Before, when people say that they are going on a business trip, it means they are to attend a conference, meeting or closing a deal in another country. But with the evolution of internet and technology, entrepreneurs and business people can now work remotely and travel from one place to another as digital nomads. For some, this is a road to freedom from the bondage of a 9-5 job. Do you want to join this new breed of professionals who earn and travel at the same time? Here are some tips to help you get started:
Take advantage of your frequent flier miles and rewards.
If you have been traveling even before you decided to work on the go, you would have been accumulated frequent flier miles that will allow you for free air fares. Add these to travel perks you get from wisely using your credit cards and you will cover most of your travel expenses.
Look for WiFi hotspots but invest on your own WiFi kit.
Working virtually requires you to have internet connection all the time. Aside from having your own pocket WiFi, there are free WiFi hotspots available in coffee shops, public libraries, restaurants and your accommodation. Your smartphone can also be tethered to your laptop.
Choose a location that allows you to work and enjoy at the same time.
Instead of staying in hotels, you can opt for bed and breakfast accommodations that are a lot cheaper. There are many B&Bs and hostels that are comfortable and clean that also can also be a great place to meet other digital nomads and backpackers who can be part of your network. And if you intend to stay for a longer period of time, you can also do some research and look for job openings for house-sitters. This way, you don’t have to pay rent and have privacy to work.
Traveling while working can be rewarding but it does not come without challenges along the way. It is best to prepare and plan before giving up your 9-5 job. Once you have adjusted to a life of a digital nomad and have learned the ropes, you can balance working and traveling.
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