Remote working is more and more becoming the norm for the next generation of the global workforce. Whether you’re a social entrepreneur, freelancer, or creative there are many great options to choose from for your work and travel adventures. You can choose to travel to remote parts of the world or to some of the most classic cities the world has ever known. According to UpWork, 36% of the US workers (57.3 million) are freelancers who work from home. They collectively contribute $1.4 trillion to the economy every year! By 2020 43% of the U.S. workforce will be freelancers.
Working remotely can certainly have its benefits. One of those of course is travel. The ability to work from anywhere in the world that has a wifi connection can be very powerful. This creates the ability to see new cultures, learn new languages, discover new foods, and create a new influx of economic development for places around the world that have not traditionally had tourism dollars coming in.
In 2017, a total of 21.4 million passports were issued in the U.S., the highest number ever recorded! In comparison, only 6.3 million were issued back in 1997. This clearly shows a shift in the want to travel globally. In turn, this global discovery tour has no doubt enabled social entrepreneurs, freelancers, and creatives, to get even more creative and build things they may have never thought they would.
I believe we are seeing a fundamental shift in how humanity and global economies will exist in the next couple of decades. Creating global businesses, relationships, and teams has never been more achievable. Below are some of the best travel startups that allow social entrepreneurs, freelancers, and creatives to travel and see the globe while still be able to sustain a working lifestyle on these adventures.
Roam is a coliving and coworking community testing the boundaries between work, travel and life adventure. Starting at $500 per week, you gain access to incredible coliving spaces and local communities around the world. Come and go as you please. Every room includes a private bathroom and is fully furnished with a queen or king-sized bed. Roam provides sheets, towels, and all the other little things you need to feel at home. The battle-tested, high-speed Internet extends to every corner of your private space.
Lokal Travel is an online booking platform connecting travelers with local and sustainable experiences around the world. Working with hand selected family-run businesses, community cooperatives and social enterprises doing good, each Lokal Travel adventure directly impacts the local community while providing travelers with a unique adventure. From expeditions to stunning Amazon ecolodges to stays in family-run guesthouses in the Himalayas, Lokal makes it easy to book hundreds of incredible trips that support local communities, protect nature and preserve cultural traditions.
Outsite was founded to serve a new kind of traveller looking to integrate their life and their work. Outsite offers flexible living arrangements, community on your terms, and a beautiful home at an affordable price – whether you’re down the street or across the globe. Currently, Outsite has 17 spaces in locations both in the USA and internationally, ranging from jungle villas and beachfront apartments to mountain hideaways and urban homes-from-home. Outsite features the right amenities and design to make each stay as productive, restorative, social, or fun as you desire.
The Wander Working Experience
The Wander Working Experience is the first 30-day co-working vacation tailored specifically for social entrepreneurs. The Wander Working Experience was created from a deep desire to help those who are using their business and themselves as a force for good. Taking groups of 25-30 social entrepreneurs, conscious companies, and change-makers on a co-traveling, co-creating, co-living, co-working, and collaborating 30-day curated life-changing experiences in amazing locations around the world.
WiFi Tribe has grown into a bold, beautiful, tight-knit community filled with like-minded, adventure seeking professionals across the globe. How does it work? Members choose how many weeks they want to do within 12 months – one, two, three to five, or six or more. Once accepted as a member, you can join wherever you want in the world, stay for several chapters in a row, or pick and choose chapters across the year. Of course, you can also hop between continents and switch rooms (private vs. shared) anytime. Whether an entrepreneur, consultant, freelancer or creative, everyone who wants to join, needs to come with one shared intention: To become a valuable part of a thriving global community!
Venture With Impact
Venture with Impact, a social enterprise providing international skilled-based volunteering programs for remotely working professionals launches new project destinations and business partnerships.Responding to the increasing need of working professionals to find a purpose in their careers and create positive impact with their skills and expertise, Venture with Impact (VWI) opened two new programs in Chiang Mai, Thailand and Lisbon, Portugal running from May and August 2018. The startup arranges co-working space, accommodation, and skills-based volunteering experiences for professionals that live and travel in a country for one month while continuing to work for their jobs back home.
