Most freelancers can escape for a week, and enjoy a blissful break from the daily grind. But if seven nights just aren't enough, perhaps you can join a growing number of creatives who have become digital nomads?
Of course, you can travel and work from anywhere – if you have the right tools and resources in place. But this kind of lifestyle can often be a lonely experience, and one that can be quite stressful. Enter the "workation retreat", the perfect solution to those of us who want to escape with like-minded souls, without breaking the bank.
But where are these magical places where all kinds of freelancers and small business owners work together in a relaxing environment? I've scoured the web to find the best workation retreats for 2017.
1. Coconat Space, Germany
Fresh for 2017, and not launching until April, is the Coconat Space. It's a place for digital workers to "be inspired, concentrate, work, and play in the countryside". Based in a quiet spot in Germany, you can enjoy a little solitude with like-minded folk and ditch the mundane routine and urban excess for a greener, calmer place to call home.
For prices, you have to enquire | Find out more
2. Sun and Co, Jávea, Spain
Sun and Co claims to be the first co-living and co-working community along the whole of the Mediterranean coast. It's a place for freelancers, entrepreneurs, location-independent workers and digital nomads to enjoy a great work/life balance, and meet some interesting people too. Based in a 19th century house in Jávea, an historic seaside town in Spain. If you fancy adding a little more sunshine to your work routine, this should definitely be on your shortlist.
Shared rooms from 18€ per day | Find out more
3. KoHub, Koh Lanta, Thailand
Spain not hot enough? Fancy venturing further afield? KoHub in Thailand might just be the place you've been searching for. Offering you the chance to work from paradise in a tropical workation retreat, KoHub is situated on the beautiful island of Koh Lanta, off the southwestern coast of Thailand. Located right next to a beach, you can spend a few hours working before taking a lunchtime dip. Perfect.
Priced from $11 per day | Find out more
4. Roam, Ubud, Bali
Bali is an island paradise in Indonesia that has captivated travellers for more than a century, from early 20th century primitivist painter Walter Spies to American anthropologist Margaret Mead. In more recent decades, it has become a global surfing and yoga hotspot. Now you can work from there too, thanks to Roam – a new co-living and co-working community for digital nomads.
Priced from $500 per week | Find out more
5. Hacker Paradise, Lima, Peru
Hacker Paradise organises trips all over the world for developers, designers and entrepreneurs who want to travel while working remotely or focusing on personal projects. They take care of accommodation, workspace and community, so you can hop off the plane and immediately be productive. Trips typically tend to be three-months long, but you can go for as little as two weeks. Their first trip was to Costa Rica in 2004, and they've since based themselves in places like Vietnam, Bali, Thailand and Tokyo. Coming up, is a trip to Peru. Places are limited, so if you love the sound of this, get it booked today.
Until 6 May 2017 – Priced from $265 per week for program only | Find out more
6. Wifi Tribe, Mexico
Every month, Wifi Tribe chooses a new country to call home. As a member, you are welcome to join them for one chapter, or enjoy as many as you want. Of course, you can also hop on or off whenever you get the travel bug! Where are these nomads going next? Peru in April, Bolivia in May – and for, our recommendation, Mexico in October!
October 2017 – Priced from $800 per month | Find out more
7. Refuga, Italy
Love food? Love Italy? You will die and go to workation heaven thanks to Refuga. The company is offering 15 entrepreneurs the chance to enjoy six days at one sustainable farm in Italy this June. You'll get to meet and work with like-minded creative folk, and experience a food lover's paradise of Italian food and wine.
June 2017 – Priced at $1,950 | Find out more
8. Nomad House, Barcelona, Spain
Eat paella. Try your hand at Spanish. Have sangria. Maybe a little too much. Talk until the early hours of the morning. Work hard. Give back. Lie on the beach. Be inspired by Gaudi, Güell and Dali. Take a road trip to Madrid. Cycle around the Gothic Quarter. Put time into the work, projects or ideas that need it. All thanks to Nomad House.
June 2017 – Price TBA | Find out more
9. The Remote Experience, Prague, Czech Republic
Pack up your 9 to 5; your new office is waiting for you. Each month, The Remote Experience visits a different location, bringing together a group of digital nomads to enjoy travelling as well as remote working. Yes, you can expect destinations such as Bali and Thailand – but we've already covered these. So allow us to share Remote Experience's upcoming Prague trip, one we highly recommend.
August 2017 – Priced from $1,950 per month | Find out more
10. Terminal 3, Tokyo, Japan
Enjoy accommodation, access to co-working spaces, travel between destinations, monthly group excursions, and even coaching sessions with Terminal 3 – offering you a remote working life with ease. Simply work while you travel, live like a local and discover new destinations along the way. If this sounds appealing, check out their upcoming trips – including Tokyo, Japan.
July 2017 – Priced from $2,395 per month | Find out more