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How to pack light and efficient for traveling entrepreneurs

Guest post by Nick Hilden

The first time I ever went to Europe, I was a college student going to Paris for several months of study. I had not traveled all that much, and I ended up packing foolishly. When I decided take a break from my studies to visit Barcelona, the recollection of dragging my overstuffed suitcase through the streets caused me to reassess my situation. I threw out full sized bottles of shampoo, gave away most of my books (especially the 3,000 page volume of Proust), left behind my heavy coat (It was the middle of June. Why had I brought a down jacket?), and cut my towel in half. This was a rather extreme, on-the-fly learning situation, but over the years and many more travels, I have come to be something of a expert at packing.

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Lessons learned from being a digital nomad

Guest Post By Nick Hilden

Over the course of the past six years, I have lived in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Paris, Barcelona, Granada, and a great many small towns in between. I’ve roamed up and down the United States, have driven all over Spain, and have buzzed to a number of tropical locations. I have slept in houses, apartments, hotels, hostels, on couches, under bridges, in parks, and more than once have spent periods of months on end living in a tent in the middle of nowhere. I have become almost too accustomed to sitting in airports, bus stations, and on train platforms, and have been in two near plane crashes.

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How to make money as a freelance writer while you travel

Guest post by Nick Hilden

When I initially made the leap into full-time freelance writing three years ago, I was living under the wet-blanket sky of Portland, Oregon, providing web descriptions of washing machines, updating resumes, and occasionally producing smutty short stories at a rate of half-a-cent per word. Today I am sitting in the sun on my balcony overlooking Granada, Spain’s Gran Via, and after I finish this article I will be writing a piece about Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, followed by a guide to driving along the southern coast, then a story about a man I met in Paris whose lips and ears had been cut off while he was working as a prison guard in Turkey. Later—beer and tapas.

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