Working Out of a Hotel Room in the UK – Our Top Tips

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If you are one of the millions of people who are lucky enough to be able to do your job remotely or semi-remotely, now is a wonderful time to travel more. Employers are becoming increasingly relaxed about those employees who have a good record of delivering while working from home and doing so while traveling.

But, of course, that can change overnight. The moment you fail to answer a call or deliver a piece of work on time, the chances are your employer will require you to go back to working in the office. Or, failing that, to work out of your home during certain hours. A place where they believe that you will have access to reliable internet and phone connections, which makes it far less likely that you will let them down again.

Providing your employer with flawless service while traveling is becoming increasingly important. Media reports are making some employers a bit nervous about remote working. This is not helped by business leaders like Alan Sugar and political leaders like Jacob Rees-Mogg calling for people to return to the office. This and reports of people waiting months for things like their passports, benefits, and driving licences is creating an atmosphere where you must prepare carefully if you want to continue to be able to travel while working.

This short guide will help you to do exactly that. It is written primarily with those traveling in the UK in mind. But most of the tips we share here are also applicable for remote working in other countries.

 

Book the right accommodation

Top of the list is staying in the right type of accommodation. Here are some of the things you need to consider.

Is the internet connection reliable enough?

That means tracking down those hotels that offer a reliable connection. If you are staying in the UK, use this Wi-Fi comparison for hotels data to help you to do exactly that. To produce it Broadband Genie pulled hundreds of thousands of reviews from the web and extracted the 30,000 that specifically mentioned Wi-Fi. Then, analysed those to find out which UK hotel chains offered the most reliable connection. Their list makes it easy for you to quickly narrow down which hotels to look at first.

Although you should still take the time to do a little extra research. Read some of the most recent reviews yourself to make sure that nothing has changed, and that the Wi-Fi is still good.

However, no matter how careful you are, it is always possible that the internet will not work as well as you expect. So, you should always travel with a backup way of connecting online. Luckily, in the UK, it is extremely easy for anyone to buy an affordable prepaid sim card that offers you plenty of data, at a reliable price. This guide will help you to choose the best one for you. To use it all you need is a broadband dongle or a phone that has a second sim slot and the facility to use it as a hotspot.

Will it be quiet enough to work?

Most people struggle to do their best work in a noisy environment, so this needs to be taken into consideration before booking your accommodation. Once again reading the reviews will help you with this. But it is usually a good idea to travel with a set of noise-cancelling headphones. This detailed review article will help you to find a set that is compact enough to fit into your luggage yet effective.

Is there a desk?

Working from your bed is doable, but far from ideal. It is bad for your posture and studies show that most people are more effective when working at a desk.

You may also want to consider booking accommodation that offers co-working space to its guests. In those spaces, the connection tends to be more dependable, and a lot of people find it easier to concentrate in that kind of environment. Plus, there is the added benefit that it gives you the chance to meet other remote workers. Providing you with the chance to network and find other work if you are a freelancer.

Are the other facilities you need readily available?

If you need access to a printer or copier, choose a hotel that has these facilities. Or look for one that is located close to a shop that offers these services. It is also a good idea to check the price and what time they are open.

The above are your main considerations. This article covers a few more things that you may want to think about before booking your accommodation.