Top 2023 workation destinations
With remote work policies coming into the mainstream, remote workers are the new tourists. Governments are adapting their visa policies to support extended stays for remote work, and an increasing number of workers are taking advantage of their employers’ remote work policies, enabling them to work from all around the world. There are a number of benefits—both for you and your work—by travelling around your 9-5. We came up with 7.
Many countries are still open to travel, and hotels offer deals to attract travellers looking to book extended stays. Here are 5 of the best places to consider for your working holiday this year. (Before you book, ensure you’re up to date on travel restrictions for departure and arrival countries. UK travel restrictions and guidelines are available on the government website.)
Visiting Italy over a few weeks rather than a matter of days gives you the time to immerse yourself in la bella Bellatruly. Where a short city break may leave you deciding between a chilled-out pasta-making class and a day trip to Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius, a long stay gives you time to enjoy the best of everything. Go back to the Renaissance in the Emilia-Romagna region, full of striking architecture. Go coastal to Monopoli, the ‘heel of Italy’s boot, for breathtaking sea views. Sail along the canal in Venice and treat yourself to slurpy spaghetti dinners or pizzas sizzling with cheese.
Hotels that offer long stay in Italy
Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa
Is island life for you? As if waking up to the glittering Aegean sea, honey drizzled over some greek yoghurt, and a fresh cup of coffee wasn’t enough, Greece has so much to offer. Hark back to the beginning of civilisation as we know it at the Acropolis, sail from the coast in Kallithéa to explore the island of Samos. Absorb the best of what the country has to offer; glorious ancient ruins, soft sandy beaches, and cuisine from Moussaka to tzatziki and hot feta.
Hotels that offer long stays in Greece
Grecotel Mykonos Blu Boutique Resort
This East African haven is all about scenic beauty and sprawling wildlife reserves, with parades of elephants, rhinos and leopards. But Kenya is about much more than animals and vast national parks—there are also some wonderful hiking opportunities and crystal clear waters at Diani Beach, perfect for a refreshing post-work swim.
Hotels that offer long stays in Kenya
South Africa is ideal for nature enthusiasts, explorers and animal lovers. It’s got a beachy coastline with sparkling blue and white beaches, waters filled with hippos, sharks, and whales, nature reserves prowling with regal wildlife, and peaks with views a hiker can only dream of, like the Cape of Good Hope or the Blyde River Canyon. Find that work-life balance in the hills of Drakensburg, where days are productive, quiet, and that little bit calmer—even from the “office”—and evenings are spent lounging on a balcony overlooking the green nature scapes.
Hotels that offer long stays in South Africa
21 Nettleton Boutique Hotel & Luxury Residence
The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa
A little slice of paradise on the Indian Ocean, Tanzania is a nature domino—the beach flows into the safari and then flows into the mountains. With surreal scenery and animals roaming coastal plains, it looks like it could be Photoshopped. Experience luxury Kiwengwa-style, where the ocean is so pure you can see the sandy seabed as you swim.
Long-stay hotel deals in Tanzania
Hotel Verde Zanzibar – Azam Luxury Resort and Spa
Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas and Spa – Relais Chateaux
Extended stays: The new way to travel
With the remote work trend in full swing, many hotels are equipping themselves with facilities suited to work, so now it’s commonplace to have access to co-working spaces and high-speed WiFi.
Opting for long-stay travel means you can reap the benefits of a hotel experience, the beautiful change of scenery outside your window, and the perks that usually come with negotiating multi-week stays—from free breakfasts, extra restaurant discounts, or a complimentary bottle of wine here and there.
It’s important to stay safe while travelling. Keep up to date with measures, restrictions, and requirements of your country of residence and your planned destination.