There’s a holiday. And then there’s a working holiday.
But if you’re a digital nomad, keeping your job and travelling isn’t so much of a holiday as a lifestyle choice. Basically, you work remotely from wherever you are in the world. You might be on a tropical island or trekking the Himalayas, but as far as your boss is concerned, it’s business as usual.
Author Amy Molloy did just that. When her partner said he wanted to backpack across South America before they settled down, she was at the height of her career – so, instead of choosing whether to temporarily lose her partner or her job, she took her responsibilities with her.
Listen to Amy’s success story on I Don’t Know How She Does It: Travel. Post continues.
After four months living out of a backpack, working across 14 countries, Amy wrote a handy list of the lessons she learned – and the home truths she discovered far from home.
Create repetition amidst the chaos.
Even if it’s going to the same place for breakfast or reading the same novel every night before bedtime, have some sort of schedule. And submerge yourself in water at every opportunity (even if it’s cold). It will instantly make everything feel better.
Always ask for the hostel room closest to reception.
Chances are it’s where the WiFi router is. If you’re staying somewhere with free desayuno don’t expect to get any bandwidth once breakfast is served, so set your alarm for 5 a.m. (Also, there will always be one guy sitting in a hostel’s communal area streaming an entire movie, whilst you’re struggling to get enough bandwidth to even update your inbox.)
Always have two work projects on the go.
One that you need internet to complete and one you can do on your own. Alternate them, depending on your location resources (trying to join a video conference in the middle of Bolivia will not end well!)
Don't go to every 'must-go' place.
Just because people say you have to visit the Salt Flats (or whichever place everyone raves about), you don't have to go there. It doesn’t mean you have to drive seven hours out of your way to do it, if sitting on a deckchair on a white stretch of nothing doesn’t sound appealing to you. Be true to your desires and forget everyone else’s expectations.