Remote Profile: Kelli Lampkin

KELLI LAMPKIN

SOCIAL SELLING EXPERT, NETSUITE / ORACLE

USA

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO COME ON REMOTE YEAR? 

With my role at NetSuite I was managing a sales territory for Eastern North America and I traveled to 15+ states in 2015 as a sales manager. I found myself looking up the cheapest flights to anywhere on the weekends and living out of a suitcase 10-15 days a month.  I was already living a semi-remote lifestyle with a home base in Boston. I saw the opportunity with Remote Year to expand my travels internationally and meet other like minded tech entrepreneurs.
 


WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON FOR THE YEAR?

I had to create a new role for myself at NetSuite to travel internationally. I created the role of "NetSuite Nomad" so that I could promote social selling techniques to our global sales teams all over the world. Many of the locations we visit with Remote Year have a NetSuite or Oracle office so I get to interact with teams I never would have met and share lessons learned for improved customer engagement techniques across business cultures around the world.

 

HOW DID YOU FIND YOURSELF A REMOTE ROLE?

NetSuite has a flexible remote working policy. When I was based in Boston I worked remotely or on the road about half the month, but I couldn't visit North America based clients regularly on the Remote Year trip. I created a new role for myself in a hybrid enablement / marketing/ productivity job where I could share things I had learned as a top performing inside sales rep, direct sales rep, and sales manager with our global sales teams. It took some networking within our global sales organization to find the right role and a flexible manager to work with me on the time zones, but it’s been an amazing opportunity to grow as an individual and to develop a new set of professional skills too.

WHAT DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?

Every day is different and that is the beautiful part about this year. I don’t set an alarm anymore or wear a watch. I wake up with the sun and usually text my Remote Year bestie to see what's on for the day. We meet up and begin our search for anything resembling brunch. We think we place our orders, and then get something completely different. We stay there an uncomfortable amount of time and giggle to ourselves in English and use the wifi. We wait an hour for the check. Then we venture out to find a change of scenery and another cafe with wifi, preferably outside with a view. By this time we are killing a bottle of wine and swiping on Tinder between conference calls. Then we find a spot to watch the sunset and try to make friends with locals. We accidentally end up crashing an Italian Wedding, or a Brazilian Dance class, or Czech Speed Dating, or couples Thai massages, or a Serbian parade, or Portuguese trivia night. We stay out dancing with our heavy backpacks. We find our way home eventually to realize we can't figure out how to use the keys. In cities without Uber we consider sleeping on the street. -My Remote Year Experience might not be a representative sample-

 

WHO DO YOU HOPE TO BE BY THE END OF REMOTE YEAR?

I didn't come on Remote Year to "find myself." I don't hope to be a whole new person by the end of this year, and this year will not be the most formative experience I have or will ever have. But I do want to learn some things, and I have already seen some changes in myself. I want to learn a new language, learn a new dance, I want to make new friends, I want to understand the technology scene in each part of the world we visit, and I want to experience the dating scene, I want to try new foods, swim in new oceans, climb new mountains, and push myself beyond my comfort zone.

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO OTHERS LOOKING TO BRING TRAVEL INTO THEIR LIVES?

You don't have to wait for something like Remote Year to be the reason you travel. I was lucky I got to do a lot of traveling with my company before, but once a quarter I would do a trip on my own to somewhere I had never been. My advice for extensive traveling is don't plan too much, and lower your expectations. When traveling, especially internationally to less developed countries, you need to be able to go with the flow and accept that you probably won't get what you want, but what you do get will usually be even better than you could have known to ask for! If you’re a “dressing on the side” kind of person be more open to the adventure of almost never getting dressing on the side and be lucky you get close to the same animal species you thought you ordered!

 

IF YOU HAD TO BE STUCK ON AN ISLAND WITH ANOTHER REMOTE, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?

Funny you should ask, because I have already been stranded on an island with Jessica Demaree. Our first month we planned a side trip to Greece between the travel days between Prague and Belgrade, it didn’t seem odd to be traveling to the very quiet island of Crete with basically a stranger until our cab driver asked if we were sisters or old friends, and we had to admit we had just met! After our week stranded in Crete we took a few more “honeymoons” together to Bari, Paris, and Casablanca always averaging about 20% homelessness.

3 THINGS YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT ON THE ROAD?

Every month I have donated or thrown away more things, so now I’m finally at 100% carry-on only! I’ve learned that I can live with very, very little. The three things that I’m most glad I have (and are sometimes the only things I bring on a trip) are my fast dry travel towel, portable mini speaker, and my kindle. We learned in London to always have an umbrella in your backpack incase of a last minute downpour, in Lisbon to always have sunscreen and a bathing suit because you never knew if you would end up at a rooftop pool, and in Belgrade to always have bug spray if you went to party down by the splavs on the Danube.

 

YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE/WORDS TO LIVE BY?

I’m going to steal my quote from the same Lennon Wall in Prague where Nick Gamble chose his. We went to tag the Lennon Wall with a Remote Year stencil and I saw the quote “Live a life you will remember” and it was next to that where we left the Remote Year tag, and I may have also left a #NetSuiteNomad tag there too! That’s what this year and this life is all about, living each day with a story worth retelling and remembering.

 


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Remote Profile: Lauren Dunn

LAUREN DUNN

OWNER/PRINCIPLE CONSULTANT, OGEE CONSULTING LLC

USA

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO COME ON REMOTE YEAR? 

I've always wanted to do a trip around the world while still having a reliable paycheck. I had been looking into planning a trip when I came across Remote Year.  At that time, one hurdle was that, it takes a huge amount of time to plan a trip like this and to make sure you have access to reliable internet everywhere you go. I didn't want to spend a lot of my free time planning everything and then missing out on adventures that I could be going on when I'm not working. The other hurdle for me was the isolation that traveling on your own for a long period of time brings. I had been traveling a lot on my own for the past year and was really missing the connections and community. Remote Year solved these problems that had previously been holding me back from fully committing to a year of traveling.
 


WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON FOR THE YEAR?

At the beginning of 2015, I started a business doing NetSuite implementations. I will be working on continuing to grow this company and have set some high goals for the year.



WHERE HAVE YOU LIVED/TRAVELED TO PREVIOUSLY?

I grew up in the USA in New Hampshire, went to college just outside Boston and lived there after college, my last real home was in Charlotte, North Carolina. Before starting Remote Year, I had travelled around a lot of the US, Canada, Bahamas, Jamaica, Brazil, Australia, Fiji, Greece, and Sweden. I have added 15 countries to that list in the past 10 months. My goal is to have been to 30 countries by the middle of next year (I don’t count just driving through and layovers as visiting a country - otherwise my list would be much longer).

HOW DID YOU FIND YOURSELF A REMOTE ROLE?

I didn't specifically go out looking for a remote job. I knew I wanted to do NetSuite implementations full time, and it happens to be one of the perks of the job.



DESCRIBE YOUR REMOTE YEAR EXPERIENCE IN 3 WORDS.

No dull moments

 

WHERE DOES YOUR PASSION FOR TRAVEL COME FROM?

I went to Greece one summer with my best friend and her family in high school. Before this trip, I had never left the US. I was so fascinated by the differences in language, history, architecture, and society. It was a culture shock for a shy, high school girl, but I came back knowing that I wanted to see everything else the rest of the world had to offer.
 


WHAT DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?

My days are very different depending on how much work I have and where in the world I happen to be. When I was in South America, my days were pretty much the same as when in the US because there was not much of a time difference. In Asia, my days are very different. I sleep in late, work a few hours, relax/go on adventure/have dinner, then work more at night so I have some overlap with my clients in the US.

WHO DO YOU HOPE TO BE BY THE END OF REMOTE YEAR?

**Corny answer alert** A better version of myself. I believe that traveling allows you to grow in all aspects of life. I’m excited to see what I learn from the experiences that I will have all over the world.

 

WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF BEING A DIGITAL NOMAD?

You have to accept that you will end up working some very weird hours and will be sick more often than normal. Also, leaving my dog with my parents - she has been my road-tripping, adventure partner for the last few years.

 

WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF BEING A DIGITAL NOMAD?

Personally, I need to work for the challenge and I would not be content without a job. As a digital nomad, I get to keep the challenge of my job along with the excitement of traveling the world.

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO OTHERS LOOKING TO BRING TRAVEL INTO THEIR LIVES?

Even if you don't have a remote job or a lot of money for traveling, you can still get out there and explore. You can go on a road trip during a long weekend to someplace you haven't been before. Go camping. Visit a friend who has moved somewhere you haven't been before. There are so many options that don't require a lot of time and money, that will still feed your adventurous side.
 


3 THINGS YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT ON THE ROAD? 

Computer (for work), quality neck pillow (you end up having to sleep in a lot of random places), reusable water bottle (I drink a lot of water and it’s a simple way to save money and to help the environment)



WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE ON THE GLOBE?

Any place warm with clear blue water and soft sand (which is why I am absolutely in love with my current location in Koh Phangan, Thailand)

 


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Remote Profile: Nick Gamble

NICK GAMBLE

TRAVELING TECHNOLOGIST/ FOUNDER OF REFORY

USA

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO COME ON REMOTE YEAR? 

Back in June of 2015, I was doing a solo hike along the Seven Hanging Valleys in the Algarve region of Portugal. The sheer beauty of the cliffs, caves and rocks, combined with my freedom to explore them exactly as I wanted, made it clear it was time to do something I had talked about for years: quit my job, travel the world, build my ideas. I began adjusting my spending and saving, started planning and ideating more and in December took the first step. It wasn’t long after, while researching for my journey around the world that I discovered Remote Year. The opportunity to do what I was already planning as part of a group of like-minded individuals, led by a company on the forefront of a movement was something I just couldn’t pass up.
 


WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON FOR THE YEAR?

Any one of the myriad of ideas I encounter that I feel will teach me something, be enjoyable to work on and, admittedly yes, has potential to be a commercial success. My main focus among those ideas is Refory, a site determined to decide the world’s favorite everything. But already this year has also seen me develop an iOS app to find your friends in crowded areas, a website to review public bathrooms and another to find out how narcissistic of a writer you are.
 


WHERE HAVE YOU LIVED/TRAVELED TO PREVIOUSLY?

I was raised right outside New York City, studied in Washington DC, worked a majority of my career in Chicago and most recently spent two years in Paris...c’est magique! When we land in Bogota next month, I’ll have travelled to every continent, with the exception of Antarctica, which I plan to get to from South America after my [remote] year is finished.



HOW DID YOU FIND YOURSELF A REMOTE ROLE?

Self-employed software engineer is basically synonymous with remote role.

WHERE DOES YOUR PASSION FOR TRAVEL COME FROM?

When I was young, my dad beat me over my big head with Socrates’ belief that “true knowledge exists in knowing you know nothing”. Each time I travel to a new destination, I realize there is so much I don’t know about it’s people, geography and history. While I learn a lot about the destination in my time there, I ultimately leave having more questions than when I arrived. My passion for travel is a passion for knowledge, in most the traditional and Socratic way possible.
 


WHAT DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?

Like many people, I have a long list of things I want to spend more time each day doing, whether it’s reading, writing, sketching or learning a new language. And like many people, I rarely make time for them. So recently, I adopted a new approach to my day wherein I devote 1+ hour(s) of what would be my “normal” work hours to any one of the things on my list. I have yet to use up all my mental energy for the day and there aren’t yet happy hour temptations to derail me. It’s been a huge success! Outside of that time, you’ll find me hacking away at one my current projects, exploring a new part of town by foot or bike and ultimately giving in to the happy hour temptations.



