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Best Places in Europe for Digital Nomads

  • Many companies have extended their work from home policies to ensure employee safety during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Even in the post pandemic era, remote work is expected to be the future of the corporate world in a bid by companies to reduce real estate and rental spending
  • A digital nomad lifestyle could be feasible for a large number of people at least until 2022

 

With COVID-19 raging across the planet and showing no signs of abatement, remote work seems set to be a part of our lives for the foreseeable future. In Europe, the much dreaded second wave has already arrived. Even countries that previously had the outbreak under control are grappling with a surge in new infections, forcing many local governments to reimpose lockdowns and travel restrictions.  

 

Although the outbreak poses a myriad of challenges and uncertainties, many workers are rejoicing in their newfound flexibility and ability to live anywhere they want. Predictably, more people are seeking home offices by the sea and other popular destinations to safely escape the boredom of life. 

 

Here are some relatively safe destinations in Europe to ride out the COVID-19 storm:

 

 1. Edinburgh, Scotland

Granted, Scotland is not the first place that comes to mind when you plan a holiday or workation. But keep that thought aside for a moment and consider everything you know about this gorgeous country- the Loch Ness monster, Scottish bagpipe music, scenic natural landscapes, fabled castles, gorgeous glens, quaint small towns and Scotch whiskey. 

 

Scotland is home to some of the most beautiful hiking trails in the world such as the Great Glen Way, the Southern Upland Way and the West Highland Way. If you’re into outdoor activities and love discovering new places by foot or by bike, this country is a fantastic option for you. There is so much to explore.

 

Edinburgh, the country’s capital, is a city steeped in history, culture and undeniable charm. With its meandering alleys, hilltop landmarks, incredible museums, rugged surrounding landscape and beautiful green spaces, the city has no shortage of things to do.

Why is Edinburgh perfect for digital nomads?

  • Surrounded by mountains and beautiful outdoor spaces for an active lifestyle
  • Availability of co-working spaces such as the Nexus room and WeWork
  • Great coffee houses for coffee aficionados and those who like working from cafes
  • Pedestrian friendly and bike friendly city
  • Easy access to rental bikes using the Just Eat Cycles app
  • Plenty of places to relax and unwind after work

Our tips

Focus is key for remote workers and having a designated workstation can help drown out distractions and motivate you to stay productive and on task. Make Edinburgh your weekday location to have a stable work infrastructure and reliable WiFi. During weekends, make short trips to the surrounding countryside, lochs, castles, national parks and distilleries. 

Best co-working spaces in Edinburgh for digital nomads

The Melting Pot: Melting pot is one of the UK’s oldest co-working spaces and is also Scotland’s Center for Innovation. It provides a large, creative and culturally rich community for freelancers who are looking for a flexible and conveniently located workspace. The monthly package ranges from GBP 58 to GBP 290.

Codesk:: Codesk offers flexible workspaces, meeting rooms and hotdesks for freelancers, entrepreneurs and businesses. The company offers almost all facilities offered by traditional offices such as 24/7 access, designated desks and chairs, high speed WiFi, fully equipped kitchen and printing facilities. Monthly packages are available at GBP 300

COVID 19 information for Edinburgh

If you plan to workation in Scotland, keep track of COVID-19 risks and restrictions in the country through the government website- https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/

How to find apartments in Edinburgh?

Finding the right place to rent with ample space and a dedicated workstation is essential for a successful workation. Check out these apartments in Edinburgh with everything you need for a comfortable stay.

2. Berlin, Germany

Germany was ranked one of the safest countries in the world during the COVID-19 pandemic and is undoubtedly one of the best destinations for a workation in 2020. There are a million   reasons why you should plan a work holiday in Berlin- food, art, history and cultural diversity to name a few.

 

If you’re a food lover, the city has a booming culinary scene with an eclectic mix of German, European and other international cuisines. From Street Food Thursdays at Markhalle Neune to prestigious Michelin star dining options like Golvet and Tim Raue, Berlin’s food scene will never fail to surprise you.

 

For those of you who love art, Berlin boasts several internationally renowned museums and hosts many high-profile art exhibitions. The famous museum island houses 5 amazing museums that exhibit history and art from all over the world.

Edinburgh

Why is Berlin a good option for digital nomads?

