Live abroad

Don’t let the details of visas, taxes, and making a living hold you back from experiencing living around the world.

Not ready to settle down? Here’s how to live as a digital nomad. You’re not going to be working from a hammock while making millions, but you’ll be experiencing real life in places around the world.

In love with a place? Learn how you can get residency and set up a home in another country.

Working under the table is not a long-term solution. Learn how to do things the legal way.

Ready to build your life in a new country? Learn how you can become a permanent resident and, eventually, a citizen. Make sure your retirement savings and investments will still serve you well.

How to move to Portugal as a remote worker

How to move to Portugal as a remote worker

It seems like everyone is talking about moving to Portugal. Is it inflation? Rising mortgage rates? The continued chaos of US politics? The media coverage planting seeds in our minds? For me, it was two years of various stages of lockdown in Canada. The winter weather...

It’s a real hassle to move to Canada

It’s a real hassle to move to Canada

Far more people talk about moving to Canada than actually make the move. This is true, despite the high likelihood that there's a way for many Americans to legally move to Canada. If you have a US passport, you could probably be living in Canada a few weeks from now...

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I probably spend less on travel than you do

I probably spend less on travel than you do

In The Sum of Small Things: A Theory of the Aspirational Class, Elizabeth Currid-Halkett quotes an elite travel agency saying that the normal traveler spends $10k a year. I was pretty sure that their idea of a normal traveler is a skewed. I was also certain I spent...

Everything you need to know about house sitting

Everything you need to know about house sitting

Most people leave their homes empty while they travel, while also renting a place to stay at their destination. Paying for housing twice is part of what makes traveling so expensive (and why home swaps are so popular).  Traveling gets even more expensive if you have...

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 adventure that...

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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...

How to stay connected on the road – without going broke

How to stay connected on the road – without going broke

Your life may be location independent, but your cell phone plan isn’t. If you’re getting directions on Google Maps, posting to Instagram, or using your phone as a mobile hotspot, you don’t want to wind up with an astronomical bill. Sure, you can turn off your data and...

How I became a remote managing director

How I became a remote managing director

I spoke with Kathryn Hunter, host of Compass Pod. Her podcast is all about women who have built location independent careers. We chatted about using your multidisciplinary background, scaling back when ambition is exhausting, and the power in simple ideas. You can...

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 traveling because I'm...

How a $5K Windfall Changed My Life

How a $5K Windfall Changed My Life

When you think about life-changing money, a million-dollar lottery win or huge inheritance come to mind. But it turns out that, at least for millennials, a smaller amount would really make a difference. According to data collected by SelfLender and OnePoll, most...

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 can't...

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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...

Books that explain Canada

Books that explain Canada

Canada doesn’t seem so different from the US at first glance, but the differences soon become glaring. These are the books you need to read to understand Canadian culture and how it’s different from the US.

Essential reading

Serious about moving abroad? Start here.

How do I fund my travels?

I didn’t quit my job to travel, I work on the road.

I’m available to provide guidance to mission driven organizations on all aspects of communications.

My obsessions

Destinations

I skip the guidebooks in favor of urbex, talking to locals, and dumpster diving.

Living abroad

You don’t need luck, a sham marriage, or a career your parents brag about in order to live abroad.

Moving to Canada

Everything you need to know to move to Canada, from someone who's actually done it.

Adulting

Learn how to travel the world while making sure you stay out of jail and save for retirement.

History

I dig into the stories behind the cities I love.

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 they can be so...

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 come up when you're house...