What You Should Know Before Moving To Himalayas to Work Remotely

When the pandemic started, almost all the offices transitioned to work from home. Then things slowly started opening up but remote work continued. Many moved to exotic locations to work from and Himalayan tourist places saw an influx in this fad.

The problem with people working remotely is that they come from highly privileged backgrounds and have always lived in a society where they can get anything done by throwing money. Their attitude has created issues between the locals and these remote employees. These rules apply to everyone whether they are working from a guest house in Mcleodganj or finding a homestay in bir billing for rent.

The critical aspects of the Himalayas remote work mean that you’ll need to plan to work from home successfully. By acquiring some good habits and following a few key advice, you can work through any work from home challenges that knock around.

Check out these six points to help you get success for remote work in 2021!

Spend a Day or Two at the Guest House to see Network and Connectivity

As a remote work employee, an essential thing you need to achieve in remote work positions is a stable internet connection. It will enable you to collaborate with colleagues, complete your work, and stay in contact with clients and customers.

Without a proper internet connection, it can lead to blurry video calls, extended download times, and communication problems.

Ultimately, it becomes important for you to spend at least 1 or 2 days checking the actual internet connectivity of the place.

Remember, internet connectivity is different in Himalayas compared to your cities, so you won’t find the speed to run Netflix. At max you can do is that you stay a few days at a place, see the network and wifi and then finally move it. Look for places that is already populated by remote employees. It will have a better internet connectivity compared to other places.

Try Cooking by Yourself

When you have the right to a flexible work-life, many of your excuses to be unhealthy go away. Eating healthy is especially crucial when you work remotely, so the effort is always completely worth it.

Now that I work remotely from the Himalayas, I regularly find myself cooking my own meals. Being in the privacy and comfort of my own kitchen enables me to create whatever I feel like for lunch, which is enjoyable.

Sometimes, though, I still go out to purchase lunch if I’m really desiring Himalayan Momos or noodles but I have not made it a habit.

Don’t Play Loud Music While Working

One of the major issue I have faced while working remote is that people play loud music without keeping it to themselves. It causes people to lose concentration from work. No one is interested in listening to your poor taste in music, not when they are working and are in middle of a client call.

It can also raise blood pressure, cause annoyance, and ruffle instead of soothing the nerves of the elderly. Jingled nerves can create further health issues and damage family peace.

As the Himalayas are surely one of the best remote work locations in India, there’s greater chances that people living near you are there for several reasons. In which, many people visit to escape from the busy life and for peace of mind, and your unsolicited sounds can break the peace for them.

Out of respect for your neighbors that don’t desire to listen to your playlist from six years ago, please pop a headphone alternately (but leave one mind open for the sake of humanity).

Remember, even though you believe your volume might be “low,” it can still be a lot more obvious from a significant distance away in such a tranquil region like the Himalayas.

I love music, don’t take me wrong. I seldom hear it when I run, but  I listen to my headphones. That way, I can enjoy everything I hear without disturbing someone else’s soundscape. And I’m also not disturbing any birds or animals either nearby.

Don’t Ask Ingenuine Favours From Your Host

Being a host is an inspiring and fulfilling job. Each day is packed with places and adventures that people pay money for and frequently travel vast distances to see.

It’s not to state that it’s an easy task, though. Managing a group of explorers and ensuring they all have a good time surely has its challenges.

The Pandemic has been hard for them too. In most cases, they are catering to just one person and that will be you. In such scenarios, it is the best to avoid pressuring your guest house or home stay owner for something that is not possible to fulfil on a short notice.

I have observed remote workers from Bangalore and Delhi fighting with their hosts for small demands. Genuinely I’m not too fond of it. 

A couple of times, my landlord solely said no to people enquiring about home due to their privileged attitude.

Confirm About a Tiffin Service Before Moving

It is understandable that you may not be comfortable with cooking as you work. There is a solution. Many of these places where people are coming to work remotely have presence of tiffin service.

You can easily find people offering an elaborate 3 time meal with local delights. You can choose the plan by yourself and enjoy the tasty local Himalayan food like you have never tasted before.

Tiffin service eases down the cumbersome task of cooking and you should always enquire about it before moving to a particular area. Dharamshala and Old Manali area has many such tiffin providers that are only here to help out the remote employees. It is a great arrangements and you’ll enjoy it.

Prepare for Rainfalls and Network Disconnect

If you have not been to the Himalayas before, you may make the mistake of assuming the climate is somewhat consistent across the whole mountain range, but nothing could be farther from the reality.

If you’re planning a trip for remote work, it’s important to know how the weather varies throughout the year in every part of the Himalayas. The Indian monsoon is the main operator of weather, and the impact of the monsoon is of essential value for foretelling the weather.

The impacts of climate change on your work area can be complex and negative. If you are unaware, your work may suffer from the negative effects while being incapable of benefitting from likely positive effects.

As Himalayan rainfall or other natural factors can be too critical, you may face network loss of up to 1 week or more depending on the weather.

Some other difficulties are transport issues, food unavailability, illness, or injury due to flood(if), and you may face several others.

Eventually, it’s important to be prepared before such situations. You can inquire with your municipality, area, or sector organization what sort of data is already available. There are also various apps which help to offer you accurate weather reports.

I hope that these tips were useful and helpful. Being a nice person is more important because in Himalayas, you make bonds for life. Follow these suggestions and you’ll find the best remote work conditions in Himalayas.

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  1. UnstableTrip

    I think all those tips are good for any other place too! It’s sad that so many people forget they are not the center of the world and that they should always be nice to other people, stranger or not.