HOW DO YOU THINK TRAVELLING WILL AFFECT YOUR CURRENT WORK? 

Traveling gives me a global perspective on the projects I’m working on. Are people everywhere experiencing the same problems in life? Are they using technology in the same way? By designing products with a global mindset you can reach a wider audience from the start and avoid a lot of hassle redesigning things down the line.

WHO DO YOU HOPE TO BE BY THE END OF REMOTE YEAR?

By the end of Remote Year I will certainly be a different version of myself. But I don’t have a vision, or hope, of what that version is because I didn’t come on Remote Year to change myself, I came on Remote Year to be myself. The personal growth I’ve made in my life has been a result of being self-confident and self-aware and letting the combination of the two naturally alter the way I approach and interpret the things around me.

 

WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF BEING A DIGITAL NOMAD?

Finding balance. Whether it’s between working or sightseeing, between spending the weekend in town or going on a side trip or between having a night out or taking a much needed night off.

 

WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF BEING A DIGITAL NOMAD?

It affords you more time in a city than you would get if you were just visiting as part of a vacation. This allows you see more of it, better understand it, be more in touch with it and appreciate it at a deeper level.



WHAT BOOK SHOULD EVERYONE READ?

The Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson. If you live in Chicago, it’s required reading. If you don’t live in Chicago, read it before Leo makes a movie out of it, so you can confidently say “the book was better.”

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO OTHERS LOOKING TO BRING TRAVEL INTO THEIR LIVES?

Take it easy; the less stressful your travels are, the more you’ll want to travel. Don’t plan out every minute; leave room for flexibility, spontaneity and that long lunch on a terrace overlooking the sea. Don’t visit too many places at once; no matter what anyone tells you, you can’t “do City X in a day”, so don’t try. Don’t worry if you don't see a “must see”; there’s always next time and even if there isn’t, what does Nick G from NY on TripAdvisor know anyway?
 


3 THINGS YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT ON THE ROAD? 

Food, water and air. Everything else that is non-essential to life as we know it, in the most literal and figurative way, can be lived without. The more you travel, the more you see people finding happiness in what they have, whether it’s less than or just different from what you’re used to having. Once you appreciate that, things that once felt essential to your life become replaceable or simply unnecessary.

 

IF YOU HAD TO BE STUCK ON AN ISLAND WITH ANOTHER REMOTE, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?

Any one of the Husinecká Boys: Nick Fico, Chase Hitchens or Danny Koppers. It was as if fate had us landing in Prague within 5 minutes of each other, coming from New York, Chicago, Amsterdam and Paris, resulting in us living together for that magical first month of Remote Year.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE ON THE GLOBE?

The desert. Aside from being visually stunning, I love it for its tranquility. You can travel for hours without seeing another human and it is the only place I have ever experienced complete and utter silence. The perfect place to go to escape and be one with yourself and your thoughts. Be careful though, it is also a reminder of how harsh an environment can be. Go prepared and you will come back a stronger person.

 

WHAT IS YOUR SECRET TALENT?

Rap karaoke.

 

WHERE ARE YOU IN 30 YEARS?

No clue, ask me again in 29 years.

YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE/WORDS TO LIVE BY?

“You don’t know where you’re going when you’re looking back.” I saw this quote on the Lennon Wall in Prague, a constantly evolving palette of expression, the first time we visited it in our month there. It was especially moving to me, as it relates to the feeling of regret, something I had struggled with for a long time but conquered shortly before embarking on Remote Year. To me, this quote perfectly sums up how to not be hindered by regret and to ensure that you consistently make the most of every experience you’re in.



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Remote Profile: Anne Kuppens

ANNE KUPPENS

FOUNDER OF BACKPACKKIT

NETHERLANDS

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO COME ON REMOTE YEAR? 

As the co-owner of a start-up (www.backpackkit.com), traveling was not really in the cards for me in the last two years. Remote year gave me the opportunity to travel while working for Backpackkit, and even better, work in the environment my target market is  - travellers. My passion for traveling made me start Backpackkit which has led me to Remote Year. It is all coming together pretty nicely.
 


WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON FOR THE YEAR?

Professionally this is the year we want Backpackkit to really take off. Since the launching phase, we are now ready for the company and the brand to really take a place in the backpack industry in the Netherlands and Europe.

Personally this year is making me grow without even trying. I think the biggest lesson for me, is that life is really just what you make of it, and now there is nothing in the way of making this the life I want. Where dreams of the future use to be a fantasy or long-term goal, I now learn, are actually realistic if I want them to be. I can't wait for all those dreams to unfold in the next couple of years.

 

WHERE HAVE YOU LIVED/TRAVELED TO PREVIOUSLY?

After my internships in Tenerife and Australia I studied Spanish in Cuba and lived in Colombia. A few years after that, I backpacked solo from Mexico all the way down to Colombia.

HOW DID YOU FIND YOURSELF A REMOTE ROLE?

Before I came on Remote Year I was working full time as an account manager and starting Backpackkit with my brother. Remote Year seemed like a good moment to switch those two around. I now focus more on Backpackkit, but still work for my old company 3 days a week doing helpdesk. When I decided I wanted to do Remote Year, I talked to my boss and he was so amazing to let me stay at the company in a role that I could do remotely.
 


DESCRIBE YOUR REMOTE YEAR EXPERIENCE IN 3 WORDS.

Crazy, emotional, magical

 

WHERE DOES YOUR PASSION FOR TRAVEL COME FROM?

I never really used to like going on holidays with my parents, I would miss my friends and horse too much. At university we had to do an internship abroad, so I went to Tenerife for 3 months. I loved it so much that I went to Australia for my second internship and from then on the travel bug found me and never left. I get totally hypnotized by mountains, the sea, islands, white sand, and the jungle. I love how everywhere in the world I can feel at home and how the people I meet can some how become my family.

 

WHAT DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?

