We all probably have been there – wanting to go on a vacation to unwind but being unable to afford missing out on a few workdays. You would have to make some compromises if you work inside an office, but if you work remotely, you can definitely go on that trip and still get some work done.
If you want to learn more about how you can travel and work simultaneously, read on as we share some tips to help you do it.
1. Do your research before boarding that flight
To be productive while going on a vacation, you need to ensure that your destination allows for it. To make sure that it does, do your research on the internet speeds across different accommodations because nowadays, simply having wi-fi doesn’t cut it – it needs to both be fast and reliable.
If you’re short on options for hotels with fast internet connections, search for nearby cafes and co-working spaces that have a power outlet, a productivity-inducing ambience, and, most importantly, an internet connection. Do keep your list of options open so that in case the wi-fi of the nearest cafe goes out, you know exactly where to go next.
2. Pack your things well
If you know you’ll be bringing your laptop along with you so you can work, make sure that you pack everything you need such as wire connectors, chargers, adapters and more.
If the nature of your work needs you to handle important documents, don’t bring them along with you because chances are, those will get damaged or worse, lost. Instead, generate a soft copy of necessary paperwork using a document scanning application or by simply taking a picture of them using your phone,
3. Line out your work schedule
If you’re in a different time zone, dedicate a fixed part of your day for working so that you can work on things as scheduled, attend meetings, and comply with various deadlines – as you would if you were working from home. Apart from that, establishing a work schedule will also help you focus despite everything that’s going on around you.
4. Dedicate time for the vacation itself
As you are going on that trip to have a vacation, it’s essential that you also dedicate some time to enjoying yourself. Yes, work is also crucial, but a vacation only comes once in a while, and you never really know exactly when you can enjoy another one.
Finding the right balance will help you be more productive and, at the same time, make the most out of your vacation. Doing so will give you the much-needed leisure that you’ve wanted for months on end.
5. Keep your mind open
Because of social media, people have an idealistic view of how remote workers can easily work anywhere they want. But the truth is, being a productive digital nomad is easier said than done.
Therefore, it is important to open yourself to the possibility that things might not go as smoothly as you might hope and do ample research and preparation ahead of time. In that way, you’ll be more prepared for any unforeseen circumstances that could very well arise, such as a faulty internet connection, a filled-up cafe, and others.
For added safety against unprecedented situations, it’s also a good idea for you to know how to contact medical assistance services ahead of time, so that you can work and enjoy your vacation without having to worry about needing immediate medical assistance and not knowing who to call.