Want to Work Outdoors? Lisa Niver on CNN


Thank you Lindsay Tigar for including me in your CNN article: How to create the outdoor workspace of your dreams!

Use a real desk

Sure, you could plop down on a lounge chair, or maybe even sprawl across an outdoor sofa. But to ensure you remain productive, you need to be comfortable enough to go into full work mode. And to do this, says travel blogger Lisa Niver, a real desk is essential. While she’s on the road, she works almost exclusively outside, and now she’s doing the same during the lockdown. “I find when I am at a hotel with a couch and table I cannot work. I must have a good chair and a proper height table in order to work and not have back pain,” she says.

While you can use your outdoor patio dining room set, you should also consider a portable option, says Niver, like this laptop station. You can set it up in less than a minute, and when you’re finished using it, it folds up at the touch of a button. It even comes with a built-in fan.

Consider an outdoor fridge

While reviewing a hotel one time, Niver worked from a cabana at the hotel pool that had a fan and a mini-fridge. These items aren’t essential for meeting a deadline or attending a Zoom meeting, but Niver says they definitely make it more fun and cooler. To avoid having to go back inside for a snack or to refill water, consider a portable mini fridge that keeps your goods cold.

And yeah, having a fan right around your neck doesn’t seem like a bad addition either.

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Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries on six continents. This University of Pennsylvania graduate sailed across the seas for seven years with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Renaissance Cruises and spent three years backpacking across Asia. Discover her articles in publications from AARP: The Magazine and AAA Explorer to WIRED and Wharton Magazine, as well as her site WeSaidGoTravel. On her award nominated global podcast, Make Your Own Map, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors, and as a journalist has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty-two times. Named a #3 travel influencer for 2023, Niver talks travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, her YouTube channel with over 2 million views, and in her memoir, Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty.

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