If you’re one of the many people who were introduced to the joys and difficulties of working remotely recently, you know that greater personal freedom is one of the undeniable highlights. That freedom offers you chances to make your holidays in meaningful destinations count in new ways.
Even though it may seem like the world is your oyster, not every destination’s a good fit when you’re a remote worker – and finding one that is can be tricky, especially when you’re used to thinking about travel solely in terms of pleasure. Here are a few tips on how to choose a meaningful destinations as a remote worker.
1. Consider Work Logistics And Infrastructure
There are several elements to include when thinking about work-related logistics and infrastructure in relation to your choice of a holiday destination:
- Work-related limitations – Being able to work remotely means you can take working holidays with a difference. If your employers are happy with the idea of you working while on holiday, they may set limitations such as joining a daily meeting or working for a set number of hours at a time when your destination’s time zone “overlaps” with that of the office.
- Time zone differences – Choose a destination that offers a decent time zone overlap, especially if you’re new to working remotely. Jet lag is another reason to consider time zones, as it could affect your productivity for a few days.
- Team productivity – Think about your team’s productivity when considering time zone overlaps and a choice of destination. There isn’t much point in settling on a destination that offers an overlap at a time when your team isn’t particularly productive.
- Your best work time – Identify your best time to work. Consider destinations in time zones ahead of your home base if you work better at night. Consider destinations behind your home base if you work better during the day.
2. Think About Infrastructure, Language, And Climate
It’s important to think about infrastructure and other aspects of daily life when planning a trip on which you want to work remotely:
- Destination infrastructure – Investigate the infrastructure of the locations you’re considering visiting. A dependable power supply and a decent internet connection (preferably Wi-Fi) are essentials for the remote worker, as are having the right power plugs. Check you can plug your laptop charger in without any issues, or ensure you have your own adapter.
- Language difficulties – Choose destinations in which you can communicate with others with relative ease. Finding shared workspaces and getting technical issues resolved can be particularly difficult if you travel to a country where you can’t communicate easily with the locals.
- The weather – Consider the climate of your preferred destinations. If you want to travel to escape the cold winter months at home, choose a destination that is warm at that time of year – which may mean heading north or south. Think about how the weather affects your productivity. If you struggle to work when it’s hot and humid, choose a destination with a cooler, milder climate.
3. Consider Lifestyle
The lifestyle offered by your preferred meaningful destinations is an important factor:
Being able to meet your work commitments should be your main concern when choosing a meaningful destination for holidaying as a remote worker. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider the other aspects of your trip. You won’t spend all your time working, which means the lifestyle offered by destinations are also important.
If city living gets your heart racing, consider destinations that offer appealing urban environments. If you prefer laid-back tropical vibes, choose a destination that offers that instead of gridlocked traffic and smog.
You’ll need to balance this with time zone and climate considerations, which we touched on above. Heading to Southeast Asia for a short working holiday with a difference during the monsoon season isn’t the best idea when you’re hoping to spend your mornings or afternoons soaking up the sun on golden beaches.
Choose destinations that are known for being tolerant if not welcoming. Avoid destinations in which the majority of people hold values and beliefs that are incompatible with yours, as they could lead to conflict.
4. Think About What You Want To Do
Your trip shouldn’t be all work and no play, so think about the activities you would like to do when on holiday.
In addition to considering the general lifestyle offered by the destinations that you have in mind, you should think about how you’d like to spend your free time. Do you want to dose up on arts and culture at museums, galleries, and theatres? Do you want to go on day hikes or bicycle tours? Do you want to join local festivities? Or would you prefer to relax by the pool? Choose the meaningful destinations that caters for your interests.
5. Calculate The Cost
The cost of your planned trip is one of the greatest determining factors when choosing a destination for working remotely while on holiday:
Investigate exchange rates and affordability. It’s not worth travelling to a place and working remotely if the cost of doing so will outweigh the money you earn from the work you do. Choose destinations where you can live relatively comfortably and inexpensively for a few days or weeks.
Calculating the cost of a planned trip means doing some research, but it’s all worth it. Browse websites, forums, and travel-related social media pages and groups to find out the cost of:
- Accommodation – The nightly, weekly, or monthly rate/rental, as applicable
- Food – The cost of mid-range meals in restaurants, street food prices, and the cost of basic groceries such as fresh fruit and milk
- A coworking space – The cost of daily, weekly, or monthly passes for coworking spaces that offer better work environments than coffee shops, restaurants, and bars
- Transport – Round tickets and passes for different types of public transport and the cost of renting cars or other vehicles
Choosing the right destination for a holiday when you’re a remote worker can open the door to all sorts of adventures and experiences. You get to experience new surroundings and cultures, and you can meet all sorts of people – and you can do it while continuing to meet your work commitments and earning money. Use the above tips to help you find the perfect places for a holiday that counts in exciting ways.
The RootLo Team