Need a change of scenery? From Aruba to the Maldives, countries across the globe are luring tourists back with enticing remote work programs. If you are ready to swap your current home office views for palm trees and turquoise waters, here are some of the hottest destinations to work from “home” in paradise.
Aruba just launched its “One Happy Workation” program, welcoming remote workers to live and work in Aruba for up to 90 days and offering them deals and discounted rates at local hotels, chain resorts, and rental homes. To participate, you will have to book one of the travel packages within the program for a minimum of one week and up to 90 days. While remote workers must be employed by a non-local company or be self-employed, the website advises that “working is not mandatory,” and that “you can spend your extended stay as you like.”
This offer will certainly make a dent in your travel fund. The luxury resort, The Nautilus Maldives, has just launched a “Workation Package,” including a desk with an ocean view, a “dedicated” personal assistant, non-stop refreshments, and a complimentary laundry service. The cost? $23,250 for a seven-night stay and $52,000 if you can afford to stay for three weeks.
If you are looking for something more long term and with a more affordable price tag, The Bermuda Government is offering year-long residencies for people interested in working or studying remotely from the island. As long as you are older than 18 years old, have health insurance, and can supply proof of employment or enrollment in higher education, you are free to upgrade your current office views for Bermuda’s iconic pink sand beaches.
Barbados’ new 12 month Barbados Welcome Stamp allows you to relocate and work from one of the world’s most beloved tourism destinations. The Caribbean country is now accepting applications for this new visa, which allows visitors to stay there for up to a year and work remotely. The website says that approved applicants will have to pay $2,000 for an individual visa, or $3,000 for a “family bundle,” and that the visa is valid for one year.