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Kristin Wilson

Host of Badass Digital Nomads & YouTube's Traveling with Kristin / Author of Digital Nomads for Dummies

Kristin Wilson is a long-term digital nomad and location-independent entrepreneur who has lived and worked across 60 countries in 20 years. Since founding a fully-remote, international relocation company in 2011, she has helped more than 1,000 people retire or live abroad in 35 countries. Today, she helps aspiring remote workers, digital nomads, and expats achieve their lifestyle goals through her YouTube channel (Traveling with Kristin) and podcast, Badass Digital Nomads.
 
Kristin is the author of Digital Nomads for Dummies. She's also a Top Writer on Medium and Quora in the topics of business, travel, technology, life, productivity, digital nomads, and location independence. She has been featured on The Today Show, Bloomberg Businessweek, Business Insider, ESPN, The New York Times, WSJ, Huffpost, HGTV’s House Hunters International, and more.

September 28, 2021

How To Find Housing Overseas Without Using Airbnb

When it comes to moving abroad, there are many tasks to check off your to-do list, one of which is finding somewhere to live. But did you know that Airbnb is one of the more expensive places to look? Whether it be in France or the Philippines, a funky flat or a luxury villa, there are endless options that will suit your budget and lifestyle… but where does one even begin to search for a home in a foreign country? In this episode, you'll learn 27 unique ways to find a short- or long-term rental abroad.

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September 21, 2021

Moving Abroad? Avoid These 10 Mistakes

You wouldn’t be to blame if you didn’t know *everything* there is to know about moving to another country. (After all, this isn’t a topic that’s taught in school.) Moving abroad is a complex logistical feat, but here are some common mistakes to avoid.

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September 07, 2021

12 Common Travel Mistakes To Avoid

Learn how to avoid twelve of the most common mistakes people make while traveling. Plus, hear bonus travel tips and mistakes from fellow members of the Traveling with Kristin and Badass Digital Nomads Community.

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August 31, 2021

The Best Places To Retire or Live Abroad (and How To Decide)

Where should you live abroad and how can you best decide? Hear about 10 Top Places to Retire and strategies for choosing the best place to live for your budget, lifestyle, and goals.

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August 04, 2021

My Thoughts on The Great Resignation and Mental Health Crisis

More than 4 million Americans quit their jobs this year. Should you, too? Kristin breaks down what's behind The Great Resignation and what it means for you. Plus, thoughts on mental health related to the Olympics and conversation driven by Simone Biles, Michael Phelps, and Naomi Osaka.

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July 13, 2021

7 Reasons Why I’ll Never Renounce My US Citizenship

What are some reasons you might want to keep your US citizenship status forever? Kristin explains why she's keeping hers.

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June 15, 2021

Europe Reopening for Summer Travel: France, Spain, Portugal, COVID Certificates, and More

Europe is open for summer travel! - Spain, France, Portugal, and more EU countries reopened for tourism last week and Kristin has all the details for you in today's podcast. Get an overview of which countries are opening, when, and what you'll need to travel to Europe this summer from the US and beyond.

Places & Travel Solocast

May 25, 2021

10 Best Cities To Live in America for Digital Nomads

Learn what Kristin thinks about Yelp & Zillow’s ranking of the Top 10 Best US Cities for Remote Workers and Digital Nomads. Kristin is also from the top city on the list and tells you why most locals would disagree with it being ranked #1 in the country.

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May 04, 2021

How U.S. Expats Feel About Paying Taxes Abroad and Renouncing Citizenship

What do American expats living abroad think about paying US taxes, renouncing their citizenship, voting from overseas, and how the US handled the covid-19 pandemic? An international Expat Opinion Survey of 4,000 American citizens living in 125 foreign...

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April 20, 2021

The Dark Side of Costa Rica - Why Expats Leave

Why do so many expats move to Costa Rica and then leave? Kristin talks about the dark side of living in Costa Rica that most people don’t know about and what you need to know before moving there. This is the unreleased audio from Kristin’s most viral YouTube video to-date with 1M views: 8 Reasons Why Americans LEAVE Costa Rica [WHY I LEFT].

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March 30, 2021

How and Where To Start When Going Location Independent (100th Anniversary Episode Part 2)

Part 2 of Kristin's interview for the 100th episode of Badass Digital Nomads. Kristin was interviewed by listener Jeremiah, who asks questions about where to start as a beginner pursuing a location independent lifestyle.

