What do you need to get done?
Armed with only a phone, a laptop and an internet connection, we can work almost anywhere in the world. But before you get distracted by the thought of sending emails from a tropical beach with the sand between your toes, it’s essential that you spend time considering the practicalities of organising a workation.
Where are your customers and colleagues based, and will you need to join regular team meetings and make calls during office hours in that location? By selecting a destination that’s in roughly the same time zone, you can avoid middle-of-the-night Zoom sessions. That said, if you would prefer to work early mornings or late evenings, then being a digital nomad might present the perfect opportunity to break away from the traditional 9-to-5. If you're in an industry that moves between busy and slow periods, you might decide there are a few weeks or months each year when you can go off-grid and really maximise your travel time. Alternatively, you might want to log-on every day to get that side hustle or start-up off the ground.
Define the hours you need to work, and whatever you decide, communicate your availability clearly and make sure you are easy to contact by getting your tech up to speed – a headset, a VPN and a global hotspot can give your mobile workspace a boost.