Published on : Thursday, January 12, 2017
2017’s gift to travel enthusiasts around the world has been launched in the form of an Indian start-up – The Remote Life. This new concept allows freelancers, entrepreneurs and individuals whose jobs allow them to work remotely; to travel for a few months, experience different countries & cultures and grow their network – all while working.
The Remote Life will consist of a group of 30 individuals from diverse backgrounds (professionally and personally) who will travel to three countries in South East Asia together. Participants of the programme will spend one month each in Indonesia, Cambodia and Thailandwhile not having to compromise on work or worrying about logistics of travel.
Participants of the three month programme are required to pay a fee of USD 1,300 per month, which covers independent room, 24*7 access to a nearby co-working space, breakfast and flights between the three countries. The company also takes care of other formalities such as travel insurance, SIM cards, visas and more. Frequent cultural activities and events will be organized throughout the programme, which will serve as a platform for the cohort to bond with each other.
Nishchal Dua, Founder of The Remote Life, already has a successful exit from his previous venture and is an avid traveller who has been to multiple countries, understanding their work culture. Speaking about the launch, Nishchal, says, “Being a millennial I understand the true challenges our generation faces when it comes to travel. While we might have the desire, in most cases our jobs restrict our travel plans. Even if we overcome that barrier, logistics and travelling with like minded people/friends is difficult to arrange. The Remote Life is a solution to these challenges and other time consuming tasks that come with planning long-duration travel. Our aim is also to introduce the Indian millennial to the concept of travel in its true sense, which is very different from taking a holiday.”
The Remote Life has kept its application free of cost through their website. Preliminary screening for candidates is done based on the application post which Skype interactions are held to determine the right fit.
Although the programme is targeting a globally diverse applicant pool, its primary emphasis is on tapping the surging number of Indian freelancers. India has nearly 15 million freelance professionals, highest in the world after the US, according to Truelancer (Online Marketplace to Hire Curated Freelancers).
Dipesh Garg, Founder of Truelancer.com says, “Great work has no boundaries in today’s digital world. Some of the world’s best talent works remotely from different locations around the year, they are happier and more productive earning at their own pace. India is home to more than 15 million independent workers earning an average of $19/hr compared to the global average of $21”.