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THE RISE OF THE DIGITAL NOMAD – HOW WORKING ON THE BEACH WENT FROM DISTANT DREAM TO SPARKLING REALITY

If working from anywhere in the world, at a time of your choosing, sounds like your idea of heaven you are not alone. With millennials being hailed as an ‘asset-light’ generation increasingly looking to fill their virtual possession portfolio with life experiences rather than accumulating material wealth, the term digital nomad has never had more relevance.

Savvy citizens are moving away from traditional forms of employment where they are limited to an office space and ‘Groundhog Day’ desk between 9am and 5pm five days a week. The working population are both seeing and seeking the opportunities out there and engaging in a more free-spirited approach to work, where earning potential seeks to become a life experience embedded in your personal life rather than a separate entity that you have to endure in order to survive.

A CHANGING REALITY

Increased connectivity around the world has disrupted the traditional linear model of how the world works – people are thinking outside the box and making decisions to suit themselves rather than follow a generational dogma of the predictable path to success. Success is no longer simply about having a four-bedroomed house, 2.4 kids, a dog and a fabulous car. It is about living a life of freedom crammed full of extraordinary experiences with extraordinary people and digital nomads are those who are embracing this enlightened reality and possibility for a life less ordinary.

Digital hot spots, portable tablets and laptops, a plethora of marketing options through social media, and an increased desire for freedom, have all conspired to make this market grow exponentially. Millennials are embracing an opportunity denied to their grandparents of a work-life balance like no other. The digital nomad lifestyle encompasses flexibility, variety and crucially adaptability. It’s moving away from the job-for-life mentality and working to an assumption that people are now more self-reliant than ever and if anything, they are loving it rather than fearing it. In fact, from being seen as something exotic and obtainable to only the fortunate few, the digital nomad lifestyle is integrating into the mainstream with this year seeing the first Digital Nomad conference taking place in Berlin.

SO WHAT’S THE MAIN REASON TO BECOME A DIGITAL NOMAD?

It’s a low-maintenance, low-cost entry to business that appeals on so many levels – it’s lightweight and portable and eliminates many of the stresses associated with a more traditional lifestyle such as rent or mortgage, furniture and household goods, endless bills, mounting car costs ad infinitum.

The joy of the digital nomad lifestyle is that it creates flexibility meaning you can work abroad if you so choose, or simply hang out in your local café with your favourite work buddies. It’s all about the life that you want to create and your reasons for it, including the vision you have of that world. With technology literally at our fingertips, we can communicate around the world, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and anyone with access to a computer, tablet or cell phone could be a potential customer or client of the digital nomad. And we here at Tep  – being passionate arbiters of travel and connection – embrace this reality wholeheartedly and want to keep you in touch when you need to be and most importantly when you choose to be.

It’s not even particularly difficult to start out working life as a digital nomad. As long as you have access to a laptop/tablet/cell phone and a WiFi signal, you are almost good to go. You can choose to start by buying an existing online business (albeit if you have a little capital to invest); going freelance – for example being a writer, take a course in online digital marketing, becoming an online trainer or mentor in your area of expertise, sell on eBay or train to become an expert in social media posting, promoting your lifestyle and actually making money out of it – you might not even need training for this if you are a millennial who was born without a silver spoon but instead a tablet on tap – you may have mastered the minutiae of social media etiquette and be able to create your own social media brand with very little expenditure required. The truth is there are numerous ways to get started if workplace autonomy is what you require.

We live on a planet containing approximately 7.4 billion people and counting and around 40 per cent have regular access to the internet. The fabric of the internet is woven securely into our daily lives and we purchase and research on an increasingly frequent basis. We want answers – it’s out there at the click of a mouse or touch of a phone screen. And so the creative digital nomad taps into this massive market and seeks out his or her niche in this teeming sea. Technology has made this market super easy to access and the only thing possibly standing in your way is a dodgy internet connection! And that’s where Tep has got it covered. With a handheld device that creates your very own wifi hotspot, it has to be the digital nomad’s ideal travelling companion.

EMBRACING THE LIFESTYLE

To embrace the digital nomad lifestyle, the essential component (after your laptop/tablet) is an uninterrupted wifi connection, which is what makes Tep Wireless a match made in heaven for the digital nomad. Teps’ pocket WiFi is a wireless modem that connects any wifi device to 3G internet. The beauty lies in the fact it requires no installation, cables or software and you can, if necessary, connect up to five devices at any one time. And, critically, you can enjoy up to eight hours of uninterrupted work time before recharging – giving you the length of an average office day to do your thing but most brilliantly at the time of your choosing – so if burning the midnight oil is your thing in far-flung places, digital nomad-ing with Tep is no problem. To find out more about how Tep could be part of your digital nomad lifestyle click here.

Tep offers you the safest, securest and most cost effective way of accessing the internet when you’re away. For one fixed daily cost of just $9.50, you can enjoy truly unlimited data for up to 5 devices on the go (the device is pocket sized and works in over 80 countries worldwide). With Tep you’ll never have to worry about returning to a shock bill or being stranded without access to the web – so you can leave the drama to the writers!

