Lauren Dunn is an entrepreneur from the USA traveling the world with Remote Year Battuta
Why did you decide to come on Remote Year?
I've always wanted to do a trip around the world while still having a reliable paycheck. I had been looking into planning a trip when I came across Remote Year. At that time, one hurdle was that, it takes a huge amount of time to plan a trip like this and to make sure you have access to reliable internet everywhere you go. I didn't want to spend a lot of my free time planning everything and then missing out on adventures that I could be going on when I'm not working. The other hurdle for me was the isolation that traveling on your own for a long period of time brings. I had been traveling a lot on my own for the past year and was really missing the connections and community. Remote Year solved these problems that had previously been holding me back from fully committing to a year of traveling.
What are you working on for the year?
At the beginning of 2015, I started a business doing NetSuite implementations. I will be working on continuing to grow this company and have set some high goals for the year.
Where have you lived/traveled to previously?
I grew up in the USA in New Hampshire, went to college just outside Boston and lived there after college, my last real home was in Charlotte, North Carolina. Before starting Remote Year, I had travelled around a lot of the US, Canada, Bahamas, Jamaica, Brazil, Australia, Fiji, Greece, and Sweden. I have added 15 countries to that list in the past 10 months. My goal is to have been to 30 countries by the middle of next year (I don’t count just driving through and layovers as visiting a country - otherwise my list would be much longer).
How did you find yourself a remote role?
I didn't specifically go out looking for a remote job. I knew I wanted to do NetSuite implementations full time, and it happens to be one of the perks of the job.
Describe your Remote Year experience in 3 words.
No dull moments
Where does your passion for travel come from?
I went to Greece one summer with my best friend and her family in high school. Before this trip, I had never left the US. I was so fascinated by the differences in language, history, architecture, and society. It was a culture shock for a shy, high school girl, but I came back knowing that I wanted to see everything else the rest of the world had to offer.
What does your typical day look like?
My days are very different depending on how much work I have and where in the world I happen to be. When I was in South America, my days were pretty much the same as when in the US because there was not much of a time difference. In Asia, my days are very different. I sleep in late, work a few hours, relax/go on adventure/have dinner, then work more at night so I have some overlap with my clients in the US.
Who do you hope to be by the end of Remote Year?
**Corny answer alert** A better version of myself. I believe that traveling allows you to grow in all aspects of life. I’m excited to see what I learn from the experiences that I will have all over the world.
What is the most challenging part of being a digital nomad?
You have to accept that you will end up working some very weird hours and will be sick more often than normal. Also, leaving my dog with my parents - she has been my road-tripping, adventure partner for the last few years.
What is the best part of being a digital nomad?
Personally, I need to work for the challenge and I would not be content without a job. As a digital nomad, I get to keep the challenge of my job along with the excitement of traveling the world.
What would you say to others looking to bring travel into their lives?
Even if you don't have a remote job or a lot of money for traveling, you can still get out there and explore. You can go on a road trip during a long weekend to someplace you haven't been before. Go camping. Visit a friend who has moved somewhere you haven't been before. There are so many options that don't require a lot of time and money, that will still feed your adventurous side.
3 things you can't live without on the road?
Computer (for work), quality neck pillow (you end up having to sleep in a lot of random places), reusable water bottle (I drink a lot of water and it’s a simple way to save money and to help the environment)
What is your favorite place on the globe?
Any place warm with clear blue water and soft sand (which is why I am absolutely in love with my current location in Koh Phangan, Thailand.