Remote Profile: Sila Nur Isik

SILA NUR ISIK

CO-FOUNDER & DIRECTOR, MIND THE AD

TURKEY

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO COME ON REMOTE YEAR? 

Traveling and enlightenment through exploration have always been a passion for me as I believe they open your eyes to alternative means of living and bring fresh perspectives. So I’ve decided to come on Remote Year to be inspired by the different approaches to life, to pursue the next big thing and alternative business/agency models with a remote DNA; as well as for the love of journey and becoming a better me. I wanted to learn, to interact, to establish friendships, a global workforce, and a business network across borders. I also wanted my decision to inspire the people around me to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more.

 

WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON FOR THE YEAR?

Having a digital advertising background, my own business experience, and my newly acquired global perspective on Remote Year, I have been meeting and working with the local accelerators, startups and entrepreneurs in every city we go to. 

 

HOW DID YOU FIND YOURSELF A REMOTE ROLE?

Running my own digital advertising agency for the past 5 years, just before Remote Year I have partnered up with 2 digital startups as a consultant for their product marketing and global business development. So on Remote Year, I have met with local agencies and businesses to promote these projects, and collected unique local feedback to improve their product development and global brand recognition. While doing that, my goal was to meet with different people to establish a business network, to find out about different markets and viewpoints, to rethink my approach to creative and talent, and to connect different worlds to deliver faster and innovative solutions.

HOW DO YOU THINK TRAVELING WILL AFFECT YOUR CURRENT WORK?

While traveling, I have met with different companies and projects from all around the world. Not only I had an amazing global network, I also had the chance to challenge myself with the startups’ local limitations, brainstorm how we can improve them, and apply my know-how and experience for the their digital journeys. I have observed the different working cultures, business structures and startup ecosystems in Europe, Asia and South America, and collaborated with Startup Malaysia, Kyoto Chamber of Commerce, Google Launchpad, Wayra, Startup Chile and UTEC Ventures Peru to mentor startups for their digital marketing and business development. As a result of this, now I have a good understanding of the different markets, visions and challenges around the world, and I can’t wait to apply these learnings to my future ventures. 

 

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

Just the day before I came across Remote Year, I had seen this quote on a tube station notice board in London: “Sometimes we have to travel to the edge of the world to find our center.“ This year, travel has helped me to take this journey of self-discovery, and to learn and appreciate life as a gift. There are amazing things to explore out there, and it is the best decision you can ever make to take that small step and enjoy the ride.

 

WHERE HAVE YOU TRAVELED TO / LIVED PREVIOUSLY? 

I was born and raised in Istanbul, until I moved to London 9 years ago for my postgraduate studies. After that I have settled in London to work, and later on I've set up my own business there. Previously I have also traveled to the USA, most of Europe, North Africa and South America. 

WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE ON THE GLOBE?

My favorite place is wherever I can call home. And I believe I have managed to create new homes for myself on this journey, by being there with all my heart. This way, everywhere we went was a new “favorite” place for me, and I was feeling like I was returning to a place I have never been.

 

WHAT DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?

I spend half of my day finding and reaching to local contacts and preparing presentations, the other half attending to meetings and mentoring sessions, getting to know the startups and entrepreneurs in the local community. Other times I love to explore the city that we are in, to understand the unique lifestyle and culture of each place. I also enjoy taking side trips from time to time, and so far I’ve had the chance to visit Milan for the Expo, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Ha Long Bay, Tokyo, Atacama Desert, Machu Picchu, and Rio de Janeiro for the famous Carnival!
 


DESCRIBE YOUR REMOTE YEAR EXPERIENCE IN 3 WORDS.

Awakening. Adapting. Growing.

 

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

A global citizen.

 

YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE?

"People don’t choose dreams, dreams choose people."

 

 

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Remote Profile: Jessica Noele DeWitt

JESSICA NOELE DEWITT

FREELANCE DESIGNER

USA

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO COME ON REMOTE YEAR? 

After spending the last 29 years of my life doing all the things you are supposed to -- you know -- getting the college degree, the job in New York City, the masters degree and still not feeling like I had found my place I couldn't let another year go by. So I turned 30, gave up the life I had been so careful to build and decided that while the rest of my friends get married and have kids, I am going to eat, pray, love my way to the life I always knew I wanted.

 

WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON FOR THE YEAR?

This year I am facing fear. I am working on defining what being a remote professional means to me. This also means I am working on figuring out how to make money, get clients and be a successful designer on the road. Most people tend to build up their freelance business to a point where they are comfortable quitting their traditional office job, but not me - because why do things that make sense? Instead, I am doing it all at once. Every day is a new lesson, a new victory and a new reason to eat cake.

 

HOW DID YOU FIND YOURSELF A REMOTE ROLE?

I didn't. I am making one. Unfortunately, my previous company was not ready to embrace a remote role and as a result, I took the risk and dropped  my two-weeks notice like Kanye drops a mic. Luckily, my profession lends itself to remote work and I get to spend most of my time hustling for my next client, taking online courses to enhance my skills, and eating snacks. 

 

HOW DO YOU THINK TRAVELING WILL AFFECT YOUR CURRENT WORK?

Traveling is only making me a stronger professional and overall human being. I am constantly surrounded by people, places and things that are giving me new perspectives, challenging my comfort zones and showing me beauty in its simplest of forms. It is also humbling my New York City Bitch by throwing me in new situations that require patience. FYI - ordering a smoothie should not be a 20 minute process. Furthermore, it should not take another 25 minutes to make. I am learning.

 

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

Stop looking to and bring it. If you're still nervous, start small. Go for a weekend away or be a tourist in your own city. Once you've conquered your city, move on to the next and before you know it you're half way across the world falling in love with countries you never thought twice about. Looking at you, Bolivia.

WHERE DOES YOUR PASSION FOR TRAVEL COME FROM?

Probably from fairytales and science fiction movies, books and shows. There is a magic in travel that can't be matched. Give me a fairy godmother, a killer outfit, a TARDIS, and I'm set. Also, my best friend Raquel does a pretty good job at making me jealous of all of her travels. The one with the most countries wins!

 

WHERE HAVE YOU TRAVELED TO / LIVED PREVIOUSLY? 

