As a remote company, we try to get the whole team together twice a year, and this was a retreat of firsts for us: specifically forming an official retreat planning team, doing a scouting trip like our friends at Buffer
, allowing the team to vote on the final location, allowing plus 1s for employees to bring loved ones, and planning a non-paid excursion to Machu Picchu for folks interested.
This was my 2nd time planning our company retreat, and going from planning a trip in my hometown (check out that post here
) to a full-blown International adventure was a huge jump. When you're on a remote team, you often wear many hats. I'm 1SE's Brand Manager and I specialize in marketing, social media, and strategy, but I've always wanted to travel more and flex my event planning muscles. So last summer, when we needed someone to own the logistics of our retreats, I volunteered. What I'm saying is, I'm a semi-newbie at this, but with the help of my planning team, which consisted of our two co-founders and myself, the guidance of VIPAC
, and a few connections from the retreat planning teams from Buffer and Komoot
(both remote companies), I was able to plan a trip that I am overall quite proud of. It takes a village!