How You’re Vulnerable to Identity Theft When Traveling

Technology has revolutionised the way we travel. It wasn’t so long ago that going overseas meant you’d be completely out of contact, but now it’s easy to stay in touch with loved ones. The internet has also made it easier to make plans while on the go, be more spontaneous and adapt to any situation that might be thrown your way.

However, alongside these unquestionable benefits, our newfound ability to access the internet, no matter where in the world we are, has brought along some alarming risks. Travelers are becoming some of the most common victims of identity theft, to the point where, if you fail to protect yourself beforehand, you’re very likely to fall victim to a disaster!

What Is Online Identity Theft

When most people think of identity theft, they immediately jump to criminals rummaging through your rubbish in search of personal documents, or missing wallets with important identification cards. However, the advent of the internet has allowed this crime—like many other things—to go digital.

Now, cybercriminals are finding ways to get into your devices and pharming the information they find there with the goal of being able to reproduce your identity. Commonly, this will then lead onto the criminals applying for fraudulent loans, or other money-making schemes, under your name.

Why Travelers Are at Risk

For travelers, the allure of accessing the internet while overseas is one that can’t really be avoided. As previously mentioned, the benefits of being able to get online are enough to completely transform your trip. While there’s nothing wrong with this, in theory, it’s the form of internet connection that travelers are forced to use, which is where the problem arises.

As people very rarely waste mobile data while overseas, due to the expensive roaming charges it undoubtedly ensues, travelers are forced to rely on public WiFi networks. While these hotspots are common and easy to access, they also bring with them a heightened risk.

The Problem with Public WiFi

Public WiFi hotspots are open networks, and this is where the problem arises. Unlike your internet at home, they have no encryption process, meaning that anyone who is using the network at the same time as you are able to view everything that you view, and see any data that you input.

This means every time you enter a password, make a payment or sign up for to a new website, malicious hackers could be intercepting that information and using is to steal your identity. And it doesn’t take long; imagine how much damage could be caused by simply gaining access to your emails, for example.

Rogue Hotspots

Criminals all over the world are becoming aware of how much reliance travelers have on these public networks and are jumping at the opportunity to use this fact for their own personal gain. It’s happening to such an extent that there are countless rogue hotspots being set up with the sole purpose of collecting your data.

These malicious networks often mimic the names of trusted providers, so it’s easy to connect by accident. Once you’ve gained access, it will automatically record all the useful information it can without you even realizing your identity is being stolen.

But There Is a Solution!

Fortunately, there are a couple of great solutions available that can easily overcome this problem and allow you to browse securely. Investing in a portable WiFi option means you’ll never have to worry about public networks again. Tep’s portable hotspot lasts for up to 8 hours and creates a wireless connection for up to a 15m radius. And most importantly the connection is protected by your own unique password (WPE – WPA key), so you can relax with the confidence that your data connection is always safe.

However, if you’re too attached to your coffee shop atmosphere to give up the public WiFi completely, or you’re worried about your portable device’s battery life running out and leaving you stranded, running a good Virtual Private Network, such as LiquidVPN, can also overcome the risk. A VPN program works by creating an initial secure connection, which encrypts your data, and subsequently allows you to connect to any network anonymously and securely.

While there are very real and potentially disastrous risks to connecting to public WiFi when traveling, it should never be something that affects your trip. Sure, the threat is there, but by properly informing yourself and taking the necessary precautions, you’ll never have to worry about staying safe online while traveling again.

If you have any more tips to help fellow travelers avoid identity theft, be sure to leave a comment below!

About the author: Jess Signet is a digital nomad and blogger. She loves writing about technology and travel – preferably how you can combine both! She hopes this article will help you stay safe whether you’re traveling long term or enjoying a well-earned vacation.

Business Traveler Tips for 2016

In this post Tep has found insights that will help you with everything from avoiding queues at the airport to getting upgrades and even beating jet lag.

We’ve searched far and wide for the best-kept secrets from the travel industry’s frequent flyers to ensure you have the most comfortable and enjoyable experience on your next business trip.

Travelling doesn’t have to be such a struggle with these top tricks for the frequent business flyer:

Before you travel

Know the difference between Non-Stop Flights and Direct Flights

When booking your flight, make sure you know the difference between non-stop and direct flights. It sounds simple enough, but many people confuse the two and end up with a longer journey than they planned.

A direct flight may stop at an intermediary destination where you will have to remain on the plane whilst passengers board or disembark the aircraft. A non-stop flight will take you from your origin to your destination with no pit stops – so go with this option if you want to save time!

Earn Points When You Fly

Always make sure to sign-up to your airline’s frequent flyer program. In the long term, you could benefit from free upgrades and discounted flights plus many other ‘members only’ perks. Loyalty is highly rewarded in the airline industry, so wherever possible try and book with the same carrier to rack up those valuable air miles.

