CO-OWNER, TRAVEL HABITS
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO COME ON REMOTE YEAR?
I decided to come on Remote Year because 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 ;)
HOW DID YOU FIND YOURSELF A REMOTE ROLE?
I've had remote roles since my freshman year in college (aka, since I ever started working). This current role was a lot of great timing and people. The latest company I joined (Ruffit) had gotten to a good enough spot to leave and our investor, Daniel Chavez, is amazing and wanted to help with my trip which is how I ended up with my role at VIVRI. For the Travel Habits company, we're just now starting up because why not make your hobbies your job? :)
WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON FOR THE YEAR?
I got a great sponsorship from VIVRI, a healthy lifestyle company. I'm currently taking pics for them around the places we go to with their delicious products and helping with social and sales since they're expanding into new markets this year like the U.S. and Colombia.
I'm also very excited to be working on our latest venture (started with a fellow remote, Julie Friedenberg) which is going to be focused on staying healthy while working remotely. We're going to have travel guides, health tips, and digital nomad tips along with complimentary gear for sale. Check us out at www.travel-habits.com for awesome stuff! ;)
WHERE HAVE YOU LIVED AND TRAVELED TO PREVIOUSLY?
I was born in Bogota, Colombia :)
I've lived in Kansas, Dallas, Morocco, New York, Spain, and France.
I've traveled to Central America, Europe, Caribbean, and some of SE Asia.
WHERE 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, Medellin, El Peñón de Guatapé..... you'll see what I mean...
WHAT ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT?
Travel, education, Colombia, my dog (@micothepom), and family.
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!"
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 a wiser, more skilled, and more well-traveled me with a lot of great new people in my life.
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.
3 THINGS YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT ON THE ROAD?
DESCRIBE YOUR REMOTE YEAR EXPERIENCE SO FAR IN 3 WORDS.
YAASSSSS, YAAAASSSSS, and more YAAAASSSS
Inspiring, fun, community.
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 ABOUT 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 :)
QUOTES TO LIVE BY?
"The more you see, the more you see what you have not seen."
"Work hard, stay humble."
"Everything happens for a reason."