usiness man with laptop working on the beach

Is it ok to keep collecting those unused vacation days, and work poolside instead? Workcation. Two words that aren’t friends are joining forces lately to offer employees a vacation, but with work involved. Yes, it’s a conundrum, but the “workcation” is here to stay. Have you taken a “workcation?” Like it? Hate it? Accept it?

According to Project: Time Off, regular vacation time continues to be on the decline in America, and workers aren’t using all of the vacation days each year. So instead of leaving unused vacation time to waste away into oblivion, is it better to take a workcation?

So, What Is a Workcation Anyway?

Instead of taking vacation days off with your employer, workers are opting to work on the road. So, whether it be in a cafe in New York City, or poolside in Orlando, workers who want to travel but not use precious vacation days are emailing, taking conference calls, and other work-related projects, while trying to squeeze in a little rest and relaxation.

Man sitting with laptop at the edge of a pool, working while on vacation.

Renting a poolside cabana for the day to work remotely might sound like a feasible option. In between responding to emails and calls back at the office, sneak in a dip in the pool for a bit of exercise, and even a mid-afternoon nap. Or, create a remote office in your vacation condo kitchen or dining space, where you can check in with work when needed. Even choose to wear your Apple Watch while navigating a theme park – checking emails while waiting to ride a new roller coaster. Have you tried it?

The Positives

A few positives of a workcation can include:

  1. A change in scenery to promote new motivations
  2. Balancing your work and time off  
  3. Adding more vacation time into your lives
  4. Being more productive when returning back to work
  5. Not feeling behind and stressed when returning back to work

The Negatives

  1. Are you really relaxing?
  2. Perception of others back at the office?
  3. Many employees are tied to a certain location.
  4. Can “workcations” without true vacations lead to burnout?


What are your thoughts on “workcations?” Are they acceptable to take, as long as you are also taking a real vacation with zero connection back to the office? Or, are they hurting the benefits of an actual vacation – no recharge, no healthy lifestyle, no productivity? Do you even like the name “workcation”? Are we forcing our beloved vacations to mix in with the wrong crowd? Should we simply call it what it is, “working remotely”, and invite our vacation time to be a part of our lives much more often? Food for thought.

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