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March 23, 2021

100th Episode - Traveling with Kristin Interview on Travel, Life, and Becoming a Digital Nomad

A podcast listener interviews Kristin from Traveling with Kristin on who she is, how she started traveling, how she affords her lifestyle, and how she became a digital nomad. Plus, her advice for how to achieve location-independence as a beginner.

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March 09, 2021

What I Dislike About Living Abroad (After 20 Years in 60 Countries)

In this podcast, I talk about what I hate (more like strongly dislike) about living abroad while sharing stories and examples of how moving to a foreign country has challenged me, caused me to miss out on important events back home, and has made me...

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March 02, 2021

What I Love About Living Abroad

Living abroad takes the many benefits of travel to a whole new level. But there’s much so more to the expat lifestyle than posting a sweet Instagram photo.   Living abroad is one of the best life experiences you can have. In this two-part episode, I list the Top Ten Things I Love About Living Abroad (and think you’ll love, too!).

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February 16, 2021

How To Create and Monetize a Personal Brand in the Age of Remote Work

Societal change is upon us. How can you combine your skills and personality to make money online in the new economy? Get ideas and inspiration in this episode of Badass Digital Nomads, especially for aspiring writers and content creators.

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February 02, 2021

How I See the U.S. After 15 Years Abroad (EXTENDED UNCUT VERSION)

How I see the US after living abroad as an expat for 15+ years: The pros, cons, and reverse culture shock I've experienced. (This podcast is the full, uncut version of a video I published on YouTube last week and includes topics not included in the video.)

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January 19, 2021

How To Overcome Loneliness While Traveling

Loneliness is something I’m asked about frequently. It's intimidating to set off on an adventure without knowing how long you’re going to be traveling for or when you'll be "home." And, nearly one year into life under the pandemic, now is the perfect time to address this topic.

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December 29, 2020

How to Become a Minimalist Digital Nomad

The mainstream perceives a minimalist lifestyle as "extreme" - but is it? Today's podcast explores how the conscious choice to own as little as possible can be the ultimate path to freedom. Learn how to overcome the three main blocks to becoming a minimalist digital nomad and five tips for more freedom in 2021.

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December 15, 2020

5 Reasons Why 2021 Is the Best Time to Become a Digital Nomad

2021 will be the best time in history to become a digital nomad! Here are five reasons why.  Want to become a digital nomad in the upcoming year? Apply for a free strategy call with Kristin to discuss your plans at:  travelingwithkristin.com/freecall

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December 01, 2020

How to Work Remotely from Iceland for Six Months

Pros and Cons of Living and Working in Iceland

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November 17, 2020

On Life, Death, and Coping with Grief

Reflections on life, death, and how to cope with grief, guilt, or regret after the passing of a loved one. Lessons learned from my grandparents, advice from Steve Jobs on how to seize the day, a song to make you think, and quotes from my favorite...

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November 04, 2020

UK and Europe Lockdowns + How to Move From England to Costa Rica

The UK, France, and Germany are under renewed lockdowns until at least December - here's what that means for travel in and out. Plus - if you're a remote worker stuck under lockdown somewhere, we have some inspiration and tips for how to move abroad...

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October 27, 2020

The Shocking Truth About How US Expats Vote

Find out why US expats abroad have the lowest voter turnout of any demographic in America, despite having the power to swing elections. Learn why US expats are ignored by the government, political pundits, pollsters, and research centers, despite...

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October 20, 2020

DIGITAL NOMAD VISAS: Do You Really Need One?

Digital nomad visas have become quite the trend in 2020 as countries look for ways to bolster their economies with remote worker tourists. But are digital nomad visas just hype? How valuable are they? Do the benefits of digital nomad visas outweigh...

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October 13, 2020

8 Essential Skills You Need to Become a Digital Nomad

What types of personal and professional knowledge are important in becoming a digital nomad? What types of skills should you focus on now to achieve success in your personal and professional remote life in the future? And finally, what is the one...

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September 29, 2020

Retire Early Aftercast - Biggest Takeaways for Retiring on FIRE

This short "solocast" is to help you absorb and apply the biggest, most important takeaways from the last two podcasts (Episodes 72-73), which were both about how to retire early with passive income and the FIRE method.

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September 08, 2020

How to Be a Digital Nomad With Kristin Wilson

In this special guest episode of The Expat Money Show podcast, hosts Mikkel Thorup and Kristin Wilson share tips and strategies for becoming a digital nomad or expat - drawn from both of their decades of experience traveling the world.

