Abroad

While traveling abroad, I was surprised by how quickly the fees can add up when using my credit and ATM card, or exchanging money—I’ll explain how I managed to do away with these money woes, by saving hundreds of dollars, through the steps I’ve taken. Use Foreign ATMs For Free When I first started my...
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So Long Snail Mail – Hello Virtual Mailbox

Just recently, I spent literally over 6 hours opening my snail mail. Why 6 hours, you ask? Because I hate weeding through junk mail, bank statements, and shiznit I just don’t care about. So for over 2 years I let it pile up! Out of the hundreds of letters I just went through, how many...
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How I’m Packing for a Year of Travel

I have my bag packed for a year of travel. I’ve done a bit of backpacking in the past, and nothing sucks more than an overweight bag, as you are walking a few miles in between your next hostel check in. Trust me. So be prepared to make some hard decisions, when it comes to...
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Adventures In Travel Hacking: My Path to an Instant Frequent Flyer

This is a tale of 6 credit cards acquired in 3 months, which gave me over 250,000 frequent flyer's miles through promotions. This will basically be enough to cover the first 6-9 months of flights I plan to take while traveling the world, with a conservative estimated cost savings of at least $4,000. My first...
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Fly to 6 Continents for Under $2000

Flightfox, a platform that allows you to "outsource" your itenirary planning to a community of expert travel planners, just announced some amazingly cheap around-the-world itineraries that touch 6 continents. An all coach itinerary for $1,730, and the real kicker, business for $3,630! That's taxes and all. There are one way flights that I have been...
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