A workcation is one of the biggest travel trends of 2023.
This hybrid term combining “work” and “vacation” is exactly what it sounds like – a trip where you’re also working for some or all of the time.
Workcations can take different forms. For example, you might take a week of vacation time but then stay in your destination for another week working. Or you might not use any vacation time and just work from a destination while exploring on the weekends.
According to a recent report, 30% of American workers plan to take a workcation this year.
With more employees able to work remotely than ever before, this trend will only continue to grow.
Here are the best destinations for a workcation this year:
Mexico is by far one of the best workcation destinations for North American workers. If you’re looking to “test the waters” of a workcation, this is a great place to go.
Not only is Mexico just a short flight from North America, but it also shares the same time zones, so you won’t have to worry about the time difference when working remotely. You can also find fast WiFi speeds throughout the country for getting work done.
Whether you love exploring vibrant cities or relaxing on the beach, Mexico is the perfect destination for a workcation.
2. Costa Rica
Costa Rica is another great place to go for a workcation.
This Central American country is in the Central Time Zone, which is convenient for North American workers. It’s a popular place for remote workers and digital nomads, so you won’t be hard-pressed to find accommodations with good WiFi and workspaces.
And when you’re done with work, you can spend time surfing on the beach or exploring the biodiverse jungles of Costa Rica.
For a remote work vacation in Europe, look no further than Portugal. Unlike most of Europe, Portugal is only five hours ahead of the Eastern Time Zone.
So while remote workers from North America may need to work later hours than normal, it still leaves plenty of time for exploring in the morning and even going out for a late dinner as the locals do after work.
From beautiful cities like Lisbon and Porto to laidback beaches, Portugal has something for everyone. It’s also a very affordable country compared to the rest of Western Europe.
Ecuador is one of the best destinations for remote workers in South America. This relatively compact country boasts vibrant cities, impressive volcanoes, tropical jungles, and laidback beaches.
The country is in the Eastern Standard Time Zone, which makes it easy for North American workers to get work done. Ecuador also uses the U.S. dollar, which is convenient for American travelers – but prices are much cheaper than what you’re used to at home.
If you can get past the time difference, which might be difficult for North American workers, Thailand is an amazing workcation destination.
It’s not hard to find fast WiFi, so you can stay connected to work during the week.
And from relaxing on the beach to exploring the food and culture of bustling Bangkok to taking in the tranquil scenery of the countryside, there’s so much to do in Thailand (not to mention it’s very affordable.)
For a workcation in the Caribbean, Curacao is an amazing choice. This Dutch Caribbean island is known for its fast WiFi speeds, especially in the colorful colonial capital of Willemstad.
But there’s plenty more to explore on this island when you’re done working, from hidden beaches to stunning coral reefs where you can snorkel and scuba dive.
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