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More lessons learned from the tour bus

Rideau Falls

I was in Ottawa last week with my daughters grade 8 class trip.  80 kids, 4 days, countless museums, equals one exhausting trip.  As tiring as it was, it was a great trip.

I had told my clients I would be working while away and I did when I could. But like my last trip to Cuba, I have taken away more lessons about how to work while on the road (literally).

First, a huge thanks to my clients!  Without their support and encouragement I wouldn’t be able to spend the time with my family like I do. One of the main reasons I started my own company was to be able to spend more time with my kids.

Lessons learned:

  1. Need a light weight laptop.  I have considered a tablet, but I need a network port. I think an 11 inch laptop would be perfect.  When needed I can use my mobile data plan for connectivity.
  2. Extra power charger – my phone ran out of juice during one of our long tour days.  Luckily, I do have an extra power charger, but the bad news, I didn’t take it with me.  If I need to connect to a client using my phone, I’ll have to make sure the phone has power.

Between my last two excursions, Cuba and Ottawa, I feel like I have learned enough to be able to effectively work from anywhere, tour bus, waiting in line for Parliament etc., and still provide the level of service my clients can expect from me.

Keeping my fingers crossed at a trip to the Florida Keys will be a reality next January.

Categories: vacation

On Vacation

PackedAfter many months of burning the candle at both ends, I am finally taking a vacation.  That doesn’t mean I’ll be out of touch but I will not as accessible as usual.  If all goes according to plan (basically if the Internet connectivity is decent) I’ll be checking email 2x a day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon.

For emergency hardware issues a contact name and number will be on my vacation auto-reply.

I’ll be back in my office on May 6th.

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