As more people receive vaccinations and countries open up borders again, the idea of a vacation that never calls you back to the office might be the most appealing option out there.
Digital nomads—people who travel while working virtually—have figured out how to work remotely while traveling the world.
These are the must-knows if you want to join them.
Choose Your Destinations Wisely
Unfortunately, working remotely overseas isn’t as easy as simply finding an internet connection everywhere you go. Many countries have unique laws regarding working from home in the same way that states in the US do.
If your current employer is a US company, they may be unable to meet the standards of remote work in these other countries and, thus, could not keep you on if you moved there.
Coordinating with your employer to gain a solid understanding of your destination options should precede any plans or plane tickets.
If you want to become a digital nomad as a contractor or gig worker, traveling while working may be easier for you, while gaining the visas necessary to do so will become harder.
Be Tech Ready
Frequent travel while working remotely can be tricky when it comes to the necessary technology. Keeping a laptop charged, damage-free, and secure becomes difficult when you’re constantly on the move or living from place to place.
Keeping all your tech in a single bag is a double-edged sword, as the collection is both easier to remember and easier to lose. Be sure to inventory everything you leave your house or hotel with and then do so again before you get back home.
Finding a stable internet connection is the more common issue digital nomads face when they attempt to work from home while traveling. As you’re planning which cafes and hotels you will visit, call ahead to confirm available Wi-Fi and, if possible, internet speeds.
Backing up data and files will prove vital if you ever lose your devices or if power and internet outages occur.
Keep Track of Paperwork
Paperwork and documents will be the most intensive part of frequent travel for remote workers. Entering almost any country will require visas, work permits, or some form of citizenship.
The length of your stay can also affect when you need to begin paying taxes. Luckily for people hoping to work remotely while traveling the world, many countries are starting to offer longer-term programs for tourists, like Barbados’ recent visit extensions.
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If you decide to travel abroad and work remotely while seeing the world, your best tool will be your research skills. Knowing the ins and outs of all your dream destinations will make the process of getting there much smoother, and with each country you visit, you’ll have a bit more experience for the next.
If you choose to do it, working while on vacation overseas is sure to make up for a year stuck indoors.
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