Made an appearance in Delaware for the first few months of my life but switched coasts to grow up in Arizona (Peoria) and then moved to Tucson, Arizona for college (Bear Down Arizona). From there I moonlighted in Hollywood, CA for a few months, ultimately landing in Brooklyn, NY before Remote Year. As for travel, I am not as well versed as my fellow remotes. However, I am pretty solid on my continental US and have had some crazy moments in Italy, France and the Cayman Islands. You can ask me how I survived a train wreck on your own time.

 

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

1. Music
2. Red lipstick
3. iPhone



FAVORITE PLACE ON THE GLOBE?

Recently, I spent time on the Isla Incahuasi on the Salt Flats in Bolivia, and while that place pulled at my heart strings hard, my favorite place on the globe is still Hotel Congress in Tucson, Arizona. It's my favorite concert venue, brunch spot, bar for late night drinks and dance floor that will always be a party. Keep Tucson Party. 

 

WHAT BOOK SHOULD EVERYONE READ? 

Everyone should just read. Read anything and everything. I love getting lost in Patti Smith's words and New York City punk culture like Leg McNeil's "Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk." Authors like Chuck Klosterman and Miranda July tell stories in a way that keeps me laughing and guessing.

WHAT DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?

I don't do typical. Anymore. Remote Year has showed me what it means to live life the way I want to. Some days I am at the workspace early, sometimes not at all. Some days I sleep in and crush the gym. Other days I eat too much and desperately stream as much Netflix as my internet connection will allow. It's all about finding that balance, not being too hard on yourself and eating ice cream. 

 

YOUR FAVORITE DIGITAL NOMAD HACK?

My favorite hack of this year has quickly become a RY trend. When landing in La Paz, Bolivia my bed was dressed with the most adorable, what can only be described as a table runner, turned scarf. You're welcome, ladies of RY2.

 

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

Carmel. She's from Hawaii -- I think she might have some ideas about what to do on an island. And if not, her laugh turns everything to gold.
 


DESCRIBE YOUR REMOTE YEAR EXPERIENCE IN 3 WORDS.

I'll Venmo you.

 

WHAT IS YOUR SECRET TALENT?

I am your resident pole dance instructor. Three years ago I was certified by ElevatED and taught at a few studios in New York. Shout out to my pole fiends at IncrediPole. If pole dancing isn't your speed, ask me about my gaucho walk.

 

WHERE ARE YOU IN 30 YEARS? 

In 30 years, I will be 60 and probably AirBNBin' my sweet digs in Cabo Polonio to the next class of RY participants, making sure they know how to make Old Maid a drinking game.

 

DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT DAY

I don't know about the whole day - but there will be an ice cream cake that I don't have to share for breakfast, a partly cloudy day on the beach, nachos I don't have to share for lunch, live music in a small venue at night and afterwards a drive under the stars. If we could work getting caught in a monsoon into the days plans that would be perfection.  

 

YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE?

"Money costs too much."

 

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

I know I'll just be a more bad ass version of myself. And if my design work and holistic healing practice take off, I'd count that as a major win. OH! PS. I am also a Reiki practitioner, looking to amplify my offerings and have a solid practice in the works. 
 

 

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Remote Profile: Siri Winter

SIRI WINTER

CO-FOUNDER, NEVER MONDAYS

SWEDEN

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO COME ON REMOTE YEAR? 

I have never truly had one place that I call home, I came close to it while living in New York City but an array of visa issues forced me to leave rather abruptly. During this time a good friend of mine encouraged me to apply to the inaugural RY program and when I got in it just felt right (and scary). Realizing I couldn't stay in New York, and with an amazing opportunity before me, I decided to live in 12 new and very different places instead. 11.5 months later, I am happy to report that there is life after New York!

 

WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON FOR THE YEAR?

I came on to the program as a freelancer in journalism and copywriting, writing about travel, music and the arts for suitcase and ours magazine and crafting original copy for start ups, friends and anyone who asked. While living on the beautiful and very remote island of Koh Phangan fellow remote Chris Scott and I founded a labor of love called Never Mondays, a travelogue inspiring people how to live and work anywhere. Ever since, we have been collecting stories, musings, photographs and advice which are starting to manifest on our website and will eventually come together as a printed magazine. 

 

HOW DID YOU FIND YOURSELF A REMOTE ROLE?

By using my network. I reached out to old colleagues and friends for freelance gigs and projects, it was not always easy (especially with a 12 hour time difference) but I enjoyed the flexibility and freedom. I was always aware that I wanted to incorporate the work travel lifestyle into some sort of creative editorial project. Never Mondays was born out of the desire to inspire people to break out of the routine of daily life.

 

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

Life is meant to be lived in more than one place. 

 

HOW DO YOU THINK TRAVELING WILL AFFECT YOUR CURRENT WORK?

My current work is all about capturing the very essence of a travel work lifestyle, therefore traveling is what's adding fuel to the creative fire. 

WHERE DOES YOUR PASSION FOR TRAVEL COME FROM?

My grandfather from my father's side was a very adventurous brain surgeon. He worked as the head doctor for a cruise ship in the caribbean, traveled extensively, and spoke upwards of 5 languages. Even on his deathbed he was cracking jokes and learning Japanese. I like to think that his intrepid spirit was passed on to me.

 

WHERE HAVE YOU TRAVELED TO / LIVED PREVIOUSLY? 

I have lived in London, a tiny mountain town in Switzerland, Boston, LA, New York and Stockholm. Before Remote Year I had traveled all over Europe, quite a lot of Mexico, some parts of South East Asia, Cape Town, The Maldives, Caribbean. 

 

WHAT ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT?

I am very passionate about music and story telling. Traveling has made me think a whole lot more about how we can take better care of our planet and its people. I have yet to figure out how I can combine my passions and make a positive impact on the world.

 

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

Earphones, Spotify, a sense of humor.  



FAVORITE PLACE ON THE GLOBE?

Formentera, the smallest of Spain's Balearic islands. Skiing in Verbier, Switzerland with my family is high on the list as well. 

 

WHAT BOOK SHOULD EVERYONE READ? 

Scar Tissue By Anthony Kiedis.

 

WHO'S THE MOST INTERESTING PERSON YOU'VE MET WHILE TRAVELING?

Hannah Camarata, because she has lived so many lives. I also believe she is part super-hero. 

 

WHAT'S THE BEST PART ABOUT BEING A DIGITAL NOMAD?

