Across the world, the number of remote workers has exploded. According to a recent study by Owl Labs, 16% of companies work 100% remotely. They also found that 62% of people work from home at least some of the time.
That is a drastic change from pre-pandemic times. In 2019, only 6% of Americans worked from home. Today, 58% of them are scheduled to work remotely for at least one day a week, with others doing so on an intermittent basis.
It is a way of working that is proving to be particularly popular with employers. They find it to be more flexible, which enables them to be there more for their families, including enjoying more leisure time with them.
Working While Traveling Is Becoming The New Norm
For those employees who have a proven track record of delivering work on time, many bosses are comfortable with allowing them to work from anywhere. This means that if someone wants to leave on a Friday afternoon so that they do not have to travel on the day of a family wedding they can do so.
But many people are taking things further than that. They are planning extra holidays and taking them during weeks when they are scheduled to work full-time.
Typically, during the day they work, while their partner takes the children out. In the evenings and at weekends work is put aside and the whole family relaxes together.
According to recent research carried out by Deloitte, remote workers (aka laptop luggers) are taking more holidays than people who have to clock into a work location every day. They are realizing that they can work just as efficiently as if they were at home or in the office.
The tricky bit is finding hotels that offer decent Wi-Fi and other work-related facilities. Which is what the rest of this article is all about.
Use Reviews To Narrow Down Your Options
In the past, it was not easy to find out whether the hotel you were planning to stay in offered a decent Wi-Fi connection or not. Now, it is. To find the best hotel Wi-Fi in the UK all you need to do is click the link and choose a chain from the list.
Then, go online to see if they have any rooms available in the area you are planning to stay in. If they do, just click through to the reviews for that specific hotel and read any that talk about how good the Wi-Fi is. Usually, you will find that it is incredibly good.
The hotel chain may have a policy of providing a reliable connection, but that does not mean that things cannot still go wrong at a local level. For example, some rooms may be out of range of the router. Usually, the reviews of recent guests will enable you to notice that potential issue.
Other Things To Consider
Once you are happy with the type of connection the hotel offers ask the following:
- Is there a desk in the room to work on? Or failing that does the hotel offer a co-working space?
- Are the rooms soundproof enough to enable you to work in peace and concentrate?
- Does the hotel or a nearby business offer the extra services you may need to do your job? For example, photocopying and printing.
Always Have A Backup Way To Connect To The Web
However, you should never rely 100% on hotel Wi-Fi. When working while traveling you always need a backup.
Here are a few of the options you can use:
- Use the hotspot and data that you have available on your personal mobile
- Ask if there is the option to plug your laptop directly into the hotel’s network, using a cable. This can be better than relying on an overburdened Wi-Fi router for your connection.
- Invest in a travel router. This article explains what they are, how to use them, and the pros and cons of doing so.
- Buy a sim-only data card to use in your phone or a broadband dongle.
- Arrange to do your work somewhere you know a good connection is guaranteed. For example, at the home of a nearby family member or in a co-working or hot desk space. Having a backup ensures you will never let your boss or colleagues down. This makes it highly unlikely that you will have to go back to working solely from the office again. Providing you with the chance to continue to travel more.