This week’s wanderlust is not about one place, but twelve. Are you familiar with Remote Year? This is their inaugural year and I’ve been following along with great fascination since I too am interested in being a digital nomad. Best described on their website:
Remote Year brings together a community of 75 professionals from across the globe to spend a year, working, traveling, and exploring 12 cities around the world. Spending one month in each city, the community will connect with local cultures and business ecosystems, forming lifelong, borderless personal and professional relationships along the way.
The 2015 Remotes started their year in Prague this past June. The year is broken into three legs: Europe, Asia, and South America. So far, they’ve visited cave bars and a hookah lounge in Prague, added to the local graffiti and minded the river dragons in Ljubljana, volunteered at a dog shelter and danced on a private island in Cavtat, and enjoyed everything from Turkish coffee and Turkish baths in Istanbul. Clearly not a group to sit still, they’ve been spotted running, biking, practicing yoga, swimming, rafting, hiking, boating, playing baseball and volleyball, kayaking, swinging from ropes, jumping from bridges, sky diving, wake boarding, scuba diving, mountain biking, salsa dancing, playing Twister, and learning Capoeira. They’ve gone off on group excursions and solo adventures. They host town halls, lunch and learns, incubators, pitches, potlucks, talks by local businesses, dinner nights, music nights…and, oh yeah, they work!
The digital nomad lifestyle isn’t new, but it’s still gaining acceptance and popularity. As a writer, I can work from anywhere in the world, as long as there’s electricity and an internet connection. Yet, my own boss – my cool web dev agency boss – still refers to my proposed remote work time as a vacation.
Based on what I’ve described above, you might assume the same. Trust me, Remotes do play hard, but they work even harder. Not sharing a time zone with coworkers can be tricky. It can mean middle of the night Skypes, rushing to catch up on overnight emails with last-minute deadlines, getting blocked by waiting for responses when everyone else is asleep. Sure, that sucks, but it’s no reason whatsoever to miss out on the expansive perspective that comes from connecting with global cultures and forming borderless working relationships.
Personally, I can’t wait to see what the Remotes get themselves up to next. The pictures here are from their first week in Panang. Looks pretty amazing to me! I look forward to following along as they travel on to Ko Pha Ngan, Hanoi, Kyoto…and beyond.
What do you think? Would you go remote? Where would you live if you could?