When the winter chill has you dreaming of warmer horizons but your vacation days are limited, workations might be your answer. This harmonious blend of work and vacation enables you to temporarily set up your office in sun-soaked destinations, providing not only relief from the cold temperatures but also a unique opportunity to explore faraway lands, dive into new cultures, learn anew language, and immerse yourself in the daily life of a distant country.
Here are our handpicked workation destinations outside Europe, carefully chosen for their warm weather, affordability, beachy vibes, and high quality of life:
Let's dive into the top 5 workation destinations overseas:
Colombia 🇨🇴 Colombia has it all, and there's something for every traveler. From the buzzing techno parties in Bogota to the serene beaches in Palomino.
Look for flexible workspaces in popular cities like Medellin or Bogota. These often provide a conducive environment for work and networking. Take advantage of weekends or short breaks to explore Colombia's diverse landscapes, from the Amazon rainforest to the Caribbean beaches.
🌃 𝗕𝗼𝗴𝗼𝘁𝗮: If you're a techno music enthusiast like Anneke, Bogota is the place to be. The city's nightlife is on fire with some of the best techno parties that'll keep you grooving all night long. Don't miss out on this electrifying experience!
🏞️ 𝗠𝗲𝗱𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗶́n: Medellin is not just about the city; it's also about the breathtaking nature nearby. Head to El Peñón de Guatapé for stunning views and a climb you won't forget. Getting there by bus from Medellin is easy, and the journey is as scenic as the destination.
🏖️ 𝗖𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗮: This city is a work of art itself. Every corner is a splash of color, and the city tours will take you through its vibrant history. If you're into art and colors, Cartagena is a must-visit destination.
🌴 𝗦𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗮 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗮: This city offers a unique co-living experience at Belafonte.With a co-working space, reliable internet, air conditioning, and even rooftop pool access, you can balance work and relaxation. Plus, the opportunity for yoga and dance classes! Don't miss visiting Santa Marta and exploring the nearby Minca for hiking adventures.
🏖️ 𝗣𝗮𝗹𝗼𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗼: A gem close to the Tayrona national park, Palomino boasts a beautiful beach.The tubing tour on the Rio de Palomino is a must-try adventure. You can even sleep in tiny cottages right on the beach, with breathtaking sunsets as your backdrop.
While Colombia has made great strides in improving safety, it's essential to stay vigilant. Stick to well-traveled areas and be cautious with belongings.
More questions around working in Colombia? Don't hesitate and write Anneke van Krevel via LinkedIn.
With its amazing beaches, Mexican cuisine, laid-back lifestyle, picturesque cities, and fantastic opportunities for road trips and hikes, Mexico is a great workation destination - also to refreshen your Spanish skills - or our 𝗣𝗿𝗼 𝗧𝗶𝗽: Learn some basic Spanish skills to get in touch with the locals and culture as well as to pay local prices. Your efforts will earn smiles from the ever-friendly locals!
Mexico is one of the most popular digital nomad destinations, therefore co-working spaces are also becoming popular in major cities! Also, ensure a stable internet connection by checking reviews or asking locals for the best Wi-Fi spots to guarantee stress-free working!
Especially Playa del Carmen is recommended by our BDR and Workation Pro Christina Graf, who began to work remotely due to her love for Mexico. Playa del Carmen won her heart as it is the home of 𝗺𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝗱𝗶𝗴𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗹 𝗻𝗼𝗺𝗮𝗱𝘀 (thus, perfect internet connection), but it also has great 𝗠𝗲𝘅𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗲𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗴𝘆. Whether you're sipping coconut water by the shore or cold-calling from a terrace with a view, Playa del Carmen seamlessly merges work and play. 🏖🌴
Here are Christina's 𝘁𝗼𝗽 𝘁𝗶𝗽𝘀 for making the most out of your Workation in Playa del Carmen:
🤫 𝗔𝘃𝗼𝗶𝗱 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝘆𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝗻 𝗤𝘂𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗮 𝗔𝘃𝗲𝗻𝗶𝗱𝗮: It is loud, busy, expensive and not good to work from. Seeking a quieter workspace? Swap the buzz of Quinta Avenida for the serenity behind 15.Avenida.
🌄 𝗗𝗶𝘀𝗰𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗬𝘂𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗮́𝗻: See the upside of the time zone differences and embrace your new schedule to uncover more of Mexico's treasures. Dive into journeys from Holbox to Bacalar, discover the secrets of cristal-clear cenotes, stand amazed at Chichen Itza, and dive into the cultural tapestry of Valladolid and Merida.
☕ 𝗖𝗮𝗳𝗲́ 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗮 𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄: Yearning for fresh inspiration? Playa's got your back. Swing by ChouxChoux Cafe, Peace and Bowl, Basic Foodie, Marley Coffee, and Fresco Habito for a taste of local vibes and a dash of productivity.
🌮 𝗘𝗮𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘄𝗮𝘆 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝗠𝗲𝘅𝗶𝗰𝗼: Tough work calls for delightful bites! From local wonders to global flavors, Playa del Carmen has your taste journey sorted. Christina's favorite places are Ay Taco, Peace & Bowl, Falafel Nessya, Don Mario Les Amis, and El Doctorcito
Mexico's kitchen is one of the only kitchens protected by the UNESCO. Don't be afraid to eat local food from the street stalls. Embrace the local culture by trying traditional dishes, learning basic Spanish phrases, and participating in local events or festivals! This way your workation allows you to really get away from your routine in the home-office.
Other great cities to visit and work from in Mexico are: - Puerto Escondido - Mexico City - Oaxaca - La Paz in Baja California - Monterrey
You are afraid of the time difference? It can actually be used greatly to your advantage! Start early, so that you basically have the whole day off to explore Mexico's wonders during your off-hours, whether it's visiting ancient ruins, exploring cenotes, or enjoying vibrant street markets.
If you have more questions on that, don't hesitate to reach out to Christina Graf who regularly works from Mexico.
Thailand 🇹🇭 Thailand, with its friendly locals, dreamy beaches, paradise islands and bustling cities has long been a popular destination for tourists and digital nomads. The cheap flights, excellent street food and first class hotels and restaurants make it the ideal spot for a workation.
The climate is warm all year round, and the dry season is especially popular to escape winter in the Northern hemisphere. But Thailand is more than parties, beaches and boat tours. It also offers a great opportunity to immerse yourself in a rich culture.
