With wireless and syncing getting better, it's really getting more possible to work anywhere.
I think all those 1995 advertisements of an executive using a big old laptop on the beach kind of ruined the idea - they kept advertising it before it's possible, but also: on the sand at the beach has to be the stupidest possible place to use a laptop.
That kind of ruined it for a lot of people, but I'm realizing that a lot of limitations - aren't. I was invited to the Hong Kong horseraces on Sunday, and I was originally going to say no - too much work to do. Then I realized we could get set up in the lounge there, and I worked, taking a break to place wagers (we covered all costs and wound up up for that day) and watch the races, and working between them.
I'll post some pictures and videos from the races tomorrow. Hong Kong is such a nice city, everyone is great. And I'm realizing you're not tied to being in any one place to work - I got in a very solid day of work at the racetrack.
I actually work from home for a company in Lagos. I live in Abuja, the Federal Capital of Nigeria, and Lagos is almost 2 hours away by flight.
After overcoming hurdles like getting good internet facilities, and trying to plan against the epileptic power supply, I can honestly say it is true - we can all work anywhere.
I am a mobile app programmer, and enjoy this arrangement, but you should see the disbelieving looks on people's faces when I tell them I work from home. I think the world [and indeed Africa] still needs a little more time to adjust to the idea :)
I've been thinking about how to do this a lot lately. I work from home but been thinking how I could travel and work. With the rise of coshare work spaces and more knowledge workers, this is definitely only an increasing trend.
Two big pieces I'm still thinking about is handling phone calls in a loud environment and security for one's laptop.
I have to take phone calls at any moment during job hours which means I need a relatively quiet place. I've been testing out a bluetooth headset with dual microphones that's suppose to cancel out ambient noise.
While I'm pretty sure thief is unlikely, I'm weary of leaving my laptop to use the rest room or grab a snack, but it's also cumbersome to pack everything up.
This is from Era One, a 23 page writeup of my last year of travels, with some included lessons. I'm going to have a few excerpts of Era One this week, alongside our regularly schedule programming. You can download your free copy of Era One here - Era One - Download PDF
Spending – How Much Does it Cost to Travel?
I get this question a lot. People wonder how I can travel and hop around the world when I’m not working?
The truth is, it’s cheaper to spend a few months in a developing country than it is to stay in a city in the Western world. The expensive part is getting there – airfare. But after around three months, airfare+expenses becomes cheaper than staying home. Cheaper rent and much cheaper food.
I’ve got some friends here and there, so I might stay with friends for a while and get them gifts or take them out in lieu of getting my own place, but even renting a place can be done cheap. Like I said, I was paying $12/night in Seoul to stay in a jimjilbang. Now, if you lived in Seoul, you wouldn’t want to stay in a jimjilbang all the time. But for a month, paying $360 to stay at a place with a gym, sauna, pools of water/minerals, sleeping areas, restaurants, snack stands, and more – it’s a fantastic deal. Yes, I didn’t have my own space there. Yes, I had to check out during the day. Yes, there’s some hassle involved. Yes, it’s not always good sleeping. But $360, man. For a month. And that includes the hot rooms, cold rooms, the various mineral and herb baths, and all the weights and cardio I want. Fantastic.
Man do we have a lot of catching up to do. This rapid fire traveling schedule doesn't leave us with all that much time to contemplate and write. If we aren't checking in somewhere, we're checking out and trying to catch a plane.
We were worried about where we'd stay in Hong Kong. It's a famously expensive city and we intended to be there for about ten days.
I always say, "Everything always works out perfectly," to which Todd always replies that it's dangerous to say that.