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.
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.