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August 18, 2020

Where Can Americans Travel? - 35 Countries Open to U.S. Tourists

Find out which countries Americans can travel to during COVID-19, what the entry requirements are and what the risks are right now.

Places & Travel Solocast

July 27, 2020

How I Make Money Online - My Top 10 Online Income Streams

You want to make money online, but how do you do it? Where do you start? In this episode, Kristin shares exactly how she created her top ten online income streams, one by one, with examples and tips for how you can do it, too. Learn the stories behind how each income stream was created and how to think of yourself as a remote business with multiple revenue streams.

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July 21, 2020

6 Ways to Become a Digital Nomad

This podcast shares the six most common ways to become a digital nomad - giving you ideas for the different types of remote jobs, online business models, and revenue sources that can help you become location independent.

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July 14, 2020

How the World Changes When Everyone Works From Home

WORK-FROM-HOME FOREVER: What happens when no one commutes to the office anymore? The pandemic marks a turning point in global society and the start of a major cultural change in working remotely for the rest of our lives.

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June 30, 2020

The New E.U. Travel Ban Explained

June 30: The European Union confirmed today that it will be opening external borders of the continent. But who will be allowed in? Which nations will be banned? What are the criteria for determining which countries will be restricted from traveling to Europe and for how long? Find out today on Badass Digital Nomads.

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June 16, 2020

Your Top Frequently Asked Questions on Travel and Becoming a Digital Nomad

Kristin answers questions and comments from Badass Digital Nomads listeners who left voice messages on the website and also shared their digital nomad quarantine experiences.

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June 09, 2020

Black Lives Matter

Badass Digital Nomads unequivocally supports the global anti-racism movement. In this brief episode, Kristin discusses her choice not to publish a podcast last week (on Blackout Tuesday) and shares the names of a few people and resources that she has found helpful in the weeks since George Floyd's death. She also shares some words of wisdom from her meditation teacher on the topics of freedom, justice, and how the wrongs of the past can end with you.

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May 19, 2020

Travel During Coronavirus Restrictions: Travel and Tourism During the Pandemic

Global coronavirus travel update and the state of international travel and tourism for the week of May 17, 2020.

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May 12, 2020

One Year of Badass Digital Nomads - Lessons and Reflections on a Fulfilling Life and Why We Travel

I traveled by bike to a historical site near my current home base in Miami, FL to sit under the trees and reflect on a year of podcasting and a lifetime of travel while recording this one-year anniversary episode of Badass Digital Nomads.

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May 05, 2020

My Digital Nomad Daily Routine

Find out my exact morning routine and daily routine as a digital nomad working from home. In this episode, you'll learn my eight top tips for staying productive every day, three things you should avoid, and the two biggest risk factors that all remote workers should know about.

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April 07, 2020

How to Find Remote Work and Make Money Online Using the Skills You Already Have

Welcome to this special guest episode of Badass Digital Nomads where I'm interviewed by Matt Bowles of The Maverick Show. I jump on his podcast from my Coronavirus quarantine in Miami to share the mental and emotional techniques I've been using to keep my spirits up and remain productive under the COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Orders.

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March 24, 2020

5 Podcasts to Inspire You During the Coronavirus Lockdown

Listen to these podcasts to boost your mood and productivity while at home.

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March 16, 2020

Free Remote Work Tools for Companies & Freelancers During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Coronavirus Update and Impact on RemoteWork: Millions of people are struggling to cope in the wake of schools and businesses closing overnight. To help people adjust quickly, I've compiled a list of tech companies offering free versions of their software, tools, and apps through the summer of 2020.

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March 10, 2020

How to Break Up With Your Phone and End Device Addiction

The average person in 2020 spends 5 hours a day on their cell phones - checking it 50x and tapping the screen more than 2,600 times daily. Don't let it be you! After realizing that device addition was ruining my life, I eventually made some changes. It took me 3 years to break my phone habit, but with these 7 tips you can succeed much sooner.

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February 25, 2020

Let's Talk About Your Dreams and What To Do About Them

Feeling blocked or stuck in life? Don't worry - it's normal. You're living below your potential because society is designed for you to stay in your lane. But you can change your destiny by acknowledging that your dreams, ideas, goals, and ambitions are part of who you are and who you were born to be.

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February 11, 2020

Best Book Recommendations for 2020

I read more than 30 books in 2019. In this podcast, I’ll share what they were, my main takeaway from each one, and if I would recommend it to you. What are your favorite books? Or do you struggle to find time to read? Slide into my Instagram DM’s @TravelingwithKristin and let me know!

