A new breed of traveler has emerged in the last years: the digital nomad. These are the people who work and travel. They are freelancers who afford to pack their things and travel the world. Digital nomads work from anywhere, as long as there is a reliable WiFi connection.
Here are some tips on traveling as a digital nomad and working from the road.
Back up, back up and back up again
Before you leave a place, backup your work. In fact, you should be backing up all data on your laptop. Things happen when you travel, so you can lose everything in the blink of an eye. To avoid this, store your data on cloud and flash drives. Also, make a habit of saving your work as you complete it – in the event of a blackout, your work won’t be lost. At least not all of it.
When you travel it’s always best to have minimal luggage. Of course, for a real digital nomad, this is hardly possible: only the tech equipment requires one big bag. However, try to keep the number of the bags as low as possible. Pack a few versatile clothes, your personal essentials and your work gear. Include your chargers and the cords for the camera, laptop and phone, but leave behind everything you can, for example, your laptop cooler.
Make sure you have a connection
Most digital nomads look for good WiFi connections where they travel, but this is not the only way to make sure you are online. Use your phone as a hotspot, so even when the local WiFi is not reliable, you will be able to work. In big cities you can easily find a good connection at a cafe, but in remote villages, you might struggle to find a reliable WiFi – that’s one of the big problems all digital nomads have to face.
Track all your expenses
It’s easy to lose track of your expenses when you are in a foreign country. There are so many things to consider, from buying little gifts for your loves ones to the exchange rate. All these can make your expenses pile up quickly, if you don’t track them. You can use a dedicated app for this or the old method: the pen and the paper. Your budget will thank you.
Learn the local transportation system
In most cases it’s best to use the local transportation system, so make sure you learn the system as soon as possible after arriving in the new place. Public transportation is usually cheaper than other means of transport and help you save money. Uber is a good option as well, if you have to get around and you want to get couple of insights on the place from a local.