Whether you prefer to call it a workation or simply a working vacation, there are two things that cannot be denied. Workations are popular among remote and freelance workers who want to maintain availability to their clients while they also jetset around the world.
Today, there’s no shortage of trips aimed specifically at business founders – ranging from coworking cruises to rail journeys across Siberia and wellness retreats. Freelancers who partake often have access to both work and life coaches, the opportunity to network with peers and a curated scheduled of standard ‘vacation activities’. Such digital nomad retreats are aimed at creating a productive atmosphere, sprinkled with a bit of fun leisure time. Per Coworkation data, the following cities are now seeing a major spike in remote working travel groups:
- Medellín, Colombia
- Chiang Mai, Thailand
- Lisbon, Portugal
- Ubud, Indonesia
- Cape Town, South Africa
Aldo Morici, CEO of Select Sicily Villas, a company renting high-end property in Sicily, Italy also noticed a recent upsurge in adult group bookings. “Several destinations in the world are seeing this kind of growth in workation,” he said. “Often, remote workers join companies organizing work-related events in charming locations and combining leisure activities.
An example is the Google Camp, hosted annually by the Mountain View company in Sicily, Italy: chiefs executives, business leaders, investors and celebrities discuss important global issues. More recently, our properties were booked for several week-long workshops as co-living arrangement for a big group of travelling entrepreneurs.”
While businesses are definitely in on the workation trend, is it really a productive escapade to partake? So, is a workation a great way to enjoy a new location while also staying productive, or are they a sign of everything wrong with our prioritize-work-above-all-else culture? Let’s dig into both sides of the issue to see.
When you take a working vacation, you apply the same concept on a larger scale. Whether you head to the beach, the mountains, the woods, or the big city, simply experiencing a new locale can be energizing and motivating.
And with an Amazon Firestick, you can take all your media anywhere. Many users even jailbreak Firestick using free streaming apps that can help them stream tons of free content. There’s really no reason to not enjoy your trip. And if you are participating in a group digital retreat, you also receive additional stimuli from mingling with new people.
The life of a digital nomad certainly seems exciting. That doesn’t mean you should dive right into it. This is a major leap and often not as glamorous as one may pictured it. So before packing your entire life in a suitcase and buying a plane ticket with no return date, try treading the waters on a smaller scale. Sign up for a digital retreat or better, organize yourself a ‘test’ workation.
Working hard is often seen as a virtue, but it’s easy to take that virtue and turn it into something entirely unhealthy. When work takes priority over family time or personal well being, the consequences can be dark. Overworking can lead to mental and physical health problems, torpedo relationships and damage your career. If you feel obligated to take your work with you all the time, chances are you are making sacrifices that simply aren’t worth it.
Some people simply need a clear line drawn between work and play time. In addition to this, a fruitful workation requires that you have enough time to pursue what matters most to you, whether that’s spending more time with your family, completing an MBA online or helping out a local charity. It also requires that you have access to all of the amenities you need to be productive: reliable connectivity, time to work and access to a workspace that meets your needs. Remove one of these elements and you’re going to struggle.
Should you take a workation, or are you better off allowing the words “work” and “vacation” to exist in entirely different realms? The answer depends on your ability to manage your expectations, to choose the right destination, to successful balance work and life in general and recognize when it’s simply time to get away from it all.
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