VD37: Four Tips on How to Travel and Work
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Starting your own business can open up a whole host of exciting opportunities, especially when thinking about building new client relationships, honing your creative flair and fitting your very own business plan around a busy lifestyle. But when it comes to achieving that work-life balance, every once in a while it’s important to take a step in the right direction and open up your eyes to fresh experiences – that means plucking up the courage to take a leap of faith and travel the world. That’s exactly what I’ve been doing recently.
For the past 20 days or so I’ve been traveling and taking my own business on the road. That’s the beauty about working for yourself, you have 24 hours to play with, and if that means spending some of those precious hours in flight mode, then so be it! I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to visit some breathtaking cities lately, including Hong Kong, Shanghai and Bangkok.
It’s always been a dream of mine to travel the world, while earning some dollars if I can in the process. In my line of work, it’s crucial for me to remain on the cusp of global digital trends, so these past few weeks have certainly been an education in addition to a sight-seeing excursion.
So how can you turn that traveling pipe dream into a reality? Follow these 4 tips:
- Buy a one-way ticket: I know this may sound a little daunting to begin with, but trust me, this is actually one of the smartest things you can do when traveling to unfamiliar territory. It’s key to remain flexible when traveling long distance as this will help you to decide whether or not you feel comfortable spending just a couple of days, or a few weeks in your chosen city.
- Stay for at least 20 days in one specific location: Deadlines, planning, client meet and greets all require careful time management, especially on a business trip. So I would recommend that if you really want to take some time to do a spot of sight-seeing and maybe meet up with friends, you’ll need to allow yourself some down-time too.
- Find stable internet connections: I can’t emphasize how important it is to find workable internet solutions. Not all international cities have a decent Internet connection, so it helps if you can plan around this. Try buying an unlimited data SIM card and then link your phone up to your laptop for an emergency digital fix. I also recommend you check out this incredible guide which features each cities minimal cost of living and internet speeds: https://nomadlist.com
- Be organized and take care of your own schedule: It’s easy to become distracted when you’re on your travels, as there is so much to take in from your surroundings. Set yourself a reasonable wake-up time and then consider how many hours you can realistically work from that time. It might be that you’re an early bird and you like to get all of your work done before any fun stuff can happen. Or if you’re anything like me, you may prefer to set yourself specific work windows, have a break and then continue with the rest of your schedule later on in the evening. Figure out what works best for you and then be sure to stick to your planned schedule.