Accommodation, Plan Ahead!
Whilst this may seem very obvious, you have to do some searching around and some thinking before you book your accommodation. You need to think of such things like how far away is it from the nearest airport, how well connected the area is to other major cities, and of course how expensive it is! If you’re going to be staying somewhere for an extended amount of time, you need to ensure that you can afford everything.
Websites like Trivago take the hassle out of having to search for the hotels yourself, it allows you to pick an area and view all of the hotels there, giving you the best look at the accommodation possible. Don’t forget that these websites often have discounts for using them, so always look out for these to make your expenses that little bit less!
Use Virtual Mailboxes!
These bridge the gap between sending mail to people (or receiving it) and modern technology. Everyone still gets mail in the post, many companies still use it for important documents so it’s not fully phased out yet and does have it’s uses, but you can modernise it! Sites like physicaladdress.com are able to have your mail delivered to a specific address and turn it into a digital copy that you can access from your phone.
This is incredibly useful for anyone who is abroad, not just freelancers! It lets you see what you have been mailed back at home, whilst some of it may not be important there is a chance that something of importance will get mailed to you, and if you don’t use this service then you’ll have to wait until you’ve gotten back home to see it which could cause a lot of trouble if it is something that matters!
Ensure You Have The Right Tech
This can land you in serious trouble if you don’t prepare correctly for this! Part of being a freelancer is to be able to move around with your work, which is why it’s very common for freelancers to use laptops and tablets to work on. Like your phone, and any other electrical device you take with you, they all need to be charged, however all countries have different plug and socket types!
They are all incompatible with each other, so you need to check what country uses what plug and socket type, which you can do here. Ensuring that you have the right plugs when you go abroad means that you don’t have to worry about buying new charging cable when you arrive in the country, saving you time, money and effort! I also always carry a mobile power bank with me and make sure I have a sturdy iPhone case to ensure I’m doing my best to stay connected when on the move.
If you make sure that you do all of these 3 things before you go away, you’ll have a much easier time when you go abroad! You’ll be able to be comfortable with your choice of accommodation, be able to keep up with anything important that might sneak through your letterbox at home and be able to charge your devices, to let you get on with the work that you need to do!
Not all freelance jobs have specific areas that you can go to, oftentimes you can choose yourself where you wish to work, if you’re stumped for ideas then read this!