The pandemic had changed the way we live and work. The idea of working remotely has been redefined with people now traveling to thousands of towns and cities, staying for weeks, months, or even entire seasons at a time.
Whether on a Zoom call, collaborating on a team project, responding to emails, or hosting webinars, some of us are no longer limited to, or restricted by, the confines of our own four walls at home or in the office.
In fact, about one in five guests globally reported using Airbnb to work remotely while traveling in 2021 — a trend that has continued into 2022. Long-term stays are at an all-time high, more than doubling in size from the first quarter ( January, February and March) of 2019 to the first quarter of 2022. And in the UK alone, long-term stays on Airbnb have increased by a third.
Lisbon is one of the most popular destinations for long-term stays booked on Airbnb, followed by Dubai. Meanwhile in the UK, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Liverpool feature in the top destinations for long-term Airbnb stays.
Houzz polled its global community to find out what makes the perfect remote working space. It seems obvious, but a ‘private space’ to be away from others (43 per cent) was most desired, so a dedicated home office is definitely a bonus. But a desk set-up was also key, with more than a third (34 per cent) choosing a comfortable desk and chair. And for the design-savvy, ‘a beautifully designed space’ (10 per cent) and ‘great lighting’ (seven per cent) made the most desirable features list.
Based on these insights, Houzz.co.uk Editor, Victoria Harrison, has shared some tips from Houzz’s community of home pros about how hosts can create the perfect home office for digital nomads.
1. Closed-door policy: Having access to a private space to work from is a priority for workers, according to Houzz data. ‘Ensuring a space has a door, whether it’s standard, pocket, sliding or bifold, helps alleviate distractions, letting guests focus on work,’ Victoria says.
2. Hardworking desks: An ergonomic (efficient and safe) arrangement of the chair and desk can help to make work more comfortable and productive.
3. Think digitally: Hiring an electrician or smart home pro can help you arrange and install everything correctly. A combination of universal plugs and cable adapters are key so that guests can plug in and go, whatever device they’re using.
4. Lighting essentials: ‘Lighting designers on Houzz suggest using layers of light from multiple sources rather than a single light source, and stress the importance of fixtures being well-positioned to avoid computer screen glare,’ Victoria explains.
5. Zoom-worthy backgrounds: A beautifully designed room will always impress colleagues on Zoom calls. Add interest to the background of work calls with strategically placed houseplants or artwork.
Following the launch of its Live and Work Anywhere initiative, Airbnb recently announced it will partner with 20 destinations around the world to make it easier to live and work anywhere, including the Caribbean (a current favorite for UK travelers as long-term stays doubled between 2019 and 2021), Cape Town, and the Canary Islands.
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