Pirate Hats, Penguins, and Professional Goals for the Year

Ferdinand Magellan, who I did a report on in the 5th grade while wearing a giant newspaper pirate hat, and also who my Remote Year group is named after, was a Portugese explorer in the early 1500s. He is known as the first person to organize a circumnavigation of the Earth.  And that’s also what I’ll be doing this year – going around the world.

My itinerary is:

  1. June: Valencia, Spain
  2. July: Lisbon, Portugal
  3. August: Rabat, Morocco
  4. September: Sofia, Bulgaria
  5. October: Belgrade, Serbia
  6. November: Hanoi, Vietnam
  7. December: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  8. January: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  9. February: Lima, Peru
  10. March: Córdoba, Argentina
  11. April: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  12. May: Santiago, Chile

Click here for some more info on each location: http://www.remoteyear.com/itinerary-4

I spent some time last night working on a list of my personal and professional goals for the year.  This was a surprisingly challenging process that involved 2 glasses of wine and a hard look at why I did this in the first place.  So let’s start with the easy goals – the professional ones.

Goal #1: Work with locals to gain insight into country-specific HR trends, needs, and issues. This will allow me to improve HR policies for international companies, based on the needs of each office location.

Goal #2: Gain an insight into the common HR-related needs of employees who work remotely.

Goal #3: Collaborate with others in the tech and marketing industries to help with the launch of a side entrepreneurial project.

In other news, Magellan was also the first person to note the South American penguins, which were thus named the Magellanic penguins.  Expect some penguin selfies from me in Argentina. #RYMagellan

You are not a tree.

If you don’t like where you are, move.  You are not a tree.

I’m not sure if what my motivation app had in mind was me quitting my job, breaking my lease, and traveling the world for a year, but that’s what I’m doing.  My hope is that this blog post (and the dozens to follow) will give you a sense of what I’m doing and why I’m doing it and what you can learn and apply to your own life and travels.

It started with an innocent little sponsored Instagram ad for Remote Year.  RY is “A group of interesting people traveling together while working remotely.”  My first thought was “This is too awesome to be real!” So I applied.  Round One, Round Two, Interview, ACCEPTANCE.  40,000 applicants for 75 spots.  I said yes and haven’t looked back.  Well, maybe a slight peek over my shoulder, but for dramatic effect let’s just say HAVEN’T LOOKED BACK.

From June 2016 through May 2017, I will telecommute and circle the globe, living in a different city each month.  Think of it like a study abroad program for grown-ups.  I’ll be working as an independent Human Resources consultant for a few companies based in the states, while hitting Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Bulgaria, Serbia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Peru, Argentina, and Chile.  I’m gone for a year.  Wanna keep up?  Want to see how I’ve found out how to work from my couch?  Or from a cafe in Lisbon?  Or a rooftop in Buenos Aires?  Want to know where to get the best pho in Hanoi?  Or the best … what exactly do they serve in Serbia?  Well, where to get the best of whatever that is?  Follow this blog!  And on Instagram @apackedsuitcase_y


This baby’s about to get a lot more use!