Coworking Vacation: You Definitely Should Mix Business & Pleasure
The general consensus is that you shouldn’t mix business with pleasure. When it comes to starting a new company with your best friend, that’s probably solid advice. However, if you can take a vacation without taking time off from your day job, why wouldn’t you? Coworking vacation is now a thing.
The recent changes we’ve seen in response to the flexible workspaces provide a means to work, network, and still generate cash flow while you see new places (and get away from the monotony of your daily grind).
Here’s a look at what you might expect if you decide on a coworking vacation or a remote year of travel.
A Quick Peek at Coworking Across the Globe
Coworking is a setup for entrepreneurs, freelancers, and employees from multiple companies to work in one shared space. Here, professional remote workers can take advantage of the opportunity to intermingle with other professionals in adjacent industries and positions to open opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have.
By 2028, Coworking is expected to account for 15% of total office space globally. The pandemic may have created a need for even more flexible office options. 31% of previously-employed workers transitioned to remote work by April 2020. Since then, the trend has continued to fluctuate.
Many professionals, students, teachers, and healthcare practitioners are making permanent and semi-permanent transitions to remote lifestyles. Some are even planning their remote year itinerary with extended coworking vacations.
What are the Benefits of Coworking?
It’s no secret that people thrive in flexible office space environments. But, some of the advantages of coworking might surprise you. Here’s a short list.
- Higher productivity
- Increased creativity
- Cost savings
- Less loneliness & isolation
- Powerful networking
Furthermore, coworking provides an alternative for companies and professionals who might be fighting the push and pull of the COVID-19 pandemic. With coworking, people don’t need to pay high prices for traditional office spaces that can only be used sometimes.
Instead they can get memberships, for reasonable rates, that enable them to work with others during times when it is safe to do so. The best part is that they can do so while traveling the world to experience new cultures and wide open spaces without giving up their productivity.
7 Coworking Vacation Destination Ideas
Coworking spaces are located all over the world. More and more are popping up all the time. If you don’t already have a destination in mind, we’ve got you covered. Here are some ideas for fun destinations to add to your coworking vacation or remote year itinerary.
1. Panama City, Panama
After you’re done checking out the Panama canal and Monkey island, you can get to work in one of Panama City’s several coworking spaces. Then, get back to your vacation and enjoy the awesome weather and friendly culture of the city.
2. Bend, Oregon
If you like to ski, Mt. Bachelor is a short drive from the city and open from mid-November through the end of May. When it’s time to work, you have a few coworking space options here. In between, take a hike through the Deschutes National Forest any time of year.
Read more about coworking spaces in Bend, Oregon.
3. San José, Costa Rica
You can take advantage of the eco-tourism and wonderful weather (which is best during the dry season from mid-December to April) while you work in San Jose, Costa Rica. Plus, this destination will give you an excuse to brush-up on your Spanish.
4. Denver, Colorado
Another cool destination for ski-lovers is Denver Colorado. The popular resorts are actually a few hours away, so you may have to limit your snow time to a day or two. The rest of the time, you can work and visit the Zoo, botanical gardens, or one of the city’s several museums.
5. Bali, Indonesia
Home to some of the world’s best surfing and adventures, Bali, Indonesia is another great place to take a coworking vacation. Stay for a week or a month. Swim, relax, hike, worship, and work while you’re here.
Read more about coworking experiences in Bali.
Find more resources about Bali coworking spaces:
- Coworking spaces in Bali: Where digital nomads can work remotely with fast Wi-Fi & strong coffee
- Top 10 Coworking Spaces In Bali
- 7 Coworking spaces in Bali for Digital Nomads
6. Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa doesn’t offer a traditional safari experience in the city. But, on your days off, that experience is only a couple of hours away. In the meantime, you can cowork and see some world-famous sights like Table Mountain.
7. Chicago, Illinois
If you’ve been dreaming of the windy city, Chicago has you covered with flexible office space you can use for work while you play. Be sure to check out Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium while you’re here.
Workbox Chicago offers more than your traditional coworking space with business acceleration to help you take your operations to the next level.