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February 04, 2020

Insights from Meditating for 100 Hours in 10 Days

On January 1, 2020, I sat for a 10-day silent Vipassana meditation course in Merritt, British Columbia and survived to tell the tale. Although it was difficult at times, I found this meditation technique to be one of the most practical and useful things I’ve ever come across for coping with the ups and downs of life. Hear all about the experience and what I learned in this podcast.

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January 28, 2020

How the World Will Look with One Billion Digital Nomads

Within the next decade, there could be one billion remote workers and digital nomads roaming the planet. How will that affect you? What can you expect? How will daily life change for billions of people? What should you do to prepare so you’re not caught by surprise? That’s what this episode is all about - my predictions on the economic, social, and cultural changes we will see in the near future. Share this episode with everyone you know.

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January 21, 2020

Where I've Traveled - Top Travel Destinations and Tips from Living Abroad

Although I've been to more than 60 countries now, I'm always learning new things about travel and the world! This year was no different. I went back to some of my favorite destinations and discovered new ones. Here are my top tips, hacks, and insights from around the world in 2019. Destinations include: Netherlands, Paris, French Alps, Bulgaria, Iceland, Norway, Italy, Lithuania, California, Austin, and Miami.

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January 14, 2020

Benefits of Meditation + Doing a 10-Day Silent Vipassana Course

As the pace of life on Earth continues to seemingly speed up with technology and to-do lists vying for our attention, it's more important than ever to slow down and focus on what's important. Meditation and mindfulness can help. This episode outlines the benefits of Vipassana, my biggest takeaways from nearly 3 full years of meditation, and how you can start and maintain a meditation habit in 2020. Happy New Year!

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November 26, 2019

Coworking and Coliving in Iceland with the Founder of the Blue Bank Startup Incubator

Learn why the tiny village of Pingeyri in the West Fjords of Iceland is a great place to work remotely! Whether you are a startup, digital nomad, or even an artist, The Blue Bank in Iceland is a beautiful retreat space, co-working space, and innovation center in the middle of nature.

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November 19, 2019

Founding the World's Biggest Remote Work Conference - Running Remote

Liam is the co-founder of Running Remote - the World's Biggest Remote Work Conference.

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August 20, 2019

How To Upgrade Your Lifestyle and Lower Your Cost-of-Living so You Can Travel More (YouTube Live Stream)

You want to travel more and you want to have more freedom. But how? One of the things that becoming a remote worker allows you to do is escape the rat race. Start living below your means. STOP caring about "keeping up with the Joneses (or Kardashians, for that matter)," with the tips in this podcast.

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August 06, 2019

How To Protect Your Job from Outsourcing and Artificial Intelligence (AI)

It’s no secret that automation is eliminating jobs. The question is, will it replace yours? In this solo episode, Kristin explains how to decrease your risk of being replaced by a robot. Instead of focusing on excelling in one area of expertise, you can become a “specialized generalist.” Or, someone who uniquely combines multiple skills and talents. Tune into this episode to find out what school never taught you this strategy for increasing your value in the modern-day workplace (but should have).  Learn why becoming a “career polymath” will be critical in succeeding as a knowledge worker in the future economy.

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July 23, 2019

The History of Remote Work

For the past 50 years, remote work has been treated as an "employee benefit" or reward that should be used sparingly. But to resist remote work is to resist change - a costly mistake that makes companies less competitive, innovative, and profitable. In this episode, Kristin explains how the 9-5 paradigm is outdated and why remote work is a return to basics rather than innovation or trend. Remote work helps people and companies save money while making more. It increases employee morale, productivity, and quality of life.

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July 02, 2019

What is a Digital Nomad?

In this solo episode, Kristin clarifies the common myths, misconceptions, and possibilities around digital nomadism, location independence, and remote work.

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June 11, 2019

The Best Life Advice I've Ever Received

Today’s topic is life advice: I share the best 5 pieces of advice I’ve ever received and even more, I found this week.

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May 13, 2019

How to Work Remotely with Badass Digital Nomad Kristin Wilson

Kristin Wilson welcomes you to the Badass Digital Nomads audio experience, which is all about how to be free, happy, make money online, and live life on your terms. If you’ve ever been curious about how to work online and travel, or just have more freedom, flexibility, and time in your daily life, this podcast is for you. Whatever your career path, everyone needs to know how to compete and succeed in the workplace of the future. Employees, freelancers, entrepreneurs, founders, and executives alike will find value in stories and topics discussed on Badass Digital Nomads.

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