“What’s the password to the wifi?!”
That’s how most of this trip I took with Noah went.
We took a two week “workcation” to Thailand. Basically the idea was: Sit on a beach, do work.
I’ve done it before and it’s a great way to work!
The only problem is you have to go with people who are ALSO under the impression they’re going on the trip mainly to work. Otherwise they’ll drag you into traveling around all day (total 1st world problem).
Here was our trip Itinerary:
- Flew from Austin to Houston to Japan (had AWESOME sushi), then into Bangkok for two days.
- Took flight into Ko Samui and ended up staying there for a night (I loved the vibe of that island).
- Took a ferry ride into Ko Tao, it was a backpacker kind of town. Did some awesome scuba diving there (apparently it’s famous for that).
- Took a long boat ride + bus to Krabi to hang out with Edmund (who we met through AppSumo).
- We got setup with scooters, a secluded beach resort, a bungalow on the beach, and all the food & drinks we could order (all for $93 for 3 nights for BOTH people)!! This part of the trip was so awesome.
- Flew back to Bangkok for a few days.
- (I’ll elaborate more with recommendations later when I’m not half-delirious writing this).
So anyhow, here’s a summary of the trip in pictures:
In Bangkok we totally randomly met up with Nomadic Matt. In case you don’t know Matt’s site, he travels around the world and gives advice on where to eat/stay/travel. In fact, every time I researched an island to stay on, I would Google the island with his website after it in order to get his recommendations, like: “Ko Tao Nomadic Matt”.
There were lots of stray dogs I played with…..good thing I’m fully vaccinated against rabies!
I REALLLLLLYYYY liked the vibe of Ko Samui. Next I come to Thailand I’m going back. It was touristy enough to where there were a lot of nice hotels and restaurants and things to do, but NOT so touristy it ruined the mood. The water was so perfect and calm, you could walk in the water over a 100 meters and still stand up till your waist:
In Ko Tao there was this RANDOM ASS taco shop we stopped by, and it ended up having the BEST tacos I’ve ever had! HIGHLY recommended:
Here were the scooters we rented for our entire stay in Krabi…..TWO of them for less than $18 total. Mine was the sky-blue one with random logos all over it. Fortunately both me and Noah have our motorcycle licenses AND both have scooters back in Ausin, so we’re experienced. But it doesn’t really matter over there, they’d give you a scooter in two seconds without asking if you know how to ride one!
Hammock and the “restaurant” area for the bungalows we stayed at. There were just 4 locals who lived at the resort and did all the work/cooking. So peaceful. One day we saw a total of only 9 human beings:
Aaaannddd of course I have to end off the album with a couple of Handstand pics!!
By the way, the reason I do these “I just took a vacation, here are my photos posts” is for my own memory. I forget EVERYTHING, but if I see a picture of the event I can recall it perfectly.
So this is my way of keeping this memory alive!
Hope you enjoyed the pics and got a sense of the workcation.
If you want to do your own workcation, based on our experience (of this trip and others), we know there’s some factors that affect this:
- Have solid goals of what you want to get done during the trip, and tell others so you’re accountable.
- Other people you go with should be on the same page of wanting to work at least 4-6 hours a day.
- Don’t be moving so much….it disrupts the whole working and “resetting” process.
- The goal of the trip is NOT to travel around and be a tourist….it’s to work. Of course there’s a mix of touristy stuff and sightseeing thrown in, but it needs to be a good balance.
- Don’t drink too much alcohol or party too late except on designated days. This throws off the whole work schedule.
- Having a perfect breeze, comfortable accommodations, fast internet, good local food, and preferably a beach nearby is optimal.
In the future we might do a workcation where we take a bunch of other people along with us. Whatchya think?