Take Your Home Office Outdoors
(and How to Find Free Wi-Fi)

Take Your Home Office Outdoors
(and How to Find Free Wi-Fi)

Ambika Subramony
Sep 5, 2012

I love living in Hawaii because I absolutely love the outdoors. If I could, I would spend every minute of my day outside. As a college student, I always sought out the Starbucks with the best ocean or mountain view, or took my books to the hotel lounge chairs on the beach. Whether you're a student or someone that works from home, it's not impossible to take your work outside. Working in a natural setting is empowering, inspiring, and just feels good.

Beachcomber and blogger, Robert Hutchinson, shared his take on the joys of working remotely from the beach.

If you're a writer, you can probably go anywhere since you not only don't need wi-fi, you probably prefer working without the distractions. Most people, however, need wi-fi to get work done. Since it's expensive and not always the fastest to tether your computer to your phone's wireless signal, free wifi is the way to go.

Luckily, there are a number of parks throughout the country with free wi-fi. Austin, California, and New York, all have a number of wi-fi spots in beautiful locations. Or, you can do as I did in college and find a Starbucks or cafe by the beach offering free access. Starbucks' free wi-fi is usually pretty far reaching. There's even an app to help discover nearby free (and paid) wi-fi access, with over 650,000 locations in 144 countries.

You can even take your work outside by extending your own wireless router's signal and work in your own backyard or patio. It might be tough to setup your desktop outside, but you can create a permanent outdoor workstation with some outdoor furniture.

Instagrammer, theatomiclizard, really wanted to work outside, setting up his complete desk setup in his backyard!

Visit the following sites to find a park with wi-fi near you:

Do you like taking your work outside? If so, where do you go? Let us know in the comments!

(Images: 1. Giorgio Montersino, 2. Robert Hutchinson, 3. theatomiclizard on Instagram)

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