Particularly Bangkok stands as a magnet for travellers of all types. One of the biggest airports in Southeast Asia makes it a hub for business and leisure, with as much as 22 Million visitors per year. It offers various advantages for digital nomads:
High-speed internet and Wi-Fi in almost all public spaces
Big digital nomad and expat community
Fast public transport (AirTrain and Metro) to avoid the crazy traffic
A never-ending number of attractions to explore
When in Bangkok, make sure to check out these locations:
Grand Palace: Immerse yourself in Thai history and culture at this iconic landmark
Wat Arun: Experience the stunning beauty of the Temple of Dawn, especially during sunset
Chatuchak Weekend Market: Shop for unique finds and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of one of the world's largest markets
Chao Phraya River: Take a boat ride to witness Bangkok's skyline and discover riverside attractions
Lumpini Park: Escape the urban hustle and bustle with a stroll in this green oasis
Khao San Road: Enjoy the lively atmosphere, street performances, and diverse nightlife options
Take a tuk-tuk ride: Dive into the local experience with this iconic mode of transportation
MBK Center: Explore one of the many malls and enjoy the atmosphere of luxury
Octave rooftop: See Bangkok from above like nowhere else at this elegant rooftop bar
Floating Market: Visit one of these unique markets where local goods are sold on boats
Thailand perfectly blends tradition and progress and offers many reasons to place it on top of your travel list.
Bali, the perfect blend of nature, culture, and a vibrant digital nomad community, offers an ideal backdrop for work and relaxation. From Uluwatu's pristine beauty to Canggu's energetic vibe and Ubud's spiritual atmosphere, Bali caters to diverse preferences.
Enjoy seamless work-life integration with co-working spaces, high-speed internet, and a lively expat community. Bali isn't just a destination; it's a hub for self-discovery, offering workshops in breath work, Kundalini, dance, and yoga. For a break, explore Bali's renowned surf spots or unwind on picturesque beaches with breathtaking sunsets. Immerse yourself in Balinese traditions, attend local ceremonies, and savor authentic delicacies.
Beyond work, Bali's landscape invites adventures, from volcanoes and rice fields to temples and nearby islands like Gili and Nusa Penida. Bali captivates with its harmonious blend of work and leisure, making it an irresistible destination.
Our Growth Marketing Manager Anna Dung has worked several months from Bali. Here she has summarized her learnings:
Best places to stay & work: - Ubud is known for its art and cultural heritage with the Tegallalang Rice Terraces and the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
- Seminyak is a trendy area known for its upscale shopping, dining, and nightlife.
- Canggu, the haven for digital nomads
- Lovina, on Bali's north coast, is known for its black sand beaches and dolphin-watching tours. It offers a more relaxed and quieter atmosphere
Our Must Visit’s: - Jatiluwih Rice Terraces: These UNESCO-listed rice terraces in central Bali provide stunning panoramic views. It's a peaceful area to explore and learn about traditional Balinese agriculture.
- Tanah Lot: A sea temple perched on a rock formation, providing spectacular sunset views. The temple is a significant cultural and pilgrimage site.
- Nusa Penida is known for its pristine beaches, unique landscapes, and popular sites like Kelingking Beach, Angel's Billabong, and Broken Beach.
- Uluwatu Temple offers stunning views of theIndian Ocean. It's famous for its traditional Kecak dance performances at sunset.
🏡Logistics of Bali Living:
Accommodation: Rooms with pool, aircon, and breakfast range from €25-35 per night. Monthly stays can cost around €450.
Coworking Space: Daily rates of €10-15, with cheaper monthly passes.
Scooter Rental: €3-5 per day, more cost-effective for long-term rentals.
Private Driver: A day's service costs around €45 for up to 6 people.
Street Food: Nasi Champur or Mie Goreng can cost €2-4.
!Attention! 🌧️ Rainy season starts in November and ends in Feburary/March. During the rainy season it can rain a lot - and sometimes it doesn’t only rain for 1 hour. Starting inMay/June the island gets more crowded & prices rise. More and moreAustralians are escaping the winter. InAnna Dung’s and Anna Scheck’s opinion: March-May and September-November are the best times to work remotely from Bali.
South Africa, with its diverse landscapes and rich cultural heritage, has become a sought-after destination for workations. Here are some reasons why South Africa should be at the top of your travel list:
Most importantly for work, South Africa has well-established infrastructure, including reliable internet connectivity, co-working spaces, and amenities conducive to remote work.
And the other big plus compared to other overseas destinations: The Time Zone advantage. If your team is normally working in European time, you would have a maximum of 2 hour difference.
Also, for the free time South Africa offers a variety. The country provides ample opportunities for outdoor activities, including wildlife safaris, hiking trails, and water sports, allowing workationers to balance work with recreational adventures. For not so outdoorsy persons, South Africa offers also a unique blend of cultures, languages, and traditions, providing a culturally enriching experience for workationers due to ist rich history. For that, make sure to engage with locals to gain insights into South Africa's rich history and diverse cultures. Attend cultural events or visit museums during your downtime
If in Cape Town, explore the unique neighborhoods, indulge in the local cuisine, and take the cable car to TableMountain for breathtaking views. Plan weekend getaways to nearby destinations like the Winelands or the Garden Route for a refreshing break from work.
Pro Tip for Accommodations: Ensure your accommodation has a generator or solar panels. Cape Town experiences frequent power outages, sometimes lasting for several hours. Having a reliable power source is crucial for uninterrupted work.
Airbnb offers several beautiful houses with solar panels and private pools for a relaxing midday break. Neighbourgood has been recommended as a co-living option.
What to see in and near Capetown in your freetime:
🌈 Bo-Kaap: Capture stunning photos of the colorful houses
🏖 Clifton Beach: Enjoy the white sandy beach with mountains as a backdrop
⛰ Hiking: Tackle Table Mountain, Lions Head, and Signal Hill at sunset
🌿 Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden: Relax in this beautiful botanical garden
🚗 Chapman's Peak Drive: Drive along this scenic route
🌊 Cape of Good Hope: Witness the meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans
🐧 Boulders Beach: Encounter penguins in their natural habitat
🍷 Stellenbosch: Try wine tasting in this charming town
🚗 Garden Route: Explore this picturesque coastal drive
🦁 Safari: Embark on a safari adventure for a unique wildlife experience
From stunning beaches to majestic mountains and vibrant cities,South Africa boasts diverse landscapes that provide an inspiring backdrop for work. The country provides ample opportunities for outdoor activities, including wildlife safaris, hiking trails, and water sports, allowing workationers to balance work with recreational adventures.
Remember, the key to a successful workation is finding the right balance between work and leisure, allowing you to not only meet your professional commitments but also create lasting memories in these incredible destinations. Happy workationing! 🌴✨
But don't forget to check with your employer beforehand to make sure to have an A1 certificate and valid travel health insurance when going on workation. Safe travels!
