While quit your job and travel the world has been a dream of the second half of 20th century employees, employees of 21st century have grown up to desire different things both professionally and personally.
Seemingly, what new generations seem to embrace is a lifestyle that will allow you to do both.
Not quitting your job and traveling the world has its advantages and disadvantages. While Jack Welsch, founder of Jack Welsch Management Institute, talks about inability of professional growth while working remotely, many people nowadays beg to differ with having managerial or high positions in remote companies they work for.
Working remotely has come a long way from when the concept was created 60 years ago. So, if you decide to keep your job and travel the world, do know that it is not going to be an easy transition at all, but, also, it is not impossible.
Here are 7 tips that will help you travel and still earn with your regular job:
1. Choose a company or a position that will give you enough freedom
First and foremost – to make the transition from office to remote, you have to know the people you work with. The corporate organization you work in is probably the most crucial question. There is no one-size-fit when it comes to flexibility in companies. You have to understand the company you work for and their goals, if you want them to understand you too.
Many companies consider ‘remote working’ letting you off to work from home one or two days a week. But if you want to travel the world and keep your job – you will need much more freedom and flexibility than one or two days away from office.
If you find out that the company you work for is not in favor of remote working you can still consider other options. Using platforms that are dedicated to companies looking for remote team members and digital jobseekers can be highly beneficial for you. Strive to find the company that will allow you to work and grow professionally as a remote worker.
Now, strive to find an organization that is fully supportive of working remotely. Companies that embrace this way of working will not strive to hold on to face time and ‘making you be in the office every once in a while.’
If you run a company and would like to travel and work, try outsourcing parts of your business through online platforms and focus on other things. Jobrack will give you a quality pool of people to outsource to. Should you need any advice on how to outsource your business online – you can always drop a question in Outsourcing For Online Businesses – people would be more than glad to help!
2. Understand that it is not a vacation
Understand that working and traveling does not mean having a vacation with a bit of work here and there. Vacation is for free time, pleasure and enjoying. Travelling and working mean that you will still have a full day that will not allow you to “rest” as if you were on vacation or take two-days-off to roam around the city.
It is not as glamorous as visiting museums, restaurants and concerts whenever you feel like it. Truth be told until you get the grip of things you will probably experience much more of what Oatmeal’s been talking about.
But, do not worry about that now! You will still have to set your priorities. Or, simply, set office atmosphere wherever you are or book a table in a co-working space wherever you go.
Fear of missing out (FOMO)
“The anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on social media.” this is how Oxford English Dictionary describes FOMO – fear of missing out.
With presence and impact that social media has on our day-to-day lives, it is hard not to think that you are missing out on adventurous lives of others. Now, since this is a common phenomenon (at least at some stage) there is also another type of FOMO that you might experience as well – fear of missing out the things of your previous life for it continues without you as well, at its pace.
However, there is a tip to surpass this – concentrate on prioritizing your tasks so that you can manage not to miss out on the things that really are important for you.
4. It’s not cheap
Working and traveling are not cheap. If you are willing to make this your everyday life add up some costs that come up when you are not based in one location.
For example, space where you will work from, more pricey rents – since you are only renting for a couple of weeks or months and having to experiment.
5. Plan ahead
If you are going to travel the world and keep your job you have to plan ahead. Digital nomads around the world are sharing information on how and when to do things while traveling (visit some of the platforms such as Nomad List or groups like Digital Nomads Around the World).
Knowing which country, you are going next make sure you have options A, B and C for all the important things that include where are you going to live, what to eat and what everyday services to use.
6. Getting offline
All these applications running keeping you on your phone – also keep you busy in your head. That is the present we live in, and we embraced it with working remotely and online. The Internet has offered us many benefits, but the negative side is certainly (and this one being the biggest) the fact that eight-hour-workday turned out to be a non-stopping workday – unless you switch off at some point.
Working remotely and traveling can put you off track with your schedule so prepare yourself for double checking your schedule, or if you do not have the habit of doing it, then just creating one you will try to adhere.
Once you have a plan, strive to put your notifications to off and try not to feel anxious because of doing that. You will have to divide your personal life from professional life – this way you will be more productive at both.
7. Be realistic
Sit on the perspective. Travelling and working may seem at first sight like something that is easily manageable. However, you will need some time to accept the idea as it is.
For one month try to keep track of the money you spend and what you spend most on. Then make a calculation and see how much you would need for, let’s say, your next destination. If that is something you can easily hit – go for it. If it’s not, try choosing a cheaper destination to start with.
Once you have the clear idea of how much you spend and what you think might be convenient for your next destination, you can start to consider working and traveling more serious. After all, if you can dream it, you can do it, right?
It all comes down to couple of simple things, really. You easily calculate if you can hit your next destination and then try to plan ahead as many things as you can. Making a 30-day-plan does not mean that you will stick to it to the fullest – but it is always better to have some plan than no plan at all. Organize your tasks the best you can and prioritize what is important for you.
After all, there are plenty of people that have struggled (or they still do) with decisions you are struggling right now – reach out to them and get some quality advice!