Nearly 4 million U.S. employees, or 2.9 percent of the total U.S. workforce, work remotely at least half of the time, up from 1.8 million in 2005 (that's a 115 percent increase since 2005), according to a study by FlexJobs and Global Workplace Analytics.
For many, working from a new and scenic spot inspires creativity. If you're among the millions that telecommute and are in need of a new workspace (one with a beautiful view), the following destinations promise more than you could bargain for.
South Lake Tahoe, California
In the mountains, connectivity isn't always a given. Skiers and snowboarders have been challenged with poor internet and cellular connections.
Realizing that ski resorts uniformly lack the appropriate space in which guests can hammer out work, Tahoe Mountain Lab and Vail partnered to give Heavenly Mountain Ski Resort an on-mountain solution: a ski-in, ski-out workspace in Lakeview Lodge.
Guests can bring laptops and store them in a secured locker once they're finished using them for the day. Whether workers need to prepare a presentation, participate in a video conference, or just take an important phone call, Tahoe Mountain Lab can accommodate.Credit: Tahoe Mountain Lab
San Juan Islands, Washington
The San Juan Islands of Washington provide a respite for those who appreciate sweeping sea and sky vistas and lingering summer sunsets.
Launch a kayak into the Salish Sea, hike in the San Juan Island National Historical Park, bike a country road or park your trailer to counterbalance long hours in front of a computer. The islands have been said to be one of the best places in the world to see whales from shore or from a kayak.
LTE and high-speed fiber provide excellent connectivity. With no stoplights, strip malls or chain stores, the San Juan Islands offer a respite from traffic, long commutes and office burnout.Credit: monicabennett.com
Kauai is home to lush green valleys and cascading waterfalls. As the setting for "South Pacific" and other notable films, the landscape surrounding the St. Regis Princeville Resort is enchanting and tranquil.
Begin your workdays on Kauai's North Shore with breathtaking breakfasts on the Makana Terrace. You can read and respond to emails while enjoying a fresh Hawaiian acai bowl and a rich cup of Kauai Coffee.
Each of the resort's luxurious guest rooms includes a 42- or 52-inch flat-screen LCD TV, iPod docking systems, cordless phones and many other work-from-home conveniences. Many rooms feature private terraces. Ample indoor and outdoor lounge spaces provide guests with unique mid-day changes of scenery.
After a productive workday, walk next door to Princeville Makai Golf Club (named as one of the top five most scenic golf courses in the World by National Geographic Traveler Magazine). Each evening, the club offers its Sunset Golf Cart Tour. Guests are treated to Koloa Rum Mai Tais while enjoying majestic sunsets overlooking Hanalei Bay.Credit: Regis St. Princeville Resort
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina, regularly ranks at the top of every must-visit list. As a result, the small, yet scenic city has seen a huge influx of new residents. Many are young professionals who have relocated from Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, but because of Charleston's small size and skyrocketing rents, they cannot afford office space. For those looking for permanent office space or a place to work remotely while visiting the Holy City, Upstairs at 345 King is a great option.
Catering to creative professionals, entrepreneurs, and freelancers, the co-working space offers a bright and inspiring place to work and collaborate. It's open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and membership includes free Wi-Fi, complimentary coffee and wine specials.
For those who prefer working outdoors surrounded by nature, the Peacock Cafe at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens is a peaceful, scenic and inspiring place. It doesn't have public Wi-Fi, though, so you'll need to bring your own hotspot.Credit: Mary Beth Thomas Photography
If Mother Nature is a source of inspiration for your work, then look no further than Sanctuary. Terraced high on one of Arizona's best-known landmarks, Camelback Mountain, the resort features compelling views of Paradise Valley from every vantage point.
Renowned as one of the Southwest's most luxurious and wellness-minded resorts, Sanctuary provides a welcome respite for business travelers. Guests can enjoy a world-class spa, top-notch dining, and newly renovated guestrooms featuring soaking tubs, fireplaces, and chic decor.
Guests are also privy to the largest infinity pool in Scottsdale, live entertainment and seasonal cocktails at Jade Bar. For the ultimate in restorative getaways, guests can take advantage of Spa House, a unique guest enclave dedicated to complete wellness.
The charming one-square-mile village of Carmel-by-the-Sea is the ideal backdrop for telecommuters with its temperate climates, gentle sea breezes, and breathtaking sunrises and sunsets.
Need a break from work? Take a meditative stroll along the soft, white sands of world-renowned Carmel Beach, hike under the shade of the Cypress trees or discover the spirit of Carmel throughout its secret, cobblestoned passageways.
Carmel is a short drive away (2.5 hours) from the hustle and bustle of the Bay Area and Silicon Valley, and is also close (1.5 hours) to Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC).