How to work remotely from anywhere
The world is your remote workplace. With the office becoming optional for more and more people, we’ve put together an easy guide on how to get the most out of your remote workspace. | By Eulanda & Omo Osagiede | February 2, 2022
Over the last two years, we’ve all had to rethink how we approach office work. The traditional office model has given way to remote working. You have a host of new opportunities to redefine what the typical work location looks like.
Is your job adaptable to a remote working format? If so, how can you turn your daily work into a workcation? Our guide will help you make new work memories in a new location, including how to:
Find your spot: What to consider to get the most out of your remote work location
Stay focused: How to create an optimal workflow
Choose your screensaver: Leverage technology to enhance your productivity
If the past two years have taught us anything, it's that work location flexibility and work-from-home jobs have become more desirable. In fact, a survey from staffing company Robert Half in 2021 revealed that one in three remote workers are likely to quit their jobs if required to return to the office full time.
The meaning of working from home has also evolved to include working from anywhere. Hybrid models combine home and office-based work schedules, and more employees who can work remotely are choosing to relocate from major cities to locations that help them better achieve their work-life balance goal.
Still others are taking workcations — extended holidays in desirable locations. You can work remotely during the day and enjoy the amusements of a new city or country at night and on the weekend.
"Remote workers have started to travel back to the office – and they are staying longer. Hilton has seen a 30% increase in extended stay room nights." - The 2022 Traveler: Emerging Trends and the Redefined Traveler
The suite life
You’ll also find it easier to work from a hotel. It’s much easier for hotel guests to conduct business away from home and office settings.
A growing number of remote workers are using hotels in their local cities as offices. To attract this customer segment, hotels are increasingly offering special packages that encourage more overnight stays or the use of rooms as workspaces during daytime hours.
For example, with the debut of WorkSpaces by Hilton (US and UK locations available), guests can book day-use rooms that include high-speed internet and enhanced Wi-Fi coverage, a spacious desk and a comfortable, ergonomic chair. Easy access to dining options allows for even more efficiency during the workday.
Work remotely without the distractions
Our day-use rooms include a spacious desk, ergonomic chair, and enhanced Wi-Fi — offering you a clean, flexible, and distraction-free environment for productive remote working.
Location, location, location
While the idea of working from paradise might be appealing, there are a few important things to keep in mind as you plan. First, double-check with your employer that remote working is permitted. They may need to confirm that this complies with the company’s tax, legal and workplace regulations. Also consider the impact that working from an international time zone could have on your team and clients. How will you maintain the same level of connection?
In the last two years, countries such as Barbados, Spain, Bermuda and Iceland announced special travel visas that allow non-citizens to stay and work remotely for periods ranging between six months and one year.
Requirements vary from country to country, but can include proof of vaccination status, proving a certain annual income level, existing health and travel insurance and the ability to afford rental accommodation.
Find your (work) flow
While it’s tempting to fall for the charms of your chosen remote work location (late night beach parties, anyone?), it’s also important to maintain a workflow that helps you stay focused, productive and organized. Some of our favorite tips include:
Set your alarm: Keep your office hours consistent so you can use your free time for adventures. You can get a few extra winks instead of spending your time commuting, but keep yourself on track with a good routine.
Clear the digital clutter: It’s easy to get distracted by devices and the pull of social media. You’ll stay focused with a tidier space, so leave your phone charging by your bed.
Check, check, check: Tick off your tasks with the reward of adventure in mind. If you tackle a few big items, reward yourself with a dip in the pool or an hour of exploring.
Lean into your most productive hours: Some people function better in the morning, others in the afternoon. Learn what those times are for you, and plan accordingly. This also means you can potentially take advantage of activities and amenities in your destination of choice.
Grab a byte
That dreamy local coffee shop offers free Wi-Fi, but it might not be the most ideal location for an important conference call. Without a VPN, public hotspots and some hotel Wi-Fi packages may not provide the best security — especially when working with confidential information.
Small, portable mobile hotspots can be a lifesaver for productivity when you work remotely and certain providers offer international roaming at competitive rates. When you’re selecting a provider, consider roaming coverage, upload/download speeds, hotspot device battery life, number of connectable devices, and of course, cost.
Our tip? Pack a dedicated ‘tech bag’ with your laptop and phone. We love having a quality video camera, headphones with a noise-reduction microphone, a multi-purpose power bank, charging cables and powered lighting to keep us plugged in.
As digital technologies continue to evolve and make us more mobile, the opportunities to take the office on the road grow. Perhaps it is time to say goodbye to the daily commute? One thing is certain: If you have the option, remote work offers the chance to make more travel memories than ever before.
Eulanda & Omo Osagiede are London-based freelance writers and award-winning content creators who cover food, culture, and lifestyle.
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