I’ve heard horror stories of people doing a travel program only to find out they have nothing in common with the people they get paired up with. How do I know I’ll like the people in my group and what if I don’t?
I have yet to hear of any of these stories if they exist. Remote work travel programs I think largely tend to self-select for types of people who meet a baseline level of coolness, tolerance, resilience, adventure seeking, etc. We may have just had a particularly lucky batch of folks that got along well but as a group we were very compatible. Of course people will have their quirks and you’ll gravitate towards certain ones but I think this was one of those fears that was unnecessarily overblown going into it.
If by some unlucky alignment of the moons you were to find yourself in a totally dysfunctional group with people you didn’t connect with, nothing is permanent. Just roll the dice and switch to a different program in that situation… It would be a shame if this fear kept someone from venturing out on one of these programs. The shared vulnerability and experience of going into the unknown together binds the group in unspeakable ways. The best advice here is to reach out to people from current and past travel programs and ask them this question. I think you’ll find it to be a very uncommon occurrence and an irrational fear.