Working from Rome

Working From Rome is the new Working From Home, as two thirds want to take their home office overseas

  • Two-thirds (67%) said that if they were able to, they would live and work somewhere overseas or abroad for more than one month
  • Remote working has become common practice, meaning that many are able to take a “working holiday” and set up their home office abroad for a few months
  • Audley Villages has analysed data to identify the best locations to work away from home

Almost a quarter (23%) of Brits have taken an extended holiday (a period away from home for a month or longer), and more than two-thirds (67%) said that if they were able to, they would live and work somewhere overseas or abroad for more than one month.

Due to the pandemic, remote working has gone from being a rarity to common practice for many businesses. This has enabled the possibility of taking a ‘working holiday,’ in which someone can carry out their job role remotely whilst being abroad.

Audley Villages has analysed data to look at some of the most suitable locations for a working holiday. The criteria is that they must be within two hours of the same time zone as the UK, have Wi-Fi that is as fast, or faster as the UK, is lower on the cost-of-living index, and has the most hours of annual sunshine.

Country Internet download speed (according to Speedtest.net) Cost Of Living Index Annual hours of sunshine
Spain 137 Mbps 53.88 2524
Germany 75 Mbps 65.58 1625
Malta 92 Mbps 67.84 2957
Portugal 111 Mbps 47.94 2799
Brazil 91 Mbps 33.24 2363
Moldova 93 Mbps 30.35 2060 
Hungary 100 Mbps 40.66 1928
Poland 91 Mbps 38.95 1800
Latvia 68 Mbps 48.45 1790
Italy 54 Mbps 66.47 1900

Top of the list for a remote working holiday is good Wi-Fi

Over half (57%) would need to have a location that facilitated fast and reliable Wi-Fi, 50% mentioned cheap accommodation would be needed, 49% said they would like beautiful surroundings for long walks and 27% said excellent restaurants would be needed if they were to stay there that long.

Based on Wi-Fi speeds and cost living, with factors such as sunshine hours and Michelin-starred restaurants taken into account, Spain, with its popular coastlines, historic cities and over 200 Michelin-starred restaurants, takes top spot as the ultimate destination for a working holiday. Other popular European destinations such as Germany, Portugal and Malta also feature in the top 10.

For those seeking somewhere more exotic that still falls within reasonable working time zones, Brazil’s spectacular island archipelagos such as Fernando de Noronha feature as the furthest location, as well as perhaps being the most interesting and different to the UK. Known for its, unspoilt scenery, pristine beaches, and incredible scuba diving, the islands are perfect for people looking for a truly unique escape. With faster internet speeds and a cost-of-living index more than half that of the UK – while still only 2 hours behind - a working holiday in Brazil could be the ultimate destination for those chasing adventure.

Moving back to Europe, working from Rome is also a great opportunity for those craving Italian food, beautiful scenery, and a laid-back atmosphere for a more relaxing experience. As well as pleasing pizza-lovers, Italy also boasts a staggering 378 Michelin-starred dining options from 2023.

Hungary ranks far ahead of the UK for internet speeds, and workers looking for a classic city experience with stunning architecture will be right at home in Budapest. Poland and Latvia also feature, with both locations boasting faster internet, cheaper cost of living and more sunshine than the UK.

For those after something a bit different, the legendary Milestii Mici wine cellar, featuring over 75 miles of wine roads and 2 million bottles near the historic city of Chisinau, makes Moldova an attractive proposition for Brits wanting to try somewhere that they may not have previously considered. Moldova also boasts 500 hours of sunshine per year more than the UK, hence the ideal wine production.

The research was carried out by Censuswide to a base of 2000 UK adults in November 2021.

Internet speeds are taken from the latest data from Speedtest.net, based on fixed broadband.

Cost of living index figures can be found on numbeo.com.

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