I am a 56 year old Travel Photographer from New York who just finished traveling around the world with 77 people for one complete year, 2017. It was all done traveling with a company called Remote Year. You need to be chosen after you apply and then pay to travel to 12 cities in 12 months. The company provides you with housing in each city, transportation to each city and a work space with internet you can work from 24/7. You have your own job before you start the year of travel, it is your responsibility to work (or not), the year is up to you how you want to live it but most people have remote jobs, that is why and how they are able to accomplish this.

We started in Mexico City then on to Bogota, Medellin, Lima, Cordoba and Buenos Aires in Argentina. We then went to Europe to Prague, Belgrade and Valencia and on to Asia with Kuala Lumpur, Chiang Mai and finishing in Kyoto. Most of my other travelers had jobs that somewhat held them back from traveling as much as I did. I used each city as a base then traveled each month to a number of other countries. As a group we only signed up to hit 10 countries but I traveled all in all to 32 countries in 2017.

The age group was from 24-55, I was the 55. When I finished in Japan I was the oldest Male to ever complete Remote Year, there was a woman from another group who was 57 when she finished, she was the oldest of all (so far). My job is a travel photographer so I would say I must have taken over 30,000 photos this year, this is only a guesstimate.

So here is a list of some of my highlights from my year along with some photos…

Ballooned over Pyramids in Mexico

Went to the 2nd largest Carnival at Barranquilla, Colombia

Hiked Machu Picchu

Stayed at a “House on the Water” in the middle of nowhere in Colombia

Went to both sides of Igazu Falls-Brazil and Argentina

Walked on a Glacier in Patagonia, Chile

Flew in an open door Helicopter over Rio de Janeiro

Saw U2 in Berlin (in the rain)

Sailed the Croatian Islands for a week

Got bombarded with Tomatoes at the “Tomatina Festival” in Valencia Spain

Did a Tour at the Nuclear Exclusion Zone In Chernobyl

Slept on a Pirates ship in Macedonia

Broke a tooth eating a Bull’s penis in Kuala Lumpur

Saw the Sun Rise and Sun Set at Angkor Wat

Saw Thousands of Lanterns fly at the “Lantern Festival” in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Hung out with Komodo Dragons in Komodo Island

Went scuba diving with 10 Foot Manta Rays in Indonesia

Ate Kobe beef in Kobe, Japan

Saw the “Snow Monkeys” in Jigokundani, Japan

If you are interested in doing Remote Year, please feel free to reach out to me and I will answer any questions at rjsnyc@gmail.com

As you can see, it was just an amazing year and experience.

More info: richardsilverphoto.com

Balloons with the Full Moon over Teotihuacan Pyramid, Mexico

Carnival at Barranquilla, Colombia

Machu Picchu, Peru

Casa En El Agua, (somewhere in) Colombia

Igazu Falls, Argentina

El Calafate, Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro

U2 Live in Berlin

Marakaska Port, Croatia

Chernobyl Nuclear Exclusion Zone, Ukraine

Pirate Ship hotel in Skopje, Macedonia

Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur (also known for its wild foods)

Sunrise at Angkor Wat

“Lantern Festival” in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Komodo Dragon

Nusa Penida, Indonesia-Amazing Diving for Manta Rays

Sunrise at Mount Fuji, Japan

Eat Kobe Beef in Kobe, Best piece of beef I have ever had!

Snow Monkeys of Jigokundani, Japan