291: Remote Work on Bike Tour

It used to be that a bike tour meant taking paid time off or quitting your job. Now that remote work is a reality for many of us, there's a new option. But is a bike tour while working remotely right for you?

Remote Work on Bike Tour

First, the cons

  • Is it, um, allowed?
  • You can't really unplug
  • Don't underestimate connectivity issues
  • Will you be a mediocre remote worker on a mediocre tour ?

The pros

  • Leveraging the new paradigm
  • Remote work means work from anywhere
  • Fewer worries about money
  • Go full nomad and maybe the tour pays for itself and more?
  • May be the difference between touring and not, or allow for a much bolder, longer tour.

My experience

I did this for my 2014 Pacific Coast tour. I was working a very modified part time schedule and largely doing it by participating in a handful of meetings on the side of the road (by phone) and doing some audio and video production in camp on my laptop. I took one zero day to do mostly work at a campground that had wifi.
Interesting element to the last part... it was a planned zero, but the consequence was I ended up parting ways with a big crew I had been camping with for about a week. That felt like a bad trade (although I found a new touring crew in a few days, as we often do).
Would I do it again? Probably, if I could arrange it so it's a few days of no work or very limited work, and then maybe a zero with more. As others mention it is definitely different than unplugging and getting away from things, but I think it would be worth it if it's the difference between touring and not touring, or if it means you can tackle a much bigger route. Definitely not for everyone!

Bottom Line

This seems to be unpopular amongst most touring folks. But it might be right for you?
Read more thoughts from others on remote work on bike tour on Reddit.

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