WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO COME ON REMOTE YEAR?
I was living in Los Angeles and feeling quite stuck (Literally, I was stuck in traffic when I made up my mind about this). My biggest breakthroughs in life have always been when I got out of my comfort zone. What better way to jumpstart a breakthrough than to hop a plane to the other side of the world and spend a year making your way back home?
DESCRIBE YOUR REMOTE YEAR EXPERIENCE IN 3 WORDS.
Inspiring. Exhausting. Rewarding.
WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON FOR THE YEAR?
I work as a copywriter at an ad agency in Pasadena, CA, called Ayzenberg. I specialize in social media narrative for brands and entertainment properties. You’ll find most of my writing promoting major tech or gaming brands on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
HOW DID YOU FIND YOURSELF A REMOTE ROLE?
After working a few years at my agency, I figured I had been there long enough to at least pitch the Remote Year idea. I created a work schedule, a list of potential benefits from working remotely, and I put it all together in a (pretty damn sexy) deck. A month and a half later I was on a flight to Kuala Lumpur.
WHERE HAVE YOU LIVED/TRAVELED TO PREVIOUSLY?
I grew up in San Antonio, moved to Austin as soon as I could, and lived in Los Angeles for a few years before Remote Year. Regular vacation destinations include Puerto Rico, Aspen, Hawaii, and even a 30th birthday trip to Berlin.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO OTHERS LOOKING TO BRING TRAVEL INTO THEIR LIVES?
Do it. It’s more than worth it. If you can’t get away from the office for a year, then just be sure to use your PTO to really go somewhere.
WHO DO YOU HOPE TO BE BY THE END OF REMOTE YEAR?
I hope to be a more well-rounded writer, a more open person, and a more global citizen.
WHERE DOES YOUR PASSION FOR TRAVEL COME FROM?
I think my passion for travel comes from my family. My parents did a good job of making me curious about faraway places from a very young age. Some of my best memories from childhood are of road trips across the country, ski trips during the holidays, and summertime camping excursions.
WHAT DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?
I’ve done my best to live my Remote Year more like an actual “working” year and less like “vacation” time, so a typical day involves coffee in the morning, a good workout, and 8 hours of office time. The nice thing about Europe and Asia is that office time comes later in the day, so mornings still involve some exploration: a museum, a park, an unplanned scooter ride, or even some beach volleyball.
HOW DO YOU THINK TRAVELING WILL AFFECT YOUR CURRENT WORK?
Traveling will offer me an opportunity to expand my skill set and broaden my writing portfolio. At work, I’m typically limited to 140 characters, but now I have the chance to do so much more.
YOUR FAVORITE DIGITAL NOMAD HACK?
Using your VPN to access HBO Go on the road. I can’t live without my Game of Thrones!
WHAT BOOK SHOULD EVERYONE READ?
If you spend time in hotels, then Heads in Beds, by Jacob Tomsky, is a must read. I worked in hotels for a few years and can vouch for the authenticity of the stories in this one. So good.
DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT DAY?
That’s a tough one. I’d have to say April 25th, because it’s not too hot, not too cold. All you need is a light jacket.
IF YOU HAD TO BE STUCK ON AN ISLAND WITH ANOTHER REMOTE, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
Adam Lauer, because he’s super crafty in a pinch and he always finds ways to make me laugh, which I’m going to need if my only other friend is a volleyball.
WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF BEING A DIGITAL NOMAD?
Getting enough sleep. When I first got to Kuala Lumpur, I found it impossible. Eventually, I realized that a little routine, a good workout, and a few stiff drinks would help bring on the Zs.
WHAT IS THE BEST PART ABOUT BEING A DIGITAL NOMAD?
I feel like I get most excited about exploring new places to work every month. Coworking spaces have really been stepping up their game and it feels like each workspace I find is more innovative than the last.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT?
I’m most passionate about my relationships. Family and friends mean everything to me.
WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE ON THE GLOBE?
There’s a special dock on Lake Austin in Austin, Texas, where I’ll always feel the perfect combination of relaxed, comfortable, and happy. My friends are there, there’s a Yeti full of Bud Light, and there’s meat and corn on the grill. I can smell it now. There’s no place like home.
WHO IS THE MOST INTERESTING PERSON YOU HAVE MET WHILE TRAVELING?
In Bali, there’s a Michael Jackson drag impersonator with a spot-on moonwalk. I’d love to find out what makes her tick.
WHAT IS YOUR SECRET TALENT?
Creating water with my hands. No, really, I have the sweatiest hands on earth. When I was in high school, my friends would hold me by my wrists when it came time to join hands at mass.
3 THINGS YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT ON THE ROAD?
The three things that have gotten me through the times when I felt like I needed a break from all the craziness of traveling with 50 people around the world: pepperoni pizza, a glass of red wine, and some Netflix on my Chromecast.
YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE/ WORDS TO LIVE BY?
“You better work.” -RuPaul