Adelaida Diaz-Roa is an entrepreneur from Colombia traveling the world with Remote Year Battuta
Why did you decide to come on Remote Year?
I was already traveling and working remotely (which I LOVED) but when I saw that I could join a community of like-minded people, it was perfect. Traveling on your own is sometimes too much of a hassle and effort to be making new friends all of the time and to be planning accommodations and flights, with Remote Year it's like we're traveling with an amazing family and everything is pre-planned for you. All you have to do is enjoy it ;)
What are you working on for the year?
This year I had been taking a break from working but midway through my Remote Year experience I met Jeffrey Walsh a RYOG participant and we hit it off as friends immediately. A few hangouts later we had come up with a new company idea which we’re excited to launch soon! It’s going to be a social travel platform for frequent travellers like us. Our mission is to help you get No More Fear of Missing Out which is why we decided to call it NOMO FOMO haha. Find out more here: www.nomotravelfomo.com
Where have you lived/traveled to previously?
I was born in Bogota, Colombia :)
I've lived in Kansas, Dallas, Morocco, New York, Spain, and Paris.
I had traveled to most of Central America, Europe, the Caribbean, and some of SE Asia before RY.
How did you find yourself a remote role?
I’ve been lucky enough in life to be able to co-found four companies which now allow me the flexibility to work remotely (Villy Custom, Pawliday Inn, Ruffit, and Nomo FOMO). Specially excited about the latest one, NOMO FOMO since it was started with a fellow Remote and it’s a mix of my two favorite things in the world: Travel & Business.
Also… good quote I agree with 100%: “Your dream job does not exist. You must create it.”
Describe your Remote Year experience in 3 words.
Unforgettable, fun, bonding.
What are you most passionate about?
Travel, business, education, Colombia, my dog (@micothepom), and family.
Who do you hope to be by the end of Remote Year?
From being around so many talented people in so many different areas with so many different interests plus all of the cities we'll be visiting... I'm hoping to grow my learning spectrum and develop a lot of new skills I hadn't even thought about before. So I hope to be wiser, more skilled, and more well-traveled with a lot of great new people in my life.
What is the most challenging part of being a digital nomad?
Time management is a big one, but other than that, it's amazing, no complaints! Any challenge is worth it ;)
What is the best part of being a digital nomad?
Not having to set an alarm clock, always having new things to see, new food to try... being able to work from bed... being able to work in cute cafes... so many benefits :)
What book should everyone read?
So many good ones! Ahhhh! - My top books are:
The 4 Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferris
This book is amazing, it’s a little inspirational but the best part is that about 60-80% of it it's tools and tricks to start/ improve your automated business and how to go about time management and productiveness. It’s amazing. Highly suggest it, no matter what business you’re in there’s something in there that can be applied to it specially if you want to travel the world ;)
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R Covey
This book is great to help you get more done and live a healthier more balanced life. It has tips on how to handle certain situations, how to plan out your week/ life, and how to get win/ win deals made.
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
This book explains how most people’s reasoning and thinking goes and gives great examples of how companies have used this for their advantage. Really great and could spike a few ideas for your own business, if anything it’ll help you as an individual.
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
This book is great when approaching all types of situations from important business proposals to dealing with friends and family. Amazing tips.
Year of Yes! By Shonda Rhimes
This book is an easy and fun read with a lot of good life tips!
What would you say to others looking to bring travel into their lives?
Just do it! Even if it starts with baby steps, once the travel bug hits you, there's no turning back and then "where there's a will, there's a way!"
There’s lots of programs out there that you can do to help if you don’t have too much money as well, so no excuses! Here’s just one example of opportunities: http://globalworkandtravel.com
3 things you can't live without on the road?
My computer (mainly because of work, my journal, and my notes)
My phone (mainly because of audiobooks, podcast, maps, and music)
Money (you know… to not starve… and to have fun)
What is your favorite place on the globe?
Might be a little biased since I'm Colombian... but... Colombia! :D Everyone should go, it's amazingnesss, hoping to take everyone from RY2 after the year ends. Just google: Caño Cristales, Tayrona, San Andres, Cartagena, Medellín, El Peñón de Guatapé..... you'll see what I mean...and Bogota… so fun! I actually made a travel guide if you ever go!
Your favorite quote/words to live by?
Travel:"The more you see, the more you see what you have not seen."