He Said/She Said: Mobile Office

He Said/She Said: Mobile Office

For almost two years now we’ve been unemployed, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been working.  Between finding buses to far-flung destinations and climbing Maslow’s hierarchy of needs daily, we produce LivingIF.  These are the things that we use to make LivingIF happen no matter where in the world we find ourselves.

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Working in an office has never been my style.  Armed with a laptop and internet connection I like to work in a variety of spaces.  While employed I often worked from coffee shops, my dining room table or sunny spaces.  This makes blogging while traveling an easy switch.  The big change though are the extra steps we need to take to backup our computer and get connected.  Here are my two most important pieces of our mobile office.

Our digital memories of this trip are among our most prized, causing us to make sure we’ve got them backed up.  Even though our MacBook Pro has been solid as a rock, the risk of failure or theft looms large in nightmares.  We carry two 1TB Seagate FreeAgent hard drives that we use to carry files that don’t fit on our computer and backup the computer.  For more details about how protect our digital assets click here.

In many places you can count on having internet.  In those that you can’t, such as India, we rely on our unlocked iPhone.  For less than $10 we buy a SIM card with a prepaid data allocation and get online.  This helps us stay in contact, find travel information, and do simple tasks.  The phone can actually connect to our computer and use it’s internet as well, although the speeds are usually not enough to upload the photos for a LivingIF article.

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SHE SAID…

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It is admittedly hard to stay organized on the road, which surprised me since we’re carrying so little.  But it’s not a matter of how much stuff you have, but being able to access it.  I have never worked in a mobile office type of situation.  I have always had filing drawers, a desk and wall calendar to keep everything straight.  When you’re carrying everything on your back, needless to say, filling cabinets are not an option. To keep my sanity I have a checklist of things I look for in lodging and the invaluable photo software, Lightroom, for digitally filing our photos.  These two things make blogging possible for me.

First of all, to be able to write posts and label photos properly I try to make sure our room is conducive to getting these tasks done.  If at all possible I try to stay in a place with ample wall outlets to keep everything charged, a desk and chair to avoid making the bed the only place to sit and back-up power.  More often than not finding this perfect office scenario trifecta is hard to come by.  We have worked around many places that had power for less than 4 hours a day or rooms with no outlets at all.  And admittedly a lot of our posts are written from bed (hopefully that doesn’t change the way you think of LivingIF).

One of the most important mobile office tools we have is our Adobe Lightroom photo software.  Without this we would have thousands of photos with no labels and no organization.  With Lightroom I can easily pull up a country album with just a click and then open all the photos from one particular city as well as label each of those photos so I know the name of the amazing restaurant I want to blog about and I can tag that photo with a food label to easily find it anytime I want to write about food.  If our photos weren’t organized using Lightroom I can’t imagine how I would ever find them to share with you.  While there are so many other factors that go into our blog these few things are the core of what makes LivingIF possible.

You’re turn: what are your essential office items?  Are you a smartphone addict or is it coffee that keeps you on top of things?  Share your office must-haves in the comments.

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LOCAVORista: A curious adventurer exploring the culinary delights and local traditions around the world. Currently on a 3 year round-the-world trip discovering amazing cultures, must-eats and off-the-beaten-track destinations.

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LOCAVORista: A curious adventurer exploring the culinary delights and local traditions around the world. Currently on a 3 year round-the-world trip discovering amazing cultures, must-eats and off-the-beaten-track destinations.
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