Tyler Duzan is an engineer from the USA traveling the world with Remote Year Darien
Why did you decide to come on Remote Year?
I wanted to explore the world and meet new people, weave their characters into the tapestry of my life.
What are you working on for the year?
My primary focus is to build relationships and get out of my shell.
How did you find yourself a remote role?
I've been wanting to travel for some time and was actively seeking a remote role specifically. It's difficult to find as an Operations person, but I was lucky enough to find a company focused on remote work.
What would you say to others looking to bring travel into their lives?
Plans will go awry. Just go with the flow anyway. By accepting the unexpected, you'll find yourself immersed in amazing experiences. Also, homesickness is real, but then you'll also feel the wanderer's call when you're at home. Once you really commit to travel, it becomes part of who you are.
Who do you hope to be by the end of Remote Year?
I want to be someone who is comfortable wherever I happen to be at and who is accepting of others as they are.
What does your typical day look like?
Up at 7AM local, morning routine, work from 9AM to 6PMish local, city exploration + food, beers, in bed by Midnight.
Where does your passion for travel come from?
I love learning, photography, food, and beer. Travel provides me the unique opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of other cultures and places by exploring, capturing moments, and of course eating and drinking my way towards cultural connections.
How do you think traveling will affect your current work?
I'm a bit of a workaholic who tends to get sidetracked easily. Travel provides me an opportunity and a challenge in forming routines around my work that drive focus. Exposure to new things has also given me a lot of ideas for projects I'd love to start.
If you had to be stuck on an island with another Remote, who would it be and why?
Not actually a remote, but an RY staffer. Jenna Winn because of her infectious optimism and ardent belief that we can make it through anything.
What is your secret talent?
Finding myself in really strange situations and making it out alive with a story to tell.
Where have you lived/traveled to previously?
I've been all over the US and Canada before I left on this journey, but hadn't really traveled much outside of that. I lived for a brief while in Colorado and loved it, but I call Texas my home.
What book should everyone read?
"Snow Crash" by Neal Stephenson
Your favorite digital nomad hack?
Travel vests! You might look dorky, but the extra 3-5kg of stuff you get on your flight without needing to check a bag is pretty awesome.
3 things you can't live without on the road.
A good camera, my Kindle, and laptop.
Where is your favorite place on the globe?
So far, I'd say Valencia, Spain. Great food, friendly people, amazing street art, and very walkable. I spent 52 days there and didn't want to leave.
Describe your Remote Year experience in 3 words.
Level Three Fun.
Describe your perfect day.
Wake up at 10AM, meditate, get brunch, wander around with my camera. Sit down to work on something at 2PM and go till around 8PM. Get dinner and a few beers, then head to bed around midnight.
Where are you in 30 years?
No idea, honestly. I'd like to be an angel investor that travels and provides mentorship to startups on how to use technology effectively and securely.
What is the most challenging part of being a digital nomad?
I think my answer to this vacillates regularly. Either the language barrier in new places or changing time zones and how that's reflected in the expectations of friends, family, and colleagues.
What is the best part about being a digital nomad?
I'm constantly surrounding myself with beauty and new experiences. This breaks the normal monotony of commuting to an office every day, so rather than work becoming boring, I feel constantly inspired and excited.
What are you most passionate about?
I have many passions, but at the forefront is my love of all things beer. A close second is my absolute obsession with the nitty-gritty details of technology and information security.
Who is the most interesting person you've met while traveling?
Definitely Gonçalo, the owner of LX Brewery in Lisbon, Portugal. He and I clicked so well and immediately because we have a similar vision. He started the first craft brewery in Portugal and since then has helped other craft breweries start, has taught people how to home brew, and has organized the first craft beer festival in Portugal, Lisbon Beer Week, which I was fortunate enough to attend and meet him at.
Beer is something that deserves respect enough to care about its quality, because it's something that brings people together and forms communities and relationships. Gonçalo helped to show Portugal the importance of beer, and both Lisbon and Porto now host burgeoning but good craft beer scenes. Such an all-around great guy, and an inspiration to me as I think about my own journey with craft beer.
Your favorite quote/words to live by?
"A good photograph is knowing where to stand." - Ansel Adams