Traveling and Working Remotely: How to Get Started
With remote working now more accessible and coworking spaces around the world making it possible for anybody to work from anywhere, it’s no surprise that people are deciding to travel and take their work with them more often. Although the COVID-19 pandemic might have put a stop to your travel plans over the past year, with a vaccine now available and the future looking hopeful in terms of travel, you might be planning to start your new life as a digital nomad in the near future. Here are some top tips to ensure that you have the best experience.
When you are freelance or self-employed, you may have the freedom to travel the world and take your work with you, especially if it is mostly done online. All you need to do is take your laptop to your destination and find somewhere with a good internet connection where you can work, or invest in an internet dongle to ensure that you’ve got a good connection wherever you go. However, it’s important to ensure that you are getting paid regularly and on time so that you can continue enjoying your trip when you’re not working. You may want to ask your clients to send money online using a handy app where you can easily pick up cash from different locations in your area. This is especially useful if you’re working with clients from other countries.
Finding Somewhere to Work
Finding an ideal place to settle down and work for the day is not always easy, but with the emergence of several different coworking spaces around the world, it’s not as difficult as it once was to find a nice air-conditioned and comfortable office environment. Of course, there is always the option of working at a local coffee shop or fast-food restaurant that offers Wi-Fi, but you will have to purchase something, even if you don’t want to. Do some research into suitable workspaces in the destination that you are planning to visit including local co-working spaces, libraries, and other settings.
Working from Your Accommodation
Working from your accommodation is often the easiest option and ensures that you can just get up and start your day’s work easily. However, before booking accommodation in your next destination, it’s important to ensure that working from your hotel or hostel is going to be easy. The last thing that you want is to plan to work from your accommodation only to find that you can’t get an internet connection for free or that there’s a lot going on around you that distracts you. Read hotel and hostel reviews and make sure that there is good and reliable Wi-Fi in all areas, quiet areas where you can work, and enough space for your equipment if needed.
Finally, working while travelling is all about getting the balance right. While being able to take your work with you to several different destinations is awesome, the last thing that you want is to miss out on all the amazing things to see and do because you’re working long hours. Put together a schedule that works for you, to make sure that you get to do everything that you’d like to.