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The phenomenon of remote working is growing at a rapid pace as the pandemic fuels the work-from-anywhere option. The convenience and ease to blend work with vacation are much easier now than ever before, making workations a popular concept among working professionals in India.
5 stunning destinations which provide the best remote working experience in the country:
Jibhi, Himachal Pradesh
A hidden gem in Himachal Pradesh, Jibhi is breathtaking and offers people a serene view of lush hills in the Himalayas in the midst of work chaos. Photo by Anirudh Thakur on Unsplash
When the hills are calling, you must go! If you're looking to spend some time relaxing in the arms of nature, Jibhi in Himachal Pradesh would be an ideal choice. A hidden gem in Himachal Pradesh, Jibhi is breathtaking and offers people a serene view of lush hills in the Himalayas in the midst of work chaos. This offbeat location provides visitors with an opportunity to stay in a warm cottage surrounded by freshwater, making it an ideal place to relax and soak in peace. Jibhi allows visitors to enjoy the fresh air and listen to the sweet chirpings of the birds in the lap of nature, which could be a good distraction from work! There are multiple stay options that are not just stunning but budget-friendly as well.
Shillong is the perfect destination for professionals who want to discover and unravel the north-eastern belt of the country. Photo by Thanuj Mathew on Unsplash
Shillong is the perfect destination for professionals who want to discover and unravel the north-eastern belt of the country. With its enjoyable weather and tranquillity, this quaint hill station is nicknamed Scotland of the East due to its striking similarity to the country. Its pristine landscape and an abode of clouds make the hill station the perfect destination to spend your days in isolation. A large number of stay options in Shillong are offering customisable workstation packages for professionals who want to work from a serene environment. Since the past few years, there has been a growth in airline routes to the region resulting in swifter travelling options. One can check travel options from EaseMyTrip before deciding itinerary in this picturesque hill station.
Varkala is famed for its long stretches of sparkling beaches. Photo by Raimond Klavins on Unsplash
If a beach backdrop with waves crashing across the shore is what you need to work in peace, then Varkala is the right destination. Known as the Pearl of the Arabian Sea, Varkala is a hidden tourist gem in the state renowned for its vibrant beach life and water sport activities. Varkala is famed for its long stretches of sparkling beaches. People can enjoy a dip in the clear waters of the Arabian Sea and end the night at a beach shack to unwind. The pristine beaches also provide the visitor with an opportunity to try out exciting water activities such as paragliding, parasailing, and jet skiing. The clear ocean at Varkala beach is also one of the best in the country to learn surfing. The city also has a number of hills, lakes, forts, lighthouses, natural fisheries, and springs which add to the charm of this destination.
The Queen of hill stations, Mussoorie was declared a free WiFi town in 2015. Photo by Phil DuFrene on Unsplash
The Queen of hill stations, Mussoorie was declared a free WiFi town in 2015, making it one of the most preferred remote working destinations in the country. The city boasts a minimum internet speed of 50Mbps, which can even go up to 100 Mbps. The quaint hill station enables people to work while enjoying a mesmerizing view of the Himalayan range and a vibrant bar of colours in the sky. The comforting cool weather throughout the year makes it a preferred destination for remote work. Not to mention the warm and spicy street food that's hard to resist after a long day of work. The tranquillity of the hill station also provides the best hiking experience to enthralling viewpoints. Uttarakhand tourism has taken a step ahead and is readily providing necessary facilities required for people that visit the state for remote working.
Masinagudi, Tamil Nadu
Wildlife homestays are a preferred option in this destination and most of these homestays provide fast internet options. Photo by Heyphotoshoot on Unsplash
A delight for wildlife lovers, Masinagudi is surrounded by the solace of nature. Wildlife homestays are a preferred option in this destination and most of these homestays provide fast internet options. The destination is a rich forest reserve and is highly recommended for people who want to connect with nature and wildlife. The experience of cohabitating with wildlife will definitely serve as a great therapy for your body and mind. The deciduous forest and with a soothing tropical view are home to Indian leopards, Bengal tigers and elephants. So don't get trembled if an elephant enters your zoom meeting screen. Travellers who prefer to experience a safari after a long day of work or the weekend can pick a stay option close to the Mudumalai wildlife sanctuary.