The Time-difference is holding you back? We also have great recommendations for European Destinations, in which you can escape the cold!
Now you know where to go? Check out our workation tips to make the most of your workation!
With the right balance, you can turn your workation into a memorable experience, leaving the winter chill far behind. Cheers to new adventures and the freedom to work from wherever the sun shines brightest! 🌞✈️
Looking to escape the autumn/winter blues? But you don’t have enough vacation days left? Workations might be your answer.
What exactly is a workation? It's the brilliant fusion of work and vacation, that enables you to work temporarily from sun-soaked destinations. It’s not a fully-fledged holiday where you can start on the cocktails at 11am, because you will still have emails to do and tasks to action, but it does offer a change of scenery with warmer temperatures and the chance to relax away from home outside working hours.
Why these destinations? In a nutshell: Because of sunny weather, warm temperatures, affordability, beach, and a high quality of life—and on top a maximum of 1-hour time difference!
Now let's delve into our favorite winter escape options in Europe that are tailor-made for a workation:
Andalucía 🇪🇸 With its amazing beaches, Spanish cuisine, laid-back lifestyle, picturesque cities, and fantastic opportunities for road trips and hikes, Andalucía is a great workation destination. From the vibrant shores of the Costa del Sol to the tranquil beaches of Costa de la Luz, the region invites visitors to indulge in the sun-kissed paradise and embrace the coastal charm.
Especially Sevilla and Malaga are recommended by us, but all cities offer several co-working spaces, laptop friendly cafés, as well as hotels prepared for remote working travellers.
Other great cities to visit in Andalucía are: - Granada with the breathtaking Alhambra - Córdoba with its mesmerizing Mezquita-Catedral - Ronda & the Puente Nuevo - Cadiz & the Pueblos Blancos - Jerez de la Frontera: The Birthplace of Flamenco
Also, make sure to dive into the world of tapas, where each bite is a burst of Spanish goodness. Whether savoring paella by the beach or enjoying traditional Andalusian gazpacho, the region's cuisine is a delightful journey for the taste buds.
From siestas under the warm sun to leisurely strolls through charming streets, the region encourages a slower, more relaxed approach to daily living, which helps immensely to get rid of the winter blues.
Athens 🇬🇷 The Greek capital is known for its abundant sunshine throughout the year. With approximately 2,500 to 3,000 hours of sunshine annually, it allows visitors to engage in various outdoor activities, such as exploring its vast historic sites, strolling along picturesque streets, and enjoying al fresco dining in the local Greek taverna, all without the discomfort of winter chill. Picture yourself taking a break to wander through the historic Plaka district or visiting the Acropolis and Parthenon after work.
Also consider extending your stay to uncover the allure of Greece's islands: Santorini, Kos, Paros, and Crete beckon with their distinct charms, offering a refreshing contrast to Athens' urban vibrancy.
Moreover, a noteworthy advantage of considering Greece for a workation during the winter months are the lowered costs. Islands like Santorini, Mykonos, and Crete, known for their peak-season popularity, become more accessible and affordable during the winter, allowing workationers to enjoy the charm and beauty of these destinations without the typical high-season costs.
𝗠𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗶𝗿𝗮 🇵🇹 Often referred to as the Hawaii of Europe, Madeira is a paradise for those seeking beautiful hikes in their free time, excellent internet connectivity, and, of course, local delights like "Bolo do Caco" and "Poncha". "Bolo do Caco," a round-shaped bread traditionally cooked on a flat basalt stone, is often enjoyed with garlic butter or as a sandwich. "Poncha," a traditional Madeiran cocktail, is a delightful mix of local sugarcane rum, honey, and citrus flavors.
While Madeira might not boast pristine sandy beaches, its allure lies in the rugged coastline, towering cliffs, and volcanic landscapes. Madeira is a haven for hiking enthusiasts, boasting an extensive network of scenic trails that traverse lush forests, dramatic cliffs, and picturesque landscapes. From the challenging trek to Pico Ruivo, the island's highest peak, to the serene Levada walks, every hike unfolds a tapestry of natural splendor.
Madeira is committed to sustainable tourism and ecotourism initiatives, emphasizing responsible travel practices. This ensures the upkeep of the island's natural beauty, including the Laurissilva Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the enchanting Laurissilva-topped mountains. The island also comes alive with vibrant celebrations, including the famous Funchal Carnival, where colorful parades and lively performances showcase Madeira's rich cultural heritage.
In conclusion, Madeira beckons as a European gem, where nature, culture, and remote work seamlessly intertwine.
Canary Islands 🇮🇨 In general, the canary islands are a dream for digital nomads: Beach, surf, fast internet connection (35Mbps) and a great international community. Especially the Islands Tenerife and Fuerteventura are great to leave the winter blues behind? Why?
In Tenerife, you'll need to choose between the North and the South. Both areas have distinct communities. The North is greener, more rugged, slightly colder, and less touristy, with beautiful coastlines and impressive hikes in Anaga National Park. The South is sunnier but also more touristy, with many large hotels. We'd always opt for the North, with our favorite place being Puerto de la Cruz!
Picture yourself start your day with a refreshing dip in the 𝐁𝐚𝐣𝐚𝐦𝐚𝐫'𝐬 𝐍𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐒𝐰𝐢𝐦𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐏𝐨𝐨𝐥𝐬. Explore the hidden gem of Masca, resembling Vietnam's Ha Giang Loop. Enjoy the "Golden Hour" at Costa El Sauzal. Arrive early, pack a picnic, and stay late for a mesmerizing sunset experience.
For authentic cuisine, visit "Restaurante Playa Casa Africa." For something unique, try "Restaurante La Ola." Looking for local, budget-friendly fare? Head to "Guachinche Bibi y Mana."
While Fuerteventura may not have the most stunning landscapes among the Canary Islands, it is an absolute haven for digital nomads! Corralejo, in particular, hosts numerous events like meet-ups, breath work sessions, yoga classes, hikes, and parties. Great conditions for (kite-) surfing 🏄 Our Growth Marketing Manager Anna Dung spent 5 weeks there and met many incredible people.
And last but not least: The 𝗔𝗹𝗴𝗮𝗿𝘃𝗲 🇵🇹 The Algarve region is a workationers or digital nomad‘s dream. Here, you'll find stunning beaches, robust internet connectivity wherever you go, a thriving digital nomad community in Lagos, and breathtaking sunsets. It's an ideal spot for surfing and hiking, making it the perfect place to balance work and leisure.
Yes, these places are all not really well kept secrets but winter season means its not their high, which, in turn, means less tourists and lower prices!
