Over the last few years, the rise of remote work has made travel much more accessible. As a result, many people have chosen to work their jobs remotely while traveling the country or the world. If you think you want to hop on this trend, we’re here to help. Stay tuned for practical tips about how to work remotely and travel.
Financial Planning to Work Remotely and Travel
Set Up Online Banking
Today, sending and receiving money is easier than ever. But that doesn’t mean it happens automatically. Having the correct accounts, credit cards, and banking options available while traveling is critical. If you can’t access your money from everywhere you go, you’re in trouble. (Remember, many places worldwide don’t accept credit cards or other non-cash payments.)
Extra Travel Finance Tips
- Leave at least one credit card in a safe place when you go out. That way, if you lose your purse or wallet (or it gets stolen) while you’re out, you will still have another card. It’s also a good idea to leave a small amount of cash for emergencies.
- Let your bank(s) know that you will be traveling. You can call your bank or submit your travel plans through online banking. This easy step prevents your bank from flagging your card for fraud and saves you a big headache.
- Make sure you set up online payments for your work. You won’t be able to reliably receive checks by mail while traveling, so using direct deposit is a must!
- Search for ATMs that don’t charge fees to withdraw cash. Also, use a bank that doesn’t charge ATM fees or charges less. For example, a PayPal business debit card costs $1.50 to withdraw cash in most South American countries.
The Necessities for Working Remotely and Traveling
Most folks these days have a mountain of stuff, even people who live in apartments and small houses. But if you’re setting out on the road to travel, you will want to pack light. Lugging around heavy bags is no way to travel. Instead, take only the necessities so you can come and go as you like. Most remote workers who travel try to use no more than two large suitcases.
P.S. If you’re wondering what to do with the rest of your things while you travel, stay tuned!
Rent or Buy an RV
If you have a remote job and want to see the United States, an RV is a great way to do it. With an RV, you get to travel around in the comfort of your own home. Traveling the country in an RV while working remotely is a dream for many. You can pick up and leave whenever you like and go wherever you please. What could be better than that!
It’s essential to be aware that renting or owning an RV still has many costs. Even moderately-priced RV parks charge between $800 and $1,200 a month, as much as a small apartment. Then there’s the cost of gas, which is essential to budget because RVs use a lot more gas than cars. Maintenance and repairs are also important to keep in mind.
If you’re prepared for all those costs, go for it! There’s a big, wide world out there, and no one could blame you for wanting to see it!
Plan your Travels
There’s nothing better than well-made plans that work out perfectly. But, of course, you need to plan things first to have that happen. Below are a few suggestions to help you make better plans and have less stress.
- First, research the next city you plan to visit. Search ahead of time for RV parks, apartments, amenities, etc. The more you know, the faster you’ll find a place to stay.
- Wherever you go, make sure you have a strong internet connection. Almost all remote workers rely on strong wifi, so always double-check!
- Join online forums or Facebook groups in the places you plan to stay. Often, you can ask questions and get great advice ahead of time from locals who know the area.
- If you plan to travel overseas, check your passport. If there’s not much time until it expires, you should get a new one.
- Check to make sure how long you can stay in every country, and stick to their rules. Some will charge a hefty fine if you overstay, or they may prevent you from coming back for an extended period.
Make Sure You’re Ready for Life on the Move
Traveling and working remotely certainly sounds romantic and exciting. The truth is, though, it’s not for everyone. Leaving your home behind and hitting the road is not for everyone. There will be times when you miss your old life, friends, and family.
And making new friends is difficult when you’re always moving. Traveling and working remotely can be lonely for folks who love being part of a group. Even if you travel with your significant other, prepare to go through the grief of missing people.
The traveling lifestyle throws things at you that you’d never face if you stayed in one place. Then again, for some, that’s the point. A different, unique life and a way to see much more of the world. If it works for you, great, but realize that it does take work and isn’t always wine and roses.
Get Ready to Travel While You Work Remotely
Northwest Self Storage Can Help Make Your Dreams a Reality
Here at Northwest Self Storage, we help people from all walks of life. Many of our customers are “between homes” and have nowhere to put their belongings. They may need two or three months while waiting for their new home to be ready. Others have run out of storage at home or want to clear out a spare bedroom. Many college students store their stuff with us when they go abroad for a semester. The reasons for needing self-storage are almost endless.
Remote workers can also really benefit from our storage options! If you’re taking the plunge to work remotely and travel and need to store your stuff, we can help. Northwest Self Storage has safe, clean, and affordable storage units across the Northwest. More importantly, we only offer month-to-month self-storage leases. Whether one month, six months, or several years, you’ll never get stuck in a long-term contract with Northwest. Give us 30 days’ notice, and you can move out whenever you like, no fuss and no muss.
If you have questions about self-storage in Oregon, Washington, or Idaho, chant with us online for answers. Or, visit the Northwest self-storage location nearest you. The on-site manager can give you great advice on what size and type of storage unit to rent. We at Northwest Self Storage wish you the best of luck on your remote travels! We hope it’s everything you dreamt about: fun, safe, and successful.