By now you’ve surely heard of the work-meets-lifestyle trend referred to as “working remotely.” These modern-day voyagers are often referred to as digital nomads.
With better connections and growing access to the internet worldwide, today’s digital age is making it more feasible to work remotely. And companies are following suit. More and more businesses are allowing their employees to work from wherever they can find a Wi-Fi connection. Some of the fastest-growing flexible jobs now offer remote work options. Remote work is beginning to be viewed as a business strategy rather than just a reward for employees, which is why in the U.S., over 43% of the workforce already has the option to work remotely – a staggering 115% rise over the last 10 years.
Remote Year is making it possible for employees who crave travel over a regular 9-to-5 job to explore the world. The program helps employees who have a zest to see the world, transition their current roles to be remote so they can continue to progress in their careers while living in a new country each month. By organizing their travel and accommodations, ensuring access to workspaces with Wi-Fi, and providing a community of remote-working travelers, Remote Year makes the dream of international travel (while working) possible.
There are a plethora of other communities for digital nomads. Options like the WiFi Tribe – a community of travelers who find a new destination every month and Unsettled, a start-up that provides 30-day co-working retreats for those who want to travel and collaborate.
All of this is very glamorous and how lucky is our modern-day society that this is even an option! But yes, the digital nomad lifestyle also comes with its downsides. Many travel bloggers who make their living working on the road say that there are certain difficulties that come with the territory – constantly searching for a reliable Wi-Fi connection, getting distracted easily, and struggling to find time to enjoy the foreign cities they travel in. But that doesn’t mean these obstacles should detour you.
Staying productive while living in a gorgeous city can be difficult. Luckily there are programs devoted to providing working spaces for digital nomads, like Globe Kick, Mussiro, and Outpost. From pop-up coworking spaces to coworking communities – these programs make it possible for you to do your best work while living and traveling abroad.
Create a Schedule for Yourself
Figure out what time of day you are most productive, and commit yourself to working during that time block. Creating a schedule early on in your travels will help you to adapt to your new lifestyle rather than feeling like you’re working on vacation. Allot time for working, eating, sightseeing, adventuring, exercising – anything that you feel deserves time in your day. Having a scheduled block of time to finish your work will allow you to travel worry-free in your leisure time. After all, you are working remotely in order to find your unknown and fully experience everything being offered.
How to Find Wi-Fi
Inarguably the most important thing for a digital nomad to have access to while abroad is a strong Wi-Fi connection. Whether you’re staying in an Airbnb or at a hotel, make sure you’re able to stay connected. Ask your host for a speed test, which will let you know if the internet is strong enough to work with. Another backup – setting up a personal hotspot, which will work only if you have service. Otherwise, coffee shops or any of the coworking spaces mentioned above are also safe bets… but you might have to try a few to find the strongest connection. Additionally, be aware of cyber security and practice safe Wi-Fi habits such as using a VPN, keeping antivirus software up-to-date, and enabling two-factor authentication.
Keep in Shape
A life on the road can be full of active, get-your-body moving activities. But it can also be filled with lazy days on the beach, drinking, and eating lots of pasta. Staying active during your travels not only will help keep you in shape, it will also release endorphins and help to relieves stress. Incorporate exercise into your traveling – take a dance class, say yes to hikes, and choose walking or biking over a taxi or subway system. Another idea is to find in-home workouts that will work for you. Something that requires minimal equipment, so you don’t have to spend your precious time in a gym. Or find a playground or park to get yourself outside.
Moving around from city to city, staying in different hotels, hostels, and Airbnbs can be truly chaotic at times. Regularly packing and unpacking every other month can be another hassle – making it easy to misplace items or forget them at your last stop. Packing organizers keep your items in place, help to maximize space in your luggage or work backpack, and make your essentials more accessible. With Eagle Creek’s Pack-It System, never again will you have to dig through a packed bag to find your hiking socks.
Wherever you are in the world, always be willing to step outside your comfort zone and experience something new. The digital nomad lifestyle is exciting, at times challenging, but always an adventure. Feel ready for it?
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