working on the road Guest Post By Outdoorsy.com… 

Are you thinking about hitting the open road for an extended holiday or full time living in a campervan or RV? By taking your work with you, there are some unique ways you can balance exploring new horizons and succeeding in your career. Here are some things to think about to help you to get ready for working on the road:

1. Internet:
If you are working remotely, good internet access is essential. There are a couple of ways you can get internet on the road. First, you can choose an internet provider that will work with a mobile Wi-Fi device. If you choose this, make sure your provider has good coverage where you plan to travel. Alternatively, you can choose to stay only at RV parks that provide Wi-Fi, either for free or for a cost. If you choose this option, it is a good idea to look at reviews for the park. Often, if the Wi-Fi is not very dependable, there will be reviews from other RVers to let you know. Make sure to choose the option that works best for your needs. If you need to do something such as conference calls, you will need your own internet signal, whereas simpler online tasks may be accomplished just fine with whatever Wi-Fi signal you find at a park.

2. Schedule:
While you are planning where to travel and when, don’t forget to consider when you will have time to work. This may seem like a no-brainer, but if you are working on your own schedule for the first time it is easy to put off work until the last minute and quickly find yourself behind. Designate work days, with either a certain amount of time dedicated to work or a list of things that need to be accomplished. If you move around often, figure out how much time you need for work, and spread it out on your non-driving days. Driving all day can take a lot of energy. Make those days your day off so you won’t wear yourself out. You’ll work better after some time to rest.

3. Working Around Other People:
Depending on your situation, you may have a difficult time finding a place to give undivided focus to your job. RVs can vary quite a bit in size, and that space can seem pretty cramped at times if you are sharing it with other people. If you live in an RV with one other person, make sure you work out with them a way to have a quiet space when you need to work. If you have children, you will need to either work in quiet times you can find, such as when they are playing outside or sleeping, or you will need to leave your RV altogether. Try searching for places like coffee shops that allow people to sit and work, and offer Wi-Fi for customers. (This is also another option for internet.)

4. Enjoy the Great Outdoors:
Working from your RV is decidedly different from working in an office. Instead of going to the same place every day, you can step outside your door and be somewhere new! Take advantage of the chance to work in a relaxing spot with a view. Consider scenery when choosing where to stay, and work outside when you can. It will feel a lot less like work in a great environment.

5. Don’t Forget to Take Time Off:
Likely, if you chose to go on the road, it was to have more time to relax, to see new things, or spend more time with family. Don’t forget your reasons for RVing, and make sure you keep them a priority. Just as you need to schedule time to work, you also need to schedule time when you are off. This is when you are completely closed for business and don’t so much as look at your email. When you are working on the road for yourself, it can be too easy to feel like you have to always be available. In order to keep yourself from burning out, give yourself the time to live life!