Caunce O’Hara, February, 2023: Caunce O’Hara, the specialist insurance broker for freelancers and small businesses, have ranked the top 15 countries around the world to determine the best remote working destination for digital nomads.
According to their research, Spain is the perfect remote working location, scoring the highest from the shortlist of destinations due to its low cost, as well as the availability of co-working spaces and fast internet speed.
Overall, Western Europe proved to be a good choice for any digital nomads looking to combine work with travelling, being home to eight of the 15 highest-scoring countries, including runner-up Portugal.
Each of the countries included in the study was scored against a number of criteria which Caunce O’Hara felt could influence a person’s decision on where they would be willing to work from temporarily.
The company considered everything from work factors, such as the time difference between the destination and the UK, to lifestyle factors such as the average cost of a beer and rent.
While Spain was the overall winner, Caunce O’Hara have also highlighted which countries scored the highest for each of the criteria in a map.
Interestingly, despite being a popular choice amongst British ex-pats, Australia only just made it into the top 15 countries scoring lower than the likes of Mexico, Georgia and even Estonia.
Notable Remote Working Locations
Cape Verde: Located just off the coast of Western Africa, the islands of Cape Verde scored the highest of all locations for the cheapest average rent, based on a one-bedroom apartment, with a monthly cost of around £225. The country is also home to the cheapest cost of coffee at just 86 pence, as well as tying with Spain for the cheapest visa at £17.
Italy: With flights from just £11 for a single flight from London, Italy scored the highest for ease of travel perfect for any remote workers who may need to split their time between the UK and elsewhere.
Spain: The overall winner, Spain, tied with Cape Verde for the lowest cost of a visa. Spain also took the top spot for the best working environment, with the fastest average internet speeds and a massive 163 dedicated co-working spaces.
Iceland Or Dubai: Out of all the countries Caunce O’Hara looked at, Iceland had the longest amount of daylight hours but was also one of the wetter countries. For those looking to escape the British weather, Dubai offers the lowest annual rainfall but at the cost of around two hours less daylight time than even the UK.
Georgia*: And for those more interested in a healthy work life balance, the Eastern European country of Georgia offers the cheapest average cost of a pint at just £1.21 – although the country was the third lowest scoring overall.
Take a look at the full list on the Caunce O’Hara website.
* By referencing Georgia, we are referring to areas excluding South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
Despite the scoring methodology and ranking, we recommend you always follow the government’s travel advice to destinations.