Lauren Kilisky

Megan Kathleen Photography

Megan Kathleen Photography

My advice would be...be your own boss! If you don’t have a job that will allow you to travel- create one. It is 2016, time to get creative.

What motivated you to sign up for The Remote Experience?

I have always wanted to travel to SE Asia but planning the logistics of such a big trip sounds like a full time job. I joined the Remote Experience to combine my love of travel, work and play.

Did you have a remote position prior to joining The Remote Experience?

Yes.

If not, how were you able to convince your boss to let you join The Remote Experience?

My advice would be...be your own boss! If you don't have a job that will allow you to travel- create one. It is 2016, time to get creative.

How many months are you joining the program?

4 months

Have you been to any of the countries before?

No.

What country(ies) are you most excited to visit?

Thailand

What's the number one thing on your bucket list?

My bucket list is simple: eat lots of local food, enjoy new experiences and catch as many sunrises and sunsets as possible.

What do you think will be the hardest part of this trip?

Leaving my dog at home for 4 months.

What are you hoping to learn during the trip?

I want to experience different cultures and ultimately learn more about myself. Travel has helped me grow in many ways.

What will you miss the most from home?

The holidays with family and my dog.

Fun fact(s) about you?

Fun facts....whenever I am asked this I feel extra boring LOL. I am addicted to traveling which is why I decided to choose a career that allowed me to do just that as much as I wanted. I started an online coaching business when I was 21 and dropped out of college to pursue my dreams. Fast forward 4 years later and it was the best decision I ever made! Have the courage to chase your dreams.

Are there any MUST haves for your trip?

An insulated water bottle, cold water is a luxury when you are on the road AND a GoPro.

Where can we follow you?

Website, Facebook, or Instagram.

Aurel Jacquot

Discovery, people and new experiences.

What's your current role?

Founder, Supreme Leader, Developer, Dreamer

What motivated you to sign up for The Remote Experience?

Discovery, people and new experiences.

Did you have a remote position prior to joining The Remote Experience?

Yes, working from home as freelancer.

How many months are you joining the program?

3, for sure.

Have you been to any of the countries before?

Vietnam, but I'm not sure if I'm going. 

What country(ies) are you most excited to visit?

DAT one!

What's the number one thing on your bucket list?

Swimming with dolphins / Go literally around the globe

What do you think will be the hardest part of this trip?

Leaving of course! Or, surviving the mosquitoes

What are you hoping to learn during the trip?

A foreign culture, inspiration, empathy

What will you miss the most from home?

My friends

Fun fact(s) about you?

I have OCD with numbers

Are there any MUST haves for your trip?

FUN! Also, I want to learn how to ride a surfboard.

Where can we follow you?

Instagram

Jillian Ricciardelli

Rather than relocating to a new city or looking for a new job, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to cure my travel bug without uprooting my entire life that I have made for myself in Boston.

What's your current role?

IBM, Social Media and Digital Marketing 

What motivated you to join The Remote Experience?

I had been working remotely from my 600 sq. ft. apartment in Boston, MA for the last 2 years and was ready for a change of scenery. Rather than relocating to a new city or looking for a new job, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to cure my travel bug without uprooting my entire life that I have made for myself in Boston. 

Did you work remotely prior to joining The Remote Experience? 

Yes

Where were you based out of prior to starting this trip?

Boston, MA

Biggest thing you hope to learn during the four months?

Working from home there is so much that I feel like I miss out on by not being surrounded by coworkers in an office everyday. Especially since I am still in the very early stages of my career. I'm really cherishing this time with my new remote co-workers who come from all different places and backgrounds. Each conversation is an opportunity to learn something new. I'm hoping that all of these collective conversations will make me a better marketer, traveler and well-rounded individual. 

Country you are most excited to visit?

Its hard to pick just one! But probably Italy because that is where most of my ancestors are from (plus its foodie heaven). 

Food you’ll miss the most from back home?

Lobster roll from Ford's in Noank, CT. 

Ciara Bird

I was starting to feel a longing for something I couldn’t explain and needed a way to shake up my work life and get a creative jolt. Long term travel had been a daydream of mine forever and when I stumbled across TRE everything started to fall into place...

What is your current role?

Jacquie Aiche, Visuals Director & FOUR Magazine, Creative Director

What motivated you to join The Remote Experience?

I was starting to feel a longing for something I couldn’t explain and needed a way to shake up my work life and get a creative jolt. Long term travel had been a daydream of mine forever and when I stumbled across TRE everything started to fall into place... 

Did you work remotely prior to joining The Remote Experience? 

Yes, but never full-time so this will be a new experience to me in that way. 

If not, how did you alter your tasks to accommodate a remote lifestyle?

Fortunately my team is very supportive and all of my work is done digitally so aside from my physical presence no longer being around it won’t be difficult for me to continue my work quite seamlessly. 

What do you expect to be the biggest hurdle during your trip? 

I think it will be deciding what my schedule is going to look like. With this new flexibility I’m curious to see what my new work/life balance becomes.  

Where were you based out of prior to starting this trip?

Los Angeles (via North Carolina)

Country you are most excited to visit?

Barcelona for sure. When I visited a few years ago I immediately felt like I could live there so it's pretty amazing that I’m getting that opportunity now. Prague is a close second, because I have no idea what to expect and have only heard great things.

Food you’ll miss the most from back home?

Acai Bowls!! But maybe I’ll get lucky and won’t have to do without them :)

Top three travel essentials?

My iphone, a couple great books, and a killer pair of sunglasses.

Where can we follow you?

Website and Instagram