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Diary: Everything I own fits in a suitcase and why the hell did I have so much stuff

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I'm moving out of my SF apartment in 2 days and my relationship with "stuff" has become very strange. For the past two weeks, I've had to take a hard look at everything I own and ask myself, "do I really need this?" It's incredible how often the answer is no.Where does all this garbage come from? Why do I keep mountains of useless trinkets, doodads, and...
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Premote preparations: what I did, when, and how much it cost

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Despite how absolutely massive the Nation is by now, there are seemingly few posts about being a Premote as a Premote... everything is in retrospect. Which is makes sense, I suppose, because hindsight is a checked bag under 20kg.Ba-dum tsss.At any rate, my departure day is in 4 weeks. I thought it might be useful to recreate the timeline of events: stuff I bought, sold,...
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Diary: A Tale of Two Policies and too much adulting for one day

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So here's a fun story of how I ended up with 2 travel insurance policies because I'm not really an adult and don't understand insurance.Getting travel insurance was one of the first things I did way back in December. I went through one of the recommended plans from Remote Year, picked some insane coverage options, and paid a reasonable $400-some-odd dollars. Cool beans, done.So yesterday...
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How to look for (and find) kickass freelance gigs

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The big question of the hour when you first start a freelance business: how am I going to find work?!Since I started freelancing a lot of people have asked me how I actually find gigs. Ain't that the question of the hour.The short answer is the same way you look for a full time job. There's no hidden secret garden or magical portal new freelancers...
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What I packed to travel the world for a year

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This is it folks! I leave today to start my Remote Year adventure where I'll live in 12 cities in 12 months all across the world.One of the big questions I get all the time: what are you going to pack?The short answer is: as little as possible! It's not like I'm going to the middle of the Sahara or the snowy wastes of Siberia. There...
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Diary: My first few days in Cape Town and why I don’t hike

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I landed in Cape Town, South Africa 4 days ago and it feels like 2 weeks already.Everything has been such a blur. Lots of new places and faces to learn. Surprisingly enough, I wasn't too terribly jetlagged when I touched down at 1pm CPT time despite 30 hours of travel -- 2 flights and a 12-hour layover. My view from the plane! I was definitely...
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Diary: Cape Town first impressions and Week 2 happenings

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I've been in Cape Town now for 13 days. I wasn't really sure what to expect from South Africa, but I've been completely blown away by how livable, friendly, and exciting this town is. Firstly, my accommodations this month are pretty sweet. My entire group is one building so it's like adult Spring Break, which is awesome. We're actually in a student dorm for an international...
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17 Things I learned after my first month of Remote Year

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You do not need as much stuff as you think you do.Bartering is a way of life.Don't sweat the small coins. It all comes around eventually.Your group is your family. The sooner you realize that the sooner it manifests.Be actively inclusive. You never know if someone is just too shy to ask.Everyone handles stress differently. Be kind, always.Everyone's financial situation is different. Don't be jealous...
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Diary: Penguins, sharks, and beer pong, oh my

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Boy, oh boy.Week 3 was even more of a blur than the last two weeks combined. It's when most of our events planned for us and self-planned event collided. I was on the go 24/7 and I'm pretty sure I wasn't sober for more than 24 collective hours. (Sorry, mom.)SundayWe took a gorgeous scenic drive through Chapman's Peak and stopped to take in the incredible...
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