Not Much to It! Only the barest of necessities are required to work while you travel
Connectivity is a must. Whether you will be providing grounds maintenance services seasonally or working remotely as a teacher or translator, or performing any of the other thousands of full-timer jobs you’ll find on itravelft.com, it’s essential your core communications kit includes:
- A good-working-order computer, and the ability to use it for communication, and a smart phone — we strongly recommend (in order of priority) at lease basic competence in:
- Browser savvy. Browsing the internet, specifically to investigate organizations to which you might apply for a position and locales to which you want to travel, as well as communications technologies coverage of these areas (i.e. cell and WiFi service).
- Word processing and document creation and editing software. Creating document such as resumes, lists of references, etc. to customize and submit to employers. If you have advanced skill for creating video presentations about yourself, even better, but non-essential.
- Email, forms and attachment handling. Submitting forms and/or emails with attachments, as the digital job hunt is done almost entirely online.
- Texting is almost everyone’s favorite way to get things done quickly, schedule an online interview for example. Job hunting is always competitive, so the quicker your inquiry and response time is, the more competitive you will be.
- Social Media profiles are especially useful when job hunting online. Employers want to know as much about you as possible, so having a LinkedIn professional profile as well as a personal Facebook with content you’re proud to share openly is a bonus.
- At least one WiFi hot spot with good data coverage in the areas through which you’ll travel. Our most to least important recommendations are:
- Two hot spots from two providers, one (the one you’ll use most) with a monthly data plan, the other to fill in when your primary doesn’t deliver that can be pre-paid and activated when you need it (I currently find that Verizon is good for most places, and AT&T Prepaid covers most places Verizon doesn’t). Note that providers are launching international hot spots so redundancy may become unnecessary. However, if you travel internationally, you may need in-country service in addition to an international plan.
- Signal booster. We have one that boosts the AT&T signal very well, usually doubling it. However, it doesn’t have much effect on the Verizon signal even though it’s marketed not to be service specific. Especially if you plan to work remotely online, you’ll want to investigate the right booster(s) for your service plans.
- Ability to access free WiFi sources when your hot spots aren’t working. Sometimes, there just isn’t a signal (backpackers and loners are often well out of range), but if you can get yourself to a town, even a small one, there’s likely to be a WiFi or cable/optic/phone line source you can log into (and sometimes that won’t be free).
- For those of you taking your work and adventure to the high seas, you’ll need VHF radio and long distance offshore marine communication equipment.
- Field workers, especially in the scientific and engineering pursuits, are advised to include long-range two-way radios in their work communications supplies.
- Webcam. If your computer doesn’t include one, ad-on versions are plentiful and inexpensive. Chances are you’ll be asked to attend an online interview at the least and even join meetings and other webcasts once you’re on a job.
These applicable connectivity and communication capabilities and tools well get you well on your way to making a living doing what you love as you travel full-time. Now all you need is any tools required by your profession which you probably already have, or they will be supplied by your employer.
Equipment you’re likely to be asked to provide yourself because of the nature of the work include:
- Camera equipment for photographers,
- Art supplies for illustrators,
- The essential listed previously for online/remote positions,
- A vehicle for transporting home health clients,
- Applicable software for graphics and app development,
- Your personal sports equipment for being a resort/club pro, and
- Backpacking and camping equipment for trek leading.
However, if your professional tools are cumbersome or custom, then expect your employer to provide such things as:
- Tractor for farm work,
- Hand tools for groundskeeping,
- A kitchen for the chef,
- Proprietary software for accounting, legal and other professional services,
- Everything the campers need for the camp counselor in you to teach skills, and
- Meals and accommodations for seasonal resort work, scientific equipment for field work.
So, don’t wait! Pack your personals, find your next dream job and travel full-time. A million opportunities to say “I Work Here!” await you.
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