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Meet Casey Carr-Jones

Casey Carr-Jones is a freelance HR consultant and founder from the USA traveling the world with Remote Year Magellan

Why did you decide to come on Remote Year?

I'm grabbing this from my blog post back in May to answer 'The Big Why.'

If you want the unabridged answer, check it out here.

I’m leaving because I want to travel.  But that’s too easy of an answer, isn’t it?  I’m leaving because I haven’t ever lived more than 3 hours away from the spot I grew up.  I’m leaving because I haven’t been meeting new people and it’s not for lack of trying.  I’m leaving because I’m afraid I only have one skewed perception of the world and find it difficult sometimes to see others points of view.  I’m leaving because that perception may end up hurting me professionally in the long run.  I’m leaving because my personal life isn’t what I want it to be.  I’m leaving because I’ve always been jealous of my brother’s years living abroad.  I’m leaving because I have the opportunity to do so and WHY THE HELL NOT?

I’m taking this trip because I need to.  Because I’m not scared.  Because I’m confident in my ability to be scrappy and be sure I am consistently employed.    Because I’m also confident in my ability to come back to the states and find another corporate job after the year is over if that’s what’s necessary.  I’m taking this trip to grow and learn and explore and drink wine and let go and have fun and live in and embrace the messiness and chaos that is sure to come with a gypsy life.

What are you working on for the year?

This August, with the support of the RY Magellan entrepreneurship group, I started my own business.  With 8+ years HR and recruiting experience, I launched a resume review service called Jump Start Resume (  
I also provide consulting services for companies who have no in-house HR, and I am a content writer.

How did you find yourself a remote role?

'Find myself in a remote role ' ---- I very much MADE myself a remote role.  After being accepted into RY, I knew that my position as VP of HR for a financial services firm wouldn't allow me to go remote under any circumstances.  But I knew this opportunity was too good to pass up, so I gave my notice and applied to jobs like a madwoman before deciding to start consulting and launch an entrepreneurial project.  In addition, I've flexed my writing muscle and have found a lot of happiness in creating written content.

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What would you say to others looking to bring travel into their lives?

Just go.  Travel isn't nearly as scary as you think it is.

Who do you hope to be by the end of Remote Year?

I want to become the best version of myself that I can be.  A Casey who's not anything different from the Casey you know, but certain qualities are more enhanced.  So I'm Brave Casey, Adventurous Casey, Bold Casey.  The best qualities, I think.  The go-with-the-flow, energized, positive, outgoing qualities.

I'm a Casey who doesn't get anxious on travel days, who enjoys the chaos of not knowing the language but making conversation anyway, and who doesn't lose her plane ticket (still working on that last one).

Where does your passion for travel come from?

I booked a flight to Las Vegas on New Year's Eve 2009 - my first trip without family.  After I clicked the 'Buy' button, I froze, thinking "Wait a minute, I can buy a flight to somewhere I've never been, and just GO?  Just like that?"  I was hooked.

How do you think traveling will affect your current work?

From an HR perspective, traveling has given me insight into the communication options for on-site and remote staff.  There are so many tools at our disposal, from technology to flexible office layouts, that I'll be able to work with upper management in the future to promote and support remote work.

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What is your secret talent?

I'm a self-taught video editor and I compile my GoPro footage after every month into a massive 3 minute montage.

Your favorite digital nomad hack?

Turn off notifications from your phone (Email, Facebook, Instagram).  This is a great way to improve productivity - you only see the alerts when you go into the app.  For me, it doesn't matter if I spend 2 hours or 6 hours on a project - I get paid the same amount.  Being efficient with my time and eliminating distractions is critical.

3 things you can't live without on the road?

Wifi, GoPro, Cash.

Describe your Remote Year experience in 3 words.

Find Your Tribe.

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What is the most challenging part of being a digital nomad?

Leaving everything and everyone you've ever known.

What is the best part about being a digital nomad?

Leaving everything and everyone you've ever known.

Your favorite quote/words to live by?

There's only one way to find out! (Then go try the food, walk into the building, do the thing.)