The Free Pursuits blog named "10 Digital Nomads to Learn From" in a post today. I'm blogging about this not to brag about myself being on the list -- OK, not only to brag -- but also to introduce you to the other nine digital nomads and also to the Free Pursuits blog itself. There are huge nuggets of gold in all this.
One year ago this week, I wrote a column arguing for the requirement of iPods and other gadgets in the nations schools ("Are iPod-banning schools cheating our kids?: Why iPods and other electronic gadgets should be required, not banned"). Now, the University of Missouri is taking my advice and "requiring" journalism students to buy and use either an iPhone or an iPod Touch.
A year ago, I proposed to my wife that we sell everything we own and become full-time digital nomads. She wants to travel, but also wants a "nest" — a home base in the United States. Starting tomorrow, our compromise plan goes into effect.
Both of us are lucky enough to have work that can be done from anywhere over the Internet.
One of the most useful services ever to be offered to freelancing digital nomads is the Earth Class Mail check-depositing service announced last July. Unfortunately, they offered the service, but do not actually provide it. At least, not anymore.
If you're unfamiliar with Earth Class Mail, it's a service that receives your mail, scans it and puts it online in PDF format for you to read, print or download.
I've got a common-sense list of 8 criteria for an acceptable digital nomad camera. Until this month, no camera met all requirements. But when the $400 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 shipped this month, all criteria were suddenly met. I've bought and tested the camera, and can now recommend it highly — very highly — to all you digital nomads out there.