I was absolutely impassioned when I was offered the chance to take part in the Remote Year program. I had applied sure that, with more than 250,000 applicants to sift through every single year, I would be overlooked. It was a truly special experience for me to find out that I had a place – but before I could begin packing I still had one small trial to overcome… my boss.
My career is extremely important to me. I work full time for a large corporation (we have more than 50,000 employees worldwide) and my role is in Global Senior Manager Leadership Development for top executives. With such a demanding position I knew that my bosses co-operation was vital. I spent many, many hours developing the perfect strategy for my pitch. I detailed what was in it for me, what was in it for my company – I talked about globalization and digitalization and how Remote Year could add value to our companies mission – and Remote Year themselves actually helped me write it. I developed the most utterly flawless 13 page business case I have ever written in my life – and I scheduled a meeting.
For me, Remote Year didn’t just offer the chance to travel; for me it was about the betterment of our company. I think that is why the boss agreed in the end. I was on page ten, still carefully detailing how my experience would help us to diversify, how it would bring creativity and innovation through shared inspiration – how I could basically thieve tactics from other businesses for our own ends – when he decided he had heard enough, took the paperwork off me and read it himself. I haven’t been as grateful for a single gruff nod as I was at that moment. I was free to go!
So how did I convince him? I targeted the companies strategy, I read through the mission statement and I specifically focused on the areas that we are continually striving to improve. Remote Year let me travel to twelve international cities, spending every four weeks in a new location – and all because I managed to focus on the company policy and pick out ways in which Remote Year could help us improve it. I pointed out that the future of work depended on us sharing information amongst other, like-minded companies in different parts of the world. By doing so I was able to retrieve a whole host of information that directly benefited the company. I used my business case to point this out as a benefit, and to focus on the good it would do us to have meaningful partnerships with other companies.
Our company statement says that they believe in value through innovation and garnering knowledge through diversity… How do you do that? By submitting to Remote Year! Once I elaborated this point to the company they were as eager as I was to get going, and demanded detailed reports of all I learned while gone!
So, if you have a mind to go travelling and think Remote Year might be right for you; don’t be put off by what your superiors might say. Take the positive aspects of what you are doing and put them into a business case that Remote Year will even help you to write. Once you present your boss with the evidence it will be hard to say no, and you just might be left free to chase the adventure of your dreams!
Have you ever considered doing something different with your life? Are you flexible, stuck in a rut, in need of opportunity or just desperate for a change in surroundings? If you have, and if the thought of working hard to achieve those goals doesn’t deter you, then you should think about working remotely for a year and becoming a Digital Nomad!
A Digital Nomad (wikipedia) is a new wave being and you hear about them every day. They travel the world and blog about their experiences, keeping travel logs (innersummer.com)and often writing or reviewing for travel sites. As well as digitally recording almost every unique aspect of their nomadic lifestyle; they also travel the world seeking out the most interesting experiences and often taking on other jobs in order to fund this not-so-lavish lifestyle.
If you fancy a lifestyle that is digital, diverse and different then you should turn your thoughts towards travel. Wouldn’t it be nice to be near the beach, or out in the sunshine working with cultures who you are growing to love and understand? Wouldn’t it be brilliant to learn about languages and diversity in different cultures as you go? If you are the kind of free spirit who doesn’t mind being of no fixed abode (or even of fixed abode on a temporary basis) then becoming a digital nomad could be just the lifestyle you want! If you are still not convinced then you should take a look at this list, courtesy of theexpeditioner.com, that summarises the top 50 travel blogs and what they do to earn their keep!
If you choose to work remotely for a year, you will do better if you take a strategic approach to your own unique experience. You will endure a steep learning curve that will set you up on your path to becoming a Global Citizen. This new global mindset and broadening of your intercultural skills will leave you as a more confident, well rounded and generally happier person. It is a great thing to be able to travel the world, and to do it while digitally working from remote locations is beyond exciting. It will be a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience that you will never forget… sure there are risks, but none greater than staying at home and occupying the couch for a year! This article from entrepreneur.com will give you tips on how to plan for your unique experience.
So if you are interested in a digital, diverse and different life than what you are used to, consider setting yourself up as a digital nomad and get yourself online. Plan your locations and itinerary as much as you can before you leave and be prepared for every eventuality…and remember, digital profit can be hard to come by, and nobody blames you if you take a little restaurant work on the side while you travel! Take a chance and have fun with it, and don’t forget to plan before you go! Start your learning curve this year and expand your intercultural skills today, and take on the mantel of wandering digital nomad for the future years to come. Are you interested in how I make it work? Then follow my journey on:
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On July 30th I have started my Remote Year. It all started last summer when I applied for the program as more than 250,000 others. I couldn’t believe when I got the opportunity to do it. Is that real? Yesss and I invite you to follow my journey. I’ll be working and living together with an international community of more than 60 inspiring people with all different backgrounds. What is super cool is that I’ll continue working for my company remotely while bringing back new ways of thinking. Apart from modern coworking spaces, the entire experience and travel logistics I’ll even get professional development on top through Remote Year. I will get to experience 12 international cities in Europe, Asia and Latin America as I never have before. I even have two program leads who are with us for the entire year. Isn’t that great? I’m so much looking forward to this unique experience of learning, growing, connecting and exploring. Life is a gift. I’m up for the challenge. #remoteyear #digitalnomads #cantwait
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In all three countries Argentina, Brazil and Mexico I have always met people who cared about me. They wanted to help me finding my way as well as experience their country in the best way. So welcoming and loving while being really helpful and funny. Whoever I met opened up quickly and they all tried to make me feel home. I experienced so much love. Although they work a lot the social life seems to play a huge role which seems to make work way more fun and not so serious.
In Mexico I have met amazing people. Friendly, helpful, passionate and being very grateful for what they have. Even though you might think they don’t have that much. I was so impressed and I learned so much from this beautiful attitude. They made me feel so welcome and they gave me so much love and joy. It’s heart to describe and to find the best words for it. I can only say that I love to think back of my time in Mexico and I will always keep the warmhearted souls I have met in my heart. I truly believe that the world can learn from this positive attitude and caring more about one another. I had the impression that they really know how to focus on the good while having a great time with little things. For me it has been the trip with the most laughs and the most fun at work. I’d go back any time. I Love Mexico. #besthostsever
Nice memory of Sao Paulo with its beautiful street art. Love it.