The abundance of unexpected multi-sensory experiences that can occur in a regular work week. 

 

WHAT'S THE MOST CHALLENGING PART ABOUT BEING A DIGITAL NOMAD? 

Keeping in touch with family. I recently became an aunt and it's heart breaking being away from him while he grows and changes on a daily basis. 

 

YOUR FAVORITE DIGITAL NOMAD HACK?

I make playlists constantly. Music is a beautiful way of remembering a place and moment in time when constantly on the move. Also, Trevor (Trevdad) is my planner of side trips, one day there will be an app for that. 

 

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

I can't pick just one but I would need all of my un-professional human beings. They know who they are.


DESCRIBE YOUR REMOTE YEAR EXPERIENCE IN 3 WORDS.

Great View, (but) Difficult. 

 

WHAT IS YOUR SECRET TALENT?

Coming up with band names. 

WHERE ARE YOU IN 30 YEARS? 

Settled down with a family somewhere close to nature with lot's of laughter wrinkles. Satisfied but still adventurous (and attending all the music festivals).

 

DESCRIBE YOUR TYPICAL DAY

Every day is different. This month in Lima I've been waking up at 7am, walking down to the beach with a coffee, surfing until 9am and then cooking breakfast and heading to work for the day. Last week the day ended with a cold beer at a Jose Gonzalez concert under the stars. As Marc Johnson would say; "I love my life!". 

 

YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE?

The night before I left for Remote Year I had a mental breakdown of sorts and one of my oldest friends Paul sent me a message that I often re-read. I think it applies to big life decisions in general, not just travel: "I'm sure you'll do fine, and more than that, you will thank the day you got the balls and determination to do it. You're stronger than you think and I know you'll make the best out of it, but you have to remember to be willing to try everything at least once and not open the parachute too early. Push push push for more."  

 

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

Full of experiences and shaped for the better by our beautiful planet and the incredibly smart and curious humans I have traveled with and encountered along the way. 

 

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Remote Profile: Reid Peryam

REID PERYAM

VOODOO SORCERER, CAP LOGISTICS

USA

 

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO COME ON REMOTE YEAR? 

When dreaming of winning the Lottery Jackpot the first thing I have always planned to do is travel around the world.

My sister Tracy forwarded me a media blurb about Remote Year in a two word email that read: "Do. This." I refer to it as an "uh-oh" moment which meant that the opportunity, exploration and growth afforded by Remote Year was necessary in my life but it was also daunting to accommodate it. I own a home in Denver along with a dog and two cars and work at a job that I really love. "Uh-oh" meant something had to give.

But it didn't -- I rented out my furnished home and left Rodeo with my Dad and kept working for my company.

I got to live my Lottery Jackpot dream without winning the Lottery Jackpot.

 

WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON FOR THE YEAR?

I'm a Voodoo Sorcerer at Cap Logistics, an international freight and expedited shipping company that services industrial service companies. Programmagic prestidigitation, digital alchemy and conjures; that's my Hoodoo. Remote Year has been a tremendous catalyst within our own company as other employees have successfully modeled the remote-work lifestyle as well.

Unprofessionally I've been focused on hobbies - fitness training, photography and writing as I balance exploration and learning Spanish for the first time; recently in Lima I'm focused on doing my best to not suck at surfing.

 

HOW DID YOU FIND YOURSELF A REMOTE ROLE?

"Necessity of action takes away the fear of the act, and makes bold resolution the favorite of fortune." -Francis Quarles

I had already picked an employer that valued me as much as others say they do so I was all set. The non-obvious part is that to get to this point I spent 15 years of my live building the career, experience and trust to make that happen. That part was really hard and not much fun.

 

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

The hardest part is to jettison material, social and monetary obligations that try their hardest to hold you right where you are. Once you cut the spider webs you feel free -- and you never want to land in another spider's web again.

WHERE DOES YOUR PASSION FOR TRAVEL COME FROM?

My mother's father was drafted into the First World War dropped out of Harvard to work in the Pacific Northwest as a forester. At age 22 he took a freight boat along with a sack of literature to Tahiti where he lived for a year. He served in the Second World War and practiced his French while shaving. By the time I knew him he was a grumpy (I thought) nonagenarian and passed away when I was twelve years old. I often imagine that the two of us would be good friends if we had lived more contemporaneously. 

 

WHERE HAVE YOU TRAVELED TO / LIVED PREVIOUSLY? 

Before Remote Year I had traveled to 23 countries - by the time I return home that number will have been exactly doubled while using a total 9 days of time off. People wonder if Remote Year is worth it for them; if they have to wonder -- it isn't.

 

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

A gym with a real squat rack
My Fujifilm X-100T camera - can see my shots at here and here.
My travel journal - I have three volumes over the past 12 years. Looking forward to filling a library in my lifetime.



WHERE'S YOUR FAVORITE PLACE ON THE GLOBE?

Carbon County, Wyoming. My family has owned a cattle ranch outside Riverside, Wyoming (population 85) for 150 years and after living in multiple cities and now countries, no place comes close -- it's the best. That doesn't mean I'll stop searching though. After Remote Year ends I'll continue working internationally, remotely starting with Bogota, Colombia, Quito, Ecuador and Munich, Germany.

WHAT BOOK SHOULD EVERYONE READ? 

I don't recommend anything to everyone but here are books I love:

Red Sky at Morning by Richard Bradford
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius (nonfiction)
The Shelfish Gene by Richard Dawkins (nonfiction)
Tooth and Claw by T.C. Boyle

 

WHAT'S THE BEST PART ABOUT BEING A DIGITAL NOMAD?

Rediscovery of everything I thought I had already discovered - every country is like a parallel universe and when I set foot into a new one without the baggage of expectations I feel like I am doing everything for the first time.

 

WHAT'S THE MOST CHALLENGING PART ABOUT BEING A DIGITAL NOMAD? 

For me it's food -- I am often frustrated with the inability to eat when, how or where I want: why is it so hard for everyone in the world to accommodate my individual needs and preferences? 
The other ""challenges"" are just first world problems that I enjoy laughing at myself about.

 

YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE?

