Workation- These are the most beautiful destinations
Remote office instead of home office.
12 February 2021
Jumping straight into the sea after the Zoom meeting: what sounds like a dream at first will be the next big thing. Trend be. When travel is possible again, of course. The talk is of "workation" - combining work with vacation. However, a survey by the holiday pirates shows that the majority (91 percent) have never tried "workation". In fact, 73 percent don't even know what the term means. The majority, however, would like to combine work and vacation, because after last year at the latest, it is clear that not only the office is suitable as a workplace.
Instead of home office, 2021 is all about remote office. Where and how this can best be done, the travel experts of the Holiday Pirates.
Greece and its islands
Greece is suitable for workation in several respects: The country is particularly attractive due to the mild summer temperatures and the small time difference of only one hour. Meetings and phone calls with colleagues or clients can thus be implemented without any jet lag. If you rent a house in a small village, you can dive right into the life of the locals after work. Another big advantage: Due to the many islands, a stay of several weeks in Greece with a lot of variety is guaranteed. With domestic flights or by ferry, the islands can be reached in no time.
With seven islands, the Canary Islands offer plenty of variety. The year-round mild temperatures with hot summer make the archipelago the ideal destination for workation. The natural offer is great: hiking to the volcano Teide on Tenerife, through the nature park Cumbre Vieja on La Palma or along the dunes of Maspalomas on Gran Canaria. The islands of El Hierro and La Gomera are particularly quiet retreats. The time difference on the Canaries is only one hour. In addition, the islands have a huge workation community, networking meetups and co-working spaces, as well as very well-developed internet.
Those who choose Workation in Portugal will enjoy a successful combination of cultural cities and beach life. Lisbon and Porto are bustling with international life at a low cost of living. At the end of the working day, the many very varied beaches await. A new hobby is surfing - in the summer there are ideal conditions on the west coast for a beginner's course. If you prefer to watch the pros, take a winter trip to Nazare. Here the surf cracks regularly set records with waves of over twenty metres. Peace and relaxation are offered by Portugal's many nature reserves.
Egypt is a little surprise in the list of top workation destinations. Those who love summer temperatures instead of the domestic cold in winter will certainly feel at home in the land of the pharaohs. The holiday pirates recommend the town of Dahab with only one hour time difference. The former fishing village is located in the south of the Sinai Peninsula directly on the sea and is nowadays a Mecca for digital nomads. In addition to good internet, the city convinces with very reasonable prices. Many inhabitants spend their free time doing sports. With temperatures always above twenty degrees during the day, diving is just as much fun as hiking or climbing.
Despite the considerable distance to Europe, the time difference in South Africa is only one hour. The seasons are exactly opposite. For several years now, the pioneers of digital technology have been praising Cape Town for its good infrastructure and top internet. Combined with the exotic nature and a variety of tourist offers, this makes the cosmopolitan city the perfect workation destination. Especially recently, Cape Town has experienced an extreme increase in the number of cafés, coworking and coliving offers due to its international community.
Trips to Morocco also offer an exotic work experience. The country is particularly recommended for digital nomads who work almost exclusively online and operate independently of location. Taghazout is the perfect starting point for a work travel tour. The fishing village is located on the Atlantic coast and is considered a workation stronghold. Surf schools, yoga classes and cafés on the one hand, coworking and coliving on the other contribute to this. From the first call of the muezzin to the sunset on the beach, newcomers enjoy every minute. Then there's the surfing stronghold of Essaouira, for example, with its historic old town.
Powdered sugar beaches, turquoise water and palm trees several metres high: the Zanzibar archipelago, which belongs to Tanzania, looks like it has been painted. But there is much more behind the postcard motif. The time-honored trading center has always provided international flair and an exciting mix of cultures. Here you can combine a job with a very relaxed lifestyle. Thanks to the very low costs, remote workers can afford private bungalows right on the beach. On weekends, we recommend a visit to the night market in Stone Town, swimming with dolphins or a short trip to the Aldabra turtles on Prison Island.
Those who don't have a problem with a time difference will enjoy the Workation life in probably the most classic destination: Bali. A must see is the city of Ubud with its spectacular temples, surrounded by traditional rice terraces and rainforest. Only about an hour's drive away is Canggu, right on the coast. Here digital nomads meet surfers and a correspondingly very relaxed atmosphere. Outside your own four walls, you can boot up your laptop here in one of the many cafés, shops or bars. Many Europeans and Australians found a new home here, so that a very large expat community developed.
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