7 vitally important reasons to work outside this summer

Discover some key benefits of working in the fresh air this season.

Kevin Crain

By Kevin Crain

Person working outside on laptop

You’ve probably heard the expression, “Work smarter, not harder.” Another saying we can get behind? “Working outside has upside.” Because doing your job in the fresh air drastically raises happiness and wellness. 

On WFH days, many remote and hybrid workers have the opportunity to work from anywhere they want. That includes a cozy café where they can socialize, a library, a coworking space, or even from an apartment rental in a city across the country. Are you a business traveler or digital nomad? Here are a few local spots and serious benefits of working outdoors this summer — or in any other season!

Where can you work outside?

Man sipping drink while working outside

  • Parks. Green spaces often have benches or picnic tables where you can set up shop. But remember to check the hours and rules before you do.  
  • Beaches. If you live in one of Blueground’s coastal cities, take advantage of it! Rent a beach chair or spread out a blanket. Just don’t set your laptop on the ground. It can be difficult to get sand out of a keyboard. 
  • Your balcony. Most Blueground apartments include an outdoor space with a table and chairs. Fast Wi-Fi and home comforts, like snacks in your fridge, are right at your fingertips. 

Woman drinking coffee outside

  • Patios. Whether you’re at a restaurant or that cute coffee shop on the corner, you can fill up on great eats and drinks as you work outside. Make it special by trying out a new spot each Friday. 
  • Libraries. Need a quiet place to focus? Some public libraries feature outdoor areas. Or check out local book shops as well. 
  • Museums and art galleries. Often featuring peaceful gardens or patios, these spots offer inspiration while you work. 

What are the benefits of working outside?

Laptop on beach

  1. Boosts in productivity and creativity. Working al fresco has numerous advantages. Perhaps most surprisingly though, data shows that this connection with nature makes us better at our jobs.
  2. Fewer distractions. A change in scenery can lead to greater focus and more productivity…usually. However, if you live on a busy street or can’t tune out nearby conversations, this may prove difficult. One helpful tip: get some noise-cancelling headphones. 
  3. Better sleep. Did you know that exposure to natural light and fresh air can help your sleep quality? Not only do better Zs lead to more efficient work, but a healthier life as well. Which leads us to…
  4. Improved health. Soaking up sunshine has multiple benefits. More vitamin D means you’re less likely to get sick. And light from the sun is great for your mental health as well, helping you stress less. 
  5. A better sense of community. Chatting with a barista. Giving directions to a park visitor. Being recognized by the librarian. By exploring your surroundings, you’ll feel more in tune with your neighborhood and the people in it. 
  6. Increased work satisfaction. Want freedom and independence? Head outside, where you don’t feel boxed in by walls or ceilings. When you control your working environment, your mood improves, giving you a more positive feeling about your job. 
  7. Lower energy costs. When you’re using less electricity at home, you’re reducing your footprint and living more sustainably. Even something as simple as turning off your lights can make an impact.  

Let’s take this outside

When you stay in a turnkey Blueground apartment, you have lots of work styles available. Inside at the dedicated workspace, outside on the balcony, or even poolside in a lounge chair. No matter how you want to work, we look forward to hosting you this summer for a month or longer!

Kevin Crain

Kevin Crain

Kevin Crain is a writer from Dallas, Texas. He’s dedicated to helping every Blueground guest live like a local and make their apartment feel like home. His favorite topics include active experiences, bucket list essentials, and hidden gems in cities around the world.