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After a decade at Microsoft, I reinvented myself in 2014 as a digital nomad/remote worker. Now I build full stack web & native apps, mostly in Rails, JS/TS and occasionally Swift & Python. ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
30

trips

158,459

km

6%

of the world

12

countries

21

cities



Near people All people 2020 2019 2017 2016 2015 2014
  23 Oct '20 3mo 11 Jan '21 11 Jan '21
23 Oct '20

Canggu, Bali

29ยฐC 84ยฐF
Indonesia
 
 
  10 Aug '20 2mo 23 Oct '20 23 Oct '20
10 Aug '20

Seattle, WA

23ยฐC 73ยฐF
United States
 
 
  3 Jul '20 1mo 10 Aug '20 10 Aug '20
3 Jul '20

Jemez Springs

United States
 
 
  9 Jan '20 6mo 3 Jul '20 3 Jul '20
9 Jan '20

Seattle, WA

8ยฐC 46ยฐF
United States
2019
  10 Dec '19 30d 9 Jan '20 9 Jan '20
10 Dec '19

Mexico City

20ยฐC 68ยฐF
Mexico
 
 
  25 Nov '19 15d 10 Dec '19 10 Dec '19
25 Nov '19

Oaxaca

22ยฐC 72ยฐF
Mexico
2017
  2 Aug '17 17d 19 Aug '17 19 Aug '17
2 Aug '17

Seattle, WA

23ยฐC 73ยฐF
United States
  26 Jul '17 7d 2 Aug '17 2 Aug '17
26 Jul '17

Montreal

24ยฐC 75ยฐF
Canada
  17 Jul '17 7d 24 Jul '17 24 Jul '17
17 Jul '17

New York City, NY

27ยฐC 81ยฐF
United States
  4 Jul '17 13d 17 Jul '17 17 Jul '17
4 Jul '17

Seattle, WA

24ยฐC 75ยฐF
United States
  23 Jun '17 10d 3 Jul '17 3 Jul '17
23 Jun '17

Edinburgh

17ยฐC 63ยฐF
United Kingdom
  11 Jun '17 12d 23 Jun '17 23 Jun '17
11 Jun '17

Copenhagen

20ยฐC 67ยฐF
Denmark
 
 
  8 May '17 13d 21 May '17 21 May '17
8 May '17

Tulum

30ยฐC 86ยฐF
Mexico
  1 May '17 7d 8 May '17 8 May '17
1 May '17

Los Angeles, CA

21ยฐC 70ยฐF
United States
2016
  1 Dec '16 30d 31 Dec '16 31 Dec '16
1 Dec '16

Rishikesh

19ยฐC 66ยฐF
India
 
 
  31 Oct '16 7d 7 Nov '16 7 Nov '16
31 Oct '16

Delhi

31ยฐC 88ยฐF
India
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๐ŸŒŽ Regions collected (6 of 8)

๐Ÿšฉ Flags collected (12 of 275)

๐ŸŒ Top countries

  • United States

    โญ๏ธ OverallAll 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost  ๐Ÿง Pricey
    ๐Ÿ“ก InternetWiFi  ๐ŸŽ Fast
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun  mediocre
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety  mediocre
    Tap to open
    ๐ŸŒฅ  Feels    39°     41° AQI 36
    1yr
    $3,799 / mo
    46 Mbps
    ร—
  • Indonesia

    โญ๏ธ OverallAll 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost  ๐Ÿ˜™ Affordable
    ๐Ÿ“ก InternetWiFi  ๐ŸŽ Fast
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun  mediocre
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety  good
    Tap to open
    ๐ŸŒง  Feels  33°  91°   28°  82° ๐Ÿฅต AQI 60
    3mo
    $1,161 / mo
    17 Mbps
    ร—
  • Mexico

    โญ๏ธ OverallAll 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost  ๐Ÿ˜™ Affordable
    ๐Ÿ“ก InternetWiFi  ๐Ÿ™‚ Good
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun  mediocre
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety  mediocre
    Tap to open
    โ˜€๏ธ  Feels  21°  70°   21°  71° AQI 49
    2mo
    $2,089 / mo
    7 Mbps
    ร—
  • Thailand

    โญ๏ธ OverallAll 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost  ๐Ÿ˜™ Affordable
    ๐Ÿ“ก InternetWiFi  ๐ŸŽ Fast
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun  mediocre
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety  good
    Tap to open
    ๐ŸŒง  Feels  33°  91°   29°  84° ๐Ÿฅต AQI 93 ๐Ÿ˜ท
    2mo
    $2,133 / mo
    27 Mbps
    ร—
  • India

