The Dark Side of Traveling and Working Remote

Working remote while traveling can be immensely rewarding, it can also be a great challenge.
From 2011 to 2016 I worked partially remote as a software developer. I worked from home 3 days a week and 2 in the office. I always felt that I didn’t get anything done when I was in the office because I’m a bit of a social butterfly. When I say a bit, I mean the letters home to my parents about me talking too much started in Kindergarten. I’m not even kidding. Working from home gave me an environment where I could focus and get work done. Unfortunately, that environment also had a lot of distractions. Yeah, I’m that “Ooohh! Shiny!” kind of person. While I am easily distracted, I am also deeply deadline oriented. I always get the job done, even if that means I wait until the absolute minute and bang it out. It’s stressful and I have worked on trying to combat this, but I’m a procrastinator. Working remote gives me that flexibility to be a little bit of a procrastinator, which isn’t always a good thing.
In 2015, my husband and I decided that we didn’t want to live in Florida anymore. We didn’t know where we wanted to go so we decided to sell everything we own and move into an RV. This decision prompted me to take my career fully remote. In 2017 we hit the road, fully remote and ready to adventure.  It has been a major learning experience for me and sometimes it has been really hard. It’s been 5 months since we launched and we have tried a variety of stay lengths, camping styles and work environment configurations. All of these different factors greatly influence my productivity.
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Working on the Road: Month Two – Balancing Work and Play

I’m not just a remote employee, I’m REALLY remote.   I’m becoming more comfortable with slower internet in realizing that it’s not impacting my work as long as the latency is low and the net is flowing. This allows us to be more flexible where we are staying and I have a lot less stress. Now, that I am done with stressing over the internet and I have a new issue…balancing work and play.

 
I bet your thinking the struggle is in too much play and not enough work, right?  You’d be wrong.
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A Theory Tested 

When Pookie and I decided to embark on this journey we came up with this crazy idea that we could go anywhere so long as she could find this remote job that would be the answer to our unfortunate need for money to finance the adventure. I wish Regina would run on hugs and well wishes but 6 mpg is going to require some cash. In the beginning there was a lot of dreaming and what if-ing on our part. In reality that’s kind of where the adventure begins. We talked about where we wanted to go and the places we wanted to see. We even bought a map of the US and stuck pins in all the important places so we could try and plan a route. We told Dozer about all the amazing walks he could go on and piles of poop he could sniff. We didn’t really have a clue how we were going to get there but talking about it and thinking about it kind of motivated us to keep after this thing we wanted to do. I don’t know if I want to call it dream. Sure I thought it would be fun, the three of us exploring the country together. But I honestly wasn’t sure we could make it happen when we came up with this.
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