Barefoot workcations have benefits for the individual and their employer. While relaxing and being surrounded by nature, you’ll likely feel inspired and focused. With an improved mood, your creativity is likely to surge. With 77 percent of employees reporting burnout one or more times in their careers, work-life balance is more important than ever.
The following are the top eight destinations for barefoot workcations:
Known for its sunny beaches and vibrant culture, you can’t beat Bali for a memorable workcation. The island is friendly to remote workers with plenty of co-working spaces. Bali also has one of the fastest island internet speeds at 25 Mbps. The cost of vacationing and working in the country is also low, with resorts charging very reasonable accommodation rates.
After work, explore the island’s pristine beaches or dine at one of the seaside restaurants.
Although Portugal as a whole is a good workcation option, many digital nomads prefer to stay away from the high cost of living areas like Lisbon or Porto. Instead, head to the more affordable but still stunning Madeira. With a year-round pleasant climate, the city has historic sites and picturesque beaches.
In Madeira, remote workers can find hybrid housing and workstation accommodations for rent. The city is also known to have breakneck internet speeds and safe areas to work.
Costa Rica has several areas that appeal to digital nomads. Among the favorites are:
- San Jose
- Playa Hermosa
- Santa Teresa
Costa Rica’s rich landscape allows you to work from anywhere: the mountains, the rainforest, and the beach. Costa Rica has a laidback vibe, but remote workers can take advantage of many resources, including reliable internet and a low monthly cost of living.
Goa permits remote workers to stay productive while enjoying unparalleled views of the Arabian Sea. The diverse culture and proximity to some of the best beaches in the world hold mass appeal. Beachfront cafes and resorts in Goa are the perfect place to get your work done.
Bangalore is another option in India for remote workers. The city is often called the “Silicon Valley of India” because of its tech-savvy culture. I also enjoy working from India:
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Tulum is considered a hidden gem by the digital nomad community. The destination blends breathtaking Mayan landmarks, crystal-clear waters, and lush rainforests. Most co-working spaces are found along the beachfront area in the city. Boutique hotels also offer a good place for remote workers to set up shop.
Greece has recently gone through a resurgence in popularity as a workcation destination. Greece is a very safe country with a low incidence rate of violent crimes. The stunning Greek islands and rich cultural landscape make it ideal for work during the day and play at night. Increasing fiber optic technology has improved the country’s internet speed, with over 90 percent of 5G coverage in major cities.
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiang Mai offers affordable living in a gorgeous paradise filled with friendly locals. Find low-cost monthly rental costs and an option to reserve one of the many co-working spaces around town. Founded in the 13th century, Chiang Mai offers the chance to explore Buddhist temples and national parks.
Maui has a relaxed atmosphere—making it desirable to any remote worker looking for a chance to unwind while still meeting their responsibilities. Depending on your needs and budget, Maui has practical and luxurious rental options. Find co-working spaces around the island or work at one of the major beachfront resorts.
Tips to Make a Workcation Go Smoothly
Never underestimate the importance of cybersecurity on a barefoot workcation. Workcations often feature connecting to public Wi-Fi—a known source of cyber-attacks. One strategy to consider is using a VPN and a fixed IP address.
A fixed IP address, or a static IP address, is permanently assigned to a device or network and will not change over time. Static IP addresses work well for tools like virtual private networks (VPNs) that encrypt your internet connection. Users can connect to a company’s server remotely and access work files and other materials. Security is also improved since access controls and firewalls are easier to set up.
A Few Final Words
Barefoot workcations provide a glimpse into the future of work and play. They show that it’s possible to work effectively while enjoying the beauty of nature. And with the latest advancements in cybersecurity tools, employees can conquer the world while pursuing their career goals.