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My name is Monica. About three years ago, on a month’s notice, I packed up my things and moved 5,718 miles from the Sonoran Desert of Southern Arizona to the mythical forest land of Germany. One of my first memories was thinking, “The leaves are sooooo big.” Which is noteworthy because normally America has dibbs on the biggest of everything.

Working at my comptuer

By day, I work as a web developer and lead a small team at a startup in Berlin. All your codes are belong to me!

Why not a nomad?

I’m a career-oriented expat that values travel just as much as I value the comforts and community of a homebase. Here are some of the topics that I usually write about:

  • Traveling the world part-time – Incredible places you can see without living long-term out of a backpack.
  • How to move your career abroad – Find a job overseas and why it’s actually a very-good-thing for your career.
  • Living in a foreign country – Misadventures in a foreign language and adapting to a different culture.
  • I’ve also started writing a little more about photography!

I want to encourage anyone who was like me — kind of letting their job or life just happen to themselves — to steer into a slightly more adventurous direction.

You don’t have to choose between a stable job and traveling the world

This is my mantra and message to the world! Travel can fit around the life you love and have built for yourself. It’s all about optimizing 😉

My life & travel partner, Gernot, who I met in Germany. We both work as web developers – who would’ve guessed that nerds find love? 😂

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Here are a few of my most popular posts!

A super efficient itinerary for two weeks in Japan

This ambitious (and effective) itinerary for 2 weeks in Japan is perfect for cherry blossom season (or any season!), and mixes classic experiences with off-beat adventures! See how to visit 12 cities in 14 days without breaking a sweat.

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How to move abroad by working remotely

Getting a remote job or doing your current job remotely is an easy first step towards living in a foreign country! Here's how to move abroad by working remotely

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50 awesome things to do in Berlin (recommended by locals!)

This list of awesome things to do in Berlin includes local favorites and tourist hotspots. Find out what to do in Berlin during your trip, and get unique ideas that most tourists don't encounter!

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    ## Where I've been so far * **Austria** - Graz * **Bulgaria** - Sofia, Hisarya * **Croatia** - Zadar, Šibenik * **Czech Republic** - Prague * **Denmark** - Copenhagen, Helsingør * **England** - London * **France** - Paris, Nice, Cannes, Èze, Beaulieu-sur-Mer * **Germany** - Berlin, Leipzig, Hamburg, Munich, Cologne * **Greece** - Neos Marmaras * **Italy** - Rome, Pisa * **Japan** - Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Hiroshima, Himeji, Miyajima Island, Hirosaki, Nikko, Mt. Fuji / Kawaguchi-ko, Takayama, Shirakawa-go * **Kiribati** - Well, all of it. * **Monaco** - Also all of it. * **New Zealand** - Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown, Manapouri / Te Anau * **Netherlands** - Amsterdam * **Spain** - Barcelona