Jay Meistrich is a nomad. But before you use the word “homeless,” consider this: This year, he has skied for a month in France, shared a house in New Zealand (pictured) with other nomads for three months, and toured Paris and Copenhagen for weeks at a time.
He also handled development, design, and customer support for his start up, Moo.do.
His decision to uproot was—in large part—economic. He quit a job at Microsoft in 2011 and travelled before settling in San Francisco to build Moo.do, a company he co-founded. But life in the Bay Area is expensive and he had had more fun—and been more productive—while traveling. Being in a new locations made him focus on work so that he would have time to explore it. And exploring was healthy for mind and body, which fed his work.
So, at the end of 2013, “I sold or gave away everything and went nomad,” he says. Even with ski trips, flights, and touring, his costs are less than his rent in San Francisco. “My expenses vary depending on where I am,” he explains. “My costs in New Zealand were almost $4,000 a month because I needed a car, skis, and a ski pass. But living in a hotel in Bali or apartment in Chiang Mai costs less than $1,000 a month.”