Convincing companies to let their employees travel the world has been tough but Remote Year CEO Greg Caplan says it's getting easier as corporate travel becomes more about flexibility.
One of the most common fantasies among employees is to be able to quit their jobs and travel the world. Of course, this usually isn’t possible, and most people make do with brief vacations here and there.
The thing is, technology has made working remotely insanely easy. You can log onto Slack at any hour of the day, send emails, and join conferences via video. Traveling and working are not mutually exclusive, and the positive feelings employees get from exploring new destinations can often translate into higher productivity and less turnover.
This is something Greg Caplan, founder and CEO of Remote Year, figured out early on. His company, which just received $5 million in funding, allows professionals to travel to destinations all around the globe while still being successful in their day jobs. Sitting on the intersection of two major trends — bleisure and remote work — Caplan is seeing his company grow.
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— Isaac Carey, Travel Reporter
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Travel Reporter Isaac Carey [firstname.lastname@example.org] curates the Skift Corporate Travel Innovation Report. Skift emails the newsletter every Thursday.
Photo credit: A group of employees work in a Remote Year co-working space. Remote Year