The best thing about being a freelancer is that you can take a holiday whenever you want. Luxury comes with its responsibilities and in this case means that ought to have a lot of discipline with your work. You may wish to take a work-free vacation and not work while on your vacation. I would recommend working while on vacation, as this means a longer vacation.
I am on holiday as a write this post and there are several checks I needed to make in order to be able to be enjoying my Christmas vacation with no stress of piling work at home. Below I have mentioned how I ensure my work is in order, before I leave.
Packing your Bags
When packing your swimming trunks, try and remember to pack your freelancing essentials. These include:
A Laptop. If you do not have one, then I suggest you purchase one before going on holiday. You may not get access to good computers everywhere you go, especially in developing countries.
A Laptop Bag. You will need a bag which you can take with you at all times. The reason I would suggest a disguised laptop bag is simply because while you are on holiday, the chances of your bag being stolen are higher.
Mobile Internet. Try to get a wireless dongle, especially if you are going to a country where you believe you may not be able to get internet connection. Watch out for high roaming charges, so try to use internet café’s as a priority.
USB Stick. Save all your files onto a USB stick, so that even if the worst happens and you lose your laptop, you still have valuable information safe.
External Hardrive. God forbid, if everything goes to pot and you have a holiday from hell by losing everything (don’t travel with RyanAir then!) you need your valuable work when you get back home. Purchase an external hardrive and save everything onto it.
A Diary. Many freelancers will use online alternatives of a diary. While on holiday you may not get access so make a note on a real diary of the work you were planning to do on those specific days. This will keep you working even when you are offline.
Schedule. If you are going on vacation, you need a break, so never plan to do as much work as you do at home. If you do, you will end up not doing it because the kids will want you here and there. Let’s face it, apart from needing a break, it isn’t fair on our families if we do not spend our holidays with them.
Clients. Not all of your clients will need to know you are going on holiday, but most of them ought to know. Give them assurance that this does not mean that you will be abandoning the project and that you plan to continue while you are away. This will clear any doubts and explain why you may not be replying to their emails as fast as before, along with them feeling better because you have shown them value by continue their work on holiday.
Gadgets. They run on batteries which run out, so charge them at every opportunity. It would also be recommended to get an international plug adapter so that all your appliances such as your laptop, PDA, mobile etc can continue running.
You are on vacation in order to enjoy yourself, be sure that if everything goes wrong at least you enjoy time with your family/friends and return home stress free.
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