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How to travel and work around the world… and get paid for it!

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Countries including Italy, Spain, New Zealand, Denmark, and Ireland will pay you up to €30,000 to live and work there

Have you ever dreamed of simply saying goodbye to your daily routine and heading somewhere else? Most of us have, but it’s impractical and expensive. Amazingly, there are now places in Europe (and across the world) that are looking for remote workers to come and revitalize their economy, and will even pay you to do it! From Spain to Chile, New Zealand to the UK, Austria to Greece and beyond, you could be doing your job on the beach, in the mountains, or in a wonderful new city! How? Kiwi.com finds out.

What is a ‘workation’ and how does it benefit us?

Woman with laptop on rooftop with misty view of Florence in background — Getty ImagesThere are many ways in which a workcation can better your quality of life — Getty Images

‘Workation’ is a relatively new coinage that means working your normal job while traveling longer-term. With remote work now very much a possibility in many industries, the chance to go somewhere for weeks, months, even years and still do your job is becoming more possible.

Research conducted by the Stem/Mark Agency in Central Europe (the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Romania and Hungary) on behalf of Kiwi.com indicates that one in ten already works in a different country from where they’re directly employed. When it comes to an actual workation, 39% agree that even more people would benefit from it, citing the facts that being in a new environment and lower stress levels contribute to greater efficiency at work. Remote work was also seen to broaden people’s horizons, inspire action, and make people more tolerant.

What do you need for your own workation?

Fast internet was the number one requirement according to our research, followed by safety in the area, and a convenient working space (a desk or a kitchen table, for example).

You’ll also need to find somewhere to live, of course, but that’s where these countries and their relocation schemes come in. We’ve picked the top five places where you could take a long-term workation in Europe.

Spain

View over green hills in Picos de Europa National Park — Getty ImagesThe village of Ponga is surrounded by some of the most gorgeous scenery in Spain — Getty Images

Spain has always been one of Kiwi.com’s most popular destinations for travel, but it’s currently facing a demographic crisis resulting from an aging population and a declining birth rate. This is why the country’s authorities invite foreigners to come and live there, mainly in small towns in the countryside that have lost residents to the draw of cities.

Ponga, for example, is a charming village in the Asturias region of northern Spain. Local authorities offer a special program to subsidize people settling there, providing up to €3,000 for families with children and up to €2,000 for single people or couples without children. 

Rubiá, Orense, also in the north of Spain, is another town that offers an income supplement of up to €150. Griegos, a town situated between Madrid and Valencia, offers new residents jobs and three months’ accommodation! After the first three months, families have to pay rent, but only of €225 per month, which may be further reduced by €50 for each school-age child they have.

Italy

 

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For years now, Italy has been the face of the €1 house promise — the offer of properties for basically nothing as long as the owners move there and renovate them. Like Spain, it’s also a massively popular destination for tourists and, for the same reasons as Spain, it offers subsidy programs for people who decide to settle. Italy is an EU member country, so obtaining a residence permit is easy for citizens of the EU, EEA or Switzerland. All you have to do is move there and register with the local city hall. Presicce-Acquarica in the province of Lecce in southern Italy, for example, is currently offering grants of up to €30,000 to new residents.

Greece

Yet another destination for living the dream of escaping to a quaint, rural village or lying on the beach on a remote island. If this sounds like paradise to you, Greek authorities are willing to pay you $590 a month for your first 3 years  — that’s about $21,000 in total! We’re talking specifically about the quiet, ancient, and beautiful island of Antikythera, which has been particularly affected by a decline in population and wants to rebuild its demographics.

Denmark

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Heading north now to Denmark, another European country that offers an attractive subsidy for those who settle there. Under the Startup Denmark program, the Danish government offers up to $50,000 in funding, a one-year visa and support to those entrepreneurs who want to make the country their base of operations. Already a modern, progressive country, Denmark wants more young people with fresh ideas to make Denmark top in technology and sustainability.

Ireland

Young backpacker standing on the Cliffs of Moher in yellow jacketThis could be your regular walk if you apply for the Enterprise Ireland program — Shutterstock

With friendly people, a beautiful landscape and, outside the cities, a rugged, rural way of life, Ireland is a fantastic destination for those who want all of that (but can still deal with a spot of rain!). Local authorities happily support start-up projects: all you have to do is apply for the Enterprise Ireland program. If you’re accepted, authorities pay you a grant of $1,200 to get you started on condition that you have to live there and run your business there. But that was the whole point in the first place, right?

Join the workation generation

As mentioned, this is just a selection of the most popular destinations people are choosing for living and working. Other places like Guernsey and Sark (two of the Channel Islands), parts of New Zealand, and four-month start-up programs in Chile offer even more possibilities to go further afield to other dramatic landscapes. Wherever you choose, you’ll join the 20% of Kiwi.com’s respondents aged 18 – 29 who regularly work from another country and combine work with traveling. Searching for a flight on Kiwi.com could be your first step into a new life.

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David Szmidt

David is a lead writer for Kiwi.com, as well as a football-watcher, music-listener and beer-appreciater. @UtterBlether