Meet Andrew Stephen

What is your role and who is in your team?

Um... Possibly I'm formally known as "The Search Guy". Wrestling with the many many many tentacles of Google.  I work with the Content & Marketing team on World Nomads. 

How long have you been working here? 

I think about 5 years internal, and I was 2 years agency before that. On the cusp of agency burnout I was literally just about to do my commercial dive licence to become an underwater welder. Then World Nomads offered me a job. It probably saved my life. 

What do you like most about working about WNG? 

The sense of humour. We make good stuff. Footprints. I remember when the the ""Just Go"" video went live. It was kind of like travel erotica. I remember when we had a staff meeting and Simon showed his photos photos from Oman, it snapped my head. 

I like Phil's  quote board. “Energise your centrifugal passion engine”. 

Sometimes it’s funny how there are no spoons in the kitchen. 

Noble's onion.

Talking zen with Chard

Laughing about Bali Bogans with EA

The fact that I work somewhere where people say ""so, where are you going next?"" It's pretty cool. As a kid, I would just sit there at the ocean and wonder what was on the other side. It's good to end up as an adult and have the opportunity where work and travel are intrinsically linked. 

Tell us something that’s on your bucket list?

Too many things. Complete my masters in Freediving. Get my purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Finish writing some books and stories. Study some more languages and become competent. Actually, just become competent in the languages I've learnt so far. Surf Mexican Pipeline. Snowboard Kamchatka.

Favourites

Food/ meal? Indian, Lithuanian.

Book: Anything by Vonnegut, Hubert Selby, Joseph Conrad, Phillip K Dick, Michael Herr. Solzhenitsyn. Josh Waitzkin left a big mark on me.

Destinations

 To date, I've really enjoyed Argentina & Eastern Europe the most. And Kashmir. I need to get back to Kashmir. Brooklyn/Greenpoint. I was kind of hoping to have an encounter with Bill Murray, but sadly it was not to be. 

My theme song is… 

Escape from New York theme by John Carpenter. 

If you could invite any 3 people (living or dead) to dinner, who would they be?

I'd probably prefer to have one on one meetings, but on one side of the table would sit:

- Witold Pilecki

- Joseph Conrad

On the other side would be:

- Myself

- Kurt Vonnegut

Robin Williams would be the waiter. Andrei Tarkovsky would be spiritual advisor. 

Describe yourself in three words?  

Naufrago. 

I look forward to….     

Surprise me. 

I am most happy when…

I’m in the ocean. Or when I'm upside down. Or riding a board shaped object. 

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