How to Stay Connected While Traveling

Image: PHOTO: The digital nomad is making waves in the hotel industry. (Photo courtesy of Thinkstock)
Image: PHOTO: The digital nomad is making waves in the hotel industry. (Photo courtesy of Thinkstock)
Janeen Christoff
by Janeen Christoff
Last updated: 6:00 PM ET, Wed December 14, 2016

Sometimes, we just have to get up and go explore. If you are one of the many planning to be a digital nomad, Fast Company has some suggestions for how to manage your time.

Startup founder Scott Wharton who hit the road with his family while still managing his companies has some tips for those searching for that ultimate work-life balance. His first tip, make time to be at work and offline.

"One of the advantages to being in another time zone is that you can connect with colleagues and make business calls late at night, without losing out on sightseeing," Wharton notes.

He also suggests you should plan to stay connected.

"I invested in a T-Mobile phone plan that let me roam with unlimited data in just about any country, without having to laboriously search for SIM cards and sign up for new plans in each new place," he says.

Don't leave home without your laptop, says Wharton.

READ MORE: Going Nomad: How to Afford Long-Term Travel

"Your smartphone can't do everything, I found, not even coupled with a tablet. Unfortunately, there's still no substitute for a full-fledged laptop. We might be getting there sometime soon, but I wouldn't have given up my laptop for anything," he says.

Knowing when to disconnect is also key.

"The digital infrastructure that lets us keep in touch from anywhere is a modern marvel, but it's also important to maintain work-life balance," he notes.

Ready to become a digital nomad? Read on here.

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