Dream Remote Work Locations

If you could work abroad anywhere in the world, where would you go?

In the beginning of 2020, the idea of working abroad was just a pipe dream for many employees. Since the coronavirus pandemic hit, working remotely has become the norm for billions across the globe – making it feasible to relocate for many office workers in the future.

In this study, CIA Landlord has revealed the top international locations to move to post lockdown to save on expenses while still earning your current salary and living abroad in a similar time zone, either permanently or temporarily.

The study takes into account a variety of cost and popularity factors to highlight the best destinations that both save your pocket and allow for some escapism!

Top 25 Dream Remote Work Locations to Move to Post COVID-19

Rank
City
Takeaway Cost
Pint Cost
Transport Cost
Bill + Wifi Cost
Rent Price
Time Zone (GMT)
Flight Price
Number of Annual Tourists
Number of Landmarks
Airbnb Cost Per Night
1
Madrid
£11
£2.7
£1.4
£159
£895
+1
£46
82,773,000
594
£28
2
Istanbul
£4
£1.8
£0.4
£69
£258
+3
£87
45,768,000
568
£43
3
Budapest
£5
£1.4
£0.9
£144
£417
+1
£46
17,552,000
339
£22
4
Tirane
£4
£1.3
£0.3
£81
£270
+1
£115
5,340,000
32
£17
5
Rome
£14
£4.5
£1.4
£179
£858
+1
£75
61,567,200
1,430
£38
6
Lisbon
£7
£1.8
£1.4
£128
£808
0
£48
16,186,000
458
£28
7
Warsaw
£5
£2.0
£0.9
£154
£589
+1
£48
19,622,000
295
£21
8
Moscow
£7
£2.3
£0.6
£107
£722
+3
£192
24,551,000
1,772
£25
9
Prague
£5
£1.4
£0.8
£172
£698
+1
£38
10,611,000
567
£26
10
Sofia
£6
£1.4
£0.7
£105
£349
+2
£60
9,273,000
145
£18
11
Zagreb
£7
£1.8
£0.5
£174
£433
+1
£82
16,645,000
71
£22
12
Skopje
£4
£1.5
£0.5
£107
£228
+1
£199
707,000
42
£27
13
Sarajevo
£3
£1.6
£0.8
£156
£225
+1
£162
1,053,000
84
£18
14
Bucharest
£6
£1.5
£0.3
£92
£373
+3
£50
11,720,000
157
£25
15
Paris
£14
£6.3
£1.7
£178
£1,065
+1
£63
89,322,000
2,177
£178
16
Belgrade
£5
£1.5
£0.7
£143
£317
+1
£161
1,711,000
89
£18
17
Marrakech
£4
£4.0
£0.3
£72
£263
+1
£80
12,289,000
51
£79
18
Kiev
£5
£0.9
£0.2
£87
£492
+3
£153
14,104,000
342
£28
19
Chisinau
£5
£1.0
£0.1
£109
£235
+2
£145
160,000
43
£19
20
Bratislava
£5
£1.8
£0.8
£186
£559
+1
£92
2,256,000
167
£28
21
Belfast
£12
£4.2
£2.1
£105
£634
0
£48
10,926,000
104
£26
22
Edinburgh
£15
£4.0
£1.7
£178
£801
0
£60
36,316,000
259
£32
23
Vienna
£9
£3.6
£2.2
£196
£793
+1
£45
30,816,000
516
£35
24
Berlin
£8
£3.2
£2.6
£238
£822
+1
£55
38,881,000
502
£31
25
Split
£8
£2.4
£1.3
£169
£371
+1
£152
16,645,000
73
£22

Madrid Revealed as the Best City to Relocate to for Remote Working, Followed by Istanbul and Budapest!

Madrid is the best city for remote working

With an extremely high amount of annual tourists, cheap flights and a low cost of living – Madrid comes out on top as the best location to move to for remote working based on a variety of cost and popularity reasons. On average, the country welcomes over 82 million tourists a year, and with over 594 attractions to visit – there will never be days short of new places to explore in the city. Despite its relatively high rent for a 1-bed (£895), flights to and from the city from London will cost you nothing short of a £46 return – allowing freedom when it comes to traveling cheap. 

