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How to Start Your Awesome Blog: Ultimate Beginner’s Guide

Are you ready to turn your amazing idea for a blog into a reality?

Even if you have no idea how to start a blog, I’ve got good news for you: Starting your blog is the easy part. You definitely don’t need to be a tech wizard to register a domain name or design an eye-catching website.

Of course, sticking to a regular publishing schedule can be a different story (hello, procrastination!). But getting your blog up and running online is easy and doesn’t take much time at all.

If you’re ready to join the community of bloggers who write and make money online, read on to learn how to start a blog, step by step. Continue reading “How to Start Your Awesome Blog: Ultimate Beginner’s Guide”

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How to Renew Your Passport Fast in 4 Easy Steps

From delayed flights to lost luggage, trips don’t always go as smoothly as we expect them to. One of the worst setbacks you can encounter is realizing your passport is about to expire right before you’re supposed to leave the country.

Not only does your passport need to be up to date to cross borders, but most countries won’t let you in if its expiration date is arriving within the next six months (Canada and Mexico are a little more lax, requiring three months of passport validity).

So before travel day is upon you, check your passport’s expiration date to see if you need passport renewal. And if it’s set to expire within the next three to six months, read on to learn how to renew your passport, step by step, so your international travels can go off without a hitch. Continue reading “How to Renew Your Passport Fast in 4 Easy Steps”

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5 Savvy Strategies for Managing Student Loans as a Digital Nomad

Student loan debt in the U.S. has reached scary new heights. Altogether, Americans owe $1.48 trillion in education debt. In the Class of 2017, the average graduate left college owing $39,400 — and that doesn’t even include whatever student loans they might take on in the future for graduate school.

If you’ve got student loans, you know how stressful it can be to send off big payments to a loan servicer each and every month. But rest assured, your student loans don’t have to stop you from building a career you love while traveling the world.

By exploring your student loan repayment options and finding the right approach, you can still accomplish both these goals. Whether you’re trying to become a digital nomad or simply travel more, here are five savvy strategies for managing your student loans. Continue reading “5 Savvy Strategies for Managing Student Loans as a Digital Nomad”

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7 Creative Ways to Save Money on Rent When You’re Location Independent

When your job lets you work from anywhere, you have the unique luxury to choose where you want to live. Whether you want to stay in your hometown or move abroad, you’re free to settle wherever  (WiFi and visas allowing).

At the same time, you don’t want to bust your budget on an apartment you can’t afford. Before moving, make the most of these seven creative ways to save money on rent and safeguard your finances. Continue reading “7 Creative Ways to Save Money on Rent When You’re Location Independent”

7 Life-Changing Benefits of Being a Digital Nomad

I recently wrote about the downsides of being a digital nomad, so anyone considering this path has a realistic sense of what it entails. Now I want to focus on the amazing benefits that come with this lifestyle.

Most digital nomads work online, leveraging technology to make an income without being tied to a specific location. Because “going to work” simply means getting online, they can work from anywhere with WiFi.

As a result, a lot of digital nomads head to far-flung destinations like Bali, Chiang Mai, Budapest, or Medellin. Driven by curiosity about the world (and possibly a soon-to-expire visa), many stay on the move, filling up their passport with stamps as they explore this “pale blue dot.”

While this exciting lifestyle has tons of benefits, here are seven that stand out to me. Continue reading “7 Life-Changing Benefits of Being a Digital Nomad”

Is Digital Nomadism Right for You? 7 Potential Downsides to Consider

If you follow the Instagram feeds of digital nomads, you might think their life is one long vacation. You see epic sunsets and beautiful people with perfectly highlighted hair leaping in front of the wonders of the world. Or you see someone casually reclining in a hammock, laptop on their lap as they sip a piña colada (ugh, so bad for your neck and shoulders!).

But we all know Instagram only shows the highlights; it doesn’t tell the full story. As with anything else, the digital nomad lifestyle has cons along with all its pros. So while the perks of being a digital nomad can be pretty incredible, there are also some downsides to consider if you’re going to embark on this path.

If you’re wondering if becoming a digital nomad is right for you, first consider how well you’d adapt to these potential downsides. And if you’re already a digital nomad, rest assured that your struggles are totally normal. Continue reading “Is Digital Nomadism Right for You? 7 Potential Downsides to Consider”

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5 Surprising Ways Moving Could Save You Tons of Money

If your job isn’t tied to a location, you have the unique opportunity to choose where you want to live. You could pick up and move across the country, or grab your passport and head abroad to join the tribe of globe-trotting digital nomads.

While this lifestyle has a lot of obvious benefits — the freedom to explore the world, for instance — it also has a perk that isn’t so obvious: Moving to a new city or country could save you tons of money.

If you choose a destination where the cost of living is low, you could spend significantly less while experiencing the same quality of life you normally enjoy — or even improving it. Wherever you’re thinking of going, here are five ways moving could be a major boost to your personal finances. Continue reading “5 Surprising Ways Moving Could Save You Tons of Money”

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How to Manage Your Money as a Location-Independent Digital Nomad

Hey, digital nomads: Do you have a plan for how to manage your money while on the road?

When you’re traveling from place to place, it’s easy to forget about financial matters. After all, saving for retirement probably isn’t top of mind when you’re watching the sun set over a Thai beach or hiking up Machu Picchu.

But if you neglect certain steps, you could end up broke in a foreign country with nowhere to turn. Instead of being boring, getting your financial life together can actually be really empowering.

You can fully enjoy your travels knowing you’re keeping up with loan payments or on track toward your savings goals. So what do you need to learn about how to manage your money as a globe-trotting digital nomad?

Here are seven key steps for getting your financial life in order. Continue reading “How to Manage Your Money as a Location-Independent Digital Nomad”

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10 Best Cheap Travel Insurance Plans for the Savvy Traveler

I’ve gone on a lot of trips, but it wasn’t until I spent five months traveling around Southeast Asia that I thought to get travel insurance. Since I was away for a long time (and was a tad worried about dengue fever), I decided to protect myself with a travel insurance plan.

As a newbie to the world of travel insurance, I first had to answer, what is travel insurance, anyway? In a nutshell, travel insurance will cover costs incurred while you’re in another country for injury, illness, trip cancellation, lost luggage, stolen belongings, car rental insurance, emergency evacuation, and more.

Some plans are super pricey, but the cheap travel insurance plans on the list below are the most reasonable ones I’ve found that still offer decent coverage. Plus, most of these companies offer different levels of plans, so you can choose between a basic or robust one to find the best travel insurance for you.

Continue reading “10 Best Cheap Travel Insurance Plans for the Savvy Traveler”

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How to Become a Digital Nomad and Design Life on Your Terms

For as long as I can remember, I’ve dreamed of visiting far off places. I think it might have come from growing up by the ocean. I’d gaze out over the infinite sea, and like many others before me, wonder what lay on the other side of the horizon.

But for years, I worked a job that required me to stay in one place, only granting vacations a couple of weeks per year. If you also have a wanderlusting heart, you know that going into the same office day in and day out can feel almost painful.

That’s why I set my sights on a location-independent job that would enable my traveling, rather than be an obstacle to it. Now that I’m a writer, I’ve worked from all over the world, including Thailand, Vietnam, Spain, France, and Ireland.

I learned how to become a digital nomad through trial and error, but there are tried-and-true ways to achieve this lifestyle. If you’re ready to turn your digital nomad daydreams into a reality, read on to learn how to become a digital nomad — and start indulging your passion for travel whenever you want. Continue reading “How to Become a Digital Nomad and Design Life on Your Terms”