Now more than ever, it’s so important to prioritize self-care and well-being.
So what better way to do that than by combining work with rejuvenation through a workation?
A workation (otherwise known as a “work from anywhere” trip) is a hybrid of work and vacation, where you spend time working remotely from a different location than your permanent home. This allows you to experience the benefits of a change of scenery while still being productive and fulfilling your professional obligations.
In this article, whether you’re a seasoned remote worker or someone exploring the concept of blending work and vacation, we’ve got you covered.
My Own Experience Of Recharge: Ubud, Bali
Nestled in the heart of Bali’s lush rainforests, Ubud is a haven for wellness enthusiasts where you can immerse yourself in yoga and meditation retreats, explore ancient temples, and savor the region’s fresh, organic cuisine.
It is actually one of my most memorable places that combined remote working and deep rejuvenation of the mind, body, heart and soul has to be Ubud, Bali back in 2018.
We spent a week there as a family and it was a week we’ll never forget.
We visited the Pyramids of Chi sound healing experience and also visited a local spiritual shaman. It was an experience we’ll never forget. The combination between place, people and the energy of the place really left a mark on us.
We have heard from people that Bali has been negatively affected by overdevelopment in recent years, but it will always hold a special place for us.
Best Workation Destinations to Rejuvenate Your Mind, Body, and Soul
There are countless incredible destinations around the world that are ideal for workations, each offering unique advantages for mind, body, and soul rejuvenation. When it comes to looking at the up and coming places to find the perfect balance, we highly recommend visiting NomadList or Nomadbase.
For us personally, here are a few of our top picks:
Work From Anywhere in Sagres, Portugal
Sagres is a hidden gem in the world of work from anywhere. Especially during the off-seasons (September to May) you’ll find plenty of affordable workation spots (such as Casa Nook and man others) to rejuvenate your spirit.
Work From Anywhere in Phi Phi Islands, Thailand
Phuket is a popular choice for workations due to its beautiful beaches, tropical weather, and growing number of coworking spaces. The Phi Phi Islands just off of Phuket are stunning islands, but they offer a truly unique and beautiful workation experience. The Phi Phi Islands are a great place to work if you want to be surrounded by nature and have a bit more peace and quiet.
Work From Anywhere in Corfu, Greece
This Greek island paradise boasts stunning beaches, picturesque villages, and a relaxed atmosphere. Take leisurely hikes through olive groves, discover hidden coves, and indulge in the freshest seafood delicacies.
Work From Anywhere in Marrakech, Morocco
This vibrant Moroccan city is a fusion of ancient culture and modern comforts. Explore the labyrinthine souks, wander through the serene gardens of the Majorelle Palace, and savor the flavors of traditional Moroccan cuisine.
Work From Anywhere in Bariloche, Argentina
For remote workers seeking a workation retreat, Bariloche offers the perfect blend of productivity and rejuvenation. It is a stunning city in Patagonia, Argentina, nestled amidst the majestic Andes Mountains and the turquoise waters of Lake Nahuel Huapi. It’s a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, offering a plethora of activities like hiking, skiing, kayaking, and mountain biking. It’s an incredible place to switch off and get away from the world.
Work From Anywhere in Rovinj, Croatia
Rovinj is a charming town on the Istrian Peninsula is known for its colorful houses, cobblestone streets, and stunning Adriatic views. There are a number of cafes and coworking spaces in Rovinj, making it a great place to get work done while enjoying the seaside atmosphere.
Work From Anywhere in Ksamil, Albania
Ksamil is located just south of Saranda, Ksamil is a small island town with a relaxed vibe and beautiful turquoise waters. It is a popular destination for swimming, snorkeling, and boating, making it a great place to relax and recharge during your workation.
Work From Anywhere in Madeira, Portugal
Madeira is a great place for workations due to its stunning landscapes, pleasant climate, and growing number of coworking spaces. Wherever you go you’re sure to see breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean combined with incredible hikes and a world famous digital nomad community.
Tips for Managing Remote Work and Rejuvenation
To fully embrace the benefits of a workation, we’ve seen how critical it is to establish a balance between work and rejuvenation. So we came up with some practical tips to help you achieve this balance:
- Set clear boundaries: Establish dedicated work and leisure spaces to avoid distractions and maintain a healthy work-life balance.
- Schedule regular breaks: Take regular breaks throughout the day to stretch, move around, and refresh your mind.
