Tired of staying home, people are now heading for ‘workations’

With the coronavirus pandemic showing no signs of slowing down, people have now started getting bored of staying at home.

This has prompted Indians to rush to homestays and resorts at famous travel destinations so that they can break the monotony.

However, with work from home becoming the latest trend/norm, people are planning smart vacations in which they don’t have to take any leaves from work.

You ask how? Presenting you the concept of ‘Workations.’

All you need to do is pack your bags along with your laptops and head over to your favorite travel destination. You will still be working for a good 8 to 9 hours a day as per your shift, just at a different location, surrounded by your loved ones or maybe, even alone.

Govind Gaur, founder and CEO of Workcations – a company that provides rental stays fully equipped with “office-like” facilities to support remote work – said, “The first thing everybody asks when they inquire about our homestays is whether high-speed internet is available.”

She added, “Their next big concern is whether there is power (electricity) backup because they can’t afford to lose any data.”

Ever since the process of unlocking started in the country, states like Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, and Goa opened their borders to allow tourists. Surprisingly, despite the sharp spike in COVID-19 cases, people went out on vacations in huge numbers.

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General Manager of Airbnb India, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan, Amanpreet Bajaj said, “At Airbnb, we are witnessing a growing trend of guests booking homes for longer stays, not just for leisure, but to also get away and work from another home.” He added, “Guests are increasingly using our platform to support remote working and temporary relocations. It is exciting for people to move beyond the confines of their homes and refresh themselves while still being able to work effectively.”

This concept of “workations” (work plus vacation) has definitely come as good news for the hospitality sector that has been one of the hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

A report published by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and hospitality consultancy firm, Hotelivate, said that “the entire value chain linked to Travel & Tourism is likely to lose around 5 lakh crore or US$ 65.57 billion, with the organized sector alone likely to lose US$ 25 billion.”

Workcations CEO, Govind Gaur said that he received bookings from more than 250 people since he launched his venture in mid-July. He mentioned that he hit upon the idea after his original venture, WanderOn – a community travel portal – was hit hard due to the coronavirus pandemic. After receiving a large number of queries from people who wanted to travel and still work, he came up with the concept of Workcations.

Govind Said, “Remote working is here to stay and so are workations.” He added, “And even though we have had some hard days initially, I am glad that the pandemic has revolutionized how people work and travel.”

After coming across the concept of Workcations, I’m sure many people would now be compelled to try it out, are you?

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