How to Be a Broke Twenty-Something Digital Nomad in Medellín, Colombia

I feel like an ass every time I use the phrase, but since arriving in Medellín it’s gradually become a normal part of my speech. ‘Digital nomad‘ is the social media trendy way of referring to me and at least a couple hundred other mostly Westerners in Medellín and dozens of…

NOLA to Bogotá Update: Bienvenidos a Colombia

In October 2014, I left the Netherlands to move to Colombia. That quickly faded into backpacking overland from the US to Colombia, which turned into living in Mexico City for half a year, which turned into a lot of different and confusing things. Now, one…

How a Year of Language and Travel Made Me a Better Global Citizen

This isn’t the pretentious ‘global citizen’ that you hear in hostels from hipsters who think their own passport isn’t cool enough to warrant a straight answer when you ask where they’re from. I mean the actual philosophical, civic, and social idea of being a global citizen and…

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Mexico City: The Easiest Place I’ve Ever Been

When I set out for Latin America, one of my priority list toppers was poverty. I wanted to experience first-hand what it was like to live in a developing country, to live with and travel through developing communities. I wanted a global perspective on my…

The 7 Stages of the Traveler’s Social Cycle

Last week I shared some of the ‘travel fails‘ that led me to say hasta luego to Mexico and spend some time in Florida working on my location-independent business. One of the themes of that post that I couldn’t supress was the social one —…

The (International) Cocktail Party Effect in London

If someone were to kidnap and drop you blindfolded into the streets of London, you’d almost certainly have no idea where the hell you’d been smuggled away to. Perhaps you’ll hear a few instances of that same aristocratic British accent that every single wise old…