Are you a remote worker looking to travel more in 2021? Then this is the perfect article for you! Here are the top 10 things to think about as you begin your travel plans for the rest of this year.
Covid Research and Precautions
Covid-19 seems to be the most used word of this year and the last, yet as much as we want to avoid it, it is essential when it comes to being a remote worker. Taking the time to research the rules, requirements, and permissions to enter other countries will help you have a better understanding of where you can go and what you can do once you get there. As of May 2021, we are beginning to see many countries opening up to tourists again including Costa Rica, the USA, Egypt, Maldives, Greece, Mexico, and more. If you are getting antsy sitting in the same country worry not, more and more options are becoming available to you every day!
Wifi – the word that every remote worker loves and hates at the same time. In order to have a successful remote business in 2021, wifi is a must. Between faulty connections, low speeds, or VPN issues, wifi has challenged even the best and most experienced remote workers and digital nomads. So how can you get ahead of the game when it comes to wifi? The first step is getting a SIM card everywhere you go. This will decrease your stress as you will have a backup plan if the wifi cuts out. The second step is to search for Airbnbs, hotels, or other locations with positive wifi reviews. Nowadays, Airbnb even has a specific section for wifi reviews for their guests!
The Time Zone Dance
Do you think you can beat the time-zone issues? Even the most experienced travelers like Rob and Todd have had time zones come back to bite them in some shape or form. So how can you master the art of time zones to your advantage? The first step is to practice converting time zones in your head and at a fast speed. You will need to master the ability to convert times in your mind so that you can say yes or no to meetings, plan your own meetings, and coordinate with others efficiently. The second step is to get clear on what timezone your calendar is on. Whether you use Outlook, Google Calendar, or other apps, make sure to always know the time it is set to. The apps can other be your friends or your worst enemy depending on how well you check the times!
Get Comfortable With Zoom and Social Media
In our digital age, nobody can escape the grasp of Zoom, Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook, or other social platforms. As a remote worker living in this new age, it’s important to get accustomed to these apps and know how to use them well. Whether you are looking to promote your business, recruiter new team members, post to gain a following, or simply interact with your clients, social media is essential. We recommend understanding at least the basics of each common app, including how to post, share, tag, use hashtags, etc.
Do Your Homework On Visas and Residency
If you want to move somewhere new, do you know how long you can stay there? How much will it cost to enter the country? Does your passport have certain restrictions? All of these questions are very important when it comes to choosing a new home destination. Before you move anywhere new, make sure to understand the differences between a tourist visa and a residency visa, how long you can stay, the duration that you have to be out of the country, and what are the penalties if you break the rules.
Look for Good Airbnb Deals
Airbnbs are growing more and more popular every day amongst the remote worker and digital nomad worlds. They offer a temporary home-away-from-home feeling, creating the perfect setting for any remote worker who is searching for a nice table to set their laptop down, a fully-stocked kitchen, and a coffee maker. Airbnb can get quite pricy, so make sure to research the hacks to get around the prices and get some good deals. For example, if you stay for over a month, you will get a large discount. Or, if you wish to book your apartment for longer and extend your stay, simply correspond directly with the apartment owner to avoid paying the cleaning fees again. Little tricks like this can help you save a lot of money in the long run.
You Will Work Just As Much Sometimes
Even though you picture remote workers laying on a beach sipping out of a coconut, the truth is that oftentimes you will work just as much as you would in an office. The blessing and curse of a remote worker is that your job follows you everywhere, so you are never far away enough from your phone to not hear the email pings coming in. If you don’t want to end up working 24/7, it’s important to learn how to set your own boundaries, create designated work time, and plan your meetings accordingly.
Go Light and Only Bring Essentials
Whether you are an experienced or first-time traveler, packing light is always an important part of being a remote worker. With less “stuff” you can move around easily, have less clutter, and overall feel better during travel days. “Stuff” is one of the most common things that holds people back from traveling or moving to a new destination. Some of the most common comments we have heard about “stuff” are: “We can’t sell the house because there is too much stuff to move, we can’t move around too much because we have too much baggage to carry, I don’t have enough space in my storage unit to store everything I own.” If you have thought one of these phrases once in your life, you may be a victim of the “stuff” syndrome.
So in order to achieve your desired goals and go out in the world, don’t forget that you own your stuff, not the other way around. So any time you are feeling too overwhelmed, simply go light and bring your essentials only!
When you are traveling or living abroad, why not immerse yourself in the local cultures and have some new experiences! Not only does going local give you a new authentic experience, but it also boosts the local economy and provides an income to people who really need it. It is important to remain aware of where you are spending all of your money when you travel – are you eating at only corporate restaurants? Is there any small family-run business you can shop at? How can you help the local community?
Find Your Tribe
And last but not least, find your tribe! Having a community to support you is essential in being a remote worker in 2021. Not only is it a way to make new connections, but it also has accountability partners, future business partners, and a supportive community to push you to achieve your goals. If you are searching for a global community of remote workers, why not join the Remote Pros community to have access to resources, experienced members, and online courses!
This article was originally inspired by https://www.mrporter.com/en-us/journal/lifestyle/remote-working-job-road-digital-nomad-1789896