Hey there, you made it! This page is dedicated to offering more resources (and in different formats) than Becoming a Digital Nomad could hold. Nothing’s behind a paywall, no passwords are needed, and there’s no secret handshake to practice. There’s plenty more info in the book, of course.
So, what’s here?
Links to good stuff. The resources are organized by section below. Some links are affiliate links, but only with services / products I’ve used personally.
- A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future – Daniel Pink (2006) — emphasizes how ‘right-brain’ thinkers will rule the world, and predicted (or at least foresaw) the coming of working with ideas as replacing monotonous work.
- Digital Nomads – Tsugio Makimoto and David Manners (1997) — the book the predicted the future.
- Four Hour Workweek – Tim Ferriss (2004, updated 2009) — described as a manifesto on how to live by its fans or a disjoined mess by its detractors. I and millions of others put it in the former.
- One Year Lived – Adam Shepard (2013) — among the many memoirs travelers tend to write, this tale of a year lived remains inspiring on the second or third read-through.
- Vagabonding – Rolf Potts (2002) — a mainstay on lists like this. A timeless perspective on traveling, though some resources might be a bit dated.
- Skype (skype.com) is one of the most well-known options for video conferencing, but naturally can handle voice calls as well. Calls from one Skype user to another are always free, and calls that go to a phone (landline or mobile) are quite cheap. If you want a phone number in your home country that will ring through to your Skype (and allow the people calling you to save money), these are available for a small monthly fee. As of publication, it doesn’t seem possible to port your existing phone number to a Skype number.
- Toll Free Forwarding (tollfreeforwarding.com) is a perfect way to get a phone number in dozens of countries for a monthly fee. Toll-free numbers are great for that professional look, and they also offer PBX (voice menu) services.
- JustCall (justcall.io) offers phone numbers in 58 countries, along with a service that records incoming calls. Works with their website, your phone, or apps for your smartphone.
- Burner (burnerapp.com) and Hushed (hushed.com) are smartphone apps offering a US or Canada phone number that you can ‘burn’, or dispose of at will, for privacy purposes. These services have monthly fees which include a number of messages or minutes.
- facebook.com/groups/becomingadigitalnomad — the group for this very book
Conferences / Conventions
Meeting people / Socializing
- Couchsurfing — it’s not just a community for sleeping on someone’s couch. Start from couchsurfing.com/places or search the site for the city you’re headed to. Once you’re on the page for the city or country, scroll down to ‘Events’.
- internations.org is another platform dedicated to connecting expats and nomads around the world.
- Nomad Soulmates — if you’re looking for something more than friendship, head here to find other nomads in the area.
- Tinder — yes, some people use the dating service for more than one purpose.
- Toastmasters — one of the more supportive groups out there, both for people learning a language or choosing to socialize with friendly people. Start from toastmasters.org/find-a-club and search for your location.
- Allianz — offers the TravelSmart app to manage your policy, file claims, and get specific information. Their Classic Plan includes free coverage for children 17 and under when traveling with a parent or grandparent. Annual plans available. Available to US residents only. Learn more at allianztravelinsurance.com.
- Atlas Travel Insurance — Offered by Tokio Marine HCC, they offer coverage to people worldwide for up to a year, and is renewable for non-US citizens if your travels don’t include the US. A Multi-Trip option is available as well. Learn more at hccmis.com/atlas-travel-insurance.
- AXA Assistance USA — Offers a Adventure insurance plans that reimburses you for lost diving days and lost golf rounds. Available to US residents only, and only for trips of up to 60 days. Learn more at axatravelinsurance.com.
- British United Provident Association (BUPA) — offers the myCard app to display your insurance card, policy information, and connect you to a 24-hour emergency service. Covers many holiday activities and sports on the standard plan. Covers travel worldwide, and available to people around the world. Learn more at bupaglobal.com/en/travel-insurance
- Cigna Global Health Insurance — offers ‘expat health insurance’, and available to people around the world. Check out their Cigna Envoy Mobile App to view and print ID cards, review and check claims, and so on. Learn more at cignaglobalhealth.com
- Clements — available to “expatriates residing outside their country of citizenship for at least 6 months per year”, with options to exclude the US and Canada to save on premiums. Learn more at clements.com/intl-health/individuals /globalcare.
