Digital Nomadism: How to Find a Balance Between Work and Travel

Life as a Digital Nomad: Finding a Balance Between Work and Travel

This article was written in collaboration with Pullman Hotels.

It was the overwhelming sense of boredom that finally sent me over the edge.

Work wasn’t fun. Fun was always the same. I bought a one-way ticket to Australia and have since worked my way through 25 different countries. As you can imagine, my work became a little more fun, and my fun became a little less routine.

But as is the case, work is work. I still spend full days on my computer, writing, editing, emailing, designing, uploading, and posting. Don’t get me wrong–I am afforded a lot of freedom with this lifestyle, but I am also directly responsible for my own successes, which means I am directly responsible for my own failures.

Small failures can feel like big ones, and it’s easy to feel guilty when not enough work gets done. I don’t usually have deadlines, so when things don’t get done, that’s on me. It’s actually a lot of pressure.

Work Break

Taking a quick break from work to play a round mini-golf 😉

Hacking Work on the Road

I’ve found that having a routine is the fastest way to success; finding the thing that works, and sticking with it, day after day. You can’t work differently every day and expect to end up with consistent results. But there are ways to find routine in an otherwise unroutine lifestyle.

One of the best things about working online is being able to work where I want. If I so choose (and often I do), I can work from my bed, eating delivery chicken wings, completely naked. Though remarkably satisfying, this isn’t sustainable. So how do I get work done on the road?

Coffee shops. And house music.

When I’m traveling, I set up my office in coffee shops all over the world. All I need is a laptop and a pair of headphones. This way, work feels a lot less like work. It feels more like a workation, every single day.

The Pullman Workation

The Pullman Workation

Where can I get one of these suits?

Pullman Hotels have just launched their new Workation Campaign, inspired by the essence of the Pullman Global Nomad Campaign. They strive to create the perfect blend of business and leisure accommodation, so every day on the road can feel like equal parts work and travel.

And in case you’re wondering what I’m really listening to in coffee shops around the world, here are a few of my favorite mixes this week:

How do you get through the work day? Let us know in the comments below!

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10 Responses to Digital Nomadism: How to Find a Balance Between Work and Travel

  1. Phyll December 8, 2015 at 1:30 pm #

    yup! coffee shop + headphones + house music = my flowstate combo too, even at home under normal circumstances 🙂

  2. Amy (Two Drifters) November 11, 2015 at 8:57 pm #

    A good reminder to have a routine and stick to it. For me, I just want to do the blog and social media all day long. But as it’s not making me real money yet, my copywriting has to come first.

    Perhaps I shall try working in bed, naked, eating chicken wings. If it works for you, it may be just what I need!!! 🙂

    • Jeremy Scott Foster November 15, 2015 at 5:48 pm #

      Haha it only works sometimes, thought it is definitely my preferred method 😉

  3. Zascha November 4, 2015 at 11:24 am #

    I’ve voted for you, Jeremy. I hope you win! x

  4. zoya Rizvi October 30, 2015 at 11:51 am #

    I wish ….. i could travel like you and explore this world…..

  5. Lea October 19, 2015 at 11:45 am #

    there truly are some gems from Fusion festival. I think you might find things that will get you pumping while working!

  6. Jeremy Scott Foster October 16, 2015 at 12:35 pm #

    This is gold! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  7. Lea October 16, 2015 at 6:00 am #

    Just taking a stroll though travel blogs, while at work. I thought I’d share the mix that’s playing now! Enjoy 🙂

    Keep it going, I really enjoy reading your posts!

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