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Helpful Resources

We include four themed activities as well as a menu of vetted optionals (paid separately) to fill your free time. 

Curated Activites

Each Chapter has up to 20 people meaning you have a built in friend group in your temporary home.

Friend Group

Dedicated work space, local hangouts and more all equipped with killer wifi.

Sojrn Spaces

Our in-the-know local host is there to help with any questions or issues that may arise while abroad.

Local Host

A variety of housing options to choose from to suit your budget and needs.

Accommodations

Chapter prices vary by local cost of living and accommodation selection for the duration of four weeks. While specific details range by Chapter, you can expect all Sojrns to include:

What's included? 

What is Sojrn? 

We like to think of it as a study abroad experience for working professionals. 
 

Logistics are sorted. A friend group is waiting for you. And we've vetted a month's worth of activities designed to help you learn a new skill or explore a new passion. 

In a nutshell, we make it seamlessly easy to live abroad for a month, while continuing to work remotely at your current job. 

How does it work?

Each program, called a Chapter, is based in one location and lasts for 4 weeks. The Chapters each have a theme that is relevant to that destination like Fashion in Paris or Design in Stockholm.

 

We arrange accommodations, a workspace (with great wifi), a local host, and a "curriculum" of activities to fill your free time (plus some other great perks.)

 

The curriculums are designed to help you learn more about that the Chapter's theme through independent exploration. Unlike college study abroad, there are no classes or tests and definitely no homework.

How is it like college study abroad? How is it different?

In college, study abroad allows students to continue their academic experience in another cultural setting. Sojrn does the same for people who are out of school, but want to temporarily experience life through a different cultural lens without giving up their career, home, etc. 


We call it “modern” study abroad because there are several key differences. In the college version, most learning happens inside a classroom. With Sojrn, we’ve intentionally paired destinations with themes that allow for the local culture to function as the “teacher.” Thanks to this, all learning is done through experiential activities rather than confined to the four walls of a classroom. 

A second key difference is that when you’re studying abroad in college, you have all the time in the world to go to class, study, etc. With Sojrn, we recognize that most people will be bringing their work with them, meaning their ability to participate in activities is constrained by their work commitments. With that in mind, we decided not to include everything you could possibly do in the bundled program price. Rather, we set the base low, included the basics, and then allow you to add on the optionals that best fit your time, schedule, and interest level. 
 

Who is Sojrn for? 

Sojrn is for anyone who has ever said "I would love to spend a month                         ."

We believe in the power of cultural immersion and creating space to pursue your passions so we combined the two to create Sojrn. If you can work from anywhere, why not work from Paris, Bali, or Costa Rica? 

Most participants will be remote workers but if you want to take four weeks off and just devote yourself to learning, we think that's great! (and we're super jealous)

What is the set up for working remotely?

As a fully remote travel company, we know a thing or two about working from anywhere :) 

One of the benefits of Sojrn is we do all of the setup to make your transition to a new place as seamless as possible. No testing 20 cafes to find the best wifi or comparing reviews of co-working spaces.

Each Sojrn will have a dedicated workspace for heads down work, a partner cafe for a more social atmosphere, and wifi in all accommodations.  

Do I have to be a "Digital Nomad" to participate?

Nope! Anyone looking for an extended change of scenery and the chance to explore a new topic is welcome. In fact, many of our participants are regular professionals who have asked for a "work-from-anywhere month" from their employer, decided to take a sabbatical, or something other flexible arrangement. 

Additional FAQS

What are the accommodations?


For each chapter, you will be able to book the accommodation tier that best suits you. Tier options vary by chapter but at a minimum, all accommodations include your own room and wifi. If you book private accommodations with someone (shared bed), the second person gets 50% off of their Sojrn.




Can I do Sojrn for longer or shorter than 4 weeks?


We understand some participants will need to arrive late or leave early but at this time there are no discounts for missed time. If you’d like to extend your stay, let your local host know as soon as possible and we’ll see what we can do!




What happens on a typical Chapter?


During your 4 week stay, Sojrn sets you up with a comfortable place to stay, a workspace, a network of chaptermates, and a menu of things to do to help you explore the destination and expand your knowledge on the chapter theme. These experiences vary depending on the Chapter and range from learning from local craftsman to surfing with locals to a lecture on robotics to journal prompts to volunteering for the day. There are four activities included (one per week) and several more optional activities we’ve curated from our favorite local partners.




