Working Remotely? Time for a Workcation!
In any normal year, those working a typical 9-5 would usually only have time for one vacation each year. They’d save up their PTO, request the dates for their vacation sometimes months or even years ahead of time and eagerly count down the days until arriving at their freedom.
We’ve been taking the time to think about the gifts that this year has brought us. While our GlobeSage team already lived and worked as digital nomads pre-COVID, many of our family and friends have just recently been introduced to the “work from home” life.
And, let’s face it, whether you’ve been working remotely for years or you were introduced to the lifestyle when the global lockdown hit, the home work environment can often lack inspiration.
What we’re finding is that many “work from homers” are looking for ways to find their sweet escape while still being able to make an income. Perhaps the gift that COVID has brought us is increasingly more ways to be able to do both at the same time.
We’re calling it a workcation, and the travel industry is totally on board with it. If your job has resorted to being remote for this season, why not make the most of this opportunity?
Here are some tips for planning your workcation...
Choose a destination that will inspire you
While traditional travel might usually be planned around a big city or popular tourist attraction, a workcation might look like the opposite.
Choose a small beach town by the coast, a home in the mountains or a stay on the edge of a national park. Wherever your soul will feel the most inspired, that’s where you need to be. Have a seat on the back porch and listen to the mountain birds sing while clocking into work. Or go for a morning swim on the beach before beginning your coastal work day. Where will YOU feel inspired?
Know the travel restrictions
Yeah...we had to include this one.
It’s important to look at what your home state and your travel state restrictions are before making any bookings. Does your state allow you to travel out of state without quarantining upon return? If not, you can avoid the hassle by choosing a home away from home destination within your state’s borders!
Or, if you’re feeling inspired to travel a bit further, for a longer length of time, we found four international destinations where you can do just that. While many nation’s borders are closed to American passport holders, these four countries are welcoming Americans for longer periods of stay (at the time of this writing):
You may still need to endure the 14-day quarantine in these destinations, but will that matter if you’re setting up shop in a beautiful destination for four weeks...or longer? The links above will lead you to some more info on the requirements and details for each destination. Please get in touch with us if you need some help!
Consider whether you want to drive or fly
Nowadays, domestic travel is cheaper than ever. If you feel safe to fly, your options are certainly not slim. Ask us which airlines we think are doing the most to take care of their travelers.
For WFHers that don’t want to fly, it’s no big deal. It’s not about the distance so much as it is about getting yourself in a new surrounding. A perk of driving is that you will not need to rent a car when arriving in your destination, and you can pack anything you might need for a comfortable work week.
Rent an Airbnb or VRBO
Nowadays, trusted travel suppliers are partnering with home rental companies because they know it’s exactly what travelers need - to change pace and make home somewhere new. After you’ve chosen your destination, choose a home rental site with safety standards and cancellation policies that you can count on.
GlobeSage has certain suppliers that we’ve worked with and prefer over others. Let us know what you’re looking for!
Locate the local grocery stores
If you find your home stay’s local grocery stores before you head there, you won’t need to think so much about these details when you arrive. Does your beach home have a local grocer just down the road? Pack some reusable bags and rent a bike for your length of stay!
Or, perhaps your mountain home is tucked 25 minutes from the nearest supermarket. Planning for these details beforehand can make your stay as easy as possible...as it should be.
As you continue to work from home for this season and the foreseeable future, let’s find ways that you can create adventure in the seemingly mundane. Workcation, anyone?