Over 88 percent of Remoters surveyed say travel flexibility is one of the biggest pros of remote work, while 59 percent said isolation was one of the biggest challenges of working remotely. To take advantage of the flexibility of remote work and to combat long, lonely days in a home office, remote work programs have sprung up offering work and travel programs in places like Bali, Thailand, Peru, and Portugal.
These remote work programs take care of the travel logistics, make sure there’s solid Wifi, and connect participants with other remote workers from around the globe. According to one Remoter, Dan, who participated in Remote Year, “The best feature about my coworking space is it changes every month! I travel often and get to use a variety of different coworking spaces. The change of environment helps my creativity.”
If you’ve been considering a remote work program, look no further. Below we share Remoter feedback on some of the most popular programs and provide an outline of the important stuff: what’s included, timeline, countries you can visit, and of course, cost.
Remote Year is the most popular remote work program with Remoters, with four of our Rolling Remoters writing in from a Remote Year program. Rachel, who checked in with us from Cape Town, South Africa says that for her, “Traveling with a remote community, alongside dozens of other passionate digital nomad professionals inspires me to do my best work and pursue additional professional pursuits of interest.”
What’s included: help in transitioning to remote work, transportation to and from the airport, flights between itinerary destinations (you pay for the flight to the first city and flight home), private room, 24/7 workspace, social and cultural events
Timeline: 4 or 12-month programs
Sample of 2019 destinations: Split, Lisbon, Valencia, Cape Town, Hanoi, Chiang Mai, Kyoto, Kuala Lumpur, Santiago, Lima, Medellín, Mexico City
Cost: varies by program, but average is $2,000 a month (average first month’s payment is $5,000 for 12-month program and $3,000 for 4-month program)
“The most unique part of my remote working experience is that I get to live and work with with other coworkers and travelers in a really intimate way during our Unsettled trips,” Leilani says. “I love the diversity and companionship while still getting all the autonomy of working remotely on my projects!”
What’s included: transportation to and from the airport, private room, full-time workspace, social and cultural events, SIM cards
Timeline: 2-week or 1-month programs
Sample of 2019 destinations: Bali, Nicaragua, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Medellin, Tuscany, Marrakech, Mexico City, Peru
Cost: varies by program, but 1-month programs are between $2,000 and $4,000 and two-week programs are $1,300 to $2,000
No Desk Project
What’s included: transportation to and from the airport, accommodations, social and cultural events, SIM card, access to 24/7 co-working spaces, and certain amenities unique to the geographical location of the program (such as fitness memberships or cooking classes)
Timeline: 1-month programs
Sample of 2019 destinations: Bali, India, Cambodia, Buenos Aires, Thailand
Cost: varies by program, but is typically between $2,900 and $3,499
This remote work program may be the most affordable if you’re up for sharing your accommodations and traveling to countries with a low cost of living. To keep their retreats affordable, the Wifi Tribe doesn’t offer curated cultural and social events, and instead allows outings and activities to happen naturally within the remote work community.
What’s included: accommodations and a workspace with good Wifi
Timeline: 1-month programs (certain locations have a long-stay, multi-month option)
Sample of 2019 destinations: Ecuador, Czechia, Colombia, Peru, Panama, Bali, Bolivia, Spain, Japan, Guatemala, Iceland
Cost: between $900 and $2,000 a month depending on where you go, how many months you travel, and if you want a private or shared room (there’s also an annual $300 membership fee)
If you’re not sure about the idea of joining a remote work program or like to wing it, then a program with flexible programming may be for you. Hacker Paradise prides itself on its flexibility. You can join for as little as two weeks, hop in and out of the program, or commit to a full year.
What’s included: help in transitioning to remote work, private room, workspace, social and cultural experiences
Timeline: building your own itinerary out of 2-week or 1-month blocks
Sample of 2019 destinations: Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Italy, Israel, Estonia, Portugal, Morocco, Thailand, Taiwan, South Korea
Cost: varies based on how long you travel, between $1,900 to $2,200 a month or a two-week trip for $1,550