How much free time is there?


In short, as much as you like. Sojrns are intended to be largely self-guided, meaning you dictate how you spend your time. Once a week, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a group activity but other than that, how you spend your time is up to you. Of course, we’ll provide an entire menu of ideas to fill your free time but the what and when is up to you. Note: self-guided doesn't necessarily mean alone. You'll be connected with your Chapter-mates through an online platform so you can always invite people to join you.




How many travelers per Chapter?


Max occupancy varies by chapter but in general, you can expect there to be up to 20 participants.




Can I do more than one Chapter?


Of course! The Chapters are scheduled to run back to back and you can book many Chapters at once or add them as you go.




Can I come with someone else?


Absolutely! Book on the same chapter and let us know that you would like to live together. If you want to share private accommodations, we may be able to offer a discount. Note: like any organized program, we do not allow people to join you who are not part of the program.




What are the activities?


The activities for each Sojrn depend on the Chapter theme. They might range from private tours, to cooking classes, to white water rafting, to movie nights, to scavenger hunts, and beyond. Each Sojrn will have one included activity per week that is tied to the theme. Then, as part of the experience, we'll provide you with many other recommended optionals that you can choose to do or not (you pay for these separately.) Also, we recognize some people will be working odd hours because of timezone differences. Depending on the number of Sojrn participants in each chapter, we will have multiple sessions for each included activity that will be scheduled to accommodate this.




What is the cost?


Each chapter has a different price based on the local cost of living and the accommodation tier you select but in general, it ranges from $3,000 to $6,000 for the entire four weeks.




What is not included in the price?


Anything not listed as "included" such as international flights, visas, and meals are not included in the program price. Additionally, optional acitvities beyond the one included per week are not included and can be purchased separately.




What language is the programming in?


For now, all programming and communication is in English. As we grow, we will add support for additional languages.





More Details

How's the Wi-Fi?


We know how important good Wi-Fi is. Each destination lists the average internet speed and we aim to have 40Mbps+ at each location.




What are your COVID-19 Protocols?


Safety is Sojrn's top priority. Before each chapter, travelers will be informed of the latest COVID-19 protocols in place and local destination laws for your destination. We also maintain that “if it is not safe to go, we will not travel.” Additional COVID-19 precautions are also in place: 1. Low Covid numbers and access to not overburdened healthcare facilities are integral to our destination selection process 2. All participants are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Additionally, travelers will be asked for proof of a negative covid test within 48 hours of the first day of arriving to the Sojrn chapter. If you are flying from the US and are required to have a PCR test taken within 72 hours, we will also accept this to join the chapter. 3. Sojrn will work with local health authorities to reduce the chance of catching Covid-19 and spreading the virus in each destination. This will include quarantine for confirmed cases. 4. The Sojrn team and local hosts will be trained to operate in accordance with all Covid-19 protocols and will make sure these are implemented within the group as well as be on hand to help with any questions. 5. Co-working spaces will be sanitized regularly. 6. Apartments/accommodations will be professionally cleaned before arrival, with cleaning goods provided complimentary to each property. 7. Operations abide by the WTTC (World Travel and Tourism Council) Safe Travels guidelines.




Are pets allowed?


Yes, you will need to upgrade your room choice so that you have your own private apartment and you have to check with us that we can accommodate your pet as not every person we work with loves animals as much as we do. Getting your pet to the chapter is your responsibility and we will not be able to pet sit during the chapter (even though we would like to).




Are children allowed?


At this time, Sojrns are for adults only.




Is there an age restriction?


While most of our community falls into the 25-45 age range, the only age requirement is that participants are over 21.





Covid-19

Is Sojrn currently running trips?


Yes, but only in countries that we deem safe to travel in and have borders that are open to tourists from the US.




What if certain countries remain closed?


We will not go.




Will I be required to be vaccinated against COVID to join a trip?


You’re required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 before joining a Chapter. In addition, we, as a company, also require a negative covid test within 48 hours of the first day of the trip. (at home tele-med tests are ok!)




What are your COVID-19 Protocols?


