Keep checking back as I add to and update this list of everything I use and love to live my own Nomadtopia, along with resources to help you create your own.

(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.)



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

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.

When we’re not doing a home exchange or staying with friends/family or in an Airbnb or other housing we find locally, we book hotels through sites like or (use this link* and get $20 off).

My packing list includes everything I carry in my carry-on suitcase, laptop bag, and shoulder bag for full-time travel.



Here’s a list of all the tools I use to work from anywhere.


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!). We use Private Internet Access*. It’s extremely easy to set up and use, and you can have up to five devices on one account.



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 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.

Living an international life often means sending and receiving money internationally! Depending on the situation, we use PayPal, Xoom* (get a $20 Amazon gift card after your first transfer of $400 or more), Payoneer* (get $25 after you receive $100 or more), or TransferWise* (get a free transfer with that link).


Staying Organized

I use Asana to stay on top of all my work and personal tasks, from all the steps to put out a new podcast episode to remembering to pay bills. I put almost everything in here (you can forward messages from email, too, which makes it really easy): the dates my credit cards expire, reminders to cancel trial memberships, people I need to follow up with, and much more.

Evernote is my catch-all for everything else: travel reservations, blog post ideas, notes from online courses, shopping lists, apps I want to check out… everything! (Get a free month of Premium*, which gives you offline access to any/all notes—essential for nomads!)


Nomadtopia Offerings

Nomadtopia Collective

The Collective is your home for a global location-independent lifestyle. Join other aspiring and experienced nomads, expats, and location-independent professionals of all stripes in this private online community offering the support, connection, and information you need to create and thrive in your own version of Nomadtopia. Get all the details and sign up here.

Destination: Nomadtopia

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



Free Resources from Nomadtopia

The Work-from-Anywhere Challenge

If you’re an online entrepreneur, remote worker, or freelancer, this five-day email course will show you how to overcome the specific challenges of working from anywhere, get your business road ready, and hit the ground running. Sign up here.

Nomadtopia Newsletter

My monthly dispatches from the road are full of travel stories and tips, tools, and inspiration to help you live your own Nomadtopia. Click here to subscribe.

Visualize Your Nomadtopia Guide

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

Nomadtopia Community on Facebook

This free Facebook group is a great place to get started connecting with others and learning about location independence.

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 tell them what you want for your birthday or other holiday? Or not sure what to buy for your own favorite nomad? Check out the gift guide!

Podcast and Blog

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


People I Love

Here are some of my fave peeps for helping you create a business that can support your Nomadtopia.

Tara McMullin (formerly 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, and I’m a happy member of her community the What Works Network*. 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*.

All Tara’s CreativeLive courses are awesome and a low-cost way to get to know her and her work (and grow your business at the same time!); check out this one on business goal-setting and planning* and this one on creating a marketing plan (and so much more)*.


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. Fabeku’s Teletastics are a great introduction to him and his work.


(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.)