Andrew Peluso, a friend, and a fellow nomad
Tell us a little about yourself?
I live in Los Angeles. I co-own and run Websauce Studio, a digital marketing agency, in Sacramento. I’m the Marketing Director for Campaign One At A Time, a non-profit working to provide support for kids dealing with life-threatening illnesses. I enjoy photography, videography, fitness, and hiking.
Tell us a little bit about your most recent trip? Where did you go? For how long?
My most recent trip outside of the US was for seven months. I went to Thailand, Malaysia, India, and Indonesia. Most of my time was spent in Chiang Mai (four months) and Bali (two months). It was an amazing journey and a nice little reset in life.
How do you plan your trips?
If it’s an extended period of time then very loosely; book flights, book Airbnb for the initial part of the trip, and have a list of potential places to visit. If it’s a quick trip then I plan out my time with more of an agenda.
Why do you desire to travel?
I love the excitement and rush of seeing things and trying things for the first time. The world has a lot of beauty to offer and I enjoy the moments of awe that rush through at the site of earth’s magnificence. I also like people and some of the coolest I’ve met have been while traveling. Travelers tend to be adventurous souls like myself and the common ground of being on the road tends to make people very open to conversation and new experiences.
What got you into photography?
An ex of mine was a photographer, so that’s where I started gaining interest.
What camera equipment do you use?
I currently use a Canon 5D Mark IV with a 16-35mm 4.0. Kicking myself for not getting the 1.8!
What makes up your ‘must bring list’ when traveling?
My iPhone, laptop, external hard drives, wallet, passport, wristwatch, Mark IV, GoPro, and gimbal, toothbrush, floss, sweats, and some other clothes depending on how long I’m gone.
What do you do when you travel?
Depends on where I’m traveling and for how long. If I’m in a city I’ll eat some local food and walk around, probably with my camera in hand. See some cool spot I’ve seen on Instagram. If I have the option to hike I’ll likely be doing that a lot.
Why did you choose the locations you went to?
I had heard a lot of good things about Thailand, particularly Chiang Mai. It’s incredibly inexpensive to live there and the internet is really fast and stable in most places around the city. So for people who work online like myself, it’s great place to stay. I was supposed to go to Australia, but I ended up changing course and choosing India and Bali instead. I had a friend volunteering in India at the time so we met up and bounced around India for a couple weeks. I went to Bali because everyone I met while traveling told me how amazing it was and recommended I go.
What did you learn from your trip?
That traveling around the world is really easy. All you need is a GPS and sense of adventure.
You work remotely, tell us a little bit about your job and how you got into it?
I co-own Websauce Studio and run the marketing department. I strategize and execute marketing experiments for clients our agency. I got into starting as a freelance web designer. I built a couple website and realized I needed a way to get people to my websites, so that’s when I started learning about marketing.
Tell us a little bit about what it is like working remotely?
The freedom is great. Sometimes I work at home. Sometimes I work in a coffee shop. Sometimes I work from another city. It’s fun having that flexibility.
Do you enjoy doing remote work?
Any words of advice for other people trying to go down the same path?
I operate best when I’m organized and have good organizational habits. So for those types of people a few tools I would suggest are Fantastical, Asana, and RescueTime. Fantastical is a calendar app and great for scheduling. Asana is a great project management software that’s useful as a freelancer, but shines if you’re using it with a team.
What do you wish you had known before going on your trip?
Nothing. I liked going exactly as I did.
Your best travel tips?
Be flexible. Enjoy the ride.
Any other words of advice?