Why did you decide to go on Remote Year?
I’d rather regret experiences I’ve done, than those I have not taken. In the everyday grind, I feel we lose sight of the things that truly matter. By traveling we can balance it out, find our true selves, face our fears and realize our hidden potential.
How did you find yourself a remote role?
My company is not organically remote. I was lucky enough that they not only allowed me to embark on this once in a lifetime adventure, but were completely supportive.
What advice would you give to others considering Remote Year?
For me, Remote Year was a realistic option to travel while keeping a steady income. It’s a year-long commitment so weigh all of your options and do your research. It’s the travel version of conquering the Ironman Triathalon.
What do you hope to gain by the end of Remote Year?
Personally, I want to take all of the new friendships, cultures, memories and experiences and allow them to mold me into a better version of myself.
What does your typical work day look like?
I’m the Marketing Director for one of the largest online retailers of adult entertainment and products. I’m responsible for the development and execution of short and long term digital marketing strategies to grow brand presence in new and existing markets, customer acquisition, and sales across all digital channels; push forward innovative thinking in the digital arena. Brand development, evaluating ROI, public relations, sales and promotions etc. all fall under my domain.
Where does your passion for travel come from?
I wanted to experience the freedom, the adventure and to challenge myself, reorient my priorities and expand my perspective. I wanted to meet new people, experience new cultures, eat new cuisines, share stories, and create memories that I can look back on forever. Since embarking on RY, I’ve realized I’m happiest when I wander without purpose and get lost in each of these foreign cities. My most memorable moments on this adventure have stemmed from this and letting the unknown guide me.
How has working remotely affected your current work?
Remote Year is not a year-long vacation. The work/life balance can become more of a challenge. It’s still real life, but with a better view.
Do you plan to sustain this remote lifestyle after Remote Year?
Our group has recently hit the 100 day mark, so I’m not sure! RY may satisfy my sense of wanderlust by the end of our itinerary or just be a catalyst into maintaining this lifestyle.
What is the most challenging part of being a remote working?
You’re forced to acclimate to new surroundings on a monthly basis. Once you begin to feel comfortable in your location and routine - it’s time to pack up and move to a new country. The comforts of your day to day life are stripped.
What is the best part about working remotely?
The freedom of having complete control over your workdays is wonderfully liberating.
Where have you lived / traveled to previously?
I basically dove in head first with this opportunity. Aside from the states, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, I hadn’t done much international travel. But now I’m hooked.
Your favorite remote working hack?
Keep your work laptop on your company’s time zone to avoid missed meetings.
Three things you can't live without on the road?
Burt’s Bees Chapstick, Fan App (white noise to sleep), Google Maps.
What has been your favorite Remote Year city? Why?
Prague. It’s a fairytale land.
Describe your Remote Year experience in 3 words.
Go for it.
Your favorite quote / words to live by?
“All great changes are preceded by chaos.” Deepak Chopra