From February 2016 – January 2017, I was a member of Remote Year's second group, Battuta. We met in Montevideo, Uruguay, and traveled for 12 months across South America, Europe, and SE Asia, living in a different city and country every month.
Remote Year is a company that is essentially like a year of study abroad for people with remote jobs: digital nomads pay them a fee and RY organizes housing, travel between countries, a workspace with reliable internet, and facilitates events.
Read about my experience, the places we visited, and responses to FAQs on my Remote Year publication on Medium.
They launched the first group in 2015, the second group (called Battuta) began in 2016, and they received $12M in Series A funding in October 2016. I believe they're launching their 20-something group by the end of 2018.
I've been a digital nomad since June 2014, working remotely (as a freelancer) while traveling full-time. In May 2015, a friend emailed me a link about this crazy new program that was taking people around the world: "...made me think of you!"
As soon as I read the article, I emailed the founder and told him that I had been working remotely and traveling on my own for a year and was envious of the RY group & setup. To my surprise and delight, Greg wrote back and asked if I would be interested in joining the next group, set to start their year in early 2016. I said yes.
At $27,000 USD for a year, it was not an insignificant investment, but it covered several expenses I'd have regardless (rent, travel, coworking), saved me considerable time on planning, and provided me with a community of people at a similar phase in life (albeit a diverse group of people in terms of age, career, industry, and life experience).
Read my reflection on the Remote Year Investment (both in terms of time and money), written 18 months after my program ended.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
La Paz, Bolivia
Koh Phangan, Thailand
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
At the end of Remote Year, I cowrote a book, The Digital Nomad Survival Guide, with a fellow RY Battuta (available on Amazon Kindle and in print).
The book features practical advice from personal experience, conversations with successful digital nomads, packing lists, sample budgets, app recommendations, website suggestions, and more.
“This is the book we wish we had read a few years ago. While there is a lot of information available for people about how to travel or work remotely, it’s hard to know where to start and what will work best for you.”