Meet Fabio Martinazzo

Fabio Martinazzo is a business development and sales consultant from Brazil traveling the world with the inaugural Remote Year program

Why did you decide to come on Remote Year?

The community factor definitely stood out to me. Since I first heard of Remote Year I got really excited to meet and travel for one year with 75 likeminded people that would become friends, have fun with them, learn with them, create lifelong relationships. Also RY came in a moment when I was looking for some change in my professional life, in addition to being bored of the 9x5 traditional office situation I wanted to try myself in a more nomadic lifestyle.

What are you working on for the year?

I’m working as an independent International Business Developer and Sales Consultant for the IT/Telecommunication industry. Currently my main client is Datacom, the company I used to work at before Remote Year. Datacom is based in Brazil and is the leading manufacturer of telecommunication network equipment in Latin America, focused on Ethernet and IP solutions. Our main focus is developing business with the Telecom Operators.

More recently I also joined a side project helping on the research and production of a webseries and short documentary about Digital Nomads, as well as being myself one of the characters of the story. The project is called E-Nomads and is a production of Skylab Filmes from Porto Alegre.

How did you find yourself a remote role?

I negotiated with my ex-employer to leave the company and keep working for them as a contractor during RY. It was an easy transition since as an employee my activities already included business trips, so I was pretty used to working from hotels, coffee shops, airports, partner’s office, client’s office, etc. I was also very used to work from different time zones, since my business trips were mainly abroad. All of that had taught me and prepared me to be very clear with people from the office about, for instance, what time they could reach me and when they could expect answers for their emails considering the time zone I was working from.

Describe your Remote Year experience so far in 3 words.

Freedom, friendship, wild.

What would you say to others looking to bring travel into their lives?

Plan it and do it! Traveling brings you out of your comfort zone and will teach you a lot, it is a self-knowledge process. Be ready for surprises along the way though, not everything works out fine sometimes, just relax and face these challenges and hard times when they come, you are going to grow and be a better person afterwards.

Where does your passion for travel come from?

This is a good one, it brings me nice memories from my childhood in the countryside of Brazil in a small town close to the border with Argentina… I remember when I was at the banks of the river that separates the two countries, I used to wonder how the people on that other side look like, how differently they speak, what do they eat? The other side was physically so close but at the same time so far for a little kid, going there seemed so adventurous and somehow dangerous, I wanted so hard to go there and explore.

Where have you lived/traveled to previously?

I have only lived in Brazil, but fortunately I had the opportunity to travel a considerable amount for work and because of that I know pretty well most of Brazil and South America. Before RY I had also traveled to Egypt, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Spain, México, Costa Rica and the USA.

Where's your favorite place on the globe?

Anywhere with lots of sun, ocean, sand and beach vibes where I can practice many kinds of sports and outdoor activities surrounded by people with great energy… bonus for spiritual development opportunities in the area… I’ve found this perfect mix in Bali, some places in Australia and Thailand, besides my beloved Rio de Janeiro.

Where are you in 30 years?

At the beach.

What's your secret talent?

To share nice and warm hugs.

What are you most passionate about?

Anything and everything related to outdoors activities, sports and traveling… having all of them together is perfect!

Your favorite quote?

"Choose what makes your heart flutter despite all the consequences!”  Osho

3 things you can't live without on the road?

Havaianas, chocolate, an open heart.

What book should everyone read?

Living in the present and grounded is a great thing, and a book that helped me with that is "The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment" by Eckhart Tolle.

Also, any book from Osho will teach and inspire you a lot…

Describe your perfect day.

Breakfast with a nice company and healthy food, then walk a few meters outside a cozy beach house and enter the ocean with a surf board and the sun on my face... then hang out on the beach, eventually have one or five caipirinhas and seafood… a nap in a hammock… in the afternoon go explore something new, in the nature. In the evening a yoga or meditation session, then a chill night with good friends, food and music.

Who do you hope to be by the end of Remote Year?

I want to have a better understanding of the world I live in, more aware of other cultures, peoples and ways of living life around the globe. With my experience I also want to help and inspire other people to work location-independent, with more freedom, healthier, happier.