Working vacation – sounds like an oxymoron right? this is a term we keep hearing more and more , but now is the time to explore what it really is all about.
Traditionally, people take vacations to step away from work and the reality of daily life. It’s the one time in a year when they don’t have to worry about getting to work on time, answering work emails and meeting deadlines. However, working vacations are becoming increasingly popular nowadays. These are vacations that people take without completely unplugging from work. It has now become very possible for a worker to go on vacation and still carry out their workplace tasks. Of course, like every other evolving sector nowadays, digitalization has a lot to do with this.
If you’ve never heard of it before, you may wonder exactly how this kind of vacation works. Most people who work on vacations either seek seasonal jobs in the places where they travel, can carry out most of their office tasks through a computer, or are digital freelancers. Here are some bits of advice from traveling pros on how to do it right:
Make a schedule
Work is the last thing on anyone’s mind when they get to their scenic getaway. Only making a schedule and sticking to it will ensure that you don’t run off to the beach and forget that you have work to do. Make clear boundaries between your relaxation and working hours. Just think of all the fun you’ll have after you complete your tasks, and you’ll get double the motivation. Also, it’s a lot easier to relax when you know you’re already done with work.
Seek conducive accommodations
If you’re going to be working on your computer, it’s important that you seek accommodations that give you a conducive working environment. Of course, a strong internet connection should be your first priority. If you work better in a quiet place, ensure that the place where you’re staying gives you that. You can work in your hotel room, balcony, a nearby park, café, on the beach or whichever other place allows you to concentrate.
Alert co-workers and clients
When you make a schedule, you should do your best to ensure that your work does not get in the way of your vacationing, and vice versa. To better ensure this, let your work colleagues and clients know at what time of the day you’ll be available. This saves you from the agony of having to check your email every now and then. You’ll be able to completely switch off from work during your relaxation hours without feelings of anxiety.
Ensure you have little workload
It’s difficult for a working vacation to feel like a vacation at all if you have the same workload from daily life. To avoid this, work extra hard before your vacation – and plan to work extra harder after it – so that you can have as much relaxation time as possible. After all, it’s a working vacation and should have a difference from your usual work days.
A working vacation is one of the best things that ever happened to adventure lovers. You get to satisfy your wanderlust while at the same time taking care of your bills.