Revival of business trips: Top cities for Workcations

Combining work and travel is a great way to make the most of remote working, whilst being able to take care of your physical and mental health.

But where in the world should you go for the best wellness experience if you’re taking a workcation?

The flexibility afforded by work-from-home arrangements has essentially freed those workers to do their jobs from anywhere with a reliable internet connection. The ‘workation’ trend now booming, Icelandair, Iceland’s flagship airline, has analyzed over 100 of the most prominent cities in the world to uncover where’s best to take a wellness workcation.

From internet speed, to the cost of living, to the average working hours, Icelandair analysed the data to find average scores, and then ranked them in order.

You can find the full report with the ranking below.

Kansas City is the best city for a workcation, followed by Vienna and Wellington

City

Country

Quality of Life Index

Cost of Living

Safety Index

Health Care Index

Traffic Commute Time Index

Internet Download Speed (Mbps)

Climate Index

Average Working Hours

Air Pollution

Noise & Light Pollution

Overall Score

Overall Rank

Kansas City

United States

186.71

66.33

42.26

75.4

26.11

54.99

75.08

1767

23.26

35.37

32.5

1

Vienna

Austria

182.54

68.02

73.75

78.69

26.35

31.7

81.77

1400

16.83

34.3

33.2

2

Wellington

New Zealand

198.18

78.68

71.21

74.9

27.74

52.86

97.68

1739

3.88

31.25

34.9

3

Copenhagen

Denmark

183.75

89.57

72.67

77.57

28.56

107.78

83.74

1346

18.08

32.84

34.9

4

Edinburgh

United Kingdom

180.43

72.89

70.17

80.81

28.85

28.51

84.01

1367

25.4

37.5

36.5

5

Victoria

Canada

186.72

74.6

64.07

69.88

28.47

23.66

92.52

1644

7.28

32.19

37

6

Perth

Australia

190.18

80.51

58

77.48

35.62

32.26

95.71

1683

17.01

32.19

38.1

7

Frankfurt

Germany

176.34

71.53

56.2

74.85

25.01

37.5

84.72

1332

35.96

50

38.7

8

Brisbane

Australia

189.36

81.46

65.27

82.09

39.88

32.26

98.07

1683

17.19

33.56

40

9

Helsinki

Finland

176.05

77.25

73.84

76.87

30.67

79.4

62.79

1531

10.31

25.2

40.1

10

You can find out more information on the wellness workcations and travel tips on Iceldandair’s website, here: https://www.icelandair.com/blog/wellness-travel-report/.

A Traveller’s Guide to Jet Lag

To help travelers make the most of their trip, Icelandair have put together a guide to jet lag for those whose dream destinations cross time zones.

Depending on which direction you’re travelling in, the way you experience jet lag, especially changes in sleeping patterns, will be different. This is because you are either moving to a time zone that is several hours behind, or one that is ahead.

Westward travel (time zone behind):

  • Generally experience early awakening (pre-dawn) and uncharacteristic sleepiness in the evenings.

Eastward travel (time zone ahead):

  • Difficulty sleeping in the new destination at bedtime and difficulty waking up in the morning.

Same time zone:

  • Very few to no problems.

Travellers generally find eastward travel harder than westward as it’s easier to delay your internal clock than advance it.

Looking after yourself during long-haul flights

Before you even get to your destination, the process of taking a long haul flight can be a draining one. From preparing properly before you travel to making sure you are drinking enough during the flight, we have some tips to help make sure your journey is as comfortable as it can be.

Tips

Overview

Prep before you leave

Try adjusting your sleep pattern to your new time zone early. If you’re travelling west, aim to sleep an hour later, and if you’re going east aim to go to sleep an hour earlier.

Arrive early

Allow 1-2 days between arriving and any important meetings or events you may be attending to allow your body time to adjust to the new time zone.

Plan your arrival time

Aim to arrive in the early evening and to stay up till at least 10pm. This will help you to get into local sleep-wake times as soon as possible.

Stay hydrated

The cabin air can be particularly drying, so be sure to drink lots of water before, during and after your flight to counter its affects. Dehydration is known to make jet lag worse too, so it’s particularly key here to stay hydrated.

Regulate meal times

To avoid feeling hungry at irregular times in your destination time zone, try to eat meals closer to the time you’ll be eating them when you arrive.

Be prepared

Getting a good night’s sleep once you’ve arrived can be tricky in a new environment. Bring earplugs and an eye mask to reduce any unwanted noise and block out unwanted light.

Below we’ve included the methodology and sources:

Methodology:

To reveal the best cities for a wellness workcation, we collated a list of 115 global cities and analysed a variety of factors. We specifically looked at:

Factors:

Quality of Life IndexCost of Living Safety Index Health Care IndexInternet SpeedAverage Working Hours (Total, Hours/worker, 2020 or latest available)Climate Index Traffic Commute Time Index Noise & Light Pollution (100 worst – 0 best)Air Quality (100 worst – 0 best)Happiness Index

Sources:

numbeo.comfastmetrics.comdata.oecd.orghappiness-report.s3.amazonaws.com

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