The digital age has made it possible to work remotely – even when this means working from someplace halfway across the world. You don’t have to worry about missing a deadline, stress about who will do your job while you’re gone, or worry about the projects at hand. This doesn’t mean that all of this is easy though. There are some tips you’ll need to follow if you want to make all this work for you.

1) Make a Plan and Move Forward with It

The Escape Artist says it’s vital for you to have a plan because you never know what might happen when you’re traveling – things that can work against you. Before leaving for your trip it’s a good idea to prepare for these inconveniences. This means making sure that everyone you work with knows where you will be and when you’ll be able to talk to them. Take a few moments to sync all your gadgets, reminders, and calendar to the local time of your destination too so you won’t miss any important deadlines.

You also want to make sure that your coworkers are prepared to handle your absence. Know who will carry out your tasks and what tasks can wait for your return are important considerations, but something is bound to still go wrong. You can’t plan for everything and you need to stay calm and just accept this and possibly even find something positive through it.

2) Utilize Virtual Meetings

PGI says there are a lot of great reasons why you should utilize virtual meetings while traveling, including:

  • You’ll save money by not flying, be renting cars, booking hotel rooms, and be paying for food.
  • You’ll save time because you don’t need to coordinate or take long trips. As long as you can find someplace quiet to host a meeting, you’re in business.
  • Your whole team can attend regardless of what else they have going on. This decreases the likelihood that your information will become skewed or that feelings will get hurt because everyone can be present. This also gives you peace of mind at the end of your meeting because you’ll have a collective understanding of the goals and priorities that were reached while in the meeting.
  • Any documents used during the meeting can be preserved instead of being thrown away. This means that nobody can say they don’t have them in the future. Of course, this is better for the environment as well – something customers truly respect and support with better sales.

3) Synchronize Your Data

When you don’t have the data you need it can ruin your workflow. Whether this is because you left documents on another device or your internet connection dies, the best thing you can do for yourself is sync all your devices before you go. Whether this means using cloud storage or external memory devices, you want to be able to access the latest versions of your files from multiple devices, even offline.

4) Take care of Yourself

Don’t think of self-care as a luxury. Unless you put yourself first, Thrive Global says you won’t be able to get anything done. Some things to consider here include:

  • Say no to alcohol and yes to some more water instead
  • Take a walk
  • Spend a few minutes alone, somewhere quiet – even if it’s a bathroom stall
  • Avoid coffee and sugar (but then again, who are we kidding?)

5) Stay Connected with Your Loved Ones

You want to check in with your loved ones since they provide you with a sense of emotional well-being. Even if you only have a few minutes to spare, plan to use it here. By scheduling this you’ll be more apt to make sure it happens, especially when you’re in different time zones.

6) Five Useful Gadgets to Help you Stay Productive

There are a lot of great gadgets that can help you stay productive while you’re traveling today. Inc. says these should include:

  • Noise-cancelling headphones help you concentrate better. They also cancel out the airplane’s ambient noise so your flight is smoother and less exhausting.
  • A portable external monitor that connects to your laptop through your USB port allows you to easily have a dual monitor setup even in small places. This makes it easier for you to look at two documents or applications at once.
  • A portable wireless mouse is more efficient than your laptop’s trackpad. It also keeps your hand from cramping.
  • A battery pack for your cell phone helps you rest assured that you can make calls or use apps when you have time to do so. Another great option is to use a cloud-based phone system for communication.
  • A portable power strip means there will always be enough outlets for your gadgets.

7) Have Your Own Internet Connection

Public WiFi connections are great, but they’re also used by a lot of people so they’re quite slow and oftentimes insecure too. This is why you should buy a local SIM card and local bandwidth or have an international phone plan. Doing so gives you peace of mind when you find yourself pressed for a connection.

8) Remain Open-Minded

The Huffington Post says you really need an open mind when you’re about to throw yourself into another culture. After all, you never know if street food might make you sick or talking to strangers might make you feel uncomfortable. Experiencing these things will help you become a well-rounded, interesting person though. Ultimately, this will make your work even better too.

9) Re-energize with Yoga and Meditation

Adding activity to your travel schedule may seem impossible, but if you already do this at home, it becomes even more important for you while you’re on the road. This doesn’t mean you should forego sleep for exercise though. Instead, look for opportunities to build exercise into your daily schedule by choosing to take the stairs instead of the elevator, doing 15 minutes of yoga or Pilates in your hotel room, taking a 10-minute brisk walk around the hotel or airport, or finding a gym or park to use during a long layover. Meditation is also beneficial in helping you feel calmer and more relaxed throughout your trip. This is why airlines like United Airlines, JetBlue, Swiss Air, British Airways, and Cathay Pacific are now offering digital meditation services and stretching exercises as part of their in-flight entertainment options.

10) Make the Most of Downtime

While downtime can be frustrating, you can also choose to see it as a great time to relax or expand your mind by reading a good book, doing puzzles, or making pros and cons list to help you through a tough, looming decision. Under 30 CEO says that you should also learn to work anytime and anywhere you have time. Of course, this means you’ll need to carry your gear everywhere, so you can make use of even 10 spare minutes.


This was a guest post by Michelle Breitstein.

A wanderer by choice, Michelle Breitstein has an unending love for the mountains. She craves experiences of all kinds, and goes wherever her wanderlust takes her. She has explored Switzerland, India, France, Austria, Nepal, Tibet and several places in her own country, the United States. Her great achievements include trekking to Everest Base Camp, Chadar Trek and the Bernese Oberland Glacier Trek. She’s also interested in mountain biking, kayaking and leading a nomadic life, where she can spare time for travel writing, adventure sports, photography, volunteer travel, and staying cooped up in a caravan, guiding a tour.