Now that we've explored some enticing workation destinations, each boasting warm weather and a maximum one-hour time difference, the possibilities are at your fingertips. You don't need to jet off to far-flung corners of the world; even Southern Europe can provide the warmth and change of scenery you crave. Whether it's the stunning beaches of the Algarve, the laid-back charm of Andalucia, the sunshine-soaked streets of Athens, the natural beauty of Madeira, or the vibrant communities of the Canary Islands—these destinations beckon to remote workers seeking a reprieve from the winter blues.
So, if the monotony of your daily routine has you yearning for a change, why not consider a workation? Pack your laptop, embark on a journey to warmer horizons, and let the blend of work and leisure rejuvenate your spirit.
And don't forget to check with your employer beforehand to make sure to have an A1 certificate and valid travel health insurance when going on workation. Safe travels!
Now you know where to go? Check out our workation tips to make the most of your workation!
With the right balance, you can turn your workation into a memorable experience, leaving the winter chill far behind. Cheers to new adventures and the freedom to work from wherever the sun shines brightest! 🌞✈️
Here are seven tips to make your workation greener:
1. Discover Closer Destinations 🌍: Ever thought that paradise might be closer than you think? Before jetting off to far-flung destinations, discover hidden gems in your neighboring countries. It's eco-friendly and a great way to boost local tourism.
2. Stay Longer ⏳: Already soaking up the sun on vacation? Why rush back? Extend your stay and work remotely. Fewer flights mean less carbon footprint, and you get to immerse yourself deeper in the local culture.
3. Opt for Green Transportation 🚂: Rethink if that flight is truly necessary. Trains or buses are often more sustainable alternatives and provide a unique travel experience. And once you're there, embrace public transport, bicycles, or your own two feet. If driving isa must, go electric! 🚴♂️🔌
4. Choose Eco-Friendly Accommodations and Activities 🏡🌳: Look for eco-friendly lodgings that have sustainable practices in place, such as water conservation, renewable energy usage, and waste reduction. Only do activities that have minimal environmental impact. For instance, choose kayaking over jet skiing.
5. Power Down & Unplug 🔌: Turn off lights, appliances, and air conditioning when not in use. Consider using a fan instead of air conditioning. Unplug devices – televisions, laptops, phone chargers, and even microwaves suck electricity all daylong. When not in use, pull the plug to save energy.
And here's a pro-tip: Declutter digitally! While working, try to reduce unnecessary downloads and excessive device usage. This not only conserves energy but also enhances productivity.
6. Watch your waste 🚯 Workations often mean short stays, leading to single-use items and excessive packaging. To avoid this, you could:
· When planning your stay, look out for properties that no longer offer single-use plastic products, such as mini shampoos.
· Pack a reusable water bottle, cutlery, coffee cup, straw, etc.
· Swap bottles for soap bars. They're compact, and their eco-footprint is roughly 25% lighter.
· Embrace local markets for fresh produce, reducing the need for packaged goods. If you haveleftovers, consider taking them for later or composting them.
· Familiarize yourself with the local recycling and composting laws.
7. Neutralize Your Travel Footprint 🌱 There are several ways to offset your CO2 emissions, such as Reforestation andAfforestation projects, Renewable Energy Projects, or carbon capture and storage technologies that capture and remove existing CO2 from the hemisphere.
And here's some good news: Until the end of October, WorkFlex is also donating €5 for EVERY WORKATION AND BUSINESS TRIP to CLIMEWORKS’ AIR CAPTURE AND STORAGE.
In today's rapidly changing world, the importance of addressing climate change and reducing CO2 emissions cannot be overstated. As businesses and individuals alike grapple with the environmental impact of their actions, WorkFlex has taken a pioneering step to address the CO2 emissions problem head-on.
WorkFlex's Commitment to the Environment 🌿🌍
From September 21 to October 31, 2023, we at WorkFlex pledged to donate 5€ for every workation or business trip request to Climeworks' Direct Air Capture and Storage (DAC+S). This initiative started on the International Zero Emissions Day on September 21,2022, a day dedicated to giving our planet a break from the harmful effects of fossil fuels.
Why does WorkFlex “green“ workations and business travel?
We are aware that working from anywhere comes with a heavy environmental price tag. Workations and business trips often translate to increased flights, further straining our planet. A return flight between Hamburg and Madeira alone releases nearly one and a half tons of greenhouse gases per person. This is half the annual CO₂ budget per individual if we aim to limit global warming to under two degrees.
Contrary to expectations that the pandemic would drastically reduce business travel, recent data indicates that business trips are now exceeding even pre-pandemic numbers.
With this in mind, WorkFlex is committed to ensuring that our work flexibility doesn't jeopardise our environment. We believe in a greener future, and together, we can offset and even eliminate existing CO2 emissions 🍃♻️
Why not Traditional Offsetting? Why Climeworks‘ air capture storage and removal?
The latest report from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) paints a clear picture: Urgent action is needed to halve emissions by 2030. This requires both a significant reduction in emissions and the removal of existing CO₂ from the atmosphere.
Thus, traditional offsetting is not enough as it is more about trading avoided emissions.
While it can lead to reduced emissions, it doesn't achieve the zero or negative emissions required to truly combat global warming.
Climeworks' DAC+S offers a permanent solution by physically removing CO₂. Using renewable energy sources, it captures CO₂ directly from the air and stores it safely underground. To put its efficiency into perspective, one of Climeworks' CO₂ collector containers can capture the equivalent CO₂ that 20,000 trees would absorb in a year.
The process is elegantly simple:
1. Air is drawn into a collector, where a filter captures the carbon dioxide particles.
2. Once the filter is saturated with CO₂, the collector heats up to around 100°C, releasing the trapped CO₂.
3. The released CO₂ is then collected and safely stored underground by storage partners like Carbfix inIceland.
In today's digital age, the traditional office setup is rapidly evolving. With the rise of remote work, teams are now spread across different continents, operating in various time zones. Thanks to the 100% remote model, the WorkFlex Team is working together from 8 different time zones. We love the flexibility and freedom that we get through working from anywhere and anytime.
This new work arrangement brings, however, its own set of challenges, but with the right strategies, teams can collaborate seamlessly and efficiently. Here are seven tips for working asynchronously from 10 or more different countries from our WorkFlex Co-Founder Patrick Koch:
1. Leverage Asynchronous Tools: Tools like Teams Messages and Vidyard/Loom videos are invaluable for teams spread across different time zones. These tools allow team members to communicate and collaborate at their own pace, without the need for real-time interaction. People can watch the videos whenever it works best for them, and not when a meeting is scheduled. Whether it's a quick message update or a detailed video explanation, asynchronous tools ensure that everyone stays informed and connected. On top of that, everything is written down or recorded, so that no information gets lost.
