Let’s face it, Asia is a really long flight from most parts of the world. In many cases, you’re looking at a 15 hour flight minimum just to get to your destination.
Many of us traveling to Asia are digital nomads, so its important to work online while traveling in order to maximize your productivity.
If you let the 15-20 hour plane ride, plus the day before spent packing, plus the 3 days after dealing with jetlag derail your online business, you might be in a heap of trouble.
So, without further ado…
5 Tips to Work Online While Traveling
1. Fly First or Business Class
Yeah, pretty simple. You can have what’s nearly a full desk, a bed that you can actually lie down in, and all the booze you can stomach (helpful at times if you’re a writer, like me).
There’s a lot you can accomplish in regards to online business if you can foot the bill for business and first class.
- You get a nice lounge before the flight.
- You get on before everyone else – for a large, transcontinental plane boarding is a 45 minute process. That’s 45 minutes you can be working away while still on the ground with a full internet connection.
- Many airlines offer free WiFi in premium cabins. If you want to work online while traveling, this is a must.
- You have space to actually type – in budget classes, tray tables often impede this. You have to have a midget computer to be able to type on it.
Pro Tip: If you are stuck in economy and want to be able to type, consider investing in a small iPad + Bluetooth keyboard. It’s shockingly effective for typing output and can also double as a secondary monitor.
Of course, if you’re a digital nomad who desires to work online while traveling around Asia, it’s understandable if money is tight. In that case, you can try to hack the system by utilizing miles and points to fly first class.
2. Prepare Accordingly For Jetlag
The best tip I can give regarding jetlag is to go to sleep with the sun, wherever you are. This means that if you land at 7am in Bali, you have to stay up until a reasonable time the following night – even if that means pulling an all-nighter.
No way around this, and yes – it’s miserable.
The good news is that you can always find girls anywhere in the world eager to meet and keep you… ahem, “awake”.
3. Stay Hydrated
You know how you wake up in the morning, and your throat is dry as all hell?
Notice how it’s double or triple the effect when you wake up from a nap on a plane?
That’s from being up in the air, where the pressure of the cabin is constantly fluctuating.
Your brain is starved of oxygen, and it simply sucks water out of your body. Becoming too dehydrated on a flight can result in a days of feeling simply out of it. This kills your motivation and overall productivity.
4. Stay Up
If you can’t sleep on a plane, don’t even bother. It’s better to down the caffeine, stay up, and sleep when you get there. If you’re that type of person, I know how you feel.
Every time I take a transcontinental flight, I stay awake during the long one and then doze lightly during the small ones.
I know I’m not sleeping so I just prepare and bring plenty of work on the long flight. If I doze on the smaller ones, so be it. Then, I make sure to adhere to my rules about falling asleep with the sun as I described in #3.
So how do you stay up during a long flight?
Obviously, number 1: caffeine.
Lots of coffee (be careful with the dehydration as I said in #3). Movies to take a break. Loud music. Noise-cancelling headphones. Whatever I need to stay awake, I do.
Do stay away from energy drinks as they tend to make you a bit more jittery, which is not a great feeling to have when you’re over the Pacific Ocean and 37,000 feet in the air, and some turbulence hits.
5. Have Girls Ready When You Land
You’re going to laugh at me, but I’m being dead serious. If you have a girl waiting for you at the airport, you’ll be damn motivated to work online while traveling. It gives you some extra security, makes you feel good and helps with the writing too. Nobody likes to be lonely.
Fortunately, I have written tons of guides about ladies in Asia on this website – just browse around and you’ll find everything you need to make sure you’ll have a girl waiting for you when you land, even if you’ve never been to the country before.
Or simply just read this to get started: The Best Online Dating Sites in Indonesia