So, you have prepared your digital backpacker visa, your company or clients have given you the green light, and your backpack is packed. You are ready to spend the next few months working remotely in Europe.
Great lifestyle choice! You’re in the most amazing few months (which could easily turn into years).
But how can you make the most of your time working remotely in Europe? How can you ensure you stay on top of business while enjoying the experience?
It all comes down to careful planning.
How to (successfully) work remotely in Europe
Here are our top tips for successfully working remotely in Europe.
1. Start with the right bags
Unless you’re planning to stay in one place for a few months, you’ll likely be living out of your suitcase for a few months. So, you want that baggage that really fits you.
good mix of Luggage for digital nomads Includes a large check-in bag (we prefer a hard case over a backpack as it’s easier for long-term travel as you stay longer everywhere), a compartment bag, and a backpack for your laptop, other electronics and smaller day bag.
It is worth investing in good quality luggage To make sure she makes it all the way with you.
2. Pack all your work equipment
try to Duplicate your current workstation As much as possible. While traveling with a second screen may not be possible, you can still carry many of your other accessories, including:
- Your laptop (the lightest device your business can keep)
- A laptop sleeve to protect your laptop (it’s an adventure, after all)
- mini wireless mouse
- Decent noise canceling headphones
- laptop stand
- Thin external keyboard (if you’re using one)
- HDMI cables (for possible connection to hotel TVs)
- All your cables and chargers
3. Get a travel SIM as soon as you arrive
If you’re on the go, you can’t afford to be disconnected. Sure, you’ll likely be connected to Wi-Fi where you live, but a SIM allows you to stay connected on the go. You’ll need it to help get directions, call Ubers and find information about local things to do.
Plus, you can always use your phone as a backup internet source if your Wi-Fi fails or you need to quickly reply to a work email while roaming the streets.
Orange Travel It is a great option to consider. They have two main offerings, including:
- Orange Holiday Europe for €39.99 (this usually gives you 15GB, but you’ll get 30GB in their promotion until October 5, 2022)
- Orange Holiday Zen For €19.99 (this usually gives you 8GB, but you’ll get 15GB in their promotion until October 5, 2022)
Their SIM cards include unlimited calls and texts in Europe and can be used in more than 30 European countries. The SIM is valid for 6 months and can be renewed depending on the selected recharge.
You can also choose Get an eSIM or a physical SIM.
4. Use a VPN on all devices
You’ll likely be connected to many different Wi-Fi hotspots and connections while working remotely in Europe, so it’s a good idea to protect your devices.
We highly recommend connecting to a VPN while online for several reasons, including:
- Protect your personal data from hackers
- Hide your banking activity
- Access any blocked websites and unblock broadcast channels
- Finding Cheaper flights
- Ensure seamless connection to all work applications, software and hardware that are preset according to your home location
Related reading: Important Reasons Why You Should Use a VPN While Traveling
5. Plan your travel days around work
If you’re moving between locations, plan your travel days around your work schedule. If you don’t want to take days off, or are overwhelmed by freelance work, schedule transition days during the weekend or after hours.
Make no mistake in thinking,Oh, I’ll keep working on the train. Sure, you can try, but it’s not always convenient, and Wi-Fi is incredibly unreliable on trains.
6. Stick to a remote work routine
In order to succeed in working remotely in Europe, you actually need to do some work. Which can easily head to the bottom of your to-do list – after exploring, sightseeing and eating your way through each destination.
To make sure you don’t get left behind, stick to your regular work routine. If you’re usually on your laptop at 9 am every day, keep doing it. as far as possible, Maintain your regular work schedule from Monday to Friday. Leave exploring after hours and weekends. if I were Traveling in Europe in the summerYou’ll enjoy the extended daylight hours to squeeze in some extra activities each day before dark.
Of course, if you are coming from the US, you will have to adapt to different time zones. Be sure to find a workaround before you leave to let your co-workers know what times you’ll be available. One option might be to explore your new destination in the morning, when people in North and South America are still asleep. Then you can start working in the afternoon and into the evening hours. This way you will be able to see many more landmarks and still be in touch with clients and colleagues.
7. Join the co-working space
Telecommuting in Europe involves setting up your laptop in all kinds of places: hotel rooms, public areas in hostels, apartments, cafes, restaurants and bars. And while every setting can function well, sometimes you need a dedicated space to work from.
Most European cities have great co-working sites that offer ideal working conditionsAdequate tables and comfortable chairs, adequate Wi-Fi, adequate connection points, coffee, and overall positive work environments. You may also find a few digital nomads on a similar journey.
The benefit of remote work is that it’s not just about work
Sure, you’ll still need to set aside a certain number of hours to work each day, and it’s important to make time for downtime. Prioritize work-life balance so you can enjoy your surroundings, take time for yourself and relax.
Travel slowly so you have time to really get to know each destination without killing yourself in the process. Working and traveling full time can get stressful quickly, you need to schedule some time in between, so you don’t get overwhelmed.