Remote Work Abroad: The 4 Best Practices for Getting Work Done While Traveling

With the right planning and preparation, you can be a digital nomad too

Alex Bentley


A woman working remotely on a rooftop in Havana, Cuba. Image source: Unsplash.

Imagine this.

You’ve worked for corporations most of your adult life. And you make the tough decision to quit your corporate job to pursue your passion full-time.

With this newfound freedom, you decide to do a bit of traveling outside your home country. Maybe it’s the place you were born and raised, but regardless — you’ve got the travel bug now.

After all, you’ve been shackled to a desk for so many years, answering to the corporate overlords for too long, only getting so many vacation weeks per year.

It’s time to see and experience different parts of the world.

Eight months ago, that’s the bold decision I made.

And in those eight months of traveling abroad, I learned firsthand about the benefits of remote work. And also the drawbacks that come with it.

Here’s how I tackled those challenges to complete my first international journey as a digital nomad!

#1—Have a reliable Internet connection

It’s critical to have a stable Internet connection. We live in a digital age, and the worst thing is to be disconnected from it.

Before you travel abroad, you need to research places with Internet that meet your work needs.

When booking a hotel or using Airbnb to find a place, be sure to check the reviews for the property’s WiFi. In my experience, previous guests will mention if the Internet is poor in their reviews.

And remember this: the faster the connection, the better.

However, keep in mind that not all countries or regions are equal. In Costa Rica, the fastest Internet connection I came across was 50mbps; however, when I stayed in Mexico City, the area I picked had 100mbps.

If you don’t see the Internet speed mentioned in the property’s listing, don’t be afraid to call or message the property to find out. And if the speed or reliability doesn’t meet your needs—like for video conferencing or sending large…



Alex Bentley

I write about crypto, personal finance, business & tech. Also, I publish a bit of humor to make you laugh.