Good news, you don’t have to quit your job to reap the benefits of living the digital nomad lifestyle. Now more than ever the work/life/travel balance is evolving, and it’s possible to keep the job you love while working remotely in new places around the world.
From extending a work trip to trying out a co-working/co-living programs, here are ways you can travel the world and still keep your job.
Extend a work trip for a few days
Is your job taking you to a new part of the world? Ask your boss if you can extend your trip and work remotely for a few days or weeks in this destination. Flexible and modern companies will see the benefit of allowing workers to extend a work trip. Perhaps you can use this extra time building relationships with another office in your company. Or maybe you can work on a special project that requires additional research time. If nothing else, if you can prove you’ll be working the entire time, your boss should be open to it.
Ask if you can work remotely for an extended period time
If you’ve had luck extending your work trips, perhaps you can ask about working remotely for a longer period of time. You’ll never know if you don’t ask, right? Studies show working remotely can boost performance and productivity. Not only are employees able to avoid losing precious hours to commuting, but they’re able to find quiet and often tranquil environments that support productivity. We also all know the feeling when we change up our routine work environment and have an incredibly productive day. And what’s even better is employees may be less likely to resign because they are happier. There’s also a cost savings — an average $11,000 a year for businesses per flexible employee according to a report by Global Workplace Analytics. The environment also benefits from reduced greenhouse gas emissions produced by commuters driving cars.
Use your vacation time
Ok, so this may not be your first option, but if all else fails and you still want to learn what life as a digital nomad is like than using vacation time is still an option. If you’re using your vacation time to travel and work, we recommend you don’t work the entire time. But perhaps you can use it as a time to catch up on work that keeps falling between the cracks or a project you’ve been meaning to start.
Alternatively, you can use it as a time to get started on that side-business you’ve always wanted to start. Nothing sparks creativity like getting out of your comfort zone and experiencing new environments.
Using vacation to work as a digital nomad may be a last case scenario, but it can still give you a taste of the lifestyle. And who knows, it could be the added motivation you needed to start pursuing your passion.
Once you’ve sorted out if you can work as a digital nomad, it’s time to plan. If you’re brave enough to venture beyond your home, check out Nomadlist. It’s a database of 2,300+ cities in the world, analyzing data points such as living costs, safety, and even average Internet speed to help you decide on a city that works for you.
Companies like Roam offer a global community of co-living and co-working spaces in destinations such as San Francisco, Tokyo, Miami, and Bali. You’ll be surrounded by a creative community of like-minded entrepreneurs sure to inspire you.
The only way to see if you enjoy the life as a digital nomad is to try the lifestyle on. Even if your one-month stint working remotely tells you this life isn’t for you, the work/travel experience abroad or in a new city is a valuable learning experience.
If you never try it, you’ll never know. But if you do decide to take the plunge, follow some of our tips to working remotely while traveling, and your co-workers might not even notice you’re gone.