Lessons from a “Work from Anywhere” Eurotour

  • Tuscan drives — no tolls, no highways — on our way to lunch in Cinque Terre and to dinner on top of the North Tuscan mountain ranges at an agriturismo
  • Seeing Florence through the eyes of Jon’s prior experience and hitting his local spots
  • Making friends with our Bologna tour group — we all met up in Rome for a great dinner
  • Jon educating me on his music tastes
  • Our closing dinner in Dubrovnik to end the trip
  • Trying to find one of our hotels at midnight. It was the only time we argued.
  • Waiting to cross the Bosnia–Croatia border took 3 hours. I don’t like to wait.
  • Finally making it back to Florence for the first time since I went abroad there
  • Our Airbnb in Kefalonia with our own private pool and a quick walk to the beach. We would start everyday with a beach chill before work
  • Driving in Tuscany
  • Bologna food tour
  • Malindi. Who knew that Kenya had some of the best beaches and Italian food in the world? I will be going back there very soon.
  • We made sure to be available to meet with colleagues and communicate any changes in schedules so we continued to deliver on expectations for ongoing projects.
  • Much of our heads down work was asynchronous. Working across Europe and US time zones, it was easier to start earlier in the day than late at night. However, depending on deliverables, sometimes it was just a busy and late work day.
  • Island internet is spotty. Have a good mobile international roaming plan for emergency connectivity.
  • Weekends were jam packed. Eat at a different restaurant for weekday lunch when possible to maximize the number of local spots you have time to try (and break out of your comfort zone). Try to do a morning activity, like tours, beach time, or walking around the city.

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