We are in Asia right now, so my work days don't start until 3pm. So in the mornings I take it slow, get a smoothie for breakfast and get to the office around 12pm. For lunch we usually get some people together. After work the community comes together. We have Trivia nights, movie nights or just good food and drinks.  In the weekends I explore the city, take photos or do a side trip. There is so much to discover in all the counties that we go to... 4 weeks is really not that long when you work.

HOW DO YOU THINK TRAVELLING WILL AFFECT YOUR CURRENT WORK? 

It does, but definitely not in a bad way. Being surrounded by travellers, helps me focus on my company Backpackkit. I am more motivated because I want to make this lifestyle work, for now, but maybe also for the future.
 


WHAT ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT?

Dancing.



DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT DAY.

Surf in the morning, have a good lunch with good people, take a nap, have dinner with amazing people and dance all night.

 

YOUR FAVORITE DIGITAL NOMAD HACK?

The first thing I do when we arrive to a new place, is unpack my backpack, put my photos from back home on the wall and buy breakfast for the next couple of days. Having that same routine everywhere I go really lets me settle in right away.

 

WHO DO YOU HOPE TO BE BY THE END OF REMOTE YEAR?

I am halfway through at the moment and I must say that I am really liking the person I have become in the last 6 month. I don't think I have changed that much in the core... but I have learned to embrace myself and totally be at peace with who I am at any moment. This is hard sometimes and so I hope that in the next 6 months I will have the opportunity to grow even more into a person that can just sit back, relax and realize that whoever I am at that moment, is exactly who I need to be.

WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF BEING A DIGITAL NOMAD?

Not getting distracted by everything around you. There is so much to see and do, but when you work all week it is easy to get the feeling you are missing out. Especially when you are traveling with a large group of people, who are all doing amazing trips.

 

WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF BEING A DIGITAL NOMAD?

Getting to wake up everyday, with a smile on your face, realizing you are exactly where you are supposed to be.

 

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO OTHERS LOOKING TO BRING TRAVEL INTO THEIR LIVES?

Do it! There is noting else in the way than you just not doing it. I know it might seem complicated, a ton to arrange, scary and impossible. But it is really not and the only person that is going to make this a reality is you. 

 

3 THINGS YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT ON THE ROAD? 

Photos from home, my camera and a toothbrush.

 

IF YOU HAD TO BE STUCK ON AN ISLAND WITH ANOTHER REMOTE, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?

That question is way too hard, but I would go for Gianna. She has been my roommate for 3 months and we always do our crazy photo and film projects together.



WHAT IS YOUR SECRET TALENT?

Planning side trips for the group seems to be my secret talent this year. I love scouting the internet and reaching out to companies for the best deal. My goal is to always get the least touristy trip together and make it as authentic as possible.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE ON THE GLOBE?

On a tropical and remote island where there is good company and surf.
 


WHERE ARE YOU IN 30 YEARS?

Rich and surrounded by beautiful people and incredible memories, still exploring the world while doing what I love to do.

 

WHO IS THE MOST INTERESTING PERSON YOU'VE MET WHILE TRAVELLING?

I only met them for a hot second, but in Hanoi I met an American couple in their fifties. They have been traveling the world together, including driving through Antartica with a mini van and bicycling from the south of Vietnam all the way to Hanoi. So in love, healthy and full of adventure. So inspiring to meet people that don't see limits, just love.
 


YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE/WORDS TO LIVE BY?

Everything is exactly how it should be.



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Remote Profile: Adelaida Diaz-Roa

ADELAIDA DIAZ-ROA

CO-FOUNDER, NOMO FOMO

COLOMBIA
 

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO COME ON REMOTE YEAR? 

I was already traveling and working remotely (which I LOVED) but when I saw that I could join a community of like-minded people, it was perfect. Traveling on your own is sometimes too much of a hassle and effort to be making new friends all of the time and to be planning accommodations and flights, with Remote Year it's like we're traveling with an amazing family and everything is pre-planned for you. All you have to do is enjoy it ;)
 


WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON FOR THE YEAR?

This year I had been taking a break from working but midway through my Remote Year experience I met Jeffrey Walsh a RYOG participant and we hit it off as friends immediately. A few hangouts later we had come up with a new company idea which we’re excited to launch soon! It’s going to be a social travel platform for frequent travellers like us. Our mission is to help you get No More Fear of Missing Out which is why we decided to call it NOMO FOMO haha. Find out more here: www.nomotravelfomo.com

 

WHERE HAVE YOU LIVED/TRAVELED TO PREVIOUSLY?

I was born in Bogota, Colombia :)
I've lived in Kansas, Dallas, Morocco, New York, Spain, and Paris.
I had traveled to most of Central America, Europe, the Caribbean, and some of SE Asia before RY.



HOW DID YOU FIND YOURSELF A REMOTE ROLE?

I’ve been lucky enough in life to be able to co-found four companies which now allow me the flexibility to work remotely (Villy Custom, Pawliday Inn, Ruffit, and Nomo FOMO). Specially excited about the latest one, NOMO FOMO since it was started with a fellow Remote and it’s a mix of my two favorite things in the world: Travel & Business.

Also… good quote I agree with 100%: “Your dream job does not exist. You must create it.”
 


DESCRIBE YOUR REMOTE YEAR EXPERIENCE IN 3 WORDS.

Unforgettable, fun, bonding.  

WHAT ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT?

Travel, business, education, Colombia, my dog (@micothepom), and family.

 

WHO DO YOU HOPE TO BE BY THE END OF REMOTE YEAR?

From being around so many talented people in so many different areas with so many different interests plus all of the cities we'll be visiting... I'm hoping to grow my learning spectrum and develop a lot of new skills I hadn't even thought about before. So I hope to be wiser, more skilled, and more well-traveled with a lot of great new people in my life.

 

WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF BEING A DIGITAL NOMAD?

