For some people working from anywhere in the world sounds like living the dream with the freedom to make their own schedule.
Everyone has their own idea of a dream office or a dream destination, so why not have both?
The truth is everyone can make traveling while they work happen in their own way.
If it sounds like something you might be interested in, yet you’re not sure it sounds like something you can do, read on.
In this post, we will cover 6 tips that will help you be successful at working from absolutely anywhere.
Take Your Work on the Road
Working digitally from home or taking work with you and hitting the road has become increasingly popular over the last few years.
Since freelance work is a lot more available than it used to be, more and more people are realizing that many aspects of the work they do can be done from anywhere.
The number of people living and working while they travel is expected to increase in the coming years for a variety of reasons.
To begin with, working remotely gives you the chance to not only work from stunning beaches and remote destinations—basically anywhere you’d like—but also allows you to create your own schedule.
However, it’s not always as magical as some may think it is. Combining work and travel requires a lot of dedication, hard work, motivation, and the ability to ignore distractions when needed.
1. Start Early
This might be the most important tip when it comes to working remotely. Freelancing shouldn’t mean you have to get up early, right? That’s why you’re working remotely after all!
This isn’t entirely true. While you can definitely adapt your schedule to you and your client’s requirements, you will also want to make the most of each day.
In order to hold yourself accountable, starting early and diving into that to-do list as soon as you get up will help you have a more productive workday. This is especially true if you’re working from the road. The sooner you start, the sooner you can stop to get out and explore your destinations.
In this case, we are not only talking about the beginning of the day. In general, start everything early, that way you are prepared for any issues that arise along the way. If you know you need to be at a specific destination, start early to find a place to park.
When you take your time, ahead of time, you can find less expensive and more inviting campsites and resorts, instead of arriving to find there is nothing available.
A smaller example is to start early when you are initially hitting the road. If you leave early, you can avoid major traffic snarls and have an all-round safer trip.
2. Invest in Reliable Tech
This is another extremely important tip to keep in mind, especially if you are traveling. Any remote worker will tell you that the most important aspect of their job is a strong Wi-Fi connection.
But there’s more to success than a strong internet connection. Whether it be wireless sound-canceling headphones that help you block out background noises or a wireless keyboard and mouse to go along with your high-tech laptop, having these essentials will help you focus on the important stuff, the work!
Before you hit the road, look into a portable, unlimited phone plan. That way you can stay in touch with everyone, without worrying about additional fees and charges.
As well, you will be able to use your phone as a mobile hot spot so that as long as your phone has connection, you can have internet access anywhere. In this way, a smartphone becomes almost all the office you need, enable you to stay connected throughout the day.
3. Set up a Workspace
No matter where you’re choosing to work from, having a designated workspace will help you maximize your productivity.
If you’re traveling by RV, create a little desk for yourself.
If you’re in a hotel, see if there’s a space for internet use (these tend to be a bit quieter) or visit a local coffee shop.
If you’re visiting a destination for an extended period of time, it also might be worth looking into a membership at a coworking space.
A backpack or bag specifically for work-related equipment will become your workspace on the go, so find one you will like. Depending on the type of work and travel you do, you want to have something that is both comfortable and functional.
Even in an RV, where you will likely spread out a bit, it is handy to have all work material in one spot. This tip also makes it easy to stay organized in a small space and grab and go when you are ready to get down to business.
4. Take Time for Self-Care
Taking time for self-care is extremely important when working from home or the road. The line between home and work can become blurred very easily and you might find yourself stuck to the computer screen for longer than you would like.
Getting sucked into social media and other sites that have endless scroll can slow down productivity and take time away from exploring the sights and sounds of your new destination. While sometimes it might be necessary to stay plugged in to meet a deadline, don’t forget to focus on yourself.
Take time out regularly to assess your health, and your happiness.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, you can get caught up in travel. Living on the road can start to feel like endless travel days and always feeling a bit behind, chasing the next destination.
If this happens, stop everything, it is time to refocus and have a little fun. Traveling slowly alleviates much of this concern and allows for ample time for self-care and reflection. This is one tip we want you to take regardless of where you are and how you work.
Find something specific to you that is relaxing and uplifting. Some ideas you might choose is to create an exercise routine, take time to prep and eat slow, nutritious meals, and take breaks that involve time for your favorite activities.
5. Be Open to Explore
During work time, let some of the freedom lifestyle in by trying new things and taking chances. Spicing up your work, no matter what you do, keeps you motivated, productive and efficient.
Incorporate work into your play if at all possible. Take your laptop to the beach, incorporate the local sites into your creative job or immerse yourself in the culture at a local eatery.
Whatever you choose, be open to new experiences in your work and in your travels. You will be amazed at what happens when you do.
6. Do What You Love
Last but not least, if you’re going to be working from the road or even from the comfort of your own bedroom, do what you love, not what’s going to make you the most money.
While a great salary and awesome health benefits aren’t something to ignore, if you dislike what you’re doing, you’re going to constantly feel unmotivated and unengaged. If you love what you do, you’ll not only want to do it but you’ll also be better at it.
Working remotely does not have to feel extremely intimidating and overwhelming, even if you’ve never done it before.
Following these 5 simple tips will help you manage yourself and your career while still allowing you to enjoy your surroundings. By taking into consideration your own work requirements you can balance that with your own interests and live life on your terms.
Whether it is packing up and moving into a campervan while permanently traveling the world or renting a caravan/RV for an epic road trip work assignment, or something in between, it’s up to you.