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Travelling the World as a Web Developer

Submitted by Nikhil John (@nikjohn) on Sunday, 30 September 2018

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Abstract

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If you had to choose one, which one would you pick?

  • a. Live and work in Bangalore (Mumbai, Hyderabad, NCR etc.) and deal with the traffic, pollution and non-existent work-life balance
  • b. Live in a smaller town, spend much more time with friends and family but get paid much much less (if you can find a job at all, that is)
  • c. Work abroad and be away for long stretches of time from your hometown, and loved ones (this is even harder than Option b)

What if I told you there was a magic option d where you could

  • Earn much more than your City job
  • Spend as much time with friends and family as you want
  • Not have to live in the City if you don’t like it
  • Travel the world, whenever you want

Prima face, it looks too good to be true. Looks like kind of a scam even. But I have been fortunate enough to do this for the last two years, and I want to share my story.

I have been working as a 100% Remote Web Engineer since Jan 2017, and in that time period have visited over 13 countries while earning. I am a Digital Nomad. I have no office, and my laptop and a stable Internet connection is all I need to set up shop at any corner of the world.

In this talk, I will speak to you about:

  • What it’s like to live as a Remote Engineer - the joys and the pains
  • Why you would want to be a Remote Engineer
  • Why you wouldn’t want to be a Remote Engineer
  • How to become a Remote Engineer

At JSFoo 2017, I gave a Flash Talk about life as a Digital Nomad because I had recently started experimenting with the lifestyle. But the response I received was overwhelming - I received over 70 enquiries about Remote work. This is what inspired me to submit this talk at JSFoo 2018 - this time with more material, preparation and life experience.

Key Takeaways

  • A peek into the life of a Remote Engineer
  • An understanding about how to prepare yourself to be a Remote Engineer
  • Avenues for Remote Development
  • Anecdotes from life on the road
  • Pitfalls along the way, cautionary tales

Intended Audience

Engineers/Managers who

  • Are looking for a change from traditional work environments
  • Are looking for substantial improvements in pay
  • Want to improve their work life balance
  • Are passionate about travelling the world
  • Want to allocate more time to family and friends

Outline

https://slides.com/nikjohn/traveling-the-world-as-a-web-developer

Requirements

There are no prerequisites for this talk - anyone can attend

Speaker bio

Nikhil has been a Web Engineer for over 8 years now, having worked with Deloitte, Juniper, Saltside, Crossover. He is currently working as the Frontend Lead at Fountain, San Francisco. He has been working 100% remotely for the last 2 years. In the course of his career, he has visited and/or worked in 13 countries in North America, Europe and Asia. Originally from Kochi, he spends his time shuttling between Bangalore and Kochi when he’s not travelling the world.

Links

Slides

https://slides.com/nikjohn/digital-nomad-101-working-without-an-office-7/

Preview video

https://youtu.be/JVBrZmm7mgk?list=PL279M8GbNsevKlX6FJMVXC-GrbWOw3_w8&t=812

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