Read about Jacqueline’s experience with Hacker Paradise and Remote Year.
On Hacker Paradise
One of my favorite digital nomad experience so far has been working alongside other remote workers through the Hacker Paradise program for a month in March 2016 in Bali. Each week, the Hacker Paradise crew breaks out for the Reciprocity Ring activity. The idea is to ask the group for help in either your personal life or professional work. We each put out a need or request to the group, and the groups helps the individual make connections, offer introductions, offer new ideas or other things to help the individual achieve that goal.
I had traveled and worked solo quite a bit, and wanted to do it with a group to see what it was like. I greatly enjoyed getting to know the other group members and did activities I had never thought to do in Bali when I was traveling solo. My favorite activity was a sunrise hike on an active volcano!
Celebrating my birthday with Remote Year
My birthday fell 4 days into our Remote Year year-long journey, and I celebrated my birthday with my Remote Year cohort in our first stop here in Prague. As other digital nomads know, being away from friends, family, and co-workers on your birthday can be hard. Knowing this, the Remote Year organizers planned a surprise that was really special and unforgettable. It involved opera, a traditional Czech dessert, and 75 new friends (watch the video here).
Traveling solo has its perks, too. I feel less obligation to please other people when I am alone in a city. I am also able to make decisions on a dime easily without talking it through with anyone else. If I am bored with a city, I just book a flight the next morning to the next city. That freedom is really fun! I’d encourage those who are all-in on groups or all-in on solo travel to try the other side to see what they think!