Working remotely at a beachside hotel in Koh Chang, Thailand. Why not have this lifestyle every now and then without quitting your full time job?

Combining vacation with remote working could be the next big company benefit

Americans are notorious for not using all their vacation days and particularly do not spend extended periods of time traveling. People in other countries look at us like we’re crazy workaholics…but there’s no reason we can’t be crazy workaholics and still see the world, right!

So let’s say you get the average 10 days of vacation in a year, that technically gives you 14 consecutive days (with weekends) to travel. That means you could get two, maybe three mini vacations (if you get creative with public holidays) a year.

Now imagine your company offers the perk of being able to work remotely for up to a week at a time (as long as it doesn’t interfere…get it approved…blah blah blah). All of the sudden you can jump on a plane on Friday night, take three days off which gives you five days of vacationing. Then you get to stick around for another 5 days working remotely, soaking in the culture and night life before heading back to the real world.

Sure working while traveling is not always the most fun, but at least you could spend those extra days working by a beautiful beach in Thailand…

My remote office while we were on the island of Koh Mak, Thailand. Amazing food, drinks and wifi all for what felt like pennies on the dollar.

…or at an outdoor beer garden in Prague…

Working from a beer garden in Prague, Czech Republic, where the beer is ridiculously cheap because it’s classified as a food and isn’t taxed the same as other beer in the EU.

…or on the beach in Bali…

Rented this beach chair that came with free strong Wifi and drink service…literally doesn’t get much better than this

If you really want to “live like a local”, one of the best things you can do is spend more time in a place and slow down. Working forces you to do just that. With more and more co-working spaces popping up all around the world, what better way to meet people and get their insider tips!

Experiences like this don’t just need to be for the backpackers and digital nomads any more. Plus you don’t need to wait for this to become an official policy to make it happen. As my grandmother always said:

“Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be opened.”