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Which Places in Europe To Stay in Winter as a Digital Nomad?
During the winter months it can be challenging if you are a digital nomad travelling around Europe. Flight and rail cancellations are common occurrences, while cost of living tends to spiral out of control as heating bills affect accommodation budgets. On top of it all, trying to stay motivated while you are freezing and need to earn is not easy. Of course, if you like skiing and love cold weather and snowy mountains, then you are spoilt for choice, as there are many ski resorts crossing the whole width of the European continent.
Here on the Digital Nomad Europe website one of the most commonly asked questions is where to go in Europe to chase some winter sun, so for the sake of this article we won’t cover ski resorts.
You can read a whole article related to finding European spots with mild winter temperatures but here are some key facts:
- Southern Europe offers many locations with temperate weather throughout the winter months, however expect some risk of snow;
- islands off or around the coast of continental Europe can almost guarantee all-year sun, with the Canary Islands, Madeira, the Balearic Islands (Ibiza, Formentera, Mallorca and Minorca), Malta and Crete representing key choices in winter, however do expect rain;
- accommodation in locations that tend to be very busy in the summer months may be considerably cheaper in winter, representing great value for money particularly in terms of access to high value services such as swimming pools and gyms.
What Can You Do as a Digital Nomad on a Tourist Visa?
We’ve all been through this (well, at least some of us have): you haven’t quite figured out which location will work best for you while working on your business, so you take some time to travel and explore.
You get a tourist visa and start interfacing with different realities and lifestyles. You really want to do some work but your visa will not allow it. The silver lining is that you can volunteer: websites such as Workaway, WWOOF and Worldpackers offer plenty of opportunities to volunteer. WWOOF for example offers free accommodation in exchange for helping out on organic farms, so if you want to not only make a different but also learn new skills, this can be an excellent option.
Websites for Remote Jobs
This is a popular question that many digital nomads and remote workers ask. For a more detailed list of websites, see related article.
Remote working has changed dramatically over the course of a few years. From being the exception to the rule it became the standard mode of working for many companies around the world. Now, many offices are embracing hybrid modes with some work needing to be carried out in person, particularly for meetings. This can make travelling more of a challenge, so choosing the right job or the right clients that allow you to work remotely anywhere in the world is, now more than ever, a strategic decision that will inform your future career.