Farewell, old friend


I guess it had to happen: coming back from a trip to Iceland, my old Burton duffle bag gave up.

I purchased it six years ago for my first team meetup, and so I thought this was a good moment to look back at some travel stats.

 Since I joined Automattic, I travelled 624,694 km to 71 cities located in 22 countries, across 83 trips that represented 540 days away from home, or 25% of my time.

I don’t know exactly how that compares to the average Automattician, but what I know for sure is that these numbers don’t even put me anywhere near the top of the Automattic travel leaderboard.

Does this sound appealing to you? Well, we are hiring! 🙂

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By Paolo Belcastro

Paolo is a modern nomad: after Italy, France, and Switzerland, he now lives in Vienna, Austria from where he works on Automattic's Jetpack and .blog products. Passionate photographer, he also dedicates his free time to his family, cats, and hobbies. Working remotely since 1994, managing distributed teams since 1998, he firmly believes that remote work is the key to peaceful coexistence for 10 billion humans.

3 comments

  1. Oh noes!! I looooved that bag. Been trying to find similar design ever since with no luck (but I remember buying my Burton carryon because I saw yours). 🙂

    1. Unfortunately no, the fabric itself is used down to paper thin in a few strategic places. The plastic back is what made this bag very solid, but it also means that there is a lot of tension where the fabric is attached to the plastic.

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