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Trend Workation: Co-Working on Vacation

By Gabriele Kaier, 10.08.2016, Approx. 3 min reading time.

What is the meaning of the term and the concept? Workation includes the two words “work” and “vacation”. The New York Times perfectly described it in a nutshell as “A desk in Paradise”, where co-working with living in exotic locations are blended together. You could also call it businessperson’s holiday for the digital age.

What is the meaning of the term and the concept?

Workation includes the two words “work” and “vacation”. The New York Times perfectly described it in a nutshell as “A desk in Paradise”, where co-working with living in exotic locations are blended together. You could also call it businessperson’s holiday for the digital age.

This trend started approximately five years ago in reaction to a round-the-clock work mentality and the move toward more traveling while working and the rejection of traditional working schedules. Ever more young people seek a work-life balance, with more independence and flexibility. Advances in technology – predominantly thanks to fast Internet connections readily available in many locations around the world – allow people to work anywhere, yet remain connected.

Focused on working, networking and having fun together

Workation-trips are focused on working, networking and vacation in an open and combined atmosphere. Co-working with many different people, each with their diverse skill sets paves the way for driving the creative spirit.

High-speed Internet, a fully stocked office, access to a kitchen and camaraderie of other guests at barbecues, biking trips and other planned group activities –  all contribute to productivity.

Do you have what it takes?

For a workation you need to be open-minded and relish in being part of a community of shared ideas.It does not matter if you are a digital nomad, an entrepreneur or a start-up founder – the focus is on social interaction. People who seek out new spaces and creative methods of knowledge transfer are what is required.

Creative idea sharing is even suitable for companies; move the office to the beach for a week or two. Workation trips can be a great incentive for employees but also an excellent way to improve team building.

Who offers Workations?

Co-working spaces are predominantly located in sunny and warm destinations around the world. They offer the benefits of an office environment on a temporary basis. In addition to a place to sleep, have fun and mingle with colleagues.

Established travel agencies are not quite up to speed with this modern trend however. The target audience appear to search directly for their next adventure online, comparing their possible options, rather than flicking through the latest holiday brochure.

We’ve done a bit of the leg work to get you started though – take a look at some of the offerings from these providers:

Have you been on a workation or are you going anytime soon? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.

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