This week, Glen – Matmi Developer has swapped his desk seat for his car seat as he embarks on his two month road trip across Europe.
Glen is proving that you don’t need to be at a desk to work, and by using technology such as the cloud, your work space can be anywhere in the world.
Over the next two months we’ll be documenting Glen’s travels, where he is and what he’s been creating for Matmi, so make sure you keep an eye out on our social media channels for updates. But for now, keep scrolling to find out how the first week of Glen’s epic European road trip is going…
A few months ago me and my best mate decided we wanted to drive across Europe. We both have full time jobs but the nature of our work allowed us to be flexible with where we worked from.
Last week we started the first leg of our journey, initially we planned to head towards Bulgaria, so we set off Saturday the 21st of July 2018 7am with 1d and 3hrs to go (according to our sat nav).
The plan was to drive non stop, taking turns to drive every few hours.
As always the train to cross from UK to France was delayed and added more time to our journey.
By the time we got to the 10th hour we realised how we underestimated the power of gravity and the strain we put on our backs! Regardless of the lumbar support embedded in our automobile!
20hrs+ we arrived to Hungary close to the Romanian border soon to realise that we were about to cross a hard border (from what we understand – a border that requires extra checks, which includes vehicle registrations checks / documentation, which we didn’t have). With this newly discovered knowledge we cancelled our apartment in Bulgaria, and frantically searched for a place to stay – for the rest of the week.
We found somewhere!
By luck! We managed to find an apartment in district V in the middle of inner city Budapest, with fast internet speed, laptop friendly and with two beds – this was pretty much our criteria when searching on AirBNB.
Doing road trips such as this one (with a tight schedule and a long distance to travel) requires pretty much non stop driving, as challenging as that is, it’s quite exhausting more to the fact that regardless of taking 4 – 8 hour shifts each, sleeping in a hatchback is not exactly comfortable, with broken sleep comes the increased risk of having to pull over randomly at a lay-by to sleep – adding more time that we don’t have.
Also we bypass cities we would love to explore.
So now that I’ve had a rest, how’s digital nomad life?
It’s only been 5 days but so far digital nomad life is awesome! Working, exploring and experiencing different cultures is always fun and I get to make games whilst doing so!
Witnessing it first hand I can understand how there’s a shift / disruption from your traditional 9 to 5 grind in an office to being able to work remotely from anywhere in the world. If you work on a laptop, have internet and work for a company that doesn’t require your physical presence in order for you to complete tasks! You should be given this opportunity and don’t pass it!
Seeing the same walls everyday as opposed to meeting new people, experiencing new cultures, travelling the world being able to work from a beach, or in a jungle or some other unusual place that is different from the norm just makes life that little bit more special and companies that allow such options will benefit from this in several ways! Such as, not requiring as much office space, employers don’t have to worry about paying for computers, electricity and other utilities. and they’re more likely to see a performance increase from remote workers because they’re better equipped from distractions.
Anyhow I guess I can leave this topic for another blog post! So to conclude, life as a digital nomad so far has been awesome. Goodbye from Hungary.
I loved Hungarian food, it was the best. I had some Chicken Paprika! Scrambled egg but like pasta and chicken on the bone and cream mmmmm. The waiter didn’t want to take my money, so paying took forever. 🙂