Hi! I’m Tyler Murphy.
I’m a full-stack developer and amateur writer. I work remotely for a New York-based tech startup, and I travel full-time while creating content from my laptop.
Currently I am traveling through Latin America, living for a month at a time in each place I visit. I am also actively learning Spanish. I spend a decent amount of time each day working, but I also have the luxury of moving slowly through my environments.
This year I achieved long-term, sustainable world travel, two years after quitting my mundane cubicle job at a large private investment firm.
Originally I am from a small town about an hour north of Toronto, Canada.
Growing up, I gravitated towards music, writing, science and tech. My parents put a guitar in my hands when I was ten and I fell in love with it.
In highschool I was an angsty teenager, unsure of what my future held. A piece of my writing was published in my senior year, and my teachers pushed me to apply to university as an English major.
Believing that a degree was unnecessary for writing creatively, I chose a nerdier direction, and I moved north to Ottawa to study science. By the end of my first year I had failed half of my classes. Naturally, I decided to take a year off in order to contemplate if school was right me.
I decided it was. Returning on academic probation, I started from scratch. Over the next four years, my major changed three times. Ultimately I left university with honours and a degree in neuroscience.
During these years I worked crazy hours as a chef to pay for my education. And while I conquered university, the demands on my time put a strain my relationships. I ended up graduating a single parent to a fluffy little dog.
After earning my degree, I realized that the age-old adage that getting a degree will get you a good job was no longer a reality. I watched as my friends followed their paths' through med-school and business school, and I found myself having to define my own.
Even though I worked through most of University, I was still -$70,000 in debt. I figured now would be a good time to learn about money. While sweating out a few months in a warehouse, I taught myself investment theory at night. I quickly earned two certifications in finance and landed a job with an investment firm in Toronto.
Sounds great, right? Well, now I found myself working in a cubicle all day, proof-reading documents.
After a year of painful boredom, I hopped on a plane to Europe for a month. I stayed in hostels while backpacking through Dublin, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, and London.
A couple of months after I returned to work, I handed in my resignation. You see, upon returning home I immediately began using my time to research an escape. For a number of reasons, I turned to learning how to code.
I began freelancing as a web developer, googling how to do things as I did them. I taught myself how to build websites, as well as how to find clients.
Soon I discovered the specific skills I needed to learn in order to rise above being a freelancer, skills that tech companies are in short supply of and willing to pay for.
So I got to work teaching myself, and a few months later managed to secure a full-time, salaried position with a tech startup. I even negotiated this role into being fully remote, allowing me to work from anywhere in the world.
So now here I am, this month working and writing from an awesome little coworking space in Bogota, Columbia. Last month I was traveling through Mexico, and next month I'll be working high up in the Andean Foothills, in Quito, Ecuador.
The last two years have been quite the experience. Along the way I have met countless people who would love to be traveling the world like I am. It is for this reason that I have created this blog: to share my knowledge and to guide and inspire others looking to undertake the same journey.
But I can do better.
By Christmas 2017, I will be releasing TheCodeUnraveled, a project-based platform to not only get you up-to-speed with coding quickly, but to also take you from newbie, to freelancer, to writing applications for web, mobile, and VR.
I want others to be able to go from zero to one, with the guidance I never had, from someone who has succeeded and made it his reality. I think the world would benefit with more well-traveled people in it.
On that note, thanks for reading.