Eduardo Torres is a Supply Chain & Procurement Project Manager from the Netherlands traveling with Remote Year Earhart.
Why did you decide to go on Remote Year?
Since I started working I have spent every year around half of my income on travelling. I’m truly passionate about travelling, even to the extent that I left a very good job (twice!!) in order to do a long backpacking trip. So when I saw the Remote Year Facebook ad saying that I wouldn’t have to choose between work and travel, I immediately clicked on the link and basically 30 minutes later I was applying for Remote Year!
How did you find yourself a remote role?
I’m lucky enough that my suppliers, colleagues and customers are spread out over the entire world. Therefore there is no immediate reason for me to be in an office since I’m communicating through email and (conference) calls anyway. Which means that I can do my job from anywhere!
What advice would you give to others considering Remote Year?
Think in possibilities instead of thinking in impossibilities.
What are you working on for the year?
I’m doing pretty cool work projects, which challenge me to do the best work I can possibly do and this gives me a lot of opportunities to pick up new skills, which I can use to foster my career.
What do you hope to achieve by the end of Remote Year?
I want to grow both professionally and personally. I hope to have picked up the right skills to be ready to take on a management position in my company. On a personal level, I hope to become a really good cook.
What does your typical work day look like?
I usually start by answering my emails (since my stakeholders are all in different timezones I get a lot of emails overnight). During lunch break I usually go out and try some of the local delicacies. After work we usually go out for some sightseeing and grab food/drinks.
How has working remotely affected your current work?
It has not affected my productivity, I’m still as productive as I was before. Communication wise there is no difference since we always have good internet connections in the workspaces Remote Year provides. I only need to overlap 4 hours with Central Europe hours so I don’t have night shifts while on RY.
What is the most challenging part of being a remote worker?
Balancing all your travel plans with your work schedule.
What is the best part about being a remote worker?
Seeing/exploring/tasting/smelling/experiencing the world!
What is your secret talent?
I’m good at picking and organizing awesome trips.
Where have you lived / traveled to previously?
I lived/studied/worked in four different countries (Netherlands, Spain, USA, Australia) and I have travelled to 61 countries on 5 continents.
What book should everyone read?
I prefer to make my own stories...
Your favorite remote work hack?
Buy a new laptop before going on Remote Year. New laptops can typically run 8 hours on a single battery so you don’t have to be concerned running out of juice when you are working from a very remote place (scenic hill top, lake/riverbed etc.). A good power bank works magics too.
3 things you can't live without on the road?
My phone (it’s my navigation, translator, photo camera, communication device, calendar, torch, hotspot, notepad etc.).
My flip-flops. Let’s face it: Life is better in flip-flops!
My positivity. There will always be things that don’t go as you had planned it out. But if you stay positive and consider a setback as a challenge to prove what you’re worth, you will enjoy your day much more and you might pick up a new problem solving skill. Furthermore, a smile travels a long way. So if you keep a smile on your face you will get people to help you out more often.