The beauty of smartphones, tablets and laptops is that it’s easier than ever to explore parts of the world as you earn your paycheck. Telecommuting at least part of the time is more popular than ever before in history in the American workforce and its prominence is rising faster than the actual workforce numbers, according to research firm Global Workplace Analytics, and the number is expected to grow as technology improves and workers crave independence.
Whether you’re a full-time freelancer or need to get tasks completed as you travel, the internet is keeping up with the pace of remote workers. Germany, which is ranked seventh worldwide as a tourist destination, according to the Federal Statistical Office’s 2015 report, is an innovator in making it easier for tourists to work and play with ease. If you’re headed to Deutschland, here are some tips to work remotely as you’re traveling.
Get a Reliable Smartphone
To allow for constant communication, email updates, chats and text messages, you need a smartphone with 4G capabilities so you can stay connected and have internet access even if there’s no Wi-Fi to be found. A phone purchased from a German brand, such as T-Mobile, makes it easier to get troubleshooting help from providers while you’re on the road. Plus, T-Mobile offers perks such as unlimited data and texting in Europe with its Simple Choice plan.
T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S7 is great if you have to chime in on conference calls, since it has up to 28 hours of talk time. It also has GPS-enabled apps, which are helpful for getting around an unfamiliar city, and a stellar camera, which is a must-have tool whether you need to take a pic of a note for work or just want a great selfie.
Download Apps to Keep You in the Loop
Now that you have a smartphone you can count on, stock your device with apps that make working on the road easy. Skype enables you to join in chats and video calls. A cloud storage app like Google Drive lets you access documents you might need to work on anywhere and at any time.
Save group chats and photos from co-workers with a free messaging app like WhatsApp. Evernote helps you get organized, since you can jot down to-do lists and any ideas that come to mind. If you only have a tiny keyboard to type on, an app like Dragon Dictation records your voice so you can talk out a memo or report before sending it off.
Increase Your Power With Hotspots
For times when you are traversing rural areas where there’s absolutely no chance you can get Wi-Fi or a stable internet connection, use a mobile hotspot device to get connected. These wireless routers connect you to Wi-Fi even when you’re in the middle of nowhere.
Make sure you have the free Youth HotSpot app downloaded on your device, too. The app works online and shows users a map of more than 1,300 free Wi-Fi locations so you can get back online quickly.
Think of devices and apps as your personal travel assistant, so you can get work done more efficiently and increase your sightseeing time.