I’m doing what? (Remote year introduction)

I’m currently sitting in a lounge at LAX, waiting to board a one way flight to Lima, Peru. I’ve just packed up my entire life, moving most of it into storage and bringing the rest in one suitcase and one carry on for the next year. I’ve turned in my car, and said my final goodbyes to friends in Phoenix. This. Is. Happening!

Wait, what am I doing?

I’ve been accepted into a work/travel program called Remote Year, in which I’ll be traveling with 35 people for an entire year. We’ll live in each city for a month, and over the course of the year we’ll live in 12 cities across 4 continents. 

What is Remote Year?

Remote Year is essentially study-abroad for adults. I’m paying them a monthly fee and they arrange for accommodations,  access to a workspace with high speed internet, social and networking events each month, and they also handle all of the logics of moving to a new city each month. 

I first heard of Remote Year in the fall of 2015. I don’t recall where, but I loved it the moment I heard about it and starting discussing the idea with friends. Remote Year was brand new at the time, having just launched their first cohort only a few months before that, and they seemed to be still be working some kinks. I didn’t care, it sounded like a dream to me.

I put the idea on the back burner, I wasn’t in a place to make it work yet. I needed to get my car and apartment leases aligned/ending around the same time, and I needed a job that I could do remotely. But I knew I’d make it happen, and I made a series of decisions over the next three years to ensure it did. 

Where I’ll be traveling this year:

When I applied for Remote Year, I applied to a specific itinerary. Mine is called Polaris, described by Remote year as follows:


“Direction and Guidance.

We’re all looking for our direction. Remote Year Polaris is for those seeking their own “North Star,” a guiding light to point them down the path toward living a life of their own creation. With a vibrant community in tow, you’ll set out on a journey of geographic and self-exploration, living and working in Latin America, Asia, Europe, and Africa. At every crossroads, you’ll look to the skies, check in with your gut, and recalibrate.

This is your time, and this is where you were meant to be.”

Check out my itinerary if you’re interested in reading more about where I will be living this year!

If you’re interested in participating in Remote Year, you can find out more and receive $200 off by using this link.