Travelling around the world is a serious privilege – one that in recent times, no one has been taking for granted! – and as the world begins to open up again to travel, digital nomads and remote workers will once again be looking to re-discover that valuable work-travel balance!
For multi-day trips and extended travel, it’s possible to find time to work on the road. It’s the dream for so many, but it’s important to get your nomad lifestyle right so you don’t burn out from over-work, or spend so much time travelling you don’t make any money.
So, how do you perfectly balance work and travel? Here are some practical tips!
Book hotels tailored for digital nomads
If you’re working remotely or pursuing a career as a digital nomad, then it’s an excellent idea to book into a hotel that caters for remote workers. You’ll want all the facilities that an office gives you, but in the hotel room or on-site. Many hotels and hostels in digital nomad destination such as Bali or Tbilisi offer wonderful communities that will not only inspire you to work harder but provide support while on the road.
For this reason, we recommend booking a hotel for digital nomads. On top of the popular amenities found in good hotels, these types of hotels offer:
- Work stations
- High-speed internet connection
- Conference rooms and business meeting areas
- Skype booths
- Printing and scanning services
- Monitor rentals
- Digital nomad communities
- Bars and cafes (you need to eat and drink!)
These are things you’d usually have in your office. Getting access to them when travelling is a great opportunity you don’t want to miss. You’ll be able to seamlessly carry on with important business communications and those necessary tasks that you can’t delegate to anyone else. That way, your income stream doesn’t suffer when you’re on the road!
Pack all the essentials for working remotely
Being prepared for a stint of work and travel is so important, but it’s easy to forget those all-essential items when you’re rushing to pack for that early morning flight!
It’s easier said than done, we know, but try to organise and pack a few days in advance of your departure. That way, you have time to pick up any essentials you might realise you’ve forgotten or time to discard anything you realise is just weighing your pack down.
It also means that you’ll have plenty of time on the day of your flight to spend enjoying the moment rather than furiously racing around trying to collect things.
Start with drafting a pre-travel checklist before you set off from home. Think about your work process and all the hardware and software involved. Luckily, if most of your work is done on the computer, all you may need is a working laptop with all the relevant software.
Don’t forget to pack your laptop accessories such as charger, spare batteries, USB stick, mouse, headphones, keyboard, laptop bag and anything else you need to stay online on the move!
Communicate your travel intentions if necessary
If you work remotely but aren’t freelancing, then you may or may not need to inform your employer (and the taxman!) of your travel intentions. This varies from one country and one company to the next, but with so many more people working from home then remote working practises will be more scrutinised, and it’s best to stay on top of what’s required of you rather than being caught out.
Luckily, employers are becoming increasingly happy to let their employees not only work from home but work remotely -from anywhere! Just make sure you’re able to operate in the time zone required (it can be difficult working to European time if you’re living in Australia, for example) and are able to be online when you’re needed by your colleagues.
Travelling comes with its fair share of inconveniences, especially if it’s to an unknown destination. Take for instance a situation where you go offline for an entire day due to internet connectivity issues at your current location. Or, in the case of exaggerated delays on the road due to traffic snarl-ups–to such an extent you can’t virtually show up for a planned online meeting with your employer.
Make sure you plan for these mishaps and let your employer know of any difficulties you might face making meetings, or you might lose your remote job!
Try working early mornings and late evenings
Travelling is all about exploring a destination, meeting new people, trying new foods and delving into new cultures; but you can’t do this if you’re at your desk all day!
Everyone has their own work and travel pattern, and you’ll develop one that suits your job and your style of travel over time. To start, though, it’s always good to try working early mornings and late evenings – if you’re freelancing, or if you can set your own schedule. This gives you the entire day to spend travelling, exploring the new city you’re in or even just lounging on the beach.
Meet important deadlines before hitting the road
It’s almost impossible to be continually travelling and working. At some point, you’ll need to take a break to focus solely on building that new business or pitching those new articles.
For this reason, it’s always good to take time off when you’ve got a stable connection and a good place to work. Use these days or weeks to get the bulk of your important work done, and to hit those all-important deadlines before you hit the road again.
Remember, the digital nomad lifestyle doesn’t need to be fast-paced. If you work and travel, you’ve got all the time in the world (or you’ve at least got until your visa runs out!).
To sum up!
It’s possible to work and travel, particularly given the remote working possibilities that exist today. As more borders open up, digital nomadism is going to become more popular than it ever has been, so why not join the trend and get your work-life balance sorted?