MARKETING MANAGER, TORTUGA BACKPACKS
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO COME ON REMOTE YEAR?
2015 was a year of change for me. I got divorced and found myself desperately craving a new life. When everything you love shatters around you, drastic change feels like the best path forward. Life after divorce for me is about choosing exactly the life I want to live, a life of my own design. That life is about travel and discovery. Remote Year fits perfectly.
WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON FOR THE YEAR?
Professionally, I am building Tortuga Backpack's brand and have lofty goals for myself in our company's growth. I'm so excited to spearhead Tortuga's marketing. I'm also working on my own personal blog, Colloquial.ly. In regards to skills: I'm hoping to further my photography knowledge as we travel the world.
HOW DID YOU FIND YOURSELF A REMOTE ROLE?
I primarily used WeWorkRemotely.com. Finding a remote role required a fair bit of soul-searching and a different approach than a traditional job search. Using my network wasn't really an option, because nobody in my network hired remote employees. I had to start from scratch with just my resume and just my skills. I wrote more about how I got a remote job here.
HOW DO YOU THINK TRAVELING WILL AFFECT YOUR CURRENT WORK?
I think it will help, honestly. I'm lucky to work in an industry that fits perfectly with the digital nomad life. Living the routine of our core customers will make me a better marketer.
WHO DO YOU HOPE TO BE BY THE END OF REMOTE YEAR?
Me, but better. The specific iteration of 'better' remains to be seen. I'm not sure how this experience will shape me, and how each country will hone my global perspective. But I can't wait to find out.
WHAT IS YOUR SECRET TALENT?
I can do the worm. I've already demonstrated this talent at a bar in Montevideo. No shame.
YOUR FAVORITE DIGITAL NOMAD HACK?
3 THINGS YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT ON THE ROAD?
Water bottle, Nikon DSLR, and my beloved travel journal.
WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE ON THE GLOBE?
The ascent to Grinnell Glacier in Montana, USA. I took a camping trip to Glacier National Park with a friend a few years ago, and the hike was the highlight of our trip. It's breathtakingly beautiful. The ascent is a particularly special place because I travelled there with someone I love.
WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF BEING A DIGITAL NOMAD?
This is a tiring life, physically and mentally. My feet hurt most of the time and I end a day mentally strained. Most interactions will be surface-level, which can be tough for an introvert like me. Small talk is exhausting, but crucial for the whole "understanding local culture" thing. Finding balance and peace in the chaos is a skill.
WHAT IS THE BEST PART ABOUT BEING A DIGITAL NOMAD?
Freedom from the chains of in-office life. It's an incredible feeling. I didn't quite realize that the structure of my old life, complete with a traffic-filled commute and a fancy office downtown, was impacting my happiness. Working when, where, and how I choose is the best part of this life.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO OTHERS LOOKING TO BRING TRAVEL INTO THEIR LIVES?
It's all about priorities. If something feels like a crucial experience to you, you find a way to make it happen. Many of us quit our jobs and sold everything we owned for the promise of a "great perhaps." That's a terrifying thing to do and not a choice to be taken lightly. If you're not sure if the full-blown nomad life is for you, start with small trips and see how it goes. If you want it, though, find a way. That's all there is to it.