Living Around The World

I was having a debate with a friend before joining We Roam. How long was long enough to say that you’ve lived in a place? Two weeks, three weeks, four? We went back and forth on this and never really arrived on a solid agreement.

I’ve been in Belgrade for nearly three weeks. On our way back from an excursion to Mokrin, Serbia, a two-hour drive from Belgrade, I referred to Belgrade as a place we were going home to. So I suppose I found my answer.

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Katie, Michaela, and I live about two miles from our workspace. Each morning, we wake up and go to our favorite cappuccino and croissant shop, struggle through Serbian-English to order. Our attempt at Serbian-English is usually us speaking slowly in English with a poor attempt at a Serbian accent.

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And then we walk to Smart Office.

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On the way, we pass one of our favorite restaurants — Ba Ba Lu, and wave to the waiter who so nicely and patiently explains the menu to us in English. Next along the way, is the big Belgrade Fountain in a round-about. Round-abouts almost always reminds me of the National Lampoons vacation movie — “Look honey, there’s Big Ben”. Some mornings there’s a waltz playing in the background. The water in the fountain jumps to match the beat of the music. It’s a rather magical commute.

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The people here are quite stoic. When I first arrived, I would smile at them in an attempt to get them to smile back at me, but it didn’t exactly work so I’ve decided to keep smiling and stop waiting for them to return the favor. In some ways, it’s rather refreshing. People are more straightforward, no bullshit. It’s nice.

We talk a lot about cultural immersion here at We Roam. The term sounds appealing, but before joining on I couldn’t help but wonder, what does it really mean?

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When you vacation to a faraway land, you familiarize yourself with the basics. You know how to get around. You can speak the language just enough to get by. TripAdvisor tells you which restaurants are worth your while. It’s a wonderful experience, but you remain an outsider, which can make it really difficult to understand the bigger picture.

What are the people of this unfamiliar place passionate about?

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What are their daily lives really like?

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It’s is all about… surrounding yourself with the culture of a place.

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Sharing a meal with the local people.

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Hearing the stories of the hard-workers at the local farmers market.

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Combining forces with local businesses.

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It’s a challenge. And the unknown can feel a little scary at first. But I can tell you, three weeks in, that I have made one of the greatest decisions of my life joining We Roam. I wake up every morning with a giant smile on my face, ready to take on the unconventional challenges of the day. I get to work with incredible people who are open-minded positives forces, who are just as excited to dive in as I am. And the greatest part of all? Just when we find our footing, we’re off to the next place. We get to start all over again. New city. New opportunities to explore and thrive.

Living abroad — each month in a new city — is an opportunity to decorate yourself with experiences. It’s a chance to build your resume. It’s forever memories. It’s a way of life.

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Find A Way To Roam The World

They say your vibe attracts your tribe. I knew this to be true when I first started a conversation with the We Roam team. Passionate leaders who radiate possibility into the world. The kind of people who leave you feeling fired up after a five minute conversation. My kind of people.

                                                                                   Sean Harvey, Blaine Anderson, Nathan Yates

                                                                                   Sean Harvey, Blaine Anderson, Nathan Yates

For years, I’ve dreamed of finding a way to travel the world, BUT a few little things kept getting in the way. First, I’d need some cash money. I’d need a need a job that would allow me to the money. And the job would have to be really special, because I’d need to be able to work from wherever in the world I wanted to work.

And so I did a lot of Googling, Pinteresting, dreaming and scheming. I wrote a sticky note to myself that would live on my bedroom wall for years — “FIND A WAY.”

My Safari search history looked a lot like this:

“How to see the world?”
“How to travel and work remotely?”
“Cost of living in Portugal”
“Jobs for Americans in Rome”
“How the F can I find to find a job that will allow me to see the world?????”

You get it…

For a long time, the options in response to my search didn’t fit the mold of what I was looking for. There were gap year programs out there, but I didn’t want a fratty travel experience, I wanted to find something that would allow me to transform my personal and professional life simultaneously. Sure, I may have been asking for a lot, but when you know, you know. And why settle for anything less, am I right?

So I stayed the course and flip flopped between feeling content and feeling extreme levels of angst about pursuing the big travel dream. Until finally, a worthy possibility surfaced — We Roam: a remote work and travel company for serious professionals. I started following them on Instagram and Twitter and was instantly mesmerized by their worldly adventures.

I poked around their website and saw a job listing for a marketing role. I reached out within hours, and heard back later that week. We started a conversation that would span several weeks. As we got to know each other, I could feel a revolutionary shift taking place.

The people of We Roam were visionaries with a mission to redefine the (9–5) world as we know it. They’re providing an opportunity for personal evolution, and a promise to enhance not only the life of a Roamer, but also the organizations in which they participate in.

So I would be pursuing my own dream, AND I’d also be a part of something so much bigger than myself. I’d be a player in a game changing role for all of the dreamers (Pinterters and Googlers) out there who were searching for a bigger way of living.

It was a Friday morning at 4am when I saw an email come across my screen from Nathan Yates. It was a moment in time that would change everything. I’d start in Belgrade, Serbia in June. I’d live with four other newbies on staff. I would have my dreamiest of dream jobs.

Reality finally sunk in when I boarded the plane from JFK to Belgrade. It was a take a big breath — you’re in for the time of your life — kind of moment. As the engine revved and the wheels went up, I couldn’t help but smile, a big huge smile, because for the first time in a long time I felt this feeling that I’d never, ever, ever had before. It was a really good feeling.

For all of the adventurers out there, we’re making big moves and launching another trip around the globe. If you’re interested in learning more and joining on, take a read through Nathan’s latest blog.

Or you know, just apply here.

Follow along for more updates as #weroam around the world!