Once you arrive

  • Reserve the first few days as "vacation" days - not work days.

    • Take a day/two/three to get your new work/life setup before you attempt to focus on work. You'll need time to focus on setup of home, finding your way around, figuring out shops/phones/ISPs/transit/housing/co-working spaces, etc. Depending on the location, you may also have jetlag. Only after you have all that organized should you attempt to focus on work! If you attempt to focus on work, before you have setup your new life in the new location, you'll be distracted and unproductive in both.
  • Confirm connectivity

    • Check power outlets, adapters and internet.
    • Verify that your cellphone works as a hotspot and reception is good enough to work with. Some local pay-as-you-go plans are throttled at different speeds for "normal" data usage vs "hotspot" usage. Some US-based plans, like T-Mobile, have international roaming plans that include hotspot usage but with different speeds in different countries.
    • Find another location that can be your "backup Wi-Fi location". Go there to make social video calls to friends/family - as a way to test connection speeds and background noise.
    • Use your cellphone-as-hotspot instead of using unknown insecure hotel/Starbucks/airport Wi-Fi networks. Once you are established locally, you can better judge what networks are real and which you can safely trust. For more on these forms of security hacks, see Social Engineering. Over time, you may find (as joduinn does) that using cellphone-as-hotspot is actually faster, safer and more predictable to use, even when there is local "free" Wi-Fi available that may have questionable speed and security.
  • Try to set up a consistent sleep (and work!) schedule as quickly as possible

    • Update slack with your working hours
  • Find social outlets
    • Are there coworking spaces or expat clubs or meetups in your area? Find ways to communicate with other humans and make social connections.
    • Make sure you take time to enjoy your new location. Balance means that you are able to focus on work, but also that you are able to experience life in your new location.
    • Send us all a picture of your new workspace on slack!
    • Take a picture of the cover of Distributed Teams (preferably with some local features in the background) and send it to joduinn.