March

A huge decline in corporate employment is taking place as more and more people take on the digital independence movement. Why would one want to work in an office all day when the opportunities to work remotely with the aid of digital technology is increasing each day? Here are a few differences between in-house jobs and remote job after which you will see the above asked question is already answered.

Communication

While it’s a common fact that location independent workers rely on messaging, voice calls and email as means of communication with others, it is determined that office workers use these means of communications at twice the rate location independent workers make use of it.

Internet

A many office workers has been in a similar situation, the notion of surfing the web during company work time is still highly speculated. A location independent relies on the power of internet in order to do required research while an office job provides you with all necessary research to productively do your job. It is seen as a general violation of company protocol if an employee surfs the web during office hours as this is seen as not doing ones job.

Efficiency

Team work is often required when working in an office environment and with clashing personalities (as all work sectors have), working together can become a hassle. When working remotely, team work is also required at times but with technological devices such as Skype, meetings can be kept short and to-the-point without having to step on toes or have your toes being stepped on.

Employment options

Should you choose to work in an office, you would need to either search for a job opening that is close to you or you can travel to and from each day without having to adjust time schedules. In contrast, should you choose to work remotely, you can choose from any employment industry opening you may find. A number of requirements will be needed like any job would and if you fill all those requirements, you can apply for the job, no matter where you are. You would need a secure internet connection in order to communicate effectively but the limitations are very few.

For the employer

If you’re an employer, you need to think of several options when looking for new employees and how their work location will impact them. To determine this, you need to ask yourself a few questions:

  • Will my employees by more efficient if I place them in a crammed office space or in the comfort of their own environment?
  • What will the level of interaction be when I place them in an office or let them work remotely?
  • Will I be able to better motivate them in an office environment or from a remote location?
  • Will I able to get the correct employees from where my office is located or do I branch out to international candidates to work remotely?

When taking these questions into consideration, not only will an employee be able to make the right decision, but the employer as well.

Unplanned travelling can mean improvising a routine but your do not have to give up a healthy lifestyle while you are on the move. Here are a few ways to ensure you still eat healthy while travelling.

Pack your own snacks: Pack foods that don’’t spoil — trail mix, biscuits, and energy bars are durable and make a healthy snack if you get hungry while travelling. You’ll save money at airports and always have something to munch on.

Avoid fast food chains: While familiarity can be comforting and relatively safe, especially in another country, trying the local food is healthier than resorting to chains like McDonalds and Burger King. Aim for small restaurants that have good ratings and a wide variety of cuisines. If you are unsure about the local food, find some standard fare like seafood and make sure your meals are served hot.

Travel appliances: There are many kitchen appliances that come in a travel size such as electric kettles, slow cookers and coffee machines. With a few trips to the local supermarket, you can make small but healthy meals within you hotel room. A snack of steamed vegetables is preferable to the calorie-heavy snacks that a minibar has to offer.

If you have rented an apartment, make your own food: If stating your food preferences is an option, always make use of it. Better still, if you choose to live in rented apartments or homestays, you can be more specific about what you choose eat, or make your own meals.

Water is your best friend: Of course you’re allowed to have a drink or two at the local watering hole but during the day water is your healthiest option, especially if you are exploring a place on foot. Stay away from sodas and other sugar based soft drinks as these do not hydrate you and just add on calories. Don’t overdo the alcohol either, quite apart from the painful physical effects of a hangover, it leaves you severely dehydrated.

Avoid the mini bar: In fact, if the peanut MnMs in your hotel mini bar are too tempting, you can ask for the contents to be removed and use it to store your own snacks.

Download Apps: Find and download apps that tell you your culinary options in an area. There are several apps that rate restaurants, map local supermarkets and farmers’ markets and have information about healthier eating options.

Make use of hotel freebies: Save up on any freebies like packets of ketchup, mustard or tea bags from your hotel room, as they become your travel sized packeted condiments that you can use while on the move.

Don’t skip on important meals: Many hotels offer a free breakfast so always eat well before you begin working for the day. Make lunch an important meal as well, whether you choose to make your meal or eat out. With two  solid meals during the day, along with healthy snacking while you travel, your dinner can be light.

Eating healthy while travelling can be combined with physical activity in many ways. Choose to walk around or rent a bike of that is an option. You can work out for the day while exploring new places. If you have to take local transport or for any reason cannot commit to walking around, take some time off from working to exercise. If your hotel has a gym or pool, use it. Staying fit while travelling is always possible.

As digital nomading becomes more of a popular and lucrative career choice among youngsters in their 20s, it has also started turning heads among the older generation. More and more professionals who work office jobs are beginning to understand that they too can become digital nomads. Their kids are on their way to becoming independent, they have bought that house they always wanted and they have climbed the professional ladder to a high position in their company.

So what could be stopping them from beginning their life as a digital nomad?

Digital nomads at 40 vs Digital nomads at 20: While many youngsters and millennials take their time figuring out what profession they want while being digital nomads, people over 40 have the advantage of a practiced skill set and years of experience to offer. They are more likely to get freelance work and know what their work is worth.

How to pick a career: Many digital nomads work in the fields of writing, photography, social media management, digital marketing, web design, graphic design and IT. It is fairly simple to find freelance work in these areas as they are constantly in demand. However, there is an online market for nearly anything these days and once you find your niche, the work will begin to flow.

