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Jan 17, 2019 15:18:58

Digital nomad expenses

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Sarah Hum

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I believe a common misconception with being a digital nomad is that you need a lot of money. Yes, flights and hotels can be expensive. However, just like having a home base, I think you can live cheaply, splurge, or live somewhere in between.

Andrew and I have been on the road for over a year now. We moved out of our apartment in San Francisco and started living out of Airbnbs. Out of curiosity, I wanted to break down our spend. Which category are we spending the most? Where can we cut down?

Money is always such a touchy topic but I hope the numbers we share are a helpful benchmark. I'll include some tips as well for those who are thinking about hitting the road.


First, some background

To be clear, being a digital nomad is quite different from traveling.

We are not:

  • Hitting up the top tourist attractions in every city
  • Bouncing from city to city every few days
  • Staying in fancy hotels or ryokans

We are:

  • Working a pretty standard work week either from co-working spaces or, more commonly, coffee shops
  • Exploring the city on weekends
  • Still living comfortably, usually away from the city center in more local areas

One important thing to note is that we are a couple. Being able to split accommodations saves us a significant amount of money.

Alright, numbers to come!

From Sarah Hum's collection:

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    @hum Your life seems so crazy and balanced at the same time. Inspiring!
    I wonder, is it too for us @philh to try? Just look at the advantages of being a couple :-)))

    Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Feb 17, 2019 14:44:12
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      @hum @lucjah Looking forward to the next posts indeed :)

      PhilH avatar PhilH | Feb 17, 2019 23:31:36
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      @lucjah @philh If you can do it, do it! Being a nomad isn't a lifestyle for everyone but how do you know until you try? Being a couple makes it a lot easier I think ?

      Sarah Hum avatar Sarah Hum | Feb 18, 2019 10:21:45
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    @hum Your next posts will be interesting to read! Also just saw Canny - looks like a great solution for all the messy feedback channels. Is it more targeted at businesses? (instead of say, indie makers)

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jan 18, 2019 22:40:32
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      @jasonleow Thanks Jason! Yeah, we are targeting B2B businesses. That said, we love supporting indie makers so if you're interested, shoot us a message!

      Sarah Hum avatar Sarah Hum | Jan 18, 2019 15:49:53
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      @hum sure thanks will do! :)

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jan 19, 2019 16:13:37
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    @hum looking forward to your next post on this

    Keenen Charles avatar Keenen Charles | Jan 17, 2019 22:28:51
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      @keenencharles Thanks Keenen! Most time-consuming part will be parsing the data I think but hopefully interesting!

      Sarah Hum avatar Sarah Hum | Jan 18, 2019 15:48:51
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