Time management is a big one, but other than that, it's amazing, no complaints! Any challenge is worth it ;)

 

WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF BEING A DIGITAL NOMAD?

Not having to set an alarm clock, always having new things to see, new food to try... being able to work from bed... being able to work in cute cafes... so many benefits :)
 

WHAT BOOK SHOULD EVERYONE READ?

So many good ones! Ahhhh! - My top books are:

The 4 Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferris
This book is amazing, it’s a little inspirational but the best part is that about 60-80% of it it's tools and tricks to start/ improve your automated business and how to go about time management and productiveness. It’s amazing. Highly suggest it, no matter what business you’re in there’s something in there that can be applied to it specially if you want to travel the world ;)

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R Covey
This book is great to help you get more done and live a healthier more balanced life. It has tips on how to handle certain situations, how to plan out your week/ life, and how to get win/ win deals made.

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
This book explains how most people’s reasoning and thinking goes and gives great examples of how companies have used this for their advantage. Really great and could spike a few ideas for your own business, if anything it’ll help you as an individual.

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
This book is great when approaching all types of situations from important business proposals to dealing with friends and family. Amazing tips.

Year of Yes! By Shonda Rhimes
This book is an easy and fun read with a lot of good life tips!  

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO OTHERS LOOKING TO BRING TRAVEL INTO THEIR LIVES?

Just do it! Even if it starts with baby steps, once the travel bug hits you, there's no turning back and then "where there's a will, there's a way!"

There’s lots of programs out there that you can do to help if you don’t have too much money as well, so no excuses! Here’s just one example of opportunities: http://globalworkandtravel.com

 

3 THINGS YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT ON THE ROAD? 

  1. My computer (mainly because of work, my journal, and my notes)

  2. My phone (mainly because of audiobooks, podcast, maps, and music)

  3. Money (you know… to not starve… and to have fun)



WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE ON THE GLOBE?

Might be a little biased since I'm Colombian... but... Colombia! :D  Everyone should go, it's amazingnesss, hoping to take everyone from RY2 after the year ends. Just google: Caño Cristales, Tayrona, San Andres, Cartagena, Medellín, El Peñón de Guatapé..... you'll see what I mean...and Bogota… so fun! I actually made a travel guide if you ever go!

 

YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE/WORDS TO LIVE BY?

Travel:"The more you see, the more you see what you have not seen."
Work: "Work hard, stay humble."
Life: "Everything happens for a reason."



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Remote Profile: Angela Sandall

ANGELA SANDALL

DIRECTOR, MARKETING + EXPLORATION SANDALL MARKETING

USA

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO COME ON REMOTE YEAR? 

Everyone has their reasons for NOT doing something. In high school I was “too young,” in college I was “too busy” and now – after graduation and as a working professional – the time just “isn’t right.” Travel is expensive, I can’t take that much time off work, we’ll do it when we’re older… the excuses are endless and to be honest, I’m tired of them. I don’t want to proceed in life under the assumption that I’ll take that trip eventually or that I’ll travel once I have more savings or that I’ll even be ALIVE in a few years. How dare I assume that the universe will afford me that luxury? Icicles fall from skyscrapers and impale people all the time! Freak accidents really happen! I could spontaneously combust!

I approached my decision to apply for Remote Year in the same way I like to approach a lot of jump-off-the-cliff moments in life – with a hunger for adventure and a why-the-hell-not attitude. In my experience the “follow your gut” mantra is a whole lot of hippie-dippy-mumbo-jumbo but I can honestly say that this time I felt it and I felt it deep. I’m tired of planning for my future, I’m ready for adventure right now.


WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON FOR THE YEAR?

I'm working on a lot of professional things like building my portfolio, diving deeper into the world of copywriting/marketing creative, making more art and diversifying my client base. I'm also working on a lot of ~emotional~ things like building self-confidence, kicking fear to the curb and being a kinder, more open person.

 

WHERE HAVE YOU LIVED/TRAVELED TO PREVIOUSLY?

America the beautiful has been my home all my life. I've been to London, Edinburgh, Dublin and all the stereotypical "let's go on a cruise" places like the Bahamas and Mexico.



HOW DID YOU FIND YOURSELF A REMOTE ROLE?

I didn't, I made myself one!

 

WHERE DOES YOUR PASSION FOR TRAVEL COME FROM?

My passion for travel comes from the fact that I haven't done much of it before. I never got to study abroad, which made me bitter enough to say "SCREW IT, let's turn this whole travel thing up to 11."

WHAT DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?

Wake up. Coffee. Sometimes breakfast but let's be honest, probably not. Open my laptop, check a few emails. Oh look, clickbait! Reddit. I should really work on that deck. Write a little copy. Back to Reddit. More emails. Spend 3 hours looking for the perfect picture because this slide needs to look good and why are there no good photos online. Emails. Two hour lunch because Europe doesn't understand that I am very busy. Finish the latest round of edits on that deck (the  picture I found will work but the fact that it isn't perfect will secretly haunt me forever). Figure out dinner plans. Hang out with remotes and have the best time ever. Home. Book. Sleep. Rinse, repeat.

 

HOW DO YOU THINK TRAVELLING WILL AFFECT YOUR CURRENT WORK? 

It makes me so much better in a significant way. My constantly expanding world view has contributed to my professional life and made me more valuable as an employee. It makes me more creative, more laid back and more awesome.
 


WHAT ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT?

Pizza.
 


YOUR FAVORITE DIGITAL NOMAD HACK?

Bring a lot of plastic bags (sandwich and gallon sizes). They'll save your butt when you discover that your hair oil bottle is leaky or you want to take an emergency sandwich on the road.

 

WHO DO YOU HOPE TO BE BY THE END OF REMOTE YEAR?

A confident, self-possessed, woman with a knack for badassery, kindness and warmth.

 

WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF BEING A DIGITAL NOMAD?

