DIRECTOR OF DATA ARCHITECTURE, PRECISION SPORTS TECHNOLOGIES
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO COME ON REMOTE YEAR?
I've lived abroad before and loved it, but I've never found the right opportunity to do long term travel. I don't think I would enjoy travelling on my own, not to mention I had assumed if I did that I would have to take a break in my career. So Remote Year seemed like it had been made for exactly for me: a group of friends to go travelling with whilst still maintaining (and even enhancing) my career.
WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON FOR THE YEAR?
I'm a co-founder in a start-up, we are a sports-science technology company specializing in wearable technology for athletes and serious sports people. Think 'fitbit' for pro and semi-pro athletes with an added sport-science service to guide athletes.
HOW DID YOU FIND YOURSELF A REMOTE ROLE?
Our team has had limited face-to-face time so far and we haven't fully launched yet, so now is the easiest time to work remotely before things really kick off.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO OTHERS LOOKING TO BRING TRAVEL INTO THEIR LIVES?
I guarantee there will always be reasons not to go travelling, once you accept there will not be a perfect time then just get on and do it as soon as you possibly can. Travelling is about facing challenges head-on rather than avoiding them.
WHO DO YOU HOPE TO BE BY THE END OF REMOTE YEAR?
I hope to have the feeling that I have completed something challenging and unique, that I became more worldly in the process and that I made the most of this great opportunity. I want to have learnt some skills (i.e. Spanish) and launched some of my own side projects.
HOW DO YOU THINK TRAVELING WILL AFFECT YOUR CURRENT WORK?
We are making some adjustments - some things are better whilst other things are harder. I'm trying my best to make the most of the benefits - such as any time differences - if there is anything that I can work on during the UK night-time that would mean work being completed in less than 1 UK work day, then I'll try my best to make that happen.
WHERE HAVE YOU LIVED / TRAVELED TO PREVIOUSLY?
Aside from the UK I've lived in Belgium and Italy for a couple of years each, in terms of travel I've visited lots of Europe (especially the Nordics) and Asia, most recently I went travelling around New Zealand with my family.
WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE ON THE GLOBE?
I learnt to kitesurf on a remote beach in the Maldives, it was so peaceful and picturesque.
WHERE DOES YOUR PASSION FOR TRAVEL COME FROM?
My parents! As a young child my family moved to Belgium for 18 months and I think that triggered the travel bug, both my brother and I are always gallivanting around the world chasing adventures.
WHAT IS YOUR SECRET TALENT?
I used to do a bit of breakdancing and I can do some beat-boxing!
YOUR FAVORITE DIGITAL NOMAD HACK?
Trail shoes so you don't need separate trainers and hiking boots. Compression packs to vacuum pack your clothes and also helps group your items.
3 THINGS YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT ON THE ROAD?
Astroturf shoes to play football, my laptop (not just for work), my Kindle.
DESCRIBE YOUR REMOTE YEAR EXPERIENCE SO FAR IN 3 WORDS.
Whirlwind. Fun. Home.
WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF BEING A DIGITAL NOMAD?
Learning to quickly feel at home wherever you are. Also some activities like laundry and grocery shopping are slightly harder than normal if you don't speak the language, you need to brush up on some useful words before you leave.
WHAT IS THE BEST PART ABOUT BEING A DIGITAL NOMAD?
Becoming minimalist in terms of possessions. This was the best part of my preparations for Remote Year, getting rid of excess clutter, closing various accounts, and preparing to live with less 'stuff'. It makes you feel free and more easily able to travel, you have much less to worry about.