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Best 2021 working holiday 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. In October of last year, over a third of 20,000 travellers surveyed had already been considering booking extended stays to work from different destinations, and more than half would extend any business trip so they could enjoy leisure time at their destination. 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 are offering deals to attract travellers who are looking to book extended stays. Here are 5 of the best places to consider for your working holiday this year. (Before you book, make sure you’re up to date on travel restrictions for both departure and arrival countries. UK travel restrictions and guidelines are available …

Top 9 Resorts for a Warm Getaway This Winter, From Portugal to Thailand

Looking for a winter mood booster?  If you’re craving the sunshine and all its positivity-inducing, soul-rejuvenating vitamin D benefits, you may be in need of a winter-sun getaway. Bring the summer to you with these 9 sunny winter destinations.  Spain: For the best weather Marino Tenerife Hotel On the coast of Costa del Silencio, this is the ideal tropical getaway.  SBH Fuerteventura Playa Catch some shade under a palm tree at this resort right on the beach in Costa Calma. Thailand: For the breathtaking beaches Kram Pattaya in Pattaya North Take a splash whenever you want, wherever you want at this hotel right on the water — it even has an infinity pool.  Paradise Ocean View in Bang Lamung With its rooms right on the beach, you’ll feel like you’re holidaying at the edge of the world in the most serene way possible.  Cyprus and Greece: For island living ANASTASIA in Protaras Beach or nature? This resort is located between two forests and the Mediterranean sea, so you’ll never be stuck for a view.   Yria …

Hygge: Why your travels can benefit from the popular Danish concept

Hygge: What you need to know Luisa Thomsen Brits, a writer and journalist focusing on hygge, defines it as the pleasure of simply being—having less, enjoying more, and remembering how important the act of simply living is. It’s more than just a word—it’s an integral part of Danish culture that first appeared in writing in the 18th century Contrary to what you might think, the word actually has Old Norwegian roots, where it originated from the idea of wellbeing (Jeppe Linnet, an anthropologist dedicated to researching hygge, will show you how to properly pronounce the term) The cultural concept was born with the introduction of the Danish welfare system (also known as the Scandinavian welfare model, designed to provide equal rights and access to healthcare and education for all citizens)—which also placed great emphasis on family and home values In today’s fast-paced world, hygge reminds us to slow down, rethink our work-life balance, and be more mindful in our daily activities Hygge around the world: A Danish word, a universal concept As unique as we …

Top 4 European Destinations for Ski Lovers

Ski breaks offer many rewards—from the stunning views at the tips of the high, snowy peaks; the rush of adrenaline that comes while gliding down the slopes, or the postcard-worthy hot chocolate-by-fireplace in the chalet lounge.  Switzerland  Known as one of the skiing capitals of the world, and the breathtaking views are enough to calm a first-timer’s nerves. For your non-ski-loving companions, there’s still plenty to do—explore the Matterhorn, go white water rafting, or take a tour through the mountains via train.  Our picks in Switzerland: ERMITAGE Wellness- & Spa-Hotel, Gstaad The River House Boutique Hotel, Andermatt Andermatt Reuss, Andermatt Poland Bordering with Slovakia, Czechia, and Germany, the Polish mountains are famous for their ski slopes. Nestle down into the comfy lobby sofa of your chalet with a warming mug of the region’s famous take on mulled wine, known as grzaniec Galicyjski, and some tasty pierogi. Bidroom are particular fans of the Polish mountains; we even celebrated our last year’s Christmas party there. For the voyeurs, it’s not all about the slopes—there’s plenty of hot …

Workation: 7 Reasons To Upgrade Your Work From Home Setup

This year, we’ve added a new word to our popular vocabulary Also sometimes called a work-cation, workoliday, woliday, a workation is exactly how it sounds—a blend of work and vacation. The workation trend To anyone with the option to work remotely, the benefits of taking a workation are hard to pass up. Until 2019, the image of working on a laptop with an scenic background view was almost exclusively associated with a digital nomad lifestyle. But, after navigating lockdowns and company-wide rush-transitions to remote work in 2020, now a large portion of businesses have integrated the option for remote work into their official policies.  Some big-name companies like Twitter, Amazon, and Facebook have even made permanent adjustments to include a remote work approach for the majority of their employees. Work with a view—why do it? Working from a holiday destination isn’t just about the glistening sea sparkling through your window as you check your inbox in the morning (well, okay, it kind of is). Gorgeous views aside, both you and your work can benefit significantly …

