Last year when the world had halted in its tracks, bowing down to the impact of COVID-19, a good chunk of people could breathe easily for they had jobs that could be done from home. WFH became the norm and brands that sell furniture, electronics and clothes pivoted their communication and product innovations to match the needs. One of the categories that were hit the most was travel and tourism. May it be big hotels or smaller dorms, times were tough for all. As more and more people are getting vaccinated and sick of working from home, the concept of a workation is gaining momentum.
There are various establishments across the country that are offering various packages with rooms or dorms, WiFi, food and leisure activities. The concept is pretty simple: Now that you can work from anywhere, why wouldn’t you work from scenic locations where the second half of your day and/or weekends can be all about unwinding and play. Safety and hygiene are, of course, primary concerns that are being addressed by all. If you are planning a workation, here are some options you can check to get started.
Meant for those who are tired of working from home, The Hosteller’s options include backpacker hostels in Rishikesh, Manali, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Pushkar, Bur, Shoja and Mcloedganj. Starting at Rs 2,100, these packages come with highlights such as free WiFi, cooked meals, air conditioning, sanitised spaces and fun activities like movie nights, game nights and community dinners. Interested people can choose between dorms and private rooms, as per the availability.
Launched under their #KeepStaying campaign, Madpackers’ workation options are promised to be the ‘perfect long-stay offers for travellers, digital nomads, content creators and remote workers’. These stayovers are available in Manali and Pushkar — and if one were to book a stay for a month, it would cost them as low as Rs 199 a day. The minimum stay required for these plans is that of seven days and one can choose from dorm and room options as per their liking.
With a strong focus on destinations in the southern states of India, TreeMonks is offering workation packages in places such as Munnar, Wayanad and Fort Kochi. Starting at about Rs 6,000 a week, these options come with free WiFi, cooking spaces, power backup, laundry and beautiful views. In some hill station options, one can also opt for exploring trekking trails. Following social distancing norms is mandatory at all TreeMonks properties and racism and homophobia are banned.
… And these are just a few of many such options. You can pick one that fits your needs and budget — just remember to read up on the guidelines of the state you wish to visit and follow them to the T to keep safe. Happy Workation!