How Traveling Can Help Remote Workers Avoid Burnout

Remote work has certainly been a major blessing for some people in the workforce. After the pandemic, many companies never returned to the office. That created an entirely new wave of remote workers, seemingly out of the blue. While there are clear benefits to this working model, not everyone has been able to adapt seamlessly to this new reality. Not leaving the house has become a curse for some people because, in a sense, they deal with work and home problems simultaneously. Some of these issues may be solved with an unusual allay, traveling!

Getting Away From the Monotony of it All

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Just having a chance to look at new surroundings can make a world of difference. It’s said that subconsciously, people can associate places with certain situations that make them feel negative emotions. There comes a point when working at home generates this sense of stress, even if the work itself isn’t overwhelming at that moment.

Traveling anywhere could help fix this situation. Getting a chance to see something different when you look out the office window can start this process of associating those surroundings with positive emotions instead. If you’re in a city, let’s say, like Madrid or Paris, maybe you’re happier with afternoons in the plaza sipping on some coffee and croissants than you are with the microwavable lunch that you have at home.

This leads nicely to the next idea. Changing your surroundings can push you to create new habits that can help you start living a healthier lifestyle. Even if that’s not the case, they can be habits that just make you happier. In a sense, this change of scenery allows you to hit the reset button and rebuild your daily routine. All of this also doesn’t mean that your home situation has to be a drag for you to enjoy a trip. It also doesn’t mean that you have to move away for good. Sometimes, even a quick trip can help you hit that reset button a bit and just step away from an environment that’s getting toxic.

Why Some Remote Workers Don’t Travel Much

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Obviously, folks have their set of personal reasons why they don’t travel much, even as remote workers. It’s harder to get up and go anywhere if you have a family with kids. In other cases, they may be in a hybrid working situation. That limits where and how often they can travel without taking vacation days. One of the main issues that plague some remote workers is that they’re not willing to travel alone. There are actually a few solutions that are popping up to help them solve this situation.

Join a Community of Travelers

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As mentioned, the solution to this fear of traveling alone is to join a travel community. Remote Year is one of the up-and-coming projects that aims to help people who are precisely dealing with the toll on mental health that comes with a monotonous work life. They create communities of travelers who may not only live together but also take part in activities while abroad. Another project we’ve discussed recently is creating traveling family communities. Allowing folks with kids to have a nomadic lifestyle without many of the drawbacks of not having a friendly support group once they move to a new city. Travel can fix a lot of the issues that occur naturally with the daily grind. Thankfully for remote workers, new ways to travel are also surfacing to cater to their needs.

Mario Perez

Author: Mario Perez


Mario is a seasoned journalist who’s worked with multiple publications over the years. He has a passion for looking for that story within the story itself. When he’s not actively looking for breaking news, he enjoys playing and watching sports.

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