Rolling Remote With Emily Breuninger

When your Instagram handle is @restless_emily, you’d better have the ability to move from place to place with ease. Luckily for Emily Breuninger, her work in partnerships at Zapier allows her to travel as often as she pleases. In this case, that means that she’s traveling full-time — she literally doesn’t have a home address.

“My physical location changes about once a month,” Emily shared with us at Remoter. “In 2018, I worked from Tahoe, Denver, Whistler, Alaska, Austin, SF, Miami, Tel Aviv, Egypt, Belgium, Amsterdam, Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua, to name a few. ” We hope Emily’s got the passport with extra pages, because it doesn’t look like she’s slowing down in 2019. Read more about Emily’s work and travel below, along with some snapshots of her remote work experiences.

Quick-fire profile

How many years have you worked remotely? 1.5

Where are you based? I travel full time 🙂 2019 includes Miami, Curaçao after that, and then Medellin, Colombia

Where do you spend most of your remote work hours? It depends! Emily said she works from a home office, co-working spaces, coffee shops, and more. The weirdest places she’s posted up? She votes a sailboat or a tattoo parlor

Are you most productive in the morning or at night? Morning

Coffee or tea? Coffee

Emily’s home office setup and decor

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Social post of remote work | Photo submitted by Emily Breuninger

What type of desk and chair do you use? Whatever’s in my local coffee shop or co-working space

What features do you like most about your work space? It’s mobile and light! All I need is my charger, my Bose quiet comfort headphones, and a charger.

Do you share your work space with anyone? Tell us about them! Sometimes 🙂 My partner and BFF both work remotely. Sometimes, one (or both!) will travel with me. (Earlier this year, they were all in Miami together!)

Remote work pros and cons: Emily’s take

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Remote work flexibility for travel is a huge perk | Photo submitted by Emily Breuninger

What are the biggest pros and cons of remote work for you?

Pros: Schedule and travel flexibility, more focus, better work-life balance, time cut from her commute

Cons: Feeling isolated or less connected with colleagues, and more personal office or tech expenses

Working from home tips and tricks

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Emily has chosen travel over a typical office for her work | Photo submitted by Emily Breuninger

What software technologies do you use on a regular basis? SlackGSuiteZoomQuipTodoistAirtableCopper

What habit allows you to be more productive during the day?Muting notifications, putting my phone in another room, starting and ending my day in Todoist, taking a 2 hour gym break in the middle of the day, scheduling out important projects on my calendar.

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

Bose QuietComfort Headphones, MacBook Pro, and my charger

Answers have been lightly edited and links were added.

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