We're Brent and Michael — a longtime couple — who decided in 2017 to sell our house in Seattle and travel the world as “digital nomads.” That means we move to a new country every few months, supporting ourselves by working remotely.
So far, we’ve lived at least a month in eighteen different countries — and briefly visited dozens more.
If you subscribe to our newsletter, we’ll take you along to the places we’re going next!
Our digital nomad experience has already been featured in other media, on CNN and CBS Sunday Morning, and in Forbes and the New York Times.
So far, leaving America to travel the world feels like the smartest thing we've ever done. We're spending way less money than we did living in Seattle, and we're seeing more fascinating places and meeting more wonderful people than we ever imagined.
Why a newsletter?
Frankly, because people wanted to know more details about our lives, and we wanted to provide a much deeper perspective than what you might see on social media.
We send regular updates about our weird life and lifestyle, and insights and observations about travel in general. And — especially for “paid” subscribers — we include lots of specific, money-saving travel tips and hacks.
Sometimes we’re fun and funny, sometimes we’re thoughtful — and we’re always very personal.
Here are some representative articles:
Our Finances! How Are We Able to Afford a Life of Continuous Travel? People think we must be rich, but this lifestyle costs half what we spent in Seattle.
America is Very Fat. Does it Matter? Brent’s observations on returning home after time away.
Is Rotisserie Chicken the Perfect Food? Michael writes about his love affair with a certain cooked poultry.
How Does Health Care Work for the Long-Term Traveler? It’s complicated.
America Needs to Stop Its Insane Tipping Practices The rest of the world has a much better way.
We currently have both free and paid subscriptions.
Here are some reasons we hope you’ll consider upgrading to a paid subscription, either now or at some point in the future:
You’ll have access to lots of additional, exclusive content. Recent paid posts include:
What the Hell is Going On With the Price of Airbnbs? (And What You Can Do About It) Everything you need know to still get good deals.
That Time Our Plane Caught Fire Over the Atlantic What Brent realized when he thought we were going to die.
Fifty-Seven Days on a Cruise Ship The many interesting things we learned spending two months at sea!
Brent and Michael’s Guide to Travel in the Off Season How we get much more while paying much less.
Debate: Has Travel Changed our Feelings About Islam? What we’ve learned living in Muslim-majority countries.
You’ll have access to audio versions of all our posts, as well as occasional members-only chats and other exclusive events.
We’ll send regular and detailed travel info and money-saving tips, like our regular column, Brent and Michael’s Secret Travel Hacks. This is not the same kind of thing you read everywhere else.
You’ll have the option to have personal access to our travel and nomad expertise, so we can answer your specific questions (either via email or Zoom).
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Take a look at all our back posts to see more of the kind of things we write.
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Goodbye until our next hello!
Brent & Michael
P.S. Who are we exactly?
BRENT HARTINGER is an author and screenwriter. He's published fourteen novels, including the classic gay young adult novel Geography Club (2003), which was adapted as a feature film in 2013. Brent is also a screenwriter, and ten of his screenplays have been optioned for film; four are currently in development, including a romcom about digital nomads.
MICHAEL JENSEN is an author and editor. His novels include Man & Beast and Man & Monster, part of The Savage Land, a series of historical fiction that combines gay romance, supernatural, and horror. For eight years, Michael was the editor of the entertainment website AfterElton.com, which he co-founded with Brent. The site, devoted to covering gay and bisexual men in popular culture, eventually grew to more than a million unique visitors a month, won several GLAAD Media Awards, and was later sold to Viacom/MTV.
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