You already work a remote position. So why not take your job on the road for a change of scenery? You could easily purchase a camper or RV and take off, laptop in hand. In fact, one million Americans are already enjoying that nomadic lifestyle full-time.
If you’re ready to join them, there are a few things you should remember.
1. Stick to a Schedule
Taking your WFH routine on the road isn’t like taking a vacation. Even if you’re living in the woods or on a beach, you’ll still have to show up for work every day. Therefore, it may help to establish some sort of routine to help you focus and finish work on time. Then, after you finish, you can explore your surroundings and map out your next destination.
If you’re RVing full time or road tripping to new locations on weekends, try to incorporate rituals into your workday. Create a morning routine with breakfast and coffee before opening your laptop. Then, wind down your day with a good book or hike around your campsite. Doing so will help you overcome your attention residue so you can maintain a successful schedule on the road.
2. Maintain Relationships
Have you decided to hit the road for just a month or two? Are you leaving behind family, friends or a significant other? Strive to maintain those long-distance relationships while you’re gone. Write letters, make regular phone calls and don’t forget to check in on the pets. When you return, you’ll be thankful to have invested in your relationships with those at home.
On the other hand, if you’re flying solo and plan to be gone for a long time, consider connecting with others who share the same lifestyle. Reach out to other full-time digital nomads through social media and plan to meet up at certain points along your journey. Join a few Facebook groups and get to know other people around your campsite. Even the most solitary of travelers could use a friend or two.
3. Pack the Right Gear
Whether you’re traveling full-time or part-time, you’ll need to pack appropriately. Besides your clothes, toiletries and other personal items, you must remember to bring everything you’ll need to work on the road. This point may seem like a no-brainer. However, if you pack hastily, it’s easy to accidentally leave behind charging cords and the like.
Create a packing list before you begin loading your vehicle or RV. Then, check off each item as you load it. If you’re driving a motorhome and want to tow a car or more belongings behind you, you’ll have to purchase a winch. This handy tool will allow you to load and unload heavy items with ease. Use a winch guide to find one that will best suit your needs.
4. Find Affordable Accommodations
Leaving rent and mortgage payments behind for a life on the road seems like a dream. However, saving money and traveling and living the nomadic life is possible. You just have to find affordable places to stay.
For those planning to live in an RV, this means forgoing campgrounds, which can cost $100 per night in some places. Embrace boondocking and dispersed camping, instead. The National Parks Service, Forest Service, Public Lands and the Bureau of Land Management offer many free camping spots. You can also find boondocking locations through a website like Campendium or iOverlander.
5. Plan for Emergencies
Once you’re on the road, you’ll be out of your element. You won’t know where the nearest pizza place is, let alone the nearest hospital. Therefore, planning for emergencies before you leave is crucial.
Pack a first-aid kit, a tool kit and plenty of snacks and water. Make sure you have a fully-functioning GPS just in case you can’t get a phone signal. Then, purchase RV insurance to protect your new home on wheels. Thoroughly review all exclusions and fine print to avoid hidden fees and loopholes in coverage.
Keeping It Real
Taking your WFH routine on the road may be difficult at first. However, if you take the time to prepare for the journey and embrace the bumps along the way, you’re sure to have a fantastic adventure. Just remember that work comes first, especially when your job is funding your travels!