How to Make a Workation Your Most Productive Time of the Year

A workation takes distinct preparation to make successful.

Janette Hoefer
2 min readAug 1, 2022


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Some think it’s a fancy term for a vacation, others assume it’s an excuse. But a workation can be really productive if you prep it right.

Working and being in a beautiful place: A workation is the best of both worlds for me. It gives me energy, motivation, and inspiration.

But it takes distinct preparation to make it an enriching experience for business and life, too.

I went on a 4-week workation in April. It went so well that I just planned another one. This is how I prepare to make sure it’s something I can do in ADDITION to vacation.

🧨 𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗗𝗬: 𝗣𝗿𝗲𝗽𝗮𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻

When planning a workation, I ensure I have all the equipment I need with me.
For example: I know I can work just with just my laptop alone. But I can work more efficiently when I have a few more things.

My packing list includes a second screen, mouse and keyboard, all the cables, a laptop stand, and even a portable daylight lamp.

I also check out if there are points of contact close by if something goes wrong, like an active digital nomad community and an Apple Store.

💥 𝗦𝗧𝗘𝗔𝗗𝗬: 𝗦𝗲𝘁𝘂𝗽

When booking, I make sure I have one, better two places to work from. With a real desk, where I can sit straight for a couple of hours, power, and Wi-Fi.

The place I stay has to offer these things, no matter if it is an Airbnb, Co-Living space, or hotel. Additionally, there should be a Co-Working space or at least cafés that don’t mind nearby.

Also, I’d never plan a workation with someone who’s vacationing.

🚀 𝗚𝗢: 𝗠𝗶𝗻𝗱𝘀𝗲𝘁

The make or break point: Personally, I don’t want a workation to be a single incident. I want it to be part of my lifestyle. Therefore, my work can’t drop in quantity or quality.

So, when I am at it, I know and feel there is no room for excuses: I can do this again if I thread it like a normal working phase — just in another place. If I don’t, I can’t. Period.

This is crucial, especially as I am my own boss. And it’s where I see many people fail. Those entrepreneurs ending up “not having time to work.” That actually is a vacation — or a sabbatical.

I’d love to hear about your experiences and tips. 😊



Janette Hoefer

🚀 Strategic Communications Consultant & Writer for Technolgy & SaaS Businesses🖊 Tech, Mindfulness, Personal Growth & Fitness Enthusiast 👾 Freelancer from🇩🇪