Long Lost Surfers, Devs, & Friends!

Phil here from Wavetrotter | Travel Developer.

It’s been awhile since I last shared an update.

That’s why I created this monthly newsletter…

To keep you posted on…

  1. Where I’m working, and
  2. My favorite content of the month

I hope you…


Brief thoughts on global trends in 2021.

The 2020's…

We were promised flying cars, robots, and microwave ovens that ‘self-print’ food like in The Fifth Element.

Instead we have K-Pop, TikTok-ers, and — regardless of the American people’s best effort — Donald Trump will continue to be in the news everyday.

Below I’m going to list out…


Arrogant douchebags or wealth spreading heroes…

The rise of the digital nomad started in the early 2000’s with the spread of wifi internet, massive growth of tech startups, and low-cost ease of travel.

Since then — for better or for worse — it has evolved quite a bit…

There was the late 2000’s with the release…


Fake sponsorships and booty shots galore

Surf influencers — the word is known worldwide — from the beaches of Bali to the mountains of Wyoming.

You can find influencers of every age and preference these days — for every different point of view, on any topic…

  • Longboard vs shortboard
  • Vegan vs carnivore

……I…


What started out as fun and enlightening escapes from daily life — turned into more media consumption than watching the news.

Ok ‘life’ is a bit of an overstatement…

But podcasts are definitely ruining my productivity.

What started out as a fresh new stream of ideas and intellectual conversation has morphed into … well something no different than the news.

Here are the notifications I woke up to on April 28th…


The coronavirus pandemic has taken quite a toll on the Island of the Gods.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/east-bali-coronavirus-fund

Bali needs more than just our prayers right now…

As the entire world deals with the implications of COVID-19, the effects have different consequences for different parts of the world.

For much of the world living on less than a dollar per day — there is no safety net


Times up — I’m choosing to work independently now.

I started to freelance back in 2013 when I first learned to code. …


The year’s 2020.

There are no flying cars, no people that live forever, no world peace.

There are people who repeatedly take pictures of themselves to increase their social status, people become famous by being…well…famous, humans are trashing the planet and collapsing ecosystems, tv personalities have become government officials, and…


Now more than ever is a time for us Americans to look at the history of our National Parks

In 2013, a few years after my college graduation, I decided to take a road trip around the continental US.

It was a bit sporadic — only a week after I had come back from a trip to Costa Rica — and I didn’t really have a plan.

I simply…


Running Remote | Bali, June 29th-30th, 2019

Running Remote

Bali, Indonesia — June 29th & 30th, 2019: Running Remote is the world’s biggest Remote Work conference where remote team building activities are shared from the top remote companies in the world.

The two-day conference will be held at the Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua, a lavish 5-star beachfront resort with…

Phil Manning

Surf | Design | Develop — https://pjmanning.dev

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