If you've ever thought about living abroad but been unsure about committing fully to expat life, these five programs are just the thing you need. Sign up for a month to a year (and everything in between) of living abroad, with your housing, itinerary, and Wi-Fi covered. It's all the adventure of moving to another country without the planning.
1. Remote Year
How it Works: This 12-cities-in-12-months program places participants on a world tour with 74 other digital nomads, all of whom must be able to work remotely throughout the year.
Locations: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Medellín, Colombia; Rabat, Morocco; Sofia, Bulgaria . . . the list goes on.
What it Costs: $5,000 up front, plus $2,000 per month.
What it Covers: Transportation between cities, a private bedroom in an apartment or hotel, a 24-hour coworking space with fast Internet access, plus networking and social events.
How it Works: Workers can dig deeper into a city by hopping around Roam’s network of smartly designed coliving spaces. Reservations are first-come, first-served, and the program prefers that participants spend at least one month in each destination.
Locations: London, Madrid, Miami, Tokyo, and Ubud, Bali, for now. Space in San Francisco is coming soon.
What it Costs: $500 per week or $1,800 per month, pay as you go.
What it Covers: A private bedroom and bath with laundry facilities, a shared office space with “battle-tested” Wi-Fi, and a chef’s kitchen to inspire bonding.
How it Works: Spend four months at a time exploring different corners of the world. Monthly dinners and trips (island-hopping in Croatia, biking in the Alps) help you make friends, while local ambassadors point the way to cool offerings in each city.
Locations: Megalopolises including Santiago and Buenos Aires, as well as Turin, Italy, and Canggu, Indonesia.
What it Costs: $1,900–$2,000 per month.
What it Covers: A private bedroom in a one- to four-bedroom apartment or villa, office space and utilities, group events and excursions, and travel and medical insurance.
4. We Roam
How it Works: Commit to a year or six months of travel hopscotch, checking out a new city each month. The emphasis here, however, is on career development. Participants take workshops and routinely hear from local business leaders.
Locations: Barcelona and Berlin, plus Chiang Mai, Thailand; Florianópolis, Brazil; and Split, Croatia, among others.
What it Costs: $15,000 for six months or $27,000 for the year.
What it Covers: Transportation between destinations, a private room, shared workspace, community outings, and networking events.
5. Remote Way
How it Works: Choose from plans that range from two to eight months and cover one to four continents. Remote Way especially encourages couples to apply—and if you sign up with your boo, you'll share a room and get a hefty discount.
Locations: Spend two months exploring South America (including Colombia, Costa Rica, and Chile), three months traversing Europe and Africa (including cities Marrakech, Lisbon, and Valencia), three months seeing Asia (destinations such as Ha Long Bay, Hanoi, and Ko Samui), or eight months galavanting through all four.
What it Costs:$3,000 per month for the two and three-month plans; $2,000 monthly for the eight-month plan. (Couples get a discount of 25%.)
What it Covers: A private room, speedy Wi-Fi, travel between destinations, and activities and courses at each destination (such as surf lessons, coffee plantation tours, language lessons, and more).