This is a guest post by Bojan.
So are you getting to that vacation? Finally you have the chance of hitting the seaside and leaving your usual daily routine. It’s gonna be an exciting two weeks of relaxation, everything is gonna be smooth and perfect, but… You took a strong commitment not to leave your blog unattended for those two weeks and you are trying to figure out how to bring your blog with you for those two weeks.
When I started working for my former company (First Beat Media), I went to Greece for a summer vacation. There I gathered massive experience on working in unfriendly environment. I had my laptop with me and old N95 Nokia “smart” phone. It was a great adventure which thought me how to work while traveling, so I wanted to share my experiences with you. Keep in mind if you are going to the Greece, it’s not internet friendly country.
There are 3 things that I want to cover here:
- What to bring?
- How to get connected?
- Makeover your blog for the summer
What to bring?
You are on vacation, so even though you made a strong commitment to blog even during your holiday, I strongly recommend leaving your laptop at home. Laptop is source of great distraction and is going to interfere with your vacation and will stand between you and your family members during your trip.
If you are worried that you will absolutely need computer for the back-end of your WordPress, think again. It’s absolutely not necessary, because you can always go to Internet Caffe and have 6-8 pounds less of luggage. If you go to Internet Caffe, the fact that you are paying for the usage of your computer is going to make you more effective, with the time that you have at hand.
If you are good at self controlling, you might bring your lap, BUT I strongly recommend leaving it at home and simply pick up your smartphone and tablet for ultimate summer. You don’t want to get caught up in endless surfing, you are out and you intend to stay out, swimming, exploring, getting to know new people.
If you are bringing iPad I strongly recommend that you check out my iPad writing tips. If you on the other hand want to bring only your phone, you might think about bringing wireless keyboard with you, for the smoothness of writing, if your phone supports it.
So your smartphone is not only good for small outlining, it’s also great for capturing interesting images that you can use in your articles later on.
Then again if you are serious about blogging, you are certainly creating some YouTube videos for your readers. Videos are great way of connecting with your audience, and being on holiday makes it easy for you to create great video content, with even better background.
Summer time is great for making videos, because you are laid back and you are liberated from the daily burden that we usually encounter in our daily routines. Your energy is better, so consider making videos, where you will shine, instead of just writing.
Apart from technology
You are going on vacation, so it’s your time to be laid back. What you will figure out during the vacation is that when you don’t have that sense of urgency, you will be able to create more at less time. That’s mindset is something that you should aspire to have in your regular daily life. Being laid back and still producing more than when you have that sense of urgency. That is coming from passion.
Don’t sweat it if you aren’t blogging enough as you do, during your day-to-day routine. Create out of love for creation during your resting time, not because you strain yourself to produce more.
Bring good emotions, bring carefree attitude. When you get back home, you can continue writing.
How to get Connected to the Internet
It can get tricky to remain connected while you are abroad, but it’s achievable. You need to do your own research prior to reaching your destination. Here’s a list of things that you should do, before choosing the destination or at least your residency:
- Check whether your hotel / hostel / apartment has access to WiFi.
- Consider buying 3G USB that works with your laptop / phone
- Research the cost of sim card and internet prices while you are abroad – more often than not, you will decrease the cost of your phone bill if you get a new sim card. This varies from country to country, but in majority of European countries you can buy “pay in advance” cards at kiosks and stores.
- Search for local internet cafes.
Being connected is important, but you shouldn’t spoil yourself with the best internet connection out there. All you need is ability to upload a picture or two, and hit the publish button, while occasional check of email and social media.
Make the Summer Blog Makeover
If you don’t intend to write a lot, maybe you should claim that on your blog. Your readers are counting on you, so letting them know that you are on vacation, will make you connect with your readers on personal level. They will understand.
Summer makeover can be as simple as writing a post that you are on vacation, and leave it as a last post you wrote until you get back from your trip, or you can add some summer symbol on your homepage, until you get back.
We people are curious, we would love to know which awesome destination you are visiting. Try to steal some tips and tricks from other travel blogs and see how they are managing their frequent travels.
If you are going to vacation right now, have safe travels! Looking forward to see your travel pictures!