Top destinations where Brits would like to ‘work from home’ – from Spain to USA

Getting tired of your working from home set-up? You're not alone.

A sizeable four in 10 Brits, who aren't in the office at the moment, dream about packing their suitcases to do their job overseas.

A survey of 1,000 people who have worked remotely during the pandemic found Spain is the top destination for working remotely, followed by Italy, the USA, Portugal and the Caribbean.

France, Australia, the Maldives, New Zealand and Canada also made up the top 10 locations.

It also emerged 91% have enjoyed swerving the office to do their jobs from the comfort of their own homes.

As a result, 92% think the pandemic has given employers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to change their policy and allow employees to work remotely, according to private Covid testing company Medicspot.

Of those who would like to do their job abroad, the top reason is better weather (69%).

But half (49%) said it’s because they’ve missed going abroad during the pandemic, 45% want lower living costs, and 42% are bored of the UK.

A beach resort (64%) is the top type of work location, followed by a European city (51%), island (49%), rural area (46%) and ski resort (23%).

A spokesperson for Medicspot, which offers PCR and antigen tests for travel, said: “For many people, there is no need to go into the office anymore – so there might not be a need to even live in the same city.

“This has created an incredible opportunity for people to pack their bags and head abroad where, armed with a laptop and internet connection, they can do their job from warmer climes – or even on the slopes.”

Top 20 countries Brits would like to work remotely from

  1. Spain
  2. Italy
  3. USA
  4. Portugal
  5. Caribbean
  6. France
  7. Australia
  8. Maldives
  9. New Zealand
  10. Canada
  11. Thailand
  12. Germany
  13. Japan
  14. Sweden
  15. Norway
  16. Indonesia
  17. South Africa
  18. Republic of Ireland
  19. Vietnam
  20. Iceland

The study also found 35% of workers said their employer expects them to return to the office full-time when restrictions lift.

More than a third (36%) expect to go part-time, and eight per cent don't think they will ever need to return to the workplace.

Overall, 54% felt they had no reason to go into the office again.

The pandemic has created a shift in priorities for many, with 45 per cent saying their job has become less important to them.

Almost a quarter (23%) even admitted the situation had tempted them to quit their job and go travelling when restrictions allow.

And 73% of respondents born outside of the UK would like the flexibility to return to their country to do their job remotely.

As the property market experiences one of its most frenzied moments on record, 30% have been considering selling up or giving their landlord notice so they can work elsewhere in the UK.

Of those, 60% would like to live on Britain’s stunning coastline, while 58 per cent fancy a move to the countryside.

One third (34%) would also return to their hometown and work from there.

A spokesperson for Medicspot added: “Working from home was a radical shift for millions of office workers across the country, and it appears to have been a resounding success for many employees.

“While most people enjoyed the office environment, the vast majority don’t want the hassle of commuting to the office every day.

“We’ve proven with the use of technology we can do our job from hundreds or even thousands of miles away in a location we might never have dreamed was possible.”

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