Day in the Life: My Tropical Month Working Remotely and Travelling in Cancun
Living in Canada means that you generally have to deal with some pretty harsh winters. Some places are worse than others but, in Montreal, it’s the real deal. Although the snow and the cold over winter make Montreal a beautiful place, the snow and cold gets old and by Christmas people are dreaming about escaping somewhere with some sunshine and heat. Sometimes it’s all you can think about when the temperature drops down too many ridiculous degrees below zero (we’re on metric) and your nostrils stick together when you take a deep breath. The struggle is real folks.
I already knew that I loved Mexico: the food, the beaches, the sunshine and the affordability. Did I mention the beaches and the sunshine? I knew that I wanted to keep the timezone within reason so I could continue to manage availability with clients and colleagues during regular EST working hours. And did I mention that I love the sunshine?
So I did a bit of research and found a place on Flipkey where I rented a private room in a big Mexican Villa that provided me with access to some amazing communal areas. Best of all, they provided two ISP options. This sealed the deal. I booked the place for a full month and bought a one way ticket South.
Working from Cancun was incredible. Knowing I didn’t have to shovel snow for a whole month was blissful. I ate amazing Mexican food, met some really good people, got some great work done (with all the ‘Vitamin D’ I was getting!), travelled around, explored and just generally laid back and recharged.
What’s next? I’m taking my younger brother who has never travelled away with me next. The plan is to take the days to work on projects and then we’ll explore together in the evenings. I’m really looking forward to that. Spending time with my brother will bring us closer and provide some amazing experiences — that’s definitely not something I could do with a traditional commuter job grinding out the nine to five day dreaming about the next vacation. Remote work isn’t for everyone but it’s definitely for me!
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