The Best Cities in the World for a “Workation”
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|A workation allows you to spend more time visiting faraway family members or really exploring a destination without having to drain all of your annual leave. Photo: Holidu|
Holiday search engine Holidu.co.uk compiled a list of the best cities around the world for “mixing business with pleasure.” The travel organization analyzed “a variety of factors that every wanderlusting remote worker will deem important, and we then identified which cities around the world rank the best for these factors.”
The company’s index ranked 150 cities to determine the best place to both work and immerse yourself in the local culture. To find the best places around the world, the company researched the costs of a one-bedroom apartment, after-work drinks, average hours of sunshine, internet connectivity and the array of activities available.
The recommended destinations are ranked as following:
|Bangkok sits in the top spot. Photo: Holidu|
Sitting in the top spot is the capital and one of the most populous cities in Thailand. Whilst the internet speed might not be the fastest in the world (the average is 28 Mbps), there are more than 450,000 free Wifi spots in Bangkok.
The cost of living is one of the most affordable in the world – although accommodation might be expensive, a decent meal costs next to nothing. Other selling points include the fact that most people in Bangkok speak English and the boom of Asian investment has led to many multinational companies relocating to Bangkok, meaning that the city now offers high-class facilities to international entrepreneurs and businessmen.
And in the downtime, why not visit some of the hundreds of palaces across the city, with the most famous being the Grand Palace and Wat Po?! It also offers a variety of shopping centres with high street boutiques and the morning floating markets are perfect for sampling local food.
|New Delhi is one of the cheapest capital cities in the world for accommodation. Photo: Holidu|
New Delhi is not just India’s political centre, the capital city also holds historic significance as a dominant trade, transport, and cultural hotspot. The Asian city boasts an abundance of bazaars, museums, historic forts and memorials, libraries, and places of worship, meaning that there is something to explore around every corner.
And as for basing yourself for a period of time, New Delhi is one of the cheapest capital cities in the world for accommodation, coming in at an average of £179.25 for a 1-bedroom apartment for a month. It is also home to 165 co-working spaces, giving workationers the opportunity to meet other like-minded individuals. Hopefully, you don’t need quick internet if you work in Delhi though, as the city only has an average Wifi speed of 12 Mbps per second.
|Lisbon is home of the delicious pastel de nata and great cheap wine, among others. Photo: Holidu|
Lisbon takes third place in the best cities for a workation, taking the top spot in the European standings. Whilst Portugal’s capital didn’t rank in the top 10 for any of the individual categories, its culmination of relatively high scores across the board has earned it its bronze medal position.
And for good reason too. Lisbon is many things – home of the delicious pastel de nata, great cheap wine, and buzzing with energy as the sounds of Fado fill the streets. The city also offers remote workers easy access to a number of beaches just outside its parameters, perfect for an early morning or late afternoon dip with taxi’s costing just the equivalent of £0.40 per km.
|Barcelona’s unique architecture from designers like Gaudi has earned it a position in the top 10 cities for Instagrammability. Photo: Holidu|
Coming in at fourth place is Spain’s second-biggest city, Barcelona. The city’s unique architecture from designers like Gaudi has earned it a position in the top 10 cities for Instagrammability with over 62 million photos having been posted with #Barcelona. Gaudi’s impressive buildings such as the Sagrada Familia and Park Guell are truly worth seeing along with the 2,737 other 4-star and above rated things to do in Barcelona.
For cracking on with work, the city had the second biggest number of co-working spaces in Europe after London and ranked seventh overall. The internet speed in Barcelona is also impressive considering its population of over 5 million, with the city offering remote workers an average of 37 Mbps.
|The city is a good choice for anyone who enjoys an after-work tipple. Photo: Holidu|
Similarly to Lisbon, Budapest didn’t rank in the top 10 for any of the individual work or vacation categories but strong scores across the board meant that the Hungarian city took the joint-fifth position. If you’re looking for warm weather, Budapest isn’t the best bet with the city getting less than 2000 hours of sunshine on average each year.
But from what it lacks in rays, it certainly makes up for in beverages. For coffee lovers, Budapest is a great base as a frothy cappuccino only costs £1.20 on average. The city is also a good choice for anyone who enjoys an after-work tipple, with two pints of local beer costing roughly £2.40.
|Buenos Aires – a South American city that has a lot to offer for both business and pleasure. Photo: Holidu|
Tying with Budapest is the Argentinian capital, Buenos Aires – a South American city that has a lot to offer for both business and pleasure. The performing arts scene is a big part of the Latin American city, so much so that it is home to more than 280 theatres – it is hardly surprising then that it ranked so highly in the ‘things to do’ category.
Buenos Aires is also a great option for remote workers looking to secure some cheap accommodation with the monthly average for a one-bedroom apartment coming out at £229.55. Coffee is also an absolute bargain at £1.22 for a cappuccino on average – the perfect pick-me-up after a late-night theatre show./.
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