One of the perks of being a freelancer is that you can travel anytime you wanted because your work is with you. As long as you have your laptop and there is an internet connection, you are good to go. But wait! Can you really enjoy traveling while you have loads of work to do or you are just wasting your money? Sure, you can bring your laptop with you anywhere but once you have settled in the place, can you go out and breathe some air?
I have traveled with my laptop with me and I know how it is. Yes, you can work and you can have fun but you have to prepare, especially if it took days, weeks or months. Preparation is the key to enjoy the place and to appreciate being a freelancer more than ever. If it is a day or two, you don’t need to consider many things. You are free as a bird! If not, here are the things you should take note.
- Travel when your loads are light
As a freelancer, I’ve experience high time and low time. There are times when project keeps pour in and you can’t resist them all. More projects, more dollars. There are also times when you’ve got a few and some projects ended. When we got more, we get tired and wish to go out but when we got few we get sad and blue. My advice is take advantage of the high time to prepare for your vacation. Save money and search for the best place. When low season comes, it is time to go out and have some fun! You have the money and you have more time to enjoy!
- Tell your clients in advance about your plans.
Some of us stick with a long-term clients, thus there is no low season for us. If this is the case, plan still. Your client’s business has its season too. Years of working with the same client gives you an idea of the time you have lighter loads. Plan on that date, most likely your client will give you his blessing since there is nothing much you need to do for him. Should unexpected things happen in your vacation and you become unreachable, your client knows where you are. If you are lucky, your client will let you enjoy your travel without workloads and even give you bonus.
- Prepare your belongings.
It is not all about clothes for us freelancers. We need to secure our gadgets are on our traveling bag. Create a checklist and check it one by one before you go. You don’t want to bring your laptop but forgot your charger or else you will pull hair off. Make sure you have everything you need to have a stress-free travel time.
- Plan your itinerary and your working time.
Let say, wake up as early as 5am to work for 2 hours so that is until 7 am. Then you are off to enjoy the place and go back at your hotel at lunchtime and work for another 2 hours so that is 12-2pm then you can go out again for some of your activities, go back at 6pm, work a little while resting your feet, have dinner and hit the bed. It depends on you and depends on the place. As I’ve said preparation makes you not neglect your responsibilities and not to forget to enjoy. We are freelancers, you can re-arrange your schedule the way you want it.
- Work in advance and don’t schedule a lot of activities on your vacation.
We travel to relax our mind and body, if you are too tired with all the activities, though it is a lot of fun, you’ll regret it. Why not just enjoy the food, enjoy the view and have a chat with the locals?
Work in advance. Do all the hard part of the job so when the you are traveling you’ve got nothing much to do but to enjoy.
Come and let’s find a beautiful place to get lost 😉