I’m Deb, short for Deborah.
I hail from New York and NYC has been my home for the last 15 years, first in Brooklyn (Flatbush, which was not and never will be hipster cool, then Park Slope) then Manhattan. Now it’s too darn expensive to live there for most.
I, along with my partner, have been away for a little over 8 months now. We decided to take a mid-career sabbatical to travel and not do work because I was super burned out and bursting blood vessels in my eyes and generally suffering from work-induced malaise.
I would be considered a Medical or Scientific Director in the medical communications world for the pharmaceutical industry. I basically write a lot of content for different brands as well as do business pitches and other face-to-face stuff with clients and physicians and other healthcare providers. My partner does photo retouching.
Currently in Thailand. We’ve been a bunch of times mainly for me to train Muay Thai back when I was an amateur fighter, but now I’m too old and have injuries and arthritis in my hands/wrists so no more training to hit things anymore!
After Thailand we’re off to Myanmar and Kuala Lumpur but then we’re coming back to Bangkok for the convenience and so I can pick up some more work before I go to Nepal and my partner goes to India. Our original plan was to not work at all during a 1-year period but now that’s changed because we are rethinking our plans to go home and are trying to see if we can be digital nomads.
One of the most memorable moments was realizing that I was eating watermelon (cut open with a rudimentary hoe), grown from the seed of a watermelon that a rescued elephant had eaten and pooped out, during a break from planting trees in a burned down area of forest in Cambodia.
Our original plan was to go home in November but we’re rethinking it and now we don’t know when we’ll go back.
As for what I’ve learned as a nomad. Well, we’ve been traveling, not digital, nomads for 8 months, so we’ve been figuring out how to travel for a long time as a couple in our late 30s. Now we’re trying to figure out how to transition into being digital nomads, which is a bit easier for me because I’ve picked up some work from clients that I worked for previously.
At this moment, I’m still waking up so no additional question from me!