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How to be ready to work abroad

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Working remotely can present a few challenges. It's important to take the time to consider what kind of working environment you'll need to be successful and to think of the best ways to stay organized and productive.

You'll also need to think about the best way to stay connected with your team and how to stay motivated and focused when working abroad.

Additionally, it's important to remember the importance of setting boundaries and maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Even if you are well-prepared for the journey, there are still a few things to consider before you set off on your adventure.

Ensure you have a reliable internet connection.

Working in a remote location may require you to use a different type of connection than you are used to. Research the options available in your new area and determine the best one for your needs.

Whenever I travel, I buy the best SIM Card I can find in that country. This makes sure I have internet access even if the WiFi at the place I'm working (like a cafe or coworking space) stops working.

Don't assume that everyone will understand you just because you speak English.

It is also important to be aware of cultural and language differences. Even if you are fluent in the language of your new home, you may still find yourself in a situation where you need to understand the local customs and language in order to navigate the area.

I can only speak Spanish, Catalan, and English. My English will be helpful when I travel to Southeast Asia, but it's wrong to think that everyone will understand me in English. It's normal for people to only speak their own language.

I've seen people get angry when locals don't understand them in English. Remember, it's you who doesn't speak their language, not the other way around.

Don't screw up by assuming things, please check the laws.

Make sure to look into the laws and rules of the country you are visiting. Every country has different laws and regulations, so it is important to know what you can and cannot do while you are there.

photo by Emilio Rios of a law notice

Unfortunately, there are still countries where depending on who you are, you are not totally free. I don't need to go into this, we all know what I'm talking about.

Find Out the Length of Your Visa Stay

It is important to know how long you can stay in the country with your visa. Depending on your nationality and the country you are visiting, the length of your stay may be limited.

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Check with the local embassy or consulate to find out the exact length of your stay allowed on your visa. You may also need to apply for an extension if you plan to stay longer.

Have a Backup Plan

Always it’s good to have a backup plan. Make sure you have enough money saved up in case of an emergency.

Don’t touch that money for any reason. Never. I, for example, take an extra step and always keep some money in a separate account, just in case. You never know what might happen.

Purchase Travel Insurance

Purchasing travel insurance is an important step to take when working remotely. This is not just advice; it is mandatory. It will help to protect you in case of any unexpected medical issues or other travel-related problems.

Make sure to read the fine print of your insurance policy and understand what it covers. I always use https://www.iatiseguros.com, this is not a referral link; I recommend it because I had some issues in the past and they make me feel safe.

Get to Know the Local Community.

One of the best ways to make the most of your remote work experience is to get to know the local community. Ask around for places to work, such as cafes, coworking spaces, or libraries. Connect with people who share your interests and join in on community events.

This will help you to make friends, feel more connected to the area, and find out about the best spots to work.

Plan Your Schedule

Planning your schedule is essential when working remotely. Make sure to set aside time for work and leisure activities. Having a plan in place will help you to stay organized and motivated. Additionally, make sure to plan for any breaks you may need during the day, such as meals, exercise, or just relaxing.

This will help you to stay focused and productive during your working hours. Having a schedule is a great way to help your colleagues adjust to the fact that you are abroad.

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It's easier for everyone to work with someone who has a predictable schedule. You can let your colleagues know when you will be available for a call or to answer chats, making your communication with them more efficient. Plus, it gives your colleagues a better understanding of your working hours, so they can plan accordingly.

Having a schedule for when you will be available for communication can help everyone stay on the same page and make sure that everyone's needs are met.

Research Accommodation Options

Research accommodation options based on length of stay. Make sure it is comfortable, safe, and convenient. Read reviews and talk to locals. Consider cost of living, groceries, amenities, and transport.

Account for any additional activities, like sightseeing or eating out, and any hidden costs, like deposits or taxes. Thorough research will ensure a comfortable and enjoyable stay.

Pack Appropriately

Don't forget to pack the essentials for your remote working experience. This includes items such as a laptop, charger, and any other tech items you need. Check the weather of your destination, and bring the right clothing and accessories.

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Aim to pack light, consider the climate, activities, and duration of your trip when packing, and try to leave some space for souvenirs and items you may pick up along the way. Choose items that can be easily layered, so you can adjust your clothing to the changing temperatures you may encounter. And, if possible, try to limit yourself to one carry-on bag, as this can make your travels much smoother and less stressful.


Get any necessary vaccinations before you travel. Research the country you are visiting and find out what vaccinations are required or recommended. Make sure to visit your doctor or a travel clinic at least four to six weeks before your departure date and explain to the doctor the type of trip you're planning. It's not the same to go to Indonesia to visit cities than to explore its jungles.

Vaccinations may take some time to be effective, so it is important to plan ahead. Additionally, some countries may require proof of vaccination (yellow fever) in order to enter the country. Be sure to check the entry requirements for your destination and make the necessary arrangements.


Working abroad is an amazing and challenging experience. It offers freedom, but also comes with a great deal of responsibility.

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I have many great memories from doing it and I highly recommend it to anyone who has the opportunity.

It can be challenging to be away from home and to adjust to new things, but this teaches you to be flexible and to keep an open mind.

When you reach this state, good things often happens ✨.