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7 Tips For Working “From Home” While Traveling

In this digital age where there’s a Wi-Fi hotspot wherever you go, more people are ditching the 9-to-5 lifestyle and choosing instead to become location-independent “digital nomads” that work on the go from anywhere in the world.

As easy as many travel blogs make it look, the digital nomad lifestyle is hard enough to transition into, let alone maintain for an extended period – people either let their work fall to the wayside and come home sooner than expected (read: run out of money), or get so caught up in their work that they miss out on the adventure along the way.

We’ve put together a list of helpful reminders to help you keep your work & travel lifestyle balanced:

1.) Work Hard

Sorry, but the “laptop on the beach” lifestyle that many folks like to portray simply isn’t accurate; working on the go is not a walk in the park. If you’re hoping to make a sustainable living while traveling, expect to work and to work hard.

You still need to be flexible and you still need to meet deadlines and do stuff that you would normally do with the consistency of someone working at a physical office.

Being able to do this work anywhere in the world should be viewed as a bonus, and not be your primary motivation.

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2.) Be Logistically Prepared

One of the biggest challenges when you are working while traveling is establishing a work environment and rhythm that works for you.

You will need to find a place with a decent Internet connection, and you will often need to consider other small but important things like time zone differences, voltage and power outlet plug adapters, and ergonomics like mice and laptop stands that will help you work longer and more comfortably.

For going online, the good news is that there are a lot of places where you can get connected, like Internet cafes, public libraries, coffee shops, city parks, or co-working spaces.

However, you must keep in mind that not all public Internet connections are fast and reliable, so it’s always good to have a backup plan, such as a phone with mobile data that you can tether to or a pocket Wi-Fi unit.

3.) Slow Your Roll

Take your time when you travel. Don’t be in a hurry to leave the place that you are visiting.

Trying to travel and complete every item on your to-do list rapid-fire like a tourist while also working several hours a week is a recipe for disaster.

Allot ample time for recreation, indulging yourself, and taking in the sights.

Digital nomads often rent out an apartment for 1-6 months and make that city their home base as they work and explore. Not only will you not be as rushed and have a better opportunity to live like a local, staying in one location is also cheaper over the long term!

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4.) Set Goals

It’s good to set a goal for how much you want/need to have done in a day. One great way to organize your day is by setting up a schedule.

First, figure out what time(s) of the day your productivity is at its best. Then give yourself, say, a solid 4 hours to do your work or schedule important meetings or calls, according to your most productive hours.

After working, you can devote another 2-3 hours to going out and exploring the city you’re in.

Afterwards, you can return to your hotel or stay at an outdoor café where you can wrap up any other work you need done for the day while enjoying the outdoor activities and ambiance.

Once you’re done, you can have the rest of the day to yourself!

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5.) Expect the Unexpected

It’s been said that it’s always good to expect the unexpected, and this is especially true while working/traveling.

If you’re planning to make a switch to a location-independent lifestyle, it can be scary because you’re in a strange place and your income is likely no longer consistent.

So, you need to prepare for the kinds of situations you may run into:

  • Do you have travel insurance for your electronics in case something happens to them?
  • What is your plan if you run out of money (or your access to it) while on the road?

Even sans emergency, brace yourself for culture shock and an assault on your senses as you venture out into the world.

6.) Avoid Distractions and Focus

Ever had a big project you know you needed to finish but found it in you to clean the entire bathroom instead?

Yes, many of us are easily tempted to do something else when we have work to do, and it can be even worse while traveling. Social media and surfing the web can be regular culprits, but the fact that you’re working remotely means that at some point, you’ll probably also be tempted to go on a new adventure or party it up with your newest friends.

Another potential stumbling block while doing remote work is difficulty with completely focusing on the task at hand.

You can easily get distracted by the sights and sounds in the streets or, if you’re in a café, the noise of the patrons coming in or going out. To help you better focus, you can bring trusty noise cancellation headphones to block out the noise.

Or, if it’s convenient and fits into your budget, find a coworking space.

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Bottom line: eliminate distractions and ensure that your work environment is conducive to getting the job done as quickly and efficiently as possible.

7.) Take a Day Off

Finally, in the interest of being productive (and staying sane), you also need to take time off from work so that you can refresh yourself.

Don’t be a workaholic; remember that you’ve chosen to be location-independent because of the freedom it affords you.

Disconnect completely – take a digital detox and focus on the world around you, wherever that may be. Go out, meet new people, and have an adventure away from your computer every so often.

Let your work work for you, not the other way around.

