About Amy

about amy

Born in San Jose but raised in Washington DC, I am in business development by day, world traveler & digital nomad. I’m currently based in Hawaii. ūüôā

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 have 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 ‚Äúbucket list‚Ä̬†or a list of goals + dreams I wanted to fulfill in my life. Afterwards, I started to read¬†OTHER¬†people‚Äôs lists of goals + dreams and came to the conclusion that¬†a lot¬†of people‚Äôs goals or dreams¬†were¬†so¬†similar‚Ķand¬†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 for 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
+ 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
+ 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