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Traveling While Working Remotely: 5 Reasons Why It's the Best of Both Worlds

What’s not to love about the freedom to choose when and where you work? But that’s merely scratching the surface of the benefits that come with the lifestyle of traveling while working remotely.

Although more businesses and individuals are embracing remote work, some still have reservations. This guide shares the amazing benefits of combining traveling with work.

Keep an eye out for the tips at the end; they’ll make your adventure smoother.

Benefits of Traveling While Working Remotely

1. Better Work-Life Balance

The lines between work and play blur effortlessly when you’re working remotely on the go. You might find yourself brainstorming ideas during a sunrise hike or answering emails from a rooftop café.

Integrating work into your travels helps you maximize productivity without sacrificing the joys of exploration. The biggest plus here is that you can enjoy some time in a new spot while still bringing in your usual paycheck.

In other words, combining travel and work is a chance to shake up your everyday routine and see the world without giving up or hitting a pause on your career.

You can work during the day from wherever there’s good internet connectivity, then kick back in the evenings and on weekends, maybe hitting the waves or just chilling in a hammock.

You don’t have to commit to being a full-blown digital nomad either; even shorter remote trips have their perks.

2. Increased Inspiration and Productivity

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No matter how you spin it, staring at the same four walls day in and day out can stifle creativity. But traveling ― taking your work on the road ― has a way of unlocking your creative juices because inspiration is everywhere!

Each new destination brings a fresh perspective. Whether you’re immersing yourself in a different culture or simply marveling at breathtaking views, traveling fuels creativity like nothing else.

And with increased creativity comes a higher chance of being more productive. Plus, working remotely while on the go means you can handle tasks in places where distractions from everyday choirs are few, giving your productivity an extra boost.

3. Personal Growth

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You’re taking a giant leap into the unknown when you work remotely while traveling. But isn’t that what personal growth entails? And as you probably already know, getting out of your comfort zone is where the magic happens.

From exploring new cities to immersing yourself in different customs and traditions, every experience adds a new layer to your personal growth journey.

While it might not be obvious at first, embracing this lifestyle impacts lifelong skills like resilience, adaptability, and problem-solving. And these skills will eventually come in handy in all aspects of life, not just work.

4. Cost-Effectiveness

Contrary to popular belief, traveling while working remotely can actually be cost-effective. With the rise of co-living spaces, digital nomad hubs, and budget-friendly accommodations, you can live comfortably without breaking the bank.

But that’s not all.

Geo-arbitrage, means having a job in a country with a high cost of living and high salaries, while staying in a country with low cost of living. This has long been a well-known digital nomad hack that you should make use of.

5. Flexible Work Schedule Means a Fun and Flexible Lifestyle

If you're on a flexible office hours schedule, one of the greatest perks of traveling while working remotely is the possibility of making use of this to the fullest. You’re not tied to set working hours and locations; instead, you get to tailor your schedule to fit your lifestyle, not the other way around.

If you ever need to explore a new city during the day and work in the evenings or take a break in the middle of the day to enjoy a local attraction, you simply go for it! A quick day trip is not farfetched as a remote employee.

Tips for Traveling While Working Remotely

traveling and working remotely
Working remotely while on the go usually sounds like a ton of fun, but in reality, it comes with its own set of hurdles.

For instance, trying to focus on work in a new place with the beach calling out to you can be very distracting if you don’t have a game plan. Before you pack your bags, here are five tips to help you work efficiently and still have plenty of time for adventure and a few rewards.

1. Take Care of Yourself

First things first, being productive is nearly impossible if you’re not in great health during your travels. The truth is traveling can take a toll on your physical and mental well-being, especially when combined with the demands of remote work.

For this reason, it’s crucial to prioritize self-care by maintaining a healthy lifestyle, staying active, and setting boundaries between work and leisure time. Also, make sure you base yourself in each location for a while, instead of hopping to new destinations constantly.

Before you make your travel plans and hit the road, it's also important to make sure you have access to great healthcare services by ensuring you’ve got travel insurance coverage.

Also, don’t ignore the need for ergonomic work setups that support your overall health on the road.

2. Simplify Your Workspace Setup for Easy Packing

packing for working remotely
Consider assembling a compact workstation kit to streamline your remote work setup while on the go. Begin by dedicating a specific bag solely for your work essentials.

Opt for a backpack or another suitable bag that can accommodate all your electronic devices and necessary accessories. Make sure it offers enough space for your work and personal laptop, along with peripherals like a mouse, earbuds, chargers, and any other essential gadgets. Bringing an extra charger is always a good idea.

With a well-organized workstation kit, you can swiftly pack or unpack in mere minutes. This preparedness will simplify the process of setting up your workspace, whether you’re settling into a semi-permanent arrangement at your hotel, Airbnb, or at any of our coworking and coliving locations.

3. Choose Your Ideal Work Environment

Of course, your laptop is portable, but that doesn’t mean every workspace will play to your productivity style.

Finding an ergonomic space is super important for working comfortably and efficiently while on the move. The cramped tables at a local café or small desk in your hotel room might work for a brief stint, but they might not just cut it when you’re settling in for an extended session.

Take the time to explore potential workspaces before arriving at your destination. Look for spots that inspire and energize you while minimizing distractions.

Remember to factor in your personal preferences and productivity style when choosing your workspace. While the lively atmosphere of a bustling coffee shop might suit some people, others may find it too noisy or distracting.

Want to learn how to make the most of your remote workspace? Check out this straightforward guide.

4. Make Sure to Stay Connected

No doubt, the idea of working from a beachfront café or a mountain lodge is undeniably attractive.

Here’s the thing, though.

It’s super important to make sure you have reliable internet access wherever you go. Take the time to research the quality of Wi-Fi connections and mobile data coverage in your destination to avoid unexpected downtime or disruptions to your work.

5. Consider Co-living and Co-Working Spaces for Stability and Community

coworking and coliving
Sometimes, you can’t be too sure about your work environment and internet reliability as a remote worker, especially when visiting a new destination for the first time. If that’s the case, you might want to consider a co-working and co-living space.

Opting for a co-working co-living space ensures you have access to a designated workspace. It also means you'll be instantly connected to a lively community of like-minded individuals

Although it doesn't give you the same type of community feel as a coliving space, a pure co-working space may be another option.

Many co-working spaces offer flexible rental options, allowing you to book your spot by the day, week, or month. Co-working spaces also offer fewer distractions and a shared focus on productivity, making it easier for you to get your work done efficiently.

With both coworking and co-living spaces, you'll have the chance to socialize with other digital nomads during breaks. This can help maintain your motivation and boost a sense of community among fellow remote workers.

Final Thoughts

To sum up, traveling while working remotely offers the best of both worlds: the freedom to roam and the opportunity to pursue your professional goals.

Considering all the benefits this lifestyle offers for a remote worker, there’s no limit to what you can achieve as a digital nomad. Just remember to follow the tips for making your adventure smooth sailing before you pack your bags and fire up your laptop!


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