Best City In the USA to travel and work remotely – Not New York or LA

If you wish to take a working vacation and you in are American, Then you are lucky because you won’t need a passport to get to the No. 1 global city to take a working vacation.
According to a recent analysis from Icelandair, The best city in the world to work during the day and go on a tour after some hours was named Kansas City, Missouri, where you won’t have to use too much of your PTO time.


The city which is known for its barbecue, jazz scene and having more fountains in Kansas City, unlike Rome which is home to attractions including The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kauffman Stadium, and Worlds of Fun and a bustling downtown.

This city comes out on top of 115 global cities in the ranking, and they were chosen because of their prominence in the tourist industry and availability of “slow” travel options.


Let’s put the Tourist attractions aside, the Icelandair ranking considers metrics that paint a picture of each city’s quality of life (like the cost of living, safety, health-care access), how easy it is to work there (internet speed, average working hours, commute time), environmental factors (climate index, noise and light pollution, air quality) and data from the United Nations’ World Happiness Report.


According to Icelandair, Below are the top 10 best global cities to take a working vacation.

  1. Kansas City, United States
  2. Vienna, Austria
  3. Wellington, New Zealand
  4. Copenhagen, Denmark
  5. Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  6. Victoria, Canada
  7. Perth, Australia
  8. Frankfurt, Germany
  9. Brisbane, Australia
  10. Helsinki, Finland

Travellers may be astonished that all these well-known big cities like New York or Los Angeles are not on the top of the list.

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That’s because these metros “aren’t always best when you’re looking to take a step away from the busy hustle of a usual working day,” says Gisli S. Brynjolfsson, director of global marketing at Icelandair.


A growing trend, that “emphasizes connection” is a “Slow travel”, be it with the local people, businesses, culture, food, and to leave places in a condition future travellers can explore, too,” he tells CNBC Make It.

Slow travel is especially attractive to people planning working vacations, who are more likely to travel alone and spend longer periods of time at their destination. “It’s about being mindful, not burning yourself out and taking your time to get to know the places around you,” Brynjolfsson says.


A lot of people are coming back from these “vacations” more burned than they left, Which is why remote work makes it easier than ever to take a working vacation.

Some 61% of Americans who took a working vacation in the last year didn’t consider them to be “true” vacations, according to Expedia’s latest Vacation Deprivation study of 14,500 working adults across 16 countries.

What’s more, 72% of people who worked through their vacation reported feeling more burned out than ever.
According to the Icelandair report, it is advisable for travellers to find balance by connecting with nature, staying active and practising mindfulness while on vacation.

For days you’re working, take mini breaks from devices and find an accountability buddy who can help you prioritize your rest, whether they’re a remote colleague or a travel partner.


Lastly, even though these cities have the infrastructure for remote work, make sure some of your trips are spent logged off delete email, practice proactive recovery and immerse yourself in your new destination.

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