- Generali Global Assistance (formerly CSA Travel Protection) — very quick quote process. Only available to residents of the US, and not available in all states. Learn more about generalitravelinsurance.com.
- Geo Blue Travel Insurance — get insurance excluding or including the US as part of their XPLORER plan. The site offers plans as an “independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Be aware insurance start dates are only about twice a month instead of the usual ‘whenever you choose’. Learn more at geobluetravelinsurance.com.
- Global Rescue — focusing on evacuation and rescue services, but also offering several general insurance plans as well. Learn more at globalrescue.com.
- IM Global — among their many plans, check out their Global Medical Insurance, which offers long-term (one year or longer) comprehensive medical insurance for ‘global citizens’. Available to people worldwide. Learn more at imglobal.com/expat-insurance or imgeurope.co.uk.
- Integra Global — claims to “create tailored insurance plans for expats”. Use their yourHealth app to access your ID card, submit a claim, create an emergency health record, etc. Available to people worldwide. Learn more at integraglobal.com.
- Protect Your Bubble — this is gadget, jewelry, and laptop insurance made simple. Available for UK residents only. Learn more at uk.protectyourbubble.com.
- Seven Corners — check their Liaison Continent for up to six months of coverage or Liaison Majestic for long term options (up to a year, renewable for two more years). Several deductibles available. Available to most people worldwide, some states and countries excluded. Learn more at sevencorners.com/
- Travelex — check their Travel Select plan for trips of up to 364 days, which also covers kids under 18. They also offer expedited passport services for Americans as well as International Driving Permits. Available to people worldwide. Learn more at travelexinsurance.com.
- Truetraveller — a modern option for European residents only, and can be purchased after you’ve left. Activity packs can cover ‘Adventure’ activities (like dogsledding or bicycle polo) and ‘Extreme’ activities (like American football or barefoot water skiing). You’ll want to go through their other options to ensure you get the coverage you want (coverage for baggage and personal effects is not standard). Learn more at truetraveller.com.
- World Escapade — Available to people worldwide except for US residents. Non-medical and medical travel insurance available. Learn more at worldescapade.com/en.
- WorldNomads — arguably one of the best-known options thanks to their affiliate program. Beyond the usual insurance offerings, over 150 popular activities can be covered through their various options (exact activities will vary based on your country of residence). Available to people worldwide, and can be purchased after you’ve left. Learn more at worldnomads.com.
- One excellent resource to keep track of the rules for drone cameras / videos is at drone-traveller.com,
- Americans: LegalZoom offers a $69 package (legalzoom.com), and doyourownwill.com offers a 100% free service.
- Australians: See easywill.com.au ($25 AUD) and onlinewillcentre.com.au ($20 AUD) for two of the easiest and cheapest options.
- Brits: See wills.org.uk (£39 for a ‘single will’, £59 for ‘joint wills’) or tenminutewill.co.uk for a £29.99+VAT option.
- Canadians: legalwills.ca ($39 CAD) and formalwill.ca ($59 CAD) are two of the easiest and cheapest options.
- Europeans: legal traditions and cultural idiosyncrasies make generalizing very difficult, and I did not discover m any ‘make-your-will-online services’ for the mainland. If you have a significant amount of property or assets to your name, consider talking to the appropriate professionals as necessary.
- Kiwis: ewills.co.nz ($100 NZD) and justly.co.nz ($79 NZD) are two options. One law firm offers a free will at lawhawk.nz/free-online-will.
Living as a nomad
- First things first: consider getting a VPN (Virtual Private Network) set up to bypass any local internet censorship and keep your internet browsing private. We currently use nordvpn.com and have used privateinternetaccess.com in the past.
- The US’ CDC has guides for kids (https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/imz/child-adolescent.html) and adults (https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/imz/adult.html).
- For more about traveling with medicine into Thailand, see thaiembassy.se/en/tourism/restricted-medicine.
- For more about traveling with medicine into Japan, see jp.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/doctors/importing-medication
- Talkspace.com — a flat-free therapy service with over 1,000 licensed therapists. Choose between ‘Unlimited Messaging’ and ‘LiveTalk’ Therapy for two different weekly rates. Primarily American therapists who work on American time zones.
