“A renegade traveler.” — Business Insider, Dec 2013

“One of the greatest philosophers and travel writers.” — Return of Kings, Oct 2015 

My name is James. I was born in Ukraine (Eastern Europe) and moved to The United States of America (New York City) at an early age.

I spent approximately ten years living and working in Silicon Valley. I worked at all kinds of companies, tiny startups and huge tech companies. Most of these companies you’ve undoubtedly heard off and you’re probably using their products daily.

Although I’ve always enjoyed software development from a very young age, I realized that I definitely don’t want to do it for the rest of my life. I just couldn’t imagine sitting in some cubicle and coding for many years in the future.

In 2007, I quit my high-paying job at a big tech company in Silicon Valley and bought a one-way ticket to Brazil. The plan was to spend only 1-3 months, but I ended up staying for a little over 2 years.

This began my location-independence and entrepreneurship era of my life.

Ultimately, I realized that living in America just isn’t for me. That motivated me to build a location-independent lifestyle in order to permanently live abroad, in any country I wanted, for as long as I wanted.

Since then, I’ve been to 75+ countries and extensively lived in about a dozen of them. I’ve been more than happy and don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. I also learned how to speak six languages fluently.

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