For many businesspeople, continuing to work their regular duties while still traveling is an expectation they and their company may have. Luckily, technology has made it very easy to stay productive while traveling, making it easy to continue working from almost anywhere. While we certainly don’t advocate working while on vacation, these tips can make any business trip easier and a better experience.
Chromebook or Tablet
If your laptop is too heavy or you only have a desktop computer, consider getting a lighter alternative, such as a chromebook or tablet. Many professionals are able to get loads of work done on either device, as long as they aren’t needing large design programs or the bulk of their work isn’t through email, internet, or documents. With most chromebooks retailing for $200-$300 and tablets at around $500, these are also affordable alternatives to buying another computer.
Tablets can also be connected to a Bluetooth keyboard to make them even more travel and productivity friendly. Either device makes it a breeze to carry in a briefcase or carry-on and don’t take up much room.
There are tons of smartphone apps that can make anyone’s (not just travelers) lives easier. From ToDoist to manage your daily to-do list to Evernote for taking notes and saving files on the go so you can access them later from any device, apps are here to make our lives easier. Travelers will find that apps that sync with their computer or network are extremely useful on the road, as it means they will always have the most current version of what they are working on nearby (this is where Google Drive comes in handy as well for editing Google Docs on the fly).
Note: We have written about productivity apps and business apps on the blog before, as well as to-do apps.
Mobile hotspots are just now getting to be used by middle-class travelers, making them a lot more mainstream. A huge reason for this is that companies not affiliated with cell phone providers are now offering hotspots, driving the market to be a lot more competitive.
One such company that has gotten the most buzz is FreedomPop, which offers 500mb of FREE data per month and more data at affordable monthly rates (they also offer cell phone service). Their hotspot is currently $99 on Amazon.
Another competitor is Karma, which offers pay-as-you-go service of $14/gb. This is much more affordable than many cell phone companies’ plans, which often start at $50 per month. The Karma hotspot is $99 on Amazon currently.
Mobile hotspots are a great way to get internet access from almost anywhere. This is especially useful for airports with no wifi, hotel rooms, or long train rides. Having internet during these times can definitely increase productivity on the road.
Schedule out Your Workload
This is one task that I do on a regular basis. In advance of an upcoming trip, I schedule out what should be getting done when I’m traveling and move things around to either get done before or after I’m gone, as well as creating a list of tasks that can (or need to be) done when I am out of my office. Being prepared and scheduling things out ahead of time can help decrease anxiety and help me take care of the workload that could fall through the cracks since I will be out of town.
Utilize Your Support System
As working professionals, we often believe that we can do everything ourselves. However, when it comes to traveling, there are simply things we can’t do while we are out of the office. That’s why it is so important to utilize your existing support system or to get one in place to “hold down the fort” while you are traveling. If you don’t have co-workers or employees that can cover you, hire a virtual assistant to begin helping you with regular tasks who can also manage bigger projects while you are gone. This can take a significant load off and is worth the cost.
How do you stay productive while traveling? Make a list today of what you can do on your next trip to stay on top of your current workload.
Hotspot images via Amazon product pages.
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