I traveled with my buddy when we were young, wild and free, and that lifestyle was one which attracted us both. Around 2 years ago Ahmed and I began our very own online businesses and in the last 12 months we have been on the road, working as we went. When it comes to this type of lifestyle there is a great amount of freedom to be found, but working whilst you’re on the road requires discipline and organization. If you have to work when traveling, here are some tips to bear in mind.
There is nothing wrong with staying in your hotel or your private rental to get some work done, just don’t make it a daily event. If you constantly work from this space then there is little point in traveling at all, and you’ll very quickly get tired of where you are. Bang a couple of hours of work in here, then venture out to see more of the destination.
Honesty I am a bit of stickler when it comes to visiting global chains whilst I am on the road, preferring instead to try out local and independent locations. Having said all of this, sometimes you just need somewhere that feels familiar, especially when you need to get some work done. This is why I will always seek out a Starbucks when I need to get my hustle on. Here you’ll find great wifi, good working spaces and you can stay at least 3 hours per cup of coffee!
Eat the Frog
Unless you have something special to get up for I would always recommend that you get up early and get your work out of the way. If you put off your work until the evening then you’ll find that during the day you’ll be invited to an event or you’ll see something exciting happening on the evening, that you won’t be able to do because of work. Very rarely do things happen early in the morning which is why you should look to get up and get that work done before anything cool happens.
Short and Sweet
Personally whilst I like to get the work out of the way, I don’t feel great after putting in a 4 hour shift and then heading out. My preference is to work for 2 hours, then go for a walk or get some food, then return for another 2 hours. If you don’t have much to do then you could do it all in one, if however you have a few hours or more it makes a lot of sense to do it in bitesized chunks, in doing this you can be sure that you not only get your work done, but that you don’t feel stressed as a result.
Plan and organize well so that you can have fun traveling and still make the time that you need to get your work done.