Conde Nast Traveller has identified some of the best places in Europe for remote working.
We investigate whether we agree with them and identify other key factors that make these destinations the choices for digital nomads post – Covid.
This up and coming Mediterranean country is well known for its sunny climate, surfing, golf and outdoor lifestyle. It’s open attitude towards all types of travellers, including female solo travellers is a key bonus in making the traveller feel safe and secure. Ericeira, around 70 km from Lisbon has been identified as welcoming the digital nomad, with creative co-working spaces flourishing due to demand for matching a flexible lifestyle with remote working.
Scandinavia is super popular with the digital nomads but can be expensive so the neighbouring country of Finland offers a more affordable option. It has reasonable rent, an inclusive community, burgeoning culture scene and a buzzing dining and drinking scene.
Then there is also the sheer natural beauty to soak in from dark green forests, parks and gardens to archipelagos. If you haven’t visited this Nordic region, now is the time (when travel opens again).
A lesser well known European country is Hungary but in recent years, Budapest has become a hub, especially for young travellers looking for a less expensive option than Western Europe’s tourist soaked countries. This means it’s possible to live in a fashionable neighbourhood such as District VII, in a high-ceilinged, spacious work/live space, at a fraction of the cost of other countries like Spain and Italy. Coffee shops and co working spaces abound, with high speed internet and a friendly atmosphere.
Wales wouldn’t be everyone’s first choice when you think of remote working, but with the continuously escalating prices of real estate in London & surrounding counties, it makes an obvious choice for a more affordable option. Wales mixes lifestyle with remote working seamlessly and Aberystwyth has been identified as a popular choice. It’s a university town so remote workers can feel secure in being well catered for with a bounty of Wi-Fi cafes, grand institutions like the National Library of Wales and what Conde Nast has termed ‘Freelancer-friendly hipster bars’. If you’re a fan of rock climbing and a vibrant atmosphere, you’ve found your place.
Scandinavians seem to have a soft spot for the little known Canary Islands and it’s obvious to know why. Quite the opposite of the icy Nordic countries, Tenerife and the surrounding islands are sunshine filled almost all year round. Surfing is a massive draw card here as is the fact that English is widely spoken. It’s a cosmopolitan digital-nomad scene and the island’s robust tourism infrastructure makes for an excellent place to work from.