You’ve finally done it. You’ve convinced your boss to let you take a workation, allowing you to see a new part of the world without losing out on precious vacation time. You’ve got your itinerary written out, your flights booked, and your accommodation paid for. But what do you need to take to ensure you can keep working while you’re out of the office?
Even if your accommodation boasts amazing WiFi, or there are coworking spaces nearby, you can’t just pitch up with your laptop and hope for the best.
With that in mind, here are the technologies you need to own before embarking on that workation.
Universal travel adaptors
There are few things more annoying than arriving in a new country and finding out that the adaptor you thought you needed doesn’t work.
Fortunately, there are now an array of universal adaptors on the market that pack neatly into your luggage and help ensure that you never have to worry about having the right plug on you.
On a related note, it may also be worth investing in a power adaptor, to help ensure that your precious electronics don’t get fried if the country you’re in has a different voltage.
Assuming you’re going to be logging on to several public WiFi networks during your workation, it may be worth investing in a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
As Wikipedia states, a VPN “enables users to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if their computing devices were directly connected to the private network”.
That means your information is much more likely to be safe on a public WiFi network than it would otherwise be.
Even if you’re sorted when it comes to travel adaptors, it’s always worthwhile traveling with a powerbank.
It can be a lifesaver if you’re using your phone’s internal GPS to get around, or if you suddenly find yourself needing to use your phone for connectivity.
It also means you won’t suddenly run out of battery while exploring the exotic location you’re working from in the evening or on weekends.
This thief-proof backpack
It’s an unfortunate fact that travellers are often the target of pickpockets. They are, after all, more likely to be carrying valuables around with them than a local and less likely to know what to look out for.
Fortunately, there are some pretty nifty solutions out there, which aim to make walking the streets of any city a little safer.
One of our favourites is the Bobby anti-theft backpack, which comes with all sorts of safety features, including secret compartments, hidden zippers, and cut-proof material.
Originally funded on Kickstarter, Bobby is available for pre-order now.
An external hard drive and cloud-based backup solution
If the worst does happen and your laptop gets stolen, you at least want to make sure you don’t lose any of the work you had on it.
On that front, an external hard drive can be incredibly important (especially if you’re traveling somewhere with limited connectivity). Just remember to keep the hard drive somewhere separate from your laptop when you’re not using it.
If your destination happens to have good connectivity meanwhile, you can use a cloud-based backup service.
You don’t need anything particularly sophisticated either. The likes of Google Drive and Dropbox both now give you the ability to automatically back up everything you need.
It’s something you should be doing anyway, but especially when travelling.
What technologies would you consider as must-haves for a workation? Let us know in the comments section below.