Craving a change of scenery? Liven up your workday with a workcation. The opportunity to combine work and leisure has never been easier. An array of communication apps means almost anyone can work anywhere with internet access. Read on to discover our top tips for taking the perfect workcation.
A workcation is a working holiday, where you can travel to a new destination and work remotely while there. Workcations provide an opportunity to ditch the daily grind and focus on specific projects. With many people working remotely during the pandemic, it's clear we can be just as productive outside of the office.
According to Sykes Holiday Cottages, "One in five (22%) say they are now more likely to work from home while on holiday versus before the pandemic." The increasing popularity of workcations is perhaps unsurprising to many. After lengthy periods stuck indoors staring at the same four walls, workcations allow you to shake up your traditional work environment and inspire new ideas. Best of all, you don't use up your annual leave, meaning you can take quality holiday time later in the year.
Our top tip for a successful workcation is choosing a place with good Wi-Fi. Before you book an ultra secluded spot, make sure you'll be able to access the internet. You don't want to be the one person permanently frozen during Zoom meetings due to a dodgy connection. Ask for a screenshot of the internet speed test before you go.
Getting the right balance of work and leisure time can be difficult. Book a property near the beach, city or attraction you want to visit to make the most of your downtime. You're not commuting for work, so why travel for leisure? There's plenty of options out there; choose one with walks on your doorstep.
Check out all the photos to see what items will be available to you. Make sure to take your laptop, charger and any contacts you'll need. Upgrade your kitchen table to a luxurious desk with a lake view. A change of scenery can increase productivity levels, plus you escape the constant distractions at home. (No more unexpected visits from friends and fewer chores to do). Whether you're a fan of blank walls, bookcases or extravagant plants, find a work nook with the perfect backdrop for meetings.
We all know the 9-5 life isn’t for everyone. Set your own working hours and take regular breaks. Planning your time will ensure you get everything done and still have time to unwind. Book a property with a hot tub or sauna for the ultimate relaxation. Those of you eager to travel can add a couple of days to the end of your workcation and explore more.
If you are travelling with other people on your workcation, let them know your working hours so they can make plans accordingly. You can catch up with friends or family during your leisure time. Don't forget your four-legged friends; they've kept us sane through the pandemic and provided much-needed entertainment on video calls. Select a dog-friendly property and bring them along for a workcation to remember!
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