Sometimes it can be really hard to be productive. It's easy to fall down the rabbit hole of braid tutorials on YouTube, or Breaking Bad, or other deep dark internet places. Sometimes you don't want to go outside and deal with the fact that you can't read the road signs, understand what people are saying about you on public transit, or what they say to you in the supermarket.

 

WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF BEING A DIGITAL NOMAD?

There's never a shortage of things to do.

WHAT BOOK SHOULD EVERYONE READ?

Slaughterhouse Five because guys it is SO BEAUTIFUL.

 

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO OTHERS LOOKING TO BRING TRAVEL INTO THEIR LIVES?

People may tell you that it's easy, you just have to do it, and I feel that's partly true. Physically and financially it's a lot easier than you may think, but emotionally it can be TOUGH. You have to trust that this type of experience will help you grow, even though that growth is accompanied by some serious growing pains. No stretch marks though, so that's a plus.

 

3 THINGS YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT ON THE ROAD? 

Aside from the obvious like laptop and cellphone, I can't live without my kindle, my expired student ID (help me I'm poor) and my journal.



WHAT IS YOUR SECRET TALENT?

I'm a fight choreographer and I'm 5' 3" on a good day.



WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE ON THE GLOBE?

Anywhere I'm with my family or best friends.



YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE/WORDS TO LIVE BY?

"Let it Be" (and I have a whole blog post about it on www.therambleandthegrind.com)



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Remote Profile: Patrick Almaguer

PATRICK ALMAGUER

FREELANCE COPYWRITER/CREATIVE DIRECTOR

USA
 

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO COME ON REMOTE YEAR? 

Because I love to travel and now I can work and travel.
 


WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON FOR THE YEAR?

I'm working for a variety of advertising agencies as freelance. I’m also working on personal creative projects. I’m shooting 1 short film in every country I visit during remote year and at the end I’ll have 12 short films.

 

WHERE HAVE YOU LIVED/TRAVELED TO PREVIOUSLY?

I’ve lived and worked in two different continents as an expat in Amsterdam and Sao Paulo both for a year and a half each. And I’ve traveled to 40+ countries so far.



HOW DID YOU FIND YOURSELF A REMOTE ROLE?

I've been working in advertising for 12 years. Last year I went freelance and had a couple remote gigs in the process. Which gave me the confidence to pull this off during remote year.

DESCRIBE YOUR REMOTE YEAR EXPERIENCE IN 3 WORDS.

Adventure. Amazing. Grateful.

 

WHERE DOES YOUR PASSION FOR TRAVEL COME FROM?

My father was in the Navy so we traveled a lot as a kid. My second professional job was in Amsterdam and that's where I caught the travel bug and just wanted to travel all the time.

 

WHAT DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?

I don’t use the co-working space that remote year provides unless I’m printing out things I need. I mainly go to coffee shops around the city and do work. So nothing has changed in my process of working except when I get off work and I’m in a totally different country.



HOW DO YOU THINK TRAVELLING WILL AFFECT YOUR CURRENT WORK? 

As a writer, traveling gives you inspiration that you may not be aware of. So the more you travel the more you’ll have different ideas and angles to approach things that you wouldn’t have had before.

 

WHAT ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT?

Creativity. And when you travel you get to see how different cultures use it through their eyes whether it’s art, food, architecture, etc.

DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT DAY.

I’d wake up and feed my pet Hawk named Terrance. I would tell Terrance to go pick me up some fresh salmon from the river. He’d swoop back and we’d both go sashimi all over that salmon. Then Terrance and I would probably ride a scooter into town to chill  at a cafe. We’d sit in the cafe and make up stories about strangers passing by. A couple friends would join us and convince us to all dress up as Samurai warriors and spend the day chopping watermelons and fruits with swords. After that we’d create some alcoholic drinks out of the fruit and watch the sunset on top of a big rock. I’d be doing a watermelon vodka drink, no little umbrella though because I let a field mouse borrow it because he was taking his boo to eat cheese and crap and thought his lady would think it’s sheik and shit to have a sun umbrella. Yeah, that sounds like a pretty good day.

 

YOUR FAVORITE DIGITAL NOMAD HACK?

Google maps works when your phone doesn’t have data. So just find the places you want to go when you have wifi or data and star the places on your map and you’ll be set.

 

WHO DO YOU HOPE TO BE BY THE END OF REMOTE YEAR?

I don't know. And that is what is amazing about it. I'm going to let it reveal itself to me because I have a feeling it's nothing I'm expecting.

WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF BEING A DIGITAL NOMAD?

Good internet.

 

WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF BEING A DIGITAL NOMAD?

You get to travel the world as you work. Is there anything else?
 


WHAT BOOK SHOULD EVERYONE READ?

Catcher in the Rye.

 

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO OTHERS LOOKING TO BRING TRAVEL INTO THEIR LIVES?

Just do it. Take action. Stop talking and do two trips a year. Make it a priority.

 

3 THINGS YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT ON THE ROAD? 

Laptop: I got a tiny 13’ Macbook air. It weighs nothing and when I work on planes, buses, and trains it is perfect. Other people can’t work because their laptops are to big. Originally when I got it I was like damn I don’t like this small piece of crap. Now I love this small piece of crap. Go small.

Phone: I know this is a capt obvious thing but I think you should get the latest model phone before you leave, I got the latest iphone. Because you want this thing to work as fast as it can. You use your phone for everything. Pictures. Google maps. Email. Everyday Apps. Travel Apps, etc.

Two Cards: Capital One Venture Card which has no international foreign transaction fees and racks up travel points. For a debit card I got Charles Schwab because it doesn’t charge any fee for ATM withdrawals anywhere.

IF YOU HAD TO BE STUCK ON AN ISLAND WITH ANOTHER REMOTE, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?

Joao. Because we’ve become great friends on this trip and always have something interesting or fun to talk about. Also he’s one of my main actors in my short films I’m creating in every country. So we’d probably make up stupid stories and shoot them as short films.



