October 25, 2017

Constraints while Traveling


Of course, we all experience constraints even when we’re not traveling. We have constraints at work (you can’t just use the company card to buy yourself a car), money (you really can’t afford to buy that new iPhone, can ya?), or time (you can’t spend the whole day on Netflix, no matter how good Mindhunters is). If you’re working in design or development, constraints are everything. You need to know your budgets, your deadlines, your audience, and maybe even the browsers they’re using *shudders*.

Long-term traveling was a different kind of beast for me—especially for someone who is not very good at planning things ahead of time. So, yeah, after a month, I’ve gotten a little better at it, but it’s still a pain in the ass.

I need to plan for:

  • What I’ll be eating for the next week (meal prepping)
  • Where I will be staying this week (either Airbnb or Couchsurfing)
  • What my budgets are and how much money I have.
  • What places I want to visit and where can I hike and camp. (I feel shitty if I work from home)
  • What meetups and events that I want to go to.
  • Where I can work and record podcasts.
  • Where I can find a powerlifting / strength gym.

It’s not absurdly bad, but it’s been a lot for me at least. It’s stressful, but I think it’s the good kind, you know? Of course, sometimes I do give myself a break (of watching Netflix the whole day)—it’s necessary if I want to last 11 more months!