Life as a digital nomad has never been easier in a world of free public WiFi, 4G signals, and coworking spaces. However, these amenities are concentrated in cities. What if you want to escape and work from somewhere more remote? For instance, while you can find 3G or 4G connections in Russia 73% of the time, you may struggle while aboard the Trans-Siberian railway. The longest train journey in the world heads deep into the Siberian wilderness and has seduced artists, poets, and musicians for more than 100 years. You may be desperate to spend some time on the 9000 km ride between Moscow and Vladivostok, but will you be able to keep up your digital nomad day job?
Setting up an Internet Connection
Though comfortable and modern, the Trans-Siberian railway does not come with WiFi. Since you will be spending at least six days from one end to the other, you will probably need an internet connection to get work done. For this, acquire a portable WiFi router. You can carry the internet on a pocket-sized device by inputting a sim card. Be aware, though, this requires a good 4G connection, so it may only work as you pass near large towns and cities. However, this still means you can connect right away and do not need to seek out a coffee shop. Finding efficiency in this area will also make your journey feel like a vacation. You can then spend more of your time off relaxing, so you can truly unwind and enjoy your stay.
If finding a stable internet connection becomes too burdensome, you may have to consider being flexible with your strategy. Locationless workers benefit from being able to adapt how they earn money to suit their circumstances. Maybe you can download your work beforehand to work offline. Alternatively, you may be able to use your inspiration for being on this magical journey to motivate your more creative side. If you make your living as an online blogger but always want to write a novel, maybe this is your chance to dedicate yourself to your creative dream.
Location independence should mean just that. Don’t become a slave to solid WiFi and developed infrastructure, but adapt your work style so that you can get off the beaten track and explore the world. This will allow you to go on journeys as incredible as the Trans-Siberian railway and still earn a living.