The Internet has revolutionized the way that we do business. Nearly all companies offer their employees the option to telecommute, and many take advantage of the opportunity. A 2013 study found that one in five Americans work from home, and this number is only rising. Working remotely (either from home, a library, or other collaborative working environment), allows people the ability to fulfill their personal obligations while continuing their workday, without having to use up one of their scarce vacation days.
Not only can working remotely be a great way to avoid a commute, be more productive, and save money, but it can also provide you with a way to travel without the constraints of being located where your physical office is.
So when your family is getting ready to plan a big vacation, what may have previously been a lost opportunity for you to spend some quality time with the wife and kids (due to work responsibilities), is now a perfect chance to take a “working” vacation. What do I mean by a working vacation? Let’s look at my recent experience in Cabo, Mexico.
First, a little background. I own a software consulting company, so most, if not all, of my work is done remotely. When my family decided that we wanted to take a trip away somewhere warm this winter, despite it being my busy season, I wanted to make sure I joined in on the fun.
On the way to the airport with the family, I was able to easily check my email, make a couple calls, and use my portable wifi hotspot (Pro tip: if you want to work from home or the road, pick up one of those bad boys) to hop onto my laptop on the ride over.
Once we landed in Mexico and arrived at the hotel, I was pleased to find that they offered wifi. I was able to catch up on my emails and make sure everything was wrapped up for the day before heading off to the beach with my family. While on the beach, with my smartphone in hand, I scanned a few more incoming just to make sure none of my clients were trying to get in touch.
When the week was over, I was comfortable returning back to my home office knowing that all of my work was caught up on. I got to take a nice, relaxing vacation with the family, and my clients were none the wiser that I was working from the beach the whole time. What an age we live in.