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6 Best Spots To Take a Working Vacation

Features & Advice | Patrick Clarke | September 06, 2015

6 Best Spots To Take a Working Vacation

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In today's day and age, even time off doesn't always mean time away from work.

In the spirit of Labor Day, we'll examine six of the best places to take a working vacation. While you'll find Wi-Fi-equipped coffee shops and hotels almost anywhere in the world, these destinations can't be beat when it comes time to take a break.

Las Vegas

New York may be considered the city that never sleeps, but Las Vegas never closes. And because there's always something to do in Sin City, regardless of the time of day, it's an ideal vacation spot for someone who's on the clock.

Even if you're not feeling lucky, you can take your hard-earned dollars to any number of casinos around town and treat yourself to some world-class entertainment while you work thanks to free Wi-Fi access.

If the view from your laptop gets old, head over to the High Roller for one of the best views on the planet, or let off some steam with a stroll down the Strip. 

Whatever you do, just try to keep your wits about you

Cabo San Lucas

While you may find yourself a little distracted by the beautiful surroundings, you'll undoubtedly find the inspiration you need to get some work done in this popular beach destination located on the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula.

Travelers visiting Cabo will have any number of top-flight resorts to choose from, and there's arguably no better way to unwind after a long day of working remotely than with a full spa treatment.

If that does't work, recharge your batteries with a scuba diving or jet pack session.

Despite having been ravaged by Hurricane Odile a year ago, Cabo San Lucas has come back quick and strong.


Widely considered a bucket-list destination, London joins metropolises like Paris, Rome and Barcelona among Europe's most popular places.

But even if you've got some extra work to do, London remains an ideal spot to vacation. Working travelers can pay as they go on the "Tube," London's underground rail system, and get around the city in a timely and convenient fashion. 

What's more, there are plenty of pubs and clubs open late (some well into the early morning) in case you have to work through Happy Hour. 


An often overlooked destination not far from the U.S.-Canada border, Vancouver combines food, art and nature to create a one-of-a-kind city.

Considered the "culinary capital of Canada" by Lonely Planet, Vancouver's dining scene is world-class, and once you've had your fill, its the understated art and entertainment scene and surrounding natural wonders that will help define your experience.

Few other places feature both snow-capped mountains and beaches within such a short distance. Essentially, you'll find peace, quiet and inspiration aplenty in Vancouver

And don't worry if you run out of coffee, Seattle is just a two-and-a-half hour drive away. 



Recently named the world's most livable city for the fifth straight year, Melbourne offers something for everyone, that includes the working vacationer.

Whether you're a sports fan (cricket, Australian Rules Football and tennis), a nature lover (Royal Botanic Gardens and Melbourne Zoo) or simply open to try new things, you'll find no shortage of reasons to vacation in southeast Australia. 

If you're looking to finish up some work, head over to Federation Square (seen above), better known as "Fed Square," and enjoy the largest free Wi-Fi spot on the continent. 

New York

Boasting a handful of public parks and spaces equipped with free Wi-Fi, New York is a place where working vacationers can get the job done and explore a city at the same time.

Bowling Green Park, City Hall Park (seen above) and a variety of other public plazas throughout the Big Apple offer free Internet service, which means you aren't limited to one part of the city if you're looking to work.

Of course, when you're ready to put work aside, you'll have a plethora of museums, galleries, restaurants, music venues and nightlife options to choose from. Central Park, The Met and Broadway are often considered musts for first-time visitors, but the New York Public Library is also among the city's top attractions and is an excellent place to get some work done during your stay. 


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