Working remotely and travelling is the new way of living the dream. As our modern world continues to progress with lots of opportunities available to work remotely, our way of working has become more and more flexible. This flexibility allows us to work anywhere we can and it gives us the freedom to travel more. From modern computers to affordable internet services, and with the coolest software that allows us to communicate effectively, working remotely and travelling is indeed the best approach to the work-life balance goal that we all want.
I started working remotely as a part time gig about 6 years ago. I used to do it for about 2 hours a day on top of my 9-5 job. I worked as a virtual assistant and it helped me to pay some of my bills. Until one day I decided to leave my traditional office job for a more flexible kind of career. My experiences urged me to start a new leap and now I’m working as a full-time location independent project manager which allows me to go after my passion for travel.
The benefits of working remotely and travelling
You choose where to work
Working in an office based environment is good, but every single day, you go to the same office and sit in the same cubicle for 8 hours or even more. Clock in and clock out like it’s never ending. Working remotely exempts you from the daily routine that can become boring and exhausting as time goes by. If it wasn’t for my new chosen remote work, I would still be working on my desk wondering how I could be freed from the normal and unchanging environment of our office. I’m not pertaining that I wasn’t grateful to what I used to do, I’m just comparing the two and as to how working remotely makes my job more bearable for me.
Working remotely gives you the liberty to choose where to work. You are not obliged to be physically around in the office, so why not use the freedom and change your venue. Whether you like to work on your bed, at the nearest coffee shop or on the balcony of your hotel room, it doesn’t matter because you’re free. As long as you have all you need such as access to internet with sufficient speed and your computer, you’re all set.
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No more unpaid days
Depending on your work arrangement, working remotely doesn’t just allow you to choose your preferred location; it also allows you to work anytime. With the flexibility of working anywhere and anytime of the day, you can be sure that you can always clock in whenever possible with good wi-fi! Allocate these possibilities to your day when you’re travelling so you can still be productive and get things done while on the road.
If you need to work for 8 hours a day but also wants to travel, you might start worrying that you’ll miss work hours and not get paid. But if you manage your time right, working remotely and travelling can be done effectively. If you need to make up with 40 hours of work a week to get paid in full, split your work for about 5 to 6 hours throughout the day. Start with 3 hours in the morning; stroll around wherever you are for about 4 -5 hours and do more work in the afternoon for another 2-3 hours. That accumulates to 40 hours a week. Read my article about how to manage your time while travelling and working.
Say goodbye to everyday commute
I used to wake up at 4 am everyday for 10 years, but I never got used to it and to be honest, I hated it. I had to make sure that I would be on the road by 5:15 am so I wouldn’t be late. Commuting going to work in the middle of hustle and bustle of Manila is not the easiest thing in the world. With our poor transportation system and the horrible traffic, not to mention the drivers who lack discipline on the road, commuting is always a challenge for us. It’s even worst on rainy days! These factors affect the morale and motivation of employees to go to work, leading to high percentage of absenteeism.
Working remotely eliminates all the hassles of commuting and it saves you an hour or two of your day. When you choose to work remotely, you can completely forget about commuting as you can sit on your couch peacefully and do your work, not worrying about how long it would take to be at your office. For those who are working remotely and travelling, settling in a place with good internet connection is all it takes. If there is a need to commute, you can always do it after the rush hour. And if by any chance you get stuck in traffic, you can still be productive by using this extra downtime to catch up on some other things.
You spend less money
One thing I really like about working remotely is how much money I could save for my travel goals. I mean, there is no more overspending for my daily lunch and overpriced morning coffee. The transportation money is no longer a problem for me because I don’t need to travel to work every day as I can work in the comfort of my own apartment. I also saved money from not buying more clothes, shoes and makeup for my everyday look as I can work in my underwear and pajamas without a care in the world.
If working remotely is your chosen way to travel more often, the money you can save from food, transportation and clothing allowance will sum up to an amount that you can spend on your next plane ticket and hotel room. With the abundance of travel blogs and other online resources to help you with your budget, from cheap flights to affordable hotels and apartments, working remotely and travelling will be the pinnacle of your priorities.
Working remotely is less stressful
While no work is easy, working remotely tends to be less stressful. If you enjoy working alone and take pleasure in the peace and quiet, working remotely can be a good replacement of the traditional office atmosphere. There is nobody bossing you around, no annoying colleagues and nobody telling you what you need to do. You are your own boss, you decide where to work, when to work and how long you take a break.
Many recent studies have supported the idea that working remotely, for the right people, can increase productivity and decrease the level of employee’s stress. These studies also imply companies that encourage and support remote work arrangements have the ability to save money in the long run which is an added benefit on the employer side.
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Travel broadens our mind, so we might as well do it without ditching our job
American writer Mark Twain wrote “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
When we travel, we learn new things about the places, people and culture we see. Travel takes us to a whole new level of life experience. From exploring new places, getting to know new cultures, trying new foods and meeting new people – travelling gives us a different point of view. There are many benefits to travelling and if we have the resources, time and passion to do it, travel allows us to see our world in ways we would never be able to comprehend in our home countries. Working remotely gives us the chance to enjoy the best of both worlds. You will have more time to travel while enjoying the fruits of your labour.
These are just a few of the advantages of being a remote worker. Whether travelling to different countries or to a nearby province, there are still plenty of benefits to ferret out. With strategic planning, excellent time management and lots of self discipline, every remote worker with dreams of travelling can combine career and personal-life goals. If you discover the right way to keep doing what you love and trust yourself that you can make it work, nothing is impossible.
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