on the road

On The Road With: Justin Kaplan

Justin Kaplan spends more than 40 weeks per year working on the road.  Justin took a minute to share his story with me.

Eric Murtaugh: Your job seems to take you around the globe.  What is that like for you?

Justin Kaplan: The experience has been and continues to be humbling and awesome at the same time. You realize how tiny you really are when you’re surrounded by people. All the cultures, the people, the sights; this is definitely the best thing that’s ever happened to me and even when I get down, I remember how lucky I am to be in this kind of position—helping people make their lives better.

EM: How many countries have you worked in thus far?

JK: 9 so far, more coming soon—Australia (x4), Costa Rica, Brazil, Singapore, London, Sweden, Germany, Japan, and Mexico

EM: What is the paperwork process like with the countries you work in?

JK: Most of these have been painless or have small hoops to jump through (Singapore and Australia simply require filling out a website and paying a fee), but Brazil is like pulling teeth. Between the notarized letters of intent from both my company AND my customer, the letter stating you’re not a financial deadbeat, and then having to actually physically send in your passport to the consulate— yeah, 3 weeks later it was a huge sigh of relief.

I was told it’s like that for almost anyone coming to America though, so I suppose turnabout is fair play.

Justin, holding it down in Australia.

EM: How did you score such a sweet gig, anyway?  Could you describe what it is you do for work, and how long you’ve been doing it?

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