5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Working Remotely

Working remotely is something that I wanted to do for a long time. I’m not someone who necessarily enjoys living in one place or going into the same office every day. Although I like having a daily routine to stay productive, I like to be able to do it from wherever I want without anyone looking over my shoulder. Now that I’ve done it for a little over a year now, I love it.

But there’s a few things that I wish I knew before I started working remotely.

If you’re thinking about making the leap into remote work, here are 5 things that you should know before you get started.

 

1. I Still Work 9-5

Before I started working remotely, I had this idea in my head that I would be able to work whatever hours I wanted. However, that didn’t last long. After working remotely for a little bit, I realized that I need to work the typical 9-5 hours for two reasons:

The first reason is that I need to be able to communicate with my clients. Since most of them are based out of the United States, the easiest schedule for me to be on is 9-5.

The second reason is that keeping a schedule keeps me in a routine. I wake up at 7:30, eat breakfast, mess around on the internet for a bit, and then I start working. Having this routine allows me to stay productive.

 

2. It Can Be Isolating

Working from home is great. I don’t have a commute, I have all the food I want right next to me, I have the gym to myself in the middle of the day, and there’s nobody around me telling me what to do.

But the social aspect is lacking.

When you work from home, you don’t have coworkers. You also can go days at a time without leaving your home during the day. Unless you have the money for a nice co-working space, you have to make an effort to get out of your home and socialize. If you aren’t living in your home country, that can be difficult sometimes.

 

3. If You’re Freelancing, Your Money Fluctuates A Lot

I got a little bit lucky when I first started freelancing and working remotely. A pretty reliable stream of work fell into my lap, and money wasn’t really an issue. A few months in, that client disappeared. Just completely ghosted.

That was around $1,000 per month that just stopped coming in one day.

Ever since then, it’s been difficult to find clients that pay well and stick around. I might make $400-$500 one week and then $100 the next. There’s just no real way to predict how much I’m going to make. If you’re planning on freelancing, you’ll need to get creative with your spending and smart with your budgeting.

 

4. You’ll Work With Some Frustrating People

 When you start working remotely, you don’t necessarily work with the best people or companies right away. Unless you’re an experienced developer or programmer, you’re going to find that the people who want to pay remote workers (especially freelancers) are trying to save as much money as possible.

That means, unless you have a lot of experience in your field, you’re going to be working with bottom of the barrel type stuff. They might be ass holes, they might be unreliable, and they might try to take your work for free. You just have to protect yourself as best as possible.

5. It’s a Ton of Fun

 In my head, I imagined a remote work life as being really fun, but it’s even more fun than I could have imagined. I don’t have to sit in traffic in a commute every morning, I can go out for lunch or coffee whenever I want, I take half days when I want, I take days off when I want, and I have time to work on other projects (like this) that interest me.

Best of all, I have the freedom to travel when I want.

Since I started working remotely, I’ve traveled through multiple cities and countries, and lived for 6 months in Colombia and 4 months in Peru. So, despite the drawbacks, working remotely is one of the best decisions that I’ve ever made. If you’re thinking of taking the leap into the remote work and freelancing fields, do it. You just might love it.

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Colombia vs. Peru: Which Should You Visit?

South America.

It’s one of the most diverse continents in the world and a great destination for travelers of all types.

Two of the most popular destinations on the continent are Colombia and Peru. To give you a bit of background about my experience with the countries, we spent six months in Colombia in the first half of 2017 and spent four months in Peru.

To be honest, I ended up there because I compared prices for flights on Skyscanner and they were the cheapest destinations… but in the end I sincerely loved both.

However, when people are deciding to visit South America, Colombia vs. Peru is one of the most common comparisons. While I definitely recommend that you visit both if time allows, that just isn’t an option for a lot of people. Let’s take a look at which one might be for you.

 

Tourist Attractions

If you’re a backpacker on a long-term trip, this one might not matter as much to you as it might for someone on a shorter trip. However, tourist attractions are fun for everyone, no matter what type of traveler you are.

During our time in Colombia, I found that tourist attractions weren’t really that big of a thing. Some of the most popular are:

  • The Walled City of Cartagena
  • Anything Pablo Escobar
  • Tayrona National Park
  • Monserrate in Bogota
  • Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira
  • Medellin Cable Car

While there are certainly others, these are just some of the most common that tourists tend to visit. We spent most of our time in Medellin, though, where there is very little in the way of tourist attractions.

Read: What to do in Medellin

After spending six-months in Colombia, landing in Peru was like landing in a tourist wonderland. It seems like everywhere you go there are a ton of different options for tourists. I could list tourist attractions in Peru for days, but some of the most popular are:

And the list goes on.

There’s really no question about who has the better tourist attractions since Machu Picchu alone blows away everything that Colombia has.

Colombia vs. Peru Tourism Winner: Peru

 

Infrastructure

Infrastructure is particularly relevant for those traveling long-term.

