If you’re about to venture on a long trip abroad, but still want to stay connected so you can keep working while you’re away, check out the list below of the best ways to get the best out of working & travelling.
You may or may not know, but I’m doing just that while running Digizu remotely. Check out my travel website to keep updated with where I am in the world.
This is your main priority while travelling, you’re not going to be able to get much work done if you can’t get online. Below are some top tips to make sure you’re always connected.
Free WiFi is everywhere nowadays. While travelling I’ve actually been quite surprised at how many restaurants, shops, cafes over free WiFi. They even advertise it as an incentive to get customers to walk in. Here’s a few of the best places I use to get connected.
- Apple Store
Unlimited data SIM cards
If you’re in one place for at least a month, it might be worth you getting a new SIM card with a data package to make sure you’re always online. These packages will obviously vary from country to country. Just be carful with those offering ‘unlimited data’, as this term tends to get thrown about a bit lately. A lot of these packages state in their terms and conditions that your usage will be throttled after 2GB of usage (or similar), rendering it pretty much useless once you’ve gone over that allowance.
The best package I have found while in U.S.A is T-Mobile’s unlimited SIM for $50 a month. You can simply top it up every month until you no longer need it. It’s perfect for those visitors who are staying for a little longer than a couple of weeks.
Utilise calling over Wifi or data
When you’re in another country, it’s almost never worth it to spend the extra cash to call someone back home. Smart phones nowadays are just as good at voice calling over the internet. Here’s a few options you can use to keep in touch with everyone.
- Facebook Messanger
International phone calling
You may be in a situation where the person of company you’re wanting to call doesn’t have the above options to audio call. Your best option here is to use an international phone calling service. Here’s a few of the best & cheapest.
Take an antenna when using free WiFi
When you’re in your favourite coffee shop utilising their free WiFi, you may find that the only available table to sit down with your laptop is all the way in the back corner. You set down, set up your laptop, and realise that the signal strength of their WiFi just isn’t good enough.
You should invest in a decent WiFi antenna to avoid these exact issues. It’s also great when the hotel you’re staying at only has free WiFi in their lobby. A good antenna should be able to pick up the connection even when you’re up in your hotel room. Here’s a few on Amazon that have great reviews.
Keep your followers updated on social media
Once you’ve used one of the above methods to get online, you better make the most of it. While travelling, keep your followers updated with your location. You never know who you might bump into in what city! When posting your photos on your favourite social media platform, make sure you tag your location to let everyone know where you are!
Look for local events where you are
It’s important to not only keep in touch with those back home, but also try and connect with new people in your current city. There are some great websites out there that’ll keep you informed of what’s going on in your area.
Always keep your laptop & phone charged
You never know when you’re going to get that important phone call or email. You should always make sure your gadgets are fully charged when venturing off anywhere. Here are a few tips to make sure your devices don’t run out of juice.
Battery packs are essential. Pick a good one and you’ll get at least an extra 3-4 full charges out of your phone. When picking what battery pack is best, make sure you do your research. As a general rule, the higher the mAh the better - but beware of fakes! If you see someone selling a 10,000 mAh battery pack for £20, it’s going to be fake. Make sure you read all reviews before purchasing.
Take your charger everywhere
You never know where will have a sneaky USB port for you to get that extra charge on your phone. We have found charging points in the most strangest of places!
In car power supply
This has been a life-saver on many occasions. I’m currently travelling a lot in the car, sometimes for long drives to get to my next location. Having an in-car power supply means that I can be charging both my phone and laptop no matter where I am in the world.
There you have it, that’s my top tips for getting the most out of working remotely while travelling.