Tips for working remotely while traveling


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Being a digital nomad wasn’t something many people would have considered before 2020. But after last year more and more people are considering this option. Working remotely while traveling is a dream for many, and we are here to give you some tips on how to make the most of it.

It is entirely possible to travel and work at the same time but there are some things to keep in mind if you want to be successful at it. You don’t want to end up with no internet connection when you really need it or with a dead computer and no charging point.

Being very organized and planning ahead of time is going to save you many headaches and help you enjoy your travels more.

So, if you have a job that can be done remotely or a skill that you can use to become a freelancer then working remotely while traveling is something you should consider. If you are already a freelancer even better! You already have experience in managing your own time and communicating remotely with clients.

While traveling you might be tempted to visit as many places as possible, but we recommend slowing down and staying in a place for longer. By doing so you save money and get to live a more authentic experience.

Also, when you keep moving from one place to another you have less time for work and you’re more tired. If you only have 4 hours of sleep, you won’t be very productive.

But, if you really want to be successful at working remotely while traveling, you need to focus on work too, not just travel. So, let’s see our best tips for working remotely:

What do you need to work while traveling?

A laptop

A good laptop is essential. Whatever is your job, you’ll need a laptop to do it remotely. We wrote an article on the best travel laptops, so go check it out if you still need to buy one.

You need a portable but at the same time powerful laptop that will last you many years. Great battery life is one of the most important features since when you’re traveling you aren’t always able to charge it.

Make sure it has enough storage space, so you don’t end up with full memory. To be on the safe side bring with you an external hard drive where you can save your files.

A smartphone

When you work remotely, you need to be connected online with your colleagues and clients. A smartphone can help you a lot so remember to bring it with you.

You don’t always have the option to work on your laptop or sometimes it’s just easier to use your phone. And since smartphones today are like mini laptops in your hand, they can be used for sending emails, making Zoom calls, and doing research.

Being communicative

You need to keep open communication with your colleagues or with your clients. Since you are working remotely, miscommunication is easier to happen, and you need to be available for any clarification.

If you won’t be available on certain days because you travel or you don’t have an internet connection, remember to tell your colleagues. Keep also track of time zones so you don’t end up calling someone at 3 a.m.

Maintain your long-distance relationships

Even if you’re miles away, try to call and message your family and friends once in a while. It is important to keep in touch with your loved ones both for yourself and for them.

Interpersonal relationships are very important for our well-being and technology today helps us keep in touch even when we’re on the other side of the world.

Join a coworking space

You don’t have to work alone even if you’re working remotely. There are many coworking options all over the world and with one quick online research, you’ll find one near you.

You could also work from cafes or restaurants but a coworking space is more focused. There are fewer distractions since you’re all there to work and this increases productivity.

Minimize distractions

If you can’t find a coworking space and end up working from a café, you’ll probably need to find a way to minimize distractions.

We love a good pair of noise-canceling headphones that keep background noise at a minimum. You’ll manage to be much more focused, and you’ll be able to do more work in less time.

Set limits

When you don’t work from an office it’s easy to blur the line between work and personal time. So, set limits for your workday.

You have probably chosen a remote job because you wanted to have a better work-life balance. So, remember to actually prioritize taking time for yourself.

Working out, eating healthy, going to a museum or to the beach are all very important for your well-being so put some limits to your workday.

Have a good internet connection

Having an internet connection is essential when you work remotely. When booking a hotel check if they have WiFi or ask if there are cafés nearby that have one.

If a connection is not available, then bring with you a portable hotspot to ensure you have a connection available even if you’re in a more remote place.

Buy an outlet adapter

When you travel internationally, you may end up in a place that has a different plug compared to your devices. So, buy a converter that allows you to charge your tech items wherever you are.

We hope you’ve found some useful ideas for your next travel. And if you already are a digital nomad, do you have any additional advice?

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