Interview with Alex, a DN that would love to own a farm6 min read
Interview with Alex, a DN that would love to own a farm6 min readReading Time: 4 minutes
Hi Alex, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your lifestyle?
Hi Kristina, I’m the general manager of Dynamite Jobs and I love working remotely. From 2016 – 2019 I lived pretty nomadically with just a backpack but I decided to upgrade to a suitcase in late 2019 and do more slow traveling. I prefer spending a minimum of one month in each place but three months is ideal. This is because I really like to get to know an area, meet new people, and of course get lots of work done.
What is your current destination?
My fiance and I have been in Bogota, Colombia since January 2020. The original plan was to spend the summer visiting friends and family in the United States but Covid-19 had other plans for us. We just extended our rent until the end of the year. Even though this isn’t ideal, we’ve been able to make the most of the situation and the cheap rental prices due to no tourism. This has been a great opportunity for us to get more work done and continue some of our classes.
Can you tell us a bit about the projects you are currently working on? Are you currently looking for some new projects and clients?
At Dynamite Jobs, it’s our mission to advance the careers of remote professionals. We post over 250 new remote jobs each week and aim to become the go-to remote board for serious candidates.
Some of our new initiatives include facilitating more connections between companies and candidates as well as adding more features to the site to make the job search process more seamless.
We’re here to help anyone who wants to advance their career and find the best remote opportunities.
What do you like the most about being a Digital Nomad?
You can live out your bucket list whenever you want. It’s truly a blessing to have this lifestyle. People spend years working and waiting for vacation time to visit the places they want. I can’t believe what I’ve been able to experience so far. This lifestyle allows you to organize your life in the way you want which is true freedom.
And what are the downsides of it (in case there are any)?
There’s always the paradox of choice. It can be overwhelming by so many options and opportunities. Living this lifestyle can also lead to a ‘Grass is always greener’ mindset. If something isn’t going well, it can be easy to blame the location and prepare to move out. It’s also a challenge to build sturdy friendships. There’s a certain beauty in feeling that you ‘belong’ in a place, and that can only happen when you invest it for a long time.
What is a place/country you liked the most while traveling and why? What’s on your to-travel-list?
I’ve loved all the places I’ve visited. Every place has it’s own charm. For example, I love Colombia for friends and its fun cities. I love Spain for wine and music. Vietnam is an adventure with incredible history and exciting scooter rides through the city. Thailand has the most peaceful culture, my favorite food, and diverse landscapes. It really depends on what kind of lifestyle I’m looking to live for the next few months or the food I’m craving.
On my travel to-do list is anywhere with good hiking. Lina (my fiance) and I are discussing a possible RV trip to the national parks of the U.S., Scandinavia trip, or the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. We also love animals and would like to be near some farms and nature preserves for volunteering and experiences on the weekends. Things have been pretty quiet for the last few months so I think it’s safe to travel again we’re going to see as much as we can as fast as we can.
How often do you use coworking spaces? Is there one that you’d like to recommend to other nomads?
Coworking spaces are great. I try to keep a routine as much as possible so I am working set hours. A coworking space helps keep your routine and also introduces you to other remote workers. If there isn’t a good coworking space available in the area I’ll be visiting for a few months, I’ll rent an apartment with good space for working.
I highly recommend the Hive in Bangkok and Parnet in Colombia.
Let´s talk about community. Is there a special place/city that you particularly liked because of people/community?
Bogota, Colombia has a great group of foreigners and who have started businesses here or are working remotely. I also love the community in Hanoi, Vietnam. I have been visiting Hanoi for the past 5 years and have met some amazing people and entrepreneurs. Some of my best friends are there.
Some places are easier than others to fit in and adjust to. Spain and many other Western European countries are a good example of this. The people are very welcoming and there’s a great nightlife so it’s easy to meet people and have a great time.
As with any location, it takes time to meet to people and make friendships. The effort and time investment needs to be made in order to get create real, lasting relationships
Can you tell us what is your biggest dream?
Own a farm. This is a big change from my current lifestyle but I love working with hands and would like to raise a family with lots of green space and animals around. This is the dream I’m working towards.
In case you have a motto, could you share it with us?
‘When it comes to being nice and being right, being nice is always right.’ It’s kind of cheesy, but it has helped me get through many situations.
Written by: Kristina Lukacova, a DN that enjoys good food, good wine and good vibes. If you would like to know more about Alex, you can have a look at his Linkedin. If you are looking for a new job, have a look at Dynamite Jobs.