What I do: I tell stories with data. I collect information using surveys, interviews, and focus groups, and then I help companies and organizations make smart decisions based on what people are saying, doing, and thinking.
Most of the time (unless I’m teaching or doing in-person groups), I can work anywhere in the world– all I need is good wifi.
My only “must-haves” are my Macbook Air 11″ and an unlocked iPhone 5S, though I have a few “really-nice-to-haves:” noise canceling phone headset, iPad Air, and a Moleskine notebook and pen (I’m very attached to my Moleskines.). Here are a few snaps of places I’ve worked recently:
This is a cool coworking space I use in Buenos Aires sometimes, Urban Station. I love coworking spaces (not only because they’re good for my work) and have used them in New Orleans, Bangkok, New York, and San Francisco. Coworking is a great option for digital nomads: you get to be around other people, the wifi is always fast, there’s free coffee, and it’s usually a good volume for doing phone calls (unlike most coffee shops). Also unlike a coffee shop, I can leave my laptop on a desk and go to the bathroom– HUGE bonus.
In Mexico last fall, I didn’t find a good co-working space, and most of the coffee shops were either loud or had unreliable wifi (or both). Luckily, I was staying in the loveliest air bnb, which had not only lightning-fast wifi but this huge desk.
Finally, here’s a day where all options failed. The power was out at my house, the wifi at the coffee shop mysteriously died, and I had a deadline for a client fast approaching. I went to the library (usually a good wifi source) and they were CLOSED. So I parked myself on the steps, picked up the signal, and got my report in to the client. (This, by the way, happened in New Orleans. Go, team USA.)