I was fortunate enough to be able to spend a large portion of July and August in Sicily with family this year, on what was a six-week workation. For me, it was a wonderful way to fulfil my professional responsibilities whilst also enjoying the benefits of a holiday.
This trend has gained momentum as remote work patterns and flexible schedules have become more prevalent, blurring the boundaries between traditional office settings and personal spaces. It’s true that working in a new, serene, environment is a great boost for productivity and creativity whilst taking advantage of the soothing atmosphere that a change of scenery offers.
However, whilst there are clear advantages to being able to adopt this working scenario, it is worth considering the potential downsides too. Striking the right balance between work and relaxation can be a challenge, as the pressure to remain engaged with work tasks can overshadow the true purpose of a vacation. It is also hard to detach from work commitments entirely, inadvertently leading to overwork and burnout. Finding a strategy that works effectively for you in this scenario is key.
Would I have a workation again? Yes – absolutely, but it’s worth acknowledging the undeniable value of taking a week or two solely dedicated to unwinding, allowing your mind to take a well-deserved opportunity to rejuvenate, without the constant pull of work-related thoughts.