Have you ever wanted to learn how to travel the world and take your work with you? If you’re a work at home mom with a flexible schedule or a girl boss, you can make it happen.
The perks of our flexible schedules are all about extra time to do what we love and most of us have a healthy amount of wanderlust in our souls. There’s just too many gorgeous places to see and things to do for us to miss out chained to our desks at home. So, without further ado, here’s my easy guide that will have you hopping onto a plane, briefcase in hand, for your next exciting adventure.
How to Travel the World and Work Remotely
Your destination needs to have good internet connectivity, a solid cell phone signal and a comfortable area for you to work in. Most places we go these days offer internet services and WiFi hotspots. Even if you plan to visit a remote and secluded destination, there should be a city or town close by where you can tap into a good connection to get your work done. Think of local restaurants, coffee shops, hotels or AirBnBs. Think ahead on the equipment you need to bring with you for your setup and locate these services ahead of time so you can prepare and plan out your workday.
What portion of your work do you plan to keep up with while on vacation? Do you need to collaborate or work independently? Will you need to be available for phone calls, take care of writing or projects and other independent tasks? The type of work you plan to get done while out of your home office will dictate the environment you need to secure at your destination. It’s a good idea to find a place that is low-key and relatively quiet. If you have the luxury of choosing your own work hours, your trip is going to work out wonderfully for you. Consider the time zone you are in and the time zone that anyone you need to collaborate with is in. Then choose the hours that are most beneficial and productive for you to work. Plan out the rest for your vacation time. You may consider a few hours of work before you head out on adventures and then a few more hours afterward when you’re at the home base winding down for the day.
Set Boundaries and Clear Expectations While on Vacation
Make sure everyone knows when you are available to chat and connect with and when you’re not. This will help prevent misunderstandings and frustration ahead of time. Also, set these “work rules” up for yourself as well. During your vacation time, don’t sneak a peek at your work. Leave it alone and enjoy your time off. Be sure you to master your ability to disengage.
Invest in a pair of high-quality headphones
Noise-canceling headphones are a smart choice for working remotely while traveling. The fewer distractions you have, the better. Standard earbuds or generic equivalents just won’t work.
It’s wise to purchase international outlet adapters before you head out. Places like Amazon have great deals on them. If you use Mac products, the Apple World Traveler Kit is a good grab. If you decide to use an international phone plan, you’ll want to check out the available options so you don’t end up spending a fortune.
Internet Messaging Services and Phones
These will come in handy. You may even be able to get by with them and not have to pick up an international phone plan. Inexpensive flip phones and SIM cards for out of country use as well as Skype credits are ideal. Apps such as iMessage, Viber, WhatsAPP, Google Hangouts and Slack are also good choices for workers who are traveling.
Carry around a notebook, pencil and pen.
There will be times when you cannot get on WiFi and you need to jot something down. What if something inspires you? These often forgot about work accessories can make all the difference when it comes to keeping the workflow going during your vacation.
Create a Playlist for Productivity
Some of us really get in our zone with music. If this describes you, set up a playlist that helps you perform at your best. Remember, your WiFi might not pull enough juice to load videos from YouTube etc., however, creating a premade list of your favorite songs is a great way to keep yourself focused during work hours.
Learning how to travel the world and take your work with you will keep the income flowing while you jet set to places you love.