Tips For Working While You Travel.
The pandemic changed everything – from how we shop and socialize to the way we work and communicate. To say the last year has been challenging would be an understatement, but it’s important to recognize the silver lining in 2020. For one, the shift to remote work has allowed many to redefine their priorities and embrace a more flexible schedule. In fact, large corporations like Microsoft and Google have announced their employees will have the option to continue to telecommute post-pandemic. This is significant and marks a massive change in the future of work and the hybrid workforce’s inception.
If you are one of the millions still working from home, the world could indeed be your oyster. There’s no question that one of the top advantages of remote work is the chance to travel and do your job from anywhere – whether that’s your home office or a beachside resort. As vaccine distribution efforts continue, many are looking to the future and thinking about where they will go once we can finally get back to traveling. For those whose jobs will remain remote, it can be both exciting and overwhelming to think about hitting the road and exploring the world – without letting your work suffer.
The good news is there are tons of solutions designed to support the remote workforce, motivating a new generation of happier, more balanced workers. But where do you start? Below you will find tips for working while you travel – whether that’s a much-needed extended vacation or a complete change in lifestyle (van life, anyone?) If you have anything to add, we’d love to hear it!
Invest in a Solid Internet Plan.
The first thing to consider when working while you travel is your internet connection. Sure, it sounds magical to take your laptop to a mountaintop somewhere deep in the Rockies, but how will the service be? Do your research, talk to your phone plan provider, and make sure you know what your internet access will be like before taking off. Depending on your profession, dependable wi-fi speed for both uploads and downloads is a must and is not something to play by ear.
Research the Best Video Conferencing and Communication Platform.
Staying connected to coworkers and colleagues is a significant challenge when working while you travel. Digital fatigue was a real problem in 2020 as we all adjusted to working from home and a schedule jam-packed with virtual meetings and happy hours. When traveling while working, make sure you are prepared for online meetings and use a platform like Vai that understands your needs. It may also be a good idea to consider a VoIP plan, especially if you are a small business with plans to keep remote work as an option.
Pay Attention to the Time Zone.
If you are working while you travel in between time zones, pay attention and develop a system that works for you. For some, this could be an excellent opportunity to be productive when the rest of your team is sleeping. Double-check that all your calendar reminders are in the correct time zone, and don’t be that guy (or girl) who shows up the meeting an hour late because of a time zone mishap!
Set Boundaries and Make Time to Explore.
Finally, remember to enjoy where you are and set boundaries for work. It can be easy to adopt an “always-on” attitude, but the beauty of working remotely is the freedom and flexibility it provides.
Need help with a video conferencing or VoIP phone solution when working while you travel? Contact our team to learn how Vai can support your new adventurous lifestyle.