When I tell people what I’m doing, I get a mix of reactions:
“You’re doing what?”
“Wait, will you still be working for FWI?”
“It’s like study abroad, all over!”
“I was clearly born in the wrong decade.”
Whatever the reaction, most people have still never heard of the program, or anything like it. For good reason. This trend of the ‘digital nomad’ is pretty recent. It basically combines the desire to travel and your career, but removes that whole pesky visa thing.
The Remote Experience is a group of 30 remote workers, from various companies and backgrounds, working and living together abroad. I’ll be part of a four-month program through Europe, spending a month each in:
- Split, Croatia
- Turin, Italy
- Barcelona, Spain
- Prague, Czech Republic
I will continue working with Four Winds Interactive, my current employer, but instead of living and working from my apartment in Chicago, I’ll be working from the aforementioned cities.
The Remote Experience provides all housing, transportation and co-working spaces; essentially giving me the tools to continue being a productive team member and work a normal job, without having to stress about all of the logistics. While my hours might be a little out of whack (I’ll be 8 hours ahead of my coworkers), I’ll get to live and experience the culture of four new countries; essentially, my dream come true!
Here’s a little more information on similar programs: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/274247