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The best cities in the world for a working holiday

Americans don’t need a passport to travel to the world’s top city to take a working vacation.

Kansas City, Missouri, has been named the best city in the world for working during the day and exploring after hours without having to use up too much of your PTO time, according to a recent analysis by Icelandair.

Kansas City — known for its barbecue, jazz scene, and having more fountains than Rome — is home to attractions like the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kauffman Stadium, Worlds of Fun, and a bustling downtown. It tops the list of 115 global cities, which were chosen because of their importance in the tourism industry and the availability of ‘slow’ travel options.

Apart from tourist attractions, Icelandair’s ranking takes into account metrics that paint a picture of each city’s quality of life (such as cost of living, safety, access to healthcare), ease of travel work there (internet speed, average working hours, commuting time), environmental factors (climate index, noise and light pollution, air quality) and data from the United Nations World Happiness Report.

Here are the 10 best cities in the world to take a working holiday, according to Icelandair.

  1. Kansas City, United States
  2. Vienna, Austria
  3. Wellington, New Zealand
  4. Copenhagen, Denmark
  5. Edinburgh, UK
  6. Victoria, Canada
  7. Perth, Australia
  8. Frankfurt, Germany
  9. Brisbane, Australia
  10. Helsinki, Finland

Travelers may be surprised to find that typical big cities like New York or Los Angeles don’t make it to the top of the list. Indeed, these subways “are not always the best when you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of a typical working day,” says Gisli S. Brynjolfsson, director of global marketing at Icelandair.

“Slow travel” is a growing trend that “emphasizes connections, whether with local people, businesses, culture, food, and to leave places in a state that future travelers can also explore. “, he told CNBC Make It.

Slow travel is particularly appealing to people planning a working holiday, who are more likely to travel alone and spend longer periods at their destination. “It’s about being aware, not exhausting yourself, and taking your time to get to know the places around you,” says Brynjolfsson.

While remote working makes working holidays easier than ever, many people come back from these “breaks” more exhausted than when they left. According to Expedia’s latest Vacation Deprivation Study of 14,500 working adults in 16 countries, some 61% of Americans who took a working vacation last year didn’t consider it a “real” vacation. Additionally, 72% of people who worked while on vacation said they felt more exhausted than ever.

Icelandair’s report recommends travelers strike a balance by connecting with nature, staying active and practicing mindfulness while on vacation. On working days, take mini-breaks from devices and find a responsible friend who can help prioritize your rest, whether it’s a remote co-worker or travel partner.

Finally, even if these cities have the infrastructure to work remotely, make sure part of your trip is offline – delete emails, practice proactive recovery, and immerse yourself in your new destination. .


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