5 ways to keep the love of travel alive this holiday season

The season of giving is upon us, and this year, it comes with a new meaning.  2020 taught us we need to be kinder to ourselves, to other people, and even to our planet. We’ll all remember the way our cities looked when the world was forced to stand still, and how nature was able to recover and flourish with a break from the fast-paced buzz of the world we’ve become so used to. We couldn’t agree more with the need for gentleness, softness, and slowness this holiday—whether it’s derived from digging out that favourite pair of worn-in comfy pants, or deciding to take some time just for ourselves under the fairy lights, with a mug of hot cocoa in hand.  Here are a few ways you can prepare for the holiday season without leaving the comforts of home—all while keeping your love for travel and hopes for future adventures alive. 1. Can’t go to wine country? Bring wine country to you You might not be able to experience the hot Sicilian sun on your …

How to Get Better Deals on Hotels – Insider Secrets

When shopping for hotels, travellers value convenience over cost In spite of “best price” marketing and falsely urgent messaging tactics (Only 1 room left at this price! Hurry, 8 people are looking at this right now!) — travellers keep returning back to the big names in the industry to book their hotels for one reason: options. A large amount of results helps to compare options and make what feels like an informed decision, and the convenience that comes along with that feels priceless. But, convenience doesn’t come for free. When you’re looking at a public platform, you can guarantee the rate you’re being offered isn’t the lowest possible deal you can get.  Both travellers and hotels pay the price for convenience In order to be featured on popular booking sites such as Expedia or booking.com, hotels sign an agreement promising they won’t provide lower pricing on any other publicly available platform. There’s even a name for that: it’s known as a rate parity clause. To add to that, booking platforms charge hotels hefty commissions on …

The new face of travel: In 2021, all travel will be conscious travel

2020 changed the way we travel. The days of rushed packing for spontaneous trips to far-flung places, the adrenaline rush of booking a last minute deal, taking a break from hours of walking to feel the coolness of ice cream cutting the midday heat — all became memories of the past, and blurry dreams we’d love to experience again soon. And as our travels have become more limited, we’ve also become more conscious in our approach. Is it safe to travel to our desired destination? Is it ethical to travel at all? What will travel and tourism look like in a post-pandemic world? More than half of survey respondents said that when travel does reopen, they’ll want it to be as part of “a more responsible and resilient tourism industry.” But what would that really look like? An evolving definition: What will sustainable travel really mean in 2021? For many travel lovers, sustainable travel is no longer just about opting for the eco-friendly options, keeping your used hotel towels off the floor to minimise the hotel’s laundry …

Rediscover the Netherlands: 22 Road Trip & City Break Ideas for Your Dutch Summer Vacation

Add these hidden gems to your upcoming travel plans. With domestic travel having its moment this summer, we’re more likely to focus our plans on exploring one country at a time, turning our attention to experiencing slow life, nature, good food and drink, and picturesque walks along breathtaking backdrops. We’ll soon find we don’t have to go far to get the change of scenery we’ve been lusting for these past few months, without having to face large crowds or venture too far from our safe zones. In the Netherlands, there’s plenty of life and wonder to explore outside the capital or the most commonly visited big cities. We’ve compiled a list of 22 lesser known Dutch destinations worth adding to your itinerary. Looking to satisfy a taste for wine, cheese, or fine art? Maybe you’d like to immerse yourself in the authenticity of a world that appears to be frozen in time. Or maybe you’re looking to simply enjoy a breath of fresh air among trees or along the shore. How about a cheese holiday? …

28 Global Trips & Unique Experiences You Can Explore from the Comfort of Your Own Home

Here’s to travel in times of lockdowns and self-isolation Travel isn’t just about planes, packing, and plans. It’s about experiences: discovering the unknown, exploring a new adventure, appreciating the beauty of a moment with loved ones, new or old friends, or with ourselves.  So, while the world remains pretty much grounded for the next little while — our travel experiences don’t have to be. Thank you, internet! 14 Top Destinations Around the World: Did you know there’s a whole section of the internet dedicated to providing high-quality 360 views of cities all over the world? Here are just a few of many we found to be particularly jaw-dropping: Grab a towel, put on that bikini and make like you’re heading to one of Budapest’s famous thermal spas. Glide over the Szechenyi Chain Bridge and explore the historical Buda Castle at the tippy top of the city.  Walk along the boardwalk on the shore, watch your footprints appear in the sand and even get in the water to explore what’s underneath in the Maldives.  Brighten things …