It can be essential for you to still keep working while you travel. If your workplace has permitted you to work remotely during this period, or you simply want to earn some extra spending money, working as you go can be an option. Depending on where you are, you may have some resources at your disposal where you are staying or may need to allocate certain days to more urban locations so that you can gain access to the tools you need.
Invoicing on the road
If your company requires payment from clients while you travel, you need to be able to get invoices sent out efficiently. Working during your holiday or travel period is probably not at the top of your list, so it is best to find the quickest way to achieve results. A simple invoice template can allow you to transfer the data for each job, without needing to spend too much of your time on inputting standard data, such as your logo or business information. You can also make sure that it is fully formatted before you leave, meaning you won’t need to dedicate hours on making sure the invoice looks professional before sending. Alternatively, if you have a working team, you could make sure that your invoice template has been crafted prior to your travel, and then allocate the sending of invoices to another party, removing the need for your input entirely.
Use of the internet remotely
A lot of your work might involve emailing, the use of social media, or other computer-based tasks. Depending on where you go in the world, this could be relatively simple or exceedingly difficult. If you know that you will need frequent usage of a stable internet connection, you might want to opt for accommodation that either provides Wi-Fi, or has a dedicated internet café attached to it. It is worth bearing in mind before you make plans to travel, which countries have strict censorship in place in terms of internet usage, as this is where you may struggle to achieve your goals. If one of these countries is on your destination list, it may be beneficial to either complete your work prior to travel, accept that you will be unavailable during that time, or allocate it to another individual for the duration of that period.
Moderation: Work and play
You might have a number of tasks to complete while you’re away, especially if these are, effectively, bank-rolling your trip, but don’t forget to make the most of your time away. Although your job is important, it is good practice to ensure that you are not spending extended periods working. This could cause you to end up missing out on some of the experiences of traveling or even to become burned out. If this were to occur, you may find yourself unable to continue working, unable to genuinely enjoy your travels, or even physically unwell from too much stress.
Traveling and still continuing to work is possible. By finding ways to make your jobs easier, you can keep earning money and still pursue the things you love the most.