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.

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...

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 into the groove of...

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 teaches is how to be alone."...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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.

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...

How to house hack without a multi-family property

How to house hack without a multi-family property

Plenty of mediocre financial advisors will tell you to cut out the 'latte factor' to cut back on your spending. Any good financial advisor will tell you to stop worrying about your lattes and instead go after your biggest expense -- housing. Sure, you could downsize...

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.