MovingWorlds is a social impact organization addressing the global talent gap. The online platform and community connects people who want to travel and volunteer their expertise directly with social impact organizations around the world. You can lend your talents in basically every different sector. From accounting, to web design, from social media marketing, to business and sales strategy, to IT training, to video editing, to SEO specialists – MovingWorlds offers amazing opportunity at startups and organizations all over the world to lend your talents. MovingWorlds maintains quality by selectively sourcing professionals and organizations who then interact through the online platform to find each other for “Experteering” engagements.
Have Fun Do Good
Have Fun Do Good (HFDG) is a for-purpose travel and event company sharing the power of volunteerism through immersive and one of a kind volunteer opportunities. They offer immersive service experiences through Travel excursions and Corporate events. Whether you’re traveling or staying closer to home, HFDG provides everything volunteers need to get involved: planning, access to worthwhile charities and causes, accommodations and, of course, fun.
GoodTrip is an enclave of travel, community development and ecology professionals. They are in the business of responsible international travel and tourism. That means they take you on journeys of discovery and connection while minimizing your impact on the environment and maximizing the positive trace you’ll make on the human lives you touch. GoodTrip specializes in legal “People to People” travel to Cuba, Spanish language immersion in Guatemala and guided trips to Guatemala and Panamá. Whether you desire a travel experience centered around architecture, birding, dance, diving, history, music, yoga, adventure, or language learning – GoodTrips can arrange a custom itinerary perfectly suited to you. Or, you can discover your global interests by joining an open trip.
GlobeKick brings to life adventure travel trips for the adventurous. Their travel gurus design and lead different 1week trips, every month, to a different place around the world. Adventure trips are open to GlobeKick Members only. Annual membership is $695 and includes: 1. One GlobeKick adventure of your choosing: anywhere we go, whenever we’re there, with a group of GlobeKickers from around the globe. 2. Lifetime access to GlobeKick Connect — GK’s social networking platform for travelers. 3. 15% discount (ie, $590 price-tag) on any additional adventure trips you’d like to join during your membership 4. One personalized, custom-designed GlobeKick adventure-itinerary anywhere in the world.
Inspiring people in inspiring places do inspiring things. Pop-up coworking spaces in exotic locations. “Going to the office” has a new meaning! Coworkation wants to bring awareness to the new way of living and working that enables more freedom and whereby people can live life on their terms. Short, 1-2 week trips where every aspect of the coworkation is designed with the codes of Coworkation in mind.
Urban Adventures’ Made In Tours is Intrepid Travel’s next big step towards keeping more tourism dollars within local economies. All tours are 100% designed by locals, and feature stops at small, independent businesses. For over 25 years, the global adventure travel company has been taking people off the beaten track to discover the world’s most amazing places. With more than 1,000 trips offered in over 100 countries on every continent, the Melbourne-based tour operator is making it even easier to support local, experience authentic and unique day trips, and use the power of travel as a force for good.
Off Season Adventures is a US-based wildlife and community tourism organization focused on bringing travelers to Tanzania during the off-season, empowering local entrepreneurs working in the tourism industry. Off Season Adventures is all about creating memorable experiences for their travelers, while allowing them to stay true to their values in sustainability. Every trip taken with Off Season Adventures is carbon offset, with a percentage of revenue donated to communities surrounding the accommodation facilities visited, assisting with water and waste management, electricity and education resources, and health services.
Thread Caravan employs local artisans to continue practising their craft without the pressure to sell the goods they produce. This allows for appreciation of the process, and for travelers to learn about traditional craft production in communities where various crafts have originated and have been practised for generations. Their 5 – 7 night trips, which can also be customized for groups, also include adventurous activities such as sailing, hiking volcanoes and visiting ancient ruins.
Introducing Hara House, North India’s first zero waste guesthouse, with a goal of changing the way locals and travelers consume at home and abroad. 20% of all guest room and tour profits are reinvested in environmental action and education projects in North India through the Hara Innovation Fund. This social enterprise operates an onsite community hub, engaging local social entrepreneurs and provides resources, a workspace and funding for their initiatives.
NOMADX is a Global Co-living Community for Digital Nomads offering hosted 1-6+ month accommodations in Lisbon, Porto and all across Portugal. Rather than overpaying for an Airbnb or settling for student housing, the company provides a global co-living community for Digital Nomads full of furnished rooms and apartments. There are zero fees and you book directly through hosts.
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