- 7cups.com — “free, anonymous and confidential online text chat with trained listeners, online therapists & counselors.” A premium plan covers more specific offerings, and apps for Apple and Android are available.
- Betterhelp.com — one flat weekly fee for unlimited sessions with your licensed, accredited professional counselor. Over 2,000 therapists available.
- Golantern.com — “A mobile app with programs that provide effective, affordable support for emotional well-being. Go through their 5-6 minute questionnaire to create a ‘customized plan’. One unlimited monthly plan.
- breakthrough.com — a more traditional search engine to find mental / emotional health. Lots of information about each therapist. Almost entirely North American-based. Accepts some (but not all) traditional insurance, and you can search by which insurance programs are accepted.
- Jan Kaspers specifically offers “Online psychological counselling for expats and digital nomads” in English and German. Learn more at wanderingtherapist.com
- Dr. Sonia Jaeger has worked as a psychotherapist and clinical psychologist, and a digital nomad herself. She speaks English, German, and French. Learn more at sonia-jaeger.com
- Ellen Bard is “a thought leader in productivity, and the challenges of work-life balance in the modern fast-paced, technology-enabled world.” Learn more at ellenbard.com.
- Rev. Dr. W. Hunter Roberts has over 25 years of experience and is as smart as they come. Savvy businesswoman as well as skilled listener. Free first consultation. Learn more at whunterroberts.com.
- prepaid-data-sim-card.wikia.com — head there to see which companies offer prepaid SIM cards for your smartphone, and more importantly, which plans are the best value for you. A worthy alternative: worldsim.com,
- Earth Class Mail is one of the original businesses in the industry. Their packages start at $49 a month, and are best for businesses where the owner is nomadic but needs a prestigious-looking address. Check depositing is part of some packages, and available for an additional fee in others. Learn more at earthclassmail.com.
- Clevver Mail is a cheaper option for receiving and scanning mail at locations around the world, but doesn’t offer any check depositing options. Monthly pricing depends on which address you want to use, but start with 3 months free before bat a mere 2 Euro a month for their ‘pay-as-you-go’ plans. (Plans with services included start at 5 Euro a month.) Learn more at clevvermail.com.
- Traveling Mailbox offers plenty of scanning and up to three mailbox recipients on its most basic plan ($15 / month). They also offer a ‘SCANpak’, which lets you mail in your paper receipts for them to scan and upload to your online mailbox. Check cashing is available for an additional fee. Learn more at travelingmailbox.com.
- Virtual Post Mail offers several packages starting at $15 a month, based on how much mail needs processing. Check cashing is available for an additional fee. Learn more at virtualpostmail.com.
- Mailbox Forwarding offers up to 10 items scanned in the basic plan of $15 a month. One additional feature is a (shared) toll-free fax line, and any faxes received count as a scanned item. Learn more at mailboxforwarding.com.
- Scan My Post is a UK-based version of the same service, starting at £2.99 a month for 5 scans. Depositing cheques is available for an additional fee. Learn more at scanmypost.co.uk.
- See digitalnomadaccounting.com as a nomad serving nomads.
- xyplanningnetwork.com or nomadfinancial.com.
- coinmarketcap.com — shows market caps, prices, the exchanges where each coin can be bought, and the sales volume for virtually the entire industry.
- coindesk.com — a great news source for all things related to cryptocurrency.
- themerkle.com — another great news source.
- cryptopanic.com — an aggregator that combines Reddit threads, websites, and shows prices of top coins all on one screen.
- airdropalert.com — ready to get some cryptocurrency for free? Airdrops are run by the makers of coins to get people talking about them on social media. There’s some technical stuff to set up here, of course, but it’s a good learning experience that won’t require you to spend any money.
- coinbase.com — pay by bank wire, debit card, or credit card (lower fees but longer wait time if purchased by bank wire). Protip: after creating and funding your account in Coinbase, head over to GDAX.com (their sister company). Cryptocurrency transactions from Coinbase to GDAX are free, and it’s a cheaper way of sending cryptocurrency to another exchange or wallet.
- gemini.com — started by the Winklevoss twins of Facebook fame. There aren’t as many cryptourrencies to buy (Bitcoin or Ethereum only), but Gemini still serves as a good ‘on-ramp’. They’re regarded as one of the most compliant exchanges around, and are available to residents of most states in the US, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and the U.K.
