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Workation: Is The Combination Of Holiday And Work Possible?

Written by Paloma Arraiza

 

Work has an impact in our daily life and so does rest and free time. Days aren’t just made of office working hours, and changing workplaces often can make them much more attractive. A word has been coined to define this: workation.

Workation reflects millennial’s impact on daily work routine. It is also a positive consequence of remote working: we can work from everywhere just with a good Wi-Fi connection and a laptop. Work isn’t only the activity that provides us with money, but the way to develop professionally and personally. Therefore, why don’t we work while travelling to better places?

Achieving work objectives is the most important thing for those who choose this way of working. Instead of being tied to eight (or more) office working hours, the schedule is flexible and as soon as we finish our tasks, we can enjoy the day outside and discover new places. This is proved to increase creativity and work engagement.

There are some requirements to fulfil if we want to succeed as workationers:

  • Have a proper “to-do-list” with daily objectives.
  • Place some completely free days among the working-days.
  • Be organised to optimise the working hours.
  • Respect deadlines and clients’ requests, this is a way to transmit confidence and stability.
  • Make sure the prices in the destination are affordable according to your income. The Expatistan tool can be very helpful.

It only remains to learn a few words of the local language (when going overseas), find a cosy place with Wi-fi and make the most of the time. Maybe Workation becomes someone’s lifestyle or maybe it is just an activity for a few months. Whatever the case, it is the moment to rethink whether we work for life or life for work.

About the author

Paloma Arraiza

Paloma was born in 1989 in Southern Spain. She is currently working on her PhD in Brazil, where she is experiencing a different culture. As a passionate language learner, she could discover several cultures and lifestyles, while enjoying multi-cultural atmospheres. She has been living in three countries so far, and visited many more. In 2016, she began teaching Spanish as a second language, what allows her to know more about other cultures and backgrounds, this time thorough her students’ eyes.
As a traveller and multi-culture lover, she aims to exchange experiences and points of views to broaden her horizons.
When she isn’t teaching or learning, her other passions include being outside enjoying nature, travelling, reading books about any topic (preferably written by women with varied backgrounds) and knitting (yes, one of those ‘Grandma’s hobbies”).

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