Why we built Galavant

Mar 15, 2020

If you’re here, it’s because you’re interested in Galavant, and in the community we’re building to connect and empower remote workers around the world. We hope that this post will explain more about our values and vision for the future here at Galavant.

 

-The Galavant team

 

The search for something more

 

Though we all have different stories, ever since we were young, we have all had one thing in common; we’ve always had a strong desire for freedom, we’ve taken different paths, and we’ve explored alternative careers and lifestyles from the conventional. Unfortunately, like most people, our understanding of the options were limited and all we saw at first were traditional influences and career paths. Some of us wanted to explore and soak up all the world has to offer, others just wanted independence, but collectively we were the same. We were searching for something that was still unclear at the time, and it wasn’t until much later that, in our own ways, we discovered remote work, digital nomadism, and the concept of a location independent lifestyle.

Directly out of school, while chasing different career paths, we each entered a more traditional workplace environment, but still craving that flexibility and freedom, we immediately began planning our next moves. This lead to numerous job transitions, late nights of studying, and multiple career shifts. A number of years later, still not yet even acquaintances, we were all finally off on our own adventures, working remotely, traveling, building our networks and finding our people around the world.

 

 Nomadic years

 

Three years, dozens of countries, and countless new remote working friends later, we have learned the ins and outs of remote work and living a location independent lifestyle. In our own ways, we loved every moment of it. We loved the discovery periods and the little coffee shops that would spur creative bursts. We loved the like-minded communities we built along the road and the tips and tricks that everyone was so willing to share. We loved how everyone understood we were in this together and that it didn’t matter your age or what you looked like, all that mattered was that we were all forging ahead on a journey of freedom and self-discovery.

 

However, despite everything we had gained, we couldn’t shake the feeling that something was still missing.

 

To be able to wake up every morning happy and excited about what the unconventional day was about to bring was everything that we had always wanted. Our brains were stretched and strained everyday and the strength and growth that comes from that is irreplaceable. However, despite everything we had gained, we couldn’t shake the feeling that something was still missing. No matter how many incredible new cities and countries we experienced, people and faces we met along the way, it all felt so transient, so temporary.

 

But at what cost?

 

After we had finished our nomadic years and that era of adventures was starting to come to a close, we began reflecting on our experiences and what it meant for us to continue this remote lifestyle long-term. There’s a famous quote, “happiness is only real when shared.” But where were our people? With who could we share these epic experiences and moments that would remember them five, ten…even twenty years from now? With who could we simply have a focused work-day so we wouldn’t go crazy sitting alone in our homes working day in and day out?

 

Our independence was a double-edged sword. With freedom came the burden of loneliness and a distinct lack of lasting community.

 

Our independence was a double-edged sword. With freedom came the burden of loneliness and a distinct lack of lasting community. We all need peers, we all need support. As a remote worker, it’s hard to find those close, meaningful relationships with your remote-working peers. You can’t vent to a stranger at Starbucks about a last minute client request–and even if you do, they likely don’t genuinely care about your day the same way a true friend would.

Dating through traditional channels was also challenging at times, if not entirely out of the question. We worked so hard for our flexible lifestyles and independence, it’s was often hard to imagine starting a relationship with someone stationary. Although there were endless positives, we simply couldn’t shake the feeling that we were without a true community. We were happy and independent, but alone.

 

A community for all of us

 

That’s why we built Galavant, to create a central hub for connecting with other remote workers and digital nomads, sharing experiences, and building real community–a place to meet like-lifestyled people and forge lasting, meaningful connections. Gone are the days of massive forum groups where it’s impossible to wade through the thousands of members in order to find someone you could hit it off with. In their place, we’ve built a simple platform for making direct, meaningful one-to-one connections based on location, lifestyles, mutual interests, travel plans, and more.

 

Galavant is a space to connect with those that are chasing something more, those that are taking control of their futures–those that march to the beat of their own drum.

 

Galavant is a space to connect with those that are chasing something more, those that are taking control of their futures–those that march to the beat of their own drum. It is a place to make friends, gain support, and share experiences and tips with other remote workers just like you, just like us. Above all it is a community for us: the do-ers, the go-getters, and the free-thinkers.

 

Come check us out and be a part of our movement, we’re looking forward to meeting you.

 

-The Galavant team

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