Traveling as a digital nomad may sound like a vacation. However, you must work to pay not only the expenses of your trip but also any other expenses you have. Therefore, before embarking, you must have a plan in place to ensure a smooth work experience while you travel. You also need a plan for unexpected expenses, especially if you plan on traveling overseas.
If you work through these steps, you should have a happy and relaxed travel experience. These items help you plan for any contingencies that may arise on your trip.
1. Make Sure You Bring All Necessary Technology
You need more than just a laptop to make the jump to a digital nomad. You need to consider whether you have all of the other devices and items you need to make the trip work. You can consult comprehensive packing guides easily found online. We recommend bringing the following items:
- A cell phone with a hotspot plan. You may lose wifi. Having a cell phone with a hotspot plan ensures the access to the internet you need to continue working.
- External Batteries for your phone and laptop. You cannot always count on being near a plug when you need to finish some work.
- An a/c adapter. If you plan to travel overseas, you will need to ensure that you are plugging in correctly.
- Noise-canceling earbuds or headphones. You may have to work in public areas. Make sure you can tune out the background noise.
- Strong wifi. Because your work will be virtual, you need to ensure that your accommodations have strong wifi. This is even more vital if your work includes video conferencing.
2. Secure Travel Insurance
Travel insurance can keep you from incurring thousands of dollars of expenses if an emergency occurs while you are traveling. If you need to go home quickly and unexpectedly or incur emergency medical expenses overseas, travel insurance can cover some of those costs. It may also cover the costs associated with canceled trips.
Trip insurance is not health insurance, although it may assist with emergency medical bills. It would be best if you had both health and travel insurance before you begin any journeys.
3. Scouting Your Destination
If you plan on staying in a location for more than one week, you may wish to consider securing a hotel or Airbnb for the first few days of your trip. Use the time when you are not working to scout the area to determine where you wish to live for the next few weeks or months.
Scouting the area before making a longer-term booking allows you to find the best local spots. It also prevents the regret associated with having to honor a longer booking in an area you do not find attractive.
4. Finding Cheap Flights
Several services help you to find the lowest priced flights to your destination. Skyscanner.com and Google Flights search across multiple airlines to help you find the lowest prices and the best days to travel.
Do not be afraid to book a flight from your base to one airport, then switch to a different reservation on a different airline to complete your flight. Breaking up the reservation in this manner can save you money, especially if you have points saved on one of the airlines.
5. Plan Your Work
Before you leave, decide what parts of your new location you want to see. Plan these destinations carefully. Try to anticipate how much time you need to travel to each spot and how much time you will spend at each.
At the same, plan your work. You are not beholden to a 9-to-5 schedule. However, you must still finish your work. Plan in advance the times you will work to ensure that wanderlust does not negatively impact your income. You may work from early morning to midafternoon one day, then not start until the afternoon of the next day, but you will have a schedule that allows you to meet your goals and deadlines.
Remember, fate upends even the best-laid plans. You may need to alter schedules. You might have to settle for accommodations in an area other than your first choice. You may even need to hunt for reliable wifi. Starting with these tips in mind will allow you to face these challenges and design solutions that serve your travel and work plans.