If your job requires a lot of travel time, then you know the challenges you face when it comes to working remote. Where it’s staying connected, trying to access files, or sometimes, just finding a decent Wi-Fi signal, there are a lot of bumps in the road when you’re always working on the road. But being a “digital nomad” has its perks. Here are four tips to help you get the most out of your road warrior lifestyle:
Man Cannot Live on Free WiFi Alone
Whether you’re traveling across the U.S. or in another country entirely, you aren’t always going to be able to pop into a McDonald’s or Starbucks to leech off their free Wi-Fi to get work done or to join a meeting. Consider using a hot spot service that will allow you to connect to Wi-Fi hot spots scattered across the globe.
Pull the Plug
This is a tough one for digital nomads, especially if you are traveling across different time zones frequently, but you need to pull the plug at the end of the day! While staying connected on the go is important, living in present is as well. If you’re working from a satellite office or meeting with prospects, take the time to unplug and network in-person—it will feel like a mini vacation.
Be a Boy Scout: Always Be Prepared
Want to make sure your travels are relatively stress-free? Channel your inner Boy Scout and always be prepared! Carry an external battery pack for your cell phone, have a back-up for your laptop like a tablet and make sure your hot spot service is ready to go. Always being prepared will keep you from missing important meetings or deadlines. And stress-free travels are the best travels!
Stay Connected through Community
If you’re traveling abroad, use your company’s intranet to start conversations with colleagues from offices stationed along your way. See if anyone would like to meet for dinner or drinks your first night in town. Personal connections like this can make you feel more at home even if you’re miles away.