    โญ๏ธ OverallAll 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost  ๐Ÿ˜™ Affordable
    ๐Ÿ“ก InternetWiFi  ๐Ÿ™‚ Good
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun  mediocre
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety  mediocre
    Tap to open
    โ˜€๏ธ  Feels  25°  77°   26°  78° AQI 152 ๐Ÿ˜ท
    1mo
    $1,276 / mo
    9 Mbps
    ร—
  • Canada

    โญ๏ธ OverallAll 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost  ๐Ÿง Too expensive
    ๐Ÿ“ก InternetWiFi  ๐ŸŽ Fast
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun  mediocre
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety  good
    Tap to open
    ๐ŸŒฅ  Feels  -8°  18°   -3°  27° AQI 40
    1mo
    $4,024 / mo
    17 Mbps
    ร—
  • France

    โญ๏ธ OverallAll 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost  ๐Ÿง Too expensive
    ๐Ÿ“ก InternetWiFi  ๐ŸŽ Fast
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun  mediocre
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety  mediocre
    Tap to open
    โ˜€๏ธ  Feels  10°  50°   10°  51° AQI 51
    26d
    $4,269 / mo
    24 Mbps
    ร—
  • Cambodia

    โญ๏ธ OverallAll 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost  ๐Ÿ˜™ Affordable
    ๐Ÿ“ก InternetWiFi  ๐Ÿ˜ก Slow
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun  mediocre
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety  mediocre
    Tap to open
    ๐ŸŒง  Feels  38°  100°   30°  86° ๐Ÿฅต AQI 107 ๐Ÿ˜ท
    24d
    $1,532 / mo
    5 Mbps
    ร—
  • ๐Ÿ›ฌ Most visits

  • Seattle

    Seattle is a great city, especially if you like nature, there are plenty of outdoor activities to do all year round. People are generally open-minded and friendly. The cost of living is high but it allows you to be able to afford other places on earth easily if you can find a job here. You can also find plenty of good restaurants and arts around in the city. I recommend to stay at least 3-6 months to get the feel of living a PNW life.

    โญ๏ธ OverallAll 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost  ๐Ÿ˜ณ Way too expensive
    ๐Ÿ“ก InternetWiFi  ๐Ÿš€ Super fast
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun  mediocre
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety  mediocre
    Tap to open
    ๐ŸŒฅ  Feels    48°     48° AQI 34
    7x
    $5,051 / mo
    98 Mbps
    ร—
  • Montreal

    Spent the month of September here and it was nice for the first 2 weeks. There are a lot of young people due to the multiple universities and you smell weed everywhere!!! There is also so much construction going on with the roads and buildings, so itโ€™s best to walk and bike most places. The BIXI bike system is awesome! There are also a lot of homeless screaming at people randomly in the streets. Food and rent is expensive. The โ€œEuropeanโ€ vibe is isolated to a 3 street area, but the re

    โญ๏ธ OverallAll 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost  ๐Ÿง Too expensive
    ๐Ÿ“ก InternetWiFi  ๐ŸŽ Fast
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun  mediocre
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety  good
    Tap to open
    ๐ŸŒจ  Feels  -10°  14°   -6°  21° AQI 27
    3x
    $4,133 / mo
    16 Mbps
    ร—
  • Los Angeles

    I spent 4 months working here during summertime. It's one of the best summers I have ever had in my life. The city is just amazing and offers dozens of outdoor activities. There are so many different places such as parks, lakes, hills, mountains, beaches, etc. Also, you can feel the Californication vibe on every step. I lived in Hollywood and I would avoid this place at any cost. It's just too overrated and won't meet your expectations. Hollywood (esp. West Hollywood) is a big pile of dirtiness

    โญ๏ธ OverallAll 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost  ๐Ÿ˜ณ Way too expensive
    ๐Ÿ“ก InternetWiFi  ๐ŸŽ Fast
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun  great
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety  mediocre
    Tap to open
    ๐ŸŒฅ  Feels  20°  68°   20°  68° AQI 25
    2x
    $5,172 / mo
    48 Mbps
    ร—
  • Chiang Mai

    I really liked Chiang Mai but I can't put my finger on why. I'll try to remain unbiased so here goes. Chiang Mai is a dirty place with horrible pollution levels. English speaking is okay. I did really enjoy a balance of simple, risk-free living at low cost and acceptable quality of living. Many places only accept cash but plenty accept card. There's lots to do and it's fun exploring on a moped/motorbike. It feels as easy as Canggu with more modern appointments to get by as a westerner a bit easi

    โญ๏ธ OverallAll 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost  ๐Ÿ˜™ Affordable
    ๐Ÿ“ก InternetWiFi  ๐ŸŽ Fast
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun  mediocre
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety  good
    Tap to open
    โ˜€๏ธ  Feels  32°  90°   30°  85° ๐Ÿฅต AQI 157 ๐Ÿ˜ท
    1x
    $1,354 / mo
    27 Mbps
    ร—
  • Ubud

