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People Are Ditching Their Offices to Work Remotely in Airbnbs

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People have flocked abroad in the winter months to embrace the benefits of combining a holiday with working remotely in a beautiful climate and surroundings, with cheaper living costs – instead of working at home. Our recent survey says 42% of people would take up the opportunity, whilst 58% would rather work in their home comfort.

Who knew that the living costs when working abroad could not only be cheaper, whilst surrounded by pools, nearby beaches and beautiful weather during the winter months, but also provide you with all the everyday essentials you would need for working remotely.

Ever since 2008, Airbnb has shown people the way to go for cheaper accommodation by cutting out expensive hotel prices. Independent Airbnb hosts have provided cheaper bookings for people at their rentals which has allowed travellers to benefit from exploring multiple destinations, at affordable costs – often with discounts for those seeking longer stays.

Traditionally, the average household in the UK will holiday once a year, but with Airbnb being a cheaper, viable option, more than one holiday will become accessible for households.

The average cost of living in the UK for a single person is estimated at £650 per month, which doesn’t include rent or mortgage payments. This figure is likely to increase due to rising inflation and gas/electricity prices. People who have chosen to work remotely abroad in Airbnb apartments will have costs half that average figure, including all their bills.

Most travellers using Airbnb are aged between 25-34 years old, and 40% of millennials choose their holiday destinations based upon how socially shareable their holiday will be.

We surveyed 1,000 UK adults, aged between 18 and 50 to find out if they would take the plunge to work remotely abroad in winter. 42% said yes, whilst 58% of people said they’d prefer to work in their home comfort.

Reasons for Working Abroad

  • Benefit from cheaper living costs.
  • Gaining beautiful weather all year round.
  • Away from distractions, clearer mind and beaches/pools.
  • Travelling and independent experiences.
  • Meet new people.

Reasons for Not Working Abroad

  • Too many tied connections at home, such as childcare, ongoing monthly bills/utilities.
  • Not wanting to be isolated away from family and friends.
  • Only suitable for and benefiting single people and young couples.
  • Depending on job factors being flexible and different office hours not synced up with working hours.
  • Healthcare insurance concern / different country rulings.

We’ve also found some of the best value Airbnbs abroad, which ticks all the boxes for those fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work overseas. With fast WiFi and luxuries including pools, sea views and beautiful weather.

1. Bali, Indonesia £13 / night

This property is priced at £13 per night. That’s £91 per week and would equal £364 a month. This includes your accommodation of the entire home, all bills included, 1 queen bed, pool, WiFi, TV, & air conditioning.

2. Lisbon, Portugal £16 / night

This property is priced at £16 per night. That’s £112 per week and would equal £448 a month. This includes your accommodation of the apartment, all bills included, WiFi, TV, balcony, bay views and stunning rooftop views on the Ponte 25 de Abril bridge.

3. Dubrovnik, Croatia £21 / night

This property is priced at £21 per night. That’s £147 per week and would equal £588 per month. This includes your accommodation of the entire home, all bills included, WiFi, TV, balcony & air conditioning.

4. Saint-Raphaël, France £20 / night

This property is priced at £20 per night. That’s £140 per week and would equal £560 per month. This includes your accommodation of the entire home, all bills included, WiFi, TV, pool, air conditioning and beachfront access.

5. Nea Skioni, Greece £21 / night

This property is priced at £21 per night. That’s £147 per week and would equal £588 per month. This includes your accommodation of the entire home, all bills included, WiFi, TV, pool, air conditioning, garden and balcony.

6. Manavgat, Turkey £21 / night

This property is priced at £21 per night. That’s £147 per week and would equal £588 per month. This includes your accommodation of the entire home, all bills included, WiFi, TV, shared pool, garden view and shared sauna.

7. Lipa, Philippines £25 / night

This property is priced at £25 per night. That’s £175 per week and would equal £700 per month. This includes your accommodation of the entire home, all bills included, WiFi, TV, king-size bed, pool, nearby shared gym and shared garden.

People are reaping the benefits by combining a holiday and working remotely abroad for long-term stays of 28 days or more and it’s fascinating to see. Not only are they claiming all the advantages to escape busy home life, but they’re also saving money whilst doing it.

Of course, the opportunity to work remotely abroad won’t suit everyone. We can see from our survey that more than half of people wouldn’t opt to drop everything at home and go and work abroad – but long-term bookings are Airbnb’s fastest-growing length of stay.

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