Workation Step 1: Find a good time
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.