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Creating my master list of resources—everything I use and love to live my own Nomadtopia—seems like such a daunting task that I’ve been putting it off forever. I finally decided I’m just going to start doing it little by little. Keep checking back to see what’s been added recently! Further down the page you’ll see the resources I’ve created to help you live your Nomadtopia too.

(Note that links with a * are affiliate links, which means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission or other credit/benefit. There is no extra cost to you, and every little bit helps support Nomadtopia.)

I finally made a list of all the tools I use to work from anywhere.

Business

I use ConvertKit* for Nomadtopia email marketing. I switched from Mailchimp in mid-2016 and am thrilled to finally be able to easily do everything that required crazy workarounds in Mailchimp, like sending emails to really specific groups of people, and knowing who receives my newsletter and has bought one of my programs, for example. (For Nomad Editorial, I just do a quarterly newsletter, and Mailchimp works just fine for that.)

Website Tools: I purchase all of my domains through NameSilo*; I like that they offer free who-is privacy on all domains. All my sites are on WordPress and I currently use A Small Orange for hosting. Nomadtopia.com uses the Avada theme, and NomadEditorial.com is on Divi*. (I’m liking Divi a lot, so I’m planning to move Nomadtopia to it as well.) My nascent courses site (links coming soon!) uses the BuddyBoss + Social Learner theme along with the LearnDash course plugin. My hubby, Roberto, helps with a lot of the design and techy back-end stuff for my sites and projects.

Tech Stuff

Using a VPN is important for lots of reasons, from protecting your privacy on public Wi-Fi to making it look like you’re still in the U.S. when you log into your bank’s website (so they don’t lock you out, thinking you’re an unwelcome intruder!). After using Witopia for years, we’ve recently switched to Private Internet Access*, and I love it so far. It’s extremely easy to set up and use, and you can have up to five devices on one account.

Finances

Xero* helps me keep track of all my business income and expenses in one place. I can also send invoices through the system, and at tax time I can even give access to my accountant (I use and recommend Greenback Expat Tax Services). (U.S. customers: Get 30% off your first six months with Xero by clicking here* and using the promo code XERO30NOW. Global customers: Click here* to sign up for a free 30-day trial.)

I am totally in love with You Need a Budget (YNAB)*, which helps me stay on top of both my business and personal expenses. In the last few years it’s helped me keep track of my spending and saving, and have money set aside for everything from taxes to quarterly insurance payments to tons of travel—without going into debt. It’s a total lifesaver, and I love the whole YNAB philosophy around spending according to your values and priorities.

 

Staying Organized

I use Asana to stay on top of all my work and personal tasks, from all the steps needed to put out a new program to remembering to pay bills. I put almost everything in here (you can forward messages from email, too, which makes it really easy): random ideas I’d like to implement someday, the dates my credit cards expire, reminders to cancel trial memberships, people I need to follow up with, and much more. You can create templates with subtasks to copy and reuse, which works perfectly for things like editing projects, coaching clients, and podcast episodes, which typically have the same tasks each time.

 

Travel

We use World Nomads* for travel health insurance when we need it. (We have global health insurance—minus the U.S. and Canada—through Integra Global, and use World Nomads for trips to those two countries.) I’ve never bought separate trip-protection type insurance, but it is included with World Nomads and many credit cards offer it for travel booked with the card.

If you’re curious about the physical items I travel with, check out my packing list.

Airbnb is our go-to for shorter-term accommodations. Use this link* to get a credit toward your first stay. For longer stays of a month or more, we often search for something locally once we arrive at our destination—this lets us check places out in person and, usually, get a better deal.

House sitting is another great way to experience unique locations. So far we’ve only done it for friends and friends of friends, but we’re also signed up on Trusted Housesitters* and hope to do more house sitting.

When we’re not house sitting or staying in an Airbnb or other housing we find locally, we book hotels through sites like Hotels.com* or Booking.com (use this link* and get $20 off).

 

Nomadtopia Products and Programs

Destination: Nomadtopia

This ebook helps you discover and design your ideal life (aka Nomadtopia), incorporating everything that matters to you (which the book will help you uncover!).

