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Would you say that your living expenses now are lower than when you weren't working remotely?

Answered by Thibault Lemaitre, digital marketing consultant

Some things are lower, some are more expensive.

First of all, it depends on the countries I was in and perspective. Coming from Western Europe and landing in South East Asia, everything was a lot more affordable. I stayed two weeks in Bali and must have spent about 400€-500€ between accommodation, food, and a couple of visits.

However, when traveling to the US, to Western Europe, or even to Australia, everything is a bit more expensive and you have to be really careful about your budget and, when you're a freelancer, your projected income, especially if you have clients who pay late. It's happened to me a few times and it was a really stressful time.

Generally speaking, when I was traveling, I was spending about the same amount of money on Airbnbs than I would have if I had stayed back home renting an apartment.

Now that I'm living in Dublin, rent is a lot more expensive, more so than London or Paris. But it's cheaper than an apartment in San Francisco, Washington DC or New York.

On the other hand, my girlfriend and I are saving a decent amount of money by cooking at home instead of eating out every single day the way we did while traveling.

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