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Aussies keen for WFH road trips: poll

While working from home might be the new normal for many Australians, some are apparently willing to take job flexibility to a whole new level.

Almost three quarters would be keen to hit the road and clock on remotely from a campervan or caravan, according to a new survey.

The concept, the brainchild of travel rental platform Camplify, gives the phrase 'working holiday' a new twist.

Of course, nearly half of the more than 1000 people it polled are not sure their bosses would allow them to up and work from the great outdoors despite many having been WFH employees since early 2020.

Some 49 per cent feared a lack of services like internet and phone reception might also hold them back.

However Camplify is determined to make the digital-nomad lifestyle a reality.

The platform has teamed up with outdoor clothing and gear maker Zorali to create what they are calling 'earth offices'.

The idea is that for the month of November, working tourers across NSW, Victoria and Queensland can hit the highway in RVs equipped with all the office essentials but get to go exploring in their downtime.

"Now that regional travel is starting up again, we're excited to create ... vans which give people the chance to work in an environment they believe will benefit productivity while also helping them travel and explore destinations they have always wanted to see," said Camplify CEO and founder Justin Hales.

"We encourage our own team at Camplify to experience van-life and see incredible landscapes, visit local communities and spend a few nights under the stars as part of our flexible approach to work."

Some 59 per cent of the survey respondents interested in the possibility said they thought it would boost their mental health and offer a chance to explore places they might miss seeing if constrained to annual leave days.

Thirty per cent said they would be interested in road tripping for more than two months, while almost 20 per cent thought a fortnight would be ideal, and 25 per cent liked the idea of something in between.

Around 15 per cent of those who took the poll thought at least a short trip for a week or less might work.

All said they would take the opportunity to tick things off their bucket list, like driving down the Great Ocean Road (45 per cent) or watching the sunset at Uluru (55 per cent).

National Parks (30 per cent) and beaches (33 per cent) were the two most 'ideal' remote settings.

One of the overwhelming reasons people said they were keen to head out on a road trip was escaping the structure many have become accustomed to, with 63 per cent most-looking forward to having no set plan.

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