Work-from-Anywhere Toolkit

Embrace the freedom you (and your business) crave. The Work-from-Anywhere Toolkit provides you with the tools you need to successfully run your business from anywhere in the world. (It’s great for freelancers and remote workers too!)

Create Your Nomadtopia

Everything I’ve learned in more than 10 years of location independence is packed into this program, which walks you through absolutely everything you need to create your Nomadtopia, from visualizing what your Nomadtopia looks like to sorting out at-home logistics to making an action plan and hitting the road. I run this occasionally as a live program; sign up here to be notified the next time it’s happening.

Live Events

I hosted the first Nomadtopia LIVE in June 2016, and have plans to do more retreats in the future. Sign up here to stay in the loop. I also often host meetups in different places I travel to; the Nomadtopia Facebook page, newsletter (see below), and Facebook group are the best ways to find out about those as they’re scheduled. If you’d like to help host a meetup if I come to your town, let me know!

Nomadtopia Freebies

The Work-from-Anywhere Challenge

I ran this free challenge as a live five-day online event in January 2017 and am turning it into an email course you can do anytime. Sign up here.

Nomadtopia Newsletter

My weekly dispatches from the road are full of travel stories and tips and tools to help you live your own Nomadtopia.

Click here to subscribe. (A box will pop up when you click the link, and will close automatically once you fill out the form; then check your email to confirm your subscription.)

Visualize Your Nomadtopia Guide

Figure out what your Nomadtopia looks like with this free guide, so you can stop dreaming and start living it!

Tax Webinar for U.S. Expats and Nomads

Not sure how to handle taxes as an expat/nomad? This free webinar with experts from Greenback Expat Tax Services will get you started.

Nomadtopia Community

Feel like you’re all alone on your journey to create your own Nomadtopia? Wishing you had some people to share ideas and resources with, and a place to ask questions and get expert advice? Join the Nomadtopia community!

How Much Money Do You Need?

Let’s face it: money is often one of the biggest concerns when creating a new lifestyle. So how much do you really need? Check out this PDF and spreadsheet and find out!

Gift Guide

Relatives nagging you to know what to get you for your birthday or other holiday? Or not sure what to buy for your own favorite nomad? Check out the gift guide!

Nomadtopia Checklist

As you work on creating your Nomadtopia, do you ever wonder if you’ve forgotten something? Do you worry that there are other things you should be hashing out before you hit the road or quit your job or move abroad?

Presenting the Nomadtopia Checklist! (OK, it’s actually a mind map, because these things rarely play out in a linear fashion!) All the things you need to consider on the way to Nomadtopia, in one convenient place (and with links to relevant articles on Nomadtopia.com).

Podcast and Blog

Don’t forget that the Nomadtopia Radio podcast and the blog are also completely free!

People I Love

Here are some of my fave peeps for helping you get on top of your money stuff, improve your life, and create a body of work that can support your Nomadtopia.

Tara Gentile

I’ve been a fan of Tara’s since I went to her workshop at World Domination Summit in 2012. I loved her Quiet Power Strategy Summit, which I attended in 2016. I’ve also had the honor of editing her last two books* and being a guest expert on her CreativeLive course about writing and publishing an ebook*.

I loved Tara’s latest CreativeLive course on business goal-setting and planning*. Highly recommended!

 

Fabeku Fatunmise

Fabeku calls himself a “business awesomizer” and alchemist, but he’s much more than that. I’ve done two of his group courses, and he’s constantly blowing my mind by challenging my assumptions, pushing me to dig deeper, and leading by example. His Teletastics are a great way to get a taste of Fabeku and his work.

 

Amber McCue*

Like Tara, Amber is another smart cookie! I made huge progress and connected with awesome people thanks to several of her programs, including CEO School and Freshly Implemented.

 

Denise Duffield-Thomas*

Denise’s book Get Rich, Lucky Bitch* and Money Bootcamp have been a huge help to me.

 

 

Marie Forleo

I joined B-School in 2011, and the course initially helped me do a complete overhaul of my editing business. In the years since, B-School has helped me connect with great people all over the world (some of whom have become dear friends). I’ve also gotten a lot of clients from within the B-School community, so I’ve made back my investment many times over.

 

 

(Note that links with a * are affiliate links, which means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission or other credit/benefit. There is no extra cost to you, and every little bit helps support Nomadtopia.)