2. Set Clear Goals and Priorities: With team members working at different hours, it’s crucial to have clear goals and priorities – may it be in the form of OKRs, Deadlines, Asana To-Do’s. This ensures that tasks don't fall behind and deadlines are consistently met. Regular check-ins and updates can help in keeping everyone aligned and focused on the bigger picture.
3. Over-communicate: Communication is harder when working remotely. Therefore, when working asynchronously, it's always better to communicate too much rather than too little. Clear updates, feedback sessions, and open channels of communication ensure that all team members are on the same page, reducing the chances of misunderstandings or missing information. Further, create spaces where you can say “Thank You”, which is especially important in remote settings.
4. Block Out Uninterrupted Work Times: With the potential for constant notifications and updates, it's essential to have periods of focused, uninterrupted work. Blocking out specific times in your calendar can help you concentrate on tasks without distractions, making you more productive and efficient.
5. Trust Over Control: Lastly, even though loss of control might be difficult and scary sometimes as a manager but learn to delegate! Trusting your team members is crucial in an asynchronous work environment. Instead of monitoring their hours, focus on the quality and timeliness of their work. You will see the effects anyway in their performance! Empowering team members with trust fosters a positive work culture and encourages responsibility and accountability.
6. Centralize Information with Digital Tools: Having a central repository for information and documents is vital for teams working from different locations. Tools like cloud storage and document management systems ensure that everyone has access to the information they need, anytime and anywhere. Make sure that this is also explained in the Onboarding, so every new joiner knows where to look.
7. Stay Flexible and Adaptable: Working with a diverse team from various countries means encountering different cultures, work habits, and challenges. Being flexible and open to change is essential to navigate these differences and create a harmonious work environment. This also helps to work through varying national and religious holidays.
In conclusion, working asynchronously from multiple countries might seem daunting, but with the right strategies and tools, it can lead to a highly productive and cohesive team. We at WorkFlex, could never live without it. We love to have such as international team with people working from Germany, USA, South Africa, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Latvia, Egypt, Netherlands, or many more countries when we include the workation destinations of our team.
There is nothing more to say than: Embrace the challenges, celebrate the diversity, and watch your team thrive in this new age of work! 🚀
The right timing is super important for the success of a Workation. Make sure that you don't plan your workation during the high season at your destination. For one thing, prices go up a lot, and for another, it gets very crowded everywhere. Make sure that you don't have any important deadlines at work and that your to-do list is not totally overloaded. Otherwise, this will quickly lead to stress - and that's definitely not the point of a workation 😉 By the way, speaking of timing: Remember to check the time zone of your destination when planning your workation or work appointments. It would be totally frustrating if you have to work at odd hours to keep in touch with your team or clients. Make sure you have a schedule that allows you to work effectively while having time to explore the destination.
Don't have an adjustment period
In addition to the arrival day, we strongly recommend that you take at least one other day completely off. This will give you the opportunity to settle into your home office abroad in the best way possible and get everything ready. Use this extra day to test the internet and make sure you have a stable connection. Explore your surroundings, go shopping and get all the essentials you need for your work stay. This will ensure that you can focus on your work and not be distracted by organizational or logistical issues. So take this time to set yourself up in the best way possible and enjoy the smooth transition into your workation!
Don't plan enough time for Workation!
If you only go on Workation for a few days and do not plan a day off, this can often lead to stress. You will be on site, but you will not have enough time to experience your Workation to the fullest. By choosing a longer duration for your Workation, you can ensure that you are not only working productively, but also have a work-life balance. A duration of 2-3 weeks will allow you to both achieve professional goals and take full advantage of the "Vacation" aspect. This leaves you with plenty of weekends and off hours to make the most of your time. You can go to the beach, take a hike, go surfing or visit museums and sights. It is important that you have enough time not to limit your workation to work, but also to fully enjoy the leisure activities and opportunities to explore locally.
Traveling without protection
Home office abroad is wonderful - but this also brings compliance risks: corporate tax, payroll tax, social security, income tax, labor law, work authorization...🤯 The compliance risks of temporary work from abroad are often underestimated, but can lead to additional fees, taxes and administrative work - not only for your employer! That's why it's even more essential to minimize these risks beforehand. At WorkFlex, we offer a cost-effective and efficient solution for this with our software. Curious? Click here to find out more about our workation management software, feel free to download our exclusive white paper here.
You definitely need to pack differently for a workation than for a normal vacation. It is important that you prepare well. But what exactly do we mean by that? Pack comfortable clothes that you will wear in your home office. You'll be working most of the time, so it's important that you feel comfortable in your clothes. Remember to pack a few dressy tops in case you have important meetings or presentations. After all, you want to make a professional impression. In addition, we recommend that you bring some technical items that will make your work easier. For example, a second monitor can be very handy to work more efficiently. A laptop stand will help you maintain an ergonomic posture and prevent back and neck pain. If you plan to work from a coworking space or a coffee shop, noise-canceling headphones should definitely be on your packing list. They'll help you focus on your work, even if it's a bit noisy around you. Also, make sure you have all the essential cables and adapters with you so you can easily connect your devices. Nothing is more frustrating than realizing you have the wrong adapter for your outlets. Speaking of outlets, be sure to pack a power strip! Last but not least, think about your health and well-being. Maybe pack a small fitness band or a yoga mat to allow for some exercise and relaxation in between.
Do not have an Internet backup
A stable Internet connection is essential for your workation. Even if you are in Europe, where good Internet connections are usually available, it is still advisable to always play it safe. Without a reliable Internet connection, your workation can be a real challenge. Make sure to get information about the Internet speed from your landlord, hotel reception, or other sources before you arrive. A speed test will give you a good idea of the quality of your local connection. To be on the safe side, we recommend that you always have enough mobile data available as a backup. This allows you to react flexibly and fall back on a hotspot in case the landline connection fails or is unreliable. Therefore, plan enough mobile data in your tariff or get a local SIM card with a sufficient amount of data.
Booking the wrong accommodation
Make sure your accommodation is a place where you can switch off and relax. During your workation, it is especially important that you get enough sleep and rest to maintain your energy and concentration. For this reason, we recommend that you do not stay in a dormitory in a hostel. There are often too many factors there that can affect your sleep, such as noisy roommates or irregular bedtimes. Accommodation with your own room (e.g., in a CoLiving) or apartment will give you the privacy and space you need to retreat and feel comfortable. If you plan to work from your housing, it is important that you have a suitable workspace. Make sure there is enough space for your laptop, papers, and other work supplies.
