I knew that my ability to interact online while traveling this summer was going to be curtailed, and I was honestly naïve in my optimism about how much I would still be able to be connected. Which isn’t to say that I am not online, but I am really data limited in the times when I can get a signal because there is so much to catch up on after days (near weeks) of being offline.
For my connectivity needs, my Patreon supporters are helping me fund the monthly bill to use a pretty awesome device from TEP Wireless. As long as there is a cell phone tower or signal nearby – of any carrier or network – the TEP Wireless creates a mobile wifi hotspot where I can use 1 Gb of data in a 24-hour period. For the times when the TEP doesn’t work, I have been able to find wifi in libraries along the way, too.
As a technical editor, I am still downloading and uploading files for clients and that has my first priority, from a work perspective, when I get online (my first priority is really to communicate with family to let them know that we are safe). After that, I am trying to occasionally:
- Reply to emails.
- Pay bills online.
- Fine tune travel plans by checking for road conditions, etc.
- Checking weather conditions.
- Upload content to my Quilting Jetgirl website in the form of blog posts that I am pre-writing and editing offline.
- Upload occasional content to Quilting Jetgirl Instagram / Facebook.
- Stay in touch with my Quilting Jetgirl Patreons.
- Upload content to the Wabi-Sabi Overland blog and Instagram.
- Communicate with friends.
I am finding that 1 Gb of data in a 24-hour period is allowing me to meet only a few of the items in the list above after the first priorites are met. And as I am sure you noted, reading other blogs isn’t even on the list. There will be times when I can get free wifi and have a big catch up day, but the honest truth is that those times are going to be few and far between until the end of this particular trip in the fall.
The plus side is that I am finding plenty of time to sew, relax, and just think. And the trip has only just begun. I haven’t let myself take time to read books in years, and now my husband and I are enjoying listening to audio books together every evening.
I hope that you can find some time for yourself this summer, too. Do you have something that you are really looking forward to this year?