Your Guide to Working While you Vacation in Spain

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If you’re a freelancer or you can pretty much work anywhere in the world as long as you have an internet connection you may be thinking about working while you’re on your vacation. If you do decide to get some work done while you’re away you may appreciate a few tips:

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Book a Villa Rather Than a Hotel

It’s a fact that spanish villas are usually rather luxurious and they can often be better than hotels if you plan to get a bit of work done. This is because you’re likely to have a lot more space to work in, and you’ll have the privacy you need to get things done.

Hotels can be rather lovely but you will be limited to how much space you have and other guests may disturb you as they walk down the corridor to their room.

Find Out How Much Internet Access you’ll Have

It goes without saying that if you’re working online you’ll need to have access to the internet. Some places do offer free WiFi but you tend to be limited as to how much you can use. If you have unlimited internet access on your phone why not link your computer up to your phone and hotspot it so you can use your free WiFi.

If you cannot hotspot your phone then you may want to think about asking the company who runs the villa or hotel if they can do you a deal on your WiFi.

Ask People not to Disturb you

One of the best things you can do while you’re working is to make sure you’re not disturbed. This is one of the things I had to point out to my brother who would ring me every five minutes if he could. Don’t get me wrong, I love speaking with my brother, but I also have to work and meet deadlines. Tell your family or friends that you have to work and you would appreciate it if they left you to get on with it.

If you weren’t working from your villa you’d probably be working in an office somewhere and your friends and family are unlikely to disturb you there. Therefore, your friends and family shouldn’t disturb you while you work on vacation, unless it’s an emergency, of course.

Set Time Aside to Work

Personally, I find I’m more productive between the hours of 7 am and 9 am than I am at any other time of the day. These 2-hours of productivity come in very handy when I’m on vacation as I tend to get a lot of work done. I set 2 hours aside in the morning to get some work done, and it’s something you might want to think about doing too.

Setting aside a time to work will mean you’re more likely to get the work done. If you don’t give yourself a schedule you may find that you’re getting behind with your work and you may even feel less inclined to do any. Do yourself a favour, set time aside to work and once it’s done you can get on with enjoying your vacation.

Keep your Work as Stress-Free as Possible

No-one likes to get stressed when they’re on vacation but if work is a-calling you may find yourself becoming stressed especially if the work takes a long time. One way to combat stress before it even rears its ugly head is to keep your work as basic as you can. This means checking and responding to a few emails, making a few calls, and delegating larger tasks to someone else.

Keeping work nice and stress-free means you’re more likely to get all of your jobs done and you’re even more likely to enjoy your time in Spain.

Pick a Dedicated Work Area

Whenever I work while on vacation I always pick a dedicated work area as it helps me to concentrate. This area is typically one that has a door I can close allowing me to get on with my job. Picking a dedicated work area is ideal if you want to send an ‘I’m working now’ message to your travel companions. Sticking with that dedicated work area also tells your brain that you’re in work mode, allowing you to reply to those emails, make those calls and generally get everything done.

Leave your Work Phone Behind

When you’ve finished working for the day you may want to think about turning your work phone off and leaving it behind. Taking your work phone will you may prove too much of a distraction and you could be tempted to take calls and send emails when you really should be spending the time with your family.

If you use your regular phone as your work phone then silence it or simply allow calls to go to voicemail. Trust me, you will feel better for ignoring those work-related calls.

Have a Day or Two Off

When people ask me about how I work when I’m on vacation I always tell them that I have a day or two off work. We all need time away from work no matter where we are, but this is especially the case if we’re working while on vacation. Have a day or two off so you can really relax and enjoy yourself. Taking time off will also help you to feel more focused when you do get back to work.

While not everyone has to work when they’re on vacation some of us do. However, as dreadful as working while you’re in Spain may seem, if you schedule when you’re going to work and you stick to that schedule you may find it all quite manageable. This will allow you to enjoy your Spanish vacation in the sun, and there really isn’t anything better.