10 Beneficial Truths About Working Whilst Travelling
Situations we all experience on trains, planes, and automobiles
Hmm, this feels… familiar. At the start of May, we took you through ‘10 Awkward Truths About Working Whilst Travelling’. Well, today we’d like to flip the script and share 10 benefits of working on the go. It’s not all doom and gloom!
Whilst things aren’t always perfect when you’re working whilst travelling, we sure are lucky that it’s an option. So get your tickets, buckle up, and settle in. Here are some of the best parts of freelancing on the move.
1. Coverage is improving
Whilst internet connection isn’t always guaranteed, the world is trending towards coverage for everyone. In 2016, less than half the world’s population had access to the web. Today. That number is around 65% and growing! With many major transport companies also furnishing their fleet of vehicles with free Wi-Fi, the options are certainly improving.
2. New normal
People and companies are getting used to commuters having to use their laptops on the go. Newer public transport interiors are doing more to accommodate travelling workers by creating extra space through clever engineering. We’ve all used a tray that slides to create more room, right?
3. There’s often a spark
We had a little moan about faulty outlets on trains, coaches, and aeroplanes in the reverse article. However, the truth is that they work most of the time! Gone are the days where a dead battery meant no hope.
4. Tech evolution
Alongside infrastructural improvements and societal adaptation, the tech we use on a daily basis continues to make leaps forward. Batteries last all day, reception is improved, and our workstations have never been more portable. Take the new M1 MacBooks as an example – with battery power performance that challenges desktops, it’s no wonder they’re so popular.
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5. New surroundings
Removing yourself from the monotony of a consistent desk setup can be liberating in many ways. Finding yourself in a new environment can nurture creativity by refreshing your mind. It seems simple, but it’s impactful!
6. Limitless possibilities
In the age of affordable airlines, bullet trains, and Uber, you really could be heading anywhere. The opportunity to get your work done on the way to your holiday destination means more bang for your buck. Make the most of your 5 hour flight by getting paid to take it!
7. Welcomed distraction
For those long and arduous trips, there’s only so many times you can listen to your Spotify playlist. Knowing that you’ve got some work to get on with can be a nice way to pass the time when you’re sat on a longhaul journey. Being productive can often feel good, particularly when you’re least expecting it.
8. A quick bite
Although we had a few complaints about the price of food on public transport, there are plenty of great options at stations, services, and highstreets across the globe. When you’re changing over during a break in your journey, it’s a great opportunity to quickly pick up some tasty food on the move.
9. Making plans
Knowing that your work enables you to be productive flexibly on the go makes creating plans with your loved ones so much easier. Want to visit a friend across the country? No need to schedule holiday or swap shifts, as freelancers, you are often able to up-and-go whilst still completing your projects. No more deliberating over annual leave or mixing schedules.
10. Broadened horizons
Perhaps the most important benefit of taking your work on your travels is the opportunity to visit more places, meet more people, and experience more cultures. If you’re able to strike a good balance between cost of living, travel expenses, and scheduling of work, this opens the door to a digital nomad lifestyle. With the potential to set up a base anywhere on earth that has some internet signal, you could be working poolside in Spain one week, before sending emails from Iceland the next.
Is it for you?
If you like the sound of working on the go, perhaps it’s time to consider making this a regular feature in your life. Some folk prefer the reliability and stability of a steady work life, and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, if you feel like your wings need to spread a bit further, positioning yourself to work flexibly as a digital freelancer might be the way to go.
Whatever path you decide to follow, make sure you’re maximising efficiency. For freelancers, that means using a platform that finds them great work with reliable clients, but doesn’t charge commission fees. One of many reasons to join Revolancer today.
Before you go
If you enjoyed reading about the benefits of working whilst travelling, be sure to check out ‘Spotlight on: Amy Nicholson’, a successful digital nomad and social media creator!
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