7 Mistakes to avoid on your Workation!

A workation gives you the freedom to work in inspiring places while enjoying the beauty of travel. But of course, there are some stumbling blocks to a Workation. In this blog post, we'll look at the seven mistakes you should avoid at all costs when taking a Workation. From proper planning and timing to practical preparation and creating a work-life balance, we'll share valuable tips with you. Let's go!

Anna Dung

Wrong timing

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

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Wrong packing

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!

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