Spoiler Alert: none of them are tech skills.

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If you want to travel the world full-time while working from your laptop, certain skills will be helpful — nay — indispensable along your journey of location independence. But even if you aren’t traveling right now because of #coronavirus, you can begin preparing for your digital nomad future today.

After spending close to twenty years living, working, or studying abroad in 60 countries, I’ve experienced plenty of the highs and lows of the digital nomad lifestyle. …

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After nearly five months of domestic lockdown, the U.S. State Department lifted its international Level-4 “Do Not Travel” advisory on August 6.

While the European Union is still mostly off-limits to U.S. travelers, here are 35 countries you can visit for tourism now. Below you’ll find the entry requirements, airport codes, and other details for each destination.

Disclaimer: Should you decide to travel during coronavirus, make sure you take proper precautions, follow recommended safety protocols, and purchase a travel insurance policy with COVID-19 coverage.

Which countries are accepting American tourists?

15 Countries Americans Can Travel To


If you’ve felt exhausted, ineffective, or more negative about your job, you may be burned out.

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The Japanese have a word for “death by overwork” — karoshi. There’s no direct English translation, though, because: is there such a thing as working too much in the West? As it turns out, the answer is a resounding “yes,” and it’s more common among remote workers than you think.

Rather than a medical condition, the World Health Organization (WHO) describes burnout as an “occupational phenomenon” or “syndrome” stemming from chronic, unaddressed work stress.

If you’ve felt exhausted, ineffective, or more negative and stressed about your job since you started working remotely, you may be burned out. …

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As recently as 2019, researchers and realtors warned that Silicon Valley had “nowhere to grow.” With 3.1 million residents, the Bay Area held 1% of the U.S. population on 0.05% of the land area.

Silicon Valley’s mild climate, educational system, and job opportunities have attracted residents since the late 1800’s. But more than a century later, limited housing inventory, 2.3% unemployment, and half a million tech workers had produced the highest rent in the country and a median home price five times higher than the national average.

During the past forty years, the San Francisco real estate market has fluctuated…

It’s simpler than you think

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Search volume for “how to make money online” exploded after the coronavirus pandemic, peaking on Google Trends within days of the March lockdowns.

Can you relate?

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There’s no point in suffering through a global crisis if you don’t learn something from it. “No challenge, no change,” as my virtual barre instructor likes to say.

And accumulating knowledge without sharing it is a shame. So, here are fifteen realizations I’ve come to during 129 days quarantine. Hopefully they help you come out of the pandemic better than you started.

1. It’s easy to burn out.

If you’ve been working from home, you know you’re at risk of working too much rather than not enough. You wouldn’t be alone, either. More than 50% of people who work from home show symptoms of burnout. I’m…

Here’s what that means for remote workers

Working in Croatia. Photo: Kristin Wilson Instagram

Within days of each other, the governments of Estonia and Barbados announced plans to offer Digital Nomad Visas. The idea is to attract foreign remote workers by allowing them to stay for up to one year. And, while they may be the first countries to target digital nomads and remote workers, they won’t be the last.

Despite border restrictions, the creation of a Digital Nomad Visa signifies freedom and opportunity for the hundreds of millions of people who are currently working from home. It’s also good for countries looking to boost tourism and attract free press.

What do these visas…

At the intersection of technology, remote work, and travel

Welcome to Digital Nomad Digest! Photo: Kristin Wilson of Traveling with Kristin and Badass Digital Nomads

Welcome to Digital Nomad Digest, a home for stories at the intersection of technology, remote work, and travel.

My name is Kristin Wilson — I’ve spent nearly 20 years living in foreign countries and have been working remotely while traveling full-time since 2008.

After experiencing the numerous benefits that a lifestyle of location independence has to offer, my goal is to share how I did it and what I’ve learned during the journey in the hopes that others can create more freedom, flexibility, and happiness in their lives.

I envision this publication as a place where remote workers and travelers…

Here’s what to do about it

It’s time to blaze your own path in life. (Photo: Montenegro, Instagram.com/TravelingwithKristin)

Upon graduating from business school in 2005, I had two job offers to choose from. The first one was a market research position at a startup for around $75,000/year. The other was working for minimum wage at a real estate office in Costa Rica. A friend found out I had spent a semester abroad there learning Spanish and needed help. He offered me $1,000 per month plus free housing and a 4x4 if I agreed to move to the sleepy beach town of Nosara (population: <5,000).

What would you choose? Well, that depends. Am I speaking to your pre- or…

Lessons from going viral

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After two years of writing (somewhat consistently) on Medium, I had an article go viral for the first time. Within 72 hours of getting curated in three topics, it took off — careening across the internet and making appearances on the likes of Twitter, Reddit, LinkedIn, and YCombinator. Within a month it garnered nearly 200K views, 10K claps, and $6,000. In the meantime, I did what any writer would do — I kept writing.

Making a living from your words and writing stories with impact is what every writer wants. But going viral is a good reminder that you’re not…

Kristin Wilson

Content Creator: Host of Badass Digital Nomads Podcast and www.YouTube.com/TravelingwithKristin. Get my free remote jobs guide at: http://bit.ly/FreeJobsGuide

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