Working While Traveling.

Tips From Head of New

Bizz Development

Hello Everyone!

First of all, I wanted to say how much I love discovering new cultures! I have been to 35 countries already, and many of these trips I successfully combined with working at Etcetera.

I travel a lot and many times I think that organising your personal workflow during travel - is a separate art. I have gathered a few tips for you here that help me a lot and maybe you will find it useful as well.

My first tip is to embrace the fact that those pictures of a freelancer lying on a beach with a Mac have nothing to do with reality. In real life, it's just not comfortable: the sun is shining right into your screen, you can't see anything, the laptop is overheating, you are too hot, too sleepy, and too distracted to be able to work well. And also sand is everywhere! And in your laptop as well. A freelance lifestyle is great in a way that you can organize working hours to fit your needs. But the most work you can do from the beach is answering messages from a phone.

So here is a tip No 1: Find a good place to work.

It should be comfortable for your body, preferably with air conditioning or a fan, and with a power socket next to it. If you are confident about your laptop battery and don't forget to charge it, a cafe terrace is a great choice. But make sure it has shading from the sun. If you don't want to be sitting inside your room, I suggest checking out the hotel restaurant, lobby or settling on a balcony if you have one. You will be able to focus on your work while also enjoying the air and vacation atmosphere.

2. Besides a place to work, it's good to think ahead about your work schedule on a trip.

You need to consider the time zones because staying in touch with the team and clients is vital. For example, it's convenient to get up early and catch European working hours if you are traveling to South America. Then you will have all afternoon to explore the country. Going to Asia is the opposite. You will be able to spend mornings on the beach, but you need to prepare to work until late in the evening. Check out the Worldtimebuddyservice. In my opinion, it's the most convenient tool to keep up with several time zones at the same time.

3. A good Internet connection is a must if you are going to work while travelling

Keep in mind that your accommodation wifi may be poor even if it said the opposite while booking. I recommend not to rely on wifi and get a local mobile internet. You can compare the tariffs when still at home and then buy one at the airport. Also services like Flexiroam or Airalo sometimes offer a great deal.

4. Plan your days off.

Consider taking the first day in a new country off. You will be able to look around and find everything you need for a productive workday the next day instead of having to deal with work right after your flight. If you want to drive around the new country to see more places, I suggest taking the longest trips during weekends and staying put during the week. You can also take Wednesdays off to work from one place for 2 days, then move to a new one, and spend 2 more days there. This has proven to be a good way to balance adventures and responsibilities for me.

I hope you will find these tips helpful when you go on your summer vacation this year! And I just wanted to add how much better it is for me to have a whole team to rely on my trips. Organizing a work routine during traveling is great, but having team support at any time if anything goes off the plan, it precious.

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