Working as a virtual assistant means working from the comfort of your home. And that allows you to explore more than those working in an office. Sometimes we all need a break from home. The world is open for exploring, and there’s much to see.
Would you like to take a short vacation break while working on the road? Well, we want to give you some recommendations to consider when you plan your vacation while working remotely:
What’s Your Company’s Policy?
Before packing your bags, ensure you understand your company’s policy. It’s important to note that every company has a different policy. For example, leaving the country, province, or state might be against your company’s rules, while other companies might allow you to work from anywhere in the world, but only for a limited time. And some companies might allow you to only work from certain countries.
Understand the company’s policy and travel with a smile on your face!
It’s best to gather all the necessary information regarding your company’s policy to ensure you follow the rules without getting into trouble. If you’re interested in having a vacation in an area that’s against their rules, plan your vacation around the amount of leave you have and the amount of leave you’re interested in taking. If you don’t have any leave days left, speak to your boss and see if there are other options.
The Ideal Workspace
If your company approves your request to work from a destination far from home (or even in a city close by, depending on your vacation plans,) be sure to have your workspace in mind. It’s important to know beforehand if your vacation home is suitable for your daily remote work.
The ideal workspace should make you feel confident and comfortable.
Having an office desk and chair with enough space to work from will allow you to stay productive and in touch with your daily tasks. Working from the couch or even on your bed might make the experience unpleasant, and chances are greater that you’ll fall behind on your tasks.
A Backup Internet Connection
The hotel, room, or apartment where you’ll spend your time doing your work might have fast and reliable internet connections. And that’s great, as you depend on a stable internet connection (and it should be part of your plans before booking.) But it’s not the home you’re used to working from, and you’ll never know how great the internet is until you’re testing it yourself.
It’s important to note that the internet speed might drop significantly once many people connect to the same Wi-Fi.
Therefore, we suggest that you have a backup internet connection. Be sure to stay in an area with a strong signal to set up your mobile hotspot, or pack a modem in your bag to enjoy the vacation and your work without any worries. If it needs to be, you can always work from a coffee shop with a strong internet connection, but it might be noisy and could end up distracting you.
Establish a Healthy Work Routine
Ahh, you’re taking a breath in a new area away from home. The vacation might excite you as you’re getting ready to explore the unknown. While one is visiting a new area, you can’t help but think about what you’re going to explore first. As exciting as it is, be sure not to fall into a trap where you could wander away from work.
Drink a cup of coffee, take a shower, and complete the job!
It’s crucial to establish a healthy work routine. You’ll have to remember that once you sit in your office chair, you’re at work, and completing your daily tasks is the most important part. Depending on your time zone and work schedule, plan your adventure around that, and be sure to stay focused during your working hours.
Stay On Top of Time Zones
Traveling to a different country while working remotely could really be confusing if you’re unsure about the different time zones. For example, you might live in South Africa and plan a vacation trip to Mexico. Seeing that South Africa is currently 7 hours ahead of Mexico due to daylight savings time, your working hours will be completely different than the hours you’re used to.
In this day and age, technology makes our lives a bit easier. For instance, whenever you visit a country in a different time zone, your smartphone will automatically update your current time if your mobile device has permission to use your location. The same goes for your laptop. Be sure to search more about it on Google if you’re unsure about how to give permission.
Having that out of the way makes it easier to track your current time. But it might still be different from your work schedule, and you might be confused about the hour you need to clock in. We suggest you use a time zone converter called timezonewizard to assist you with quickly converting the different time zones. Note it down, and enjoy your stay!
It’s important to consider everything we mentioned before you pack your bags. You can explore the world as a remote worker, but you should focus on your work as it’s your main priority while working away from home. There’s a lot to do if you do it right! We hope you enjoyed this week’s blog. Be sure to stay around for the next one. Click HERE if you’re interested in applying to one of our job offers, and who knows, you might be able to plan your next trip while working remotely!
The Job Duck Team