They say that too much of one thing is very bad, which is very accurate with work. If you overwork, you may burn yourself out and eventually develop illnesses that you will carry for the rest of your life.
Vacations are a perfect way to refocus your mind and recover from the stress brought by constant work. But what if you can combine work and vacation and still be successful at it?
With many countries’ borders opening up to pleasure and business visits, working vacations answer a person’s wanderlust and need for a break while still working to earn a living. But, what exactly is a working vacation?
Here is my brief guide on working vacations and where to get your workations started.
What Is A Working Vacation?
A working vacation will allow a person to travel the world while working on the sidelines to support the trip. Working vacations can be done by people who prefer working seasonal jobs, remote workers and those who wish to recharge their batteries after constant work.
Why Should You Get a Working Vacation?
Getting a working vacation offers many benefits if it is planned correctly. First, it can help you do your work more effectively while still enjoying what life offers. As a result, you can achieve a perfect work-life balance which you may have found challenging to do in a regular office setting.
It can also help you gain a broader perspective of the world and life. As a result, you will be able to develop yourself as a better person and a better worker.
What to Consider When Taking a Working Vacation?
Before heading off to the big wide world, it is important that you plan your working vacation thoroughly to make it a success. Here are four major factors you need to consider when planning one:
To pick the best destination for your workation, you need to consider your industry, clientele, workload, and boss. Check which locations match your work requirements so you can flawlessly do your workation wherever you go.
- Workation Schedule
You should also work on a schedule you will follow while on your workation and adjust it accordingly so people can still reach out to you even if you are in a different time zone.
- Workation Approval
Of course, you can’t just leave your office one day to go on a workation without letting your boss know. Please speak to your boss about your plans and adjust them accordingly to suit your new arrangement.
- Right Workation Tools
Finally, you need to invest in the right workation tools that will help you do your work while outside your office. Some of the things you should invest on before your workation include a laptop or tablet, satellite phone and an international wifi router just in case you go to areas without wifi for a day off.
Which Are 10 Of The Best Workation Destinations To Visit?
No matter what type of environment you are looking for in an ideal workation destination, there will be a country that will cater to your needs. The 2021 Workation Index by Holidu, in particular, ranked 150 cities where you can do workations efficiently. Factors like monthly rent, food costs, hours of sunshine, wifi speed and what can be done during breaks.
Here are 10 great destinations you can check for your workation as mentioned in the latest Workstation Index:
- Bangkok, Thailand
- New Delhi, India
- Lisbon, Portugal
- Barcelona, Spain
- Buenos Aires, Argentina (tie)
- Budapest, Hungary (tie)
- Mumbai, India
- Istanbul, Turkey
- Bucharest, Romania
- Phuket, Thailand
Although the United States’ major cities did not rank in the top 10 destinations, they rank high in certain factors perfect for workations. For example, New York ranks 1 for most weekend activities available in the city and rank 2 for the most coworking spaces. San Francisco and San Diego are rated 3 and 4 respectively for remote wifi connectivity. At the same time, Phoenix and Las Vegas ranked 4 and 5 for the length of sunshine a person can get during their workations.
With the risk of burnout increasing and the need to achieve work-life balance becoming more crucial than ever, workations can help you out. However, before you make that step to take a workation, do your research and make sure that you follow your schedule during your workation, so your productivity is not hampered.
Remember, you will need to balance both work and play well to make your workation a success.