Overall, a workation is an exciting way to combine work and travel and discover new horizons. By avoiding these seven mistakes, you can ensure that your Workation goes smoothly, and you get the most out of this unique experience. Use these valuable tips and advice to make your Workation an unforgettable experience and be productive at the same time. So pack your bags, find the ideal time, and get ready for a workation that will broaden your horizons!
Before you start looking for the perfect destination for your workation, it is important to find the right time frame. Take time to thoroughly review your calendar and make sure there are no important professional meetings or deadlines during or soon after your workation. Working abroad should give you the opportunity to work productively, but also still leave room that you can enjoy your time abroad. Not only should professional deadlines be considered, but also private obligations and events. Make sure there are no upcoming medical appointments, family gatherings, or other commitments scheduled during this time period.
Calendar checked? Then move on to the 2nd step.
Workation Step 2: Find the perfect destination
Choosing the right destination for your workation is undoubtedly one of the most exciting steps and you are spoiled for choice! That's why we've prepared some questions to help you decide. Consider your personal preferences and priorities to find the perfect destination!
- Would you rather be in the mountains or by the sea?
- Do you prefer a place with warmer or colder temperatures?
- Do you want to be in busy cities to get new impressions and be inspired? Or do you prefer quiet and secluded places in nature?
- What has made you particularly happy on past trips?
When deciding a destination, you should also consider the time differences. Especially for your first workation we recommend to go to destinations with a maximum time difference of +/- 2 hours. Larger time differences often require longer acclimatization periods and are more suitable for experienced workation experts. Another important consideration when choosing a destination are the local holidays. These can greatly affect prices for accommodations. Being aware of those can save you from unpleasant surprises that stores might be closed or activities on hold. Also, pay attention to prices for air or train connections to make sure that your destinations are affordable and comfortable to reach.
By answering these questions and considering the various aspects around it, you can easily find the perfect destination for your workation.
Workation Step 3: Find the right accommodation
Now that you have decided on a time frame and destination for your workation, it's time to find accommodation that meets your needs for your home office abroad. When looking for the ideal place to stay, there are a few essential things to consider: First of all, a fast and stable internet connection is key.
Make sure the accommodation has a reliable Wi-Fi connection with a minimum speed of 30 Mbps. In some cases, the internet speed is already specified in the accommodation description. If not, don't hesitate to contact the landlord in advance and ask for a speed test. Nevertheless, we always recommend having enough mobile data on your phone as a backup, so you can give yourself a hotspot in case of need.
Another important aspect is the workplace: look carefully at the photos and make sure that there is a suitable area where you can work from. If there are no pictures, contact the landlord and ask for additional information.
A comfortable and functional workspace is critical for productive work.
The location of the accommodation is also important. Are supermarkets, restaurants and maybe even the beach within easy walking distance? Is there public transportation nearby if you feel the need to explore the surrounding area? Also consider if a rental car is necessary to be flexible and make the most of your workation.
By considering these aspects, you lay the foundation for an efficient and pleasant working environment during your workation - with a place that does not only meet all the technical requirements, but also offers an inspiring environment to boost your productivity and creativity.
Workation Step 4: Plan your free time activities
During your workation you will spend a large part of your time working, but it is equally essential to make the most of your free time and enjoy the "vacation" aspect of your workation. To avoid wasting time there on planning your free time activities, we recommend doing some research in advance.
Ask yourself how you want to spend your free time and what activities, attractions, etc. are there for you to enjoy. Plan your activities similarly to a traditional vacation. However, you should be careful not to take on too much. Keep in mind that your time is limited and you still have work commitments. Find a healthy work-life balance to best manage your Workation. Set realistic goals and plan enough time for rest and relaxation.
This way you can enjoy your workation and at the same time make sure you don't miss the highlights and attractions of your destination. Long story short:
Don't plan too much - but don't plan too little either... 😉
Workation Step 5: Plan your budget
Last but not least: The budget planning! It is important to keep track of all costs of your workation so that you have your budget under control. Here are some important aspects you should consider when planning your finances:
First of all, you need to keep an eye on the cost of your accommodation. Compare the prices of different places to stay and make sure they meet your requirements and budget. Also, keep in mind that longer stays are usually cheaper than shorter ones - maybe it is worth to stay one or two nights longer if there is a week-discount.
Travel costs are another factor you need to consider. What means of transportation do you want to use? Be it plane, train or car, you need to plan accordingly. Compare prices and book early to get the best deals.
Also think about the cost of leisure activities. Make a list of the activities you would like to do and research the appropriate prices. Consider which activities are really important to you and which may be outside your budget. When it comes to local transportation, you'll also need to keep the costs in mind. Consider whether you will need a rental car or whether there is good public transportation to get you everywhere. Factor the cost of transportation into your budget.
Depending on how long you plan to work from abroad, it may be worth subletting your apartment to boost your travel funds. Also check to see if you can pause certain contracts, such as gym memberships, to save money.
Budgeting is crucial to ensure that you can enjoy your workation within your budget. Keep track of your expenses, plan ahead, and look at your financial boundaries.
This was our ultimate guide to planning your workations. The ability to work flexibly from anywhere in the world opens up new horizons and enriches your life both professionally and individually. Get excited about the many benefits of a workation, whether it's increasing your productivity, expanding your network, or drawing inspiration from new environments. What are you waiting for?
Start planning your workation today and experience the freedom to work where others vacation.
Jasmin Laakmann is a Consultant at WorkFlex. Originally from Germany, she relocated to Portugal a few years ago. For Jasmin, the flexibility to work from anywhere is not just a perk, but a crucial factor in her decision to work for a company, so that she can visit family and friends more often for longer times.
In this blog article, we will delve into
Jasmin’s reasons for workflexing,
Her best practices for time management,
Her advice on Wi-Fi infrastructure & other essentials,
Her experiences on her most recent 2 months workation in India.
Why do you value working from anywhere as a benefit?
For me, a German living in Portugal, this benefit is key. The freedom to work from anywhere is more than a workation where I can work from the beach.
In the 10 months I have worked for a company that allowed work from anywhere, I've taken advantage of this benefit mainly to visit family and friends back home. Especially, after holidays like Christmas or Easter, I love to extend my stay in Germany without taking extra time off. This would simply be a waste as my family members also need to go back to work. Further, workflexing allowed me to still contribute to my team and clients without postponing meetings or tasks.
Workflexing is also great for extending your stay at a far destination. I recently went on a two-month trip to India, where I combined working & traveling. Without the flexibility of working remotely, I wouldn't have been able to take such a long trip. Also, it was great to split my time off to avoid the "work overload" that often comes with returning from a long break.