"Joyful people view the world in a lens that calibrates their perception with a view towards possibility versus constraints." - Shervin Pishevar

"Caelum non animum mutant qui trans mare currunt"
[They change their sky, not their soul, who rush across the sea.]
- Horace, Epistle XI

"Focus requires sacrifice" - Greg Underwood
 


DESCRIBE YOUR REMOTE YEAR EXPERIENCE IN 3 WORDS.

Piece. Of. Cake.

 

WHAT ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT?

Growth
Certainty
Exploration
Imagination
Freedom
Inspiration

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

Remote Year is already ending for us Original Gangsters. I have mastered the art of being comfortable while uncomfortable. I used to hate deviating from my routine, now I relish recreating one in each new city I live in. I live better with fewer things. I can steer myself through the social chaos of a group of 70 and laugh along the way. I prefer living in places that are interesting, challenging and stimulating instead of easy and comfortable. I make diarrhea sick. Hey world -- what else you got?

 

WHERE ARE YOU IN 30 YEARS? 

In April in the early morning while I was living in Santiago, Chile I dropped into a coffee shop on the way to the gym. There was a well-dressed older man, standing at the counter drinking espresso, sport coat, scarf, long white hair combed back. His name was Fernando he was magnanimously, exuberantly asking me who I was. Fernando told me how he was a travelling actor performing in Santiago -- though originally he was Uruguayan and had lived in London and Italy. He was born of travel and had enjoyed it throughout his life. He has five children (the oldest 42, the youngest 12) and ex-wives scattered across the globe. He was the happiest man I ever recall meeting and just as happy to entertain me with questions on my own travels. Did I also find the Western Europeans rather frigid? Was I enjoying myself? Taking heed of the tremendous opportunities I was encountering? He took hearty pleasure in my assured "yes" -- and I watched him see himself as me and as he was. Fernando stared through the open doorway I had entered though and for a moment saw it as a windowed vortex to his former youth. He smiled at me. When I reached the work space later that morning I wrote that the universe had deemed it necessary for me to continue my current live path.

 

WHO'S THE MOST INTERESTING PERSON YOU'VE MET WHILE TRAVELING?

The most interesting people I have met this year are my fellow Original Gangsters of Remote Year 1 who lasted all twelve months. Like the survivors of some Darwinian gladiator combat arena you tattered, rag-tag misfits beat the odds to kick ass on three continents. Varied in age, industry, color and nationality these men and women have impressed me with their mastery of a lifestyle at ages I envy and are vastly ahead of what I had figured out in my early 20s. I have learned more from you and your creative, hilarious, crying, joyous and tortured selves and as a result myself than any cute grand mother from a third world nation someone else will answer this question with. 

I will pick you guys up from the airport
I will bail you out of jail
I will give you the shirt off of my back
I will listen to the friend of a girl you want to date for hours
I will travel around the world with you again.

XOXOX
Reid

 

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Remote Profile: Mitch Mraz

MITCH MRAZ

ASSOCIATE, AFTON PARTNERS

USA

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO COME ON REMOTE YEAR? 

I think it’s because I’m more comfortable being outside of my comfort zone, if that makes sense. The idea just sounded so much more enticing than settling down, buying a place, and continuing to live for the weekends, which is what a lot of my friends were doing. I wanted to grow personally in bigger, bolder ways. That, and I have a serious fear of commitment when it comes to cities at this stage in my life. 

Living in Chicago for the past three years had been great, but during my time there it became increasingly clear to me that traveling extensively to learn from new people and foreign cultures was something that I needed to do. And I knew that I wanted to do that now - not when I’m 65+, retired, with fake joints and questionable energy - but now. While most of us want to “travel” or “see the world”, few are able to make it happen for various reasons: many legitimate, some debatable. I pondered some excuses away and had previously worked up some sketchy plans to put the career thing on hold for a while, pack up, ship out, and explore South America indefinitely. The more I planned, the more I realized that while there are MANY benefits to that type of gallivanting, there were two major drawbacks, as I saw it: 1) an unstable income through various small jobs would be a constant concern and limitation, and 2) I would be all by my lonesome for most of the trip, and I know that good conversation and new relationships are major contributors to the enjoyment of travel. 

Remote Year offered up an alternative to ease my concerns about solo travel and a platform seemingly legitimate enough for my professional colleagues to trust that I would be able seamlessly transition to a remote role abroad. I was sold right away, and it ended up being a no brainer. 


 

WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON FOR THE YEAR?

I work in the education finance space. My colleagues at Afton Partners and I have been helping public schools and funders of education reform in the States with things like sustainability planning, operational efficiency and effectiveness, funding equity and transparency, and aligning resources to strategy. I have a finance background, so a lot of my time this year has been spent analyzing large data sets and building financial models in Microsoft Excel. Oftentimes I can jam on this type of work on my own time offline, which is nice for a remote gig. This year I’ve worked on multiple different projects including some fun ones with philanthropies looking for guidance on funding new, bold, innovative academic models.


 

HOW DID YOU FIND YOURSELF A REMOTE ROLE?

Relationships… and years of built trust. My current role is with the same firm that I’ve been with for three years now. Afton is small and nimble – we currently have seven employees living in five different cities. While I wasn’t previously working from beaches in Bali, I was either working at the client site or working remotely in the States. I’m incredibly fortunate to work for and with great people who understood that much of the work I was doing could be done from anywhere, assuming there is decent WiFi.


 

HOW DO YOU THINK TRAVELING WILL AFFECT YOUR CURRENT WORK?

Happy employees make productive employees, and I know that I've been both happier and no less productive in my role while traveling. I knew my role would shift slightly from a client facing one to more of a support role, but that was a conscious choice on my part. 


 

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

Do it for the Insta… Nah, I would say that you don’t know what you’re missing until you get out there, so get movin’. So much to see and so much to learn! The internet is your friend (Foursquare, Google Maps, Airbnb, etc.), and things will fall into place. Wander with patience and an open mind. Make connections and live like a local. 

I would also quote my friend and fellow Remote Steph Walden who writes, “Travel is often difficult, uncomfortable and draining — but that's not a reason to throw in the towel. Because when the heartbreakingly beautiful, surreal, unimaginable experiences do happen, they're even more breathtaking in person than they look behind a carefully selected Instagram filter.”

WHERE DOES YOUR PASSION FOR TRAVEL COME FROM?

I think it comes from some combination of my fear of the mundane and my curiosity. 


 

YOUR FAVORITE DIGITAL NOMAD HACK? 

