Meet The Team
KATE SMITH, FOUNDER
Canadian born, Kate has always had a sense for adventure and travel, having traveled and lived in over 23 countries.
After getting her University degree in Business, Kate started her career as a project manager at one of the worlds largest advertising agencies, where she worked with brands such as Johnson & Johnson, the Canadian Government, and Clorox. Knowing the 9-5 grind wasn't for her, she transitioned to freelance marketing, to accommodate her nomadic lifestyle.
Her expertise for travel and the digital nomad lifestyle has been showcased in BBC, Fast Company, the Etihad Airways inflight magazine, Mashable, BuzzFeed and CNN Travel.
Having spent a year on Remote Year, Kate understands what works and what doesn't when it comes to group travel as a digital nomad, allowing her to fill the gaps where other programs fall short.
IMRAN LALANI, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
It’s Imran here. Born and raised in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia!
Honestly, my story is very similar to most of you reading this. I went to university, worked hard to get a corporate job because I thought that's what people were meant to do. After working in the office for many years I realised I wasn’t happy with the direction my life was going and that something needed to change! Fast-track to today, I’m living the digital nomad life and really enjoying the journey with all the adventures that come along the way!
Like all Nomads, I love travelling, so far I’ve visited over 30 countries, as a nomad and while working my corporate job!
I’ve been a 9-5 warrior, a freelancer, I’ve run my own company and also worked for different start-ups… all of which have all been challenging and very rewarding at the same time!
No doubt I’ve still got lots to learn about EVERYTHING but I’m just really excited for the future! Can’t wait to meet more nomads, share some of my stories and most importantly, learn from all of you guys and gals.
My best tip for everyone is to read as many books as you can. I spend at least 1-2 hours everyday reading books... It's probably been the biggest factor to what success I’ve been able to achieve so far!
Yes this is pretty cheesy but had to add this - my favorite quote is:
“It’s better to beg for forgiveness than to ask for permission.” I learnt this from my old boss when I was in my Investments job. It’s a philosophy that's really stuck with me and brought a lot of amazing opportunities my way… I highly recommend trying it for yourself ;)