The working world has gone under a dramatic transformation over the past decade or so, and today there are more and more people who conduct all of their work online. These people have no office to go to, and they don’t need to be anywhere, so long as they have a reliable internet connection, they’re good to go. This has led to a rise of “digital nomads,” people who work around the world, usually staying in one destination for a month or so before moving on.
Sounds good, right? Of course it does. Alas, if you’ve got responsibilities — such as kids — then the freewheeling life is a little more difficult to arrange. But it’s not impossible. During the children’s summer holiday, you’ll have the option of spending a month or more in another corner of the world. We take a look at some essential tips for making it a success below.
Choose Your Destination Wisely
When it comes to deciding where to travel next, some people throw a dart at a map of world and go to wherever it lands. If you’re travelling with the family in tow, then you’ll need to be a little more considered. There are some destinations that are overall excellent for digital nomads, but not for families. Make sure you’re choosing a place that’ll be equally fun for the kids as it is the adults, such as a beach destination.
Tie Up Issues at Home
You might be living your best life for the summer, but keep in mind that the responsibilities you have back home won’t just pause because you’re not in the country. As such, you’ll want to take steps to make sure that everything is in order before you jet off for the summer. Speak to your bank, and let them know that you’re leaving the country. Rent out your home. Look at virtual alternatives to a PO box, so you can have your mail forwarded to your email address. Make sure there’s money to pay for all your direct debit payments. If everything’s running smoothly back home, you’ll be able to fully enjoy your time in a new destination.
While it’s easy to get carried away by all the fun that’s on offer in a new environment, remember that you also need to work. As such, you’ll want to work on cultivating some discipline so that you, you know, actually get some work done, and aren’t just forever distracted by all the exciting things to do. Setting up a schedule and quiet working environment with a desk will also make it easier to get into the working groove.
Prepared For Issues
Finally, remember to go with the right attitude! It’s not all going to be a walk in the park (or along a beach…). Since you’re working, you can expect the same old professional stresses to travel with you, and it’ll also take some time to fall into your routine. It will, however, be worth the effort in the end!