I've worked remote for the last year now, in Mexico
. There are solutions for here and there but one thing I'd offer up is that it will really alter your trip.
There are a lot of places here in the Sea of Cortez
which simply don't have telephone service
and even regular electricity is either recent or coming soon. When you start looking at locales outside of the first world the challenges can be pretty extreme.
Even satellites are hardly panacea. There is a lot of delay in the connections and they cut in and out. No big deal for some guy checking his email
but if you expect to maintain a VPN connection or remotely access a computer it's simply not of sufficient quality. The voice connections can also be really bad. So bad in fact that touch-tone dialing won't work, as is required to join almost any conference call.
My own thoughts on why it's working for me are:
- I fly back to the US every 2-3 months for a week or two. It helps me catch up with my team and some things are just better done in person.
- I, and my boss, look at it basically as working remotely albeit with some weirder issues from time to time. I'm on the hook for getting things done and provided there are no problems, there are no problems.
- I've invested a lot in being remote. Spare batteries, local cell phones and cellular data cards for wherever I am, satellite voice and data, an AT&T global quad band phone
(with coverage), multiple noise
cancelling headsets, local country numbers for our conference bridge provider, spare phones, spare laptop
, spare power adapters. It took me a while to build all that up and there's even more that's just knowledge.
- I communicate like a crazy person, but only the people who know about my situation know the details. To everyone else I just work remotely. I keep my Outlook/Exchange calendar up to date.
- I look at cellular coverage areas and try to plan accordingly on where we'll anchor
or take a slip.
- I use PTO time for passages, time short passages for the weekends, and through all of that am available via the sat phone
- I took a paycut of roughly 25%. That being said, with a ~$1500/month phone bill and my travel expenses back to the states I probably cost more than I did back then.
Beyond all that I try to focus on being valuable. There are some really important projects to our finance business and I make sure to work hard on those and make a lot of progress.