Being productive and successful at work can require some special arrangements on the road. The biggest requirement for any digital nomad is internet connectivity. Hunter’s solution involved three modes of connection: an AT&T iPhone and Verizon-enabled iPad, both of which can serve as Wi-Fi hotspots, plus a Starlink satellite dish.
Rapson likewise carried two different Wi-Fi hotspots in addition to his cellphone and typically sought out coffee shops with good wireless access as his go-to internet source.
“My only real problems with connectivity were in Mexico City, where I sometimes had trouble finding good Wi-Fi,” he says.
Having a good international roaming plan on his mobile phone helped ensure he had a fallback plan to get connected. He recommends that anyone planning to work while traveling put effort into scouting locations well ahead of important calls in order to find the best Wi-Fi spots or locations with strong mobile data service.
Rapson frequently visited newfound cafes on weekends to test their Wi-Fi, so he’d be ready to head for the best one Monday morning.
“There’s basically no cell service inside national parks,” cautions Hunter, “and Starlink doesn’t work under tree canopy of a forest.”
However, near the visitor centers of any park, Hunter has typically found good cellular signals and open skies for satellite connections. So, on days with client calls, she generally heads for the visitor center parking lot. While she found cellular service in Peru lacking, she did her research in advance and chose hotels reputed to have reliable Wi-Fi connections, so she had no client-call disruptions.