Top 10 Cities to Relocate to for Remote Working

 

 

Rank
City
Takeaway Cost
Pint Cost
Transport Cost
Bill + Wifi Cost
Rent Price
Time Zone (GMT)
Flight Price
Number of Annual Tourists
Number of Landmarks
Airbnb Cost Per Night
1
Madrid
£11
£2.7
£1.4
£159
£895
+1
£46
82,773,000
594
£28
2
Istanbul
£4
£1.8
£0.4
£69
£258
+3
£87
45,768,000
568
£43
3
Budapest
£5
£1.4
£0.9
£144
£417
+1
£46
17,552,000
339
£22
4
Tirane
£4
£1.3
£0.3
£81
£270
+1
£115
5,340,000
32
£17
5
Rome
£14
£4.5
£1.4
£179
£858
+1
£75
61,567,200
1,430
£38
6
Lisbon
£7
£1.8
£1.4
£128
£808
0
£48
16,186,000
458
£28
7
Warsaw
£5
£2.0
£0.9
£154
£589
+1
£48
19,622,000
295
£21
8
Moscow
£7
£2.3
£0.6
£107
£722
+3
£192
24,551,000
1,772
£25
9
Prague
£5
£1.4
£0.8
£172
£698
+1
£38
10,611,000
567
£26
10
Sofia
£6
£1.4
£0.7
£105
£349
+2
£60
9,273,000
145
£18

The top 10 locations in our study highlight how much cheaper you could be living on your current salary. With most of the locations in Europe you’ll be a short flight away from traveling back home with ease. If saving on the cost of living is your most important factor, Tirane in Albania is the best option with rent for a 1-bed at £270, takeaway for £4 and just 30p for a ticket on public transport – it really doesn’t get much cheaper than this.

If you wish to prioritise your work and timezone, moving to Lisbon where there is no time difference would be the perfect relocation option – but it doesn’t come cheap at an average of £808 for renting a bed in the city!

Monaco, Geneva and Vaduz Are the Worst Cities to Relocate to for Remote Work

Monaco is the worst city for remote working

Despite its close time difference (GMT +1) and cheap transportation cost (£1.80), Monaco is officially the worst city to relocate to for remote working. With extortionate average rent costs of £3,499 and high average takeaway costs of £25, this city does not come cheap making it the worst option for digital employees.

Despite similar time differences (GMT +1) both Geneva and Vaduz have much higher costs of living than the likes of London with average 1-bed rent prices at over £1,500 – making it more feasible to be employed in the city allowing for a higher annual salary to support these extortionate costs.

Top 10 Worst Cities to Relocate to for Remote Working

Rank
City
Takeaway Cost
Pint Cost
Transport Cost
Bill + Wifi Cost
Rent Price
Time Zone (GMT)
Flight Price
Number of Annual Tourists
Number of Landmarks
Airbnb Cost Per Night
1
Monaco
£25
£5.9
£1.8
£227
£3,499
+1
£62
347,000
28
£120
2
Geneva
£21
£6.8
£2.6
£236
£1,712
+1
£50
10,362,000
51
£49
3
Vaduz
£21
£5.5
£4.5
£211
£1,238
+1
£61
85,300
21
£42
4
Antananarivo
£1
£0.6
£0.1
£102
£231
+3
£607
291,000
17
£66
5
Luxembourg
£15
£4.5
£1.6
£252
£1,410
+1
£53
1,018,000
92
£58
6
Oslo
£15
£7.5
£3.0
£160
£1,094
+1
£55
5,688,000
164
£35
7
Copenhagen
£15
£6.1
£2.9
£212
£1,209
+1
£40
12,749,000
184
£50
8
Amsterdam
£14
£4.5
£2.9
£195
£1,453
+1
£61
18,780,000
515
£83
9
Helsinki
£11
£5.6
£2.5
£95
£907
+2
£167
3,224,000
148
£44
10
Reykjavik
£15
£7.0
£2.7
£123
£1,149
0
£67
2,343,800
62
£49

What the top 10 worst cities highlight about working remotely is that no matter how much you might love going on holiday in a city, living there remotely takes into account a lot more costs factors you might have not considered before. With popular cities including Amsterdam and Copenhagen making the list despite having high annual tourist numbers of over 8 million and 12 million respectively, high rent prices and living costs make it inconceivable to relocate to for remote work no matter how many attractions or cheap flights there may be.

Best Cities to Relocate to for Cheap Takeaway Food and Pints

If you’re looking to broaden your food horizons and save on food and drink whilst working remotely abroad, Antananarivo in Madagascar has the best savings on takeaway and pints near the UK at £1.35 and 62p respectively.

Istanbul also features in the top 10 ranking, as well as ranking overall 2nd in the best cities to remote work from.

