Let’s face it, working from home has its benefits but can also be boring at times. Remote work provides a great much-needed change of scenery without having to take time off and miss out on potential income.
COVID-19 has opened up more opportunities for working remotely. Modern technology means you can continue your projects wherever you are— just pack up your laptop and decide on your next destination!
I’ve put together this list of some of the best places in Europe for freelancers and remote workers. Before heading overseas, always check the visa policy and entry requirements.
Austria is a great place to work remotely. The country has a vibrant and diverse startup scene, and Vienna, the capital of Austria, has plenty of modern and well-equipped co-working spaces for remote workers.
Vienna is an amazing city to spend time in. It’s beautiful, full of culture and history, and it’s easy to get around thanks to a reliable public transportation system.
I have friends who loved Vienna so much they decided to stay, they started off with an Austria job seeker visa and finally found employment. I now have an extra excuse to visit one of my favourite cities in Europe.
Did you know that Austria also has great coffee? Definitely, an added bonus if you’re working late to meet a deadline!
Berlin is a great city for remote work because of the high quality of life and the thriving tech scene. The city’s openness to outsiders gives it a cosmopolitan feel that is hard to find anywhere else.
There is a huge variety of coworking spaces, and most cafés and restaurants have good WiFi. The weather can be cold in the winter, but summers are hot and sunny, so you will find plenty of opportunities to enjoy being outside. It’s also easy to get around the city using public transportation. Thanks to a current initiative you can get a monthly travel pass in Germany for just €9, now that is a bargain!.
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, providing the perfect backdrop for your remote working lifestyle. The Czech Republic has had a long history with digital nomads and freelancers—its capital has tons of coworking spaces and we hear great things about their community.
Budapest is hugely popular among remote workers and travellers. The city is full of startup companies, cafes and restaurants, cultural activities like theatre and museums, and people from all over the world. It’s easy to see why. It is a welcoming city and English is widely spoken, so you’ll feel right at home from the outset.
In addition to this diversity in language skills, there are plenty of coworking spaces available throughout the city that offer free coffee and tea along with office amenities like printers and fax machines.
If you’re looking for a place where you can work hard and make the most of your downtime, then Budapest might be the perfect choice for you!
Lisbon is the capital of Portugal. It’s known for its vibrant culture and a strong sense of community—creating a great place to live. Lisbon’s historical centre is small enough to be explored on foot, but there are plenty of other things to see and do around town, including museums and galleries, as well as parks and gardens. In addition, Lisbon has a wealth of shops and boutiques in which to browse.
Lisbon has all the basics covered when it comes to living: transport options, affordable accommodation, plenty of food options and a lively nightlife scene. Whether you’re looking for culture or nightlife entertainment, there are plenty of ways to enjoy yourself here when you’re not on your laptop!
Spoilt for choice in Europe
When you go to Europe, there are many places to work remotely. Berlin, Austria, Prague and Budapest are just a few examples. Each city has its own unique culture, specialities and local events. The food is also amazing in every location.
Remember, you don’t need to stick to just one. By selecting countries in the Schengen Area, you can move around easily, just be sure you don’t overstay your allowance and make sure you have all the documents you need based on your nationality (UK tourists and business travellers can stay for up to 90 days without a visa).
Enjoy extended trips abroad with the kids this summer without having to miss out on potential earnings. If you are travelling with children, check out this guide to top European destinations with families for even more ideas.
Working remotely is a wonderful way to offset travel costs and manage your budget. It may also give you the inspiration you need to take your project to the next level. As they say, a change is as good as a rest!