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Name: Rhowena Adolfo Patel
Industry: Health & Wellness
Countries/Cities You've Worked From: UK, Europe (London, Scotland, Ireland, Portugal, France, Italy, Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Poland, Ukraine, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Croatia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria) Turkey, Israel, Bali and the Philippines.
When did you first start working remotely? Did the pandemic make this possible for you or were you way ahead of the game?
My husband and I had a taste of backpacking during our two-month honeymoon through seven countries in Southeast Asia from 2013 to 2014. After returning back to Canada, we built a financial plan to travel full-time. I sold my financial planning practice, he quit his job, we purged, sold and donated 90% of our "stuff." With our remaining stuff packed into five bins kept in my in-law's basement, we set off to travel the world on January 9th, 2015. While travelling, we learned about the world of being a digital nomad, and even went on the first "Digital Nomads Cruise" from Colombia to Portugal. While on the cruise, I held a workshop, "Financial Planning for Digital Nomads." To my surprise, my workshop was one of the first sold-out events! My mind was blown! Let's just say the last five days of the cruise I was working 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. meeting with dozens of digital nomads about their needs and goals, and got off that cruise with a handful of new clients. It was during the European leg of our world tour that I dived into the digital nomad world: figuring out Skype conference calling and setting up online systems and communication channels, so that I could be efficient with my time while leaving the majority of my day open to exploring the city we were living in at the time. It was an amazing experience, but I also came to the realization that one-on-one financial planning was not what I wanted to continue to do....