Global travel done dur­ing Re­mote Year

12 lo­ca­tions in 12 months will of­fer ad­ven­ture to one lo­cal woman

The Prince George Citizen - - SPORTS - Ci­ti­zen staff bgeer­naert@pgc­i­t­i­zen.ca

Born and raised in Prince Ge­orge, Ash­ley Ram­say is ready to go re­mote.

In Novem­ber, she will em­bark on an op­por­tu­nity of a life­time as she trav­els to 12 dif­fer­ent global lo­ca­tions in 12 months.

“The op­por­tu­nity just kind of found me,” Ram­say says.

“I saw it on the in­ter­net and I went for it. I just ran­domly ap­plied and the next thing I knew, I got it.”

Ram­say was thrilled to re­ceive the news she was ac­cepted in Re­mote Year.

The pro­gram gath­ers an in­ter­est­ing group of peo­ple who travel to­gether, yet work re­motely.

Par­tic­i­pants travel to 12 dif­fer­ent cities through­out Europe, Asia and South Amer­ica for one month each.

Through­out the year, par­tic­i­pants are able to ex­plore lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties through cul­tural tours and ac­tiv­i­ties, speak­ing events and vol­un­teer op­portu- ni­ties.

For 30-year-old Ram­say, it was an ex­pe­ri­ence she couldn’t pass up.

“When I pitched this to my fam­ily, I de­cided I would ask them why I shouldn’t do this. No one gave me a good an­swer. So, off I go,” Ram­say said.

While away, Ram­say will con­tinue work­ing as a su­per­vi­sory an­a­lyst with Ray­mond James, an in­vest­ment com­pany which pro­vides fi­nan­cial ser­vices to in­di­vid­u­als, cor­po­ra­tions and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

“I’ll be do­ing the same work but in dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions. This pro­gram is so unique in that there are re­sources al­ways avail­able lo­cally at each lo­ca­tion which will re­fer ac­tiv­i­ties to you that you can’t find on Trip Advisor. It’s all about im­mers­ing your­self cul­tur­ally.

“I’m so ex­cited to take in the cul­ture and the food. This will be the best of both worlds to work with the lo­cals and still ex­plore. It will be so ful­fill­ing.”

The “hu­man” re­sources will be read­ily avail­able as a safety net for Ram­say through­out her trav­els.

And all liv­ing spa­ces will be in walk­ing dis­tance to her work space. Ram­say isn’t new to ad­ven­ture. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from UNBC with a de­gree in fi­nance and in­ter­na­tional busi­ness, she landed a job in Van­cou­ver.

“Well, I’ve com­pleted the fi­nan­cial side, I guess now I’m ready to take on the in­ter­na­tional side,” she laughed.

She is cur­rently work­ing re­motely in Squamish.

Hav­ing trav­eled ex­ten­sively al­ready, Ram­say says that all of the lo­ca­tions she is about to visit in the next year, will be un­ven­tured ter­ri­tory.

Start­ing off in Viet­nam, Ram­say will then travel to Thai­land, Malaysia, Spain, Morocco, Por­tu­gal, South Africa, Ar­gentina, Peru and Columbia.

“I’m re­ally ex­cited about Morocco and Capetown, two lo­ca­tions that are quite dif­fer­ent from what I’ve ex­pe­ri­enced be­fore,” she said.

Ram­say also sees this as an op­por­tu­nity to ful­fill her se­cret pas­sion.

“My pas­sion is run­ning and ul­tra run- ning (up to 140 kms). So, my dream will come true, to run the world.”

Dur­ing her trav­els, Ram­say will also write a reg­u­lar col­umn for the Prince Ge­orge Ci­ti­zen al­low­ing her to doc­u­ment her ex­pe­ri­ences.

“There are so many things I love, from run­ning, to food to good wine. That’s me and I think the col­umn will re­flect that de­pend­ing on the lo­ca­tion. It will be a bit of ev­ery­thing,” she said.

“It’s go­ing to be a whirl­wind year but I love the chal­lenge of liv­ing on the edge. Plus I won’t miss win­ter here at all.”

Ram­say is grate­ful for hav­ing a sup­port­ive fam­ily who weren’t at all sur­prised by her de­ci­sion to go re­mote.

“It will be an ex­plo­ration, to open up to things I haven’t done be­fore, to live with oth­ers in a dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tion and a dif­fer­ent cul­ture. I think this will be a good grow­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that will be chal­leng­ing yet re­ward­ing,” she said. “This isn’t the end for me, but the be­gin­ning.”

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