Today, there is more opportunity than ever to work remotely.
Becoming a travel agent is one of many professional paths that allows you to work remotely... and one, in particular, that actually encourages you to travel abroad!
Having worked remotely ourselves for many years now, we've learned a few tricks of the trade to keep us at our most productive while abroad:
Always Be Charging.
There's nothing worse than a dead battery when you need your phone or laptop. To avoid this scenario (and the painful anxiety of slowing watching your battery fade), take every chance you get to charge all devices... at the co-working space, the coffeeshop, the airport... everywhere! One of the best investments you can make in this regard is a Mophie mobile batter phone case. The stress alone that you will avoid via this bulky battery case is worth its weight in gold.
Learn Languages, Fast.
Audio learning is one of the fastest ways to pick up a new language. We have had particular success with the Michel Thomas Method, whose companion app allows you to download up to 10 hours of strictly audio-based lessons. No books, no writing, and no memorization required!
International Phone Plans.
Forget buying SIM cards. Google-Fi is one of the most comprehensive international calling plans, with coverage in over 170 destinations. For countries without data coverage, connect to WiFi. Most smart phones are Wifi-Calling enabled and allow you to call or text internationally for free over WiFi.
Schedule Emails in Advance.
Working from half way across the world sometimes means that 9am local time is 3am back home. Sending emails at such odd hours can not only be seen as unprofessional, it can wake the recipient up. This is not the kind of impression you're looking to make on your clients and employers. Better to send it within the recipient's regular business hours using Boomerang, a handy Gmail extension that allows you to schedule emails in advance.
Pack an Extra Change of Clothes.
This one may seem obvious, but it's always wise to make room in your carry-on bag for a spare set of clothing... just in case you make it to your destination a few days before your checked bags do.
Access Airport Lounges.
Depending on how often you travel, consider investing in a premium credit card or pass to gain access to airport lounges around the world. Frequent travelers will not only see a return on investment from free food and drink (especially considering how expensive shopping at the airport can get), but also from the added comfort of waiting out a layover in a relaxing lounge, many of which offer private showers, massages, and other amenities at no additional cost. Some of the most popular credit cards or passes include Priority Pass, the Delta Reserve® Credit Card and the Platinum Card® from American Express, the Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard, and the United MileagePlus Club Card.
Join a Co-Living / Co-Working Group.
Working remotely can get lonely. If you ever feel like surrounding yourself with like-minded professionals, consider joining one of the increasingly popular co-living / co-working groups.
The cardinal rule of packing is to lay out all of your clothes and all of your money, then take half the clothes and twice the money. A good practice to keep things light is to limit yourself to strictly a carry-on bag. We recommend a travel backpack from Osprey or Camelbak - two of our favorites!
Research Internet Speeds.
When you're working remotely, you need the internet to be strong and reliable. Don't just ask your accommodation provider or co-working space if they have internet ahead of time. Ask them to use SpeedTest.Net to check the strength and send you a screenshot of the results.
Growing an attachment to a place is easy, but when it’s time to go, it's best to do so gracefully. The next destination is almost always just as sweet.
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