Many employees have adopted a flexible working regime in the coronavirus pandemic and one of the most popular new options has been the emergence of a workation _ a vacation that blends leisure and remote working.
Travel search engine KAYAK has identified the locations that are most suitable for a remote workation, with Portugal topping the list.
Romania came third after Spain.
Its first Work from Wherever Index is the ultimate source for those looking to set up a new office away from home temporarily or for a longer period of time.
KAYAK analyzed data from 111 countries and ranked each against 22 factors across six categories. These were: travel costs and accessibility; local prices; health & safety; remote working capabilities; social life; and weather.
The study ranked the locations that provided the best working environments, while offering the best opportunities for an employee’s free-time.
Portugal was ranked the all-round best country to work remotely, scoring high across all categories, including great weather, high abundance of places for going out, low-crime rates, and relatively low cost of living.
Portugal also offers a digital nomad visa, and many locals have a high English proficiency that attracts expats.
Spain came in second place, largely due to its high quantity of restaurants and cafes per capita, paired with fast internet speed, plenty of co-working spaces and remote visas for freelancers.
Romania came in at third place, primarily because it offers very attractive prices when it comes to long-term apartment rentals and local food. It also has high-speed internet and locals speak English.
In addition to the Work from Wherever Index, KAYAK features a new time zone ranking to help users quickly and easily find out the time differences for their trip – ideal for those looking to swerve 2am conference calls whilst working abroad.
The time zone-focused rankings takes key factors and categories from the Work from Wherever Index into account. The tool also provides information on the latest travel restrictions and local vaccination rates per country.
Laure Bornet, of KAYAK, said: ” At KAYAK we’re embracing the opportunity for people to work from almost anywhere in the world, and we expect it to be a rising trend amongst travelers in 2022 and beyond.