- Engage in activities that promote well-being: Incorporate activities like yoga, meditation, or outdoor adventures into your daily routine to nurture your physical and mental health.
- Embrace the local culture: Immerse yourself in the local culture by attending events, exploring local attractions, and connecting with people from the community.
- Don’t be afraid to adjust your plans: Be flexible and adaptable to unexpected circumstances or changes in your work or personal life.
- Celebrate your achievements: Take time to appreciate your accomplishments and recognize the positive impact of your workation experience.
- Seek inspiration from others: Follow inspirational leaders and entrepreneurs who have embraced the workation lifestyle and prioritize their well-being. See below a list of leaders we recommend for inspiration.
Inspirational Remote Work Leaders to Follow
There are so many inspirational leaders when it comes to work from anywhere but the following people are those who have forged the path in recent decades for others to follow.
- For shaping how work from anywhere and workations are disrupting the present (and the future) of global mobility, then follow Olivier Meier, a principal at Mercer
- For thinking through how governments should reflect on international remote working, we enjoy following Julia Onslow-Cole of Fragomen, Nacho Rodríguez and Gonçalo Hall, and Dean Nimrod Kuchel of United Nomads
- For digital nomad families, we have enjoyed following people like Lona Alia, Rowena Hennigan and Andreas Wil Gerdes
- For building the first country on the internet, then it has to be Lauren Razavi
- For pushing the not-for-profit model in international remote work, then look no further than Tarek Kholoussy and Lorraine Charles
- For the intersection of wellbeing and work from anywhere, then follow Laïla von Alvensleben
- For inspirational podcasts and thought leadership content, it has to be Chase Warrington who has the About Abroad podcast
- For pointing the obvious out about how work from anywhere is changing the property world, then take a look at Dave Cairns of CBRE Canada
- For general work from anywhere statistics and trends, then it has to be Nick Bloom, Kate Lister and Tsedal Neeley
- For how new working models like Employers of Record are changing how companies approach hire from anywhere, follow Pete Tiliakos
- For the future of travel and work from anywhere, make sure not to miss out on Aurelie Krau, Mark Phillips of Nomadstays, Caroline Strachan of Festive Road and Brian Chesky of Airbnb
- For some great newsletters then we really enjoy Mitko Karshovski
- In the scaleup world we enjoy following Sondre Rasch of Safetywing and Andrew Jernigan of Insured Nomads
- Pieter Levels, founder of Nomadlist
- Remote work community leaders such as Roxy Whiteman of Nomad Collective, Diego Bejarano Gerke of WiFi Tribe and Tue Le of Remote Year and Dave Williams of NomadX (hat tip also to the team at Nomadbase)
- Work from anywhere geoarbitrage thought leaders such as Andrew Henderson of Nomad Capitalist and Kathleen Di Paolo of Wanderers Wealth
- Darcy Marie Mayfield who is a digital nomad and people operations leaders and Sacha Connor who is a leader in distributed work
- Curtis Duggan of Remotely Serious and
- In the large enterprise world, look no further than people like Richard Branson of Virgin Group and Whitney Wolfe Herd of Bumble
You can find others in this report from Remote (kudos to CEO Job van der Voort and all the team for putting this list together):
Thank You For Reading
Going on a workation is a privilege for those of us who can avail of it. Not every job is even able to do so. And even if your job is technically capable of working from anywhere, not every company is open to working from anywhere.
We hope some of the destinations, leaders and resources above might help you find some inspiration for your next workation trip.
Sidenote: Avoid Your Workation Being Blindsided By Tax And Other Compliance Risks
It goes without saying that one way of turning a relaxed workation into exactly the opposite is to find you yourself or lead your employer to being blindsided by compliance risks, so make sure to prepare for these well in advance.
- If you’re trying to convince your boss to offer workations, see this article here.
- If they’re open to offering workations, but don’t know how to put together a policy, see this free workation policy builder which you can access here.
- If they are open to workations, and have a policy but say the tax and legal issues still present too much of a hurdle, then feel free to share with them our platform which they can access a free 7 day trial of here.
John is Co-founder of the Work From Anywhere team, a platform to help companies execute a hire or work from anywhere strategy. John is a Chartered Accountant who speaks 6 languages and was previously the senior finance leader of a €4 billion division of FTSE-listed CRH Plc. John and his family are passionate about travelling and his eldest daughter, Rosa, while only 5 years old has already travelled to 25 different countries.