With more and more people working from home and the prospects of a holiday abroad looking slim, a new trend is emerging: what if you could combine work with going away – a workation? The demand for workations has boomed over the last year and is likely to become ever more popular with the current shift towards remote working. Experience the benefits of a holiday without missing important work commitments.
Why go on a workation?
Some may argue that bringing your work with you isn’t really a vacation and this is true to an extent. Sometimes all we need to feel refreshed and energised is a change of scenery, which is why a workation is great. Working from a different environment without all the distractions of your household and daily routine can be a game-changer for productivity as well as boost your mood and motivation. Plus, you can spend your evenings and weekends exploring your new surroundings and make the most of the holiday vibes.
What makes a perfect workation?
Many hotels and hospitality businesses have jumped right on board the new trend offering special workation packages making the prices more accessible and inviting for those wanting to escape with their laptop for a while. Airbnb has even created a wish list feature that allows you to save accommodation options for any time you feel your productivity dwindling. While Mayfair in London even offers a ‘work butler’ service as part of their package.
Escape the office and take a workation
Aside from the essential features like a workspace, strong internet connection and phone signal, you could go on workation anywhere. Often people living in a rural area are keen on the hustle and bustle of a big city with trendy cafes and endless entertainment. Likewise, city-dwellers are more likely to seek out the peace and quiet of nature.
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Workations in nature
The UK has plenty of green areas and National Parks to get your nature fix while finishing off those big projects. Here’s a little inspiration for great locations to work from in nature:
Take a direct train from London to Dartmoor and you could be working with ponies grazing by your new office.
The Brecon Beacons National Park offers some great value accommodation with jaw-dropping scenery right on your doorstep.
Pack a bag for the day and head to the stunning Jurassic Coast
Escape to the idyllic landscapes of the Lake District. Disconnect and recharge your batteries surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery in the country.
Take a trip up to Scotland and stay on Loch Lomond, can you picture yourself sitting on the deck with your laptop facing the shimmering waters of the lake?
If you like the idea of working with the soothing sound of waves crashing against the rocks, head down to the Jurassic Coast for a stay by the sea.
Take a trip up to Scotland and stay on Loch Lomond, can you picture yourself sitting on the deck with your laptop facing the shimmering waters of the lake
Workations in cities
One of the best things about choosing a big city for your work getaway is you are almost guaranteed fast internet and strong phone signal. What’s more, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding your ideal workation Airbnb or hotel.
For those looking for lots of excitement and action, a workation in London won’t disappoint. With an endless list of things to do once you clock off, you will certainly get your fill of fun.
Bristol is a great place for a laid-back city workation. Take your laptop out for the day and explore some of the trendy cafes and eateries.
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Relax and enjoy a coffee while working away from the office
If you’re a foodie, Manchester is a great option for a change of scenery with top-notch restaurant venues just waiting to be discovered.
If it’s history and culture you’re after, attractive York is a great option for you. Cobbled streets, Roman walls and the peaceful atmosphere in York is great for a workation, with all the perks of a big city. Discover the history, myths and legends dwelling in its charming, cobbled streets.
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