Tethering in general and strategic use of the mute button for calls - absolute game changers.


 

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

Kindle, SpeedTest.net, iPhone Smart Battery Case
 



WHERE'S YOUR FAVORITE PLACE ON THE GLOBE?

KAM’S bar at the University of Illinois in Champaign… no, in all seriousness this question just isn’t fair, and I don’t like it one bit. Each spot has its unique appeal and charm, and that’s essentially why I’ve come to realize that I don’t think I can settle down or even sign a one-year-long lease any time soon. There have been tiny, quaint towns where you feel like you are able to intimately come to know each nook and cranny (ie. Cavtat), and there have been huge, bustling cities that you leave feeling you have much yet to explore (ie. Istanbul). There have been cities renowned for night life and partying (ie. Osaka), and there have been cities that are renowned for temple exploration and mediation (ie. Kyoto and Ubud). With something to love about each spot that I’ve been, I think that my answer to this question right now, in short, would have to be Bali, Indonesia. Bali offered the largest variety, and it’s where I was introduced to the ultimate freedom that is renting a scooter for just $3 USD per day. High hopes that I will find my favorite spot where I’m spending the first month after the program – Sayulita, Mexico. 

WHAT BOOK SHOULD EVERYONE READ? 

“East of Eden” by John Steinbeck (my current read - thanks Chris) and “Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar” by Cheryl Strayed (thanks Nate) 

 

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

Nicki Adler for the constant entertainment. Obviously. 

 

YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE?

"The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience."
- Eleanor Roosevelt

"Do you realize… that everyone you know someday will die? And instead saying all of your goodbyes, let them know you realize that life goes fast. It’s hard to make the good things last. You realize the sun doesn’t go down, it’s just an illusion caused by the world spinning ‘round."
- The Flaming Lips

That and pretty much the entire “This is Water” commencement speech by David Foster Wallace.
 


DESCRIBE YOUR REMOTE YEAR EXPERIENCE IN 3 WORDS.

Agua con gas

 

WHAT ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT?

Education reform - so much work to do!

WHAT'S THE MOST CHALLENGING PART ABOUT BEING A DIGITAL NOMAD? 

Weddings back home have become quite the predicament for me this year. It’s really tough to have to tell close friends that you won’t be able to fly in from another continent for their wedding day (or more importantly, for their bachelor party).

 

WHO'S THE MOST INTERESTING PERSON YOU'VE MET WHILE TRAVELING?

This year has been full of encounters with truly interesting folks, and there are fifty of them traveling alongside me every day. I’m always interested in the people who had plans to visit a particular place for a few days and end up staying there for a few years. I met Yvon Chevard (rock climber / surfer / environmentalist / founder of Patagonia, Inc.) on a flight out of Chile, and it’s honestly hard to come across a more interesting person. I’m now reading his book, “Let My People Go Surfing”.  

 

WHAT DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?

There isn’t a typical day. No routine, and that’s how I like it. I actually actively try to avoid being in the same spot twice if I can – so I’m on an anti-routine of sorts... Generally though, in most of the Asian countries I had a motor bike so I would pack a day bag, scoot to find breakfast and hop on email, work for a bit out of some café or at our provided workspace, then scoot to check out some local attraction or beach, then work for a bit more, then grab a dinner and drinks with friends, with a few beautiful interactions with locals sprinkled in here and there.

 

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

Same guy just Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.

 

 

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Remote Profile: Geetika Agrawal

GEETIKA AGRAWAL

FOUNDER, VAWAA; CREATIVE DIRECTOR, R/GA

INDIA


WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO COME ON REMOTE YEAR? 

Sometimes you just have to kick yourself out of the nest, especially when a parachute gets handed to you and all you have to do is fly. I had been dreaming of combining my travel and work life for a while but it always felt daunting to do it alone. So, when my friends (and fellow remotes) Gaurabh and Anuja told me about Remote Year over a sunny brunch in New Orleans, I instantly knew I had found my parachute. 

 

WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON FOR THE YEAR?

My dream. No seriously, I worked this year on launching a travel start-up idea that I’d been noodling on for a while. 

VAWAA | Vacation With An Artist is a way for travelers to spend their vacation in artist studios around the world, learning a new skill. Unlike a workshop/ course, the idea is to spend one-on-one time with the artist in their studio to learn the skill, participate in the everyday creative process and/or collaborate on a project – usually lasting anywhere from 2 days to 2 weeks. Some of the artists include a photographer in Slovenia, clothing designer in Vietnam, music producer in Uruguay, calligrapher in Japan, tango dancer in Argentina, cook in Malaysia, leather shoemaker in Prague to bamboo bicycle maker in India. 

I also co-founded Food For Thought with my friend Anuja. It is a dinner event created by travelers, for locals. As we travel around the world, we find a local host who is willing to open their kitchen and home for the event. Then we prepare food from different cultures and invite a small group of locals for dinner, conversations and travel stories.

Looking back, I could not have done this sitting in New York. Pinch me! 

 

HOW DID YOU FIND YOURSELF A REMOTE ROLE?

Before I started Remote Year, I was working as a Creative Director at R/GA, a New York based digital agency. I took a one-year sabbatical to work on VAWAA and Food For Thought

 

HOW DO YOU THINK TRAVELING WILL AFFECT YOUR CURRENT WORK?

Ah! This is the part that I am still processing. I have loved every bit of traveling and working, but I have also realized that I love the idea of home. Since I was used to working regular office hours, it took a while to find my groove working from anywhere/anytime. It was hard to stay disciplined with all the distractions of travel. And then one day, I realized how easy it had become. I was walking to the co-working space in Uruguay and just the day before I was doing meetings in Argentina. The sense of displacement didn’t exist anymore and inspirations were continuously flowing in. I want to carry this feeling with me and find ways to integrate it into my regular lifestyle when I get back home. I will love to hear from other nomads who’ve done this before. 
 


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

It’s addictive. Do it at your own risk. 

 

DESCRIBE YOUR REMOTE YEAR EXPERIENCE SO FAR IN 3 WORDS.

Life Goal. Checked.
 


WHERE DOES YOUR PASSION FOR TRAVEL COME FROM?

My mum says I rushed her into labor. She also has stories of my two-year-old self running to the door with my shoes on as soon as I sensed my grandfather going for a walk. I think she may have an answer when she says I was “born with wheels on my feet”.

