In recent years, the concept of remote work has undergone a transformation, offering professionals the freedom to work from anywhere in the world. I, too, decided to take advantage of this flexibility and for nearly three weeks, I had the unique opportunity to work from Belgium while exploring the cities of Brussels, Antwerp, Mechelen, Ghent, Hasselt, and Knokke-Heist.
A Different Work Life Abroad
My remote work experience in Belgium was a breath of fresh air. After work, I was able to explore around the cities, get to see new cafes, shops, parks and enjoy some delicious fries and taste all Belgian beers.
Escaping the August heat of Madrid, I found myself in a climate with a pleasant change of pace. But the differences weren’t limited to the weather. The Belgian culture and work routine offered a delightful contrast to my Spanish habits.
In Belgium, everything seemed to happen a bit earlier. Lunchtime rolled around at noon, while dinner was typically served around 6 pm. This adjustment meant that after work, I had time to spend with family and friends I have not seen in a long time and explore the local culture. It was a nice change from the late lunch and dinners in Madrid.
Exploring the Highlights of My Workation
The highlight of my workation was undoubtedly the opportunities to get out of the routine and explore new cities, such as Antwerp. With its vibrant atmosphere and heritage, it was a city that left a lasting impression. But the beauty of remote work was that I could easily venture beyond Belgium’s borders. One weekend, I hopped on a train to Paris, relishing the feeling of being on holiday while fulfilling my work commitments.
My Top Recommendations for Your Own Workation Adventure in Belgium
If you’re planning to take advantage of remote work and embark on your own international journey, here are some activities and foods to enhance your experience in Belgium:
- Koffiekoeken Morgen: Start your day with the delicious pastries from a local bakery.
- Lijnwaadmarkt: Take a stroll and capture stunning pictures of this area.
- Boat Tours: Explore the canals of Brugge or Ghent by taking a boat tour.
- Vol au Vent: Relish the authentic taste of this classic Belgian dish.
- Mont des Arts: Watch the sunset from this breathtaking viewpoint.
- Bike Rentals: Discover the city on two wheels and experience the local way of life.
- Moules Frites: Enjoy some Moules Frites for dinner on a terrace.
- Antwerp’s Streets: Lose yourself in the charming alleyways of Antwerp.
- Chocolate: Satisfy your sweet tooth with Neuhaus or Cote d’Or chocolates.
- Manneken Pis and Jeanneke Pis: Visit these iconic Brussels statues.
Conclusion: Balancing Work and Wanderlust
My Belgian workation was an extraordinary adventure that allowed me to combine my professional responsibilities with the joy of exploration. I feel like it was my summer highlight. If you have the opportunity to work remotely and travel, don’t hesitate to seize it. I can definitely recommend it! As for me, I’m already dreaming about my next destination – where will your remote work adventures take you?