- kraken.com — established in 2011, Kraken is a partner in the world’s first cryptocurrency bank, Fidor Bank AG. Europeans can deposit funds via SEPA for free, while Americans, Canadians, and Japanese can send bank wire deposits for free. Once your fiat has been converted, buy any of over a dozen cryptocurrencies on their exchange.
- bitstamp.net — established in 2011, this exchange lets you trade Euros, US dollars, and a handful of cryptocurrencies. It’s considered one of the best exchanges for Europeans, but also for credit card holders in dozens of other countries since you can purchase bitcoin via credit / debit card from almost 90 countries in total.
- Once you’ve bought some Bitcoin (or Ethereum or Litecoin), you can transfer it to any number of other crypto-only exchanges like Bibox, Binance, Bittrex, Cryptopia, Gate.io, or Kucoin.
For more advanced or exotic corporate structures, your best bet is to start at a place like incorporations.io, which aims to identify which options are best for you. You’ll need to be pretty fluent in the corporate lingo, so Google any terms that are unfamiliar.
- The IRS’ Publication 54 is a Tax Guide for U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad. More info at irs.gov/forms-pubs/about-publication-54
- ird.govt.nz/forms-guides/number/forms-200-299 / ir292-guide-nz-tax-residence.html
Places to live
Some options to find homestays:
- borderless-house.com — ‘multicultural share houses’ are 50% locals, 50% foreigners. Available in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.
- chinet.org — this non-profit offers 11 different cultural exchange programs for educational, work, or traveling abroad. These are short-term programs primarily aimed at students.
- homestay.com — “offers guests the chance to live like – and with – a local with more than 50,000 homestays in over 160 countries and to discover a truly authentic travel experience.” Similar look and feel to Airbnb.
- homestayfinder.com — “Helping host families and international students to find each other”. Charges a monthly fee. A rather old-looking site, and you’ll want to send messages to confirm availability.
- homestayin.com — free to join. Pay a 10 or 15% deposit to confirm your homestay, then pay the rest to your host directly. Primarily in larger cities in the US, Europe, and Oceania.
- homestayweb.com — Another old-looking site. Charges a monthly fee to send messages to hosts.
- lingoo.com — “Book unique language exchange holidays and homestays or stay with a teacher”. Supposedly the “world’s biggest language exchange and homestay club”, the site offers paid or exchange stays. Charges an annual fee.
Places to find apartments
- airbnb.com — you’ve probably heard of them. Easily the largest platform of its kind, with listings for all budgets almost everywhere in the world.
- ebab.com — “Your way to stay 100% gay.” Stands for ‘enjoy bed and breakfast’. Not as many listings as other sites.
- flipkey.com — “FlipKey is a vacation rental marketplace with more than 300,000 rentals around the world.” Part of Tripadvisor’s network of businesses.
- homeaway.com — claiming two million homes in more than 190 countries, the site has lots of filters hidden under the ‘More Filters’ button.
- innclusive.com — After having issues getting an Airbnb because of the color of his skin, Rohan Gilkes built a platform of his own. Hosts are required to be — wait for it — inclusive, and the solid boost of publicity went a long way to building a network of diverse hosts and offerings around the world.
- misterbandb.com — 135 countries and 200,000 listings specifically for gay men. Get 10 euros off your first trip with this link.
- spotahome.com — “The easiest way to find and book your mid to long-term housing.” Houses are manually checked / validated by their Homecheckers, which ensures a home is well-represented. Currently only offers places in a couple dozen major European cities.
- tripping.com — a metasearch engine that combines listings from HomeAway, VRBO, TripAdvisor, Booking.com, and so on.
- VRBO.com — Vacation Rental By Owner, in case you were curious. Claims over two million house rentals available worldwide.
- wimdu.com — “Europe’s biggest portal for city and holiday apartments.”
Become a housesitter
- housecarers.com (not this is not ‘house careers’)
- housesitmatch.com — plenty of house-sits across Europe.