How do you organize your time when working abroad?
Before workflexing it is always exciting as there are many unknowns: Will there be a good internet connection? How do I manage the time zones? Will I feel alone? How do I manage to spend enough time with my friends but also get my work done? But I have to say, all those worries can be overcome with good planning and finding a routine. The rhythm might depend on your type of person: whether you like to travel faster or rather stay in one place. I prefer to stay in one place and only do trips on the weekend.
1. Combine work with some days off, especially if it's a longer destination.
2. Ask yourself some questions beforehand: What is it I am seeking in that country? Is it to get some sun, do certain activities, meet friends, etc. and do factors like my working hours and time differences allow me to do these kinds of things? If not, a vacation might be the better option.
3. Stay and work longer from abroad: To fully enjoy your stay and get to know a country, consider staying longer than you would usually do on a vacation. Also, the employer should be happy about this. How will your work mood look like if you are staying for a few days, and how will it look like if you have 3 weeks or longer?
With these in mind, it is easy to not mix leisure and working times or have FOMO that you do not have enough time to explore and feel like you missed out on seeing the country. Instead, you can spend real quality time with friends and family there and work without distractions.
What are your workflexing essentials?
When working abroad, the most important thing is a stable, working internet connection.
I learned this the hard way on my first day working from India. Even though I extra booked a place that promised stable Wi-Fi (asked the host & read reviews) and even arrived a day earlier to try it out as I was super nervous about it, the power went out during my first meeting. Of course, there was a power cut due to construction work. I know that it can happen anywhere, but I learned that for workflexing it's best to not only check the Wi-Fi beforehand but to also:
always have a SIM Card with enough data
familiarize yourself with alternative places in the surrounding area (some cafés with good Wi-Fi, Airbnb, hotel lobby, etc.)
look for quiet surroundings (especially when you have calls and meetings)
My ideal perfect place to work from is somewhere outside with a nice view. I know it's not for everyone, but I feel more motivated when I am more connected to nature than trapped in a dark room.
My advice for the perfect length of a workflexing trip depends on how far the destination is and why you are going. For a closer place without a major time difference, I would not take time off, as there is still time in the evenings or weekends to wander around.
If it's a long-distance destination, I would stay longer in this country to make the long travel worthwhile. Either you stay a minimum of 4 weeks abroad or, my recommendation, combine work with some time off.
Also, the reason why you would like to work temporarily from abroad is essential when deciding how long you want to stay. I always want to stay as long as I can to be with friends & family. Others use it more to travel around or to live like a local – my colleague Jascha has shared his advice for that.
What does it mean to work with a +5:30 hour time difference in India?
🏄 The day starts with time off. This can be challenging because you need to manage your energy level. But it also means you start your workday peacefully and with no rush to finish it off quickly because you fear missing out on something.
🍽 Your lunch break becomes your dinner break. Not much of a big deal. It works really well for me.
🌚 You work while it's dark. I have also always preferred to work or study late at night. So, no big deal for me. Plus, you already see a lot of sunlight for the first half of the day. And to be honest, for countries like India, it is perfect to use the morning to explore because it gets too hot after.
🧘 After work means straight to bed. This is harder. I had to find a nice routine to make the switch from work to bedtime, but I managed. I mean also sometimes, you could still go out when you finish work at 11 pm because you did not have to get up early in the morning.
So, even though I also was afraid of the time zone differences, I did not struggle much with finding a routine there as it also has advantages to start working only around lunchtime and seize the day before.
Workflexing has given Jasmin the freedom to travel and spend time with her family and friends while still contributing to her company. It has allowed her to find her work-life balance and enjoy the best of both worlds. After seeing the benefits of working from anywhere, she would never work for a company that does not allow its employees to see their families without taking extra days off.
In a workforce that gets more diverse every day, with families situated all over the world, workflexing helps to attract the best talent worldwide.
Want to learn more about offering workations as a benefit to your employees as well?
Get in touch with Jasmin or other WorkFlex consultants!
“Temporary work from abroad” is a hot topic. Employees love the idea of working whilst temporarily being abroad for private purposes. As a result, many employers are working on defining a policy for it. That’s good news. The bad news is that most of the policies are quite conservative. They are very much about what is not possible. For example, “You cannot work from abroad for longer than two weeks.” Or, “you cannot work outside the EU”. Company-wide limitations like this are usually driven by a fear of tax and legal non-compliance.
However, we can and should do better. After all, these compliance risks largely depend on specific situations —where is the employee from? What is the destination country? What is the employee’s role, and what activities will be performed during the international stay? Quite frankly, installing company-wide limitations is like shooting with hale. Instead, let’s shoot for the moon!
Temporary work from abroad is a great opportunity for employers to stand out. Comprehensive data is still limited, however small surveys indicate that many employees would be very interested in temporarily working from abroad.
Simon-Kucher & Partners, a German-headquartered consultancy, surveyed more than 7,000 people across China, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Russia and the United States. The vast majority of these respondents suggested they would add a couple of weeks of ‘workation’ to their holiday if given the opportunity — these figures were led by the Chinese respondents where 70% would enjoy temporary work from abroad as a benefit. In Germany and the Netherlands, this number was around 40%, and roughly 30% in the UK.
A survey performed by HubbleHQ, a UK-based workspace management platform, shows similar results. Overall, 42% of the employees surveyed would want to use their company’s remote working policy to work from abroad. However, for employees aged 41 to 51 years or above, the percentage of positive responses is below 38%. This is interesting because the key decision-makers of most companies are often older than 41 years of age. In many businesses, these decision-makers are in the outlier age group between 51 and 60 years, where the positive response rate was barely 20%. While businesses would hope that their decision-makers remain impartial to such biases, it wouldn’t be hard to assume that this may be a reason for conservative temporary work from abroad policies.
In comparison, 39% to 47% of the age group between 26 and 40 years gave a positive response for a temporary work from abroad option.This is the same group that is twice as likely to quit their job than baby boomers if their expectations around flexible working conditions are not met. With this in mind, it’s likely that employers who are quick to adopt flexible work policies are more likely to win the war for talent.
This is why employers should be looking to make temporary work from abroad a permanent feature of their employee benefits schemes. The pandemic has made sure flexible working is here to stay, so use it to your advantage. It’s cost-effective and will help you stand out as a progressive and attractive employer. Let’s make temporary work from abroad a benefit beyond boundaries!
The Workation Alliance is an organisation founded in 2022 to connect companies that offer workations as a benefit to their employees. The mission of the Alliance is to promote the benefits of workations and help member companies overcome the challenges associated with offering this unique benefit. In just six months, the Workation Alliance has already attracted over 30 well-known companies as members. These members come from a wide range of industries and geographies and all share the common goal of providing their employees with an innovative way to improve their work-life balance.
