Alexandra Dima called Bucharest, Romania home for the past 13 years, but she and her husband Andrei are ready for a new location. Together, they’re using the perks of remote work to help them discover the place they’d like to call home next. Alexandra is a digital project manager and Andrei is a travel photographer; careers which are ideal for working from any location with wifi. For six months in 2018, they roadtripped to various countries in Europe. In 2019, they left their apartment in Bucharest for good and have continued their journey, working from Spain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany, to name a few.
“We stay in a city for 1-2 weeks generally and drive to the next one during the weekend, so my time at work isn’t impacted at all,” Alexandra told Remoter. “You could say we don’t have weekends, but on the other hand, you could say we are on a continuous vacation. The truth is in the middle: We work during normal work hours, then use our free time to move around and discover new places.”
Since their goal is to find a new home city, the couple chooses to stay in places with a kitchen and laundry setup, so they can live like locals instead of tourists. “We want to experience life as if we would be living in each city, so we can make a decision where we want to move,” Alexandra said. Learn more about how Alexandra works on their road trip, below.
How many years have you worked remotely? 3.5
Where are you based? Bucharest, Romania, but roadtripping in 2019 to find a new home!
Where do you spend most of your remote work hours? Wherever I have internet 🙂
Are you most productive in the morning or at night? Morning
Coffee or tea? Coffee
Alexandra’s home office setup and decor
What type of desk do you use?I usually put the laptop on my lap and sit in bed. If I go out, any table at the coffee shop is good.
What type of chair do you use while at work? Whatever seat’s available in my local coffee shop/co-working space
What features do you like most about your work space? I can’t say this enough: Working in your pajamas in the morning, in bed, with your good coffee near, is the best! Some people need boundaries between work and personal time, but I thrive on the inclusion of both. I don’t need to spend 2-3 hours from when I get up until I start working (breakfast, change clothes, put make-up on, drive / bike to the office). I can just get up, make some coffee and snuggle in bed with my work! If it rains outside… who cares? 🙂
Do you share your workspace with anyone? Tell us about them! I share my workspace with my husband, Andrei Dima. He is a travel photographer, which makes our journeys perfect. We get along very well, and collaborate on a lot of things, like content creating for social media.
Remote work pros and cons: Alexandra’s take
What are the biggest pros and cons of remote work for you?
Pros: Schedule and travel flexibility, better work-life balance, time cut from commuting, less stressful work environment, and fewer transportation/work expenses
Cons: “I actually fit right in; no cons!” Alexandra told us.
Working from home tips and tricks
What habit allows you to be more productive during the day? I make sure to focus on the task at hand. If something else needs my attention, I figure a way to postpone it for after I finish the current task. My noise cancelation earbuds help with keeping distractions away. Also, I sometimes listen to chill music on FIP online radio to be relaxed when I work.
What are the 3 items you can’t live without while working remotely? (If you have a brand you love, please name them!)
Sony in ear pods – great for noise cancellation
The featured image of Alexandra was taken by Andrei Dima. Answers have been lightly edited and links were added.
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