How things change

Yikes - us 9 years ago

If you want to receive future newsletters in your inbox (which also contain lots and lots of links to articles, resources and tools), sign up at the bottom of the page. Nine years ago this week we had our very first kiss. It wasn’t really a long or particularly noteworthy kiss, because some teenager nearby on the banks of the Thames said “Ewwww they’re SNOGGING,” and that kind of ruined the moment. Also, we were meant to be best friends, and best friends don’t kiss. So it all got a…

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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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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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Monthly report: April

Rooftop pool at our Bangkok apartment: not too shabby.

April! Mathematics Awareness Month, the month in which the internet practically explodes with "hilarious" spoof announcements, and also the 233rd most popular name given to a baby girl in 2012 (just ahead of Josephine). That's all well and good, but what did April mean for us? Travel In the second week of April we travelled from Bangkok back to London, which was…surprisingly not as much of a shock as we'd expected after three months away. I kept up my track record of getting overly emotional on planes (hey, don't most…

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A hidden benefit of not having a home

For the purposes of this post you'll have to imagine that we're not amazingly cool. It's a stretch, I know.

It’s easier to be weird than it used to be. When I was at school, if I’d admitted that I spent the weekend hacking my favourite computer game so Watford was the best football team in the UK, I would have been even more of an outcast than I actually was. When I first met people at university, I reflexively pretended to be into clubbing and dance music rather than going to gigs to watch weird bands that no “normal” person had heard of. Is there any less pressure to…

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