One of the benefits of our modern workplace is that many of us have the flexibility to work from wherever we want. But it’s not all glamorous views with your laptop on the beach, as many digital nomads would have us believe. Travel comes with distractions, discomfort and unexpected obstacles that can impact your work. Today I’d like to cover a few ways that you can set yourself up for success while traveling. I’ve learned these from working from a variety of locations over the years, from Tulum to Austin and beyond.
Bring the right hardware
Do you work better with a mouse? With a keyboard? If that’s the case at home, that will be the case while traveling. It’s worth the extra weight in your bag to bring along anything that will make you more efficient. For me, this includes my paper planner to keep me organized. If you can’t pack everything you need, consider booking a local co-working space where you’re traveling, where you can often rent monitors and other equipment.
Know the internet situation
If you’re staying in an Airbnb, message your host asking them to send you a screenshot of an internet speed test. If you’re staying in a hotel, it’s worth a call to ensure that wifi is free and fast. It’s also worth setting up your phone’s hotspot as a backup if all else fails. If you’re in a remote location, mentally prepare yourself for the fact that your internet won’t be as fast as it is at home, and be ready to adapt.
Get your mindset in check
Whether it’s personal or professional, travel has so many variables that things are bound to go wrong. Remaining flexible will go a long way in avoiding frustration. By maintaining a positive, can-do attitude, you’re more likely to enjoy your travel, even if you’re working while you’re there. You can achieve this with tools like mantras, meditations, and taking breaks throughout the day to refresh.
Have you ever dipped your toe into the digital nomad life? Or maybe you travel often for work? I’d love to hear your experiences and get any more tips for working on the road. Happy travels!