What is a workation?


A workation is a modern concept that combines traditional work routines with the freedom and relaxation of vacationing. It emerged from the adaptability of the modern digital era, where connectivity and technology allow you to work from anywhere you have internet access. With a workation, you can experience different cultures, visit local attractions, or enjoy a new and unique environment—while still working. 

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What are the benefits of a workation?

There are many benefits of embracing the workation concept. Above all else, it provides a change of scenery. This has the potential to boost both your productivity and creativity. 

A workation can also help prevent burnout. When you fall into the same routine, day after day, there’s a greater chance of burning out on your career. Not only does this affect your ability to do your job, but it can also bog down your mental health. A workation can re-energize you.

Also, workations are typically longer than traditional vacations. This affords the opportunity to deeply immerse yourself in a different culture. You’ll have more time to explore, learn, and adapt to new experiences, which can broaden your personal and professional perspective.

Finally, a workation might improve your work-life balance. You can maintain your professional responsibilities while prioritizing personal growth and well-being, making it a potentially enriching and satisfying experience.

Workation statistics

Last year, Passport Photo Online surveyed over 1,000 Americans to better understand their thoughts on workations. Here are some of the primary takeaways:

  • 67% of Americans took a workation to recharge mentally and emotionally
  • 86% of respondents “agree” or “strongly agree” that a workation boosted their productivity 
  • 81% of respondents said that a workation helped them become more creative 
  • 69% are less likely to quit their job after taking a workation 
  • 83% “agree” or “strongly agree” that a workation helped them better cope with burnout 

Workation trends

In many ways, workation trends are shaping the future of the modern workforce. 

One of the most powerful trends is the increasing demand for remote-friendly destinations that offer reliable connectivity and work-friendly amenities. From coworking spaces in bustling cities to tranquil retreats in the countryside, there’s no shortage of destinations catering to this demand.

Another trend is the rise of workation packages offered by hospitality service providers. These packages often include accommodations, designated workspaces, high-speed internet, and other amenities essential for remote work. Many countries offer digital nomad visas to attract individuals interested in a workation, facilitating longer stays for remote workers.

Companies, too, are evolving with this trend. Many are implementing flexible policies to support workations, acknowledging their potential to boost employee morale, creativity, and productivity. 

Workation destinations

A workation can take you anywhere that has reliable internet access. From another part of your home city to the opposite side of the globe, you should consider all your options. There are a few essentials to keep in mind when deciding on a location:

  • Reliability of internet access
  • Proximity to your primary residence
  • Cost of living
  • Local business laws

Here are some of the most popular workation destinations:

  • Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Bengaluru, India
  • Medellín, Colombia
  • Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • Lima, Peru
  • Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Read our “top workation locations” blog post for more location ideas and tips for determining whether a workcation is right for you. This is just a tiny sampling of what the world offers—keep an open mind as you research and compare all your options.

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