- hecktictravels.com/housesitting – an excellent e-book written by fellow nomads
- nomadlist.com — a site that offers lots of ratings in different countries around the world, and many similar ratings from the earlier worksheet. Use their many filters to do a deep dive on what’s most important to you, but don’t eliminate places based solely on those filters (qualifications for those filters are often based on other users, and won’t be uniformly or fairly given)
- numbeo.com — the “world’s largest database of user contributed data about cities and countries worldwide”, complete with millions of data points. It’s a good place to gather the numbers to see if a place is cheaper.
- teleport.org — start with their two-step process by choosing important tags, then enter a few details about where you are currently. Wade into the high-level overview of cities to consider, then get knee-deep in details and stats if you want.
- thebasetrip.com — a great way to compare two cities or countries, like where you are now and where you might go. Alternatively, compare two of your finalists here.
- travisa.com — figure out how easy or hard it’ll be to get a visa somewhere, based on your nationality.
- tripsak.com — it calls itself “the Swiss Army Knife of independent travel planning”, and gets great marks for bringing lots of specific, relevant pages of authoritative information onto one page.
- wikitravel.org — written by travelers for travelers, the tone can be a bit more casual or snarky than the more professional Wikipedia often is. Watch out for outdated material, and don’t hesitate to edit it to make it more accurate!
Traveling as a nomad
Register with your embassy. While embassies are often limited in what they can do for their citizens, it’s still a good idea to register and let them know you’ll be traveling.
- Americans, head to step.state.gov.
- Canadians, head to travel.gc.ca/travelling/registration.
- Brits, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) LOCATE online consular registration system was closed down on 14 May 2013. Head to gov.uk/guidance/how-to-deal-with-a-crisis-overseas for info on what to do if you have any problems while abroad.
- Australians, head to smartraveller.gov.au.
- Kiwis, head to safetravel.govt.nz/register-your-travel.
If you’re going to fly a lot, consider joining one or more of the world’s alliances:
Onward travel / ticket
- Use a service like bestonwardticket.com, which buys a plane ticket (on their credit card), then sends you the ticket with confirmation code.
Traveling while differently-abled
- emerginghorizons.com (an excellent blog about accessible travel)
- pantou.org (a worldwide accessible tourism directory)
Traveling with families
- almostfearless.com — a blog, magazine, and guidebooks that focus specifically on traveling parents. Their tagline wraps it up nicely: adventure doesn’t end with parenthood. Join the Facebook group at facebook.com/groups/770213056393522
- carinaofdevon.wordpress.com – Martina, Julian, two daughters, and Carina of Devon (their ship).
- connectionseducation.com/ — potentially tuition-free online curriculum available through Pearson. Americans only.
- homeschoolnomads.com – Jill, Tony, and four kids who have been homeschooled since the oldest was 2 years old.
- livingnomadstyle.com – Mandy, Chase, and her three sons traveled as a nomadic family from 2014 to 2017, and their archives make for some great reading.
- newschoolnomads.com – Jenn, Brent, two boys, and three pets have an entire category in their archives on homeschooling.
- nomadmomlife.com — Clara travels with her husband and two kids, but the focus here is on being a mother and nomad. Men, read this to understand what might be going on inside your wife’s head.
- nomadtogether.com — Paul and Becky Kortman, along with their four kids, run a podcast, wrote a guidebook, and have created a community for nomad parents to connect. Join the Facebook group at facebook.com/groups/LocationIndependentFamilies.
- vagabondfamily.org – “built for parents or soon to be parents who want something different for themselves and their children. Living a travel (or nomadic) lifestyle throws a lot of challenges your way and we are here (as a group) to help you prepare, plan and live a less common lifestyle with your children.”
- wearefigueras.com – Delfina, Nacho (yes, his real name), and four kids travel “wherever polo takes us”.
- worldschoolingcentral.com — highlighting nomad families, on-target blog posts, and plenty of solid advice. Join the Facebook group at facebook.com/groups/worldschoolingcentral.
- zzzworldninjas.com – Lara Gizelle and Zander Zhivago make a great mom-and-son blog.
Traveling for the LGBT community
Some resources specifically for LGBT travelers, and some LGBT digital nomads / travel bloggers worth reading:
- 2momstravel.com — Lara and her wife Deb travel the world with two children. Family, recipes, lifestyles, and of course travel.
- boundingoveroursteps.com — Mindy and her wife Ligeia have been married for over a decade and go vegan.
