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Setting Your Expectations To Work Remotely Around The World

Heather Markel, Full Time Travel and Business Coach, Speaker, Traveler

Being a digital nomad or working remotely sounds like a dream. You plan to bring your laptop and make the world your office. Today, perhaps the beach, tomorrow a trendy cafe, and perhaps a terrace with a beautiful view later this week. Sounds amazing. But, there are a few things you should prepare for. The laptop lifestyle comes with it’s challenges. Here are a few things to prepare for if you’re planning to embark soon.

1. Work Life Balance Is Still A Struggle

While you may dream of seeing lots of sites, it’s very easy to experience weeks go by where you spent so much time working you didn’t get to enjoy your environment. The thing you want to avoid is traveling the world and only seeing the walls of your accommodation or workspace because you didn’t create the space to get out of it.

If you’re working remotely then it’s essential that you speak with your employer before you go. They rely on you to deliver results, and you expect to have an important life experience. The key is to see if you can reach an agreement that works for both of you. 

One part of the discussion may be potential legal and tax issues that your company has to mitigate with you working in different countries. This could, potentially, limit the countries you can work from.

2. Time May Get On Your Nerves

One of the biggest challenges you may face, depending where you travel, is a different time zone. If your employer expects you to make a daily call at 9am, and that becomes 3am for you, are you willing to shift your awake hours to make the call? If not, you’ll have to reconsider where you travel to so you stay within a specific time zone.

3. WiFi Is A Bleeping Pain In The A$$

Connectivity is the bane of any remote worker/digital nomad’s daily life. Remember that wonderful cafe you planned to work in? The bandwidth of their WiFi may be slow and low and when shared with all the other folks using their phone you’ll be lucky if you can log on to a company website, and there’s little chance you can make a videoconference.

Thinking of tethering through your phone? It’s unlikely you’ll find 5G/LTE service in many places in the world, and if you’re in a remote town, your signal strength may give you an experience akin to dial-up.

As a blogger, I have, at times, spent upwards of 30 minutes uploading images, even when they are compressed.

If you need good connectivity you’ll want to either research accommodation by WiFi availability, call the property owner to confirm if it’s an individual connection, or consider proximity to a co-working space to make sure you can get your work done.

4. You May Feel Judged

If you’re working remotely for a company, you may, possibly, receive judgment from coworkers who remain in the office, or in their home. They may presume that since you’re globetrotting and they see photos of you having a blast at various tourist destinations, you aren’t getting any work done. You may have to either work hard to prove how much value you bring to your team, or develop a thicker skin to some of the comments. Or, potentially, encourage your teammates to join you for the adventure!

5. You May Feel Lonely

This will hit you more if you’re traveling solo, but can impact couples as well. Especially if you have a core set of friends, and end up in a place where you know no one. If you’re indoors, alone, a lot of the time, you may find dinner is the only time you get out, and have to contend with dining alone. I suggest that you do it. I’ve met more new friends by eating out alone than many other activities. Also, get out on weekends, and try to do a local activity or tour to meet other people.

Ironically, if you do go out, you’re likely to find it’s hard to stay alone. Around the world, I’ve been invited to join people at their table when they realize I’m on my own. I’m still in touch with many of the wonderful people I’ve met this way. I wrote a collaborative article about some of the magic experiences women, especially, have had while dining alone and traveling.

Make sure you don’t spend all your free time on video chats with people back home. Especially if you’ve been couped up in the pandemic, getting out and meeting people locally and seeing them in person is essential to your experience.

Making the world your office is extremely rewarding, as long as you plan it out well, and work for a company willing and able to support your desired lifestyle. Got questions? Let’s chat!

Learn about Heather and what set her on her world journey. She also explains why this life is not just for Millenials, it's for anyone that wants to create a life around what they love most in life. 

Listen to an episode of the video interview series that will inspire you to follow your heart. Whether you want to travel full time or have another calling, this series is for you.

See the amazing people I've been meeting on my travels and the fun stories that go along with the meetings.

Check out my travel photos from around the world to see the world from wherever you are.

If you've been thinking that there's got to be  more to life than work, or, you've lost your job, and wonder whether now is the time to do something you're more excited about, this quiz will help you. Answer a few questions and get a free guide to help you know the areas you need to work on, followed up with inspirational and helpful tips to put your dreams into action.

This is an essential first step to creating your full time travel budget. Take this quiz to start thinking about how the type of travel you do directly impacts your daily travel activities. Answer a few questions and get your travel style category.

 

Traveling the world full-time may sound glamorous and exhilirating. (In many ways, it is!) But, it's not full-time fun. Before you decide to go, take this quiz to make sure you're ready, and, if not, find out how to bridge the gaps.

This fun quiz helps you understand what your travel personality is, and how to make sure you indulge it when planning your next trip to maximize your enjoyment!

This one is pure fun - test your transcontinental travel trivia knowledge. Hit the button below if you dare take the quiz and see your score! 

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If you want to see every post I've written, starting with the most recent, this is the place to start!


If you need some tips on getting started, traveling safe, and saving money while traveling full time, go here! 

I've been traveling the globe solo, and many of my posts share thoughts and resources specifically for other solo travelers. If you're a fellow solo traveler, or you're thinking about solo travel, this is a collection you will find of interest.

If you're looking to read blog posts about specific destinations, click the country of your interest below to go to it's blog page and get country-specific reviews and thoughts.

Africa

Argentina

Australia

Brazil

Cambodia

Chile

Costa Rica

France

New Zealand

Peru

Portugal

Scotland

Singapore

Thailand

Uruguay

Vietnam

 

Sometimes I write posts where I give insider information on certain cities I've visited, which may be more along the lines of places to go, how to save money, etc. If that's your main interest, check out this compilation of posts.

In 2020, I was traveling in New Zealand as the coronavirus pandemic brewed, and, got stuck there. If you want to read about what this time was like and traveling during this time, check out this page.

At the heart of international travel is learning about the many different cultures and ways of being around the world. The posts compiled on this page speak, specifically, about the cultural observations I've had.

Many of my blog posts are about things I've discovered about myself or about being, while I've traveled. If you'd like to focus on posts that only have self-discovery themes, click the button below.

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