Chatting with many Digital Nomads and Remote workers in general, we realized that they cannot find roadtrips for Digital Nomads or similar minded people. In this post, we try to help in making this a little easier for you guys!
Remote work is a hot topic at the moment, and with good reason. In fact, it’s estimated that 50% of the US workforce will soon be remote, which will make remote working the new normal. The remote work lifestyle will go from being an outlier to being what the majority of people know and are familiar with.
One of the interesting things about remote working is that it’s opened up the possibility for people to become digital nomads. The idea is basically that you can work and travel at the same time, allowing workers an amount of freedom that’s unprecedented in the history of employment.
All of this is made possible by the increasing popularity of remote teams. Companies have woken up to the fact that when a job can be carried out remotely, there’s not always a need to bring people in to a physical office. In fact, they can often save money by working with remote workers because they have lower overheads and often a lower overall cost of living.
The challenges of remote work
Using remote workers has plenty of upsides, but there’s also one key drawback. With a team that’s spread out across the world, it can be difficult to maintain friendships and communication. Fortunately, there’s a way to combat that, and that’s to organise a remote retreat.
The idea behind remote retreats is very simple: in the same way that co-working spaces can be a great way to facilitate productivity by bringing people together in a physical space, when you plan a remote retreat, you bring people together in a physical space. Only this time, there’s another advantage – they’re all working together towards a common goal, and it’s on your behalf.
Of course, knowing how to plan a remote retreat and having the funds and the time available to actually organise one are two very different things. On top of that, not all remote teams live a digital nomad lifestyle, and so not everyone will be available to take part in the retreat.
In some cases, people turn to remote workers to keep costs down, and when that’s the case, it’s unlikely that you’ll want to shell out a huge amount of money to fly them around the world. In other cases, people turn to remote workers because they have specific skills that can’t be found elsewhere.
Planning a roadtrip
When you’re working with outsourced employees because they have a specific set of skills that you need, bringing them together in a physical location starts to make sense. It can facilitate communication and help them to brainstorm potential solutions to the problems that you’re facing in a way that could never happen over Skype or WhatsApp.
One alternative to planning a full on retreat is to work and travel by car instead. Of course, you’ll still need to bring people together in a single place, and so one option is to identify a midpoint which is convenient for everyone and to hit the road from there. This is ideal for smaller teams, because it allows a degree of flexibility that a regular retreat can’t offer.
Perhaps we’re biased, but we think that digital nomads in Greece get the best of both worlds, a combination of beautiful weather, great food, good infrastructure, culture, history and more. In fact, it’s so easy to work and travel in Greece that we’ve built our business around it. We specialise in hosting digital nomads’ meetups for remote workers from all over the world.
Planning a roadtrip for your remote employees is arguably much harder than planning a retreat, but neither is prohibitively difficult and, in many cases, the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. It’s all about figuring out what’s right for you.
So if a road trip through Greece sounds like just the thing you need to bring your remote workers together, look no further for a remote retreat planner. From road trips to retreats, we’ve got you covered, whether we’re helping you to identify the best cities for digital nomads or whether you’re setting up work and travel programs for your remote employees. We’d be more than happy to help, so be sure to get in touch with us to find out more. Happy travels!