Once upon a time, if you confessed to wanting to know more ways to work remotely while traveling, you might have been gently shamed, called a workaholic, and advised to take a real break. But in this digital age, staying plugged into our phones and laptops while on vacation is pretty much second nature. Plus, a growing number of people are interested in becoming location independent, meaning there's a less obvious distinction between work and play.
Of course, an inability to switch off while traveling isn't always a good thing; if you're mentally tethered to your desk when your mind and body are actually in desperate need of a break, there's little point in leaving the office at all. And Americans are famously vacation-shy as most of us know. In fact, The Atlantic reports that 41 percent of Americans let their paid vacation time go to waste, suggesting we are a nation that is unable to enjoy personal time.
That said, there are times when working while abroad or during time off is completely necessary — and plenty of people actually enjoy doing so, which is totally fine too. Maybe leaving your emails unchecked during vacation just isn't an option if you run your own business, or you always seem to have looming deadlines waiting for you when you get home and actually work best from a beach. Or perhaps, you're a digital nomad who makes money as you roam. Whichever it is, it can be a challenge to balance your personal life with your work, but after a year of living as a digital nomad myself, I can offer some tips that I learned on the way. Here's how to work remotely — and be as productive as possible in the process.