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How to Take Care of Yourself on the Road and Traveling

Travel can be an exhilarating adventure, a cathartic soul journey. But when you take away the fluff and reduce it to its simplest terms, it’s ultimately a lifestyle. Any lifestyle you choose has its own demands, and the travel lifestyle in particular can be demanding. I’d even go so far as to say that traveling can be one of the most physically and mentally challenging things you can do.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that no matter where you go, your #1 priority must be your own self. Some tough times on the road will always be inevitable, but taking some vital steps to ensure you’re sound in body and mind will go a long way in overcoming these challenges as well as maximizing the positive moments you’ll appreciate on your travels.

What do these steps include?

Fuel and hydrate yourself.

Even in grade school, we were all taught that food is fuel for your body. Yes, food sustains you and gives you the energy needed to keep traveling, so it’s important that you keep yourself nourished at regular intervals, with the right kinds of foods. Go for vegetables, proteins, and dishes cooked in a healthy style instead of fried or fast food. Picking up fresh ingredients at the supermarket and whipping up your own meal in the AirBnb or hostel kitchen is a great way to eat healthy while saving money.

Secondly, adequate hydration is extremely important. The effects of mild dehydration are minor and can initially seem like symptoms of unrelated problems, but can gradually worsen. Skip the sugary drinks and instead keep your system running optimally with water (perhaps infused with lemon or fresh fruit), the only liquid your body truly needs.

Bring along a water bottle that you can take anywhere and refill wherever you go.

Exercise regularly.

Traveling the world doesn’t automatically make you a physically active person. If much of your trip consists of prolonged periods of sitting on public transportation, vegging out at the hostel, or lazy days at the beach, you might find those hostel bar beers showing up on your midsection.

Keep yourself fit with one of the best natural antidepressants, regular exercise. Walking can be both an effective, scenic way to explore the town and effortlessly sneak a workout in. Gyms are ubiquitous, and there are numerous stretches and exercises you can do with just your body and sufficient space. Your mind and body will thank you for keeping your flexibility, strength, and endurance up, I guarantee it.

But give yourself adequate time to unwind.

At the other end of the spectrum, moving from place to place, exploring cities, visiting attractions, and meeting new people day after day will wear you down. Your spirit may be in nonstop adventure mode, but your mind and body need TLC; travel burnout is a very real thing.

Set aside 1-2 days per week to do whatever helps you unwind, whether that means a trip to the spa or massage parlor or shutting yourself away from the world to eat Chinese takeout and binge-watch Netflix for a day.

Don’t be swayed by FOMO.

The all-too-common belief that there are certain landmarks you must see or activities you have to do in a particular city in order to have a fulfilling trip is simply ludicrous. You don’t have to see the Eiffel Tower if you’re in Paris, or the Coliseum in Rome, or the Great Wall of China.

When you travel, you can play by your own rules and see what you wish to see, so don’t feel bad for not including a particular popular sight/activity in your itinerary (or don’t burn yourself out trying to add these things to your list).

If you’re on a budget, give yourself some wiggle room.

Look, I get it: those of us who are less fortunate want to maximize our time on the road by spending less. But would you really settle for a crappy dorm bed in the city’s sketchiest hostel just to shave a few dollars off your daily expenses?

Cheap is great, but poor judgment like this can come back to haunt you; the phrase you get what you pay for is fitting for this situation. Penny wise, pound foolish also comes to mind…

Not ideal. Spending that occasional extra for some comfort or convenience, on the other hand, can lift your spirits and refresh you. Sure, there may be cheaper, lower-quality options, but splurging a little can be worth it.

Worry less about the number of dollars you might spend and instead focus on finding the best value with the money you have.

Ground yourself with routines and a sense of home.

The hectic, highly unpredictable nature of traveling can leave one feeling lost, confused, or overwhelmed.

It’s therefore crucial to establish something constant that you can call your own amidst the mayhem. Whether it’s meditation, journaling, or adult coloring books, implementing consistent habits or hobbies that you can do anywhere can help keep you grounded by establishing some familiarity in ever-changing places and situations.

Or sometimes visiting a new, foreign culture can be a shock to the system. A great way to ease into it is to look for things that remind you of your life back home, past or present, and go from there.

Travel doesn’t have to mean seeing only new things all the time – sometimes you yearn for the good old days, the familiar, and that’s an important part of it too.

The underlying theme behind all of this advice is maintaining good physical and mental health. To make your traveling as successful and fulfilling as it can be, you have to be in touch with how you feel and take the necessary measures to keep yourself firing on all cylinders.

It’s not always easy to do, especially if it means occasionally putting adventure on hold, but you’re guaranteed to make it much further traveling when you take care of yourself.