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:

  • Destination
    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:

  1. Bangkok, Thailand
  2. New Delhi, India
  3. Lisbon, Portugal
  4. Barcelona, Spain
  5. Buenos Aires, Argentina (tie)
  6. Budapest, Hungary (tie)
  7. Mumbai, India
  8. Istanbul, Turkey
  9. Bucharest, Romania
  10. 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.

Here are some tips to have work-life balance in your life:
4 Tips For Finding a Work-Life Balance
Why Work-Life Balance Is Important
How To Balance Between Freelancing & Mommyhood

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25 replies on “What is a Working Vacation and top 10 spots for Workations

  1. Wow. Very interesting concept. This is something new. Thank you so much for sharing such an amazing information. ♥️♥️♥️😊😊😊. Have a fantastic week.

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  2. Kally, good post. I do think the traveler needs discipline so as not to work all the time. As an example, companies like self-starters working from home as they tend to work more hours. They are always on. So, be able to turn it off and go see the sites with your traveling companion or yourself. Keith

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    1. Thank you for contributing your thoughts with us, Keith. For me, its discipline to get my head into work mode when there are such beautiful sights to be seen, sand for my toes to dug into and food for my mouth to savour. Lol!

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      1. Kally, well said. The nicer the venue, the greater the temptations not to work. My old company would have these global conferences, but they did not want spouses to attend to interfere with the socialization with your global colleagues. So, my wife would come several days before, then she would fly home and I would attend the conference. The tough part is I wanted to go home with her. Keith

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        1. Ouch! I totally get it that the spouse will be a distraction. I mean after a whole day of meeting and brainstorming with your colleagues, sometimes you just want to have a quiet dinner with your spouse. Or at least have the excuse to hide in your hotel room for the rest of the evening to recuperate!

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  3. First, “Charmaine’s Law” states, “Too much of a good thing is still not enough.” 😉
    Second, the cell phone and internet almost destroyed vacations. The mark of the independent person is the ability to turn off the phone and shut down the computer, and let somebody else take care of the world while I am traveling. 😎 It’ll still be there when I get back, though it may take some ‘fixin’.
    ❤️&🙏, c.a.

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    1. Ah.. my solution to cell phone and internet is to go off the grid. And it is easy enough to find a resort in the forest or on an island where there are no or low cell reception in Asia.

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  4. Hello Kelly…. Many years ago my daughter did a working vacation in Africa, working at a Cheetah Sanctuary, not only did she get to feed, and retrain cheetah cubs for rehabilitation back into the wild.. She got to see so much more of Africa’s wild life..

    So lots of ways to work and explore the world I agree..
    Wishing you well Kelly…. Good to reconnect ❤

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    1. Oh wow! What a dream job! I would love to be in her shoes even just for a day. Couldn’t imagine the sights, let alone the lifetime experience. Your daughter is one lucky girl!

      Sending my wishes and blessings to you and your daughter.

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  5. An interesting list Peng YU. When I had my company I tried not to “work”, but often I had to solve a couple of issues a week. Which was larady too much. I remember once in Prague, sending a mail to one of my executives from an internet café (remember those), using a Czech keyboard where all the consonants have funny accents… LOL.

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