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Advice needed for RTW trip, plan to work online as I travel

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1. Posted by joelmb (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

Hi everyone, new here, love the site so far, wasn't expecting the route plan facility (which I've entered all posibles into rather than a definte planned route :)

This is my first rtw trip and my plan is to go touring around the world and whilst I do, take my laptop and continue my job, which basically requires logging into a remote server to do the work, 6 hours a day 5 days a week. It isn't a perfect idea admitedly, it would be nicer after all just to sight-see! but its basically a means of subsistence! and hopefully will allow me to keep going longer (hopefully up to and poss over a year) .....

I plan to take it nice and slow, allowing me to stop at most locations around a month at a time, so I can both work there, and gradually sightsee when I'm not working but at a nice slow pace.

So some questions:

1. Has anyone here attempted to do anything similar, working online whilst travelling? I only currently know of one chap who blogs regularly from around the globe, but that obviously isn't so critical if he can't find a connection.

2. What experiences of free/ fee based wifi connectivity has anyone found? on similar rtw trips?
....I plan to stay in hostels and have heard many have wifi at least in developed countries. I it reliable? Would I be better off finding hotspots or web cafes? (bearing in mind I'll be sat there working for possibly hours on end!)

3. Are there any better alternatives I should consider rather than trying to rely on Wifi, which admittedly may be unavailable in more remote places, flakey, slow, expensive, etc tc, such as roaming 3g, satellite (v. expensive I understand) or anything other??

Thanks for reading! Any experience or advice ast this early stage would be very much appreciated!

p.s details of my envisaged route and potential stops are in my profile. :)

Joel

2. Posted by joelmb (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

Hmmm, no one any thoughts then? :(

3. Posted by stefox6 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

I had a similar idea - earn money from the internet while i travel: but i came to the decision that if you are relying totally on the internet for money then really you cant rely on others for a good connection.

I would suggest either dont rely completely with your online work but in conjunction with savings..etc or try and get a good reliable mobile broadband package (if they exist internationally (expensive i would think))

However, all this depends on you line of work?

What are you actually thinking of doing on the internet to make money?

4. Posted by chemgal (Respected Member 149 posts) 8y

I have a friend who did this while travelling in Canada. He was employed by a company in his home country and ended his graphic designs to them. He had some problems with internet connection and had to move hostels a few times to get a good connection. I think he managed about 20 hours a week on average.

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 8y

The worldwide wifi situation has improved dramatically over a few years ago. In Australia and New Zealand, I'd guesstimate that 95+% of hostels (at least YHA hostels) nowadays offer WiFi, often against very reasonable rates ($3/hr seemed about average, and there's also frequently good deals like $50/week). Cafes with free wifi (usually 1 hour per purchase, with a minimum of ~$5) have made their way down to even small sized cities (pop. 50,000 and below).
The situation in Peru was good for all major tourist destinations (sometimes free wifi with accommodation, otherwise at least good cafes) - but towns in the north (off the main tourist track) were still stuck in the age where the only internet access was through an internet cafe which didn't allow laptop access. In Hong Kong your biggest problem will be deciding _which_ free WiFi to use. The situation in Thailand seems to be mixed; lots of wifi around in the big cities - but a complete absence in the smaller towns (though I haven't travelled much here yet, so that's an impression which isn't really statistically sound).

Reliability everywhere fluctuates. Usually it's good, but it takes only a single computer-illiterate hostel manager to muck up some settings in their router, and you're dealing with endless frustration. (I'd say be prepared for hassle about 5% of the time.)

I'd really try to have a way to do your work offline, so you only need to be online to send it off to the office; needing to be logged in all the time (I assume through a VPN) will almost certainly mean you won't be able to make those 30 hour weeks quite frequently. If the company is worried about security, go for full disk-based encryption - that's pretty trivial to setup nowadays.