Meet The Nomad Summit Team: Rachel Isabel Yenko-Martinka

New to the nomad world, Rachel left her cozy life in Minneapolis, Minnesota to indulge in a life of slow travel, beginning her journey Chiang Mai just last year. A musician and graphic designer with a background in event planning and community outreach, Rachel is an enthusiastic addition to our Summit team!


Q: Why did you join the Nomad Summit Team?

A: Having organized many conferences in the past, I was excited for the opportunity to jump back into that world and help build up this international community and movement.

Q: What do you do at the Nomad Summit?

A: My job largely consists of research and outreach. I look for companies with relevant offerings and influencers that are paving the way in our niche, say hello, and ask if they'd like to build a partnership with the Nomad Summit!

Q: How long have you been working remotely? Where have you lived since then?

A: I started working remotely in October of 2018 in Chiang Mai, spent December in Manila to visit family, then right back to Chiang Mai for January and February. March was an interesting one-- I was on a music tour that brought me through Bangkok, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Da Nang, and Hoi An. Back to Chiang Mai for April, and then now in and around Vietnam for the next little while.

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Q: What does the location independent lifestyle mean to you?

Adventure. Opportunity! The freedom to take advantage of all the directions, both physical and mental, my curiosity would like to explore.

Q: Books every digital nomad should read

I think I should be learning from others for this topic-- I never studied "how" to be a digital nomad, it just sort of found me.

Q: How do you start your day? 

Ideally I start off with a cup of loose leaf tea, identify the priorities for the day, a trip to the local bakery for the daily best, and settle down into a coffee shop for the next few hours to work.

Q: What's your productivity hack?

I'm a fan of the Getting Things Done method, and using that priority list to shift what I feel like doing in the moment so that I'm always working on a project that is best suited for that time while still keeping productive.

Q: Are you working on any personal projects or businesses?

Always! As a freelance graphic designer I have a few ongoing projects, and as a musician I always have a gig or new song on the horizon.

Have Question for Rachel?

Is there anything else you'd like to know about Rachel? Leave a comment below this post! 

Alexandra Kozma

Alexandra attended the Nomad Summit Conference in January 2017 for the first time, when the term "digital nomad" was still new to her and she didn't even know who Tim Ferris was. The Nomad Summit and living in Chiang Mai flipped her world upside down. She's now helping people become digital nomads by co-organizing the Nomad Summit conference, blogging about the digital nomad lifestyle in Hungarian and sharing her travels on Instagram @alexandrakozma She's the creator of the Morning Mindset journal.

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Vinh T Ho - May 14, 2019

Hi, Rachel, I met you briefly at the conference this year and somebody told me you’re also from Minnesota! I wanted to reach out because I’m living in Saigon, Vietnam at the moment and wanted to catch up with someone from home! Cheers! Vinh.

    Rachel Yenko Martinka - July 7, 2019

    Hey Vinh! I’m sorry I totally missed this– what a small world! Feel free to say hey on Facebook, you can find me there at Rachel Izzy Yoma 🙂


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