Since the COVID pandemic happened, more people are now working remotely. And because of this trend, a lot of people decided to explore new places and bring their work with them. But before you even relocate to some tropical paradise or scenic countryside, keep in mind that it is always worth the time to do some research before going to a new destination.
Here are 9 practical things that you will need to consider if you’re traveling and working at the same time.
Choose to stay long-term
If you’re working and traveling at the same time, you have to realize that there will be times when you will not have enough time to explore and appreciate the place if you’re only staying for a week or so. More and more remote workers are starting to find places to stay for a few weeks or even a month at a time.
Airbnb is also noticing this trend and the platform expects this to continue this 2022. According to Airbnb, long-term stays is its fastest-growing category. The platform also noticed that people are not just traveling alone during the pandemic. Couples with kids are also taking advantage of remote work, staying in rentals for months in some instances.
Another advantage of staying longer in a location is that you have enough time to adjust and get acclimated. Plus, hosts offer discounts on long-term guests.
Do Some Research on the Day to Day of Your Destination
Even if it’s exciting to go to a new location, you will have to do your research first. How much is the average cost of living? Does it have good healthcare in case you will need some medical help? These are just some important questions that you will have to answer. If you’re planning to travel to another country, you also want to know the latest border restrictions.
You can read blogs, watch YouTube videos, or even inquire on Reddit to learn more about the place you are traveling to.
Compare different locations
When deciding where to go, the last thing that you want is to be impulsive with your decision. Even if you’ve done your research on a location, be sure that you will have two or three more alternatives. List down the pros and cons of each location before you decide to pack your bags. Consider things like the cost of your trip, safety, and internet access.
Choose the right bank account and have a credit card
If you’re looking to go to another country, keep in mind that not all countries have gone cashless.
There are countries where you will have to still pay cash for the majority of your transaction. Banks will usually charge fees whenever you’re using an ATM card that came from other banks. Make sure to check your card features and see if there are any terms or conditions worth noting.
Aside from your ATM, you also want to have a travel credit card. Many Travel based Credit Cards do not have foreign Transaction fees. Another good thing to do though is call your bank and credit card company ahead to let them know there will be travel coming up. I have done cross country flights and my card can get flagged at truly in opportune times if I don’t always plan ahead.
Check your workspace
If you’re working while traveling, it is important to plan where you are going to work. If you’re going to rent a property, does it have a quiet environment that will allow you to do your virtual meetings? Does it have a room that can serve as your temporary home office?
Having a dedicated room where you can work can increase your productivity. Entering the room, you can switch and focus your attention on your work. And after working hours, you can relax once you leave the room.
Consider Internet Speeds and Cell Phone Coverage
A reliable internet connection is a must whenever you’re working remotely. Do you need a fast and stable connection? Some occupations need it more than others. If you need to use Zoom for meetings, then you will need to have good internet connectivity.
Unfortunately, fast and stable internet isn’t always available. At times, you will need to make do with what you have. You might need to invest in backup internet such as having a pocket WiFi or having a prepaid SIM.
You will also have to consider some technical requirements that you usually don’t worry about. In some countries, having a VPN can make your travel experience smoother. You’ll be able to access sites that are blocked in the country where you’re staying.
Access to Public Transportation and Amenities
If you’re planning to rent a property or stay in a hotel, always consider the proximity of the nearest trains and bus stops. Plus, consider the number of grocery stores, banks, and other important establishments in the area.
Know About Your Insurance Coverage
Do you need travel medical insurance? Ideally, yes. Unfortunately, for some who are trying to shrink the cost of their travel, this is something that they are willing to forego.
For those with Corporate or Provided insurance make sure to understand what is and is not covered. Some areas can be “Out of Network” which can lead to higher deductibles or other stressful details.
The last thing that you want is to get stuck in a foreign country and worry about your medical expenses. There are lots of travel medical insurance options available. Be sure that you get a quote from at least five insurance companies. Some insurance options offer daily and monthly rates. Compare which one fits your budget and requirements.
Decide what to do with your belongings
A lot of people tend to drop their plans to travel and work at the same time because they don’t know what to do with their stuff.
The good news is that you have options. If you’re staying for months in another location, it can be a good idea to store some things in a storage facility.
If you own the place where you are staying, you can have it rented out. You can even use platforms such as Airbnb and VRBO. However, it is ideal if you can get someone who will manage everything for you while you are away. This setup can reduce the overhead cost and could even give you profits.
If you’re planning to work and travel at the same time, make sure that you’re going to plan ahead. If you’re hesitant thinking that you will have to sacrifice financial stability or risk your safety, this isn’t the case. Just remember to do your research and don’t act impulsively. Working Remote and travel is meant to be a time for decompression and enjoyment. Proper research will help that relaxation last the entirety of your trip.