Frequently Asked Questions

The Basics

What is Remote Year?

Remote Year brings together inspiring professionals, freelancers, entrepreneurs, and adventurers to see the world as they never have before during an unforgettable journey  of personal and professional growth. Participants (called “Remotes”) live and work in a different city around the globe each month.

What kind of people take part in Remote Year?

Remote Year attracts professionals of all types that come from different walks of of life. Current Remotes participating in Remote Year range in age from 22-65 and come from almost 40 countries around the world.

Do I need to have a job to participate in Remote Year?

Yes, though it doesn’t have to be a traditional 9-to-5 job. You don’t need to be a full-time employee of a company in order to join Remote Year, but we want to make it clear that Remote Year is a work and travel program, rather than just a travel program.

Can Remote Year help me find a remote job?

Unfortunately, no. Remote Year is not a job provider, however if you don’t currently have a remote work arrangement, Remote Year’s staff can provide you with guidance and resources to help your employer get comfortable with a remote work arrangement. We’ve helped hundreds of employees working for Fortune 500 companies and startups alike transition from traditional in-house positions to remote roles.

Can I bring my significant other? Children? Pets?

Remote Year is not currently equipped to accommodate children or pets, but we love couples! In fact, we offer a 20% discount on our monthly rates for couples that plan on living together on Remote Year. That means monthly program costs would be $1,600 per person per month rather than $2,000. To travel together as a couple, both members should submit profiles independently. If you are both matched to a program, indicate that you would like to be considered jointly in the corresponding field.

Do I have to speak english?

While you certainly don’t need to be fluent in English to join Remote Year, you should have basic English conversational skills.

Why Remote Year?

At Remote Year, we believe great work can be done from anywhere.

We also believe that people are foundational to transformative travel experiences. Though members of the Remote Nation™ hail from every walk of life, its citizens tread some common ground: they are constantly striving to expand their professional, social, and cultural horizons, and they thrive while pushing the boundaries of their comfort zones.

Community is the glue that holds it all together. Working, living, and traveling in this unique way fosters irreplicable and indelible bonds. It’s not just the program’s community that proves powerful — Remote Year is a threshold to a larger, global community that irrevocably changes those who seek it out.

At Remote Year, we believe in championing human connection through cultural exchange. We’ve built a cohesive network of international staff — including City Teams who intimately understand the lay of the land — in order to deliver extraordinary experiences. This treasury of knowledge provides Remotes with built-in access to authenticity.

We believe in inclusivity. Since Remote Year’s launch in 2015, we have welcomed more than 1,000 Remotes to our programs. We currently operate in 18 cities, in 16 countries, and on five continents. As the first and largest organization to provide such an ambitious platform for remote professionals, Remote Year has established a formula for success. We’ve launched seventeen communities to date — and new programs are inaugurated almost every month. The iteration process is ongoing; we tailor each successive program based on community feedback.

As Remote Year grows and matures, we remain curious and committed to making the program the best it can be. Together, we believe we can build a Nation that transcends borders and creates a foundation for the dreamers of tomorrow.

What does Remote Year provide?

Remote Year provides an unforgettable travel experience and all of the logistical planning to ensure smooth sailing along the way.

Experience

On Remote Year you’re not a local, but you’re also not a tourist. You're a Remote. You’re part of a vanguard — a unique type of traveler who balks at the concept of “working for the weekend.” You’re also part of a vibrant community of like-minded, culturally diverse, and curious professionals.

Our goal is to fill your year with opportunities for meaningful connections, growth moments, and deep immersion. There are a few ways we accomplish this:

  • Track Events™ are local, curated, authentic experiences tailored to your specific interests, goals, and schedule
  • Plus Events™ are additional experiences that often align with seasonal or unique local happenings (sometimes at an extra cost)
  • Positive Impact events are chances to give back to the communities you call home throughout your time on Remote Year
  • The Remote Nation is the global network of future, current, and past Remotes

Finance

How much does Remote Year cost?

The total cost for participating on a Remote Year program for 12 months is $27,000.

There is a $5,000 down payment required to secure your spot upon acceptance, followed by a monthly payment of $2,000 for the first 11 months, with no payment due on the 12th month.

The total cost for participating on a Remote Year program for 4 months is $11,000.

There is a $3,000 down payment required to confirm your spot, followed by a monthly payment of $2,000 for all 4 months.

What is and is not included in the cost of Remote Year?

You can read all about what's included in Remote Year here.

Remote Year does not cover participants’ meals, personal expenses, and personal travel expenses outside of travel on the Remote Year itinerary. Since Remotes come from all over the world, the Remote Year fee also will not cover participants’ flights to the first city and from the final city of your Remote Year itinerary.

