In the day and age we live in, it’s easier than ever to work from your laptop while being on the go.
With little more than your computer, reliable internet connection, and possibly a cup of coffee, you can easily get work done no matter where you are in the world. It’s certainly one of the appeals of being a freelancer or online entrepreneur: you get to work whenever you feel like it (so long as you remain productive and complete tasks on time) while simultaneously getting to explore the world.
Here are five tips for working while traveling:
Tip #1 – Work On The Plane
Sure, you could kick back and try to take a nap while on the plane. But this could also be an excellent time to get some work done as well. No, you won’t have access to internet, but if you need to compose a number of emails you can always safe them as drafts and then send them later when you get the chance.
The thing is, when you arrive at your hotel room, you’re likely going to feel tired and hungry, and that’s not exactly the best time to focus on the tasks at hand. This is why getting as much work done as you can on the plane (or at airport) will be smart.
Tip #2 – Prepare For Having No Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi access may be as a wide ranging today as it ever has been, but that still doesn’t mean that you can always count on having a strong and reliable connection when you need it.
This is why you need to plan for being offline and still focus on completing deadlines. If you’re a freelance writer, for example, you can gather your research online beforehand, and then type up your articles or eBooks or press releases on a word document before sending them later.
Most airports, restaurants, coffee shops, and hotels should have access to reliable Wi-Fi, but again, you can’t always count on it. One way to get around this problem will be to bring your own portable Wi-Fi router with you wherever you go.
Tip #3 – Have Funds On Hand For Emergencies
This is a basic rule of traveling to other countries. You want to have at least some cash on hand in the currency of the country you’re traveling to that you can use for emergencies.
Third party remittance services such as Remitly make it incredibly easy to send money overseas to any recipient of your choice, even if it’s you. According to Remitly, with an express transfer option, you can send money to yourself ‘within minutes.’
Tip #4 – Protect Yourself With Insurance
This is another important travel tip and it’s especially true for those who travel a lot: you need to protect yourself with travel insurance.
There are a multitude of things that could go wrong on any trip: you may have to return home early and cancel your flights or hotel rooms, you could get sick or sustain a physical injury and need urgent medical care, or you may have valuable items stolen (such as a prized possession, an electronic item or jewelry).
Any one of these scenarios will prove to be quite costly to you, but a good travel insurance plan will help you to stay financially afloat. Just be sure that you read the fine print of your particular plan, as they can be vary significantly.
Tip #5 – Give Yourself Time to Relax and Enjoy Yourself
Last but not least, you can’t allow your work to overwhelm you. Yes, traveling and working from your laptop is going to involve a lot of sitting. But you still need to take advantage of the fact that you’re traveling to begin with, and that means spending time for yourself and away from your computer.
Get out and explore whatever town you’re in. Meet new people. Try a new restaurant or go to the beach. Add an entry to your journal. You get the idea.
Traveling provides you with the unique opportunity to see truly awesome places of the world, and you don’t want to waste all the time you’re in another country or city on your laptop. After all, what’s really the point of traveling then?
Getting Work Done While You Travel
Using each of these tips and strategies we have covered today will enable you to work efficiently as you travel while simultaneously ensuring that you travel in a safe and responsible manner.