When looking for a hotel, hostel, or Airbnb to work from while on the road, what do you look for? Below are our top 5 requirements when deciding on where to stay.
We're starting off this list with an important one, wifi! Without good wifi, you can't get anything done no matter how much you want to, no matter how comfortable the spot is, or how strong your coffee is. Wifi is essential. Not all booking sites accurately describe their wifi situation, which is why we make sure to ask every reviewer specifically how the wifi speed was during their stay. Could you barely join a video call or where you able to live-stream your favorite show with ease? These are the hard-hitting questions we want to know.
Working remotely means sitting for anywhere between 4-10 hours per day depending on what you do, so the comfort level of a hotel is important! What is the workspace like? Is there only one table and chair option to work from or do they have an entire office space dedicated to workers? More and more locations are optimizing their spaces for remote workers, we have even seen hostels creating dedicated work rooms for their guests. This makes a huge difference in your ability to work for a couple hours versus an entire day.
Location, location, location! This might not be the most important thing on the list when considering remote work, but you're working remote for a reason, to explore a new place! So being near attractions is still important to us. Not to mention if you are working all day you want to make sure you have coffee and delicious food as close as possible!
Same as location, price isn't ALWAYS a dealbreaker, but ideally you don't want to spend all the money you just made working remotely on the place you're staying to work remotely! We are big fans of budget travel, so making sure the price is traveler-friendly is important to us.
Last but not least, the vibe, the overall ambiance and feel of a place. Do you WANT to stay here all day and complete your tasks or are you anxiously awaiting checkout? It's so important to find somewhere where you want to spend your time, and also fits the environment you are looking for. Maybe that hostel with the club that stays open until 4am would be fun if you were backpacking, but it might not be right for when you have to wake up at 8am to hop on a conference call. Finding a location that fits the vibe you are looking for can make or break your time working remotely.
So those are the top five things we look for when booking a hotel to work from! Did we miss anything that you would look for? Let us know in the comments below!