- globetrottergirls.com — since 2010, Dani is the globetrotting girl that “makes mistakes so you don’t have to!”. Currently a one-woman show, but has traveled with partners before.
- iglta.org — “The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association was founded in 1983 and is the world’s leading network of LGBTQ-welcoming tourism businesses.”
- ilga.org/maps-sexual-orientation-laws — produces color-coded maps in several languages showing where being gay or lesbian is protected, recognized, or criminalized.
- indefiniteadventure.com — Sam and Zab are “a British couple with insatiable wanderlust” that are also vegans.
- lezwandertheworld.com — Zoey and Mari have been traveling together for years after meeting at a hostel. Plenty of travel tips.
- minkaguides.com — Fanny Minka is “Part-time drag queen, Full-time travel content queen”, and too awesome not to mention.
- mynormalgaylife.com — Jose travels with his husband Alfred. Lots of blog posts of their travels.
- nomadicboys.com — Stefan and Sebastien’s mission is to seek out and showcase unique romantic, culinary and outdoor adventures to inspire you to travel to places beyond the pink comfort zone.”
- outtraveler.com — general travel news and stories emphasizing diversity and experiences.
- therainbowroute.com — Jen and her wife Laura are gluten-free travelers and have posts on well over a dozen countries.
- travelsofadam.com — one of the longest-running blogs kept by a gay traveler. Ttravel, lifestyle, and hipster guides galore
- twobadtourists.com — David and Auston offer plenty of advice and city guides.
- wikitravel.org/en/Gay_and_lesbian_travel — good one-page primer on where is safe or dangerous to travel.
OK, so where to volunteer?
- Animal welfare — rehabilitate, train, clean, protect, or otherwise look after animals. goabroad.com, goeco.org, grassrootsvolunteering.org, thegreatprojects.com, and workaway.info are all good places to start.
- Building work — build houses, shelters, or other structures to protect people or possessions from the elements. goabroad.com, grassrootsvolunteering.org, and habitat.org are all worth checking out.
- Farm work — help out on farms, organic, small, or otherwise. Head to freevolunteering.net, helpx.net, workaway.info or wwoof.net.
- Festival / event staff — attend festivals or events for free, provided you help with security, clean-up, the parking lot, or the like. dcsiteservices.com and hotboxevents.com are two companies worth knowing about, while a quick search for ‘event staff jobs [city]’ will bring more specific listings.
- Fruit or vegetable picking — A yummy way to help people and get fit. Start at fruitfuljobs.com, helpx.net, pickingjobs.com, and wwoof.net.
- Medicine / clinical work — provide medical assistance to people who need it the most. Best for people with a medical background, but some programs can take volunteers with little or no experience. Start at goabroad.com and vsointernational.org.
- Teach — while English remains a popular subject, computers, math, science, and other subjects are in high demand. A great warm-up to teaching English for money if you have a good experience. freevolunteering.net, goabroad.com, gooverseas.com, grassrootsvolunteering.org, helpx.net, and volunteerhq.org are all worthy places to start.
Digital nomad and remote work friendly
- authenticjobs.com — “The leading job board for designers, hackers, and creative pros.” Look for the toggle to show remote jobs only.
- europeremotely.com — “A curated list of remote jobs for workers based in Europe.” Head here if you’re happy to work on European time
- flexjobs.com — they “hand-screen and curate every job and company”. Has monthly subscription fee for job-seekers.
- idealist.org — “Idealist is all about connecting idealists – people who want to do good – with opportunities for action and collaboration.”
- jobscribe.com — “Daily email with remote jobs at tech startups.” Minimalist website.
- jobspresso.co — “Work remotely from anywhere. Expertly curated remote jobs in tech, marketing, customer support and more.” Employers pay for listings.
- landing.jobs — focusing on “digital talent” jobs such as front-end engineers, full-stack developers, and so on.
- outsourcely.com/remoteworker — broad array of job categories, but watch out for cheapskates. Employers pay for listings.
- remote.co — wide variety of jobs. Has some community features built-in, along with answers to common questions.
- remoteok.io — use filters to quickly narrow down potential listings. Fair number of non-tech listings.
