Nomad Master Tips

Nomad Master Tips

A collection of my favorite digital nomad tips.

Trip Planning

πŸ’Ό Get a job first, then digital nomad.

🧳 Comfort is more important than compacting life in 1 bag, especially if slow traveling.

πŸ›„ If slow traveling (back w/ wheels). If 1 month or less, backpack.

🏠 Don't book a month+ AirBnb without seeing it first.

πŸ“‘ Make sure you're aware of the visa requirements to enter a country & know how long you can stay.

πŸ‘₯ Facebook Groups can be great for finding a short-term lease.

🌍 Use Google Flights, Expedia, etc. for planning. Not booking.

πŸ—ΊοΈ Search Google Flights open-ended and explore the map to plan your next location.

πŸ‘‚ Pack ear plugs. They're small, but can save you from staying up all night in a poor hotel.

πŸ’Έ Sell your stuff. Most things can be replaced.

πŸ“… Make sure your license, passport, credit/debit cards won't expire while you're out of the country.

🌐 Double check visa and β€˜onward travel’ requirements. These can vary greatly from country to country, and don’t assume they’re the same from the last time you visited.

✈️ Signup for Global Entry/Nexus/ENTRI (opens in a new tab). Some credit cards cover it.


πŸ“Ί Use a VPN to stream shows from your home country.

πŸŽ₯ Travel with an Apple TV/Chromecast/Fire Stick to plug into your hotel/AirBnb tv.

🧴 Gonex traveling toiletry bag w/ hook is a life saver.

πŸ’° Keep enough cash on hand in local currency to book a cab back to your hotel.

πŸ”’ A good VPN subscription will save you more in flights than the cost of the subscription.

🚌 Taking a bus from the airport to the city center is always cheaper than a taxi.

πŸ“± Get a local sim or e-sim. Much cheaper than your current plans "pay-per-day" international plan.


πŸ’³ Get a good travel credit card - one without foreign transaction fees.

πŸ’³ Travel with at least 2 credit cards.

🧊 Freeze your card if lost or stolen.

πŸ”„ Automate paying your bills. 1 less thing to worry about.

🚨 Setup travel alerts on your credit and debit cards.

πŸ’‘ Don't overlook credit card perks. I use CardPointers (opens in a new tab) to assist with which card to use/what perks I have.

πŸ’° Ideally have an emergency fund before you travel.


πŸ“² Download your financial apps and turn on fraud alerts via push notification. This is instead of SMS text messages to your number that may be offline.

πŸ“š Use Libby & your local library card for free library books.

πŸ’¬ Translate - communicating (download the offline packages).

🏞️ AllTrails - hiking trails.

πŸš– Uber/Cabify/Grab - taxis


πŸš— Get a credit card that includes rental car insurance.


πŸ’‰ If getting vaccines, ask the clinic for the CPT code (Current Procedural Terminology) for each vaccine. Then contact your insurance and ask if they cover any.

πŸ‘οΈ Get routine medical exams prior to departing (teeth, eye, wellness)

πŸ“„ Have your prescription details readily available in case you need to share with a doctor/pharmacist while abroad.

πŸ‘“ Don't forget extra contacts and glasses.


πŸ“§ Switch everything to paperless/e-statements. The less paper you get, the easier to manage logistically.

πŸ›‚ Make sure your passport is up-to-date. Some countries will refuse entry if you have less than 6 months or lack space for a new stamp.

πŸ”’ Keep copies of important documents in a Google drive (passport, visa, license, insurance).