One of the advantages of freelancing is that you are not confined to your office. Instead of spending days in the office from 9 am to 5 pm, a freelancer works any time of the day and anywhere – in a café, in a park or at an airport in anticipation of a flight. You can record a webinar, conduct an advertising campaign, polish your website and all this can be done on the way to Paris or Bangkok.
With today’s challenging economy, freelance and travel can be the best way to simultaneously enjoy life and make a living. The main question: how to freelance effectively while traveling?
Here are the ultimate tips on how to combine freelancing and traveling:
1) The most important thing is to allocate hours that you will dedicate only to work while traveling. At this time, no one should disturb you. Neither relatives, nor pets, nor TV shows. For example, I work for 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the evening. During the day, I do personal things. During my freelance hours, I do not check my personal mail or messages, and I answer only urgent calls from my business customers.
With warmer months just around the corner, people are preparing and planning for their summer holiday. A vacation should be fun and enjoyable. Getting injured or sick should not be part of the agenda. However, emergencies do happen and sometimes even when you are traveling through a foreign or remote country.
When traveling, health threats are usually familiar ailments such as dehydration, jet-lag, aching muscle, vomiting and/or diarrhea, sprains and strains, sunburn, blisters, allergies and mosquito bites. Besides having all the required immunizations specified by certain countries, you should also prepare a first aid travel kit with natural herbal and/or homeopathic remedies that are useful and serve multiple purposes.
There’s nothing wrong about traveling solo; however, you have to realize you won’t have family and friends around to back you up if the worst case scenario happens. To make your solo trip more enjoyable, here are 15 tips I have used in the past to keep my mind (and trip) at ease:
1. Research the neighborhood ahead of time
There are a lot of shady hotels and neighborhoods out there. Before you book a hotel, check out TripAdvisor or major travel booking websites to see what other people are saying. Even if the hotel has amazing reviews, look at the negative ones to see what they had a problem with. Most destinations often have travel guides online as well.
2. Network with like-minded travelers
With the Internet, you don’t have to travel alone. If you really want to travel with some, consider networking on websites such as Pink Pangea and Go Girl Travel Network.
As someone who loves to travel, I often face a dilemma. I always have problems deciding on the destination. On one hand, I am usually so knackered from my daily routine that I can already picture myself in my mind’s eye: a cocktail in one hand, a romance novel in the other. The light murmur of the warm breeze, the rustling of palm leaves and the soft sound of waves lapping at the shore is the background noise. My skin is sun-kissed, and salty. But then I hear the siren’s call of great cities, of adventures waiting to be had and sights to be seen. So when the time came to plan my Spanish holiday, I was torn between the charming Madrid (my perceptions of Madrid before I went based solely on Pedro Almodóvar’s quirky movies), and Tenerife – the ultimate beach getaway. That is until I realized there was a perfectly easy solution! Why not do both?
The Island of Volcanoes
The first part of my trip, I decided, would be devoted to rest and relaxation. Tenerife is a part of the Canary Islands, a volcanic, rocky archipelago technically part of Spain, but it is actuality located off the western coast of Africa. Thanks to its location, it has the perfect weather all year long, with plenty of sunshine regardless of the season and temperatures ranging from 20 to 35 degrees Celsius. Getting there is quite easy, the island has its own airport, and there are plenty of flights, both regular and charter. I expected it to be small, and meant to stay on the beach, but once I got there I realized there was much to be seen. I decided to hire a car, which turned out to be a fairly affordable and very practical way of getting around.
Traveling to a new destination can be both exciting and intimidating. Exciting because you are eager to explore new frontiers, yet intimidating because you are anxious about how the entire trip will be. Nevertheless, with proper preparation and an open mind, you can have one of the most memorable adventures of your life. The following are effective tips that I use each time I travel to a new destination.
You can easily avoid unpleasant travel experiences by taking the time to plan and research extensively about the destination. Determine where you want to visit and the interests or attractions you hope to see. As a first timer, you should consider the prevailing weather conditions, the safeness of the location, the customs of the locals, your budget, the general health status of the country, as well as the emergency hotline numbers in the region.