Here are the cheapest cities for takeaway food and pints in our ranking:

Rank
Country
City
Takeaway Cost
Pint Cost
1
Madagascar
Antananarivo
£1.35
£0.62
2
Armenia
Yerevan
£4.18
£1.00
3
Ukraine
Kiev
£4.55
£0.91
4
Azerbaijan
Baku
£4.73
£0.95
5
Moldova
Chisinau
£4.66
£1.02
6
Albania
Tirane
£3.63
£1.34
7
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Sarajevo
£3.23
£1.61
8
South Africa
Cape Town
£6.11
£0.80
9
Macedonia
Skopje
£4.39
£1.46
10
Turkey
Istanbul
£3.54
£1.77

Best Cities to Relocate to for Cheap Bills, Rent and Wifi Cost

If cost of living and saving is the most important factor when it comes to considering moving abroad and working remotely – Minsk is an ideal choice with rent for as little as £318 and wifi + bills at just £53 a month. However it’s worth noting that an average return flight will cost you £152 as well as factoring in the 3 hour time difference – but if you prefer the lie in for your 9am call then Minsk could be the perfect place for you!

Here are the top 10 affordable cities if you’re looking to relocate and work remotely abroad:

Rank
Country
City
Bill Cost
Wifi Cost
Rent Price
1
Belarus
Minsk
£42
£11
£318
2
Azerbaijan
Baku
£39
£15
£271
3
Turkey
Istanbul
£57
£12
£258
4
Armenia
Yerevan
£61
£14
£294
5
Ukraine
Kiev
£82
£4
£492
6
Albania
Tirane
£63
£17
£270
7
Romania
Bucharest
£84
£8
£373
8
Morocco
Marrakech
£46
£25
£263
9
Moldova
Chisinau
£100
£8
£235
10
Bulgaria
Sofia
£96
£10
£349

Best Cities to Relocate to for Cheap AirBNB Rentals

If you fancy a getaway without having to commit to the burden of rent and bills – renting out a home on AirBNB could be the perfect option for your remote working adventure.

Minsk ranks first for cheapest AirBNB costs at an average of £16.20 a night, followed by Tirane, Sofia and Belgrade which all offer homes at an average of £18/night! 

Split and Budapest also make the ranking at just over £21 per night – the equivalent of £630 over a month  if you were looking to stay a few weeks instead of permanently relocating for remote work.

Here are the top 10 cities to relocate to for affordable Airbnb rentals from the UK:

 

 

Rank
Country
City
AirBNB Cost per Night
1
Belarus
Minsk
£16.20
2
Albania
Tirane
£17.40
3
Bulgaria
Sofia
£18.00
4
Serbia
Belgrade
£18.00
5
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Sarajevo
£18.00
6
Moldova
Chisinau
£18.80
7
Poland
Warsaw
£21.00
8
Armenia
Yerevan
£21.00
9
Croatia
Split
£21.60
10
Hungary
Budapest
£21.80

Considering Moving Abroad to Work Remotely Once Travel Restrictions Ease? Here Are Our Top Tips:

For the first time in our lives thousands of Brits have not only the urge but the ability to work remotely once travel restrictions ease. Now that more and more companies are adopting remote working policies, Brits, and Londoners in particular, have many wondering why they’re cooped up and paying an extortionate price on rent and food when they could be saving and living somewhere with more space and freedom.

Firstly before you dive into considering your options to move abroad, it’s important to take into account the following tips:

  • Ensure you do your research into visas that are available post-lockdown

If you’re lucky enough to have a company that will let you work abroad permanently – before you consider moving anywhere, it’s important to do your research on the visas and taxes that may be applicable to you when you’re in another country. For example, Barbados has recently announced that it’s giving out 12 month visas allowing for anyone to come to remote work from its islands.

  • Choose a city that caters to your most important needs

Cost of living is a huge factor to consider if you’re looking to save on the prices of living in the UK – however it’s important to ensure that you’re also researching other factors such as things to do or places to visit when you get there. The worst thing you’d want to do is relocate for the sake of saving money!

  • Consider lifestyle factors like climate, ease of returning ‘home’ and even insurance

Other factors that may not be as obvious such as the weather, landlord insurance or how far you are away from a flight home are just as important to consider as cost of living. It’s important to note that while you may be saving money, you may not be happy with the location as a whole so make sure you put in a lot of thought to the locations you’re considering!

Sources and Methodology

In order to calculate the best cities to move to for remote working we analysed 12 cost and popularity factors weighing them differently to account for factors that were deemed more crucial than others including the cost of a takeaway, flight cost, rent price, cost of an airbnb, time difference, number of tourists (2018) and number of landmarks.

We used the timeframe February 1st to February 28th 2021 to calculate the prices for flights and airbnb costs. The airbnb costs were taken from averaging the first 5 costs per location.

Notes to Editors:

If you’re interested in covering our study, we only ask to please refer back to this study with a link to this post.

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