In this increasingly connected world, the necessity of being physically tethered to your work has become less and less important. With nothing more than an internet connection, many jobs can be performed just as efficiently from any location… which begs the question; why do your work in an office when you could be sitting on a tropical island, or in a jungle, or on a snow capped mountain?
Amy and Michelle from The Remote Trip asked themselves this exact question and after taking the leap themselves have been on a mission to streamline this lifestyle transition for others. The idea is to gather 30 people and create an itinerary that allows them to work from a different location around the world every month for 1, 3 or 6 months at a time. With locations across Asia and South America, a participant can live like a true nomad and work from wherever they are, whenever they can, however much they would like. Amy is currently based in Thailand and Michelle is in Costa Rica; they quit their unfulfilling corporate office jobs to re-align their lives around the lifestyle they want – fitting work around their ideal, not the other way around. This shift in focus clearly resonates with others, with a market niche for travelling work programs on the rise.
Like some other initiatives we’ve seen, signing up to The Remote Trip covers everything from flights, accommodation, workspaces and activities. They have done all the hard work for you to ensure you have solid internet connection, and solid human and experiential connections; essentially all you need to live well and work effectively. Unlike other initiatives, they also have a program in place that enables those who may not yet have a job that can be done remotely transition into a field that is.
The Remote Starter Kit is a subsidiary of The Remote Trip experience. Although It does not guarantee an income-generating ‘remote job’ (clearly stated on their website that they are not a job provider), the kit does all it can to help you transition to remote work though guides, tips and contacts; reassuringly citing that “remote job availability has increased by 36% in 2015 and is set to grow even more in 2016 (according to Forbes)”. As well as providing advice on how to maintain a ‘passive income’, this extra advisory element helps those who think the lifestyle is nothing but a dream re-imagine the possibility as a real-life, viable option.
The rise of the nomadic millennial has materialised in programs like this. It is no surprise that as the first generation of native internet users grow to be the young workforce, the concept of a ‘work place’ will grow alongside them. With the restrains of physical contact loosened, the idea of ‘going to work’ will be pushed to its limits. What will work look like in the future? How will this shift towards a remote workforce influence our cities? We already see projects such as Spacious and Huiskamerkantoor make use of spaces that are otherwise underutilized, enabled by the parallel rise of the sharing economy. What’s next? We love how the world provides ever-surprising solutions to ever-evolving opportunities.