How often do you go on holiday a year?
Let’s be honest: Most people, whether employed or self-employed, allow themselves a longer holiday only once a year, on average about 14 days. In Germany, this is quite feasible as an employee with at least 20 holiday days and a 5-day working week. In addition there are at least 9 public holidays. Who can accumulate overtime or takes its entire annual vacation at the piece, can extend the time accordingly to 3, 4 or more weeks. In many other countries people are not that “lucky” and have only maximum 2 weeks of vacation in the whole year. On this one large vacation one then looks forward to it for months in advance. So who would like to work from their holiday then? You are somewhere else once, perhaps also overseas and would like to relax and/or get to know new places and cultures.
But why limit this possibility of relaxation and to experience and discover new things to once a year? Why not combine holidays and work in form of a workation? Thanks to digitalisation and good Internet connections in most countries of the world, this is becoming easier and easier.
Working close to the beach with a view of the sea, kitesurfing or diving in the afternoon, healthy food and sun. Sounds good what? It is! As nice as it may sound, there are a few constraints you should be aware of. A handful of prerequisites so that your workation becomes a success and you can also productively advance your projects in addition to your “holiday”. Here they are now, the 3 prerequisites.
#1 You are flexible or find ways to be it
At best you are self-employed, work as a freelancer, blogger, virtual assistant or similar and can freely manage your time. But that’s not a must. Many companies adapt to the changing world of work and offer their employees the opportunity to work from abroad. I know examples of companies that have allowed employees to work from overseas as long as you are available during core working hours (you have to pay attention to the time difference).
More and more companies, in particular start-ups, are even organising workations for the entire company or individual teams themselves and thus also have an ideal opportunity for team building. Have you ever asked your boss if he is interested? You’ll soon find good strategies on how to approach this here on the blog. And even if he says no: If you manage to transfer your work to your home office, then why not do it abroad? I’ve heard of people who spend weeks in other countries without their employer even knowing about it. Only for the next team meeting you should have a good excuse ready why you are suddenly so tanned.
# 2 You work focused and don’t get distracted
As a digital nomad I travel a lot and work from all over the world. I can tell you at first hand: it’s not so easy to work productively. If, for example, the sea is close by, the sun is burning on your skin and many tourists just relax around you, you are at risk of being distracted and postponing tasks.
Advice: Make it clear how many hours a day you have to work to complete your tasks. And set approximate times when you will actually complete these tasks. This is a big advantage of a workation like the one you find here on workationhub.com: You are surrounded by other like-minded people. Everyone motivates each other, most of the work is done in a certain place and you have no distraction from travelling from one place to the next.
# 3 You like to meet new people and make contacts
Each of us also needs some time for ourselves to switch off and to deal with our own thoughts. Workations, however, live mainly from being together. With regard to your work, you can exchange ideas with like-minded people, let yourself be inspired, learn from others, share your knowledge, perhaps you will even find new customers or people with whom you will work on a project in the future. And besides working in your spare time, you have others with whom you can spend time doing what you enjoy doing.