Ashley Edokpayi: 12 Cities in 12 Months with Remote Year [Interview 22]

Ashley Edokpayi spent all of 2017 traveling the world for 1 month at a time through a program called Remote Year. Everyone who participates has their own thing going on – their own remote jobs, businesses, projects, etc. – but they come together as one big travel tribe and spend the year experiencing completely new ways of life. 

Ashley's group spent portions of the year in 12 countries (plus several side trips) across South America, Europe, and Asia. Thanks to great timing, we got to hang out in both KL and Chiang Mai! I so enjoyed hearing about her exciting adventures around the globe as she rounded up her last few months in Remote Year. 

Wanna know what it's like to spend a year globe-trotting? Read Ashley's vivid story below and learn what she loved most about each city; how she found a remote job that allowed her to continue traveling instead of having to return home; and how she managed to get work done in between all the flights and adventures: 

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JF Brou on Creating Communities and Making a Living from the YOLO Lifestyle [Interview 21]

We’ve never met in person, but JF feels like a long-distance friend. When I contacted him, he was eager to connect, exchange voice messages, and even send over some excellent material he’s put together on mastering the art of productivity – and I’m being genuine when I say someone could live on this guide. It’s that thorough.

JF talks a lot about providing value and from our initial digital interaction, I sense that he cares about giving, without expecting anything directly in return. And with that ideology, he’s well on his way to making an incredible impact.


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The Bucketlist Bombshells teach women how to run 6-figure online businesses while traveling the world [Interview 20]

Cassie and Shay are here for the coffee-lovin’, wanderlust-seekin’ entrepreneurial spirits who are ready to ditch their cubes, start successful online businesses, and have the freedom to design their own lifestyles. The fabulous founders of The Bucketlist Bombshells, these ladies are paving the future of remote work for millennial women who aim to run 6-figure online businesses while traveling the world.

Through their Bucketlist Bombshells Academy, their library of online courses teach sought-after skills in design, tech and online business. Cassie and Shay have grown a community of over 40,000 aspiring and seasoned location independent women around the world, and their work has landed them features on Forbes and CNBC.

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Nneka Okona on Freelance Writing, Travel, and Advocating for Self [Interview 19]

A full-time freelance writer, Nneka's work can be found in Wall Street Journal, Travel + Leisure, New York Magazine, Food and Wine, Fodors, and I am Well and Good, to name a few familiar publications.On her personal blog, Afros y Paellas, Nneka also shares her travel stories – the lows and highs and occasional tips, but mostly the emotional, spiritual and psychological ties to writing, artistry and creativity. Her writing chops speaks for itself – I know I can't be the only one eagerly awaiting her first book.

Previously based in Atlanta, Nneka decided to pack up and hit the road at the beginning of the year to feed her wandering heart. She's taking the slow-travel approach that many digital nomads enjoy, choosing to spend several weeks or months in one location before hopping to the next. So far this year she's lived in both Mexico and Colombia (follow her on Twitter for the sights + stories). I talked to Nneka about committing to her passion as a full-time writer, how she prepared to move abroad and freelance, and what advice she'd offer anyone looking to trail-blaze their freelance writing career:

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Fuad Agoro on Online Advertising and Traveling the World [Interview 18]

Fuad Agoro is a full-time traveling entrepreneur, vlogger, and fitness extraordinaire. He’s been living the dream, i.e. bouncing from penthouses in Colombia and villas in Bali for months at a time for the past 5 years, while running his business and educating people on how to work out from ANYWHERE in the world. He’s basically here to tell us we have absolutely no excuse not to stay in shape.

Check out FuFu’s story below (transcribed via voice messages) to learn how he started making money online, his biggest lifestyle challenge as a traveler, and his top 3 recommendations for finding your perfect clients:

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Violeta Potter on Writing Marketing Copy that Converts [Interview 17]

In Violeta's words, "I'm a no-nonsense boss. I care about being super intentional. I'll tell you when you've got spinach in your teeth. I believe in critical thinking. Personal ownership and taking the leap and saying fuck it!" 

Through her website, violetapotter.com, she publishes how-to content from the foundations like how to craft a narrative that supports the highest vision of your life, to creating a plan of action for making aspirations a reality, all the way through to crafting a highly converting sales page that helps you do so. 