    Honestly, this is an awesome place to be if you're actually trying to get work done. It's a bit of an older vibe than Canggu, and there's certainly a big chunk of yogi's kicking around โ€” but I liked it much better than Canggu and found it less pretentious. Plus, you can drive down there in 45mins whenever you want some beach or party vibes. As others mentioned, there's some great coworking spaces, cheap warungs, some really nice spots to stay cheaply if you go just outside of the mad tourist

    โญ๏ธ OverallAll 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost  ๐Ÿ˜™ Affordable
    ๐Ÿ“ก InternetWiFi  ๐ŸŽ Fast
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun  great
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety  good
    Tap to open
    ๐ŸŒง  Feels  33°  91°   27°  80° ๐Ÿฅต AQI 60
    1x
    $2,064 / mo
    16 Mbps
    ร—
  • Siem Reap

    Agree with the people below plus would say Cambodia and Siem Reap are wonderful places to visit if you like super friendly locals, amazing food and an easygoing lifestyle. There are a bunch of expats here, and a lot them are involved in social projects. If you're looking to do something good beyond experiencing a country, it's a good place to start. WiFi is totally usable everywhere. Mobile data is cheap and fast. Siem Reap has tons of options for food and drinks. It's very easy to get around

    โญ๏ธ OverallAll 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost  ๐Ÿ˜™ Affordable
    ๐Ÿ“ก InternetWiFi  ๐Ÿ˜ก Slow
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun  mediocre
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety  mediocre
    Tap to open
    ๐ŸŒง  Feels  40°  104°   31°  87° ๐Ÿฅต AQI 107 ๐Ÿ˜ท
    1x
    $1,532 / mo
    5 Mbps
    ร—
  • Paris

    Lived there last September and October and am coming back later this year. Yes, it is expensive, but after a while I learned about affordable places to eat and realized I could choose neighborhoods farther from city center, and it would still be nice. City feels super safe, even at nigh! Internet is crazy fast (I got 500mb on my airbnb) there are tons to do and see and I did not encounter the super rude Parisians people talk so much about, mostly everyone spoke English and were very polite. Rent

    โญ๏ธ OverallAll 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost  ๐Ÿ˜ณ Way too expensive
    ๐Ÿ“ก InternetWiFi  ๐ŸŽ Fast
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun  good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety  mediocre
    Tap to open
    ๐ŸŒฅ  Feels  11°  52°   11°  53° AQI 16
    1x
    $5,468 / mo
    19 Mbps
    ร—
  • Playa del Carmen

    Touristy circus of a place. Everyone is trying to rip you off... even as fluent Spanish speaker. Check out PV or anywhere west coast instead.

    โญ๏ธ OverallAll 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost  ๐Ÿ™‚ Okay
    ๐Ÿ“ก InternetWiFi  ๐Ÿ™‚ Good
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun  great
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety  mediocre
    Tap to open
    ๐ŸŒค  Feels  32°  90°   28°  82° ๐Ÿฅต AQI 109 ๐Ÿ˜ท
    1x
    $2,750 / mo
    6 Mbps
    ร—
  • ๐Ÿ›Œ Most time spent

  • Seattle

    Seattle is a great city, especially if you like nature, there are plenty of outdoor activities to do all year round. People are generally open-minded and friendly. The cost of living is high but it allows you to be able to afford other places on earth easily if you can find a job here. You can also find plenty of good restaurants and arts around in the city. I recommend to stay at least 3-6 months to get the feel of living a PNW life.

    โญ๏ธ OverallAll 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost  ๐Ÿ˜ณ Way too expensive
    ๐Ÿ“ก InternetWiFi  ๐Ÿš€ Super fast
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun  mediocre
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety  mediocre
    Tap to open
    ๐ŸŒฅ  Feels    48°     48° AQI 34
    1yr
    $5,051 / mo
    98 Mbps
    ร—
  • Canggu

    What can I say that hasn't already been said? Canggu has so much energy and excitement. I think that's partly due to the cost of living plus the weather. People are very nice here but expect general life for the locals to revolve around tourism. You're not going to get an authentic Indonesian cultural experience. It's definitely not perfect and not an easy place to live but considering how cheap it is what can you expect? I think the pros outweigh the cons and cons are plentiful (dirty, cash soc

    โญ๏ธ OverallAll 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost  ๐Ÿ˜™ Affordable
    ๐Ÿ“ก InternetWiFi  ๐ŸŽ Fast
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun  great
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety  good
    Tap to open
    ๐ŸŒง  Feels  32°  90°   28°  83° ๐Ÿฅต AQI 60
    3mo
    $1,959 / mo
    31 Mbps
    ร—
  • Los Angeles