- saywerk.com — “People are not one size fits all, so why is work structured the same for everyone?” Focused on offering pre-negotiated flexibility in their job(and founded by two women), but welcomes men as well. Several ways of defining ‘flexible’, including remote work, but read descriptions carefully.
- skipthedrive.com — “free service for job seekers, requiring no registration.” More of an search engine/aggregator that sends your clicks to other sites.
- virtualvocations.com — free to see jobs, but requires a monthly fee to reply or see the full job description. Very America-centric, prefers the term ‘telecommuting’.
- weworkremotely.com — “We Work Remotely is the best place to find and list jobs that aren’t restricted by commutes or a particular geographic area.” Only a handful of main categories, mostly programming, ‘business exec’, and management jobs, rounded out by customer services, marketing, and that classic ‘other’ category.
- wfh.io — “WFH.io is a job board focusing on digital and tech remote jobs.” Almost entirely tech jobs.
- workingnomads.co — “We curate the best digital jobs for those looking to start their telecommuting career.” Primarily development, management, and marketing jobs, with a fairly broad (but smaller) curation of other categories.
Where to find work – specifically for freelancers
- cloudpeeps.com – “Search and hire talented independent professionals [f]rom our member-driven community of trusted freelancers”. Free for employers to place a job, monthly fee for candidates to send proposals.
- dribbble.com/jobs – “Dribbble is where designers get inspired and hired.” almost entirely designer and developer jobs.
- fiverr.com – create a profile, then offer to do or make specific things for as little as $5. Plenty of upselling possible.
- freelancer.com — create a profile for free, then offer to do or make specific things for an hourly or project rate. Freelancers bid on projects created, and can pay extra to highlight their bid.
- guru.com — over three million members. Create a profile, submit a quote to open gigs, and get hired.
- talent.hubstaff.com — create a profile for free, then offer to do or make specific things for an hourly or project rate. Free for employers to post jobs and for applicants to reply to jobs. Watch for cheapskates.
- powertofly.com — “Women Helping Women Elevate Their Careers”. Be sure to search specifically for remote position, as ‘hybrid’ and ‘on-site’ jobs are available as well.
- toptal.com — “Hire the Top 3% of Freelance Talent”. Not for everyone, obviously. Be ready for a confidential screening process that either places you in their ‘top 3%’ or finds you looking for work elsewhere.
- upwork.com — the 800-pound gorilla of freelance work. Avoid competing on price, since freelancers around the world will work for less. Take their tests to prove your skills.
- careerbuilder.com – use keywords like ‘telecommute’ or ‘remote’, then filter further from there. Watch for scammy ‘work-at-home’ positions that require paid training.
- indeed.com – use keywords like ‘telecommute’ or ‘remote’, then filter further from there. Often links to actual listings on other websites.
Places to work
- copass.org — work at 750 spaces around the world with one monthly membership. Has a few different plans based on how often you use co-working spaces.
- coworker.com — “Explore over 6500 coworking spaces with 15,000+ member tips & reviews.” Find spaces near beaches, rural escapes, places that are female focused, and so on.
- impacthub.net — a chain of almost 100 ‘hub’ co-working spaces around the world.
- onecoworking.com — “Access to the best coworking spaces in your city and around the world with one app and one membership!”. Very little info on their website, so use the app to learn more.
- opencoworking.org/news/projects/the-coworking-visa — a program that allows members of one co-working space to enter another co-working space for free for a limited number of days. See a world map at the predictably named coworkingvisamap.com.
- regus.com — claiming 3,000 locations in 900 cities and 120 countries, there’s a good chance there’s one close to where you are right now.
- startupblink.com/coworking — offers a worthy map of co-working spaces around the world.
- wework.com — perhaps the 800-pound gorilla of the industry. Around 300 buildings in 62 cities, with the vast majority in the US.
- workfrom.co — large directory of co-working spaces. Will need a free account to unlock all the information.
Specific places to find specific work
- Au pair See greataupair.com, aupair.com, and aupairworld.com as a few places to start looking for jobs.
- The legendary Wandering Earl has written an excellent book about working on cruise ships that should be considered a must-buy. Elsewhere, check cruiseshipjob.com, allcruisejobs.com, or the cruise ship websites themselves.
- Find real, full-time hostel jobs at hosteljobs.net, hosteltraveljobs.com, workaway.info, and so on.