“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
– Mark Twain
Ever since I ran off to Girl Scout camp for two weeks when I was eight years old, I’ve loved traveling. I continued to travel throughout the years and I even had the opportunity to study abroad in Spain for a year in college.
My love of travel can only be rivaled by my love of working remotely and the flexible lifestyle it provides. It was this passion that led me to start planning a solo 3-month trip around Southeast Asia. During my research, I stumbled across the program Remote Year, which immediately piqued my interest.
Remote Year is a new program that takes a group of people who can work remotely to travel the world for a year. The first program, which started June 1, 2015, had an average traveler age of 30 with people from 15 different countries. Each month, the group lives in a new country with single-occupancy rooms and a shared working space. As a plus, I’ve heard there’s also stellar internet access.
After doing some research into Remote Year and this seemingly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, I knew I had to apply. Fast-forward a couple months, and I’m excited to say that come February 27, 2016, I’ll be joining the third cohort of Remote Year participants! It will no doubt be an amazing year of travel, exploration and personal growth. Our first stop is Córdoba, Argentina.
So what does that mean for my life here and what will I be doing for my remote work? I feel fortunate to work with an amazing company, Hopscratch, which I will continue to work with while I’m traveling. Sadly, I’ll be leaving some of my local Phoenix responsibilities, but I’ll be helping share the #yesphx word around the world during my travels.
So, let the countdown begin and stay tuned for more updates! To take a look at the itinerary for the 2016 cohort, appropriately named Cousteau after the explorer Jacques Cousteau, visit the Remote Year website.
For a quick look at some of stops, you can also take a look at the map below!