Like me, do you suffer from a severe case of wanderlust?
Do you feel constrained working a nine to five job when there are so many incredible places to visit across the world? If so, have you thought about working as you travel? If you have a job that enables you to work remotely, combining work and travel could be the ideal solution, allowing you to remain employed while satisfying your desire to see the world. If you fancy taking the plunge and having a go at working while you experience all that the world has to offer, these tips may help.
Research, Research and Research Again
If you are heading out into the sunset without needing to think about employment, then you are probably free to visit whichever destinations catch your eye. However, when you need to make a living on the go to fund your travels, a bit more planning is required. Research isn’t as dull as it sounds; taking the time to find out more about the places that you plan to visit can be fascinating. Before you travel, you will need to be sure that you will be able to connect to the internet to send work back home.
You will also need to know that electricity is available for you to charge your laptop and phone so that you can continue working. This may make long-term visits to truly remote areas less possible. But some extra planning, such as charging up before you visit a remote area, can still make it doable. Buying a local sim card on arrival in a new destination, and charing it with enough data to hotspot, is an affordable way to ensure independence.
The right equipment for travelling and working is essential. You need to know that you can still fulfil your work commitments, even while working remotely. Using Google Drive for Mac or PC can be a perfect way of working from wherever you are in the world. As the software on Google Drive is web-based, you will be able to work either via your computer or even from your mobile device. One of the great advantages of using the office software suite on Google Drive is that you can work in real-time. Working in real-time via the web makes it possible to collaborate with colleagues back in the office without any hassle at all.
Think about equipment that you may need but won’t be able to get hold of when you are away. It may be worth bringing a spare laptop charger, for example, and I always travel with 2-3 cellphone chargers.
Other Things to Consider
Before you head off on your travels, there are also a few other things you may need to think about before your adventure begins. Documents – Don’t forget to make sure that you are allowed to work in the countries that you are visiting. Depending on the length of time you are staying, you may need to consider things such as work permits and other documentation.
Stay Safe – If you are travelling with equipment such as cameras or laptops, make sure that you take extra precautions to keep yourself safe. Travel insurance is also highly recommended.
As much as the above applies more to remote living and long term travelling, I find that even if I’m away for just a week or two, I always need to work, and the above helps me. Hope it helps you too.
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