WHAT IS YOUR SECRET TALENT?

I don’t know if I would call it a talent or a serious issue. I sing all the time. And I can create a song about anything. Usually it’s really stupid things.



WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE ON THE GLOBE?

Asia. Probably because I hadn’t been here before Remote Year so it’s got that new vibe thing going on.

 

WHERE ARE YOU IN 30 YEARS?

I have no clue and I like it that way.



YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE/WORDS TO LIVE BY?

“Imagination is more important than knowledge” Albert Einstein



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CHECK OUT SOME OF HIS VIDEOS BELOW:

Bolivia Movie: The Salt Flat People 

Bolivia Movie: The Salt Flat People 

Peru Movie: The Llama Lover

Peru Movie: The Llama Lover

Buenos Aires Movie: Open Mike

Buenos Aires Movie: Open Mike

Remote Profile: Marina Lvova

MARINA LVOVA

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, CLIENT STRATEGY AT UNDERTONE

USA

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO COME ON REMOTE YEAR? 

I've always been interested in living abroad or traveling for an extended period of time, and Remote Year was the perfect opportunity to do both! I also was most excited about the community. Having worked at the same company for over five years, the fresh ideas, perspectives, and conversation was a big draw for me.
 


WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON FOR THE YEAR?

I am fortunate that Undertone, the ad tech organization I work for, has been so supportive in letting me participate in Remote Year. My role has changed over the course of the year, which has given me increased exposure to different sides of the business. I’m sort of a SWAT team of one, working on a wide array of projects that require resources, including: financial analyses, project managing new product launches, and building training programs. In addition, I’ve been blogging about my experiences and participating a lot in the Remote Year community. For example, I initiated a program called re:work, designed to help RYers figure out what’s next for them.

WHERE HAVE YOU LIVED/TRAVELED TO PREVIOUSLY?

Moscow, New York, DC, New Orleans, Thailand, Cambodia, France, Ireland, Vietnam, Indonesia, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Argentina



HOW DID YOU FIND YOURSELF A REMOTE ROLE?

I didn't! My role was 100% office-based when I got into Remote Year. I was proactive in coming up with ideas for a different role so I could participate, and collaborated with different department leads to ensure I could keep contributing to the organization. Flexibility is key for anyone not yet in a remote role.

DESCRIBE YOUR REMOTE YEAR EXPERIENCE IN 3 WORDS.

Fortunate. Exciting. Delicious.
 


YOUR FAVORITE DIGITAL NOMAD HACK?

Wordtimebuddy is a really helpful resource when trying to plan meetings. Also Scott Keyes’ newsletter has great travel deals.
 


WHO DO YOU HOPE TO BE BY THE END OF REMOTE YEAR?

I hope to be a better, more worldly person at the end of this experience. I hope to have my eyes opened daily to something new. I hope to be brimming with ideas, love of life, interest in new cultures, and amazing memories of the experiences I've had.

WHAT BOOK SHOULD EVERYONE READ?

The Art of Possibility. Great perspective on life and how anything is truly possible.

 

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO OTHERS LOOKING TO BRING TRAVEL INTO THEIR LIVES?

I would say it's always possible. It's possible to travel on any budget, in any circumstance. I've encountered so many people in different life situations throughout my travels, doing it because they love to explore. I never thought this experience was for “someone like me,” but it’s working out great.

 

3 THINGS YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT ON THE ROAD? 

Patterned pants, my phone, and my Lifestraw. And my Badass Backpack.



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Remote Profile: Jenn Burrell

DR. JENN BURRELL

MANAGING DIRECTOR, MADX

USA
 

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO COME ON REMOTE YEAR? 

...to take a journey to put it simply. I love to travel; and, working from home every day got doldrum. So when I heard about an opportunity to focus on work and business development while traveling simultaneously with a group, I couldn't resist applying. Traveling, of course, will expose me to different lifestyles, foods, and history and being able to do it with Remote Year will provide some structure and consistency making it easier to build relationships on the road (and creating business opportunity).



WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON FOR THE YEAR?

Something old. Something new. I'll be running MadX, data analysis, research, and evaluation firm while on RY. My goal is to be in a position to hire employees to carry out the technical aspects of the business, while I work on the business development side. I’m also writing a guide on how to develop an effective research plan designed for graduate research students who are feeling lost. In my opinion, the technical aspects are simple with the right templates and tools. Lastly, I’m working on expanding my Python coding skills using a Big Data framework. And, when I can’t sleep at night, I’m up making lists of new things to work on.

 

WHERE HAVE YOU LIVED/TRAVELED TO PREVIOUSLY?

Not enough places!! I've traveled to: Canada; Jamaica; Bahamas; St. Johns; Puerto Rico; Southern Rodeshia (Botswana); Dominica Republic; Belize; South Africa; Mexico, France; Spain; London; Zambia; Martinique; Netherlands; Greece; Singapore; Indonesia



HOW DID YOU FIND YOURSELF A REMOTE ROLE?

One day I simply took a leap of faith and left my 9-to-5 as a contractor for the Department for Education Magnet School Assistance Program. I’ve known that I love social science research for many years, but I want to be able to do it without being confined behind 4 walls. So, I started MadX to allow me that freedom and to provide that freedom to my consultants.  I believe that you don’t need to be in a particular space to design a research study or related training tools or to conduct data analysis. In 2016, you just need skills and focus and can take the tools necessary to complete projects on the road with you.

DESCRIBE YOUR REMOTE YEAR EXPERIENCE IN 3 WORDS.

“On The Edge”

 

WHERE DOES YOUR PASSION FOR TRAVEL COME FROM?

I think it's innate. I love learning from others, hearing their lived experiences, and exposing myself to new things on the edge of my comfort zone. Traveling enables that.

 

WHAT DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?

