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Have You Heard Of Workations? Apparently They’re A Thing Now

Hard at work at a mountain lodge in Bhutan

Hard at work at a mountain lodge in Bhutan

This blog post is was created in collaboration with Pullman Hotels to help promote their #PullmanWorkation contest, but all opinions expressed are own and I am in no other way connected to this contest or Pullman Hotels.

There’s a lot of talk about digital nomads, but few people really understand what our lives entail. This is partly the fault of the media, which usually glosses over the challenges faced by entrepreneurs who run online businesses while traveling as well as we digital nomads who also highlight glamorous aspects of our lives while downplaying the difficulties.

I’m as guilty of this as anyone.

The truth is, running any business is a lot of work. It’s even more challenging when you’re spending hours of your precious work time in taxis and airplanes, checking into hotels, and searching for fast Internet connections.

Pullman Hotels recognizes our need for balance between enjoying exotic locations and putting in a good day of work, and as a brand have striven to separate themselves from the crowd by providing ideal accommodations for workations (work + vacation = workation). This is highlighted by their Global Nomad Campaign (check out the video below to see what I mean) and with their #PullmanWorkation contest.

To inspire people to find the elusive work-leisure balance on the road, #PullmanWorkation contest entrants upload either a photo or a video and short description of their favorite work hack that makes their job more enjoyable. My entry was a video about my conference room, a scenic spot by the ocean a short hike from my house, where I’ll often have business meetings by telephone.

Below are a couple of shots from the video, but to see the whole thing you’ll have to head over the contest page. If you like it, please vote for me! The winner will get a free two week stay at any Pullman Resort or hotel.

To vote for me, visit the contest page, click ‘View and Vote’ and then scroll down. You’ll have to hit the ‘view more’ button a few times to before you see mine come up, which is a short video called Oceanside Conference Room.

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My commute

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The conference room

If you have a work hack of your own, I highly recommend that you enter. Pullman has some beautiful hotels and I can think of few places I’d rather work from!

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4 Responses to Have You Heard Of Workations? Apparently They’re A Thing Now

  1. Marie October 26, 2015 at 10:19 am #

    I love you named it as workation. What I heard is the staycation 🙂 I sure will gonna be doing a workation for my next adventure. For the only way for me to be able to travel again, is by bringing my work with me 🙂 Thanks!

  2. Dagmar Leuenberger-Swift November 5, 2015 at 9:27 am #

    Hi Matt,
    We will be in Thailand for 3 months strarting Dec 2. Bangkok for 4 days then Hau Hin for a couple of weeks. Love to connect with you if you are in Thailand during our stay. Really good article, wish I had seen it earlier and voted for you. Love to hear from you.
    Dagmar

  3. Esther November 6, 2015 at 2:22 am #

    I’m too late. I could have vote for you. I sure be watching for the next one. Great blog you got. Keep it up!

  4. Elesha January 30, 2016 at 8:50 am #

    Matt, holy crap I love your blog! Ive just come across it and already browsed so many interesting and helpful articles, loved the one about the trip planning ap. Your photo’s are outstanding too. You have yourself a new reader!

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