If the view from your new office of choice opens to breaking waves and a palm-fronded beach or a wide-angle shot of snow-clad Himalayan peaks through an arbour of wild, pink-and-white bougainvillea, you are working away from home. It’s the newest trend catching on with a range of professionals tired of hunkering down in their bedroom/living room offices since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and a nationwide lockdown since March. As days turned into months and the nation slowly unlocked, the itch to go someplace got worse than the ring on a dog’s tail and people started looking for a way out of their Covid cages—keep the job and work (the pay cheque is important), yet be on a holiday. All one needs is WiFi, a fairly decent wallet and the will to get out—the kind of things exhausted and bored folks working from home shared when they were a few too many drinks deep into the night. Thus was born the workcation or bleisure, a portmanteau of work and vacation or business and leisure.
Call it the positive effect of work from home (WFH)—an Oxford English Dictionary top phrase of 2020—as it allows the freedom of working from anywhere. Family time is not compromised and kids can continue online classes uninterrupted. So long as there’s WiFi, a pool and a lawn at a fully serviced home, mountains or sea, since you can’t have both, people will spend weeks/months working out of private homes, villas, cottages and homesteads at a drivable distance from the city.