Name: Megan Gougeon
Work Wanderers Retreat: Bali
What type of remote work do you do?
I am a marketing strategist and content creator working with travel industry partners to create an unforgettable brand impression. My area of expertise (and passion!) is making remote work “work” for you! If I’m not busy collaborating with awesome like-minded companies, you can find me creating content for my Youtube channel: Portable Professional. I love creating videos to inform, inspire and entertain curious millennial travelers. While the focus is on travel, my goal is really to empower and equip you with the know-how to break down limiting beliefs and design your life your way!
Why did you decide to become a digital nomad?
I always knew I wanted to travel and spent much of my university years dreaming up a list of “travel jobs” to apply for. I was thinking inside the box, weighing options like tour guide and cruise ship worker. I was never trying to land a remote job and honestly assumed “work from home” jobs were scams!
After graduating, I applied for a partnerships position with a large corporate travel company and later found out the job was fulltime remote. There was no going back. I loved the flexibility, not having to commute, and the ability to structure my day my way without being stuck in an office 9-5. I have since left the company, but am forever hooked on the benefits of staying remote.
Where have you traveled?
I’ve been working from a laptop and traveling pretty non-stop for the past three years, so the list of destinations is long! I’ve traveled through the Americas, Europe, and Africa, but spent much of the past year in South East Asia. Da Nang, Vietnam is a destination I’d recommend to any remote worker looking for the perfect mix of beach and city life.
What challenges do you face as a Digital Nomad?
There are many. Working remotely, particularly working for yourself, takes a lot of self-motivation. It’s easy to get distracted or feel disconnected from your “why” when you are sitting at home staring at a screen all day. You don’t have an office of coworkers expecting you to show up and be productive.
As an introvert, my biggest challenge has been overcoming the temptation to isolate myself. When you work remotely you miss out on daily social interactions, like coffee room chat, that would be taken for granted in an office environment.
Studies show that the number one determinant of human happiness is how often, and how deeply, we connect with others. While I know this in theory, it’s still tempting to want to recharge alone after a long day or week. I have to put in extra effort to get out of the house and be around other people. Joining coworking spaces has been a total game-changer.
Why did you join a work Wanderers retreat?
I was feeling burnt out from always figuring things out on my own, and honestly, a little lonely. I meet a ton of people through my travels, but it’s hard to really make a connection with new people constantly coming and going. I had always been curious about joining a retreat, but a key concern was not being able to get work done and being immersed in a party atmosphere.
I did a lot of research on different retreats prior to making a decision. Work Wanderers stood out from other companies right from the first email. All of my questions were answered quickly, and they were completely transparent about where we would be staying and where we would be working from. The focus on quality was clear from the start, making it very apparent that Work Wanderers attracted professionals.
How has your Work Wanderers experience been?
The experience from day one was better than I could have possibly imagined. The value for money absolutely blew my mind! The quality of the accommodations and coworking was top notch. I never had to worry that I wouldn’t have the time, space, or infrastructure to get work done.
The best part was the ability to connect with other entrepreneurs also joining the retreat. There were endless opportunities for personal development, excursions, events, and skillshares. I was immediately welcomed into a diverse community of like-minded people, excited to collaborate. It was also a ton of fun! I woke up each day feeling happy and motivated. The whole experience helped give me a new perspective and approach to both my work and personal life.
What advice would you give someone looking to become a digital nomad?
Find ways to connect with like minded people face to face. When you work from home, it’s infinitely more difficult to meet new people. You need to make an effort to network and get out of the house.
I also recommend you find a dedicated space to work from where you are free from distractions and have the environment you need to focus on. It could be a separate room in your house, a coffee shop, a coworking space… Experiment and see what works best for you. Hint: It’s probably not multi tasking on the couch!
Working remotely takes some time to figure out, so don’t be too hard on yourself. Learn from others, try things out, experiment, and just go for it! Once you get in a groove that works for you, the benefits far outweigh the challenges.
Follow more of Megan’s adventures!
Youtube: The Portable Professional