My name is Troy Erstling, hailing all the way from Manalapan, NJ - but I live the majority of the year in Bangalore, India.
I've been traveling for as long as I can remember. When I was a kid I went away by myself on trips every year with my mother. Then when I got old enough I went on my own to sleepaway camp. Then I went to university across the country in Arizona. From there the travel bug really crept in.
For the next few years I studied abroad in Buenos Aires Argentina, then taught English in Seoul, South Korea, then moved to Bangalore, India where I worked for a startup company (Zipcar of India), before quitting my job to start my own venture, BrainGain.co (we help people find international work opportunities).
I'm currently in NJ, traveling around the east coast speaking at Universities. I'll be back in Bangalore, India and then Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, throughout the remainder of the year. This 3 month span at home will be the longest I've been at home in one stretch in the last 4 years. Crazy how time flies...
Most memorable - While eating at a restaurant in India someone overheard me speaking and offered me a job as a voice actor for animated films. I now work remotely and record voiceovers for animated Indian cartoons. Absolute dream come true.
My biggest learning is that entrepreneurs aren't superheroes. In the beginning when I started learning about startups I idolized founders and digital nomads, thinking they were these elusive hyper intelligent group of people who I had to learn everything I could from. What I ended up learning is that entrepreneurs are mostly normal people plus one big difference > Intrinsic motivation and hustle. All it takes is a good work ethic and belief in oneself and you don't need to be very special to make this lifestyle a reality.