My name is Kristie Sullivan and I'm originally from the US. Last year, I launched the Executive Remote Worker community and continue to build and grow it while traveling the world on a full-time basis.
Through the Executive Remote Worker community, I help corporate executives fulfill their dreams of travel without sacrificing their careers or waiting until retirement.
I created and run my own business: the Executive Remote Worker.
In mid-2020, I put my belongings in a storage unit and left my 20+ year career in corporate accounting/finance to chase my dreams of travel and to check out the options for other corporate executives who want to fulfill their travel dreams without sacrificing their careers or waiting for retirement. I didn't have much of a plan except to take a "career sabbatical" of at least 1 year.
During the year or so leading up to my departure from corporate America, I made some significant and very intentional lifestyle changes. I focused my energy on growing my savings account so I didn't *have* to work while traveling.
I believe remote working yields so many benefits. When you can work from anywhere, you have freedom and autonomy to decide where and when you work best. This is the recipe for happy, healthy, and productive employees. It also enables a lifestyle for people to fulfill their dreams of travel while also maintaining their successful corporate careers.
The beauty of remote work is that it's not a one-size-fits-all proposition. When we have freedom of when and where we work, we have the ability to design the lifestyle we want. As such, we get to include the things we value most and exclude the things we don't want in our lives.
Over the past couple years, I've been blessed to travel and work remotely from Belgrade, Serbia, Kotor, Montenegro, Budapest, Hungary and several different places in Croatia, Italy, Mexico, and of course the US.
I've had a lot of great remote working experiences but my favorite was last summer when I spent a week aboard a 55' sailing yacht with 5 other members of the Executive Remote Worker community. Nick and Mahina Hathaway from 45 Degrees Sailing took the 6 of us island-hopping along the coast of Croatia in the Adriatic Sea and ensured we were able to seamlessly work remotely from the sailboat!
I typically work from the vacation rental in whatever city I happen to be in. However, depending on the type of work I need to do, you might also find me working from a coffee shop or other energizing space.
I try to work outside in the sun whenever possible but only if I can manage the glare and such on my laptop! :)
There are SO many places I want to check out for remote working but place I'm particularly interested in checking out are (in no particular order): Krakow, Poland, Prague, Czechia, Ksamil, Albania, Medellin, Colombia, and Lima, Peru.
One of the biggest challenges my partner and I have is staying accountable and productive while we're working remotely in a new city. We figured out this daily routine works really well for us (vices notwithstanding):
Each morning, we spend 10-15 minutes with a cup of coffee discussing the top 3 things we want to accomplish for the day. At the end of each day, we spend 10-15 minutes with a glass of wine (or shot of tequila when we're in Mexico) recapping what we accomplished that day.
For me right now, I pretty much just leverage Zoom, Microsoft Office, and various apps on my phone like WhatsApp, Uber, Dropbox, NordVPN, etc.
I manage my own banking, financing, and bookkeeping for my business but outsource legaI and taxes (even though I'm a former CPA).
Life is SO short so chase after your dreams like your pants are on fire!
The COVID pandemic has proved to everyone that remote working WORKS! It's time we all recognize that and take full advantage of this change!
Kristie's website: https://executiveremoteworker.com/
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