Workation — How to travel while working remotely 🤩 | Grab a Coffee ☕️ #23

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We’re in mid-July right now, and I’ve already spent six weeks traveling this year - without actually using any time from my PTO. How did I do that? Well, thanks to workation.
I work location-independently and can therefore choose where I sit in front of my laptop. Thus, in March I lived in an apartment in South Tyrol for two weeks and watched the remaining snow melt in the spring sun. In mid-May I left for a 4-week trip to the Lofoten Islands in Norway. This time it was a mix of vanlife and AirBnB. And there’s planned even more.
The topic of today is working and traveling at the same time, or in other words: Workation! 

What is workation?
Workation is a mixture of the words WORK and VACATION. It means that you can do your work location independent and thus combine traveling and working.
While with long-term workation one spends several months at one or more other places and does their work, with a medium length of stay it is usually “only” a few weeks. But also short term workation is an option. A long weekend or a week at a vacation destination, for example.
What do you need for workation?
Not everyone can do workation, that’s clear. Some jobs require a local presence and not everyone wants to combine work and travel.
But to be able to do that, you definitely need a location-independent job. Often these jobs are in the tech industry, but also authors or consultants often work remotely.
Additionally, it is important that you have a good internet connection. Co-working spaces can now be found in many larger and smaller cities in Europe, making it easier to find a good connection. But there are also other forms of mobile internet, for example if you are traveling in your own van.
Work and Van Life: how do you do it with mobile internet?
And what else? In any case, a lot of flexibility and a lot of desire to explore, then you’re ready to go. But where to?
Where to go for workation?
the greater the choice, the more the effort! So where to go for workation? Since I don’t fly for climatic reasons, my range of movement is somewhat smaller. When I do workation myself, it’s always been in Europe.
But you are not alone with the question of the right destination for you and of course someone has already taken care of this problem. On Nomad List you can find many helpful tips on places that are very popular with digital nomads or workationists.
Nomad List - Best Places to Live for Digital Nomads
Pros and cons of working and traveling
PROS
  • You can discover new places even when you are not on vacation
  • You can stay longer in one place and get to know the culture better
  • Foreign places often stimulate creativity, even for your own work
  • Remote work can be lonely. But on the road you can meet many new people.
CONS
  • If you rent an apartment, house or similar, there will be additional costs, which will increase your monthly expenses.
  • Not up for adventure? Then go for a home office instead. Because something always goes wrong when you’re on the road 😉
  • Workation requires a lot of organization. Plan your workation trip well and inform yourself about currency, internet, weather, co-working spaces as well as leisure activities and interesting sights. And always plan enough travel time when you are on your way to a new place.
Workation planning in a nutshell:
To make your next workation a success, here are a few tips to make the most of it:
Plan your budget - You should know your monthly expenses and how much you can and want to spend on your workation.
Pick your destination - Your choice should include the cost of living, travel options, political stability and available internet. Do you have more criteria?
Determine your travel time frame - Check your calendar to make sure that you don’t have any important on-site appointments. You should also consider the time of year and any tourist seasons in your destination country.
Find suitable accommodation - own apartment, co-living, vanlife? City or countryside? Choose your accommodation according to your own needs and make sure that you can work well on site.
Make all the important travel arrangements - including visa, vaccinations, travel restrictions, etc. Take enough time for this and research in detail.
After your arrival - Check the internet speed, set up for the first working days and start exploring your surroundings. 
Enjoy your workation time! 😎
Stop here, pack my things and go 🧳
If you’re still reading, you better stop now, get yourself a remote job and start traveling. I hope you got an overview of what workation is and how it works. Because then I have achieved my goal: sharing with others to grow together 🚀 (and drinking good coffee).
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See you next week with new topics and an amazingly good cup of coffee. ☕️
Marina 👋
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