Bangkok ranked No. 1 on a new checklist of top international “workation” locations from Holidu.co.uk.
As telecommuting has confirmed vital, sensible and long-lasting for many amid the pandemic, a widespread thought’s been occurring to workers worldwide — why do business from home when you can work by a seashore, or at a Parisian café?
Working whereas on trip, or a “workation” — whether or not a lengthy weekend, week, month or extra —could also be extra standard and widespread than ever, and U.Ok.-based trip search engine Holidu.co.uk has compiled a checklist of the top cities worldwide for “mixing business and pleasure.”
“The events of the past year and a half have completely shifted the ways in which we work, showing us that we don’t always have to be in the office five days a week to do our jobs,” mentioned Sarah Siddle, public relations and advertising supervisor at Holidu. “A workation is the perfect way to spend an extended period of time in a destination you want to explore without the limitations of staying within yearly holiday allowances.”
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Holidu’s Workation Index for 2021 ranked 150 cities as working trip locations utilizing elements starting from the month-to-month hire on a one-bedroom condo and value of after-work drinks to common hours of sunshine, wi-fi speeds and the variety of “things to do” rated 4 stars or above. (The eight knowledge sources used included FinestCities.org and Tripadvisor.co.uk.)
Bangkok, Thailand tops the checklist this 12 months, adopted by New Delhi, India; Lisbon, Portugal; Barcelona, Spain; and — tied at No. 5 — Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Budapest, Hungary. The Thai capital ranks first due to its reasonably priced value of dwelling, excessive diploma of English-language proficiency, vary of points of interest and wealth of world-class services and multinational company places of work, in response to Holidu.
“All the cities that secured top spot places managed to do so mostly due to their very affordable cost of living, with the price of accommodation, food and drinks offering extremely attractive prices,” Siddle mentioned. “On top of this, these cities are cultural hotspots in their own rights, all offering an array of amazing things to see and do.”
No U.S. metropolis cracked the top 20; Los Angeles positioned highest at No. 30.
In addition to L.A., Las Vegas, San Francisco, San Diego and Chicago all ranked above New York. The Big Apple does come first for weekend actions and is No. 2 worldwide for co-working areas, simply behind London.
San Francisco and San Diego have been third and fourth globally for distant wi-fi connectivity, and Phoenix and Las Vegas positioned fourth and fifth, respectively, for “duration of sunshine.” (Holidu has printed the full list online.)
The phenomenon of the “digital nomad” working from wherever possible could have endurance, in response to Siddle.
“We expect to see this trend rise over the next few years as more companies are giving employees the flexibility to continue to work while they take longer trips abroad, in turn resulting in a better work-life balance,” she mentioned.
For its half, travel-organizing app TripIt from Concur present in a latest evaluation of reserving knowledge that longer stays at lodgings — each in the eight- to 13-day and 14-plus-day home windows — are 10 instances higher in comparison with 2019, a outcome partly attributable to prospects combining enterprise and leisure.
“Eighty-nine percent of global business travelers said they would add personal vacation time onto their trips in the next 12 months, and that’s pretty significant,” mentioned Jen Moyse, senior director, product at TripIt in San Francisco.
Of workations particularly, it is “a trend” for which TripIt has “a lot of anecdotal evidence,” she added. “We live in a tech hub here, so that’s definitely something we’re hearing from friends and family.”
There are legal and tax implications to contemplate when working away out of your metropolis or nation of residence, nonetheless. “Of course, there are a few things to consider, like tax rules and regulations, but companies are beginning to outline official guidelines and advice for employees regarding just how much time abroad they can spend working, making the process that bit easier,” Siddle mentioned.