  • One of the cheapest cities in Western Europe
  • Excellent public transportation system
  • Berlin is home to many English speakers and hence, there are fewer language barriers
  • Easy availability of trendy coworking spaces like Ahoy and CRCLR
  • Eventful history and diverse cultural landscape
  • Dynamic art scene with a melange of emerging and experienced artists
  • Great mix of traditional German and international restaurants at relatively cheap prices
  • Large number of museums and art galleries
  • Incredible weekend trip options just a stone’s throw away

Our tips

Make Berlin your weekday location and explore the city in the evenings. During weekends, make short trips to the surrounding countryside and other nearby towns and cities.

Best coworking spaces in Berlin for digital nomads

Factory Berlin: Factory Berlin is a sprawling shared working space that is home to giants like Soundcloud, Twitter and Deloitte. Don’t worry though.  It’s not just about the big names. The diverse campus is also convenient for small entrepreneurs and freelancers. Housed in a refurbished industrial complex, Factory is equipped with a restaurant, cafe, library, cinema, meditation room, music studio and sporting facilities. Monthly packages are available for as low as 50 euros


Codesk:: Codesk offers flexible workspaces, meeting rooms and hotdesks for freelancers, entrepreneurs and businesses. The company offers almost all facilities offered by traditional offices such as 24/7 access, designated desks and chairs, high speed WiFi, fully equipped kitchen and printing facilities. Monthly packages are available at GBP 300

COVID 19 information for Berlin

If you plan to workation in Berlin, keep track of COVID-19 risks and restrictions in the city through the government website- https://www.berlin.de/corona/en/

How to find apartments in Berlin

Check out these apartments in Berlin with everything you need for a great workation.

Berlin buildings

3. Vienna, Austria

With its affordable living costs, stunning nature and high safety rating, Austria boasts one of the highest standards of living in the world. It’s capital Vienna tops Mercer’s list of most liveable cities in the world

 

One of the most well-known things about Vienna is its iconic coffee culture. UNESCO recently  added the Viennese coffee culture to its list of intangible cultural heritage stating that the city’s coffee houses have a very specific atmosphere.In an authentic Viennese coffee house, you will not feel rushed. You can order a cup of coffee and spend hours there. The waiters will not bother you unless you want another drink or need the bill. 

Why is Vienna a good option for digital nomads?

  • Most liveable city in the world
  • Affordable housing costs
  • Well-developed public transport network
  • High safety rating
  • Fantastic coffee culture and beautiful traditional coffee houses
  • Availability of co-working spaces such as Impact Hub and Cowork
  • Great outdoor spaces including the mighty Danube

Our tips

Make Vienna your weekday location and explore the city in the evenings. During weekends, make short trips to the surrounding countryside and other nearby towns and cities.

COVID 19 information for Vienna

If you plan to workation in Vienna, keep track of COVID-19 risks and restrictions in the city through the government website-

https://www.austria.info/en/service-and-facts/coronavirus-information

 

Find apartments in Vienna

Check out these apartments in Vienna  with everything you need for a great workation.

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4. Brussels, Belgium

Brussels is not only the capital of Belgium but also the administrative center of the European Union making it a thriving expat destination. One in three people living in Brussels is of non-Belgian origin. The city offers a great quality of life, gourmet food, fine Belgian beer and delicious Belgian waffles. And guess what? French fries are Begian too!

 

Brussels has an incredible food scene that is surprisingly affordable. The city has an abundance of delicious street food options. You can just eat your way through the city. Must try Belgian street food includes

 

  • Belgian waffles
  • Belgian fries a.k.a French fries
  • Moules frites or mussels and fries
  • Oliebols or Smoutebollen (a Belgian beignet)
  • Mitraillette (a belgian sandwich overloaded with meat and fries)

 

Brussels is famous for its Art Nouveau Architecture. In the late 19th century and early 20th century, a large number of buildings were erected in this style and many of them have survived to this day. Architecture enthusiasts can take this visual experience to the next level with special guided tours on Bruxelloise architecture. Expert guides will regale you with fascinating stories about the city’s iconic constructions.

Why is Brussels a good option for digital nomads?

  • Thriving expat community
  • Affordable housing costs
  • Well-developed public transport network
  • Great street food scene
  • Availability of co-working spaces such as Hive5 and Silversquare Europe
  • Proximity to other major European cities such as Amsterdam, London, Cologne and Paris

Our tips

If you choose to make Brussels your temporary city, try and make weekend trips to small towns like Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp. Big cities such as Cologne, Amsterdam and Paris are just a stone’s throw away from Brussels

COVID 19 information for Brussels

Keep track of COVID-19 in Brussels using the following link https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/faq/

Find apartments in Brussels

Check out these apartments in Brussels  with everything you need for a great workation.

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