How The Remote Experience is Bridging the Gap Between Work and Travel

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Last year I was fortunate enough to have a manager that allowed me to work remotely. Most days you could find me burrowed between the cushions of my couch with my laptop perched on my lap. Who cared if the heat from the bottom of my laptop was burning my thighs… I was working from home.

Each day I worked from home, I became part of a fascinating statistic. In 2015, 23% of employees reported completing some or all of their work from home. I was one of those employees and I was loving every minute of it.

I would often have have my curtains and blinds open to convince myself that I was outside and enjoying the Florida sunshine while I worked. It was the same thing, right? That’s what I would tell myself.

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Siesta Key, Florida    During my breaks, I’d spend my time browsing social media outlets and would find myself staring enviously at pictures of people traveling. Wow… look, she’s riding a camel! I dreamt of seeing 16th century architecture first-hand, diving in the Adriatic sea, swimming under waterfalls… if I could think of it, I was dreaming of it.

One day I looked around and realized that I only had one barrier to traveling the world: myself.

But, man, I sure was hindering myself. I had so many questions and fears in my mind:  How would I manage booking accommodation? How long should I stay in each place? Where will I work? What if internet goes out, who would I talk to? Even worse… what if I get lonely? Thinking about all of these things and the thought of having to plan them while working sounded daunting.

As all these questions and concerns tumbled around my head, a light bulb went off.

I thought back to some interesting statistics that I had read. FlexJobs reported that between 2014 and 2015 there was a 36% increase in telecommuting jobs. Remote work was on the rise, and the percentage of remote workers was rising quickly.

I knew that there had to be some remote workers out there, much like me, dreaming of working remotely from abroad but intimidated by the logistics behind the process.

And that’s when The Remote Experience manifested.

The Remote Experience   

After realizing that there is a need in the market to create a remote work travel service, I founded The Remote Experience. My goal is to offer others what I was seeking for myself: an all-inclusive program that is minimal stress to the participant.  So, how does the program work?

The Remote Experience brings together 30 remote professionals to work, live, and play abroad for 4 months. Our first trip kicks off June 1st and we’re heading to Croatia, Italy, Spain, and Czech Republic for an exciting European adventure. During the course of the four months, we’ll be spending one month at each of the destinations, giving participants ample time to immerse themselves in the local cultures.

Split, Croatia

Split, Croatia

Turin, Italy

Turin, Italy

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

This is just the first segment of our world-trek; in October we’re heading to Asia and in February we’ll start our trip around Latin America.

We cover the logistics of planning and booking of all your necessities so that you can spend your free time doing what you want to do – exploring the area around you and really immersing yourself in the local culture. Here are some answers to FAQ’s:

Housing: Don’t worry, you’ll be staying in a private bedroom in either an apartment or apartment-style hotel.

Wi-Fi: The Remote Experience provides each participant with a desk in a coworking office. Even better, everyone’s housing has Wi-Fi as well.

Local questions: We will have a local ambassador in each country that is fluent in both the local language and English. This person will be your go-to resource for all things local.

Safety: Included in the program fees is the best travel and medical insurance we can find. Really, we’re even covering cases of extreme sports accidents. Want to do a fifty-foot snowboarding jump off a cliff? We’ve got you covered just in case you hurt yourself.

Flights: Transportation to Europe, from Europe, and in between countries in Europe is provided for all USA based participants. For non-USA participants, all transportation between countries is provided.

Group: You’ll be living and working with 30 other exciting travelers just like yourself. At any given day, you can message the group for dinner, a small excursion, or even just a chat.

Events: Each month we will host at least two sponsored events for the group. These events will usually be focused on things that are easier to do in a group or more fun to do with other people. There will also be opportunities to socialize with locals and other professionals in each city.

Cetina River, Croatia

Cetina River, Croatia

 

As the days get warmer here in Florida, we’re itching to hop on the plane and start the trip. June 1st, where are you? We’re eagerly awaiting your arrival.

For more about The Remote Experience, please visit their website, Instagram and Twitter.
This post was written by The Remote Experience founder, Michelle Lawson.
23/04/2016
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