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Why Remote Year

Well, where do I start…

I came across this promo video for Remote Year online. Once I clicked on the link, it started to follow me to every page I visited there on after. It showed up in Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn… It’s a sign! Actually it was Google…

But what made me finally apply was the little bit of hope I received from the CEO of the company I currently work for. When I shared the video on my Facebook page he commented on it with, “I think I could get you an approval for that…”


When submitting my second round application I had to answer the question “Why Remote Year?” So, here you go…

I think this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience travelling the world while earning an income and growing both individually as a person, and within my field of work. Remote year gives the opportunity to show how any field of work can break free of stigmas by becoming remote. The field of Human Resources is one that I believe needs to be proven that it can be done remotely and in innovative ways. I think that travelling with a group of 75 people will also be an opportunity to make new connections with people that can turn into lifelong friendships. I think our mission in life is to learn as many lessons as we can in order to excel as a human being, and to give back by teaching others. What a better way to break free from fears and past belief systems than by travelling the world. This makes me both nervous and excited at the same time, and I am up for the challenge!

That, plus living somewhere warm.

I haven’t travelled much in my life, I can count the number of planes I’ve been on. Twice to Florida as a kid, a few times to Vancouver and Calgary, the yoga retreat I did in Costa Rica five years ago, and four days in the Dominican Republic.

I fell in love with Costa Rica; the weather, the people, and the atmosphere of the group I was with. It was my first international trip and I wouldn’t change a thing about it. The locals didn’t work to earn an income to do their hobbies or passions in their spare time – they did what they were passionate about and figured out a way to get paid for it. They seemed happy, had no worries, and were very loving.

The Dominican Republic trip was a short one, but I was there for a different purpose. Seeing the 100 kids receive their backpacks for school as well as finally meeting some of my fellow coworkers are experiences I’ll never forget. I’ll also never forget how easily an iPhone can be stolen and the importance of not drinking the local water, but let’s not go there…

It was on the plane ride home that I changed my thoughts. I couldn’t stop staring out the window at the incredible water and islands of the Caribbean. I can remember making a promise to myself to travel more, there’s no excuses.

So here I am now in Southeast Asia committing to travel for four months.









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