As one of the earliest (and former) employees of Evernote, I am slightly biased here – but please do bear with me.
Part of the nomadic lifestyle (digital or otherwise) is one of simplicity. You begin to learn what things are truly important, and what things are merely clutter. This spreads to online storage as well.
While it is absolutely true that you will want to have offline copies of your most important files, you will find that those things take up much less space than you’d think.
For example, I found that I always like to have a portable drive that contains entertainment media – “if you were stranded on a desert island” type of things. I therefore have a hard drive with a few hundred MB of music, a few hundred thousand books, and all the episodes of a few of my favorite TV series, plus a few movies.
Additionally, I have some pictures and other documents on there.
Other than that, everything I have that is important to me I have scanned and stored online. Evernote Desktop keeps it available offline for me, as does Dropbox, and Evernote iPhone and Android let me keep specific notebooks offline as well, so I utilize that.
When traveling, I always find the fastest source of internet and will use that for syncing when I have it (VPN’d, of course), and then survive offline the rest of the time.
But most importantly, I’ve always got my freedom, and the soundtrack that goes with it.
Originally Posted: https://www.quora.com/For-a-digital-nomad-large-online-storage-of-files-I-am-referring-to-TBs-here-can-be-problematic-when-the-Internet-connection-is-a-bit-flakey-What-then-is-your-personal-preferred-approach-carry-around-a-USB-backup-or-even-an-NAS
Originally Posted On: 2015-03-08