This year was all about working from home, but 2021 will be about working from anywhere - study

2020 was all about working from home, but 2021 will be about working from anywhere - study.
If you can, why wouldn't you? Photo credit: Getty

A new study has found that the majority of New Zealanders are keen on working remotely, while on holiday.

While 2020 has been all about working from home for many of us amid the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 might be instead about working from anywhere.

The YouGov research commissioned by Airbnb surveyed 1000 Kiwis and found 53 percent of full time workers say the change of scenery offered by a work staycation appeals to them.

Seventy-four percent would be happy to relocate and work remotely, while 81 percent said the ability to work from anywhere will be a huge driver when considering their next job.

"This research shows that Kiwis believe a change of scenery to work remotely comes with big benefits from improving their work-life balance," says Susan Wheeldon, Airbnb's country manager for New Zealand and Australia.

"As work from home becomes work from any home, we're also seeing guests use Airbnb to test out a new suburb they've always wanted to live in, or return to a favourite holiday spot to immerse themselves in the community.  

"We have seen over the past few months that the live anywhere trend is also being reflected in the amenities guests are searching for, with pet friendly listings and fast Wi-Fi highly sought after for those seeking an extended workation."

Airbnb has also announced the top three trending destinations for domestic long-term stays in Aotearoa for the period of January - September, 2021:

  1. Queenstown
  2. Nelson 
  3. New Plymouth

Are you planning a working staycation somewhere in New Zealand next year? Tell us about it in the Newshub Travel Facebook group.