If you’re a freelancer like me, then you know how fantastic this life is. We get to have incredible freedom to work where we want to, when we want to, and how we want to. And if you’re also like me, then you want to do that and travel the world at the same time. I mean, that’s sounds like the perfect life, right? 🙌🏼🌍
But, that money’s gotta come from somewhere. As a freelancer, you can’t just drop all of your work for a couple of weeks and lounge on some beach in Bali. While you’re traveling, you’ve got to find the time to get your work done and make your clients happy. If you don’t, then you could wind up without that pay check at the end of the month. 💸
Just for you guys, I’ve collected some of my top tips for getting your work done while you’re out living your life. Find them down below:
How to still get 💸💸 while you travel the world.
#1. Research work spots before you leave.
No matter where you’re traveling (as long as there’s some type of civilisation around), there are going to be spots where you can work from. For me, I know that I have got to find the nearest cafe when I travel to work from – working from my hotel or hostel just doesn’t work out for me. That’s why it’s best for you to spend some time researching the best places to work where you’re visiting. You can search on Yelp for cafes with WiFi or check Workfrom to see what coworking spaces you can lounge at. Or you can even see if there are public libraries that offer free access to WiFi and charger ports.
The best thing to do is to mark all of these places on Google Maps (Pro Tip: Download the map of your destination beforehand in case you don’t have WiFi), so that you know exactly how to find them.
#2. Schedule in specific work time.
Traveling can be pretty hectic and you might not know what you’re schedule looks like before you get to your destination. But, that’s not so good for your work/travel balance. I love to be super organised with my travels, just so I have a general idea of what’s going on. No matter where I’m going, if I need to get my work done, then I block off certain hours of the day when I can work. Most of the times, I like to get my writing done in the morning, so I block off a couple of hours then. That way, there’s tons of time to explore the rest of the day.
#3. Find the environment you work best in.
As a freelancer, you’ve got to know how you work. Some people love to work in cafes, other people absolutely can’t work around other people. Personally, I’ve got to have some kind of commotion going on around me to focus – that’s why I love working in cafes so much (plus, I gotta have the coffee, duh ☕️😂). Whenever you’re traveling, make sure that you’re looking for places to work that fit your preferred work environment. That way, you’re going to be the most productive and have plenty of time left to travel the world.
#4. Limit your distractions.
Like I said, you definitely want to be as productive as you can when you’re working. That way, you have tons of time to do all of the traveling shenanigans. This is a general rule of thumb for all freelancers, but you’ve got to limit your distractions as much as possible when you’re traveling. This means cutting off Instagram for a bit to finish that project (ugh, tragic 😵), putting your phone away for a bit to write that last article, and generally taking away anything that could distract you. Because if you end up distracting yourself and not getting your work done, you’ll just have to make up that time out of the rest of the day. And that’s no fun 😐.
#5. Bring the right work/travel gear with you.
Now, when I’m traveling and working at the same time, I’ve got to have certain gear around. There are a few essentials that I would never leave my home without when I know I need to work:
- My Knomo Backpack: Of course, you’ve seen in the photos throughout this article, I absolutely can’t go anywhere without my backpack from Knomo. It’s perfect for bringing all of my working essentials with me. You can either hold it from the top handles or transform it into a backpack with the straps. Plus, the inside comes with tons of different pockets to keep everything organised and in its place 😊. On top of all that, you just can’t beat the looks of this thing 😍.
- A Portable Charger: You guys know I can’t go anywhere without a charge on my phone. But when you travel the world, it’s super easy to lose your charge and not have anywhere to plug in. So, I always always always bring a portable charger along with me. That way, I can always stay connected!
- An External Hard Drive: I have tons of files stored on my computer, but whenever you’re traveling, it’s just not safe to keep everything on there. That’s why I bring my external hard drive to store all of my photos, articles, and anything else I don’t want to lose.
- A Notebook & Pens: As a blogger, I obviously spend a lot of my time writing. And when ideas can just pop in your head at any moment, I like to flesh them out on paper. In my work bag, you can always find a notebook and tons of pens. That way, I can always have the option of bringing it out and jotting down some thoughts.
- My Water Bottle/Coffee Mug: When you’re traveling and working, it’s super easy to forget to hydrate (on both water and coffee 😜). That’s why you’ll always find my water bottle and coffee mug snug in my Knomo backpack.
Hopefully this helped you guys out when you want to freelance and travel the world at the same time. Until next time 😘