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Travel While You Work- Remote Life Has Just Made It Easier For Us!

I am one of the few lucky ones who have a job that lets me travel all year round and whenever I want. And maybe because of that, we are followers of the ‘Work and Travel’ tribe.  But for the other bunch of people who want to do something on their own and still travel the world, we have solutions like Remote Year, Remote Life, We Roam and so on.

We discussed this with the CEO of Remote Life, Mr. Nishchal Dua, based out of India. His concepts excite us and his ideas gave us hope. His new program maybe the next big leap for a new travel generation in India.

” Travel is the most amazing thing to do. It is all about experiencing things outside the comfort zone and seeing the world the way it is. Travel is the answer to most of the misconceptions that people have about what is out there. There are problems that can be solved entirely by going out, talking to different people and by seeing what is really out there.” 

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What is the idea behind Remote Life? 

A bit of my background first, my father was in the Army and we used to travel around a lot and for me it was all about seeing something new. I started travelling actively three and a half years back.  I am a serial entrepreneur and I have started two companies in the past. After I sold my second company, I traveled for 4 months crossing off my bucket list items one after another. From the Everest Base Camp trek to skydiving and scuba diving in Mauritius – I did it all. What I then noticed was a lot of people in my network reaching out to me, asking me to help them see the world in a ‘non-touristy’ way, for lack of a better word.

“A bigger part of the world works 50 weeks a year just to take 2 weeks off and that is not what these people wanted.”

So it all started with me building a program for these 5-10 people for a few months. As good feedback kept rolling in, more and more people wanted in and that is when I thought this could really be something that people want. I then took around 6-8 weeks to set up my partners in three different countries, built a website and then launched it in December 2016.

So, how is Remote Life different from the other programs out there? 

The most important part of such programs is logistics because most of the people joining us are either entrepreneurs or full time employees who are expected to be online all day. Hence, a stable Internet connection is prime importance 24/7. In all these countries, we place special focus on the accommodation, workspace and connectivity.

The second focus is on mentorship, which is how we differentiate ourselves from the rest of the opportunities out there. Since I have an entrepreneurial background, I am already helping build capability for seven other start-ups. Tapping into this experience of our team and also the experience of the people who are joining us, we have also planned workshops and other sessions on topics of branding oneself, digital marketing, how to go about building a business, setting up a website etc. All these build on to the starting point of leading a Digital Nomad lifestyle.

Are corporate employees with a remote working option in your preferred clientele list or you prefer more entrepreneurs? 

At this point, I want to call out our flexibility. Interested candidates need not join for the entire three months, they can choose which month they want to travel and then go back home for the next. Most of the corporate employees who have applied for our program are joining us for a single month. There are a lot of companies out there, the IBMs, the Googles etc. that already have a good remote working policy in place. We are also working with a few other companies in India to incorporate this into their rewards and recognition system where 2-3 people are awarded in a year to spend 3 months with us and work remotely if they are interested.

When is your first trip? How many people have applied for that? 

1st of March till May and we have selected 20 people till now.

What is your selection process? 

We have a two-stage selection process. Interested candidates first fill up an application form found online and we received around 700 of them since we launched. My team consisting of 6 people now, screened these applications personally by viewing their digital profiles and other information. They then shortlist the top candidates for a phone interview where we gauge the interest and their commitment. We finalize the team basis the diversity that we need in terms of backgrounds and experiences.

How do you address safety in your programs? 

That is a very important focus area for us. All the places we are going to stay, the experience team, the local crew, they are all personally visited and verified by our team. Also, I am going to be there with the entire team and partners from other countries so we should be able to take the lead on problems that may still come up.

At times when there are incidents happening which are beyond our control like crimes against tourists, we place caution and make sure there are people around to help you in every situation. Also, these are the kinds of things that travelers around the world need to be aware of and we educate the applicants on such possibilities during the selection process. When you live in a place for a month, you need to understand the local culture, the issues the people go through there and be very sensitive to current political scenarios.

