by Jasmine Jalava for JoinMyTrip
Are you ready to experience an unforgettable adventure?
Maybe you're sitting at your desk right now, scrolling through old travel pictures and wishing you could explore the world. Instead you sit here at your desk and work. But that doesn't have to be the case! If there's one thing the pandemic has taught us, it's how to work remotely. Anything is possible if you put your mind to it. Here at JoinMyTrip are all travel enthusiasts who love to travel all year round. As a result, we found the best way to stay productive while exploring the world. So let's jump right in and see how you can combine both work and travel to start your journey to an unforgettable adventure!
Tip 1: Your boss says no?
If you have the opportunity to work remotely or take part in a coworking trip somewhere other than your office or home, do it! But maybe your:e boss:in is stopping you? If your:e boss:in says no, we have prepared something for you. Here are a few valid arguments you can use to convince your boss to let you work remotely - anywhere in the world.
change of environment
If you change your environment, you'll notice: "Hey, that's a little different...". You have a different desk, chair, view, etc... and you'll quickly find yourself starting to think more creatively, which will impact your teammates as well.
you are more productive
When you go on a remote working trip, you want to get out as soon as possible, go swimming at the beach, go hiking or lie in the warm sun. You'll become more productive and find creative ways to get your work done more efficiently.
Expand your network
Networking is important in any job. It's no secret that a good network is always an advantage. When you go on a remote working trip, you might meet other remote professionals or digital nomads who can share some skills and knowledge with you. Or maybe you can even benefit each other professionally, whether through a possible collaboration or something else.
Tip 2: Take part in a coworking trip
Imagine going on a journey with other like-minded remote professionals, connecting with them and learning new skills from them while traveling and exploring the world together... Doesn't that sound great? In case you haven't noticed, we just described how one Coworking-Reise works with JoinMyTrip. Why not join an already planned coworking trip and forget all your worries about how to combine work and travel - because it's all taken care of for you! When you join a coworking trip with JoinMyTrip, you share living and working spaces with other professionals and explore the surroundings together outside of working hours in the destination of your choice, making work and travel easy for everyone.
Tip 3: Be disciplined and prioritize your work!
Combining work and travel is not easy. You see other travelers exploring while you're still staring at your laptop and struggling to meet deadlines. Of course you want to join in the fun, and that's totally normal. In fact, you still have a duty to work, and you can't ignore that. You will surely tear yourself away from time to time and call it a day a few hours early because you just can't suppress the urge to explore. But if combining work and travel is something you want to do on a regular basis, let's start by saying that you need to stay disciplined and prioritize your work if you want it to work in the long run. Don't forget to work hard and enjoy hard afterwards! 😉
Tip 4: Surround yourself with like-minded professionals
As said before, combining work and travel requires a lot of discipline, but surrounding yourself with people who are in the same boat as you will make your adventure a whole lot easier. Surround yourself with like-minded professionals who keep motivating you and spurring you on to achieve your best. Think of them as coworking buddies. Use Facebook groups and forums to find other remote workers in your area, or check out JoinMyTrip to find your perfect Coworking-Buddy or to find crew!
Tip 5: The right workplace
When you work in the same room for at least 8 hours a day, you quickly realize that the right workspace is everything. When looking for your new temporary office or home, it is important that you feel comfortable for the entire duration of your stay.
So how do I know what the right workspace is? Glad you asked! If you're traveling and sharing a room with other remote professionals, make sure you have enough room for meetings and calls. So each person can have their own privacy and concentrate to the maximum.
Also, don't settle for a room you absolutely hate. If the walls are green and you really don't like the color green, don't take it! During your workday, you might get distracted and just think about how ugly those green walls are. Always feel comfortable in your space and don't settle for less!
This is your office, but it will also be your new home, so think about what you need for everyday life. For example, laundry or kitchen supplies, since your workspace can be the same room as your living space.
Tip 6: Have the right tools
Last but not least and the most important question: Do you have everything you need to work? Many often forget that the laptop is not enough. You may need a printer, scanner, or other office supplies. To ensure a successful working day, you should at least have suitable work tables and a strong internet connection at the destination. If you have the right tools for your time there, you won't even realize you're out of the office!
Of course, you can't possibly take your printer with you on every trip. But if you do, we won't judge! 😉 Make a list of all the necessary equipment you may need and think about what you can and cannot take with you. For the things you can't take with you, research the destination where you want to work remotely. There might be a print and copy café near you. Or - even better - the place where you are accommodated is already equipped with everything you need.