Even though many offices are starting to reopen, remote working is getting nowhere, as companies like Spotify, Twitter, and Salesforce have told employees they can work remotely forever, if they choose.
54% of people said they wanted to work from home after the end of the pandemic, according to a Pew Research survey conducted at the end of 2020, when more than half of employees surveyed by PwC at the start of this year said they wanted to be at least three times a week once Covid-19 concerns the ease.
These long-term trends seem likely to inspire a wave of so-called digital nomads, or those who travel while working remotely. For some millennials, this lifestyle was their routine for years before the pandemic upended many of our work routines.
Here are 7 lessons from experienced digital nomads to adapt to this new lifestyle.
Spend at least a month in each location
While it sounds exciting to cross out all the destinations you’ve always wanted to visit, don’t fall into the trap of rushing from place to place. Staying at least a month in each destination will add stability to your routine and allow you to experience a place beyond a tourist’s perspective.
“I find it easier to work when I’m on the move and have stability,” said Ashleigh Ramshaw, online coach for Mindset and Business Coaches. The British national spends up to six months in one place before moving to a new place. She has spent time living and working in Bali, Costa Rica and is currently in Mexico.
“While it’s amazing that I can travel wherever I want with my job, it’s important to have a place to call home for a little while before moving on to the next location,” she said.
Join a coworking space
Even if you are an introvert by nature, a shared workspace can offer many benefits, including fast internet connections, a physical workspace, and a community of other working people as well.
Being a digital nomad can feel isolating at times, especially if you are surrounded by tourists.
“Just because you don’t have to Get out of bed is not a reason for work from bed“Says Lindsay Maisel, an independent American industrial designer who has worked from France, Thailand and Costa Rica.” The journey may be gone, but mentally (and physically) you have to go somewhere else to work. “
Maisel often sets aside $ 200 to $ 400 per month in his budget to pay for coworking space. While many coworking spaces closed at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Maisel noted that she had seen many reopen with security measures in place.
Use apps to meet new people
It has never been easier to find like-minded people all over the world through social media platforms.
Facebook hosts community groups of people living or working in different cities. In some of these groups, people often post about housing options and social gatherings. These groups can be helpful in understanding everyday life in a new place.
Glenn Emery, U.S. financial analyst for Exploding Kittens, a Los Angeles-based entertainment company, said he uses Facebook groups wherever he goes. “I met some people and we ended up carpooling on the hiking trails and chatting about the whole ride,” he said. “I keep in touch with the group via Instagram and Facebook.”
Emery, who has worked remotely in Southeast Asia, Mexico and Hawaii, is also an avid user of the Tinder and Bumble apps for meeting people for dating and friendship. “I invite people over for coffee or take a hike and it usually turns into friendship,” he said.
“It’s great to learn more about a culture or place from the people who live there.”
Register for ‘Nomad Insurance’
Being stuck with a big medical bill in a foreign country can cause emotional and financial stress, which is why William Griffin, a coach sales coach, advocates that people get “ nomadic insurance ” that typically covers people. traveling outside their country of origin.
Griffin, who has worked in the United States, India and Europe, said his insurance provider of choice was SafetyWing, where he pays $ 40 per month and is covered up to $ 250,000.
Set limits with your boss or clients
What will you do when you receive a calendar invitation for 3 a.m. in your time zone?
“There’s something really important about shutting down your computer and quitting work at the end of the workday,” said Maisel, the independent industrial designer.
She advised setting limits with clients or managers to establish expectations.
“Time zone differences can interfere with your lifestyle and create restless nights,” she said. “Let your clients or managers know what times you are reasonably prepared to take calls or meetings.”
“At the same time, it can be a trade-off that you have to be prepared to make in order to be able to effectively manage your work while traveling,” she added.
Get multiple debit and credit cards
Griffin remembers all too often that he forgot to take his debit card out of an ATM while traveling. “Nothing is worse than losing your bank card abroad,” he said. “I had to learn it the hard way.”
In some countries where cash is prevalent and credit card options are not often available, this can cause a lot of stress.
Griffin now has at least three different cards to take the stress out of having to call banks in the hope they can ship internationally.
Engage in daily mental and physical routines
While traveling and discovering a new place often generates a lot of excitement at first, being away from your usual routine and your community can also be a challenge.
“Running your own business or responding to your boss without having one place to call home can actually be very isolating,” said Ramshaw, the Mindset and Business Coach. “I remain personally committed to my morning routine, which includes a workout and daily meditation, to keep my dynamism and energy going.”
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