Hawaii Is Offering Free Trips to New Yorkers In Need of a Vacay

Why WFH when you can WF Hawaii?

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Have you ever worked on vacation? If you answered “yes,” you’re not alone: According to a recent survey by the Hawaii Tourism Association, over 60 percent of millennials report that they don’t actually completely go offline, despite taking time off… which kind of makes sense, considering the fact that they feel “vacation-shamed” at work. I.e., most millennials feel uncomfortable when requesting vacation days, which is not good, since time away from the office has literally been proven to boost productivity.

Going on vacation not an option for you right now? Well, all hope is not lost: 83 percent of those same millennials also reported that even though they work on their vacation, they often feel more productive when they’re away from the office. And as a result, the state of Hawaii has decided to help—but only if you live in New York (aka, the second most stressed out city in America).

Hawaii Tourism United States announced today (h/t Travel and Leisure) that it will offer a free, all-expenses paid work escape to six anxiety-riddled New Yorkers, thanks to a new initiative called “Work From Hawaii.” So if you’re lucky enough to be blessed with a job that’ll let you work from anywhere (hello creative types like musicians, entrepreneurs, writers, and the like), this contest is an option for you.

The tourism board’s six different escapes are all based in a different region—your options are Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, and the Island of Hawaii (the Big Island)—and each one is designed with a specific type of career in mind. Lanai will offer a corner office for entrepreneurs; the Big Island a sound space for musicians; and Maui will have a whole tech lab arranged for those Silicon Valley types. If you’re a writer, you’ll want the writing desk in Molokai, and if it’s decor you’re interested in, the design loft in Oahu is perfect. More of a running-free type of creative? Kauai offers a location scout for photographers or videographers creating their next masterpiece.

Each “workcation” is seven days long, will take place sometime in September 2018, and will include a curated itinerary based on your career path, accommodations, and a stipend for daily meals. To be eligible for entry, you have to live in NYC, be between the ages of 24 and 36, and have a public Instagram account. Entries must be received by June 4 via the official Work From Hawaii website, in which participants have to explain why they’d be a good fit for the program.

Better get started—the option to work in paradise will obviously be in high demand. BRB, going to craft our responses right now.

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Nikhita Mahtani


Nikhita is originally from Mumbai, India, but has called NYC home for over a decade now. She’s a huge fan of nutrition and fitness, and spends most of her free time researching the latest trends and easy, healthy hacks. She also loves to travel—just don’t take her anywhere cold.