Coronavirus has had an immediate impact on almost every aspect of daily life. Many people have been forced to set up temporary offices wherever they live and work from home. The option of forgoing the typical 9-to-5 office routine was previously seen as a luxury, but as some parts of the world emerge from lockdown, is remote working really an irrevocable part of the new normal?
The fantasy of avoiding rush hour commutes to dreary offices and staying in bed in your pyjamas until lunchtime obviously has its benefits, but what about those of us who also want some wanderlust back in our lives? A fascinating new trend in recent weeks has seen people looking for exotic locations to set up their mobile offices. Some countries offer peace and quiet, perfect for filling those urgent requests in complete relaxation, whereas other locations are going out of their way to encourage employees to relocate.
Here are some of the options available if you want to work from home, from paradise.
This two-bedroom property comfortably accommodates four guests and is situated on the west coast of Barbados. The apartment overlooks the beach and boasts a private veranda perfect for breakfast emails and lunchtime newsletters. The only worry with working from here are the plentiful distractions, with Fitts Village known as a great place to swim with turtles!
Living on the Italian island of Sicily is a dream for many, and you can get a taste of what that might be like with a stay at this apartment on the east coast. Close to the Italian mainland, this property has a pool that comes complete with a view of Mt Etna. Italy is proving a popular post-lockdown destination, as the country has emerged from the pandemic with rapid efficiency after initial setbacks. And, of course, the food here is sublime.
Tulum is one of the most popular destinations in Mexico, famed for is excellent beaches and unspoilt beauty. This beachfront apartment also backs onto the jungles of the region, meaning that you can change your Zoom backdrop from the blues of the ocean to the greens of the trees in seconds. There is a swimmable cenote (secluded natural pool) close by, if the sea isn’t tempting enough.
Iceland is one of the few destinations to remain relatively unaffected by Covid-19, thanks to its quick response to the outbreak. The European island is best known for its open spaces and chilled way of life, so it seems like the perfect place to head to if you want to focus and play at the same time. This apartment is in the trendy part of Reykjavik close to the coast.
Situated on one of the largest Greek islands, this luxurious apartment in Crete is part of a complex of four rentals. The one we’ve picked out has a mezzanine and opens out onto an outdoor pool area. Suitable for three guests, this would be a perfect office for anyone keen on topping up their tan while working out their bottom lines.
The remarkable value-for-money option on our list is this one-bedroom apartment that costs less than half a tank of petrol. You get an excellent location, close to the beating heart of the city, and all the modern conveniences you could wish for. If you’re looking for a destination off the beaten path, then this is the place for you. Make sure you still get your work done before going off to explore, though!
After a busy day online, what could be better than switching off and spending the rest of the night in a zen-fuelled home? You and three other guests can get this authentic townhouse in Kyoto all to yourselves. There are excellent restaurants close by, and the neighbourhood is one of the quietest in the city. If you’re a fan of futons, outdoor pottery baths (known as shigaraki) and a peaceful working environment, then we think we’ve found the place for you.
With a great location, a balcony view and a pool area, this property has it all. Four guests can stay here in peaceful Perivolia with a beach just a short walk away. The vibrant town centre has great bars and restaurants, although we think it would be a struggle to leave the comforting confines of the apartment complex. As this property isn’t too far from the main airport (although it is far enough for noise to not be an issue), you could even use this as a quick getaway destination if you just need a break from it all.