For many years now, there has been a growing number of people that work remotely, known as “digital nomads.” Essentially, they are travel-savvy folks who want to see the world without worrying about income. They do so by finding key destinations that allow them to access high-speed internet, and from these locations, they will do everything from writing and editorial work to IT consulting and much more.
They use the rapid-fire expansion of technology to support their goal of living for a long time in one appealing destination after another.
Now, you can enjoy many of the same benefits when you choose to work remotely from your preferred paradise. After all, with the global pandemic forcing millions to begin working at home, it will soon be commonplace for many of them to remain in that scenario. Companies are likely to transition a lot of their 9-5 employees to remote workers as a cost-cutting and morale-boosting initiative.
Whether you fall into that category, or you simply wish to shift how you enjoy your work at home or freelance situation, you have some remarkable options.
They Work in Paradise, Too
As a simple illustration of this point, consider traveling to a coveted and tropical paradise like Barbados. It has some of the finest beaches in the entire Caribbean region, and it is populated with a large number of charming and even opulent private villas. While these villas are endowed with all of the amenities one might ever desire for the ultimate getaway (private beach, gourmet kitchen, large grounds and gardens, gated entry, home cinema, private gym, and so on), they are also ideal for remote work.
This is because many luxury rentals will feature a separate home office that includes everything from a printer and fax to phone systems ideal for conference calls. While the use of Zoom and other virtual conferencing has skyrocketed, most remote workers benefit from a classic office setup, too. With private villas, you can have the best of all worlds and enjoy the traditional desk and office machine layout, but also savor the joys of reliable, lightning-fast internet connectivity.
Here’s the best thing about working remotely in paradise – you don’t have to sit inside in the office to do it. Instead, you might head to a veranda for a few hours of work during a warm and sunny afternoon. You might lounge by (or even floating in) the pool as you type away or engage in a call. No matter what you envision when considering remote work in paradise, it is possible in a villa.
What is Needed?
When you work remotely, it would be great if all you required was a good laptop and cellphone. However, there is more to it. The experts say that “working remotely is no longer the future of work. It’s a present situation many of us are facing right now.”
They recommend that anyone who plans to work remotely (whether in paradise or their private home) has tools that include:
- Cloud-based collaboration tool (think Slack, Workplace by Facebook, or Trello)
- Video conferencing tools like Zoom and join.me (try to use redundant options in case of connectivity issues)
- Methods for remote collaboration on articles, presentations, spreadsheets, and so on. This can include Google or Dropbox among scores of other options (and be sure you have online versions of Microsoft Office programs)
- Calendar for ensuring you remain on track (many go with Google’s synced calendar)
- Cybersecurity such as a VPN option
- Task management software to track your time (remember, if you are in a tropical destination you may become distracted!)
- Laptop, cellphone, USB powered hard drive, battery backup, redundant power, and charging cords
- High-speed Internet (wireless is preferred)
With these basics in place (as well as a home office in your private villa), you should be able to easily work remotely from anywhere. Most luxury villas easily accommodate such requirements and may have office space designed to facilitate your remote work.
The Daily Grind
What can you do if you have a family that needs to be kept busy or you want your daily needs (housekeeping, meal preparation, and so on) addressed? That too is part of any stay in a luxury villa. You can choose to work remotely with a private chef or cook who makes and serves your meals. You may have a car and driver who shows you the sights and takes you to the best shops or destinations. You can have housekeeping crews tackle the laundry and general cleaning, and all while you work away at whatever professional tasks are required.
The Current Pandemic
The global pandemic that has forced so many of us to alter our daily lives to such a great (and perhaps permanent) degree has also created a lot of opportunities to think outside of the proverbial box. Though travel bans remain in place for many corners of the world, they will eventually lift. This means that millions will be heading out into the world to make up for the lost time. Travel is likely to be an area that sees a surge of interest.
However, many will remain concerned about the risks of infection, even though they desire some time in a beautiful destination. The private villa is the way to ensure that you can travel in the utmost safety and health. This is because any private will has more than just great conditions for working remotely. It will offer:
- The ultimate in cleanliness as teams of expert housekeepers scour the villas between rentals and help keep conditions well maintained during a visit
- The option to remain socially distant by offering a private retreat with pool, beachfront, and a long list of amenities that make for a resort-like experience
- Premium office facilities and services that guarantee you don’t run into any technical glitches and can manage even complex work from anywhere
- Services that can include drivers, chefs, and housekeeping teams that uphold your need for space while also supplying safe solutions
So, can you start to work remotely from a tropical paradise or other blissful destination? Absolutely, and if you are hoping to become a digital nomad yourself, you will want to explore the options now since so many of us are officially remote workers for the coming months or years.