Recently, the Workation Alliance hosted its first open webinar, aimed at sharing data and insights on the benefits of workation in the future. Hosted by Pieter Manden LLM – Global Mobility expert and founder of WorkFlex - the webinar featured experts from companies such as Allianz, Bosch, and Clevis, who shared their experiences with offering temporary work from abroad. If you missed it, you can now watch the full recording below.
Workation is the act of traveling while working remotely. It provides a great opportunity for employees to have a change of environment, which can lead to increased productivity, creativity, and motivation. Previously reserved to freelancers and the self-employed, this concept is now also possible for employees since the pandemic changed the way we work.
The benefits of workations are not only limited to employees, offering this can also be very beneficial to the employers. It can provide a competitive advantage in terms of attracting and retaining talent and it can also lead to cost savings for the company by lowering employee turnover rates – because happy employees want to stay with you.
One of the key speakers at the webinar was Daniel Zinner – Associate Partner at Clevis Consulting and founder of the People Mobility Alliance, who discussed how Covid-19 has revolutionized the way global mobility works in corporations. Previously, the only way to work internationally was on an international assignment approved by the company. The options were then limited to where the company had subsidies and a project need for the individual. However, in the last three years, the approach has shifted towards an individualized approach, and the focus has shifted towards technology that could empower the administration to support people in this.
Gudrun Kipp from Robert Bosch was one of the key drivers in offering Workations at Bosch. They realized very early on that workation was not a short-lived trend, but something that is here to stay. In just one year since implementation, they have already had over 2000 requests, and employees would like to work abroad for even longer than they are currently allowed to. Gudrun's advice is to involve senior management as early as possible as it accelerated implementation massively for them.
Oana Haiek, Global Mobility at Allianz, shared that getting to where they are now in offering workation has been a continous learning process. However, it is so worth it when they receive feedback from employees on how much they enjoy the freedom that workation gives them.
All three agreed: workation is a trend that is here to stay. The experiences shared by Allianz, Bosch, and Clevis demonstrate the benefits that workation can bring to both employees and companies. As the world continues to adapt to the changing work environment, it is essential to consider new approaches such as workation to improve productivity, job satisfaction, and employee well-being.
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Jascha Ehleben is a Consultant at WorkFlex. He's a serial workationer and the prime example of practice what you preach when it comes to work from anywhere. Since joining WorkMotion as an SDR in April 2022 he has been on 9 Workations in Europe and Asia.
Workationing has been a popular trend for quite some time now. It's the best of both worlds: you get the chance to travel and explore a new place, but still stay connected to your work (and you don't have to use all of your holidays).
But there are a lot of things to consider when planning to work from abroad. Why should you consider going on a workation? Where should you stay? How to pick the right place to work from?
Last year I have been on workation to 9 different countries. Here are my top tips.
Why go on a workation?
Let me start off by saying that a workation cannot replace holidays. The two are not the same and should not be treated as such. If you have a vacation - you rest and don't work; if you work - you work.
BUT, that doesn't mean that you cannot enjoy some of the benefits that you would have on vacation - like exploring a new country, with all the excitement and adventure that comes with it – while still being just as productive as you would be when working from home.
But what exactly are the benefits of working while you're away? These are my top five reasons to take your job on holiday:
You can travel to new placesand learn about their culture and history. Getting out there and exploring will help you learn about different destinations around the world.
Refresh your mind and recharge your energies. Traveling and exploring new places in my free time provides me with new perspectives and inspiration which translates into more creativity and higher productivity when I am working.
Escape the cold winter. Rather than spending 4+ months of the year with rain, grey skies and the cold, I can spend my days in countries where it's still warm enough to spend time outdoors (and where it doesn't get dark before I even finish work).
Meet friends and family that live abroad. Many of my friends and co-workers live in different countries and I normally wouldn't get to see them very often.
And make new friends along the way. Especially when staying in hostels and co-living spaces, it's so easy to meet people from all over the world. I have met so many amazing people on my travels from different backgrounds and different cultures, that I never would have come across otherwise.
How to get the best out of your workation?
Find accomodation that works for you
Choosing accommodation is a big decision. Will you be going solo or with friends? What’s your budget? How much privacy do you want or need for your work?
Hostels and co-living spaces are great for meeting other travellers, especially when you are travelling alone, I would recommend staying in these places to connect with others and avoid getting lonely.
When you need quiet time and to relax alone, so then an Airbnb or hotel might be better.
If you want to meet local people you can also book a room in an Airbnb (here you can often get great recommendations for the best local food and activities). For me, as someone who travels for long periods at a time, balance is key - so I suggest trying out different things to see what works best for you and mix it up!
Find the right workspace
When deciding about where to work, it’s important to consider the type of work you do. Some jobs are more suited to working in public spaces than others.
If your job requires a lot of calls or meetings, then you may want to avoid finding a workspace in an open coffee shop and opt for somewhere quieter, like a co-working space, an airbnb with a dedicated workspace or even a hotel room.
Working from shared spaces in hostels or cafes can still be a nice option to switch things up on days where you just need to work on some simpler tasks on your laptop without having calls.
The important thing to consider for both is to make sure that wherever you choose has reliable WiFi before settling down with your laptop and latte (unless you want the stress of running around with all your stuff to find a better connection for a spontaneous call)!
Make sure you have a good balance between work and fun activities
It’s important to make sure you have a good balance between work and fun activities. You might be travelling but you still need to get your work done!
Manage your expectations: during your working hours, you still have to try to get as much done as you normally would and don't expect to constantly be on adventures.
Use time zones to your advantage: if you start later you can go explore in the mornings or have a nice breakfast. If you start earlier, you can have more free time after work
Use your weekends: I like to take an extra day off on Monday or Friday, rent a car and really explore the location. These kinds of trips are always the highlight of my workation because you can see so many new places every weekend and just spontaneously decide to see nature or a new city, so you always have different impressions that you wouldn’t get at home.
Try out different things, find what works for you and enjoy the freedom Even if you're not interested in being a digital nomad (or your job doesn't allow it), having a workation once in a while could be beneficial for your mind, body and soul. Personally, working from abroad has made me more productive, more focused and less stressed.
While there might be challenges, there are so many opportunities as well. The most important thing to remember is to be realistic. Enjoy yourself and make the most of this unique experience.
Hopefully you find some of these tips useful and learn something new. And, who knows? Perhaps this will inspire you to take the plunge yourself and plan your own workation!
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