Workation: The ultimate trend for work-life balance

Updated: Jun 22


As the global workforce is no longer confined to the conventional 9 to 5 and five days in the office, the trend of remote working and working from home (WFH) has truly settled in. After 2+ years of the WFH life, we as humans, are starting to feel numb and are desperate for a change of scenery.


Rooftop pool at HOMA Phuket Town


Starting with the knock-on effect from travelers who often extend their vacation by staying an extra week or two to work remotely; this demand has triggered a new wave of a remote work lifestyle known as “Workcation”.


For you the better understand the ‘workation’ trend that is catching on globally, we’ll have to define what it is first.


What is workation?


Workation or Workcation is an exciting combination between work and vacation. It allows employees to switch up their work environment from their usual desk to a new refreshing destination. A study from Forbes indicates that employee performance increases up to 40% when workers have autonomy via location independence and have more flexibility over their work-life. So whether you’re working from the beach, cafes, or a tropical resort, a workation trip can be the solution for you to produce the best outcome.


As the trend picks up momentum, many countries have begun to adopt policies that support ‘workation tourism’. Since late 2020, Dubai has sprung up into a popular destination for workationers. The Dubai tourism board and UAE cabinet approved a new Remote Visa Scheme to welcome employees from all over the world to work remotely from the UAE.


So if your company is still hesitant about this idea, maybe it’s time for you to start asking questions. After all, “If you trusted an individual enough to hire them, you also should trust them to get work done when and where they prefer.” - Anne Donovan in Havard Business Review.


Benefits of workation


Similar to remote working, companies that allow their employees the workation experience often lead to better productivity in work outcomes, a good work-life balance, and a boost in company morale. Here are the main benefits of workation;


Benefits of workation
Benefits of workation

  • Workation allows workers the freedom to spend more time visiting faraway family members

  • A good change of environment helps reduce stress from work-related matters without having to take any annual leave

  • Good for team-building and helps employees easily bond with their colleagues

  • Stimulates inspiration and motivation for employees leading to better productivity

  • Elevates the employees' time management skills through a flexible work schedule

  • Workation acts as an initiative to attract potential employees and reduces turnover rate through employee satisfaction

  • Creates opportunity to meet and connect with new people within the same work lifestyle

  • the number of coworking spaces, and tourist-friendly activities within the city, along with The option to enhance global travel and discover new experiences

Professions suitable for workation


Due to the flexible nature of workation, it has become more popular among professions that can function digitally and do not require a physical presence in the office rather than those that demand on-site attendance to sign contracts or close a deal. Therefore, the ideal job for this concept includes; digital writers, designers, bloggers, developers, and marketing positions that allow online meetings.

To put it in simple terms, it is basically roles that rely on a fully-online workload.


Apart from the job function itself, the individual must also be fluent in communication skills to synchronize with team members digitally while maintaining an organized work schedule.


Best places for workation


In 2021, Holidu's Workation Index ranked 150 cities worldwide as the best places to work remotely. The report considers factors such as monthly rental prices, WiFi speed, the average amount of sunlight each day, number of coworking spaces, and tourist-friendly activities within the city along with taking reviews over 4 stars from BestCities.org and Tripadvisor.co.uk into consideration.


Their research concluded with 2 major cities in Thailand ranking in the top 10, with the bustling Bangkok city at number 1 and a more relaxed Phuket at number 10.


Nai Harn Beach - Phuket
Nai Harn Beach - Phuket

Top 10 cities for Workation in 2021;


1. Bangkok, Thailand

2. New Dehli, India

3. Lisbon, Portugal

4. Barcelona, Spain

5. Buenos Aires, Argentina

6. Budapest, Hungary

7. Mumbai, India

8. Istanbul, Turkey

9. Bucharest, Romania

10. Phuket, Thailand


Workation at HOMA Phuket Town


A report from Booking.com suggests that almost 40% of travelers have already considered working from a different destination with 60% of Thai workers already adopting the workation trend since 2021.


HOMA Phuket Town recognizes the demands of workationers. That’s why we provide an onsite coworking space that is fully equipped with high-speed WiFi, individual soundproof pods, and meeting rooms that are readily available 24/7. Apart from this, HOMA is pet-friendly, offers daily fitness classes and assistance with tourist visa extensions; ideal for workationers to be on top of their remote working schedule while having easy access to beaches and the tropical island of Phuket as a whole.





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