I’ve spent the last few years exploring the US but I missed international travel. I discovered that I’m not much of a tourist, that I prefer a much longer stay in a place where I can truly digest the local culture. Most importantly, I’ve discovered that traveling is my preferred state of being. I’m more creative and engaged in my work when my environment changes. Remote Year presents an opportunity to extend my preferred travel mode beyond the US borders, combining travel with work and taking in more than just a cursory experience.
I started the year as a mobile developer for TeamSnap, a sports team management software platform. Over the course of the year, I changed course and am back to independent app development working on various products.
Born in Philadelphia, I've lived mostly in Atlanta, Charleston, SC and Goldsboro, NC. I got my first taste of travel in 1998, when I visited several countries in Europe. I returned in 2002, spending a few months in Spain. My most recent trip was to Czech Republic and Hungary in 2007. Since then, I’ve been traveling the United States, combining work with travel.
TeamSnap is a remote company with employees across North America and Europe so I had no issues when deciding to do Remote Year.
I’ve had the desire to travel since I was a young kid in Spanish class. As I stared at the posters of Spain and Argentina, I dreamed of visiting other countries and speaking multiple languages.
I try to start with coffee and exercise. Once I've moved around a bit, I start work. I don't like working in the afternoons so I usually break after lunch and return to finish anything that needs completion in the early evening or later at night, depending on other activities that I've planned for the day.
Traveling has changed the way that I view my work schedule and focus more on the value of what I've accomplished over the amount of hours I spend working.
Sharing my skills with people to help them accomplish their goals. Sometimes its technical help but often it's just talking through issues to get a different perspective.