I’ll start by saying that Colombia has a metro. That alone is something special in South America. They also have nice shopping malls, high-quality medical care, modern highways, a range of grocery stores, and easy access to cheap flights ($45 USD round trip between Medellin and Bogota).

Peru isn’t quite on that level.

While I love Peru, the infrastructure just isn’t there yet. Although there are some cheap flights available, busses are the most common mode of transportation for most people, including tourists. From what I’ve seen, the roads, malls, and grocery stores are all a little bit lower quality in Peru as compared to Colombia.

Colombia vs. Peru Infrastructure Winner: Colombia

 

Ease of Tourism

Like I said about Colombia, there just isn’t a whole lot in the way of tourism. I think a lot of that is due in part to the fact that they are still coming out of one of the longest civil wars in modern history.

Having spent six months based out of Medellin, I can tell you that there aren’t many options for people looking for tours. There are very few tourist agencies, and those that do exist are usually expensive. Most of the tourist stuff that you do in Colombia is stuff that you just do on your own.

In Peru, the tours never end. We spent two months in Cusco and didn’t even get to all the tours that we wanted to do. You have several options for treks to Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain, the boleto touristico that gets you into multiple ruins and museums, the Sacred Valley, Huchuy Qosqo, and more.

That’s not even getting into everything else in the country, like climbing mountains in Huaraz, visiting Lake Titicaca, and more. There’s no question on this one.

Colombia vs. Peru Ease of Tourism Winner: Peru

 

Nightlife

One of the most attractive aspects of Colombia for many is the thriving nightlife. After spending time in Medellin, Bogota, and Cartagena, I can say that the reputation is well-deserving. Tourist hotspot Poblado in Medellin has the most active nightlife that I’ve seen all year, with bar crawls, craft beer, and plenty of nightclubs.

In Peru, I’ve found the nightlife to be lacking a little bit. Although there are a lot of great bars, night clubs, and breweries, I just haven’t seen anything yet that even comes close to a Friday or Saturday in Poblado or Zona Rosa in Colombia. Drinks are also generally more expensive in Peru than they are in Colombia.

Colombia vs. Peru Nightlife Winner: Colombia

 

Nature and Hiking

Before I went to Colombia, I thought that I was going to have easy access to all kinds of beautiful nature. Unfortunately, that just wasn’t the case in Medellin. Although it’s a beautiful city, the only real option to escape city life is Parque Arvi. Of course, there are other amazing parks and hiking in Medellin, but I just didn’t find it all to be as accessible as in Peru.

In Peru, going on anything from a day hike to an extended trek is super simple. There are countless agencies willing to take you out and provide all the gear, and most of them are reasonably priced. We’ve gone on a trip just about every weekend that we’ve been in the country. From walking through easily accessible ruins to scaling 19,000 ft. volcanos, there’s something for everyone in Peru.

Colombia vs. Peru Nature and Hiking Winner: Peru

 

Food

Much of my opinion about food in Colombia is colored around our stay in Medellin. There’s a lot of good Colombian food (especially the Bandeja Paisa), but there are a ton of really good international restaurants in Medellin as well. We could find everything from Vietnamese food to pizza to charcuterie to typical American fast food in Medellin. There was always something really great to eat no matter where you were in the city.

In Peru, I don’t think the food has been as good. Although I haven’t spent much time in Lima yet (one of the food capitals of the world), I think that there were just a few more good options in Colombia.

Colombia vs. Peru Food Winner: Colombia

 

Overall Winner in Colombia vs. Peru…

Although we end up at a 3-3 tie, I weigh some of these categories a bit heavier than others. For me, the outdoors and ease of access categories weigh heavily, and for that reason I choose Peru over Colombia.

If you’re someone who wants to have a wide range of activities at a very reasonable cost, there’s no question that Peru has more to offer than Colombia at this time.

PS still not sure of your decision? Visit the Colombia and Peru pages to see budget breakdowns, destination guides, restaurant recommendations, and more. 

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14 Photos of Laguna 69 You Have to See to Believe

Laguna 69 is located outside of Huaraz, Peru. The hike to Laguna 69 is in the Huascaran National Park, set in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range. On our way we enjoyed turquoise glacial lakes, stunning white capped mountain peaks, sweeping rock walls, glaciers, and water falls. These photos of Laguna 69 could never do it justice, but I’ll certainly try my best!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lake Titicaca Photo Diary

We spent a weekend visiting the Peruvian Islands in Lake Titicaca, and as usual in Peru, the photos were too good not to share. During our two days on the lake, the landscape changed dramatically from a cloudy and gray climate over Puno’s city to a green and sunny escape on the the Amantani and Taquile islands. See it all in our Lake Titicaca photo diary and explore more of the landscapes, people, and culture we found on the high altitude lake!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Colca Canyon Photo Diary

Colca Canyon is the second deepest canyon in the world, and it sits outside of Arequipa, Peru. Daniel and I spent two days hiking through Colca Canyon to the oasis at the bottom. Enjoy our beautiful, sometimes otherworldy photos from the trip!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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