If you aren’t sure which frequent flyer program you need to apply to check out this comprehensive list by Globalflight.net. Most airlines will even let you collect points for flights you’ve already taken (up to six months previously in some case) just check their terms and conditions!

Travel light and pack only essentials

Carrying extra checked in luggage can mean long waiting times in baggage halls, so why not try fitting all your belongings into a carry-on bag?

We recommend packing only the essentials, bringing versatile clothing that can be mixed and matched and rolling up your clothes to avoid wrinkles. For more handy tips read this flight attendant’s guide to light packing here.

If you are planning to check baggage in and want to pick up some gifts or goodies whilst on your trip, consider buying a digital packing scale – like Tarriss’ Jetsetter (its under $20). It’s small, light and an inexpensive way to avoid hefty excess baggage fees.

Increase Your Chances of Upgraded to Business/First Class

If you are not travelling in business or first class, there are a few ways you can increase your chances of getting that elusive upgrade. Customers who are dressed smartly are more likely to be given an upgrade in the eventuality that economy class has been oversold – a good reason to be extra pleasant to the check-in staff!

You could also try requesting an upgrade when you book your flight and have your ticket marked with a Y or B booking code. This works best if you are signed up to the airlines frequent flyer program! Try reading Skyscanner’s 16 tips to get you bumped up to business class here if you want more tried and tested tactics!

Book the Seats with the Most Space

If you don’t manage to get an upgrade, make sure to ask for a seat that will give you plenty of room to stretch your legs during the flight. Usually ‘bulk head’ or front row seats and emergency exit row seats are the best for this.

If you’re not sure where the exit row seats are located on your flight, check out Seat Guru for a guide to the best seats on any airline.

Back up your Essential Documentation!

Always have copies of your essential documents, like passports, driving licenses, itinerary confirmations and insurance documents, backed up online. Dropbox and Google Drive are both free options that allow you to access your documents anywhere (provided you’re connected to the internet of course).

You never know when an emergency could strike, so don’t get caught out without a back up!

Save Time Queuing at Airport Security

U.S. Citizens can sign up for Global Entry service, which allows you to pass speedily through airport security on arrival and departure and eliminates wasted time filling out forms and long security queues!

It costs around $100 and will require you to attend an interview, but we reckon it’s fully worth it for frequent flyers.

Whilst Travelling

Don’t Miss Important Updates about your Flight

Downloading your airline’s app is a great way to get live notifications, check-in and avoid missing your flight. Larger airlines (and some budget) will have their own app available for you to download straight onto your mobile phone and will give you updates and reminders about gate changes and delays.

Beat the Jet Lag

Set your watch, mobile phone and electronic devices to the time in your destination before you depart. This will help your body clock adjust to the new time zone well ahead of your arrival. If you can, avoid sleeping at your destination before your normal bedtime and rising whilst it’s still dark outside.

Whilst it may be tough on the first day, it should get easier as you perfect your jet-lag busting strategy! Just remember to set your clocks after you board your flight, to save any unfortunate mistiming!

Keep Calm and Avoid In-Flight Discomfort

If you’ve ever suffered from in-flight soreness, you’ll be all too familiar with the pain that comes with it! Bringing a tennis ball with you to roll under your feet and thighs will help keep your muscles supple and can avoid nasty aches and pains when you land. Try and get up and walk around during longer flights, this will help with your circulation and avoiding nasty blood clots and deep vein thrombosis!

Airplanes and airports can also be unexpectedly cold, so an extra layer of clothing is always advisable even if you’re headed to the Caribbean. For more advice on how to stay healthy at 35,000ft check out this guide.

Invest in the Must-Have Travel Gadgets

Airports and airplanes can be extremely noisy places. If you want to get some rest or spend a few hours catching up on emails, remember to bring along a good pair of noise cancelling headphones – we highly recommend Bose’s QuietComfort 20. Whilst these are on the pricier side, they are fantastic at reducing background noise and will help you unwind inflight.

If you don’t want to invest in high tech headphones just yet, standard earplugs will also do a good job at cutting out noise. We also suggest bringing a USB charge cable or power pack, like Anker’s 2nd Gen Astro E4, with you on your journey to keep your devices charged before you arrive.

Most new planes will have a USB plug fitted in your seat, so you can even charge your battery whilst you watch your inflight entertainment. For more tech recommendations check out this post on the must have pocket gadgets to travel with.

Stay Connected and Productive on the Move

If you have some extra time whilst waiting for your gate number or at your hotel, why not get some extra work in or get your mind off business with a movie?

Having reliable internet access whilst travelling can make all the difference and could give you more time to explore your destination or get work done whilst you’re on the move! Tep’s portable travel Wi-Fi device lets you stay productive even when you’re away from your desk and it works in more than 80 countries worldwide.

The device allows you to connect your mobile, tablet and laptop simultaneously with your very own secure travel Wi-Fi hotspot. The usage is unlimited so whether you want to browse your emails, Skype your family or stream Netflix, you can make the most of your traveling time anywhere in the world.

We hope these tips and tricks help take the hassle out of travel and let you focus on making the most out of your next business trip.