Ecommerce Entrepreneur from New Zealand
What are you working on for the year?
I currently import and sell products on Amazon and my own ecommerce store. I'm working on growing my brand and creating a presence online.
Why did you decide to come on Remote Year?
In the past I took part in a overseas internship teaching English at a local school. The programme brought in people from all over the world together. It was at a smaller scale of 5 people. The bond we had with each other over the 6 weeks in something I value very much to this day.
Remote year has a similar premise but at a bigger scale with more people and more countries which really peaked my interest. The type of work I'm currently doing is perfectly suited for this as well.
How did you find yourself in a remote role?
After working in the corporate world in New Zealand for the past 3 years I decided I wanted to start a business that would allow me to travel and work at the same time. After bootstrapping in Thailand for 3 months I was able to start a business that would pay me enough to keep traveling and work from anywhere with an internet connection.
Describe your perfect day
Starting off the morning with a good workout and then relaxing at the beach , topping it off with a nice dinner with some friends.
Where/when did you catch the travel bug?
I've kind of always had the travel bug but what really inspired me to work and travel was when I was on a trip to Thailand. I was learning how to do Muay Thai for the first time in Phuket. There were people much older than me who wished they had come out earlier who had been tied down with kids and responsibilities and those younger than me who were struggling with money and wanted to stay. I felt like I was in the middle not too young and not too old so why not give it a shot. I didn't want that feeling of regret of not doing something when I had the opportunity.
Any advice or tips for others looking to bring travel into their lives?
Do it! It may feel scary at first but you'll be glad you did if you give it a chance. You'll learn so much more about yourself when you travel. It will challenge and inspire you to do other things in your life. You only live once!
What is your favorite spot on the globe for food/people/culture/music/etc?
Thailand is awesome! There is no place in the world like it. If you love martial arts, beautiful beaches, exotic food, friendly people and rich culture at an affordable price. Everyone I know that has been to Thailand has had an absolute blast so much so that some of them have moved there!
What is the best saying/quote you know?
If you are able to do what you love you'll never work another day in your life.
You can also follow Kai on his blog www.AccordingtoKai.com