Violeta knows that, for entrepreneurs especially, your words matter. Your vision matters. Your relationships matter. Below, she shares a few gems on how you can hone these key aspects of your narrative to reach more of the right people online and propel yourself closer to your ideal:

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Christian Morisak on starting his 6-figure digital nomad lifestyle [Interview 16]

Morey's come up is definitely inspiring — how do 4 hour work weeks and impromptu holidays to Greece sound to you? ... Like goals, right? Yeahhhh. So let's get into how this lifestyle came about; below, Moreyh shares about finding his sweet spot in online entrepreneurship, becoming a world traveling digital nomad, and why he's actually ready to stop traveling so much:

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The Career Introvert on Standing Proud as an Introverted Entrepreneur [Interview 15 - Janice]

In workshops Janice leads around the world, and on her website The Career Introvert, she provides detailed how tos on topics like Assertiveness and Networking, where she shares her top secrets for getting what you want, specifically for introverts. 

I talked to Janice about entrepreneurship, how she tapped into her introversion to create her ideal career, and what her top tips are for living out one's purpose:

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"People gravitate towards people that are knowledgeable and passionate." [Interview 14 - Keith]

We love Keith's blog because he doles out tons of practical advice and resources for people who wish to reshape their lifestyles centered around more travel, such as in Digital Nomad Tools - Essential Remote Work Apps & Services, as well as his Freelancer's Guide for Making Money on Upwork

Since he's got all the keys for embodying the term 'the world is yours,' we got in touch with Keith to find out a little bit more about how he does it and what his top tips are for how you can, too:

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"Figure out what your niche is and own it." [Interview 13 - Emily]

At only 22 years old, Emily de Sousa is creating a remarkable impression on the world as an ocean activist, freelance writer, travel vlogger, AND environmentalist student. Also cementing herself as a public speaker, she recently delivered a TedX talk on how we can save our oceans! Our youngest guest yet featured in the LITT interview series, Emily makes me wish I'd accomplished a bit more than partying during my free time throughout my undergrad years.  

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"One word of advice: Less bottle popping and more country hopping!"  [Interview 12 - Ced]

An explorative teacher who’s already traveled to over 20 countries in just 3 years since obtaining his passport, Ced’s making his mark by inspiring people with his authentic stories and photos from his adventures around the world. Below, he shares about taking the leap to change his life, the power of social media, and how he wants to make a lasting impact.

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"Your life is happening now. Don't let it slip away by living according to everyone else's priorities but your own." [Interview 11 - Jalisa]

Jalisa Whitley's path centers joy and authenticity in all things. She's focused on 'getting free, changing the face of philanthropy, and frequently collecting passport stamps while working remotely from around the world.' I'm sure you'll come away with a high dose of inspiration and practical tips you can implement today after reading what Jalisa has to share.

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"If your marketing is mismatched with your ideal client audience, you're going to struggle." [Interview 10 - Michell]

It's clear Michell has fun shaping his online narratives and social micro-stories. But more than just humor, there's honesty. There's humility. There's no sugar coating what it takes to successfully pave your own lane as a modern-day influencer.  And across his platforms, he's narrating his highs, lows, and lessons learned along the way.

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"Whenever you structure life in a non-traditional way, there will be haters. F the haters. That's my advice." [Interview 09 - Alexis Lamb]

 

Alexis' blog, The No-Pants Life, shows us that "you can make a nice living, and importantly, architect a great life -- all while working in just your underpants." Since architecting this life outside of office walls, she's visited over 30 countries, ran marathons, became a published writer of both fiction AND non-fiction, spent more precious time with her parents, and has done business around the world as a remote recruiter, just to name a few highlights.  

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"Hiring a virtual assistant has been the best decision early on." [Interview 07 - Melody]

A former website designer who built her first website at age 12, Melody Thomas is now inspiring thousands of people of color to work from anywhere in the world through her platform Black Digital Nomad. Her mission is to show you how to create a location independent lifestyle that gives you the freedom to travel the world and live life on your own terms.

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"Your values have to be strong and clearly identifiable through your brand." [Interview 06 - Stuart]

Stuart stands out because he’s living proof of what it looks like to sustain a location independent lifestyle over the long-term. Chances are, if you’re here, it’s because you want to create a meaningful career and life, not just for a year or two -- but forever. Let’s hear from a true vet in the game and take in his core principles for creating a sustainable community, brand, and freedom-centered existence.

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"So much of my success started with a clear mental picture." [Interview 04 - Will]

Will Manuel is a self motivated entrepreneur with a whole 18+ years of web design, SEO, and internet marketing experience. He's a young but seasoned web executive, leader, and strategist focused on tech consulting, project management, and online marketing. He's very passionate about helping people live to their fullest/truest forms, and he's currently traveling abroad to explore new business opportunities, learning new cultures and ways of life.

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