The pandemic and the digital nomads

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11 Nov 2020, 10:13 AM IST

Take a workation!


Take a workation!

Long hours in front of the laptop, no proper coffee or lunch breaks, talking to everyone virtually… You are indoors and safe but that has been the case since March and now everyday feels the same! Wouldn’t it be great if you could step out of your house, go to a place where there’s less pollution, surrounded by hills or by the sea, but still working? The idea of workation is catching up with the young now more than ever, thanks to the pandemic. (Pic: Saffronstays)

Work, log off and chill


Work, log off and chill

Working while on a vacation, might sound odd to some people, but after being cooped in the house for months this seems to be a perfect way out. Also, after logging off, you are not confined within the four walls but can step out for some leisure activities. The hospitality industry which has been battered by the Covid pandemic is now opening up and offering various packages for long and short stays, one of the things included in these are high speed internet. (Pic: Saffronstays)

It's all about health and safety


It’s all about health and safety

A report released by Thomas Cook – Holiday Readiness Travel Report – Future of Travel post COVID-19 revealed that for 75% respondents health & safety ranks as the primary concern and 35% were willing to increase their spends to ensure higher levels of hygiene and sanitation. Meanwhile, 72% respondents preferred reputed brands across their journey – including tour operators, hotel chains, etc. (Pic: Airbnb)

What's your budget?


What’s your budget?

Looking for a budget stay and want to meet new people? Then you can check into a hostel. Companies like Zostel’s workation and staycation packages start from Rs 6,500 (Rs 217/ per night) for a dorm bed, Rs 17,000 (Rs 567/night) for a private room. Airbnb has launched an Enhanced Cleaning Protocol for local hosts in India. The initiative provides guidance on how to clean and sanitise their homes to prevent the spread of the virus. (Pic: Zostel)

Check into a homestay


Check into a homestay

Surrounded by lush green or cold icy mountains with springs, homestays offer the calmness of nature. As Covid cases continue to rise in cities, people are choosing the smaller towns where these homestays are located. According to Ankita Sheth, Co-Founder Vista Rooms, some of these high-end homestays are inclusive, private, and spacious, with amenities, like a kid’s play area, gym, swimming pools, kitchen, laundry, lobby, and terrace. Everything here is accessible to the guests. Seth says one family or group can stay at a time, so maintaining social distancing is easy. The cost of staying at such places might vary from Rs 75000 to Rs 1 lakh per night. (Pic: Treehouse/Aribnb)

Driving away the blues


Driving away the blues

Many people are going for a quick weekend break on drive-cation. Some of the top choices include Mount Abu, Udaipur, Jaipur, Agra, Nainital, Alwar, Mandarmoni, Puri and Kollam. There are others who are stepping out of the country to go to places like Dubai and Maldives.


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