Most office workers have spent the majority of the past 18 months working from home. Now that all social distancing restrictions have been lifted, a lot of employees are heading back into the office.

This isn’t the case for all of us though, with a number of leading businesses formally adopting hybrid working models, giving up office space, or extending their work from home order.

Working from home has been positive in a lot of ways for us. Not only are many of us more productive, but it also offers us the opportunity for a better work-life balance, which is something we don’t want to part with as restrictions are lifted.

Work staycations become more popular

While much of the time we’ve spent working from home has been under lockdown restrictions, we’ve had periods of relaxed restrictions that have allowed us to go shopping, to bars, and stay in hotels.

As of December 2020, a Huawei survey found that 10% of UK workers had taken a ‘work staycation’ – a holiday away from home in which they still worked. The change of scenery is enough to refresh our minds during the working day, with the opportunity to explore a new area after logging off.

With lockdown restrictions preventing many of us from seeing loved ones, a lot of people took the opportunity to visit family members or friends living in other parts of the UK, working from their home for a week or so.

Alice, a 24-year-old marketer from Newcastle, said: “I’ve been to visit my sister a few times in Norwich over the past few months as restrictions have started to lift. It’s been an amazing opportunity to spend time with her because I don’t see her very often. Thanks to working from home, I’ve been able to do this more frequently without having to take a lot of time off work.”

People are ditching big cities

As well as a rise in work staycations, research has shown many of us are leaving the big cities to move to more rural, scenic, and affordable locations. A TalkTalk survey found that two in five office workers have moved or considered moving during the pandemic, with many leaving convenient city locations for smaller market towns thanks to more flexible working.

This is offering us a great opportunity to reside in more picturesque locations that may be further away from our offices but are still commutable. For those whose employers are offering full-time home-working, the possibilities are endless.

The rise of the digital nomads

Some of us are going even further afield in our quest to find a new working from home destination. Digital nomadism, where people travel to a new country while working remotely for a company in their homeland, is on the rise, and the UK ranks highly in the list of best countries for being a digital nomad. In early 2021, the number of long-term stays booked through Airbnb increased from 14% of all bookings to 24%. What’s more, 11% of its customers booking long-term stays say they are living a nomadic lifestyle.

In response to our global wanderlust, countries around the world, including Greece, Germany, Mexico, Barbados, Thailand, and Italy, have launched digital nomad visas. Some digital nomads are using standard tourist visas because their employment isn’t tied to their new country, but these new visas offer longer stays and specific allowances for remote working.

Nestpick created a ranking of the best cities for digital nomads and the ‘work from anywhere’ generation to live in, with Australia’s Melbourne topping the list. The ranking included the cost of living, infrastructure, freedom and laws, weather, and access to medical care.

How can you get involved?

Moving to a sunny climate for a few months – or potentially longer – and working on a beach or in an otherwise picturesque location is the dream for many of us. We know, though, that it’s not viable for all of us.

For those of us with children, we can’t drop everything and dash off to a sunnier climate. What’s more, going full digital nomad is the most expensive of these options, meaning it’s limited to people in especially strong financial positions. If you’re young with the financial means to jet off to a new country to fulfil your digital nomad dreams, we say go for it!

If you have family dotted around the UK and young children, why not take them on a trip to visit their relatives for a week or so? Getting away from your own four walls will help to stimulate you and your children mentally. This can reinvigorate you even while working, so you don’t have to take time off work to enjoy a vacation with family.

Even if you don’t have children, this offers a great opportunity to spend time with loved ones without worrying about eating away your annual leave. Even a longer stay with a couple of days off work can do you the world of good – research shows that short breaks away from work can be better for our mental health than longer breaks with a “big” holiday. Mini-breaks give you a chance to pack light – a smaller case complete with light clothing and a little washbag will do perfectly!

The shift to home-working that was sped up by the pandemic has created a new generation of floating workers. Whether we’re taking a work staycation for a week or we’re swapping the UK for a sunnier climate, we’re making the most of the opportunities afforded by working from home.

You may also be interested in these articles:

Sponsored Video

Register, Login or Login with your Social Media account:


Upcoming FE Events

Advertiser Skyscrapers

Latest Education News

Further Education News

The FE News Channel gives you the latest education news and updates on emerging education strategies and the #FutureofEducation and the #FutureofWork.

Providing trustworthy and positive Further Education news and views since 2003, we are a digital news channel with a mixture of written word articles, podcasts and videos. Our specialisation is providing you with a mixture of the latest education news, our stance is always positive, sector building and sharing different perspectives and views from thought leaders, to provide you with a think tank of new ideas and solutions to bring the education sector together and come up with new innovative solutions and ideas.

