Working remotely from the Turks & Caicos

I was lucky enough to land a $271.76 round-trip ticket from SFO to the Turks & Caicos on American.  The trip was in mid-October, and, having spent 2 weeks in Turkey and Greece in September,  I knew I would have to work remotely for the entire trip.

I work remotely during most of my trips. My day job is as a freelance attorney, and I work with startups, companies, individuals, and other clients, with the majority of them on the West Coast. All of my projects allow me to work from wherever, which gave me the perfect availability to book this incredible deal.

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Landing in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

At the time, my sister Allie, who also worked remotely, was free, so I invited her to come along from the northeast. We made our plans and I booked a hotel on Grace Bay, The Sands at Grace Bay.

As a remote worker, you look for slightly different criteria when selecting a destination for travel than someone going just for fun. Important qualities of a destination include great WiFi, cell coverage, air-conditioning/heating, and time zones that work with your clients.

Turks & Caicos nailed it for each of these categories. WiFi was strong (even on the beach), I never had an issue calling clients, although it was hot, there were ample places with great air-conditioning, and Turks & Caicos is on Eastern Standard Time, which is perfect for my work. Grace Bay has great infrastructure, leading to absolutely no connectivity issues.

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Remote work view from The Sands at Grace Bay

Visiting the Turks & Caicos in October is a bit of a gamble, as it’s hurricane season in the Caribbean and Atlantic. For the first day or two, a tropical depression was off the coast of the island, which caused massive rain showers, lightening, and storms. I liked this, though, since I love storms and it also gave me an excuse to be inside working, rather than on the beach. After the storm passed, the weather was perfect.

An advantage to visiting in October is that it’s just before peak season, so you can get a place for cheaper and the island isn’t incredibly busy. I never had an issue getting a seat at a restaurant or finding a chair by the beach or pool, but could see how this might be a problem in the winter months.

Working from the Turks & Caicos was a real treat where the biggest struggle was getting work done while visiting such a gorgeous island.

My Favorite Travel Deal of 2016

In 2016, my goal was to travel at least once per month.  As a freelancer, I had to make sure I found amazing flight, hotel, and other deals to achieve this (although ultimately, I decided to spend December at home, focusing on my health and fitness).

These deals included a $471.25 round-trip ticket to Turkey and a $554.66 round-trip, direct ticket to Hong Kong, both from San Francisco.

But if I had to pick my favorite travel deal in 2016, it would be the $271.76 flight I landed from SFO to the Turks and Caicos on American Airlines. Check out the itinerary below.

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One thing that stood out about this trip, aside from the great price to an amazing location (and getting to work remotely with my sister!), was that it was my first trip on American with Gold status. I was able to move to a Main Cabin Extra seat for the SFO to CLT to PLS leg, and was upgraded to Business for the PLS to CLT leg on the way home. The flight wasn’t easy, but the added status definitely made it more enjoyable.

And did I mention those views?

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What was your favorite travel deal in 2016?

San Francisco Trip Deal: $411 direct, round-trip from SFO to Panama City, Panama (PTY) on Copa Airlines

Copa Airlines, a member of the Star Alliance, is putting its direct San Francisco to Panama City route on sale for $411 round-trip, direct, including taxes, between January 2017 and May 2017.

Availability appears great, even over  Martin Luther Kind Day and Presidents’ Day.

To find this deal, use Google Flights and search for non-stop flights between SFO and PTY.

I have taken Copa’s direct flight from San Francisco to Panama City before, and I especially love their red-eye, which, at just over 7 hours, can yield in just the right amount of sleep to enjoy your morning in Panama City.

If you don’t mind a layover (bringing the trip to 10+ hours) or need American/Oneworld miles, American has flights for as low as $376 for those same dates.