The coronavirus pandemic affecting countries around the world has brought many economies to a standstill, with the tourism and hospitality sectors among the hardest hit. In the case of Spain, a country on the road to the “new normal”, there have been serious consequences for the tourism sector this year and in the future. However, some creative strategies are being considered to attract foreigners to Spain after the long period of COVID-19 confinement , and one of these measures is ” telework tourism “.
Nowadays, there is a lot of emphasis on telecommuting, remote work or even working from home, to name just a few of the names to describe this trend which is considered to be the new way of carrying out our professional activities, not only in Spain but throughout the world. Commuting to the office is a thing of the past and many workers choose to work from countries far from where their business is located, giving rise to the “digital nomad”.
Spain wants to encourage remote workers to jump on this bandwagon and choose the country as their work destination of choice for a few months of the year or even permanently. Some of Spain’s most popular “sun and beach” destinations see a potential tourist in this profile and want to promote stays that combine work and vacation. The Canary Islands, for example, are planning to promote this idea of “teleworking tourism” to attract foreigners, including planning to open hundreds of coworking spaces.
And why is Spain the perfect place to become a remote worker?
It is certainly no coincidence that many foreign people who work remotely want to choose Spain as their new home, whether for an extended period or for the long term. But why Spain? Here are a few reasons why Spain is the ideal destination for your new office :
Good work/life balance
There is a saying in Spanish that translates to: “In many countries people live to work, but in Spain we work to live. Life in Spain is certainly not just about work and the pace of the country means that after work, going out for a drink with friends and relaxing is the norm. Keep in mind that Spain also has a little more daylight than France, so the days are longer and there is less travel in the dark!
Depending on your chosen destination in Spain, the weather can vary significantly. However, on the whole, the summers are warm and sunny, and the winters are certainly not as cold as in northern European countries. Working with a view of the blue sky will have a big impact on your mood and will undoubtedly have a positive impact on your work.
Affordable cost of living
Spain is not the cheapest country in Europe, but it is far from being the most expensive. Even with the high number of tourists that Spain receives, the prices are far from comparable to those in Paris or London. According to cost of living calculator Expatistan, the Spanish capital Madrid and Barcelona are 31% cheaper than Paris, 42% cheaper than London and 26% cheaper than Amsterdam. If you move away from the main cities and move to other destinations like Seville (43%, 52% and 39% cheaper respectively), Malaga (45%, 54% and 41%) or Tenerife (41%, 51%, 37%) costs will drop dramatically, while your quality of life will increase exponentially.
Spain has an excellent geographical location and is strategically well placed for teleworkers. If for any reason you need to travel, Spain’s high-speed train network will get you across the country in no time, and with direct flights to almost any destination in the world from major airports around the country. , you’ll be where you need to be in no time.
The last but not the least reason is the glorious Spanish culture, including its gastronomy, of which the Spaniards are so proud. No matter where you’re based in Spain, whether you decide to work from the islands or the mainland, you’ll be treated to an orgy of food, from fresh seafood paella to the world’s best tapas. Eating out in Spain is a real social event and the best way to get together with family and friends.
If Spain sounds like the ideal telecommuting destination for you, you’ll need a place to live and set up your office. And the Andalusian coast with its 320 days of sunshine a year is ideal for settling there.
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