As you probably already know, workcations are quite simple. Basically, you pack your laptop bag, fly to a distant destination, and work remotely for a few days, weeks, or even months.
So instead of answering your morning emails in an apartment in Birmingham, you could be sitting on a beach in Bermuda.
This new trend is a direct byproduct of the pandemic. The rise of remote working, coupled with a growing thirst for international travel, means that more and more employees are deciding to take multiple breaks a year and save annual leave while doing so.
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Of course, there are many things to consider before booking a job. You will need to think about jet lag, internet connection, cost of living and of course the type of adventure you are looking for.
So to help you decide, we’ve rounded up the four best places to do it.
For city dwellers: Paris, France
As the saying goes, Paris is still a good idea. Instead of visiting the city of love for a long weekend, why not stay a month (or two) and really immerse yourself in the French way of life (we imagine coffee and croissants along the Seine every morning).
If you like being part of a bustling ultra-cosmopolitan city, you really can’t beat the French capital. After all, there’s so much to do here, from an abundance of great museums and incredible parks to superb cocktail bars and top-notch restaurants. Also, people watching is off the scale.
Paris is an expensive place, but there are hotels that cater specifically to digital nomads such as The Student Hotel and Mamashelter Paris East. If you decide to visit, join a coworking space like Cozy Corner or La Cordée Coworking. It’s a great way to meet like-minded people and get insider tips about the city.
Want to stay a little longer? Wefox, the European leader in digital insurance, is hiring in town, with vacancies for Senior Machine Learning Engineer and Business Analyst (Actuarial), both available now. Additionally, you can also check out other open roles on wefox.
Best for Foodies: Austin, Texas
If you want to spend your job eating great food, then head to Texas. While Austin may be known for its legendary Tex-Mex, delicious barbecue, and outstanding breakfast tacos, there’s so much more to the state capital’s food scene. In recent years, Austin has been at the forefront of modern cuisine, and the city is also home to many amazing food trucks.
Austin is becoming a tech paradise in its own right. During the pandemic, many big tech companies moved to the Lone Star State to avoid skyrocketing rents and an impossible housing situation in Silicon Valley. As of November 2020, 35 businesses had moved or opened new facilities in the Austin area according to the Austin Chamber of Commerce.
Austin is a great place for a workcation thanks to its large remote work community. There are plenty of coworking spaces and monthly events for digital nomads to meet. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the city, and while the cost of living can be high, it matches local wages.
Want to move here instead? Indeed is currently recruiting for a number of positions in the city, including a Software Engineer III – Job Seeker and a Software Engineer position. Additionally, you can find many more open roles at Indeed here.
For Beach Lovers: Phuket, Thailand
Can you imagine swimming in crystal clear waters or lounging in a hammock during your lunch break? If so, you should consider working in beautiful Phuket, an island off the southwest coast of Thailand.
It is the best place for a beach holiday thanks to its wonderful climate. Even in the rainy season, the sun often shines and the daily temperature is usually around 35 degrees.
Because the country’s cost of living is so affordable, it’s generally an attractive location for many digital nomads.
When you add the outstanding Thai cuisine, wonderfully friendly locals, and easy access to the rest of Southeast Asia, it’s no surprise that so many people flock to this area.
Want to spend some lazy time on the beach while you code? Liberty Mutual Insurance has an opening for a fully remote senior software engineer, which might just do the trick.
For adventurers: Dublin, Ireland
Would you like to spend your evenings climbing mountains, kayaking around small desert islands, scuba diving or sailing in Dublin Bay or practicing yoga in the park? If so, Ireland’s capital might be the place for you.
Dublin isn’t known for its great weather, but it’s definitely an ideal city for adventure seekers. Coastal, it offers access to a variety of beach activities and watersports and is right next to mountainous Co Wicklow, known as ‘the Garden of Ireland’. It’s the perfect place for mountain biking, hiking or just exploring on the weekend.
The city is now one of the largest technological centers in Europe. Tech giants like Airbnb, LinkedIn and Deloitte all have bases in the city. There are also good transport links and plenty of coworking spaces such as WeWork and Huckletree. You are pretty much guaranteed good wifi anywhere in town.
Dublin is certainly not cheap. However, if you live like a local, take public transport and don’t spend all your evenings in the pub, you can make it work.
If you are considering a more permanent move, Zurich Insurance offers a range of cloud roles including Cloud Engineer (FinOps) – Cloud Business Office and Cloud Platform Engineer – or view all roles at Zurich.
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