What is your vision for Remote Life? The bigger plan if I may. 

My vision is to bring more and more people outside of their cubicles and their glass buildings into the real world. If there comes a day, when we are able to help a thousand people a year move forward to such a life sustainably, then that is something that we will be proud of.

The misconception that you need to work for five days, sit in traffic, surrounded by concrete buildings to get two days off is what I want to break. This is the reason why we are investing a lot to make sure the people who come in go away with knowledge and information on how to lead this new lifestyle. 

If we have convinced you to take this step ahead, go ahead and apply right here!

9 thoughts on “Travel While You Work- Remote Life Has Just Made It Easier For Us!

  1. Akeena Alappat

    Wow ! What a great learning experience and life exploring way.Meeting new people from different cultures and also doing our work is a innovative idea.I was really happy and excited to try this out.As I love adventure I don’t want to end up doing my work in a restricted office with a laptop.Very much convinced to start this beautiful journey.

  2. Tanisha Kapoor

    This is such an innovative step. Many people desire to travel but their responsibilities stop them. This initiative let people grow, not only with respect to their work but a personal development as well. Meeting new people, learning about them and their perspective is what travelling is all about. Also, each and every aspect like the aspirants’ security, their knowledge, their experiences are taken into consideration. And this is makes remote life unique and makes the person to live each moment of life to it’s fullest

  3. karan jaiswal

    “The Remote Life”stands on its name as a person has the remote of his life.Everyone works for their living and loves to travel as a holiday.But you are the ones who provides with both work and holiday at the same time.Such a wonderful initiative.

  4. Yashya verma

    Remote Life is definitely a stepping stone for future entrepreneurs…!! The CEO came up with something unique. In this competitive world, such an idea with a great execution is no less than a wonder. I would definitely suggest people to try out remote life once..!! Amazing concept with a hard-working team is boon for the corporate world where working means sitting at the cubicle with laptop and ACs on and travelling means completing work before going and after coming. Amidst such monotonous routine, remote life is a ray of hope for a change. Wishing remote life all the best..!!

  5. This is some strikingly new idea… It’s mind boggling..
    Time ,money and most importantly job related travails are the biggest shackles that impede people, especially the freelancers and entrepreneurs,to go out and travel.
    What more does one need if one is freed from such problem?..Work while you are travelling without any repentance. I guess, that’s the whole point behind this vivid concept brought up by The Remote Life.

  6. Shijon Joy

    Not many people live their dreams, let alone the lives they dreamed of. Remote life is going a step further to help people live their dreams; giving them a chance to do things they’ve always wanted to. It’s probably the last push that one needs to take a step in this direction. A job, an adventure and a group of travellers along with you. Could life be more exciting?

  7. PRIYA SHARMA

    What I see today is one man depressed most of the time, feeling like he is stuck in his life and the other one saying that he did not really choose and certainly did not like what his job demands from him now. He wants to be with the nature and live with her. And the dilemma spins his head day and night.

    The Remote Life develops a vision to see how we can change this situation and stop it from getting worse every day. This is the best investment that you can make whether you are a woman or man; single or taken; old or young.
    Getting weary of the grind to work more, consume more? I sure feel this program gives you the best option to balance between your work demand and a free mind idea !!

  8. vaibhav raj

    The concept of mixing work and play is an interesting one which no one seems to master these days with the kind of hectic schedules that people have restricted themselves to. In the wake of achieving professional goals, that too at a fast rate, we tend to ignore the need to have a balanced life filled with newer and enriching experiences. This company seems to be providing feasible and affordable solutions to this issue by taking its customers to some of the most pristine destinations in the world. By taking care of the basic requirements of accommodation and food along with a private working space to indulge in the business aspects of the trip for the customers, they remove the tedious job of planning the intricacies of the journey. This idea would definitely suit the needs of the young and vibrant entrepreneurs of this country who would benefit from working in a new environment, in the company of fellow travelers coming from different walks of life and sharing their life experiences, to learn from and get inspired.

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