The term ‘Workation’ is formed by blending the words ‘Work’ and ‘Vacation’. By combining business and leisure travel (also known as Bleisure), people can combine work trips and vacation as a chance to explore new and exciting places whilst being away for work.
In 2020, as remote working became mainstream, ‘Work From Hotel’ packages started to appear globally. Now, with more and more companies implementing long-term remote working, holiday rentals, hotels, and members’ clubs are teaming up to help us work from anywhere. Taking full advantage of the situation many remote workers have been heading to getaways or even further with a laptop and power chargers. Picking up on the trend are homestays and hotels who now provide high speed internet, in order to cash in on the vacation-deprived workers. While work from home situation continues, workations seem to trend this year.
Pros & Cons
The main pros of a workation are that you get to enjoy the feeling of being on holiday without taking any time off work, you can change your working environment and choose somewhere more enjoyable and relaxing for your office and you can travel to places during the week when it is often quieter, cheaper and with greater availability. In terms of drawbacks, workcations are obviously not quite as relaxing as taking time off as you will still be in “work mode” and therefore you may still need a proper holiday at some point in the year.
Best workation destinations 2021
With most of the world working remotely, there’s no better time to go on a workation than now! If you’re wondering what the best places for a workation are, we have a few interesting suggestions from 32 digital nomads who pioneered the workation culture.
Bali is secretly the undisputed workation capital of the world. This tropical paradise has no dearth of coworking spaces, each of them providing high quality internet, unparalleled business opportunities – all in the most incredible locations.
Monthly cost of living in Bali
$720 to $2,600
Bali workation visa rules
While Indonesia does not have a “digital nomad visa” yet, the Social, Tourist or Cultural Visa (B-211) allows you to stay 60 days, can be extended 3 times for 30 days each. Learn more
If you’re going to work from home, why not work from paradise? Maldives is a perfect for a luxury workation (or a budget one) with extensive WI-FI service literally under every palm tree and an impeccable view every time you look up from your laptop.
Monthly cost of living in Maldives
$827 to $1,772 (excluding resort stay)
Maldives workation visa rules
30-day tourist visa is granted for all nationalities on arrival to Maldives. If you are looking to stay longer, apply for a work Visa that is issued for a foreigner to stay in Maldives for the purpose of employment. Learn more
Mexico has become a heaven for workationers looking for affordable lifestyles, uber-cheap living costs, a stable and productive work environment as well as an inspiring and robust social life. The year-round great climate and delicious food is obviously a plus!
Monthly cost of living in Mexico
$800 to $2,000
Mexico workation visa rules
The working visitor visa is the most common type of visa for the employment of foreign nationals on a temporary basis. One can stay in Mexico for up to 180 days with permission to be remunerated in Mexico for activities carried out in the country. If you intend to stay longer, Mexico issues a Temporary Resident Visa to remote workers that are financially self-sufficient, that’s good for one year with the ability to renew for another 3 years. Learn more
Overwater bungalows on lapis lazuli waters makes for an ideal vacation and a workation too. While Bora Bora is a popular hit among honeymooners, workationers are slowly moving to the islands of French Polynesia for recluse from the worldly hustle.
Monthly cost of living in Bora Bora
$1,500 to $3,000
Bora Bora workation visa rules
Any foreigner who wishes to stay more than three months in French Polynesia must apply for a long-term French Polynesia visa with the exception of citizens of the exempt countries. If you are interested in staying for less than months, visitors holding a residence permit from one of the countries of the EU or the Schengen Area are exempt from the requirement to obtain a visa provided that their residence permit is valid for the duration of their stay in French Polynesia. Learn more
Montenegro is one of the cheapest countries in the Balkans with a rare combination of snow-capped mountains and almost year-round sunshine. It is one of the most popular Balkan states among digital nomads, and it is also very much in trend among adventure travelers. With cheap mobile phone coverage, man co-working spaces to choose from and a sprouting community of digital adventurers – Montenegro allows the perfect balance of work and adventure.
Monthly cost of living in Montengero
$600 to $800
Montenegro workation visa rules
The best visa for workations in Montenegro would be the long stay visa that enables one to stay in Montenegro up to 6 months per calendar year (no visa runs required). Learn more
Iceland is a land of awe-inspiring natural landscapes, with its naturally occurring hot springs, bubbling mud pools, a string of unpredictably violent volcanoes. It has warm locals, a strong cultural life and presents a stunning view of the Northern Lights. Add to this scenic equation, the recently introduced Work in Iceland program and you’ve got yourself the perfect workation destination.
Monthly cost of living in Iceland
$2,000 to $3,500
Iceland workation visa rules
As per the Work in Iceland digital nomad visa introduced in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, teleworkers to work remotely for overseas companies and stay in the country for up to 6 months. However, to qualify for this visa, workers have to earn at least $88,000 per annum. In addition, Iceland requires applicants to satisfy certain health insurance requirements as well. Learn more
Find more destinations here Best Workation Destinations 2021 – The Digital Nomads Roundup
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