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It’s finally time to think about unplugging and rebooting from the inside. But the romance of a holiday escape has been totally disrupted by smart devices and our increasingly switched-on business age. The growing prevalence of combining work and vacation is evidenced by the rise in new composite buzzwords: bleisure, jobattical and bizcation, that reflect the blurring lines between profession and pleasure. This is our modern reality. So instead of allowing your job to continually encroach on your holiday (especially if it’s your own), resist the constant temptation to check emails and messages on your phone and carve out dedicated times to focus solely on work in an established business environment. Then you can truly unplug during your recreation time. To maintain a balance whilst travelling abroad, embrace the opportunity to connect with new business networks to fully experience the local culture. It’s not only a great way to legitimately tax deduct a proportion of your travel, but it allows you to explore new markets and opportunities. To give you the most enjoyable and enriching experience within a foreign city, flexible share workplaces provide you with the potential to meet your peers in a professional setting and to tap into leisure activities with local know-how. Many are operated by staff who can assist with professional services through to organising specialised bookings (from theatre tickets to those hard to secure restaurants) and provide a wealth of recommendations based upon your interests and budget. To work effectively, connect with new business networks and truly participate in the local culture, we have sourced the best shared office locations across the world’s leading international cities. You can utilise a casual desk, a private office suite, host client meetings, or even set up a permanent virtual office base should a particular city be a regular travel destination. Herewith, our top 5 global share workplaces:   New York – NeueHouse As a shared workplace for the higher-reaching entrepreneur in Midtown, Manhattan (close to Madison Square Park), NeueHouse offers a degree of flexibility aimed at inspiring inter-business collaboration. Occupying 5 floors of a 100 year old re-purposed light factory, NeueHouse, like our Paramount by The Office Space, possesses all the exclusive elements of a contemporary boutique hotel including attentive services, and blends work and networking opportunities for jet-setting business nomads. Deluxe amenities include a broadcasting studio, screening and meeting rooms plus a private dining space for organised gatherings. Other offices are located in Los Angeles and London. NeueHouse   London – SOHO WORKS In East London’s iconic Tea Building, Soho House and Co’s SOHO WORKS, Shoreditch, is designed for creative industries. It comprises 23 private studies, housing between 1 and 10 people, each decorated with a mixture of contemporary and vintage furnishings. This is the first of what will soon be an international network of office spaces open 24/7 (an LA office will be opening next).   Bangkok – Joint Café + Workplace Joint Café + Workplace features a series of spaces with highly flexible configurations. Much like the creative clientele, its aesthetic is modern and playful – furniture pieces are eclectic, mixed and matched with subtle Asian props and contemporary graphics. The co-working space comprises fixed desks and hot desks, but the most genius is a cleverly constructed area fitted with whiteboards that double as partitions. They join five meeting rooms serving small gatherings and workshops through to a medium-scale seminar group depending on their configuration. Joint Café + Workplace   Berlin – Betahaus Co-working company Betahaus is located in Berlin’s creative borough of Kreuzberg. The spacious, lofty open-plan office occupies a once derelict state-owned building, offering a library, meeting and event rooms in addition to share desks. Launched in 2009, Betahaus has now expanded to occupy locations in several cities across Europe including Hamburg, Barcelona and Sofia. Each location manages to feel like a cool social club, with a vibrant mix of professionals and regular night-time events to connect you to the city. Betahaus   Paris – Coworkshop Located in the hip 10th arrondissement of Paris, along the Canal Saint Martin, you’re sure to feel like a local whilst plugging in here for a few hours or days. The fit-out is streamlined (white walls, feature lighting) with temporary share desks located up front behind large glass entry doors that open directly onto the street. Reserved desk spaces are located at the rear together with private offices and a meeting room. It’s best suited to young entrepreneurs and freelancers in need of a relaxing yet professional place to work. Coworkshop      

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