More people around the world have decided they want to work remotely even long after many employers were required to have their staff stay at home and away from the office due to the pandemic. Many people enjoy the freedom and the work/life balance improvements afforded by working in the comfort of their homes or away from their homes in new and pleasant surroundings.
Working from the beach, for example, can be one of the many benefits of remote work. The stress-free, natural environment with plenty of sunshine and fresh air contribute to the employee’s health and well-being.
The Best Beach Destinations for Remote Working Trips
Some of the best places to work remotely are beaches in countries favorable to remote work. Many countries worldwide have implemented plans to allow remote work visas to attract digital nomads, boost the local tourist economy, and increase tax revenues.
The essential elements of a successful work trip to the beach are the ability to get the work done legally and an internet connection. For the former, the legal capacity to work in a country includes having the correct work visa and not overstaying the visa. For the internet connection, there may be WiFi spots on beaches to connect and upload work, you could turn your phone into a WiFi Hotspot, or you could upload your work at the hotel.
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Countries With Beaches Where You Can Work Remotely
These countries include many island nations in the Caribbean, Asia, Latin America, and Africa, with beautiful tropical beach settings perfect for setting up a laptop and a cold drink to get work done in peace and serenity.
Cabarete Beach, The Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic has beautiful beach scenes and a low cost of living, making the Caribbean a popular destination for remote workers to visit and work from, whether on a short trip or an extended stay with a visa.
Santo Domingo can be a popular remote work hub for those wanting to work in a city. Cabarete may be a good choice. You can rent a beachfront apartment for $100 per night or $1000 per month. You can rent a hostel for short trips and basic accommodation for $15 per night. You can use mobile internet, but most accommodations should have internet.
A visa for visiting for business work is a business visa. You can obtain this visa from a Dominican Embassy or Consulate. If long-term work is desired, a temporary residence permit and a Business Visa for Work Purposes (NM1) can be obtained.
Costa da Caparica, Portugal
Costa da Caparica, Portugal, has miles of sandy coastline and plenty of surfing for remote workers. WiFi is available at co-working spaces and on the boardwalk. Working at beach bars is possible—tennis courts and gardens.
Digital nomads who are not citizens of Portugal or from the EU or EEA/Switzerland countries need a work permit to stay and work in Portugal longer than three months. After that, they must apply for a work visa for less than six months and a residence permit to work longer than six months.
Okinawa Beaches, Japan
Japan is an island nation with many beaches, with Okinawa Prefecture being one of the most popular places to find tropical rainforests and beaches. Throughout the country, Japan has fast internet speeds and good internet connections. There are beautiful beaches across the nation, including the main island of Honshu near Tokyo, and plenty of cultural and historical sites for remote workers to enjoy, along with Japanese cuisine and city nightlife.
You can secure comfortable four-star lodging at Seragaki Beach, where you can enjoy the white sand beaches and sub-tropical climate while working remotely. Enjoy Japanese cuisine while getting work done using the hotel’s internet connectivity before taking time off to hit the beach and water activities.
Government programs that seek to attract digital nomads have assisted hotels and other accommodations in offering teleworking amenities such as workspaces, meeting rooms, and workstation packages that include the use of the pool and spa.
Dubai Marina, United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates is a nation in Western Asia bordering the Persian Gulf. Dubai, one of the nation's seven emirates and the most populated city, has famous beaches that attract tourists worldwide, including digital nomads. The local sites include the Al Fahidi historical district, luxury hotels, and plenty of white sand beaches and turquoise seascapes.
Dubai Marina is a neighborhood that offers beach views and proximity to the city, including shared working spaces for remote workers. Work visa programs allow for easy remote work nationwide, including a new one-year residency permit for digital nomads to work remotely for their company while living in the emirate.
Da Nang, Vietnam
On the coast of Vietnam, Da Nang is a city with beaches where communities of expatriates and digital nomads enjoy the weather, water sports, and the proximity to national parks. Co-working spaces allow remote workers to get work done with computers, high-speed internet, meeting rooms, and even game rooms. Enjoy the local cuisine while you work from the beach.
Foreign nationals must get a visa issued by the Vietnamese embassy or consulate to stay in Vietnam. The visa type depends on the applicant's citizenship, and the duration ranges from 14 to 90 days.
Vietnam’s e-visa system allows for entry of 30 days for workers from 81 countries. To work for longer than 30 days, a longer-term visa or multiple entry visa is required. Remote workers can apply to stay and work for up to two years.
How To Prepare for Remote Working Trips
Before making a trip as a digital nomad, there are a few things to plan. You’ll need to make sure you have a work visa in countries that require it if you plan to stay in the country for an extended time. Depending on where you are from, some countries may not need a work visa.
Some countries in the EU may not require a visa if you are from another EU country. You will need to apply for and be approved for a work permit before entering the country. This will allow you to stay in the country for a limited time, depending on the visa. Visas may take some time to get approved, so the application should be planned.
Finally, you will need to be able to connect to the internet to interact with your employer or to upload your work. Hotels may have WiFi, a business room where you can use computers and print documents, or an internet cafe nearby.
Tips on Retaining Your Company’s Talent
Employers with employees working from the beach may have better retention because their workers are working somewhere they enjoy, in the fresh air, and far from the stress and drama of the office. Contractors may set their hours and work when and where they want to because they are selling a service to a client. Employees, however, are typically scheduled to work for the employer. For example, employees may have a 40-hour workweek and work eight hours daily starting a certain day. That doesn’t mean employers must set rigid schedules.
One way to improve employees' work/life balance is to allow flexible work, allowing employees to work a less rigid schedule. To retain talented employees, companies may offer more time off and allow employees to work a less strict schedule, whether at home or on the beach.
Being able to work for any global company hiring for remote work is another benefit to remote work, allowing employees to choose from any globally expanding company looking for candidates from all over the world to fill their remote roles. Some of the best places to work remotely are beaches, where workers can get sunshine, fresh air, and plenty of work done at the same time. Working from beach settings may also improve an employee's health and wellness.
One of the ways companies can hire remote international employees and independent contractors is by partnering with a global employment and payroll platform such as an employer of record service like Skuad.
An Employer of Record platform also ensures compliance with employment laws and tax regulations. All visa requirements are also covered, which lets foreign nationals travel as digital nomads and work temporarily in one country for the duration of the visa and then on to the next country. Some of those countries could be the exotic, tropical, tranquil, and beautiful locales covered in this article.
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