Couldn't I just travel cheaper on my own?

Probably, but there are a ton of benefits to participating in Remote Year that solo-travel doesn't necessarily offer.

For starters, we take care of all traveling, accommodation, co-working, and other logistics for a year. Not only does this save Remotes countless hours of planning, but also, when coupled with the wealth of on-the-ground advice from our City Managers at each destination, Remote Year helps you truly get to know each city from a local’s perspective. Plus, Remote Year has staff in each city, so when things don’t go as planned, they can help you effectively navigate through the speed bumps that pop up along your journey.

In addition, we offer a variety of dynamic programming opportunities (called “Tracks™ at each of the Remote Year destinations throughout the year). Remotes are able to select these based on their personal interests and each allows participants to experience the city in an immersive way. Professional development seminars (called “Knowledge Drops”) are also available to all Remotes to attend and participate in.  These video sessions draw on the unique talents and perspectives of all Remotes and provide a way for Remotes across all active programs to learn from one another.

Finally, traveling the world  with a community of amazingly talented, passionate, and inspiring people is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We’ve found that the relationships Remotes form with the other group members has invaluable professional and personal benefits that last well after the trip has ended. You can read articles Remotes have written about Remote Year on our blog.

Travel & Participation

What if I have an unexpected emergency and must leave the program early?

We understand that life happens. While we’d certainly be sad to see you go, in the event that a personal emergency occurs, you’re free to leave Remote Year early and would not be financially responsible for the months that you’re no longer with the program.

Am I able to take breaks or go on vacation while on Remote Year?

You are free to leave and rejoin the group as you wish throughout the trip, however you are responsible for funding any trips outside of your Remote Year itinerary, as well as expected to pay your monthly fee. If you choose to opt out for an entire month on your itinerary, you can let our Travel team know within one of our opt-out timeframes and pay a discount for that month. 

Opting out of a month is not possible on our Four Month Programs.

How do Remote Year programs travel between cities?

Planes, buses, ferries– whatever makes the most sense given the location. Programs always change city locations on weekends so that Remotes don’t have to take time out of a work day to transition from one city to the next.

Are cities where Remote Year travels safe?

The short answer is, yes. The long answer is: Regardless of where you are in the world, most big cities are likely to have good spots and spots that some may want to avoid. Plus there is always some level of risk inherent in international travel. Using common sense and being aware of your surroundings goes a long way. Remote Year takes many steps and uses many different resources to maximize safety and minimize risk. Some are government resources, some are private resources, and some are in-house resources. At a high level, here are the resources that we use to minimize the risks associated with international travel:

  • The U.S. State Department. The State Department provides country reports and security assessments on every country we visit. These are public documents that we rely on, and we suggest that you check them out as well. (If you’re from the US, you should join STEP as well.) Also, we have a relationship with the U.S. Embassy in nearly every country we visit.
  • International SOS. In order to get the fullest possible picture regarding safety, and to supplement the U.S. State Department reports, we contract with International SOS, one of the largest international security firms in the world, and they provide us with: (a) safety reports and information on each city we visit; and, (b) worldwide emergency services .
  • Network Engineer. We have a network engineer that visits our co-working spaces to maximize network stability and security.
  • Local Teams. We feel that nothing is more valuable than local knowledge when it comes to safety. We have full-time staff members in each of the cities we visit and they provide Remotes with intimate firsthand safety advice regarding what neighborhoods or areas should be avoided, local do's and don'ts, etc.
What are the accommodations like?

Accommodations vary from city to city, but we always provide Remotes with a private bedroom in a hotel, house, or apartment. Please note that a private bedroom may be part of a multi-bedroom apartment where several Remotes live together, each with their own bedroom but often sharing a bathroom. Remote Year accommodations are clean and secure. They include linens, towels, and an Internet connection. If you have any lodging preferences or special needs, we’ll do our best to prioritize those requests.

Joining a Program

What values do you look for in the Remote Year community?

Being open to new experiences is essential. Traveling the world offers the rare opportunity to see and experience the world in a way most people never will. Many of the benefits of the Remote Year experience stem from one's ability to say "Yes!" to new things. Remote Year is not a solo activity, so creating and maintaining productive and respectful relationships is a top priority. You're going to be meeting and traveling with new people, and your fellow travelers will quickly become some of your closest friends. Therefore, it's very important to be tolerant and have a generous spirit towards other people, whether they are your fellow travelers or local residents.

Finally, get ready to learn and challenge yourself. Your fellow travelers are going to be talented, passionate people. Be ready to share what you know, come ready to grow, and prepare to push yourself beyond your comfort zone.

Are there specific dates and deadlines to submit my profile?

Nope. We review profiles on a rolling basis and launch multiple Remote Year programs each year.

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