While picking up your laptop and working from home wasn’t a completely new concept before March 2020, it’s safe to say that the rate of workers adopting the practice saw a monumental spike after Covid induced national lockdowns. And with large office buildings still not fully open with businesses seeing the benefits of at home working along with the threat of Covid spreading in larger cities particularly still looming, it looks as though the original way of office working will be altered for some time yet.
Add to this the fact that being your own boss allows you to work from practically anywhere in the world – where there is good reception of course – and you may just find yourself rethinking your options when it comes to the short- or long-term nature of the way you work.
Workations, only previously reserved for creatives such as those needing to escape busy life to write books or make music, are now becoming a popular way of combining work and a new life for those with a laptop, phone, Internet connection and the ability to take their little office anywhere.
If you have been thinking about taking a workation for some now time, then you will want to consider the perfect place in which to do this if you don’t already have a location in mind. If you are seeking inspiration on where to best base yourself, then we must suggest Tenerife – the sunny island that is ready and waiting for you.
Enjoyable leisure time
The Canary Island of Tenerife has long been a favourite destination for UK travellers seeking long, sunny days, water sports, nightlife and great food in a welcoming setting. Just four hours away by air and yet seemingly so far in terms of what an escape entails, Tenerife provides a great selection of activities to enjoy outside of working hours such as golf, spa, exciting activities like whale watching and sailing on the local seas.
The tremendous selection of designer golf courses attracts amateurs and professional alike, while the range of spa facilities and treatments on the island are exquisite. Not forgetting the array of fine dining restaurants and casual cafes that serve up international and local cuisine and you will find yourself in quite the setting for a few weeks, months, or longer, of hard work and brimming leisure time.
No time zone issues
Visitors to Tenerife will be aware that the time is the same there as it is in the UK due to the fact that the Canary Islands use Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), whereas mainland Spain and other European countries are one hour ahead. This will come in very handy when it comes to your working day, especially if your business benefits from 9 to 5 working hours, and will make any necessary calls between the UK seamless.
Luxurious hotels, villas and suites
Thanks to its reputation as a luxury holiday destination, Tenerife is fortunately blessed with a range of exquisite hotels to put you up in. Many boast separate residences that are set outside of the hotel walls and luxurious suites that will make you feel like you’re residing in your very own lavish apartment.
Depending on your length of stay – perhaps you need a two-week working break, a month or two out or you are considering a more permanent move – you will be able to find somewhere to suit your tastes. Some of our favourite locations include the villas at the five-star Bahia del Duque, the beautifully designed Royal Hideaway Corales Suites, the delightful Barcelo Tenerife, the exclusive villas at Hotel Suite Villa María, and the top-rated Gran Melia Palacio de Isora. Enjoy all the benefits of a lavish resort such as multiple pools and restaurants, room service, Wi-Fi and more, in between those hard-working days.
Simple integration for your business
If you choose to take your business to Tenerife, or even set up a new one, you will be pleased to know that there is a wealth of information out there for you to delve into and make the switch to Tenerife as stress-free as possible. Visit tenerifeworkandplay.com and whytenerife.com, for information on setting up, doing business on the island, the administrative procedures, healthcare and education and co-working spaces that offer a welcome pass to certain activities on the island. If you need a dedicated working space to aid your concentration then co-working spaces are the ideal solution – you can rent by the hour, day or month and meet fellow entrepreneurs.
Alternatively, if you are considering something more permanent then you will be well catered for with a landing package including useful information on setting up your business to help finding more permanent residence, if you are willing to give up those 24/7 luxury hotel amenities, that is!
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