How did you get into your nomadic lifestyle?
I’ve always loved travel, and my wife and I used to dream about someday making it work as a lifestyle. Then, a serious health issue brought home that there might not be a “someday”. I was already working remotely as a programmer, and we realized that it would be possible to kit out an RV to support doing so on the road. So we took the plunge!
How do you juggle your lifestyle with your work as a developer?
Being an independent developer gives me lots of flexibility in how I work, and we’re pretty flexible in our travel as well, so it’s not too difficult to fit the two together. Our preferred mode of travel is to park up for a few days in one location, where I’ll tend to work on apps most days, with some time off for getting to know the area as well. Then we’ll pack up and move on to somewhere else - seeing the sights along the way - and start the cycle over.
Does your lifestyle inspire or influence the types of apps you do?
Absolutely. We spend a lot of time outdoors, and that makes you very aware of the natural passage of time: day into night, summer into winter, then back around again. This was the basis of TerraTime, making those natural flows accessible in the palm of your hand. And Lunescope is doing something similar for the phases of the moon: it’s the same kind of natural rhythm. Not to mention, if you’re spending time outdoors, there’s a practical side to knowing what time the sun will rise, or when the daylight will fade.