For a while now I've been daydreaming about my next trip around the world. The only issue was that I didn't want to have to drop everything to do it, as I have a job I love with an amazing company. When I found out about Remote Year and learned that I could travel the world without leaving my job, it felt perfect for me.
I am a web developer for Shopify, an ecommerce platform that serves over 300,000 merchants in around 150 countries. I have continued my role as a developer, as well as taking on a developer outreach role in the countries I am visiting.
I lived in India for 6 months, and have visited ~30 other countries:
Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Guatemala, Cuba, Honduras, Mexico, US, Canada, England, Ireland, France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Norway, Czech Republic, Serbia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Hungary, Tanzania, Kenya, India, Thailand, Cambodia, Nepal, Philippines, Croatia, & Austria
I actually didn't find myself a purely remote role, I transitioned my full-time in the office role into a remote position specifically for Remote Year. I'm lucky that I work for such an amazing company with such a supportive boss to allow this to happen. They knew how important this was to me so we made it work. Shopify has never done anything like this before, so it's just as much an experiment for them as it is for me.
Growth, adventure, giggles.
I have been travelling since a young age and saw early on the many positive impacts it has had on me as a person. It continues to make me more empathetic and open-minded and I absolutely love the excitement of getting to know a new place and all the new people there.
The answer to this question depends a lot on which timezone I am currently operating out of. Right now I am in Europe, so I am 6 hours ahead of my colleagues at home. This allows me to have a slow morning, which normally involve a run or a workout on the beach, and get in a few hours of uninterrupted development work before my colleagues wake up. Then I spend my afternoons/early evenings in meetings & having design discussions with my coworkers. Then I spend my evenings enjoying the delicious food scene of whatever city I find myself in at the time.
I personally am a happier, more excited person while travelling and I think that will be reflected in my work ethic. It will also allow me to look at the product I work on from an international point of view: through the eyes of the people that would be interacting with it from the various countries I visit.
Finding balance between work & play.
Where there's a will there's a way. If it's a priority to you, make it happen. Travel feeds the spirit, and should be just as important a part of our lives as eating and sleeping.
My kindle, pictures of my puppy, and battery packs for recharging my phone on the go.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.