WORKING WHILE TRAVELING: How to Work Remotely While Traveling
Becoming a digital nomad and working remotely while traveling is a dream that many share. However, it can be a daunting lifestyle to get into. It’s one that we have some experience with, though, so we’ve put together this guide to help you get started and get the most out of living nomadically.
1. Create and stick to a remote work schedule or remote work routine.
Give yourself the tools to create a remote work schedule that will keep you on track. With remote work, you don’t have colleagues or bosses physically looking over your shoulder at what you’re doing, so distractions are plentiful. No one is immune to distractions, which is why we tackle the topic of how to avoid distractions in our remote work tips guide.
2. Join a travel and remote work program, like Remote Year.
Remote Year provides all of the things that you need to work remotely and travel. The convenience of having a coworking space and apartment waiting for you as you change destinations every 4 or 5 weeks is a dream!
3. Be present and communicative with colleagues and clients.
For professionals who are one of only a few remote employees in otherwise non-remote companies, it’s easy for those who all work together in person to forget about their remote counterparts. In order to be present, I communicate regularly with colleagues, even if it’s to check-in or say hi.
4. Join a coworking space.
Should you join a coworking space? Yes! Joining a coworking space is for anyone who chooses a consistent work environment that’s more set up for productivity than a cafe or restaurant.
5. Seek remote work communities and opportunities.
There are lots of communities online out there for traveling professionals who want to network and find new remote opportunities. You can look for remote work opportunities that are non-time-zone-specific, so you can keep working flexibly no matter where you go.
6. Minimize distractions to work efficiently.
I find that I check my phone often — okay, all the time.If my phone is next to me, I’ll start checking all my apps and it takes away significantly from my work. As with any type of task to which you dedicate your energy, take away the things that prevent you from working remotely and being productive.