The events of 2020 impacted the lives of everyone. For many, the long commute and full days in the office have always been unappealing; even more when forced to endure a global pandemic that kept us from being able to travel or even enjoying the weekend outdoors. Nationwide safety measures and health restrictions kept most of us inside for long periods, turning living rooms into conference halls and dinner tables into workspaces.
The pandemic forced a drastic shift to remote work worldwide; however, with unexpectedly widespread acceptance among businesses that have previously been skeptical of the idea, the traditional concept of the workplace is being pushed in new directions. Despite challenges, this remote work-life dynamic has evolved surprisingly well… so well that an increasing number of businesses are willing to extend the benefits of working remotely. This gives employees more flexibility, more freedom, and the opportunity to travel while working at the same time.
Why Belize Is Perfect For Digital Nomads
Belize has a small, English-speaking population scattered among 8,000+ square miles of pristine rainforest, white-sand beaches, and beautiful islands dotting the world’s second-largest barrier reef. It offers a ‘best of both worlds’ destination for those who can work remotely and are looking to escape densely populated cities to find their own space in paradise.
Many hotels and vacation rentals in Belize have since transitioned to welcoming long-term stays, offering discounted rates, and travel options for extended ‘vacations’. These range from monthly rates on suites to all-inclusive packages that provide meals, tours, and co-working spaces with services such as laundry and daycare. Broadband internet speeds in Belize average about 30MB, suitable for browsing, emails, and zoom calls. Add to that mobile internet access that averages up to 20MB and you’ll have the freedom to work from just about anywhere in the country, allowing you to explore your new home away from home while staying connected and getting work done.
For something more permanent the post-COVID market is an opportunity to invest in a vacation home where social distancing occurs naturally. Those looking to relocate and step away from the crowds can find attractive properties for sale or fully-furnished, long-term rentals. Vista Real Estate has partnered with a number of providers such as The Belize Collection and The Lodge at Big Falls to offer customized solutions for remote work accommodations and temporary relocation services countrywide.
Remote work was a growing trend long before COVID-19, but the events of 2020 have accelerated it to a point where travel executives believe it will remain an integral part of the landscape moving forward. It allows you to work from where you are, no matter the location, and that location can be tucked away in the rainforests of the Maya Mountains or sunbathing on the beaches of Belize. So pack your suitcase, grab your camera and your laptop, and make your move. Contact Vista Real Estate to find your remote workspace in Belize. Don’t forget your sunscreen!