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What is workation? The new way to travel and end your WFH boredom


Travel. With everything that has been going on right now, it is the last thing on all our minds. After all, we can only fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic by isolating at home. Since the last few months, we have all been doing exactly that by working from our homes.

Yet, travelling is what we crave right now. To leave the four walls of our bedrooms, and be lost somewhere on those idyllic beaches or the majestic mountains, the feeling of sitting on an airplane or a bus to reach a destination.

Well, now that some places are reopening by undertaking proper precautions, travelling might just be back as an option. You may not be able to fulfil that Euro trip this year, but there are places in India that you would want to explore. However, if your Work From Home is stopping you from taking that much-needed socially distanced vacation, we have good news for you. And it is called – workation.

Travel companies around the country are exploring the idea of a workation fully to provide people a chance to enjoy work and a leisure holiday at the same time. So, IndiaToday.in got in touch with some of the leading backpacking and travel companies who are providing the option of staying for a longer period of time at a property to their customers. Considering we are living in the middle of a pandemic, all these companies are functioning at a 50 per cent capacity and keeping in mind WFH guidelines by providing a safe, sanitised environment, high-speed internet connection, along with a heavy dose of recreational activity.


For Dharamveer Singh Chouhan, Co-founder and CEO of Zostel, workation seems like a permanent travelling pattern in the future. Zostel is currently operating in various places across India like Jaipur, Jodhpur, Coorg, Gokarna, Udaipur, Mukteshwar and many more. Dharamveer said, “The properties have been made workation-ready for people staying for longer time periods, with facilities like dedicated dorms and workspaces, high-speed internet connection, power supply.” For them, the key challenge right now is the dissemination of Covid-19 guidelines, but they are doing so by setting up helplines for their customers. “We are providing sanitised cabs to our customers, we are following social distancing guidelines within the dormitories, we are admitting at half occupancy and sanitising regularly. People who are bold and courageous are going to become the pioneers of this process,” he added.

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