Remote Year Mandala was created for those seeking balance in their lives, minds, and hearts. This four-month journey through some of Asia’s most beautiful cities is the perfect antidote to feelings of instability. Experience a change of cosmic proportions as you take in the true meaning of a Mandala - a symbolic, circular representation of the universe. Each month, you’ll find a new piece of yourself in the city that you’re living in, and each month you’ll leave a piece behind. On Mandala you’ll achieve the balance you’ve been looking for.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Head to Ha Long Bay in Vietnam, explore the bamboo forests of Kyoto and visit an elephant sanctuary in Thailand. This is only the beginning of the natural beauty you will find on this trip.
There are over 200 beautiful Buddhist temples in Chiang Mai, some of them over 700 years old. Stop by and pay homage to the incredible history that lies within these walls.
Eat pho on tiny stools in Hanoi and pad thai on the streets of Chiang Mai, try endless sushi in Kyoto, and embrace the collision of Malay, Chinese and Indian food cultures in Kuala Lumpur.
"It's only been two days and I'm already in love with Asia and Hanoi. I'm digging the chaos, the humidity, the plastic chair dining establishments, the chilies so hot they make you cry, the daily juices and smoothies, the cheap massages, the random tropical rainstorms, the 23,000-1 exchange rate, the lightning storms as you sleep, and the fact that crossing the road is a near death experience."
"From the countless night markets and street food stalls, to the fascinating and creative ladyboy cabaret shows, to the bajillion temples scattered throughout the city and the surrounding hills, there is a ton of stuff to discover."
"I was told that Kyoto had Savannah/Charleston vibes and I totally didn’t believe it. I was completely wrong. (...) It’s a biking town with little streets, little buildings, little cafes, and a river winding along the side. There are crosswalks and traffic laws. It is littered with bistros and parks and temples, and surprisingly also high end fashion. "
"Our city managers explained this well our first week in KL – when you say culture, in KL this means FOOD. Jalan Alor is a road home to the coolest street food night market, which I lovingly call ‘food street.’ Here the food is ready to eat, cheap ($2 ish for a meal), and even though you might not know 100% what it is, it’s a ton of fun. The place becomes alive at night and stays open till who knows when, I’m in bed by then anyway #grandmastatus."
City teams plan unique events so you can experience each destination like a local and develop professionally.
Remote Year staff puts together community events in all destinations, from fun and casual to organized and themed.
Experience a new lifestyle every month as you change countries and your daily routine.
Be inspired by your surroundings and work from some of the most inspiring coworking spaces in the world.
We believe in giving back to the communities in which we live. From volunteering at food banks in Portugal to helping refugees in Serbia, Remote Year partners with local charities and sustainable causes to do so.
Your Remote Year community may start as a group of strangers, but soon, there's nowhere in the world you'd rather be.
Want to dive deeper into each destination or get away for awhile? Book side trips outside of your itinerary with our dedicated team.
"Sure, I could travel abroad by myself for cheaper than Remote Year, but the value of the friendships I have made in Remote Year and the connections I have made through the Remote Year network at large enrich my experience in the moment, and will continue to do so for years to come. I wouldn’t have it any other way."
"My Remote Year journey and my loving new family taught me how to take care of myself; how to be my own star player and biggest fan. They taught me to love myself; to trust myself and my talents. They helped build my self-esteem. They fortified the confidence, peace and strength within me and in others. I couldn’t have asked for a better year."
"Remote Year is a wily gang of people from all over the world, but despite our differences, they are among the most open minded and good natured people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. It’s certainly a huge part of what makes Remote Year so fun and worth it relative to organizing your own travel around the world, which anyone in theory could do."
"Remote Year took my entire life and turned it upside-down (in the best way). There’s no such thing as a “typical 9-to-5” here. Every day, I learned more about the world and its people. Every day brought something new: a conversation with a friendly local, bizarre cuisine, cozy workspace in a hidden cafe, skydiving trip before the workday started(!). If I could rewind and live the whole thing again, I’d do it in a heartbeat."
"Back in Jersey, I thought I was happy; I thought I was motivated. After just one week on Remote Year I thought, 'How the hell haven't I done this sooner? This is amazing.' I can't imagine going back to that life. I'm the happiest and most inspired I've ever been in my life."
"The professional growth I’ve experienced while on Remote Year and working remotely would not have been possible at a typical 9-to-5 production job. I have significantly improved and widened my skill set from client management, pitching proposals and scoping contracts to research, copywriting and design."