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…

16 Ways to Study a Language Abroad for Free

Language immersion is not only the best way to learn a new language, but also sort of the reason this blog exists. When I turned 21, I only spoke English, and one of the reasons was that I thought I’d just never have the time…

Reflections on My First Year of Travel Blogging

One year ago today I published my first post on Globalect. This blog’s first year has not only been a means of sharing my stories as I move through the world and immerse myself in its languages, but it’s also evolved into a professional tool that I never expected…

Location Independence Mexico City

NOLA to Bogotá Update: Becoming Location Independent in Mexico City

Last October I left the Netherlands to go work as a volunteer teacher in Bogotá, Colombia, but somewhere along the way I took a wrong turn and landed about 3,000 km north in Mexico City. Instead of moving to one place, I’m now traveling indefinitely, and instead…