ebruary 2016: I’d just dug my car out of
another three feet of snow and was deep
into researching the warmest places to use
up my annual 10 vacation days when I saw
it — an advertisement for Remote Year.
“Travel the world with a community of
digital nomads for one year! Twelve cities, twelve months, 75
Immediately I was intrigued. Travel the world and
work? Was that possible?
My first reaction was, “It’ll never happen.” I thought
people who shared #wanderlust posts on social media
had to take a sabbatical or quit their jobs to travel long
term. I didn’t want to step away from work, but I wanted
to see the world.
Being a stubborn, scrappy 29-year-old from New
Jersey, I couldn’t take no for an answer and started asking
myself, “Why can’t I do both?” This might seem odd for
someone who’d spent her post-Bucknell career in human
resources, an industry historically known to provide
face-to-face, in-house support. I started researching and
spotted a trend toward more jobs offering the ability to
be flexible and remote. I found consulting opportunities
focused on policies, compliance and leadership coaching,
and realized that I might pull this off.
Three months later, I stopped dreaming of that dual
lifestyle and turned it into a reality. Just a year from that
snowy day, I’d lived on four continents, ridden a camel
in Morocco, spent Halloween in Transylvania, taken an
overnight bus to Angkor Wat, shared a coconut with
a Vietnamese local, snagged a 40 flight to Greece
and even connected with fellow Bucknellian Sofija
Nikolic ’09 in Serbia. Oh, did I mention I did this while
maintaining my career?
Alumna lost her desk and found
work/life balance while sitting
atop the globe
By Casey Carr-Jones ’09 After a camel ride into the Sahara outside of Marrakesh, Morocco, Casey Carr-Jones ’09 takes a selfie before spending the night in a
In fact, just getting out from my “normal” life was
enough to give me the space and energy to start my
own business, in addition to consulting. I now run
Jump Start Resumé, offering clients the inside scoop on
what recruiters look for in a resumé and candidate. By
spending time on Remote Year — living and working
with an incredible cohort, meeting fascinating locals and
enjoying an authentic living experience in each city — I
designed a career around the kind of life I wanted to lead,
rather than fitting my life around work.
This year has taught me many things about life. I’ve
learned that good work doesn’t necessarily come from
sitting in a cubicle, that authentic experiences are more
valuable than possessions and that becoming a member
of the global community will make you a better world
I write this now, sitting in a co-working space in Lima,
Peru, shared by an Uber office and countless startups. I’ve
already finished my daily Spanish class. I’ve held calls with
new clients, and I’m now on my way to grab some ceviche
and join friends at a local salsa night. If I were still the
Casey from a year ago, my jaw would drop in shock.
Casey Carr-Jones, an English and psychology major at Bucknell,
will conclude her Remote Year in late May and plans to travel
more in South America before returning to the United States.
For more information about Remote Year, visit remoteyear.com.
For more on Carr-Jones’ personal journey, go to instagram.com/
apackedsuitcase_y and apackedsuitcasey.com.
Immediately I was intrigued.
Travel the world and work?
Was that possible?