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Can I join a remote work-travel program if I’m not a digital nomad?

So you’re thinking of dipping your toe in the digital nomad pond. Maybe you’ve started toying with the idea of leaving your traditional office job. Or maybe you want to do a trial run of nomading, away from the comfort of your couch-office without actually getting rid of your couch.

We just want you to know that if you don’t feel like you totally fit in any of the typical digital nomad boxes, not to worry. We don’t either, and that’s a good thing. Because just like not all drinks are cocktails, not all of our digital nomads are engineers, travel full-time without a home base, or even have a remote job.  

A digital nomad or remote worker is generally someone who doesn’t have to go into a specific office 5 days a week. But that alone can’t be the defining factor as there are tons of people who don’t work from a specific office, but wouldn’t call themselves a digital nomad or remote worker! We like living outside the box.

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Sure, the average age on any given trip is 32, but when you hear that number, you don’t picture one of our 50+ yr old participants who has done 6 trips with us running actual circles around a 30-something newbie at the gym down the block from our coworking. Or when you hear that “most” digital nomads are engineers you don’t envision several of our favorite workshops; a figure drawing workshop put on by one of our anime artist participants, or a chair dancing class instructed by a nurse writing her first novel on her sabbatical. Most, average, usually; these are all words we want to brazillian wax from your lexicon.

It’s why we make sure to spend time chatting with every potential participant and strive for diversity of age, area of origin, and profession. There are only three caveats all Hacker Paradise participants must have; an open mind and eagerness to try new things, a project (of any kind) to work on, and a total acceptance of adhering to the #noassholes rule. That leaves a pretty broad spectrum of individuals, but also ensures comfort for everyone else around them. If the thought of eating McDonald’s every day, never visiting a coworking you’re paying for, or making any friends in a multi-week stay in a new international city is at odds with you, then you’re our kind of people.

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Traditional remote workers aren’t the only people that Hacker Paradise trips are suited to. If you just need to get away and have some brainstorm time for a fresh idea, or career change, or after a major life event, we can also be a community for you.  A change of pace, scenery, and people might inject the creativity into your personal project you’ve been wanting. Not to mention, it’s pretty hard to watch Netflix at noon when you’re being hit up to join a lunch outing or give an evening talk on an area you’re passionate about to other participants. And if you’re newer to travel there’s no better way to do it than with a group. Especially one that comes with two full time, on the ground facilitators who coordinate logistics, events, and community.  

So whether you are on sabbatical working on a passion project, in a life or career transition working on your resume or next move, or an entrepreneur working on all three, the community of Hacker Paradise is our best asset of support, experiences, and inspiration.

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