CO-FOUNDER, NEVER MONDAYS
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.