Remote workers, rejoice: it’s time for a workation!

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Digital nomads are now exploring workations. The idea is to travel and work from anywhere in the world, with the right resources and tools. (PHOTO: THENAUTILUSMALDIVES.COM)
Digital nomads are now exploring workations. The idea is to travel and work from anywhere in the world, with the right resources and tools. (PHOTO: THENAUTILUSMALDIVES.COM)

Tired of the view from your home office? Bored of watching the neighbourhood cats traipsing through your garden? Is the highlight of your work-from-home week a stroll to the corner shop?

If the answer is yes to any of the above, it’s probably time for a long-overdue workation – if you can afford it and manage to get there, of course.

In a bid to kickstart their ailing pandemic-struck economies, some countries are offering special visas and “workation” packages for locals and visitors.

Travel may remain a distant dream for many of us – but hey, there’s nothing wrong with a little dreaming, is there? 

JAPAN

Yomiuriland, an amusement park in Tokyo, Japan off
Yomiuriland, an amusement park in Tokyo, Japan offering workations. (PHOTO: GALLO IMAGES/ALAMY)

Yomiuriland, an amusement park in Tokyo, Japan is offering an “Amusement Workation”. For ¥1 900 (R304) a day, visitors are provided with a workstation in the park and go about their business.

The park's Ferris Wheel is open as well as other rides too, but at additional cost.

The initiative is one of the imaginative ways Japan is using to encourage residents to continue working remotely, while enjoying their country. Two popular Japanese national parks, Setonaikai and Nikko, have even installed additional WiFi points and rentable workstations for locals to enjoy the outdoors while working.

Fun-seekers can ride the park’s Ferris Wheel for u
Fun-seekers can ride the park’s Ferris Wheel for up to an hour and will be able to stay connected and check mails since it’s equipped with WiFi. (PHOTO: GALLO IMAGES/REUTERS)

THE MALDIVES

Fancy setting up your remote office at The Nautliu
Fancy setting up your remote office at The Nautlius in the Maldives? (PHOTO: THENAUTILUSMALDIVES.COM)

The Maldives’ borders opened in July for international travellers with a negative pre-departure coronavirus test result. 

The Nautilus, one of the luxury resorts on the Indian Ocean island, has reopened with strict health and safety measures in place and is offering top-class treatment for remote workers. The package comes with a price tag of a whopping $23 500 (R387 750) for a week’s stay for two, which is located on the Unesco Biosphere Reserve in Baa Atoll. 

It includes a personal assistant to handle your customs and baggage arrangements, as well as internet access, snacks, stationery and private yoga and meditation classes for workationers. 

Talk about dreamy! 

BARBADOS

The Barbados Welcome Stamp is
The Barbados Welcome Stamp is "a special visa for remote workers who want to work and live in Barbados". (PHOTO: GALLO IMAGES/ALAMY)

This jewel in the Caribbean is trying to entice visitors to work and live on the island for a year at a time with their new visa program – the 12-month Barbados Welcome Stamp. 

Mia Amor Mottley, the island’s prime minister, is welcoming remote working visitors. “We recognise more people are working remotely, sometimes in very stressful conditions, with little option for vacation. Our new 12-month Barbados Welcome Stamp, a visa that allows you to relocate and work from one of the world’s most beloved tourism destinations.”

The application is done electronically and costs $2 000 (R33 000).

Workationers will be exempt from paying income tax on the island for the year of their stay, and applicants will need to have tested negative when they arrive on the island. And, of course, earn enough to house, clothe and feed themselves for the duration of their stay.

SOURCES: EDITION.CNN.COM; INSIDER.COM; BARBADOSWELCOMESTAMP.BB; MOVETOPRAGUE.COM; MVZ.CZ/JNP 

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