The amount of people becoming or wanting to become a digital nomad is increasing rapidly. Just as popular, are the number of programs that bring together digital nomads to work and travel the world together. These programs are either great launching pads for aspiring digital nomads or a great way for existing digital nomads to build a community and see the world!
I caught up with Michelle, one of the founders of The Remote Trip, to learn more about their exciting program!
1. What is The Remote Trip?
The Remote Trip is a travel program that brings together a community of remote workers, freelancers and entrepreneurs who are location-independent and we take them to a different destination every month. You can join our trips for 1, 3 or 6 months. During the program we arrange accommodation, flights, transport, co-working spaces, professional development activities, local cultural immersion, social events, gym passes and even massages! Currently, we have already started the first month of our trip in Asia, and we’ll also be visiting South America.
2. Where did you get the idea for The Remote Trip?
We came across one of the biggest companies who organizes these types of trips for an entire year. We were super excited about the concept, but thought that committing to a full year was a bit too long. That’s when we decided to talk to some other remote workers or ‘digital nomads’ to find out what points of differentiation they were looking for in such travel programs. In the end they gave us valuable information to create shorter travel programs, with smaller groups, more diversity in terms of nationality, and more focus on local cultural immersion. That’s when The Remote Trip was born.
3. How does it work?
If you have a remote job, or are a location-independent freelancer/entrepreneur, you can sign up for one of our programs. However, we also invite applicants that don’t have a remote job yet, as we can help you look for one with The Remote Starter Kit. Our trips are the perfect start to get into such a lifestyle! Anyway, you apply for one of our programs and then we’ll personally have a talk with you to see if there’s a mutual fit for our community. If you get selected we’ll invite you to join us. All you have to do is show up at the destination and we’ll take it from there. We have a place to stay for you, a place to work, flights to other destinations and loads of fun activities. You can work while you discover an exciting new destination every month!
4. What type of person would love The Remote Trip?
Whoever wants to travel while they work would be a great fit for our community. However, we also find that people need to be open-minded and solution-focused, because in other countries things might not always go how you want or what you’re used to. In general, our community is very curious about exploring the world, but also very serious about their job. You shouldn’t just want to travel or only want to work, but you should be looking for a nice balance between the two.
5. What countries will The Remote Trip visit this year?
In the first half of 2017 we are visiting:
- Chiang Mai, Thailand (February)
- Taipei, Taiwan (March)
- Bali, Indonesia (April)
- Panama City, Panama (May)
- Curacao, Dutch Caribbean (June)
- Medellin, Colombia (July)
In the second half of 2017 we’ll be adding Europe destinations to the Asia and South America destinations as well.
6.What activities do people do when they aren’t working?
It depends on the destination but we aim for a variety of activities focusing on either personal/professional development, local cultural immersion, or social events with the community. For example in Thailand, we had: 1) a Nomad Summit, which was a conference for location-independent workers, 2) we hiked in the mountains, 3) we had a Thai cooking class, and many other activities to either discover Thailand or develop ourselves professionally. Other than that, our community is free to do whatever they want when they’re not working. Whether that’s visiting another place for the weekend or going out for drinks with newly made friends. Most of the times some people from the community will meet up and do activities together.
7.Where do people go to learn more about your program?
You can go to our website www.theremotetrip.com, or follow our journeys on social media through @theremotetrip. We invite people from all walks of life to join us!