With most companies set to continue work from home for the foreseeable future, remote working is set to pick up and evolve further in the coming months. A significant advantage is that it provides an opportunity for travellers to completely explore a city or destination at their own pace instead of packing everything into a week-long itinerary while going for a vacation. A little break from the routine is what you need to rejuvenate and perform better at work.
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Indians are looking at travel in newer ways and exploring flexible, nearby travel and travel to work remotely, according to new YouGov research conducted in May 2021.
The survey showed that 43 per cent of Indians would like to travel this year when able to (66 per cent to destinations that are a drive away) and are excited about visiting new places with loved ones, relaxing in nature, enjoying offbeat destinations and sharing their experiences and recommendations with others. A third would like to spend time travelling and working in different locations.
Here are top trends from the latest survey:
Looking forward to travelling:
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* While the timeline for travel recovery depends on a number of external factors such as vaccination coverage, Indians continue to be eager to get back to travelling and connecting with new people and places
* The survey showed that 43 per cent would expect or plan to travel in the year and 66 per cent would consider trips that are within driving distance
* More than a third of respondents (36 per cent ) would like to travel and explore new places with loved ones. About eight in ten (78 per cent ) said they would like to be closer to their family in order to receive or provide support
Flexible living and working:
* A third of Indian travellers (33 per cent ) would like to spend time travelling and working 'anywhere' in different locations, in a post-pandemic world.
* About two-thirds (62 per cent ) of respondents say they would opt for off-peak times of the year to travel.
Hosted travel catering to desire for flexibility and unique experiences:
* Seven in ten (69 per cent ) respondents are interested in unique accommodations when they travel next (formats such as heritage homes, havelis, farm stays and villas), and a third (35 per cent ) say that they are very likely to stay in unique accommodations when they travel next
* GenZ (70 per cent ) and Millennials (73 per cent ), who comprise a large pool of current and future travellers, are leading this trend.
* We expect a travel rebound unlike anything we have seen before, and we've made it easy for anyone who wants to host and take advantage of the coming travel surge. Half of new listings globally that were both activated and booked in early 2021 got a reservation request within four days, and for the year ending April 30, 2021, the average annual earnings per Homes Host who has welcomed at least one guest on Airbnb was about US$9,600.
Nature travel continues to inspire:
black concrete road surrounded by brown rocks Photo by Jake Blucker on Unsplash
* Nature travel continues to be preferred by four in ten (40 per cent ) respondents.
* Hill stations seem to be a popular choice, with 44 per cent of Indian residents wanting to visit destinations such as Manali, Mussoorie, Nainital, Ooty, Munnar, Coorg, and Kashmir.
*The beaches of Goa, Kerala, and Pondicherry are also sought-after destinations for Indian travellers (38 per cent ).
* In addition, Gen Z (25 per cent ) and Millennials (23 per cent ) hope to explore offbeat travel to new destinations such as visiting a wildlife reserve, when they travel next, compared with Baby Boomers
Capturing travel experiences and sharing them with loved ones:
*Thinking about ways they can remember their trip, six in ten (59 per cent ) Indian residents hoping to embark on a holiday say they will take pictures as a way of remembering their trip, with close to half (47 per cent ) saying they will share stories with loved ones.
Commenting on these trends, Amanpreet Bajaj, General Manager -- Airbnb India, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan, said, "As many of us think of travelling again, stepping out of the door will be about spending quality time with loved ones and creating new memories in unique destinations nearby or in nature. It will also be about exploring more flexible ways to live and work in a new world. Reflecting these preferences in India and around the world, Airbnb recently launched more than 100 upgrades that include new ways for customers to discover unique nearby destinations and easier ways to sign up to be a host on Airbnb."
(Article originally published at IANSlife)IANS/SS
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