Remote Work Tips: How to Actually Get Work Done While You Travel
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Remote Work Tips: How to Actually Get Work Done While You Travel

Make sure you have a comfortable, dedicated work space

Working remotely has allowed me to live in a wide range of sometimes very cool accommodations. Airbnb is great for the short-term, and services like Landing and Blueground are popping up to provide longish-term, furnished rentals.

While finding a place might be easy, finding one that’s work-friendly is a different story. Look for places that have a desk, or at least a good kitchen table with chairs—not all Airbnbs and few hotels have them.

“My #1 piece of advice would be to either book an Airbnb or hotel with a desk, or find a coworking or coliving space,” says Marina Gigis, who helps women build travel-centric businesses via her company Livin Vivaciously. “Cafes can be fun, but the internet connection is not always reliable and it can be distracting. Plus, if you find a great coworking space you can meet people who are doing the same thing as you and potentially become your travel/work buddies!”

Nicole Vasquez, the co-founder of Deskpass, reiterates that your surroundings directly impact your productivity. “I learned many years ago that working from a beach or pool doesn’t work. Your legs get sweaty, you can’t even see your laptop screen, so it’s not the glamorous ‘oh, I’m working from a pool in Bali.’ To be a nomad, yes, I work from exotic places—but during the day when I’m actually working, I’m indoors, on the Wi-Fi, connected to the electricity.”