A New concept has been announced by TheRemoteLife, in which you can travel three countries in 3 months for only 1,300$ per month. 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 easily.
We had a conversation with CEO & Founder; Nishchal Dua. Let’s check out what he feels for the travelers:
1. What makes this so big, do you think that supporting travelers is the next big thing?
Let’s talk about a couple of trends: More & more companies are adopting remote work policies because it’s employee friendly, healthy, economical & leads to better productivity & creativity.
Millennials are beginning to realize the importance of traveling as an important tool to experience things outside our comfort zone & break the barriers of miscommunication between the people of the world. We are all global citizens.
Our cities are getting cluttered and stressed with a load of urbanization.
With all of this in mind, we very strongly believe that in the next ten years, there will be a massive movement of people moving out of the concrete buildings of metropolitan cities and into the real world. We are 100% committed to helping these people transition into a remote working lifestyle and plan to do this for at least 1000 people in the next 5 years!
2. What do you think of Young travelers, any suggestions to them?
I don’t think there are any young or old travelers.
Anyone who travels has by default a young & healthy spirit in them, irrespective of their age or experience. For anyone looking to travel & experience the world as a local and not as a tourist on a holiday or vacation, we are here for you, ready to help in any and every capacity.
3.What is the Name of Your Venture?
The Remote Life
4.Who is your target Audience?
Entrepreneurs & Freelancers. More commonly known as Digital Nomads. These are people who do all their work online and are location independent.
5.Where is your venture based ( city, state, country) & What are your target areas?
Why should companies even have offices any more? We are a global company that follows remote working policy very strictly. We do not have a base office, and our team is spread across 4 countries. Digital Nomads are a global phenomenon, so we are not limiting our target areas to any particular country. As of now, we have received interest from 6 countries from North America, to Europe, Africa & Asia.
6.What problems does your venture solve? What are your products or services?
For a majority of the Entrepreneurs, travel has till now been restricted to a 5-7 day holiday or a vacation spent in hotels doing sight-seeing. But that’s not travel. We ensure that all 30 participants of the program can experience the local culture, customs & cuisines in ways they haven’t done before. We take care of the logistics for a month so they can work without interruptions. An Entrepreneur with a business does not want to wake up everyday & worry about getting a stable high-speed internet connection. On top of the experience & logistics, we also have plenty of personal & professional development workshops & sessions all through the program. These range from basic digital marketing to setting up your personal brand and helping with technology & product development.
7. Share the idea or story behind the venture. How did it come to existence?
I (Nishchal Dua) am a serial entrepreneur and traveler, having been to 9 countries (& 25 states of India) over the last couple of years. It was during my travels over the last year that I got this over whelming feedback from a lot of professionals & entrepreneurs on how they would love to travel, but they can’t leave their job for even a day, and there’s nothing to fix that. That’s when the program was built, initially as a closed one for just a limited number of people and the amazing response made me realize that this could be a real opportunity. That’s when we reached out to a few more people who then shared it with their friends, and before we knew it, we had 720+ sign ups!
8.What expansion plans are you looking for the next 2 years, next 5 years?
After South East Asia, we are going to expand the program to Europe & South America over the next year. The plan is to have simultaneous programs running across the world, all through the year so the participants have the chance to join us for SE Asia and then continue with us for Europe and onwards.
9.Where do you want to see yourself in next 5 years?
In the next 5 years, The Remote Life should have helped 1000 entrepreneurs & freelancers setup a remote lifestyle that enables them to see the world without sacrificing their job, work or business.
10. Have you raised any funding? Or have any plans for the funding?
Remote Life is entirely self funded. We are a stable revenue model and don’t see the need for external funding. Doesn’t mean we are closed off entirely to strategic investors :)
11. What were the problems you faced during the starting days and how did you resolve them?
The biggest roadblock is infrastructure. SEA is not famous for having the best logistics that are also pocket-friendly. Our team has traveled and spent enough time across our destinations to identify and setup the logistics so we can ensure the best of experience to all participants at an economical price point. It is our partnerships & cost innovation that are the most important problems we solved over the last 4 months.
12. What are your hobbies? What do you do in your non-work time?
I have never understood why your work & hobby can’t be the same. I’m an enthusiastic mountaineer & I run a lot! It was just 3 months back that I was at the Mt. Everest Base Camp for a 15-day trek. Sometimes I go for pottery lessons to cool down.
13.Whom do you consider your idol or biggest motivator?
I can think of all the buzz word names but honestly, it comes down to just one person and that’s my father. He’s an ex-Army officer & a helicopter pilot. He braved the Kargil war and evacuated hundreds of stranded people during the 2013 Uttarakhand floods. “I think therefore I am”.
14.What do you feel is the major difference between entrepreneurs and those who work for someone else?
I honestly don’t like this distinction that a lot of people have started making by portraying 1 side as “cooler” or fancier than the other. There is no difference between an entrepreneur or an employee because truth to be told, these are just labels. We are all enterprising in some way or the other and we are all answerable to someone at some point.Do you really think an entrepreneur with funding is not working for their investors? Or that a good performing employee has not innovated to do their job better & get results?
15.If you had the chance to start your career over again, what would you do differently?
I would skip college. Nothing else. The college has given me friends for life. But a classroom education is no longer needed, especially not if most of are doing it just for a degree certificate. I would use those extra years to travel, learn skills and spend time in the real world & not behind a desk.
16.How has being an entrepreneur affected your family & Social life?
It’s different and it’s a change for everyone around me. it’s a change that my family & friends need some time to get adjusted to but then life goes on as normal. Everyone wants you to succeed and they make sacrifices that we don’t acknowledge that often.
17.Anything, you would like to say to our readers or upcoming entrepreneurs?
Get away from the laptop or mobile you’re reading this on and go out there to see the real world and talk to real people. You will learn more & understand your business from perspectives you would never have imagined. I make it a point to not spend more than 4 hours in front of the laptop in a day.
18.Tell us something about your education & family background.
Army kid. Born in Delhi, brought up all over the country. Engineer by degree, product & marketing guy by interest :)
19.What is your USP which makes it unique & different from other start-ups in similar domains?
Experience. We focus a lot on making sure you immerse yourself in the local culture & languages. Also, we screen our applicants to ensure only a balanced & diverse group of 30 travels together. This coupled with plenty of workshops makes it a once-in-a-lifetime experience. And no, I’m not exaggerating.
You can reach the Website by visiting TheRemoteLife.com. Traveling is like, spend and enjoy. Earn and Enjoy and Explore the beauty.