For those weary of working from home, Balance Holidays has created trips that let digital nomads combine business with wellbeing. Rose Dykins reports
Balance Holidays is running a series of curated “wellbeing workations” that let digital nomads stay as long as they want at partner properties in Europe and the UK.
A booking platform for sustainable wellbeing retreats across the continent, Balance Holidays has pivoted its business model to cater for remote workers in need of a change of scene during the pandemic.
“People are looking at ways to make the new life model sustainable,” says Balance Holidays. “Unnecessary work-travel has been cut down significantly but the need to work, fused with a hungry desire to escape our urban abode remains.“People want to work in safe, peaceful, private locations that are naturally conducive to wellbeing. With abundant space to move around in nature during their free time. There is a strong need to combine wellbeing and work to preserve our mental health during these uncertain times.”
To offer this, Balance Holidays has created longer-stay options – bookable for a minimum of one week – where guests combine their working life with a wellbeing programme at one of its three partner retreats in France, Italy and England, with more destinations to follow.It means guests can start their working day with a horseback ride or breath work workshop before opening their laptop, and enjoy healthy, farm-to-table meals served throughout their day. And, during the weekends of their stay, customers can opt for a full schedule of wellbeing experiences and treatments.
Starting from £1,300, the entry level package includes all meals, wifi and a private space to work, access to gym equipment and mats and two or three activities per week (such as fitness classes, yoga, or life-enhancing workshops).
On top of this, it’s possible to book babysitting services, cultural guided tours, excursions, cooking classes, horseback rides and wine tastings.Globetrender has previously reported on how the pandemic has been a catalyst for digital nomadism. At a time where many people are no longer tied to a physical workspace due to the need to work remotely, this gives some workers the freedom to work from anywhere, and, when travel is possible, pack their laptop for a working holiday.
In Globetrender’s Travel Trend Forecast 2021, the trend for “Utopian Workations” is identified something that will shape the travel industry in the near future. This year, we will see more travel brands and destinations tailor their offerings to attract remote workers looking to escape their own four walls and experience somewhere new.