Is Your Office Your Destination?
Working from your laptop against the backdrop of a luscious jungle or with your toes in the sand on a pristine beach is appealing, but every career has its obstacles. For digital nomads around the world, the necessity of power outlets, Wifi, and accessible technology are undeniable
truths. Whether you’re working from a plane, train, your tent, or your van, content creation and publication continues to pave your monetary path. Here are some tech-savvy travel tips for the digital nomad to utilize even in the most remote locations.
1) Battery Life Pays- Literally
Purchase a laptop with optimum battery life. Power outlets and charge hubs are not a guarantee in many places. The extra hours of work your computer can provide may make or break you. When deciding between the fancier computer with retina display or the simple screen with longer battery life, prioritize for the future. Which will render you more profit on a mountainside in Patagonia?
Editor’s Choice: 13 inch MacBook Air– 12 hours of battery life, more than any other MacBook computer
2) Stay Charged
Utilize any and all opportunities to charge your devices when they present themselves. If there is an outlet available to you, whether at 20% or 90%, fully restore your technology to 100% battery life, because you never know how long it will be before another opportunity presents itself.
3) Portable Lifesavers
You have been told by your editor you will be making a week long endeavor to a primitive town in order to write about its inhabitants. No electricity? The only solution for extended time periods removed from civilization is to carry an external battery pack. There are many different options on the market that vary in cost according to weight and number of charge cycles.
Editor’s Choice: Lizone 50000mAH Extra Pro External Battery Charger– For MacBooks, Samsung, HTC and more! This is the most efficient external battery pack on the market for its mere 2 lb carrying weight. Charge your computer an average of 2.5 times. Added bonus- USB port for charging your smartphone.
4) Hot for Hotspots
When Wifi is scarce but phone service is available, utilize your smartphone’s personal hotspot. What you will pay for in added data charges may save you from missing an editor’s due date.
Other option– purchase your own personal hotspot and use Wifi on the go. The only drawback to this method is the higher cost per byte compared to an in-home setup. A monthly average cost can run from about $149-$199 a month without a contract.
Editor’s Choice: AT&T Unite Pro– “A powerhouse mobile hotspot suited for the most demanding road warriors.” Most discerning feature: extensive battery life bragging a weight of only 5.82 ounces.
Travel blogging boasts enormous lifestyle appeal. While the job can be immensely glamorous, the setbacks of dead batteries and searching for Wifi can be debilitating. So know your budget, come prepared, and travel accordingly. As a digital nomad, your office is your destination!