For the past seven months, the Covid lockdown has forced all of us inside our houses. After all, social isolation and distancing remains the best way to keep the coronavirus at bay. So, working from home has become the norm for most of us. But all the months of being stuck at home may have left you yearning for a change of scenery. What if you could combine the joys of traveling but not compromise on your work as well? That’s where the concept of workation comes in.
Workation means exactly what it says – a combination of work and vacation. The nature of work has changed drastically with the advent of the Internet and technological advances. So, for working, pretty much all you need is an uninterrupted Internet connection and a laptop. If you have that, does it matter if you’re working while stretched out in a beach in Goa or while breathing in the cool mountain air of Mussoorie? Not at all! That’s what workation is all about – take your work with you to a quaint destination.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that we recommend traveling anywhere just yet. The coronavirus is still around and the risk of infection remains real. But if you’re determined to have a workation, remember to take all the necessary precautions.
The Best Places For Your Workation
The places we have chosen for your workation are those which strictly follow government protocol with regards to Covid. So naturally, they become the best places for you to combine work with pleasure safely.
If you’re looking for a safe workation that’s not too heavy on your wallet, then Zostel is perfect for you. Zostel has its presence in over 44 cities across India. So depending on your tastes, you could rent a place for yourself pretty much in all corners of the nation. Zostel has developed work-friendly spaces at highly-discounted prices. Also, if you want, you can prepare your own meals (make sure that you consult the staff before this). All the Zostel properties are compliant with the sanitation and hygiene standards pertaining to Covid, with the staff trained to deal with emergencies.
One thing to note though, Zostel provides dormitory services. Since social distancing is of paramount importance, we recommend that you avail yourself of a dorm that runs at 50% occupancy for a premium.
For the budget-minded person who wishes to work in northern India, goSTOPS is the way to go. They’re all prepared for the workation with packages ranging from 7 to 30-day stays. With dedicated working areas and recreational zones, goSTOPS has ensured to make a workation as pleasurable as possible. Taking into account the pandemic, all goSTOPS dorms have reduced capacity to ensure social distancing along with all the hygiene norms – be it temperature checks, frequent fumigation, sanitation and the likes.
Linger Locations has properties in Coorg, Sakleshpur, Palampur and Vijaypur open for workations. So if you consider a hill station as the perfect spot to get in touch with nature and work at the same time, Linger Locations would offer you just that. Linger takes great pride in being as little disruptive to the local flora and fauna and the local people as possible. And you’re expected to follow suit.
The workation packages provide twin-sharing basis. So it goes without saying that you’ll be greatly isolated from people, so this would be perfect for a workation during Covid.
Tree Of Life Resorts And Hotels
If you find your peace of mind in the serene mountains and the lush forests, the luxurious spaces offered by the Tree of Life Resorts and Hotels may be for you. These properties, located in Binsar and Ranthambore, are far from the hustle and bustle of city life – awesome for social distancing. But you’re assured to get unlimited Internet access for all your work needs. Additionally, the Tree of Life has put in place the Covid safety regulations with discreet staff offering personalized services, making your workation fruitful and enjoyable.
If you don’t mind splurging and would love to live in a splendid villa for your workation, we’ll probably see you at SaffronStays. This chain of villas are in proximity to major locations including Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Bengaluru and Goa – thus making for ideal getaway locations for a workation for the city-dwellers. If you want to bring your pet along, by all means you can do that here!
The SaffronStays villas declare themselves prepared for Covid with a number of precautions and policies to minimize risk of Covid as much as possible. Make sure that you adhere to them for a hassle-free workation.
The Preparation For A Workation
Choosing A Destination
It’s easy enough to decide that you want to pack your bags and set out to an idyllic location to have a nice time. However, a workation during these trying times requires a lot more planning. The main reason for you to want a workation is to have a change of scenery, so what you’d want to do is look for a destination that’s drastically different from where you live. For instance, if you live in a city, maybe you could consider a hill station or a beachfront. Staying away from tourist hotspots is the best, as you want to be as isolated from others as possible.
Note that in this pandemic situation, different countries have different rules with respect to quarantine. So, it’s best that you look at local destinations.
Internet And Technological Access
This is where the ‘work’ part of workation comes in. While you want to be isolated from people, what you don’t want is to be disconnected from your work. The place where you plan to have a workation must have high-speed Wi-Fi. This shouldn’t be much of a problem now as workations are gaining popularity in India, so the hotels and villas have adapted to this shift in the travelers’ preferences. But as a precaution, have a high-speed mobile network/dongle.
You obviously need to carry your work paraphernalia – laptop, charger, headphones and the likes. Keep a power bank and an extension cord, just in case. You don’t want to be forced to take a day off unnecessarily.
Getting Accustomed To A Workation
If you’re new to workation, it’s quite possible that you’d find it difficult to adjust to a whole new place. Make sure that you inform your boss/team about your workation and decide on your working hours, if need be. Ensure that you prepare a schedule for yourself so that you can optimize your working and leisure hours to make the most of your workation.
How Long To Stay
Ideally, a workation means that you want to stay at one place for more than two weeks. Changing locations every couple of days would leave you fatigued. This means that you’d find it difficult to get in the frame of mind for working or even enjoying your workation destination. This is where the ‘vacation’ part of workation comes in. You want to explore the place and take in the sights and sounds too. If you stick to your aforementioned schedule, you can have both!
We reiterate this: the coronavirus hasn’t gone yet and is here to stay for quite a long while. So whatever you decide to do, you shouldn’t risk yourself or anyone around you. Make sure that you follow all the social distancing norms and sanitize your hands regularly. Co-operate with the Covid safety procedures followed by the hotel staff. Also, remember to carry the corona self-declaration form and have the Aarogya Setu app installed on your phone.
Taking all these into account, you can set out to have a dream balance between work and holiday in your favorite destination.