If you listen very closely, if you can tune out the endless pings and buzzes of your digital devices and switch off that little voice in your head pushing you towards the next big deadline, then you might just hear the sound of waves gently lapping against the shore. The sounds of seagulls, of sand underfoot, of ice cream vendors and kids splashing around in the surf.
It’s that time of year again when everyone’s thoughts turn to lazy days at the beach. To a sun-drenched paradise where poolside drinks taste all the more refreshing when there’s no work the next day. It’s finally time for that summer holiday that you’ve worked your @$$ off all year for. However, for business owners and entrepreneurs, summer also brings with it a boatload of new concerns.
For any CEO, small business or startup owner, it can be difficult to leave behind something that you are so heavily invested in. You might worry about whether staff can keep the ship afloat, whether any urgent requests from investors might land in your inbox, whether the whole show will come crashing down the moment you step out of the door. However, there’s no need to worry, there’s already plenty of nomadic entrepreneurs who make it work for them, combining travel and work seamlessly and with style.
So, whether you’re heading out for a long weekend or a full six weeks, here we look at how to run a business while traveling, so you can truly enjoy your summer break without sacrificing your hard-won success.
Pack the Right Equipment
When traveling, it’s good to be prepared. And when you’re a nomadic entrepreneur, there’s a whole extra set of equipment you’ll need to think about to go with your sunglasses and swimsuit. It’s not just your trusty laptop that you’ll have to pack, but also a bunch of extras that’ll help you stay connected wherever you are.
A 4G (or even 5G) mobile hotspot router is an essential item for nomadic entrepreneurs, ensuring you can get online even in the remotest parts of the world. Additionally, for anyone using a tablet PC, a decent keyboard and wireless mouse will probably make you way more efficient that attempting to work through your touchscreen. A couple of large battery packs that can give you that extra bit of juice when on the road is probably a good idea too. Finally, don’t make the rookie mistake of forgetting to pack your voltage converter and adapters!
To help you pack the right equipment to run a business while traveling, check out this handy checklist of devices for all the tools you need while on the road. You can choose to take as much, or as little as you like:
Equipment Checklist for Nomadic Entrepreneurs
- Laptop bag and cable organizer
- Wireless keyboard and mouse
- Tablet PC and keyboard case
- Smartphone and global sim card
- Flash drives
- Mobile WiFi router
- Battery packs with adapters
- Voltage converters and adapters
Identify Your Optimal Working Hours
If you’re off on a once-in-a-lifetime trip, you’re going to want to spend as much time away from your laptop as possible. In order to do this, you should try to get all your tasks done quickly—there’s no space for procrastination for nomadic entrepreneurs while on safari. Before your trip identify your most productive working hours, those hours where your mind is at its sharpest and most efficient. Doing so will allow you to maximize your working hours and quickly complete your daily tasks without eating into too much of your hard-earned holiday.
Create a Plan of Action
You wouldn’t start a normal week without jotting down your schedule, so creating a plan of action before you start out on your travels is the best way to manage your time away—for both work and play. Make a list of your core tasks and plan them around your travel schedule. If you’re visiting the Eiffel Tower in the morning, plan your calls in the afternoon. If you’re taking a few days to climb Kilimanjaro, then maybe block out the day after for work. After all, those calf muscles might be feeling a bit tight anyway.
Additionally, nomadic entrepreneurs always make the most of downtime on planes, trains and automobiles. There’s no better way to catch up on emails than those 12-hour train rides across India. If you’re worried about sending emails to colleagues in the middle of the night given the time difference, then try Spike’s send later feature—you can write all your emails while on the train to the Taj Mahal and then schedule them to be sent at a time and date of your choosing. Simple.
Learn to Delegate and Switch Off
It’s important to remember the real meaning of being travel entrepreneur. And it’s right there in the name! One of the true joys of traveling is the opportunities it affords us to refresh the creative parts of our brains. It can be inspiring, enlightening, stimulating, scary, thrilling, and thought-provoking—but only if you let it. While it’s sometimes difficult to switch off and delegate tasks to other staff members, it is much more rewarding than you might think. For entrepreneurs and small business owners who are constantly faced with complex problems, searching out new perspectives in the alleyways of Prague or the canals of Venice can help you arrive back at work with an entirely new approach.
When you disconnect, and we mean REALLY disconnect, you can recharge your own personal batteries. You can take time to assess the previous year. You can redress the balance between your digital and real-world lives. There’s no better time to do this when traveling, and closing up your laptop, putting down your tablet, and switching off your smartphone will boost your productivity in the long term.
In the end, learning how to run a business while traveling isn’t particularly difficult. As long as you have access to your email, and you can balance work with travel, there’s plenty of hours in the day to enjoy both. However, if you want that extra edge, Spike brings together email and a bunch of useful collaboration tools so you can conveniently access everything you need from a centralized communication hub anywhere in the world. It’s super slick and made for nomadic entrepreneurs. Additionally, check out more great stories, tips & tricks, and advice on the Spike blog.
Happy travels! ✌️✈️