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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What we’ve learnt about writing (after many years of trying)

I'm not quite sure why I'm so happy to see a pen - I haven't used one since 2008.

I'm not quite sure why I'm so happy to see a pen - I haven't used one since 2008

If you’ve read our back story, you’ll know how long and hard we’ve worked on honing our writing skills. We always loved writing, but we spent a fair few years being truly awful at it. Rob used to write like an Oxbridge professor who’d have a whisky halfway through every long, meandering sentence and forget his original point by the time the full stop came around. And I had a predilection for starting every article with a Jane Austen quote (thus shoehorning by English Literature A-level revision into something), and…

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