I don’t really have a typical day but I do have a sense of routine. I plan my week on Sunday. I usually wake up very early. I do whatever is in my calendar, which includes meetings, professional development activities, whatever tasks my clients’ need, and business development. My free time consists of stalking chefs on Instagram, checking their ring fingers, and finding delicious foods wherever I’m living at the time.



HOW DO YOU THINK TRAVELLING WILL AFFECT YOUR CURRENT WORK? 

I have already established a relationship and trust with my clients, which has been really helpful while traveling. Otherwise, the Ph.D. process prepared me with all the skills I need to travel, while staying focused.  I had to be disciplined, be aware of the hours that I work the best, and keep a schedule. It’s the same on the road. It’s a beautiful journey but full of distractions! You have to prioritize what you want to accomplish both in terms of work and your leisure activities. I tend to handle priorities first (hopefully somewhere beautiful) and then reward myself after. So, it hasn’t affected my current work so much as traveling has sparked ideas and opened my eyes to a broader range of opportunities to do kind of work I enjoy.

 

WHO DO YOU HOPE TO BE BY THE END OF REMOTE YEAR?

I have a strong sense of self, so I’ll still be me, but, will hopefully have been able to share who I am with others. While engaging in new experiences with other remoters, it's inevitable. So, I hope to make new lifelong friends. I hope to have contributed something meaningful to the group and to those we encounter outside of the group along the way.  I hope to have a clearer sense of how I can use research and data to make larger contribution to the world.

WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF BEING A DIGITAL NOMAD?

The biggest challenge is connecting long-term. It’s easy to meet wonderful, fun people that you connect with, but you really have to enjoy the time together while it lasts because before you know it, you’re on your way, and they are on their way. The other challenge is continuing to foster relationships at home. A time difference and out-of-sight/out-of-mind bugs can bite and make it hard to stay connected but it’s so important because these friends and family members are your ultimate support system.



WHAT BOOK SHOULD EVERYONE READ?

I can't keep it simple...depends on your interests.

Business: The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber
Education: Other Peoples Children by Lisa Delpit
Justice: Going Up River: Travels in a Prison Nation by Joseph T. Hallinan
For Leisure: Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

 

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO OTHERS LOOKING TO BRING TRAVEL INTO THEIR LIVES?

I'd say Remote Year is an awesome way to do it! Just enough of the itinerary is planned that you can stay focus on your work, but there is lots of freedom to add your own activities. My favorite part is the community: traveling with a group of folks with a "work hard-play hard" mindset too is awesomesauce.

 

3 THINGS YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT ON THE ROAD? 

WIFI!!!!
Spork (Spoon-Fork-Knife Combo)
Bose speaker

WHAT IS YOUR SECRET TALENT?

Reflexology foot massages (soon)



WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE ON THE GLOBE?

This question really made me think. I like so many different places for so many different reasons. Some places, it’s just about who I was there with (Ambergris Caye). Some places, its about how aesthetically pleasing they were (Crete, Mosi-Oa-Tunya Falls). At the risk of sounding like a complete sapp, which I’m totally not; at end of the day, my favorite place is where love is mutual because it that has created my most powerful, memorable, and positive experiences no matter where I was.



YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE/WORDS TO LIVE BY?

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” - Marianne Anderson



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Remote Profile: Tom Hussey

 

TOM HUSSEY

CO-FOUNDER, ALPHABET SHIRTS / CO-FOUNDER, HUBSCOPE

UNITED KINGDOM

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO COME ON REMOTE YEAR? 

I needed to escape the gravitational pull of old habits and routines so that I could reach escape velocity and embark upon new adventures. For me, it's as much about the internal journey, as an external one. Whoever said, "wherever you go, there you are" is wrong. New experiences and relationships lead to new thought patterns and then a shift in mindset.



WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON FOR THE YEAR?

I've been working on a number of different projects. Recently I just launched a new t-shirt business called Alphabet Shirts. Our mission is to make gifts more personal - one t-shirt at a time.

 

HOW DID YOU FIND YOURSELF A REMOTE ROLE?

I created it rather than found it through negotiations with business partners and investing in self-development by using my savings.

WHO DO YOU HOPE TO BE BY THE END OF REMOTE YEAR?

I hope to be having fun and generating a sustainable remote income, so that where I choose to live is not constrained by work considerations



WHAT BOOK SHOULD EVERYONE READ?

Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach

 

WHAT DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?

Cliche, but there is no typical day. This morning I was pulling together a bid for a large government project in New Zealand and discussing it with my business partner in NZ. This afternoon I was doing some design work for a t-shirt order and chatting on slack with my business partner in England. This evening I'm meeting up with some pals and we're going in search of a good steak.

 

WHERE HAVE YOU LIVED/TRAVELED TO PREVIOUSLY?

I'm from the UK and have lived in Holland, Poland, Thailand, Finland, Japan and New Zealand. Now, I'm not quite where to call home.

WHERE DOES YOUR PASSION FOR TRAVEL COME FROM?

For me living somewhere is different to travel. If you live somewhere for a month you get a better feel for a place and you start to fit in and belong. So, it's more a passion for connecting with this diverse and incredible world we live in.

 

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO OTHERS LOOKING TO BRING TRAVEL INTO THEIR LIVES?

Think about it as an investment in yourself. Traveling for a year is not just about fun, it's about exploring, learning and growing.

 

HOW DO YOU THINK TRAVELLING WILL AFFECT YOUR CURRENT WORK?

It's filling me with ideas and inspiration and new skills (from all the super talented people I'm traveling with who are more than happy to help out and answer questions.)

WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF BEING A DIGITAL NOMAD?

The lack of a constant routine.

 

WHAT IS YOUR SECRET TALENT?

Asking hard questions that lead to deep conversations

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DIGITAL NOMAD HACK?

I have 3 extra brains - evernote for information, omnifocus for actions and moleskine for creative thinking.



YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE/WORDS TO LIVE BY?

Recently, Mario Andretti, "If everything seems under control, you're not going fast enough"



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