    I spent 4 months working here during summertime. It's one of the best summers I have ever had in my life. The city is just amazing and offers dozens of outdoor activities. There are so many different places such as parks, lakes, hills, mountains, beaches, etc. Also, you can feel the Californication vibe on every step. I lived in Hollywood and I would avoid this place at any cost. It's just too overrated and won't meet your expectations. Hollywood (esp. West Hollywood) is a big pile of dirtiness

    โญ๏ธ OverallAll 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost  ๐Ÿ˜ณ Way too expensive
    ๐Ÿ“ก InternetWiFi  ๐ŸŽ Fast
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun  great
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety  mediocre
    Tap to open
    ๐ŸŒฅ  Feels  20°  68°   20°  68° AQI 25
    2mo
    $5,172 / mo
    48 Mbps
    ร—
  • Chiang Mai

    I really liked Chiang Mai but I can't put my finger on why. I'll try to remain unbiased so here goes. Chiang Mai is a dirty place with horrible pollution levels. English speaking is okay. I did really enjoy a balance of simple, risk-free living at low cost and acceptable quality of living. Many places only accept cash but plenty accept card. There's lots to do and it's fun exploring on a moped/motorbike. It feels as easy as Canggu with more modern appointments to get by as a westerner a bit easi

    โญ๏ธ OverallAll 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost  ๐Ÿ˜™ Affordable
    ๐Ÿ“ก InternetWiFi  ๐ŸŽ Fast
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun  mediocre
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety  good
    Tap to open
    โ˜€๏ธ  Feels  32°  90°   30°  85° ๐Ÿฅต AQI 157 ๐Ÿ˜ท
    2mo
    $1,354 / mo
    27 Mbps
    ร—
  • Montreal

    Spent the month of September here and it was nice for the first 2 weeks. There are a lot of young people due to the multiple universities and you smell weed everywhere!!! There is also so much construction going on with the roads and buildings, so itโ€™s best to walk and bike most places. The BIXI bike system is awesome! There are also a lot of homeless screaming at people randomly in the streets. Food and rent is expensive. The โ€œEuropeanโ€ vibe is isolated to a 3 street area, but the re

    โญ๏ธ OverallAll 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost  ๐Ÿง Too expensive
    ๐Ÿ“ก InternetWiFi  ๐ŸŽ Fast
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun  mediocre
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety  good
    Tap to open
    ๐ŸŒจ  Feels  -10°  14°   -6°  21° AQI 27
    1mo
    $4,133 / mo
    16 Mbps
    ร—
  • Rishikesh

    I love Rishikesh, and it's a very pleasant place to live as a digital nomad. Prices are very cheap and it is lovely to have an ashram to go to every day. The flow of life is easy because I take with myself the backpack with the computer to a cafe by Ganga and have some nice healthy breakfast, at 08:00 am, and work to about 10:30. Then i go to Sachcha Dham Ashram join a Bhajans and listen to Satsang from my Guru there. Then i go out with my friends to a nice place to spend the day. Other days i w

    โญ๏ธ OverallAll 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost  ๐Ÿ˜™ Affordable
    ๐Ÿ“ก InternetWiFi  ๐Ÿ™‚ Good
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun  bad
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety  mediocre
    Tap to open
    โ˜€๏ธ  Feels  20°  68°   19°  66° AQI 177 ๐Ÿ˜ท
    30d
    $1,122 / mo
    8 Mbps
    ร—
  • Mexico City

    I really enjoyed my first week here, but as I got to know more locals and heard their stories, I was disturbed at the security situation. Almost everyone I met has horror stories about being robbed at gunpoint, robbed by the police, and in one case even drugged and robbed by a taxi driver. It's not even safe to walk a short distance at night (locals told me to just take Uber). Beyond the security issues, scams also abound, and the covid policy is wacky, with hand sanitizer being forced on you ev

    โญ๏ธ OverallAll 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost  ๐Ÿ˜™ Affordable
    ๐Ÿ“ก InternetWiFi  ๐ŸŽ Fast
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun  good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety  bad
    Tap to open
    โ˜€๏ธ  Feels  20°  68°   20°  68° AQI 53
    30d
    $1,867 / mo
    11 Mbps
    ร—
  • Paris

    Lived there last September and October and am coming back later this year. Yes, it is expensive, but after a while I learned about affordable places to eat and realized I could choose neighborhoods farther from city center, and it would still be nice. City feels super safe, even at nigh! Internet is crazy fast (I got 500mb on my airbnb) there are tons to do and see and I did not encounter the super rude Parisians people talk so much about, mostly everyone spoke English and were very polite. Rent

    โญ๏ธ OverallAll 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost  ๐Ÿ˜ณ Way too expensive
    ๐Ÿ“ก InternetWiFi  ๐ŸŽ Fast
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun  good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety  mediocre
    Tap to open
    ๐ŸŒฅ  Feels  11°  52°   11°  53° AQI 16
    26d
    $5,468 / mo
    19 Mbps
    ร—
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