Name: Gal Elbaum
Work Wanderers Retreat: Bali
What type of remote work do you do?
Personally, I work remotely alongside my girlfriend, Marianne. We own a video production company called ‘Word and Record’.We create and produce animation explainer videos for companies of all sizes. I also own a YouTube channel where I animate and narrate scary stories called Stranger Stories.
Why did you decide to become a digital nomad?
Working from a stationary location never really worked for me. While I was good at my jobs, I never felt fulfilled or happy with what I was doing. I eventually reached a point in my life where I decided that enough is enough, I simply couldn’t see myself doing and living this type of life for the long term. Once I knew it was no longer an option for me, the research of what I CAN do, began.
Where have you traveled?
I’ve been to Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Uruguay, Colombia, Indonesia, Italy, Turkey, Israel & the USA. We have spent weeks if not months in each of these countries, all thanks to our ability to work remotely.
What challenges do you face as a Digital Nomad?
There are two main challenges that we, as travelers who work remotely, face every time we move to another area of the world. Good, solid WIFI connection and time difference management.
A solid WIFI connection is always a must. We always have to ensure the place we are staying at has a solid connection to the internet. If that is not the case, we will most likely have to cut our trip short in that particular location (which has indeed happened in the past).
Managing the time difference between wherever we may happen to be in the world and the time where our respective clients are can also be challenging at times. We always try to maintain a short response time when it comes to questions from our clients about a current project we have going together. This sometimes means we will have to respond to emails and messages in times that we normally would not be working at, back home, in Canada.
Why did you join a work Wanderers retreat?
The Work Wanderers retreat seemed like an incredible opportunity for me to work from one of my favorite places in the world, Bali, Indonesia. By this point, we have already visited Bali for a few months prior and completely fell in love with it. Work wanderers offered us a chance to go back to that place we cherish so much, and at the same time making connections with other individuals who are in the same field as us (working remotely). Work Wanderers facilitated everything, from a constant solid internet connection to a co-working space, to excursions around Bali to take our minds off of work for a little bit, every now and then.
How has your Work Wanderers experience been?
The experience itself was simply amazing, and one I will never forget. The ability to both experience the beauty of Bali and work in a very comfortable manner at the same time is something every remote worker can only hope for. I did not encounter any issues whatsoever when it came to our Villa where we stayed for the entire retreat, no issues with the co-working space provided by the retreat, and the people we met were each unique in their own way, which allowed me to make friendships that will most likely last for life.
What advice would you give someone looking to become a digital nomad?
Start now! If you don’t try, you don’t know. It may sound easier said than done, but it really is the best advice anyone could have given to me back when I was looking into starting to work remotely. You just have to start somewhere. Look for what you are passionate about, what you want to do, what will make you happy doing. Chances are you have at least 1 skill that others can benefit from. Find what that skill is, harness it, and see how you can start profiting from other people who lack in that particular skill. See how you can help others who are looking specifically for what you are particularly good at. Start today!
Follow more of Gals adventures!
Youtube: Stranger Stories