Are you a road warrior who has been grounded for the last six months? Has work-from-home turned into work-from-anywhere with your job? Is round two of distance learning starting to take a toll on you and your children? Have you always dreamed about dropping everything to travel the world as a digital nomad?
As stay-at-home restrictions drag on, there is a growing trend to trade your backyard for true paradise. From company executives to working families, the appeal to take a break and spend a week, month or season in a location with beautiful weather, diverse outdoor activity and luxury accommodations may be just what the doctor ordered.
What do you need to work from anywhere? What do your kids need to virtually attend school? The short answer: a strong internet connection and peace and quiet to focus. A growing list of all-inclusive resorts in destinations across Mexico and the Caribbean can provide those things and more.
Just imagine logging off work and heading out to the beach for a sunset cocktail, or your kids taking a 30-minute study break to jump in the pool or snorkel along the reef. Gives a different meaning to wearing a mask.
Several destinations that are currently open for U.S. and Canadian travelers offer extended stay possibilities.
Air travel to Mexico has opened up possibilities to all of the major resort destinations, from Cancun and Riviera Maya on the Caribbean to Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos on the Pacific. The normal tourist visa for Mexico allows up to a six month stay with no special application needed. Cancun alone has welcomed over 70,000 visitors in the weeks after re-opening to tourism and hit over 200 flights a day by the end of August, offering non-stop service from nearly 20 cities across the U.S. and Canada. Most destinations in Mexico have limited hotel occupancy levels to 30-50% to allow for proper social distancing.
Jamaica offers a standard 30-day tourist visa, but travelers can apply for up to a six month stay. Jamaica has created a “COVID-19 Resiliency Corridor” that allows tourists to freely travel between popular resort areas from Negril to Montego Bay to Ocho Rios.
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If a week or two in paradise isn’t enough, you can now spend an entire year in Bermuda with a residential certificate. Bermuda has successfully managed the pandemic, and their COVID-19 testing regime is considered one of the most stringent in the world. As a result, the gorgeous island’s residents and visitors enjoy a flexibility not seen in other places. In the words of E. David Burt, JP, MP, the Premier of Bermuda, “Bermuda is safe, Bermuda is friendly, Bermuda is close and Bermuda is beautiful.”
The island nation of Barbados recently introduced the Barbados Welcome Stamp, which allows visitors to live and work in the country for up to one year. “COVID-19 has placed a severe strain on people’s mental wellness,” Mia Mottley, the prime minister of Barbados, told The Washington Post. “The sunshine is powerful. The seawater is powerful. They’re both therapeutic in ways that are hard to explain. And we felt that, why not share it?”
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If the thought of a tropical destination has you interested, the idea of spending your time in paradise working or learning from a luxury all-inclusive resort may be just the thing to help convince you to go. Add in amazing food options from multiple restaurants, dedicated work and study spaces and onsite IT support, along with stringent health and safety protocols, and you have the ideal setting to work, play and relax. All while freeing you of daily household chores.
Our good friends at Palace Resorts are extending their Kids & Teen Stay Free promotion through the remainder of the year. This is a win-win situation since many children attend class virtually and parents continue to work remotely. At Palace Resorts properties across Mexico and Jamaica, you can enjoy high-speed, complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the resorts, which means you can take that Zoom meeting at the pool or your kids can do their homework on the beach. Plus, their state-of-the-art business centers are being transformed into mini-classrooms fully stocked with computers and printers.
Several other all-inclusive resorts have introduced extended stay programs designed to appeal to adults and families looking to escape. From dedicated work and study spaces, to high speed internet and attractive off-season rates, the combination makes it very appealing to drop everything and change your latitude.
For many working professionals and families with school-age children, this unique situation presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Before life snaps back to the daily grind and the normal scheduled routine, explore the opportunity to trade in virtual reality for enhanced reality.
To plan your work from paradise getaway, contact your travel professional today.