Physical movement can make us more creative, research suggests. A recent study at Stanford suggested, for example, that walking sparked creativity, even when participants merely walked on a treadmill while looking at a white wall.
But what about other types of movement? Could working on the go – from simply commuting to work to long-haul international work and travel – give you a mental boost that could improve productivity or creative thinking?
Programmes specifically designed to combine travel and remote work have cropped up in recent years. Launched in 2014, Hacker Paradise takes developers, designers and entrepreneurs on trips to foreign destinations for a few weeks at a time. Last year Remote Year started a journey with 75 remote workers to 12 countries around the world in 12 months, where “remotes” often work from stunning (and constantly changing) contexts. Another program called coWork the World will launch in May. The year-long programme will be split into seven legs, with remote workers able to join for just some, or all, of the trip. Meanwhile, the AmTrak Residency for Writers programme sponsors professional creative writers who work while travelling on long-distance trains.