5 essential travel tech tools

Having needed to establish ourselves quickly in 17 cities now, we've built up a collection of software tools that allows us to get up to speed and down to work freakishly quickly. In this post, I'll share five of our favourites. They're not all super-niche, but hopefully there'll be something new that you can put to good use. 1. A VPN A VPN (Virtual Private Network) should be the #1 piece of digital nomad kit – yet it's amazing how many of our friends don't use one. A VPN has…

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8.25 things we now know about Valencia

We’ve just spent five weeks living in Valencia, and neither of us can remember a time when we felt so happy, so healthy, so well-rested, and so productive. I’m not going to give Valencia all the credit, but this cute little city certainly deserves a big bunch of flowers and a thank you card. Here’s what we now know about it – and why it’s perfect for digital nomads: It’s a place to live, not to visit When you search “Valencia” on Google Images, you’ll mostly see two things: photos…

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The first hour

Some genuine headlines from Business Insider magazine: “5 things successful people do before 8am” “12 things you didn’t know that successful people do before breakfast” “15 things successful people do on Monday mornings” Way to intimidate everyone, Business Insider! I’m not sure that I even do 12 things per day in total, let alone before breakfast – even though I cheat by getting up at 6am and not having breakfast until 11am. They do have a point, though: the first hour determines the quality of the rest of your day….

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What does it cost to be a digital nomad?

“Cost of living” is a borderline obsession for most digital nomads (or “nearly nomads”). We all want to make sure we’re living as cost-effectively as possible – and in countries that allow us to do so – regardless of how much money we’re making. So it’s no real surprise that two of the questions we get asked most often are “How expensive is it to live in x city?” and “Is it more expensive to be a digital nomad than not?” Our answers are always along the thoroughly unhelpful lines…

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Run the winners, kill the losers

Looooser!

Looooser!

Burnout wasn’t far away, and we eventually cut down. Now, if Mish had to explain each of our projects over a separate glass of wine she’d still end up sleeping on the bathroom floor with the room spinning around her, but we wouldn’t have to get her stomach pumped. We took things too far, but working on multiple simultaneous projects does have its advantages – which we’ve written about before. Recently, I’ve come to appreciate another benefit that I hadn’t considered before: you can’t sustain bad ideas beyond their natural…

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