Safety is SOJRN's top priority. Before each chapter, travelers will be informed of the latest COVID-19 protocols in place and local destination laws for your destination. We also maintain that “if it is not safe to go, we will not travel.” Additional COVID-19 precautions are also in place: 1. Low Covid numbers and access to not overburdened healthcare facilities are integral to our destination selection process 2. Travelers will be asked for proof of a negative PCR test before departing their home country. 3. Travelers will be asked to take another PCR test 3 days after arrival. 4. SOJRN will work with local health authorities to reduce the chance of catching Covid-19 and spreading the virus in each destination. This will include quarantine for confirmed cases. 5. The SOJRN team and local hosts will be trained to operate in accordance with all Covid-19 protocols and will make sure these are implemented within the group as well as be on hand to help with any questions. 6. Co-working spaces and “water coolers” will be sanitized regularly. 7. Apartments/accommodations will be professionally cleaned before arrival, with cleaning goods provided complimentary to each property. 8. Before any official SOJRN activity, temperature checks will be taken as well as at entry of all co-working spaces. 9. Operations abide by the WTTC (World Travel and Tourism Council) Safe Travels guidelines.




Will I have to be tested before I come on a trip?


You’re required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to come on trips. In addition, we, as a company, also require a negative covid test within 48 hours of the first day of the trip. (at home tele-med tests are ok!)




What is your refund policy?


At this time, we’re only able to offer refunds in the form of travel credit because we have paid deposits on your behalf and our local suppliers are only allowing us to transfer those to future trips. Because of this, our hands are tied with offering refunds. We are working with the suppliers to see what we can do, but at this time, taking a credit is the only available option. We’re still trying to work with them to see what we can get back, but it’s been a very difficult process! We appreciate your understanding.




If my trip is cancelled, what are my options?


In the event that we have to cancel your trip, you will be issued a credit for what you have paid to be used toward another Chapter that is able to be used within 5 years.




What is your plan of action in the event that someone gets sick?


We will isolate that person and get them medical treatment and if the symptoms are in line with Covid-19, we will get them tested as soon as possible at their own cost. We will follow local guidelines to best support that person along with following our sanitation guidelines to reduce the risk of illness spreading. Depending on the circumstances we may ask others in the Chapter to take a test too.




What safety measures is Sojrn taking?


Our Chapter Host and Local Host will make sure everyone's safety is still our number one priority as well as keeping the risk low on trips. We have action plans in place as well as details on what we and the customers need to do if anyone gets sick as well as information on local testing centers. We have redesigned some activities to reduce the amount of time spent indoors. For you, the main changes to be aware of are: You must take a COVID test within 48 hours of your flight. For clarification when we say 48 hours within day 1 of the trip this means if our trip starts on the 10th June, you need to do a test anytime on the 8th or 9th of June. If you are flying from the US and are required to have a PCR test taken within 72 hours, we will also accept this to join the trip. If you become ill, the Chapter Host has the right to remove you from the trip. You will be asked to wear a mask in accordance with local regulation. We also HIGHLY recommend getting vaccinated before you begin traveling internationally. Many countries are not at the levels of vaccination that the US and the UK are. Additionally, all Sojrn trips will require a vaccination to join.




Will my insurance cover me if I get Covid-19 while I am on the trip?


This is something you will have to check with your insurance provider as it will depend on the conditions and when you purchased the coverage. We highly recommend purchasing insurance that covers you in case you test positive for Covid and have to isolate at a hotel.




If I get ill during the trip and have to leave, do I get a refund?


If you get ill or have to leave for another reason during the trip, your trip leader will be on hand to help make arrangements for you. However, we will not be able to offer a refund for missed activities or hotels.





Who We Are

What’s our background?


Sojrn is brought to you by the travel-loving team at FTLO. Feel free to get to know us HERE.




What is FTLO Travel?


For the Love of Travel (FTLO for short) is a group travel company for young professionals, creatives, and entrepreneurs. We run laid-back group trips for young professionals that are hassle-free (like a vacation) but have the adventure and cultural enrichment of solo travel. Check us out at ftlotravel.com We have been creating amazing experiences for young professionals around the world for the last 5 years. Slow travel, meaningful exchange, and taking care of local communities has always been the core philosophy at FTLO Travel and Sojrn is the evolution of these values for a post-Covid world.





Have more questions?

Let us know! give us a shout at hello@sojrn.travel