Escape coronavirus cabin fever and work from anywhere
With companies like Facebook, Twitter and Slack announcing indefinite working from home policies, Americans are hitting the road and working from anywhere. And if the title of this article caught your attention, you might be one of the lucky ones with this amazing perk. People are already taking advantage of the new office situation. The company that makes Airstreams and other recreational vehicles attributed this new behavior to reports of better than expected earnings.
Hauling your personal belongings across the country is an open road of possibilities. But if you don’t want to make the investment of purchasing an RV or put in all the work that goes behind planning and setting up your temporary home to move again, we got you covered. Take an extended vacation and work from anywhere.
Grow as you do something that sparks joy
Changing work sceneries can help you combat cabin fever, give you the opportunity to learn and experience new things, or get back into activities you love but can’t do because of where you currently live. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to do something that takes time to become certified, now is the time. Maybe you’ll want to live near the beach for 3-4 weeks to become scuba certified and enjoy your new hobby before or after work hours.
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Choosing where to go
With states reopening at their own pace do your homework to ensure the draws to the destination are open for your enjoyment. We’ve created a domestic travel tracker to help you in the planning stages of choosing a destination. Since businesses may choose to remain closed, take your research analog and pick up the phone to confirm openings and make reservations when possible.
Traveling internationally at this time might be tricky as there is still a Global Level 4 Health Advisory by the Department of State to not travel. The good news is that the U.S. has 3.797 million square miles to explore. There are many places you can visit and things to do. To get you in the planning mindset we’ve rounded up seven distinct destinations across the country.
Ensure that your accommodations provide a strong WiFi connection to keep your workflow efficient.
North of the Big Sur lies the quaintest beach town you might confuse with a fairy tale book. Cottages and homes line up the hill facing Carmel Bay with residential roads leading to the diverse town center. Rated one of America's top beach towns, Carmel has something for everyone beyond beach bums making it the perfect place to work from anywhere. Founded in 1902, the town boasts museums and the rich history of the Carmel Mission. You’ll get to taste the flavors of the region through wine tastings and locally sourced food. Find mindfulness by the ocean or nearby scenic trails. And celebrate the works of artists, writers, and poets who are the essence of the town’s vibrancy.
Charleston, South Carolina
Once at the center of the Revolutionary War, Charleston’s charm is a mix of contemporary city-vibes intertwined with the preservation of cobblestone streets and pastel antebellum houses.
The Peninsula—what the downtown area is known as—has an array of shops and southern eateries featuring some of the best BBQ I’ve tried and fresh seafood. For a more laid-back area with a homey feel for an extended stay, check out West Ashley. This residential area is within close proximity to outdoor recreation activities like golf and walking trails. Plus you get the best of both worlds: access to global fusion restaurants and small cafes, and major retailers for any need that might arise from being away from home.
Get transported to Germany without having to worry about border closures or having a passport. This Bavarian-styled village nestled in the Cascade Mountains is about a 2-hour drive from Seattle, WA. Its recreational areas are ideal for fishing, hiking, birding, climbing, and mountain biking during the summer and fall months. Outdoor enthusiasts rejoice–this might be your new post for working from home as the highest temperature in July is about 81 degrees Fahrenheit. Refuel at a local orchard or farm with fresh fruit. And if you don’t know when to visit, plan your stay around harvest season. Cherries in June; apricots, plums, and peaches in July; nectarines and apples in September; and pears in October.
Icicle Gorge Nature Trail Loop in Leavenworth, Washington by @jawpy
Mackinac Island, Michigan
Island escapes don’t always have to be tropical. This old trading post on Lake Michigan prohibits the use of any motor vehicle on the island, perfect for anyone looking to escape busy highways. The island’s state park and national forest attract many visitors during the summer. But worry not, there are plenty of accommodations—from hotel rooms to home rentals—so you’ll be able to find the perfect spot to work remotely. Work celebrations will taste a little sweeter with Mackinac’s world-famous fudge and Instagram-worthy sunsets.
Located in the south of the Green Mountain State, Manchester is known for its charming inns, boutique hotels, and historical flair. This New England town is home to the estate of Abraham Lincoln’s son, Robert, and sits right next to the oldest marble quarry in the U.S. Hike Mount Equinox, explore ice caves, or learn how to fly fish at Orvis’ fishing school. Admire the greenery that surrounds the town as you shop at designer outlets and pick up a book at Northshire Bookstore. On weekends visit nearby towns’ farmers market for fresh produce and dairy products. Truly a place where you can unplug outside the clock.
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
NSB for short is a surf town south of Daytona Beach. Work from an oceanfront rental or stay at a charming bed and breakfast. Wherever you stay, be ready to catch some gnarly waves. Grab a bite at laid-back eateries in the Canal Street Historic District or a waterside restaurant after a paddleboarding session. Find bliss as you bike through town and the beach. This quaint East Coast beach town attracts many artists so be sure to stroll into a few galleries for inspiration and grab a piece to bring back home.
A ski town in the winter, a hiker’s heaven in the summer. Just north of Salt Lake City lies a town straight out of a Western movie. The rustic flair of the town is complemented with a long list of outdoor activities you can enjoy in the summer and fall. Enjoy over 210 miles of hiking trails, cool off on the Ogden River, or try rock climbing. Embrace the area’s rustic charm and opt to stay at a bed and breakfast. Learn about cowboy history at the Union Station Museum and be transported to Prohibition-era style speakeasies.