Working while traveling is somewhat of an art, especially for business owners who travel as much as I do. For those of us who live and work in the United States, we don’t have the luxury of postponing too many tasks – Americans are notorious for working too many hours, and I’m the first to admit that I’m a workaholic. Here are a few tips for working while traveling if you’ve got a business to run from wherever you are in the world.
Download Helpful Apps
It can be tough to stay organized when you’re out of your routine, so downloading helpful apps can save you a lot of stress. Apps I recommend are:
- Mint: Helps you keep track of your finances at home and abroad by organizing your expenses and paying bills.
- WhatsApp: This is my go-to messenger app that helps me save huge on SMS data charges and allows me to make free calls to other WhatsApp users.
- Dropbox: Another one of my must-have apps that helps me store and share my files, photos, and videos with others. I literally can’t work without it. The basic version is free, but if you need more capacity like I do, it’s only $9.99 per month.
- Freshbooks: This is an app I just heard about, but I am eager to start using it to organize my travel expenses, keep digital copies of receipts, and invoice clients while abroad.
Rely On Local Wi-Fi
Nobody wants an astronomical cell phone bill, which is why I’ve gotten used to having my phone on “airplane mode” the majority of the time while traveling. Not only does it stop all texts or calls from coming in, I can still use my phone in a Wi-Fi zone to update social medias, check emails, send texts, and make calls via Skype or WhatsApp. Relying solely on WiFi actually gives you more incentive to get out of your hotel room and scout out a local café or restaurant with wireless access.
Workfrom is a website that helps you find the best places to work from around the world, whether it’s a coffee shop or co-working space.
Back Up Your Work
I can’t stress this enough: back up your work! I couldn’t imagine what I would do if my computer crashed while I was traveling, taking along all my work emails down with it. It’s actually very risky to plan to work while traveling and not back up your hard drive or save a second copy of everything on an external device. I recommend the WD My Passport, which has 2 terabytes of capacity – enough to back up my computer several times over. Mac users like myself have to reformat it before using.
And just in case you’re curious about work habits around the world, below is a chart that helps put things in perspective. The most important tip for working while traveling is to actually, you know, enjoy the travel part!
About The Author
My name is David Hoffmann. I am a host and travel producer. I started this company because I believe that so much of what we are is where we’ve been. As a digital travel media company, our objective is to show others how to travel independently by providing practical advice and plenty of inspiration. I have hosted over 1,000 travel episodes across 6 continents, and have plans to bring you much, much more. In 2014 USA Today named me as one of their Top 10 Best Travel Videographers. My vision for the future is to continue encouraging the spirit of travel in others because it’s always an important question to ask yourself: #wherehaveyoubeen?