FE News publish exclusive peer to peer thought leadership articles from our feature writers, as well as user generated content across our network of over 3000 Newsrooms, offering multiple sources of the latest education news across the Education and Employability sectors.

FE News also broadcast live events, podcasts with leading experts and thought leaders, webinars, video interviews and Further Education news bulletins so you receive the latest developments in Skills News and across the Apprenticeship, Further Education and Employability sectors.

Every week FE News has over 200 articles and new pieces of content per week. We are a news channel providing the latest Further Education News, giving insight from multiple sources on the latest education policy developments, latest strategies, through to our thought leaders who provide blue sky thinking strategy, best practice and innovation to help look into the future developments for education and the future of work.

In Jan 2021, FE News had over 173,000 unique visitors according to Google Analytics and over 200 new pieces of news content every week, from thought leadership articles, to the latest education news via written word, podcasts, video to press releases from across the sector, putting us in the top 2,000 websites in the UK.

We thought it would be helpful to explain how we tier our latest education news content and how you can get involved and understand how you can read the latest daily Further Education news and how we structure our FE Week of content:

Main Features

Our main features are exclusive and are thought leadership articles and blue sky thinking with experts writing peer to peer news articles about the future of education and the future of work. The focus is solution led thought leadership, sharing best practice, innovation and emerging strategy. These are often articles about the future of education and the future of work, they often then create future education news articles. We limit our main features to a maximum of 20 per week, as they are often about new concepts and new thought processes. Our main features are also exclusive articles responding to the latest education news, maybe an insight from an expert into a policy announcement or response to an education think tank report or a white paper.

FE Voices

FE Voices was originally set up as a section on FE News to give a voice back to the sector. As we now have over 3,000 newsrooms and contributors, FE Voices are usually thought leadership articles, they don’t necessarily have to be exclusive, but usually are, they are slightly shorter than Main Features. FE Voices can include more mixed media with the Further Education News articles, such as embedded podcasts and videos. Our sector response articles asking for different comments and opinions to education policy announcements or responding to a report of white paper are usually held in the FE Voices section. If we have a live podcast in an evening or a radio show such as SkillsWorldLive radio show, the next morning we place the FE podcast recording in the FE Voices section.

Sector News

In sector news we have a blend of content from Press Releases, education resources, reports, education research, white papers from a range of contributors. We have a lot of positive education news articles from colleges, awarding organisations and Apprenticeship Training Providers, press releases from DfE to Think Tanks giving the overview of a report, through to helpful resources to help you with delivering education strategies to your learners and students.


We have a range of education podcasts on FE News, from hour long full production FE podcasts such as SkillsWorldLive in conjunction with the Federation of Awarding Bodies, to weekly podcasts from experts and thought leaders, providing advice and guidance to leaders. FE News also record podcasts at conferences and events, giving you one on one podcasts with education and skills experts on the latest strategies and developments.

We have over 150 education podcasts on FE News, ranging from EdTech podcasts with experts discussing Education 4.0 and how technology is complimenting and transforming education, to podcasts with experts discussing education research, the future of work, how to develop skills systems for jobs of the future to interviews with the Apprenticeship and Skills Minister.

We record our own exclusive FE News podcasts, work in conjunction with sector partners such as FAB to create weekly podcasts and daily education podcasts, through to working with sector leaders creating exclusive education news podcasts.

Education Video Interviews

FE News have over 700 FE Video interviews and have been recording education video interviews with experts for over 12 years. These are usually vox pop video interviews with experts across education and work, discussing blue sky thinking ideas and views about the future of education and work.


FE News has a free events calendar to check out the latest conferences, webinars and events to keep up to date with the latest education news and strategies.

FE Newsrooms

The FE Newsroom is home to your content if you are a FE News contributor. It also help the audience develop relationship with either you as an individual or your organisation as they can click through and ‘box set’ consume all of your previous thought leadership articles, latest education news press releases, videos and education podcasts.

Do you want to contribute, share your ideas or vision or share a press release?

If you want to write a thought leadership article, share your ideas and vision for the future of education or the future of work, write a press release sharing the latest education news or contribute to a podcast, first of all you need to set up a FE Newsroom login (which is free): once the team have approved your newsroom (all content, newsrooms are all approved by a member of the FE News team- no robots are used in this process!), you can then start adding content (again all articles, videos and podcasts are all approved by the FE News editorial team before they go live on FE News). As all newsrooms and content are approved by the FE News team, there will be a slight delay on the team being able to review and approve content.

 RSS IconRSS Feed Selection Page