Rolling Remote

Rolling remote with Dan Gold

For Dan, it wasn’t enough to clock in from his home in NYC, he wanted to take his work on the road. He joined Remote Year, a work and travel program for people who work remotely and is currently traveling through South America. Travel provides plenty of inspiration for his work as a freelance photographer and his website HalfHalfTravel, a travel site he runs with his girlfriend. He also owns a web development company.

Dan checked in with Remoter from Bogota and revealed how he stays focused when traveling to a new city every month. (Bonus: If you travel a lot, you’ll love the phone plan that keeps him connected no matter where he goes.)

Dan and Becca, the duo behind HalfHalfTravel | Submitted by Dan Gold

Quick-fire profile

How many years have you worked remotely? 2 1/2 years

Where are you based? Since June, I’ve been traveling through Europe and South America. I was based in NYC before.

Where do you spend most of your remote work hours? In a coworking space

Are you most productive in the morning or at night? Early bird

Coffee or tea? Coffee

Dan making the magic happen | Submitted by Dan Gold

Dan’s typical office setup

What features do you like most about your work space?

The best feature about my co-working space is that it changes every month! I travel often and get to use a variety of different coworking spaces. The change of environment helps my creativity.

Do you share your workspace with anyone? Tell us about them!

Sometimes! My girlfriend and I travel together and usually work from the same coworking space. If the coworking space has different floors or different areas to work from, we usually sit in different spots.

Remote work pros and cons: Dan’s take

What’s the biggest con of remote work for you?

Pros: schedule flexibility, travel flexibility, more focus, better work culture, more time from cutting your commute, less stressful work environment, fewer transportation/work expenses
Cons: I often work too much because there’s no end to how much I can accomplish. It’s also difficult not having a home-base community.
Dan’s coworking space–for this month, at least | Submitted by Dan Gold

Working from home tips and tricks

What software technologies do you use on a regular basis?

Todoist, Lightroom, Photoshop, Trello, Slack, GSuite

What habit allows you to be more productive during the day?

Making a small routine when I get to a new city is productive for me. I minimize my decision making as much as possible. When I can walk the same route to work, eat the same lunch, and sit in the same spot, it takes a lot of the decision making out of my day.

What are the 3 items you can’t live without while working remotely? (If you have a brand you love, please name them!)

  1. Adobe Creative Cloud
  2. Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones
  3. Google Fi

Answers have been lightly edited and links were added.

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