Remote workers turn to the Mediterranean for the winter


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Palermo, Italy (iStock)

Palermo, Italy (iStock)

With winter approaching in the United States and parts of Europe and coronavirus infections rising sharply, some workers are heading for warmer and more distant climates.

According to the Wall Street Journal, these happy Europeans and Americans – but not very rich – are leaving cities like Paris, London and New York for places around the Mediterranean.

In addition to the weather, some destinations have the additional advantage of lower cost of living. Jennifer Babin, whose employer is based in Paris, works in Sicily. She pays about $ 710 a month for a two-bedroom apartment in the center of Palermo, which is a third of the rent she paid in Paris.

Duncan Wallis, a native of Manchester, England, also moved to Sicily, saying he saw “no good reason to leave”, given that restrictions in Italy would be similar to those in his home country.

“I wanted to go to a place where I could get some sunshine, spend more time outside and where the rent would be a bit cheaper,” he told the newspaper. “It works pretty well.”

Americans have limited travel, but if they are looking for a stay, they can get to some European countries. Jincey Lumpkin and her wife flew from New York to Portugal in September. They went home hunting with plans to stay permanently after approving their residence visa.

Lumpkin works in the cosmetics industry as a writer and is still working on a plan for the East Coast, which she says works with a night owl plan. When she was fired from an advertising company this summer, she called it a “disguise.”
Some hotels also offer long-term packages designed specifically for people working abroad. [WSJ] – Dennis Lynch


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