Marianne Brown is a statistician from the USA traveling the world with Remote Year Battuta
Why did you decide to come on Remote Year?
I had been working for about 2 years from my apartment back in Michigan, when one day I just wanted to leave and travel. I googled a few things and happened upon Remote Year. Since I had a remote job and wanted to travel with others Remote Year fit perfectly.
What are you working on for the year?
I will be continuing to work as a statistician for a predictive analytics firm out of San Diego called Modern Analytics. We work with Fortune 500 companies implementing our analytical software to streamline and automate their analytics. My job is focusing on the data to transform it into useful marketing actions.
Where have you lived/traveled to previously?
I'm a born and raised Michigander and have really only lived there except for college. I've done many trips around the U.S. and trips to Spain and Italy. So this year it is time to fill my passport up.
How did you find yourself a remote role?
My job sort of fell in my lap during college via my college job and boss. I moved to San Diego for 6 weeks to start my contracting role while finishing up my degree. After 6 months of remote contracting, I was hired on as a full time remote employee. As the saying goes: it's all about who you know.
Where does your passion for travel come from?
That is a good question. I'm from a small farming community in West Michigan, where you typically either leave and go to the "big" city 30 minutes away or you never leave. I was lucky enough to go on a few pilgrimages during college and from there the bug hit me.
What is your favorite place on the globe?
Beside home, my favorite place is Assisi, Italy. It is a small town about 2 hours north of Rome. You feel like you take a step back to simpler times when you are there. The most peaceful place I have ever been.
Your favorite digital nomad hack?
Keep your computer in the timezone of where your main work is being done, and set up your calendar to show both your work timezone and your local timezone. Then when your coworker references the email they sent at 10:04am Pacific time you don't have to do the math on the timezones, your computer is already set there. Also, your calendar will tell you both times so you don't miss any meetings.
How do you think traveling will affect your current work?
Since I have had a remote job for a few years, I'm used to working different time zones and the remote lifestyle. However, I haven't travelled while working, so there will have to be a balance between work and exploring. As of now still working on that balance.
Who do you hope to be by the end of Remote Year?
I hope to be who I was meant to be. I want to take these experiences and allow them to change me, but I don't want to lose who I am through the process. I want to be a better version of myself, a more traveled version of myself.
What would you say to others looking to bring travel into their lives?
What is stopping you? Honestly think about it, write it all out, and see if there are solutions to your concerns/obstacles. My guess is most things could be solved and you could get away, even it is just for a long weekend.