Published on : Tuesday, September 21, 2021
As the world has slowly started reopening for travellers following more than a year of closures and restrictions, the travel and tourism industry is witnessing the emergence of new trends. One such trend in 2021 travel is the concept of workcation or working vacation. The idea of workation evolved from the post-pandemic work from home culture. The present-day remote working opportunities have prompted working individuals to work while they or travel while they work.
Therefore, workcations can be defined as a vacation in which travellers can work on the go. As the U.K. recently scrapped its amber list and simplified it’s traffic light system, several travellers are looking forward to taking a working break in and around the country. Read on to know about some of the best workcations in Europe:
An ideal blend of traditional ensemble and modern facilities, Lisbon is known for its rich heritage and popular for its many innovations created to suit contemporary demands. Located in the middle of Porto in the north and the Algarve in the south, the city is ideal for weekend escapes, making it a perfect choice for staycationers. It is also dubbed as the digital nomad headquarters in Europe and considered one of the oldest and bestest destinations to work remotely in the world. The city has a fast-paced internet connection, multiple working and co-working spaces and a vibrant nightlife for workers to stay up till the late hours. The European city is also welcoming to tourists and consists of some of the finest tourist attractions. The amenities of the city creates a proper integration among foreign workers and is a perfect destination to work while relaxing in the sun and coast.
The German capital is yet another perfect destination for a wholesome workcation. Known as the European centre of entrepreneurship, the capital has turned out to be an extremely dynamic international hub for working tourists. The great pool of talent, the huge start-up scene and rich culture has facilitated the city to be more welcoming to travellers seeking a workcation destination. Berlin is beaming with opportunities, MICE facilities, activities, tourist attractions, bars, restaurants, exhibitions, shows, gigs and performances at almost every turn. It is known for its internationalism and tolerance, lively nightlife, its many cafés, clubs, street art, and numerous museums and palaces. The city has introduced an array of co-living and co-working venues as well as hotels with some of the finest workstations and business centers. Moreover, the German Working Holiday Visas allow tourists to live and work in the country for up to 1 year without requiring to have a sponsored job lined up before arrival. It is a fantastic way to travel and experience a completely new culture while earning money to support the travels.
Considered to be one of Europe’s top cosmopolitan cities, Barcelona has something to offer for every traveller. With an excellent infrastructure and great geographical position, it has recently become a top choice for working travellers. Barcelona welcomes tourists from all corners of the globe and all walks of life. The fact that the city is home to over 300,000 expats, which also makes up 20% of the city’s population, has made it even more suitable for workcationers. The 22@District or Barcelona’s Silicon Valley also provides a great opportunity for career push. The neighborhood hosts universities, research and training center startups and cutting-edge technology companies, with more than 35,000 businesses moving into the innovative district since its foundation in 2000. The environment in itself has become perfectly suited for the city to be an ideal workcation.
The Hungarian capital has been previously voted as one of the places to live in Europe as a remote worker. Budapest is a city that is perfectly suited for the new digital world. With work-friendly cafes, numerous co-working spaces and hi-speed Wi-Fi, the city is ideal for a workcation. Working travellers can easily spend the day getting their much-needed work done before heading off to relax in one of the city’s fantastic natural thermal baths or seeing one of its many attractions. Most of the co-working spaces cost between $70 and $100 for a monthly pass. Kubik Coworking and Impact Hub are two of the city’s most popular spaces for workcationers, while Komodor Working is for the ones who’d prefer an offbeat venue to work. The city also has several online expat groups and expact events arranged for the workcationer community.
As Poland’s second city, Krakow is quite popular among tourists and comes with an amalgamation of medieval buildings and contemporary architecture. The presence of a plethora of co-working spaces in the city center clubbed with plenty of cultural activities including the grande Wawel Royal Castle and Cathedral, and an exciting social scene, especially around Market Square, makes the city ideal for working vacations or workcations. It is also one of the cheapest cities to visit in Europe, which automatically becomes feasible for working travellers. The city also has free public Wi-Fi, charming cafes and hot-desking 24/7 spaces like Bioro and Cluster CoWork, all of which serve as flexible working venues for travellers. Groups like Krakow Expats Directory and The Real Krakow Expats regularly host events and meetups for expats to get mingling and are always welcoming to workcationers.
Often known as the start-up capital of the world, Tallinn has become one of the most popular choices to have an ideal workcation. Sitting at a crossroads of Baltic, Scandanavian, and Central European cultures, Estonia has developed a unique culture of its own. The capital city of Tallinn is full of fairytale-esque architecture and is bursting with history. Meanwhile, it also boasts several co-working spaces, including Spring Hub and Regus and reliable internet connection throughout the city. The city offers great places to work as well as incredible attractions to unwind and relax. Being comparatively smaller than the average capital city, it is easy to mingle with the community vibes in charming Tallinn.
Bucharest is the capital and largest city of Romania as well as its cultural, industrial, and financial centre. Over the years the city has built a strong scene for MICE travellers and remote workers. Romania’s vibrant and bustling capital has made a big comeback in recent years and has a lot to offer for telecommuters. It has one of the fastest Wi-Fi speeds in the world at 54 Mbps, a key factor for attracting workcations. Moreover, the city has cheap transportation fair making communication easy so that workcationers can effortlessly travel between their workstation and tourist attractions to unravel the city.
Despite being a tourism hotspot for leisure travellers, the capital of Spain also serves as a major destination of interest for travellers looking forward to have a workcation. With incredible infrastructure, affordable apartments, and an additional siesta in the afternoon, Madrid offers a balanced lifestyle that is sought after by many working travellers around the world. The city boasts excellent Wi-Fi connectivity through its work-friendly apartments and many co-working spaces, creating the perfect working environment. Travellers can visit The Shed or Spaces coworking offices to find other fellow remote workers. Madrid is a friendly city with a large and established community of expats. Meeting both locals and other workcationers is extremely easy for the online groups, friendly locals, and regular community meet-ups.