People are often teasing me: you’re always on vacation! Actually, not. Really, I’m always working… Back in September I went for a week of remote co-working in Tuscany. And although some of the participants were more in a vacation mood, we really got some work done. So, how does this remote co-working go? It’s easy.
It is a very important part of the remote co-working experience. The house is where most of your day happen. In the best case scenario, you need a place that has enough character to provide the out-of-the-ordinary experience, but also provides modern accommodations… There is no remote work without WiFi.
In Scorcetoli, we had a very good set-up. First of all, we had the privilege of staying in a friend’s family house in a little village. Talk about “remote”. The WiFi was good and most of us had their own bedroom. The living room was quickly transformed into the “work room” with laptop and cables all over the place. But it was also nice from time to time to work from the terrace with its gorgeous view on the olive trees.
As remote workers, when we’re not in locations with coffee-shops or co-working space close by, we spend a huge portion of our days in the house. The house matters.
Of course, just like with any kind of travel, food is wonderful way to experience a different country. Here again, we were lucky to have Flavia introducing us to many calorie-packed local delicacies.
Italian food is high up on top of my favorites’ list. So, needless to say, I enjoyed it thoroughly.
We generally had our lunches at home and as we were exploring our surroundings in the later part of the day, had dinner or aperitivo in restaurants. All the food cooked at home is shared among the participants (Tricount is our best friend) and everyone pays their own when we’re dining out.
Of course, part of the remote co-working experience is to head out of the house and discover the surrounding area.
In Italy, we generally closed our computers around 4:00 pm and explored the gorgeous Tuscany. We also agreed to take one week day off to wander around the Cinque Terre when there would be less tourists. Finally, we had one morning run to shake off all that pasta.
I keep talking about remote co-working, but where is the work in all that. Believe me, work there is.
I generally tend to keep up with my regular routine when I travel, so I’m up around 6:30 pm and on the (digital) deck around 8:00 am. And since there’s not too much commute from the upstairs bedroom to the living-room area, with an hour break for lunch, that still left me a good seven hours of computer facing time.
Early September is a good time for me to do that type of remote work because classes have not started yet and that gives me all the calm and quiet I need to prepare my syllabi and update my slide-decks. Of course, there is the weekly Skype with Charlotte and potentially with a client or two, but overall, most of the work done is writing and designing.
In December, we did it all over again, in Tenerife this time. But that’s a story for another article…