A workcation is probably just about every person's dream right now.
With remote work becoming the new norm, the ability to go abroad and combine work with the perks of a vacation may be the new way to "travel".
This idea is exactly what many countries around the world have been trying to promote. With long term visitor programs and visas becoming available to entice digital nomads, students and remote workers.
As the pandemic continues, governments are looking for innovative ways to get people to relocate for up to a year, to help improve the local economy. Countries like Barbados, Bermuda and Georgia are opening their doors offering long term visas.
The Government of Barbados has introduced the 12-month Barbados Welcome Stamp, allowing already employed visitors the option to work remotely for up to a year.
Barbados is an island country total area of 430sq km with an estimated population of 287,375 (2020) in the Caribbean region of North America, ranking as a popular tourist destination. Barbados is described as having a stable infrastructure for internet and mobile services, a range of office locations, excellent healthcare, and good schools.
Official Website: https://www.barbadoswelcomestamp.bb/
Since Barbados made their announcement, Bermuda has announced a one-year residential certificate to anyone interested in relocating for 12 months for both remote workers and students.
Bermuda a self-governing British Overseas Territory has a population of a little over 70,000. Made up of 181 island and famous for its pink sand beaches, it has been a popular tourist destination.
Georgia is also looking to introduce a new visa program to target those who are self-employed and remote workers but has yet to launch the program.
Barbados, Georgia, and Bermuda are countries who are looking to bring economic activity to their countries without displacing the local workers.
For a lot of people, these countries may not be a possible option due to flight and government restrictions but I have no doubt that more countries will be looking to implement these types of programs in the near future.
It is important to note that I am not advising anyone to do nonessential travel but rather share information and trends occurring. For further information, it is best to check with official government websites.