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What is a Workcation?

Lexi profile pictureLexiMay 16, 2024

Workcations or working vacations are becoming popular by virtue of the pursuit of work-life harmony and the flexibility provided by remote jobs.

The concept is simple: people looking for the perfect combination of vacationing somewhere inspiring without compromising their work-life balance, and employers looking for a number of benefits by sending their employees to a workation.

What is a Workation?

A workation (the word is coined from the words "vacation" and "work") is an extended stay somewhere inspiring where you perform your usual duties only remotely. It's not about staying put for a week or two and then returning back to your routine in the office or home office.  

Workcations vary in length (from a week or two up to several months) and are increasingly popular amongst digital nomads. As we know, this is a community of highly-motivated and goal-oriented people.

A number of factors make workcations attractive to the latter group: working remotely allows you to optimize your time so that you're staying away for more extended periods.

Here are some of the benefits of workcationing:

#1: You're not losing time.

The first significant benefit is that you can do everything you do at home, only from an exotic location. This means that your productivity shouldn't take a hit (as long as you're disciplined and motivated).  You can even do more work from the location you're staying at.

#2: You can stay longer in a specific place.

When compared to regular vacations, there's no need for constant traveling back and forth between destinations since your workplace is wherever you are (and where you have internet access).  

#3: You're not wasting vacation days.

Instead, you're spending your time doing the things that matter to you: work and play. As a result, you get to make your life incredibly interesting without putting your career on hold. 

#4: You can maintain your usual schedule.

Often in a normal vacation, one may compromise health routines to get in all the sights and delicious food before returning to work. Alternatively, a workcation will allow you to maintain your usual schedule. This means there's no need to give up on certain types of activities like exercising before work.  

#5: You're staying productive and meeting people.

When you stay in a new location, your interactions with the people will also open up opportunities for personal growth that perhaps didn't exist otherwise such as soaking up the arts in a different city. These activities can enrich your life in ways that would not be available when confined to one location.  


Some challenges which may arise when going on a workcation are accessibility to the internet, and a desk setup conducive to productivity. Check ahead of time to make sure your accommodations meet these standards to have a relaxing and productive time!

Wander Homes are a great option for a workcation with fast internet. From Wander Bandon Dunes to Wander Tahoe Slopes, each home comes with adjustable to standing desks, Herman Miller ergonomic chairs, wide-screen monitors, keyboard, mouse, microphone, and laptop hook-ups.

Going on a workcation is a way for remote-eligible professionals to explore the world while staying productive. It's about finding a balance between work and play, which don't have to be mutually exclusive.

Wander offers the best of both worlds. Contact our concierge desk to know more about our properties.

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