 

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

Being a digital nomad is not as pretty as an Instagram filter in reality. There are a lot of challenges but the two I struggled with the most were: 

First, packing up every time we moved to a new place. I didn’t mind it in the beginning and in fact I’m so good at it now that I can pack my entire life in a city in 20 minutes. But, the thought of it itself gets tiring after a while. 

Second, I missed having my trusted network of friends who I could share ideas with. There is a lot of inspiration on the road but sometimes you need your sounding board to help you filter through it. 

 

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

There have been many interesting people I met on the road but the most recent one is a guy I met at our co-working space in Santiago, Chile. He is Chilean, grew up with Waldorf education and a life story that had no parallels to mine. Our first conversation was whimsical and silly. A week later I found out that he is a genius with a 4 month-old technology start up and investors lining up at the door. He is the anti-thesis of a typical entrepreneur - anti-pitch and full of imagination and play. He has even written songs about it. One evening, he took some friends and I on a spontaneous adventure up the hill in his bus to see the starry sky and view of Santiago at night. Wish I had made notes of everything he said that evening - but I was too busy listening, laughing and following his imagination. 
 


WHERE ARE YOU IN 30 YEARS?

In space with my family and friends, on the dance floor playing the cajon. And when it gets all serious, doing something good for the world. 

 

WHAT'S YOUR SECRET TALENT?

Jeff Walsh says I have a secret talent to look and peer into a person’s soul. But that’s creepy! So let’s ignore that and focus on my other talent of dancing to any beat ever created. 
 


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

A good moisturizer, some spices and someone to share the road with. 

 

YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE?

I love this quote by Marianne Williamson and find something new in it every time I read it. 

“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, and 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 will not 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 is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” 

 

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

Same old free spirit, with more stories to tell ;) Also, a better cook, friend, sister and daughter. 


 

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Remote Profile: Fabio Martinazzo

FABIO MARTINAZZO

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & SALES CONSULTANT

BRAZIL

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO COME ON REMOTE YEAR? 

The community factor definitely stood out to me. Since I first heard of Remote Year I got really excited to meet and travel for one year with 75 likeminded people that would become friends, have fun with them, learn with them, create lifelong relationships. Also RY came in a moment when I was looking for some change in my professional life, in addition to being bored of the 9x5 traditional office situation I wanted to try myself in a more nomadic lifestyle.

 

WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON FOR THE YEAR?

I’m working as an independent International Business Developer and Sales Consultant for the IT/Telecommunication industry. Currently my main client is Datacom, the company I used to work at before Remote Year. Datacom is based in Brazil and is the leading manufacturer of telecommunication network equipment in Latin America, focused on Ethernet and IP solutions. Our main focus is developing business with the Telecom Operators. 

More recently I also joined a side project helping on the research and production of a webseries and short documentary about Digital Nomads, as well as being myself one of the characters of the story. The project is called E-Nomads and is a production of Skylab Filmes from Porto Alegre.

 

HOW DID YOU FIND YOURSELF A REMOTE ROLE?

I negotiated with my ex-employer to leave the company and keep working for them as a contractor during RY. It was an easy transition since as an employee my activities already included business trips, so I was pretty used to working from hotels, coffee shops, airports, partner’s office, client’s office, etc. I was also very used to work from different time zones, since my business trips were mainly abroad. All of that had taught me and prepared me to be very clear with people from the office about, for instance, what time they could reach me and when they could expect answers for their emails considering the time zone I was working from.

 

DESCRIBE YOUR REMOTE YEAR EXPERIENCE SO FAR IN 3 WORDS.

Freedom, friendship, wild.


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

Plan it and do it! Traveling brings you out of your comfort zone and will teach you a lot, it is a self-knowledge process. Be ready for surprises along the way though, not everything works out fine sometimes, just relax and face these challenges and hard times when they come, you are going to grow and be a better person afterwards.
 


WHERE DOES YOUR PASSION FOR TRAVEL COME FROM?

This is a good one, it brings me nice memories from my childhood in the countryside of Brazil in a small town close to the border with Argentina… I remember when I was at the banks of the river that separates the two countries, I used to wonder how the people on that other side look like, how differently they speak, what do they eat? The other side was physically so close but at the same time so far for a little kid, going there seemed so adventurous and somehow dangerous, I wanted so hard to go there and explore.

 

WHERE HAVE YOU LIVED/TRAVELED TO PREVIOUSLY?

I have only lived in Brazil, but fortunately I had the opportunity to travel a considerable amount for work and because of that I know pretty well most of Brazil and South America. Before RY I had also traveled to Egypt, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Spain, México, Costa Rica and the USA.

 

WHERE'S YOUR FAVORITE PLACE ON THE GLOBE?

Anywhere with lots of sun, ocean, sand and beach vibes where I can practice many kinds of sports and outdoor activities surrounded by people with great energy… bonus for spiritual development opportunities in the area… I’ve found this perfect mix in Bali, some places in Australia and Thailand, besides my beloved Rio de Janeiro.
 


WHERE ARE YOU IN 30 YEARS?

At the beach.

 

WHAT'S YOUR SECRET TALENT?

To share nice and warm hugs.

 

WHAT ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT?

Anything and everything related to outdoors activities, sports and traveling… having all of them together is perfect!
 


YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE?

"Choose what makes your heart flutter despite all the consequences!”  Osho

 

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

Havaianas, chocolate, an open heart.


WHAT BOOK SHOULD EVERYONE READ? 

Living in the present and grounded is a great thing, and a book that helped me with that is "The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment" by Eckhart Tolle.

Also, any book from Osho will teach and inspire you a lot… 

 

DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT DAY.

Breakfast with a nice company and healthy food, then walk a few meters outside a cozy beach house and enter the ocean with a surf board and the sun on my face... then hang out on the beach, eventually have one or five caipirinhas and seafood… a nap in a hammock… in the afternoon go explore something new, in the nature. In the evening a yoga or meditation session, then a chill night with good friends, food and music.

 

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

I want to have a better understanding of the world I live in, more aware of other cultures, peoples and ways of living life around the globe. With my experience I also want to help and inspire other people to work location-independent, with more freedom, healthier, happier. 

 

Remote Profile: Chrissy Barnum

CHRISSY BARNUM

MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT, ACCENTURE

USA


WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO COME ON REMOTE YEAR? 

