How about a workation?
Take your laptop to the sun, snow, or on an adventure.
What does workation mean?
Working on vacation, or vacationing while working. ‘Workation’ is actually a combination of the words work and vacation. It is sometimes called remote working. Remote work means not working in the office; so it can also be done at home. The meaning of a workation is that you are both away from the office and away from home. You can stay in your own country, but usually, a sunny country is preferred (Spain is very popular), so that work can be combined with swimming, surfing, and sightseeing. Some opt for a workation in the snow, so that they can work part of the day and ski or snowboard the rest of the day.
What kind of workations exist?
You can move your daily work to a country or a place you always wanted to visit, you can dedicate
your workation to a specific project (e.g. write a book during a writing retreat), you can learn a new skill (e.g. yoga or surfing), or you can go with a group of like-minded people (eg young internet entrepreneurs, or working mothers) to learn from each other and have fun together.
A workation is tax deductible!
Because it concerns a work trip, you can deduct part of your travel and accommodation from your taxes. As an entrepreneur, these are operating costs, as an employee, there is often also an allowance or compensation. How exactly does that work? Check the website of the tax authorities of the country where your company is registered or where you pay your personal taxes.
Is there insurance for workations?
Regular travel insurance does not cover work activities. So if you have an accident or your laptop is stolen, your regular travel insurance won’t cover it if it turns out you were traveling for work. Because it is becoming a trend to go on workation, there are now also special workation insurance policies. Some organizations, like Knab, have recently started offering a special ‘workation insurance’ whereby not only normal travel matters such as air travel and car rental are insured, but also your laptop and your holiday activities next to your work.
If you have never worked remotely from another place or country, it can be useful to join an organized workation. Then you know for sure that the internet is good, that the place where you stay has good workstations, and that you are among like-minded people. Don’t reinvent the wheel yourself, make sure you can concentrate on your work and also fully enjoy your free time. Here are my best tips and ‘do’s and don’ts’ for remote work.
Do you want to make this your lifestyle?
Most people go on workation for a week, maybe a few weeks, and then go back to their normal lives. But what if you really like it and you want to make this lifestyle your life? Then you can consider becoming a location-independent entrepreneur or Digital Nomad. You then create a life full of freedom for yourself. But make no mistake: you have to stand firm, be able to earn your money as an entrepreneur, and arrange a number of things properly. In my live online Digital Nomad workshop, I help you with all the rules regarding registration, business registration, tax, etc. And in the live online workshop ‘how to turn anything into a business‘ I help you turn your passion into an income stream.
Want to become a digital nomad?
Do you see yourself live, work & play around the world as a location-independent entrepreneur?
- Still have questions?
- don’t know where to start?
- want to meet like-minded people?
If you don’t want to reinvent the wheel, then these options may be for you:
- Working remotely for a whole month and living as a digital nomad in an authentic Italian village in Puglia? Then book this workation Village Italy for 30 days.
- In my Digital Nomads book you’ll find inspiring stories and tips from other nomads. It also contains lots of practical tips & information about the mindset, registration, setting up an international company, taxes, entrepreneurship, and much more.
- Once every few months I organize an online Digital Nomad workshop. In advance, you will receive a couple of videos in which I discuss the most important topics (where to register and set up your company, what insurance to get, where to pay taxes, etc.). During the workshop you can ask all your remaining questions, we talk about your plans and you hear the experiences of other nomads.
- In my ‘One Year To Freedom’ program, I help you step by step through this entire process, on the way to more freedom.