Published July 2022
The days of reporting to an office every day are gone for many, and with that shift, "work from home" can just as easily be "work from anywhere the WiFi reaches." Whether that’s on a sun-filled patio listening to crashing waves or in a cozy cabin with rocky mountain views—people seem to be taking advantage of that added flexibility.
Case in point: Vacasa’s 2022 Summer Travel Trends report found that remote and hybrid workers are both more likely to take a vacation this summer and more likely to travel more often than last year. Plus, according to our 2022 Vacation Rental Search Report, Thursday is the new Friday when it comes to weekend getaways. Reservations beginning on Thursdays are up 70% and workcations may be at the root of it, as travelers get a jumpstart on their weekend plans.
So, where is everyone packing their laptops to go? Here are this summer's top work from (vacation) home destinations—based on Vacasa.com searches for June through August 2022 stays using the WiFi amenity filter—where folks can log on before clocking into vacation mode.
Ocean City is a bustling beach town that has managed to retain its vintage charm despite being one of the most popular resort destinations in the mid-Atlantic. When Zoom meetings are done for the day, sun, sand, and surf await, thanks to Ocean City’s miles of white sand beaches. Grab some caramel popcorn (seasoned with Old Bay, Maryland’s proudest export) and stroll the town's 2.5-mile historic boardwalk, home to fresh seafood restaurants, old-school arcades, and thrilling amusement parks. Fishing aficionados will want to visit in August when the “White Marlin Capital of the World” hosts one of the largest fishing tournaments in the country, the White Marlin Open.
If the mountains are calling, the small and quirky town of Pigeon Forge offers both a peaceful retreat and eccentric roadside fun. Surrounded by unparalleled natural beauty in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, the town is all things family-friendly, with amusement parks, kitschy roadside attractions, museums, and other oddities that provide endless after (work) hours fun.
The town lies just a few minutes from the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where there is no shortage of peaceful hikes and outdoor recreation. And when in need of a break from the heat of the summer, cool down with nature’s own air conditioning by taking a walk through the Forbidden Caverns, one of Tennessee’s most famous and enchanting caves.
Orlando’s claim to fame might be its legendary theme parks, but the world-class dining and shopping scene, famous golf courses, and vibrant nightlife are just a few more reasons this popular destination is among the most-visited cities in the U.S.
Fashion-lovers will find everything from luxury brands at The Mall at Millenia to discounted goods at the many outlet malls that dot the tourism district—the perfect place to stretch your legs during a WFH lunch break. Friendly reminder, don't forget to pack those Mickey Mouse ears—Walt Disney World celebrates its 50th anniversary throughout the summer with new experiences at all four theme parks.
This woodsy town was made for taking the office outside. Nestled at the base of the Cascade Mountains, Sunriver offers outdoor adventure for everyone in the family, with enough hiking, fishing, biking, whitewater rafting, and championship golfing to fill the weekends and evenings during the long days of summer.
The Newberry Volcano is a must-visit when you need a break from screen time. The volcano is the size of the entire state of Rhode Island and is part of the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, home to waterfalls, lava flows, lakes, and more than 100 miles of trails—many of which lead to breathtaking views.
A 90-minute drive from Atlanta, Blue Ridge has all the charm of a mountain town with the cool factor of an eclectic downtown. Featuring local art galleries, boutiques, and eateries, it’s a choice destination to bookend a digital work week.
While nature enthusiasts can breathe in the fresh mountain air on a hike to one of the area’s many dramatic waterfalls, history buffs can honor the former railroad town’s roots with an antique train ride through the Appalachian foothills. Regardless of how the weekends (or mid-day breaks) are spent, end with a ‘cheers’ at one of Georgia’s best wineries and breweries, located right in Blue Ridge.