Hello! Who are you?
My name’s Matt, and I was born and raised in New York. When growing up, my parents traveled a lot—that’s where my interest in moving around came from. I went to college in Virginia to study political science, and after graduation I started working in digital marketing and communication. Right now I live in Mexico City.
Why did you decide to get moving? Was there something about where you were before that
you didn’t enjoy or were you just looking for adventure?
Just looking for places to go next—I’ve always been a traveler.
What did you do first when you started looking at potential locations?
I don’t really have a set process for moving, to be honest—I just love going to different places. I think I’d pretty much go anywhere if someone handed me a ticket.
What role did Teleport play in your decision to move?
I used Teleport Cities, and while toggling preferences, got interested in Mexico City. I hadn’t even considered it before because of common misconceptions about what Mexico is like. I browsed Mexico City’s profile a bit, and found out a lot of things that I was pleasantly surprised by, so I decided it would be a good fit.
The product generally opened a lot of options to me that would have never even occurred. For example, I definitely want to go to Bucharest, which is one of my top matches in Cities as well.
Was there anything completely unexpected but positive about Mexico City?
I knew Mexico City was big, but I couldn’t truly anticipate how big. The city is absolutely massive. This was intimidating at first, but it’s become an awesome challenge to get a feel for this megalopolis and all its neighborhoods. There are so many nooks, crannies that it feels like there will always be more exploring to do.
What’s been the worst surprise?
Eating cheap, delicious street food on a daily basis. Despite my best efforts, I can’t resist the temptation.
What’s a cool place—either in Mexico City or in the world in
general—that you think everyone should visit?
I honestly think everyone should visit Mexico City, especially if you’re from the U.S. Mexico’s issues with corruption and violence make headlines around the world. Unfortunately, this clouds people’s understanding of what the country is like in totality.
The nation certainly has its issues to work out. But by simply visiting Mexico City and exploring the city, you’ll find that the city is lush, vibrant, and incredibly complex. It’s not just another capital city. It’s a global destination in its own right.
What do you miss most about home?
Friends. Moving abroad can be really isolating if you don’t do it correctly. Luckily, my girlfriend and I both speak Spanish. We’ve been lucky enough to meet friends who were travelling and make new friends as well. That said, you have to make a concerted effort to be social in a new city, and that’s especially tough if you don’t speak the local language.
Recommend a book that you think everyone should read.
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt.
We’re witnessing a lot of political upheaval and polarization throughout the democratic world. We keep facing movements that people refuse to accept or understand (the U.S. presidential election, the Brexit vote, and the Colombia-FARC peace deal, to name a few).
This book is incredibly important because of the way it breaks down where values and beliefs come from. It’s really humbling. As a result it’s also a great read for nomads facing culture shock.
What’s the most useful piece of advice you have ever received from anyone?
One of the most successful people I know told me this:
The most valuable attribute a person can have is judgement. Corporate executives and highly paid consultants don’t get paid simply because of seniority or skills. They have a track record of making difficult decisions and going where others haven’t gone before.
Linux, Windows or OS X?
Chrome! I’m no techie but I know my laptop is far from high-powered. But for most digital marketing work, my Samsung Chromebook works just fine.
Would you rather fight 1 horse-sized duck, or 100 duck-sized horses?
Do I get a weapon? If not I’m definitely taking on the herd of duck-sized horses.
If you were teleported to a deserted island right now and could only take three things
with you, what would they be?
A kettlebell, a great knife, and a whole lot of peanut butter.
What’s your biggest pet peeve?
People who like comments without liking the original status. Those people know what they’re doing…
What inspires you?
Simply put: people. I really take this Jim Rohn quote seriously:
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
My friends, my family, and all the people I get to interact with thanks to the world wide web inspire me every day.
What has been your biggest challenge when moving around?
A mobile lifestyle is less tangible and it’s hard to maintain a sense of community, adjust and give up what you had before. Skype calls aren’t the same as hanging out with people, and it’s easy to lose friends.
How do you define success?
Being excited to wake up each morning and being ready to sleep at night.
What do you think the future has in store for you next?
I love freelancing and working remotely. But I also love forming habits and enjoying a sense of community. Though I’ll continue to travel and work remotely at times I’m looking forward to finding a job where I can really grow and learn with a high-energy team. That might mean moving to the Bay Area.
Have you got your own Teleport story that you’d like to share? Drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org—we’d love to hear from you!