Tiago Almeida Climbing a Mountain in El Alto, Bolivia
Tiago Almeida Climbing a Mountain in El Alto, Bolivia

Tell us a bit about yourself

I'm a 24-year-old Portuguese guy who doesn't know what to do with life. Everything started when I applied to Remote Year and got accepted – still with no idea what remote working was. I applied to HelloFresh and convinced the CTO to let me work remotely for a year and some change, to which he accepted. I'm a Front-end developer working on a product that I love while traveling the world with 75 individuals – pretty solid.

What’s your favorite destination?

La Paz, Bolivia. It's breathtaking (literally)! From the struggle of living in 3,640m/12000ft altitude within an amazing culture to exploring world's biggest salt flats, world's most dangerous “death” road or hiking the world's “easiest” 6000m/20000ft mountain – you will find something that fits your needs.

What are your “Trusty Three” travel items?

Tiago Almeida's Trusty Travel Items
Tiago Almeida's Trusty Travel Items
  1. Hurley Men's Dri-Fit Chino: They can be used as casual shorts, gym shorts and swimming shorts! 3-in-1 and you save space since they are so compact!
  2. Raqpak Microfiber Travel Towel: One of my best investments. It's so light and so useful. It also doubles as a beach towel!
  3. Howard Leight Earplugs and Alaska Bear sleep mask: I'm sensitive to light and sound so this is a must for me. Plus, who wants to hear someone snoring next to you for a 10 hour flight?
  4. BONUS: Arctic Breeze Mobile Mini USB Desktop Fan: This has saved me a couple of times. From when I was trying to fall asleep on a hot train to when my computer overheats in Thailand. Also, you can connect it to a portable battery bank or charger and have a fan on the go!

What do you miss most when you travel?

My bike. I actually considered traveling with it but realistically it would be super expensive.

What’s the weirdest thing you carry with you while traveling?

I've been carrying paracord to make bracelets that can be used for survival although I never needed it!

Tiago has a great post about everything he's taken with him during a year of travel with Remote Year. You can view that post here.

August 10, 2017

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