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You’ve found a sweet gig that allows you to work and travel at the same time. Congrats! There’s just one problem: you’re having trouble finding places to actually be productive while traveling. You don’t want work from your hotel, the wifi is sparse and terrible in most places nearby, and you can’t find anywhere good to just sit down and crank out some work.
Have you checked out all of the resources below? There are many online options for finding the best work spots anywhere in the world. Here are some tips on finding good workspaces while traveling:
Create Your Own Google Map for Offline Use
Google Maps is great for finding places to work ahead of time. You can create a map of potential work spots along your trip before you even set off. Google maps lets you create your own “map layers” where you can pin coffee shops and other wifi spots along your entire route. It makes the most sense to research places along your travel itinerary and pin them before you leave home. Then you can download your map for offline use. This way, you’ll be able to zip to one of your pre-chosen work locations to start your workday at any time during your trip.
Get a Coworking Passport
There are a few companies like Copass, ImpactHub, and Loop that allow you to purchase a coworking pass that gives you access to coworking spaces all around the world. This is great for people who want to travel often but also want to have a very reliable place to set up camp and get their work done.
Get an Airbnb with a Workspace
Another option is to get an airbnb that has a separate sitting space or desk area. It sucks to work from a cramped hotel room or hostel. But if you have a private, separate, spacious sitting area right within your accommodations, it can be much easier to focus, and you don’t have to go out and waste time looking for a place with a wifi signal.
While Yelp is great for looking up businesses in the US and a few other countries, you’ll find that it is scarce (or doesn’t operate at all) in many parts of the world. Foursquare is a solid alternative. It has active listings and reviews in a much broader area of the world, so you may be able to find a coffee shop on the fly by opening the app and searching nearby.
Check out Nomad List
If you haven’t checked out Nomad List yet, you’re going to love it. It’s an excellent place for finding coworking places (coffee shops and other spaces) that fellow digital nomads have already vetted for you. Each workplace option has been added and reviewed by another digital nomad already, with factors like wifi strength and laptop friendliness playing into the reviews.
Hopefully, these resources give you some more ideas about how to make working abroad more comfortable and more efficient. There are more and more resources being created for remote workers all the time, and my dream is that, soon, the struggle to locate a good work spot abroad will be a thing of the past.
Need help finding remote work? Check out these resources:
Who Wrote This?
I’m Renee Hyde and I’ve been a digital nomad freelance writer since 2012. So far I’ve visited 60+ countries and counting! On this blog I share tips about dreamy travel destinations, travel hacks, ways to work remotely and travel, and advice for living your best nomadic life!