I really wanted to take a year to challenge my (rather traditional) perception of what constitutes a successful and happy career. 

Also, we live in a beautiful and amazing world full of fascinating people...I can't think of a single good reason to turn down an opportunity to go out and see it.

 

WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON FOR THE YEAR?

I am supporting Accenture's Nonprofit Group, which is headquartered in Washington, DC and serves a large variety of nonprofit clients. I'll work with my team on business development, market research, internal collaboration and knowledge sharing, and more. I have an awesome job, and I think we're doing great things to make the world a better place. We also make several hilarious jokes per day. 

On the side, I'm blogging about social entrepreneurs all over the world on my site, www.impactbeacon.com. I am having an absurd amount of fun with it.  

 

HOW DID YOU FIND YOURSELF A REMOTE ROLE?

I found a wonderful team at Accenture with leaders who believe in supporting their people and creating an environment that is the best place to work. Then I asked them if I could do Remote Year and for reasons I still don't fully understand, they (read: she...thanks Elaine) said yes. 

I've also heard through the grapevine that getting what you want is this funny thing that exists at the intersection of opportunity, preparation and hard work. But whatever, let's not overthink this one.

 

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

Go bring travel into your life. 

You'll probably get lost at least one time and that is fine. You will survive. You should also know that your GPS in google maps will work even if you don't have local service. Use the blue dot, people, use the blue dot. 

WHERE HAVE YOU LIVED/TRAVELED TO PREVIOUSLY?

Lived: Connecticut, North Carolina, Washington DC, Madrid, Zambia
Traveled: Thailand, Turkey, France, Spain, Morocco, Germany, Norway, Italy, Netherlands, UK, Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, Canada, Uruguay, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Mexico, Zambia, Botswana and various locations in the Caribbean

 

WHERE DOES YOUR PASSION FOR TRAVEL COME FROM?

I'm very fortunate to have been raised by parents who gave me every opportunity to travel. From an early age, I've traveled within the US and overseas. I've got the bug and it's never going away.

 

DESCRIBE YOUR REMOTE YEAR EXPERIENCE SO FAR IN 3 WORDS.

What the heck?

 

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

Dustin Johnson because he's a pilot. No one said there wasn't a plane on the island. Got you on a technicality, Remote Year. 

 

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

My head, my heart, and my toothbrush. 

 

WHERE'S YOUR FAVORITE PLACE ON THE GLOBE?

1. Maya Bay, Thailand at sunset
2.The Zambezi River at sunrise
3. Paris, France all the time

 

YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE?

“That which we manifest is before us; we are the creators of our own destiny. Be it through intention or ignorance, our successes and our failures have been brought on by none other than ourselves.” 
― Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain


WHAT BOOK SHOULD EVERYONE READ? 

It's impossible to pick just one. I read The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver years ago and still consider it one of the best reads I've had, so let's go with that.  
 


WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF BEING A DIGITAL NOMAD?

I live everyone and nowhere all at once. This has given me a previously unknown sense of absolute independence.

Wait--this feels like the right moment for an Instagram! 

 

WHAT'S THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF BEING A DIGITAL NOMAD? 

Food poisoning, missing friends and family, and making the switch from seeing my colleagues 40-60 hours per week to 0 hours per week. 

 

DESCRIBE YOUR TYPICAL DAY.

I enjoyed my life as an early bird back in DC, so I like to be up and about before 8-8:30 (it was definitely earlier than that back in DC), usually with a caffeinated beverage. Checking my blog's stats while getting my daily dose of T Swift wakes me up and motivates me to go do something productive, seemingly without fail. Throughout the day at work, you can find me tap tap tapping away on my computer, and while I try to get a lot done, I always make time for lunch. I also make sure to set aside time for at least one sarcastic comment and at least one sincere comment. After work, I dabble in exercise, dinner, and exploring the location of the month. Also, my life in DC certainly taught me to appreciate the inherent value of happy hour, and I occasionally revisit that. 

Of course, this may all very likely change once we hit Europe and I'm in a vastly different time zone from my team at work. Alas, flexibility is everything when working remotely. 

 

WHERE ARE YOU IN 30 YEARS?

I'm speaking at Duke University commencement about the importance of using one's education and talents to build something that will make the world stronger, healthier and/or happier. I obviously take a moment to reflect on my twenties and feel grateful for all of the amazing people and places I encountered.

After the speech, I visit the campus gardens with my best friends from Duke, who I still see very regularly. Then I head out to attend my annual Remote Year reunion, which happens to be taking place on the moon. 

I also have a happy family life and career, but I couldn't possibly jinx all of that by describing it here. How could you even ask that of me?

 

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

An absolute badass and, ideally, an inspiration for young women who want to live a happy life and engage with their world.
 

 

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Remote Profile: Kimley Foster

KIMLEY FOSTER

FOUNDER, GOWILDHEART.COM

AUSTRALIA


WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO COME ON REMOTE YEAR? 

Definitely the opportunity to travel with such an interesting group of people with diverse backgrounds was a huge drawcard, as was having everything organised for me. I was already living remotely, but looking for something more and when I heard about Remote Year it seemed like a no-brainer. The stars aligned, as they say…

 

WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON FOR THE YEAR?

I’ve just launched a line of ethically made, eco-friendly leggings, www.GoWildheart.com. It was both challenging and rewarding doing it from the road - and so opening! It was an idea I got while on Remote Year and it truly is a passion project, but I hope it’s also one that makes a difference in the world.

P.S.  After months on the new biz roller-coaster, the Remote Year community (Yes! That’s you!) can receive 20% off your order so you can take that saving, buy a drink and celebrate with me :)
Code is: RYcommunitylove

 

HOW DID YOU FIND YOURSELF A REMOTE ROLE?

The nomad life was always on the cards for me, and I had quit my job and was working for myself as a freelance digital marketer. But I never imagined Remote year would lead to a complete change in career!! Life is full of surprises...

 

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

I would say GO FOR IT, but be ready for some challenges along the way that may make you question a lot of things – most importantly about yourself. Take it all as it comes, and don't get too worked up.

While travel is absolutely life changing in every way, working while traveling is another level. The growth that comes with it is amazing though, and worth every transformational second.
 


