Hand Stands in Big Sur
After graduating from college in 2009, I immediately joined the workforce where I bounced around from one job to the next. Having just graduated as a software engineer and seeing the amount of 20 something-year-olds making billions with tech companies, I knew I just had to work hard, put in the hours and my turn would be just around the corner. HA!
Even got to travel while playing professional baseball!
Three years ago I was working at a startup as a 100% remote employee and was logging up to 100hrs/week all while I would still work on my side businesses (yes plural, could never stick with one). Almost 6 straights months of elevated caffeine intake, very little sleep and stressful hours the burnout landed me in the hospital with heart complications. When you have heart issues at the age of 26 it’s a real wake up call as to what’s important in your life. I knew something had to change and with work starting to die down ( 50-60 hrs/week ) I bought a one way ticket to the west coast for a change of pace and scenery but would still maintain my normal work schedule.
I spent several weeks in San Francisco where I would work during the day and explored the city at night. This was my first experience stretching what a remote career could provide me – ability to travel, meet new people and see old friends without the need to take a real vacation.
After returning home I was offered a new position that not only allowed me to maintain the remote lifestyle but was also provided a nice bump in salary. I gladly accepted and after several months of getting acclimated to the new gig the travel bug bit me again — and it bit hard.
Several days before the 2015 new year I hopped on a plane with a complete stranger and went Key West for several days. I didn’t know it then but this was just the start to a year full of travel, with trips stretching from Hawaii to Nova Scotia. Before I knew it the year was coming to a close and I had spent over 200 days on the road. With all the adventures I went on I became increasingly more interested in photography, which lead me to purchase my first professional camera (Sony A7) and start this blog.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Why DanRamdom.com?
A. My full name is Dan Ramos-Dominko. Thats one hell of a mouthful, and AdventurousDan.com didn’t quite do it for me so DanRamdom.com it was.
Q. How many states have I been to?
Q. How many national parks have I been to?
Q. How many countries have I been to?
Q. Most scenic place I’ve visited?
A. International – Norway. Domestic – Big Sur
Q. Most interesting things that ever happened to me while traveling?
- I single handedly shut down all west bound traffic on route 70 from Denver to Breckenridge. Apparently a Chevy Cruise should use chains while driving in the Rockies during a blizzard.
- Using the restroom in the Newark Airport the guy next to me caused his toilet to overflow soaking my luggage with his dirty poopy water 🙁
- I had to prevent a Dominos delivery man from strangling a drunk guy with a rope who robbed a pizza from his car in Key West.