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Posted by   Annette on    May 30, 2013

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7 Places to Look for a Place to Live (And 3 Places Not To)

Picked a city to kick off your digital nomad career? You'll need digs. Here are 7 great places to look.
This much is true for location-dependent and digital-nomad types alike: there's an art to finding a place to hang your hat. Luckily for us, the era of collaborative consumpti… http://www.sustainablelunacy.com/blog/7-places-look-place-live/

5 Ways to Make a Home on the Road (And Do It Quick-like)

Home is something you create -- even (especially!) on the road. Here's how.
Home doesn't happen. It's something you create. If you're a location-independent type, you have a definition of home that changes every couple of months -- and that can wear yo… http://www.sustainablelunacy.com/blog/5-ways-make-home-road-and-do-it-quick/

Adioso, Suckas: Free-Wheeling Flight Search for Flexible Flyers

I just found something extra-specially cool, however, for location independent folks with flexible schedules and insatiable wanderlust: Adioso.
Don't get me wrong: I love my travel search engines. I love Kayak (especially Explore). And AirfareWatchdog. And Hipmunk. And even Orbitz, very occasionally. I just found somethi… http://www.sustainablelunacy.com/blog/adioso-suckas/

How I Failed (and How I Fixed It)

Lifestyle design is all about agility -- sometimes, right into a brick wall. The beauty is in the fixing.
I learned some very important lessons in the past couple of months.  I learned 'em by that legendarily efficient method of learning: failing. Here's how. In December and … http://www.sustainablelunacy.com/blog/how-i-failed-and-how-i-fixed-it/

I Changed My Mind About Global Entry

I held out on Global Entry. For a looooooong time. I clawed into my reasons for abstaining and I held my ground.   My tipping point came after a 12-hour marathon flight. After a … http://www.sustainablelunacy.com/blog/global-entry-does-not-suck/

5 Things NOT To Pack (But You Shouldn't Live Without)

There are a few things that you'd be nuts to make room for in your luggage -- but you shouldn't live remote without them. Here's the skinny.
These are items you almost certainly won't be packing for your trip...not even in your checked bag. However, the quality-of-life boost they deliver is way worth the effort. Usuall… http://www.sustainablelunacy.com/blog/5-things-not-pack/

3 Changes You Can Make Today to Start Your Escape To Location Independence

Ready to run? Good. Here are the first steps on your escape route.
This is just a three-item checklist, but it packs a punch. Taking these actions today will put you much closer to your nomadic goal. These three actions will go far towards remov… http://www.sustainablelunacy.com/blog/3-changes-you-can-make-today-start-your-escape-location-independence/

The BASE Jumper's Guide to a Brento Vacation

Planning your first BASE jumping trip to Monte Brento? Here's what you need to know.
What's the best way to bookend a summer? Weekend BASE jumping trips to Monte Brento. I did it this year: kicking off the season there in April, then returning for a beginning-of-… http://www.sustainablelunacy.com/blog/base-jumpers-guide-brento-vacation/

The New Digital Nomad's Guide to Picking a First Destination

Put away the darts and the wall map. There's a better way.
Picking a destination to start out on your digitally nomadic lifestyle ain't as easy as it looks, but it's of vital importance. Statistically speaking, if this first one doesn't "… http://www.sustainablelunacy.com/blog/smart-kids-guide-picking-nomad-destination/

4 Productivity Tools That Will Save You From You

Get ready to outsource your brain -- and bite your nails quite a bit less.
Stop trusting your brain. It loses things. All the time. You don't need a huge pile of productivity apps or a clunky-ass day planner. You need a core set of tools that you can … http://www.sustainablelunacy.com/blog/three-productivity-tools-will-save-you-you/

Stuff You Can't Do As An LIP (And A Few Things You Can)

Are you ready for the bad news? (Spoiler: there isn't much.)
You probably have a pretty good idea of the stuff you'd have to give up as a digital nomad.  The thing is: you're wrong. Be ready to raise an eyebrow or two. Stuff you can't … http://www.sustainablelunacy.com/blog/stuff-you-cant-do/

Here's How to Deal if Your Freelance Focus is F$%^&@!

If your focus is falling apart and your LIP business is suffering, you may need get scientific about the problem. Here's how.
As a digital nomad, your time is entirely yours to use, exactly as you need and want to.  Sounds good, huh? Maybe you've discovered that you have no idea how to navigate the ma… http://www.sustainablelunacy.com/blog/heres-how-deal-if-your-freelance-focus-f/

I Do Location Independence Differently Than You

Going LIP doesn't just mean the casting-off of the cubicle life. It means declaring your independence from the way everybody else goes about becoming a digital nomad -- and how they maintain the lifestyle.
Going location independent is just the first in a long, long list of choices. It doesn't just mean the casting-off of the cubicle life. It means declaring your independence from … http://www.sustainablelunacy.com/blog/i-do-location-independence-differently-you/