WHERE HAVE YOU LIVED/TRAVELED TO PREVIOUSLY?

I have a Malaysian mother and an Australian father, so growing up I spent a lot of time in Asia, but have also travelled a lot across Europe and the U.S.

I also lived in Japan for three years, which was heaps of fun and definitely way out there! I miss it everyday.

 

WHAT ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT?

Nothing scares me more than the idea of not living the life we truly want to live with all of our heart. So many of us are so fortunate to have been afforded the freedom and adventure we take for granted everyday, and this really hits home when you travel. In the end, I want us all to know with true contentment that we lived our lives deeply, truly and consciously with all of our being, and with our hearts wide open.



WHERE'S YOUR FAVORITE PLACE ON THE GLOBE?

This is hard, but I would have to say India. The people, the colours, the landscapes, the spiritual side - It’s truly life-changing in so many ways. And the food is AMAZING.

 

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

Apart from the obvious work gear, I also love my kindle, my camera and leggings!
Ok, and my sneakers. I went 3 months without them. I don't recommend it.
 


WHAT IS YOUR SECRET TALENT?

Mine is simple, but awesome :) I don’t get hangovers! EVER.

 

YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE?

“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” 
― Arundhati Roy

 

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

Feeling like you're always on the go, and always on! 

 

WHAT IS THE BEST PART ABOUT BEING A DIGITAL NOMAD?

I love the freedom and variety that comes with waking up somewhere new. And the fun of doing a full day’s work and exploring a new city all in one day. But the best thing would be the people you meet along the way – the unlikely, and sometimes quirky, friendships and partnerships that surprise you!

 

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

Kate Moss.
No, just a better version of me - better cook, better designer, better photographer, better poet - better everything! Can't ask for much more. And realistically don't think I'll ever be a better poet...

 

 

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Remote Profile: Rebecca Ives Rubin

REBECCA IVES RUBIN

CEO, THE PURSUIT OF FABULOUS

USA


WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO COME ON REMOTE YEAR? 

I was longing for adventure and travel.  I'd been running my own coaching business full-time for about a year and realized I could be doing my work from anywhere--so I applied and the rest is history!

 

WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON FOR THE YEAR?

Growing my business -- I am a marketing + mindset coach for women entrepreneurs in the "live your best life" space. I help the women I work with to get their first paid clients (like, yesterday!) and create a stand-out online presence.  You can learn more at www.thepursuitoffabulous.com

I'm also working on a few creative writing projects.

 

HOW DID YOU FIND YOURSELF A REMOTE ROLE?

A year and a half ago I was working full-time while growing a life coaching business on the side and got totally burnt out (read: jam-packed workdays eating lunch at my desk, late nights + weekends hunched over a computer screen, popping Advil like a multivitamin due to chronic headaches and living in my mom’s basement to save every penny I could for my business).

I was chasing my dream…but my reality felt anything but dreamy.

I knew it was time for a big change so with the support of a coach I finally gained the courage to make the leap into full-time entrepreneurship.

Within 6 months I had surpassed my former corporate salary and things have continued to go well. But more importantly, I am now able to spend my days doing work that lights me up (rather than squeezing my passions around the edges of a jam-packed schedule).

 

HOW DO YOU THINK TRAVELING WILL AFFECT YOUR CURRENT WORK?

I think the fact that I'm living a somewhat unconventional life that really lights me up is inspiring to potential clients--especially if they would like to create something similar for themselves. So far it's been good for business!

 

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

Get clear on where/how you'd ideally like to travel first.  Then begin taking small baby steps towards that vision (Google is your friend).  And don't let anyone tell you your travel dreams are out of reach--SO MUCH MORE is possible than it once was when it comes to the way we design our lives and careers. It's very, very possible to work remotely.
 


WHERE HAVE YOU LIVED/TRAVELED TO PREVIOUSLY?

I've lived in DC most of my life, lived in Nashville, TN for 4 years (went college at Vanderbilt, University), studied abroad in South Africa and then went back to DC.  I've also traveled all around Europe, to the Bahamas, Israel, and Costa Rica. 

 

WHERE DOES YOUR PASSION FOR TRAVEL COME FROM?

Ever since I studied abroad in South Africa my junior year of college I've been hooked on travel.  I LOVE meeting new people, exploring different places, immersing myself in new cultures and, of course, eating delicious food.

 

YOUR FAVORITE DIGITAL NOMAD HACK? 

Dry Shampoo...my fellow girly girls will understand!

 

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

Fast Wifi
Laptop
A "go with the flow" attitude
 


WHERE'S YOUR FAVORITE PLACE ON THE GLOBE?

So far it has been Stellenbosch, South Africa.  But I'm really excited to go to Thailand in November (Koh Phangan looks like heaven on earth).
 


WHAT BOOK SHOULD EVERYONE READ? 

The Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte

 

DESCRIBE YOUR REMOTE YEAR EXPERIENCE SO FAR IN 3 WORDS.

Exciting
Fun
Slightly Uncomfortable (in a good way).

Ok that's more than 3...but I hate rules ;)

 

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

My boyfriend, Leo Franco (we met on the trip!).  He's very fun annnnd something tells me he would be a lot better at figuring out how to get off the island/survive in the wild than I would.

 

YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE?

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
-Unknown


WHAT IS YOUR SECRET TALENT?

I'm a little bit psychic.

 

WHAT ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT?

Helping women design lives + businesses they love.

 

WHERE ARE YOU IN 30 YEARS?

I would like to be doing similar work but on a larger scale and making BIGGER impact. I would also love to write lots of books and be on Oprah.

 

WHO'S THE MOST INTERESTING PERSON YOU'VE MET WHILE TRAVELING?

Hard to say--I'm constantly having unexpected + totally fascinating conversations with fellow remotes and think everyone here is super interesting in their own way.

 

WHAT DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?

I typically kick things off around 10:30/11am (I'm not a morning person).  On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays I'm on calls with my 1 on 1 clients and leading my group program for new coaches, Marketing Mastery.

On Mondays and Fridays I meet with my team (all remote), do my own marketing activities, and tackle any admin/business management tasks that need to be taken care of.  I typically wrap up around 8pm and have dinner with a group of friends or go tango dancing (a hobby I picked up in Uruguay).

 

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

A more competent + confident version of myself...with lots of good stories to tell and friends all over the world.


 

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