About Amy

about amy

About Amy

Born in San Jose but raised in Washington DC, I’m a world traveler, adventure lover, & digital nomad. I’m currently based in Hawaii (since 2016) 🙂

I’ve been featured in VICE, Wired, Business Insider, Entrepreneur, NPR:Weekend Edition, FHM magazine, and other various websites and publications for my travel experiences.

I’m Vietnamese American and enjoy hiking, yoga, astrology & the mystics, reading, scented candles, being around creatives + wine and cheese at all times.

I’ve always had an adventurous streak paired with the thrill of chasing my next adrenaline rush. At the age of 21, I was skydiving, hang gliding + riding motorcycles.

On the flip side, I have a thing for foodie tours, anything beer + wine, and love exploring cool architecture as well as the art scene in an area.

Some other adventures while traveling has included bungee jumping, almost getting kicked out of a sex ping pong show  in Thailand,  eating live octopus in South Korea, cliff diving in the Dominican Republic, exploring abandoned skyscrapers in Bangkok, hiking waterfalls in Morocco + caving in Belize. Naturally, I ended up wanting to live a life that allowed more flexibility + mobility (who wants to be constrained?).

If you’re a little more curious, I’ve got 30 more facts you didn’t know about me.

Amy of Generic Dreams

+ So WHAT is Generic Dreams?

Generic Dreams is a lifestyle blog focused on travel, minimalism, and being a digital nomad. I believe travel broadens the mind + nourishes the soul and living minimally allows for more freedom + happiness in a seemingly complicated world.

Collecting moments + experiences, not things, allows you to endlessly create yourself.

+ So WHY Generic Dreams?

In 2012, I started writing my “bucket list” or a list of goals + dreams I wanted to fulfill in my life. Afterward, I started to read OTHER people’s lists of goals + dreams and came to the conclusion that a lot of people’s goals or dreams were so similar…and generic. So the name is a play on words and me being a bit cheeky. Because who doesn’t have “generic dreams?”

+ My life philosophy – as generic as it sounds, it’s true

Be the best person you can be. Strive for self-improvement. Reflect on your own self-growth. Lift people up instead of down and pursue freedom – to live the very best life you can for you. It’s all love. Don’t be afraid to try new things or embrace the different. Travel – for perspective.


Interviews & Features:
+ VICE: Living as a digital nomad is like one super long vacation (not true and a misleading title but…editors. :))
+ Wired: Now working from home can be working while seeing the world
+ Forbes: 5 People Share Their Remote Worker ‘Coming Out’ Stories With Friends And Family
+ NPR: Weekend Edition (Interview as a digital nomad)
+ Entreprenuer.com: Swapping Your Cubicle for the Beach: Here Are the Secrets to Making It as a Digital Nomad
+ Business Insider: After quitting her corporate job, a 30-year-old found a way to make a living by traveling the world
+ Independent.co.uk: Globe Trotting Amy
+ CKNW Radio on The John McComb Show: Digital Nomads working all over the world
+ FHM Magazine
+ Northern Virginia Magazine
+ Itinerant Dev: Amy Truong, Quality Engineer at GitHub, Talks About Life as a Digital Nomad
+ McCool Travel: 5 minutes with Amy Truong
+ Secret Nomads with Amy Truong
+ Remote Work Air & User Experience (Graduate Business Interview)
+ The Surf Office: Going where the wind blows me
+ Travel on Inspiration: 10 with Amy from Generic Dreams
+ NomadTopia podcast with Amy Scott: Amy Truong: Collecting Moments and Experiences
+ Real Business UK: Daredevil entrepreneurs and their extreme ways of unwinding

+ Social Media & Contact:

E-mail: Amy [AT] genericdreams.com
Twitter: @generic_dreams
Instagram: @generic_dreams
Travel Planning Company: Up and Explore