digital nomadism was inevitable for the 21st century, even
before words like "lockdown", "Zoom" and "fit-to-fly" had entered
the universal lexicon. We just didn't know it would happen so fast.
In our pandemic-present day, the phenomenon of location-independent
working has fast become the norm, but - as many of us discovered
over the various lockdowns of the past couple of years - remote
working can be lonely, dull and void of spontaneous
That said, the allure of working from sunnier, foreign climes
still trumps the call of an office desk for most, which is where
co-working retreats come in. Sociable, well-equipped and in some of
the most appealing city, beach and jungle settings across the
globe, these spaces offer the ideal platform for getting that
all-important work-life balance right. From wildly beautiful,
surf-centric escapes to high-spec, women-only co-living solutions,
these are the hangouts to seek out when a spot of hot-desking
Network and chill: the best working holiday retreats around the
One for outdoorsy types, global co-working platform Outsite
works in the same way as Airbnb, but with additional benefits such
as communal spaces designed for community gatherings and the loan
of outdoor gear, including bikes and surfboards, at no extra
charge. With locations across the US, Europe, Latin America and
Asia, this smart-working outfit has garnered a great reputation
among remote creatives for its laid-back, accessible approach to
Marrying the aesthetic of a boutique hotel with the
practicalities of a hostel, Selina's co-working spaces all focus on
wellness and exude a sense of calm - we're talking free at-desk
massages, meditation sessions and "chill nets" suspended from the
ceiling of communal spaces. Founded in a small Panamanian fishing
town and growing fast, the brand now has outposts in 13 locations,
from Mexican jungles to Portuguese beaches and in urban
metropolises including São Paulo, Athens, Chicago and
Combining the therapeutic powers of surfing and yoga with a
co-working setup, SunDesk is where the term "work-life balance"
takes on a whole new meaning. Based on the shores of Taghazout - a
forever-sunny fishing village on Morocco's Atlantic coast - the
co-living brand's ethos is that work and play are of equal
importance. As a result, guests not only enjoy comfortable
co-working spaces (complete with high-speed internet, fresh fruit
and ever-whizzing ceiling fans), but surf lessons, yoga sessions
and a running club, too.
One of the first workation communities to spring up when the
co-working trend arrived in the early 2010s, Unsettled is a travel
network for professionals on the hunt for a working holiday.
Curating one-month international retreats in locations such as
Bali, Greece and Costa Rica, the brand also offers clients a
"Lifestyle Incubator" - a four-week programme designed to guide
digital nomads towards success in their chosen career.
The first women-only co-living space of its kind, Behere caters
to the ever-growing number of location-independent working women,
offering monthly co-living, co-working and fitness memberships in
cities around the world. Stay on a month-to-month basis for as long
as you like, and don't fret about the logistical details - the
brand's all-in-one booking process and on-the-ground city hosts
will take care of all the admin for you - including your flights.
All you'll need to do is pack your bags, log on and get going.