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What I learned living abroad as a digital nomad

Mike Elgan | May 6, 2013
Digital nomad Mike Elgan returns to the U.S. after 10 months of travel and shares these tips for working and living abroad.

I found the iPad (and by extension Android tablets) is a perfect device for the random work locations you encounter abroad.

And the iPad's 11-hour battery life was a life-saver, given the constant challenge of finding electricity.

Overall, living as a digital nomad is a fantastic experience, thanks to all the mobile gadgets, wireless infrastructure and various services that have come into existence in the past five years.

If there's any way you can do this, you should.

Working abroad is like working from home, except when you're done working, you can sometimes go jump in the Mediterranean!

On a semi-related note, I have just begun a mobile-computing experiment in which I will attempt to survive the entire month of May using nothing except Google products. I'll be using a Chromebook Pixel and a Nexus phone and tablet. All the software and even services I use will be Google products. I'll write about the experiment in this space in the coming weeks.

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Mike Elgan writes about technology and tech culture. Contact and learn more about Mike at You can also see more articles by Mike Elgan on

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