Money: For a nomad, experiences are far more important than material things. If you are willing to spend your savings on travelling, you definitely have the right idea about digital nomading. Your savings will also be a buffer till you begin earning a steady income from freelancing.

Motivation: Do smoothing you’re passionate about. It seems cliched but the only way you will be a successful digital nomad is by doing what you love. Being your own boss is a matter of discipline and self-control and your source of motivation is solely your work. So make sure you are completely invested in what you choose to make a living out of.

Planning: Your planning begins long before you actually begin working as a digital nomad. Extensive research is required in all spheres of you future life: your destination, the market you will cater to, your reach online, your major competitors. It is wise to begin planning as early as a year before you set out being a digital nomad.

Networking: Other digital nomads can be a great resource for information and tips. There is a major network of digital nomads online and they are always willing to help each other out. Talking to others who made a decision to become digital nomads will give you answers to many questions you might have before starting out.

Being a digital nomad at 40 is hardly any different than being one at 20. In fact, you have time and experience on your side. If fear is the only thing holding you back, it is something you need to approach practically. The foremost thing to remember is that it is not impossible. If you find that the lifestyle does not suit you, you can always come back to the old life. But if you do take the leap, it will only give you rewards, even if after a while.

While many people quake at the idea, travelling with toddlers can be an adventure in itself. If you’re a digital nomad (or nomads, if you’re a couple travelling with toddlers), your schedule is going to be a constant juggling of work and your child’s schedule. But it doesn’t need to be as daunting as it sounds. With a little preparation, you can make sure your child enjoys travelling as much as you do.

Flights
Control your child’s food intake before flying: Sure, your kid needs snacks and feeding them small amounts can seem like an easy fix to keep them occupied but the last thing you need is for our child to want to go to the bathroom just as your flight is taking off. Also, control how much sugar they consume before flying. A hyper child is going to be everyone’s problem.

Add plenty of games to your phone or tablet:
Sometimes screen time can be necessary for you child. A long flight demands plenty of distractions and your child can only watch so many movies. Keep games and picture books handy on your tablet or phone so they do not get bored.

Travel by night: Picking overnight flights will save you a lot of trouble — your child will sleep, you can sleep peacefully too, and your fellow passengers won’t have a thing to complain about. Also, your child’s sleeping patterns won’t be disturbed, and he’ll be well rested for when you reach your destination.

Pick the aisle seat: The window seat may keep your toddler entertained but it won’t work for long stretches. Instead, pick the aisle seat for easy access to the bathroom, which is a far more important requisite on long flights.

Working

Scheduling around your child:
Your toddler is always going to be your first priority on the road. However, it is not impossible to work while travelling with your child. Nap time will always give you a stretch of uninterrupted time to work. Early bedtime for children means you can squeeze in an hour or two of work before you head to sleep yourself.

Making use of small pockets of time: A lot of time during the day goes in supervising your toddler. Early mornings before your child wakes up or long meal times when your toddler is taking his or her time to finish eating can be useful hours that you can get work done in.

Kids clubs or babysitters: Many places offer kids’ clubs, where your toddler can make new friends while you work and supervise at the same time. If you are living at a homestay, you can ask your host to babysit for a couple of hours or ask if anyone will be willing to do so and that you can pay them for their services, while you catch up with your work.

Living

Book ahead:
Planning ahead and booking hotels will make life easier for you and your child. After a long flight, you will mostly need to avail some services as soon as possible and booking a place to stay will save you valuable time that you will otherwise waste while looking for a place to stay.

Family deals: Many hotels have family deals as well, so always look for those while booking a place to stay. Similarly, look for hotels, restaurants, and local attractions that are child-friendly, as these come with services like kids clubs or babysitters.

Living in homes instead of hotels:
Luxury isn’t always a good thing while travelling with your toddler. You may not be able to take them to fancy restaurants or to the bar if you want a drink. An alternative to hotels are homestays, bed and breakfasts, or house swaps. They are in a position to personalise your stay for you and if they have small children as well, your child will have company while you work.

Spending Time

Travel slow: Travelling slow becomes a necessity when travelling with children. A couple of days will be spent in getting your child adjusted to the destination, and balancing your work with exploring a place will take several more. You can take your time to thoroughly go around though, and long stays at any place can get you higher discounts at hotels.

Short outings: Find local attractions that do not require you to spend the whole day out. It may get too taxing for your toddler and will require you to carry too many supplies “just in case”. Instead, schedule short outings so you can still make it back for important breaks like nap time. You can always revisit their favourite spots again in the duration of your stay.

Take turns with your partner: If you’re travelling as a family, things just become easier. You can take turns with your partner working and taking the children out, and head out together on some days. Your child stays occupied and you can get more work done as well.

Check the menus: Your toddler is not going to take to local food at once so always check restaurant menus for your standard fast food options. Sometimes a plate of french fries is the only thing that will keep them happy.

Emergencies

Hygiene: In small places, hand sanitisers can be your best friend. If you can’t find a place to wash your hands or if water cuts are a problem at your destination, wet wipes and hand sanitisers can go a long way to protecting your child’s health.

Vaccinations: Children are very susceptible to infections and illnesses while travelling. Always check with your doctor before taking any trip with your children. Make sure all their vaccinations are up to date and if you’re travelling internationally, get the medical equivalents of emergency medicines in your destination country.

Hope those tips will make it easier for you. Happy Traveling 🙂

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