That thing I packed and never used

That thing I packed and never used

Somehow, no matter how much I travel and how light I pack, I always end up with something I never ended up using. Often, the item that’s indispensable on one trip ends up being totally unnecessary on another. Other times it’s a product of hope — the...
Adjusting to life at home after traveling

Adjusting to life at home after traveling

It’s no secret that it’s a challenge to adjust to life in another country or life on the road. However, many people assume they’ll be able to pick up right where they left off when they return home. Nope. It can be just as challenging to get back...
Quarantine reads to embrace staying home

Quarantine reads to embrace staying home

People are eagerly sharing tips on how to “travel without leaving home.” What about accepting where we are? Is travel about finding the “exotic” or is it a way of seeing the world? As Jonathan Franzen reminds us, “The first lesson reading...
Staying home when going home isn’t an option

Staying home when going home isn’t an option

The news is listing off a daily COVID-19 death toll. The world has shut down to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2. Everyone is frantically learning to adapt to working from home, homeschooling kids, living without cleaners, personal care assistants, and someone else to...
Cat lady world tour

Cat lady world tour

I wish I could have the tour start in San Francisco’s nascent cat museum, but alas, the fledgling museum and it’s pop-up shows seem to have fizzled out. Who’s ready to revive the project? Instead, let’s begin in Ohio. Feline Historical Museum,...
Who I am in the beds of strangers

Who I am in the beds of strangers

I have stayed in a lot of different homes. I spent three years subletting apartments in Prospect and Crown Heights, Brooklyn in an era before AirBnB. I have stayed in well over 100 homes through CouchSurfing and the personal networks that have sprouted up through the...
Washington DC: A digital nomad’s guide

Washington DC: A digital nomad’s guide

Sure, any tourist knows what to see for a weekend in DC. But what about those of us who aren’t just any tourist? As a nomad we have time to explore, but we’re there for a lot longer than the typical tourist. While I’m free to spend an afternoon in a...
How to retire in Canada

How to retire in Canada

By Rachel Hartman IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN heading north for retirement, it’s important to think through the implications the decision can bring. “Many Americans assume that moving to Canada is easy and that there’s a special pathway for Americans, since our two...
Everything you need for your cat’s quinceañera

Everything you need for your cat’s quinceañera

Far too few cat owners take the time to mark a important milestone in their cat’s life: their quinceañera. It’s time to change this. In order to help correct this oversight, I’ve put together a basic quinceañera party planning guide for you. View...
Dog friendly bars in Toronto

Dog friendly bars in Toronto

Toronto has a lot of things going for it as a place to live, but one of the things that is a source of constant heartache is just how not dog friendly it is! Sure, there are plenty of restaurants where you can clip your pup to the patio railing and they can look at...
Travel and reinventing yourself

Travel and reinventing yourself

I’m startled by the number of people who, when they find out I’m a perpetual traveler, get excited by the assumption that I reinvent myself every time I arrive in a different place. Which is probably the positive spin on people assuming that I’m...
Volunteering as a nomad

Volunteering as a nomad

When people think of volunteering while traveling, they usually think of digging wells in African villages or building houses with Habitat for Humanity. Those are the sort of volunteer opportunities that require a few weeks of time — a commitment a lot of us...
Building your own pension

Building your own pension

A few weeks ago I attended a breakfast talk on philanthropy at my university. There were relatively few students there and I ended up sitting next to a man who seemed a little bit north of retirement age (let’s say over 55) who said he worked for the NY...
The best of Toronto

The best of Toronto

Now that I’ve been living in Toronto for a while, people ask me for recommendations all the time. Here are my favorite spots in Toronto: Art Museum: Ryerson Imaging Center The exhibitions here are always fantastic. Not only are they well curated, but...
Destination resolutions

Destination resolutions

People make a lot of fuss about New Years resolutions, but as a traveler, I enter each temporary home with a new resolution. The world is eager to remind me that I can’t escape myself by traveling, but they seem to have little understanding of just how much a...
The ultimate guide to getting into museums for free

The ultimate guide to getting into museums for free

Forget free museum nights, go for free on your own schedule If you’re a nerd like me, museum admission fees can add up quickly. Sure, many museums have free nights. I’m sure they’re a lot of fun in some cities, but in places like New York or Toronto...
Resetting my finances after a breakup

Resetting my finances after a breakup

When my wife and I split up a year and a half ago, it felt like my finances were out of control. She made more than twice as much as I do. When we met I was a dumpster diving couch surfer and she was a normal person who bought things in stores. Living with her, I came...
How I retired before I became financially independent

How I retired before I became financially independent

Most people have some ideas about what they want to do when they retire. They dream of traveling the world, following their passions, or making the world a better place. The other day I was checking my retirement accounts and the little calculator said I’m on...
Saving shouldn’t involve suffering

Saving shouldn’t involve suffering

Saving for a big trip? Get real tips on how to cut your spending, from someone who makes very little money. Stop worrying about budgeting and denying yourself and still see the world.

How much does it cost to house sit?

How much does it cost to house sit?

So, you’re curious about house sitting. The idea of staying in other people’s homes for free is pretty enticing…but what’s the catch? Even though no money changes hands, house sitting isn’t entirely free. Here are the actual costs that...
Do you love where you live?

Do you love where you live?

You want to know what it’s really like to live in a city, but hardly anyone has lived in enough places to compare. I’ll be providing information you can’t get anywhere else — what it’s really like to live in Toronto, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Boston, Chicago, Kingston, Raleigh, and other places I’ve gotten to (temporarily) call home.

Traveling after a breakup and other stereotypes

Traveling after a breakup and other stereotypes

I’ve learned a lot this year about stereotypes. The moment I mention that my wife and I are separated, the conversation is effectively over. As soon as I mention an ex, every word out of my mouth is viewed from the lens of some chick flick version of a breakup....
The ultimate one-step guide to saving money on flights

The ultimate one-step guide to saving money on flights

The internet is awash in advice on finding cheapest flights. Is it about when you book? Clearing your cache? Using a VPN? Don’t forget about all the sites you should check for the best deal. And tracking prices. And the flights that transfer in your destination...
5 inspiring stories of real estate success

5 inspiring stories of real estate success

Buying a home empowers you to take control of your life, increases your self-worth, and best of all, gives you options to diversify your financial life. While it might feel overwhelming or out of reach, these women show that against certain odds or challenges, home...