Program participant kept doing her marketing job while changing cities each month.
Samantha Schaible, 25, is an experiential marketing and design manager with Cannonball Productions in New York.
Q: What do you do as an experiential marketing and design manager?
A: Our company produces festivals such as the Bacon and Beer Classic, at professional baseball fields and football stadiums. I handle logistics that involve music or entertainment. Months before an event, I start working with our partners around the country, such as adult coed sports leagues. We have volunteers, fans who get a free ticket for helping us set up, and I also run that program.
A big part of my job involves designing the creative elements, such as the signage for the sites, logo designs for new concepts, and print and banner ads.
Q: How did your job change in 2016?
A: I signed up for Remote Year and began traveling. The program required that I be able to perform my job while away. I also had to put down a $5,000 deposit and pay $2,000 a month for transportation and housing. My boss gave me permission, and I left in August.
Country stops and side trips have included Thailand, Cambodia, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Portugal, Bali, Italy, Germany and Switzerland. My last stop is Argentina.
Q: How do you manage work?
A: I like to sightsee in the morning and work in the afternoon, when I overlap with East Coast time for a few hours. My team in New York has been great; I’ve only been on calls with them at 3 a.m. three times.
Q: Do you see any drawbacks?
A: Not really. It’s strange to work on the back end and not see a festival come to life, but it works out. I do miss my family, but they’ve visited.
Q: What are your living and working arrangements?
A: I live with from one to five roommates in an apartment or similar accommodation in each city. In each location, we have access to a 24-hour work area with reliable Wi-Fi, and I use Google Hangout, the Gchat app and local data plans. There are about 60 program participants from various countries.
Q: Has this experience changed you?
A: I think I’ll be more open to things, and I won’t sweat the small stuff anymore. When you travel, you need to be extremely flexible and comfortable with last-minute changes. If you run into a problem, it requires you to think about other solutions and open your mind.