Katy Fowler is a freelance translator from the UK traveling the world with Remote Year Battuta
I've always loved travelling and had travelled quite a bit both for work and pleasure, but for the three years prior to Remote Year I was working from home in the small town I grew up in. I got to a point where I felt like it was time for a change and Remote Year was the perfect opportunity as it enabled me to carry on with the job I was already doing, but travel and meet lots of new and interesting people at the same time.
I am continuing with the work I was doing before coming on Remote Year, translating texts from German or Italian into English for several different clients all based in Germany.
I sort-of feel like the remote role found me! I finished a masters in translation and interpreting in 2008, after which I did a couple of internships in Italy and Germany. I then continued working for the company I had interned at in Hamburg at the same time as working as an interpreter in Brussels, but eventually decided I preferred the written translation so moved back to the UK to work solely on that. It just happened to be the perfect job to do remotely so it transitioned very well to the nomadic lifestyle!
I'm a little worried I'm not going to be able to focus as well in the workspaces as I do at home on my own - there are far too many interesting conversations to be had! So I'm going to have to be quite disciplined, but I'm pretty good at that - getting paid for it is a good incentive!
I travelled all over Western Europe while working as a tour guide on European coach holidays for a few seasons. I also spent time in Germany, Italy and Spain doing internships and language courses, and I lived in Brussels for over two years. The rest of my travelling has been for pleasure; I'd been to North and South America a few times before, South Africa, Central Asia, India, China and Australia, but there are still plenty of places on my list and Remote Year doesn't even scratch the surface of them so I'm hoping I've got plenty more travelling years in me afterwards!
My dad really enjoys travelling and is a very good linguist so I probably get it from him. I think I'm also a naturally curious person - I kind-of want to know what the rest of the world is up to all the time.
Home of course! Hampshire is a beautiful and underrated part of the world!
Crazy, fun, exhausting!
"The Road Less Travelled" by M. Scott Peck. Also "Are You Experienced?" by William Sutcliffe, which will knock any pretentious traveller vibes out of you before you can say tattoos and dreadlocks...
I think "digital" is probably a word that barely applies to me! I think bringing a back-up laptop is the only one I can offer, but it certainly makes the suitcase heavier...
A guide book
My favourite jeans
Just about everything in "Wear Sunscreen" by Mary Schmich
I hope I'll still be me! Although I'd like to have a better idea of what I want to do afterwards. And I really hope to be someone the rest of the group still actually likes after a whole year travelling together!
It's always easier to find a reason not to do something than to actually take action and do it, but that's easy for me to say as my job and my lifestyle made it relatively easy for me to pack my bags and head off travelling for a year. When longer-term travel is too problematic, I've really enjoyed taking more adventure-style shorter trips to get a little taste of the traveller lifestyle every now and then.