The Answer To The UK Cost Of Living Crisis? Become A Digital Nomad In Spain

Written by Mat Marsden

Mathew works in the news team and has been living in Spain since 2005

August 23, 2022

So, you want to become a digital nomad. Congratulations! You’ve made a fantastic choice.

In case you weren’t aware, digital nomads are a growing community of people choosing to live a location-independent lifestyle. And Spain, in particular Andalucia, has excellent weather, incredible beaches, and delicious food, but it’s also more affordable than many other Western European countries. The cost of living in Spain is 20% cheaper than in the UK and 30% cheaper than in Germany.

With the current cost of living crisis in the UK and the rising cost of living in Germany, Spain is looking more and more appealing to digital nomads. Here you can live a comfortable lifestyle for a fraction of the cost.

So, what’s the best way to become a digital nomad in Spain?

The first step is to find a job you can do remotely. This can be anything from freelancing and working in the gig economy to working for a remote company. Once you have a steady income, you can start planning your move to Spain.

If you’re not sure where to start your job search, we recommend looking on websites like Upwork and Freelancer. There are also a number of digital nomad Facebook groups, such as the Digital Nomads Spain Facebook group, where you can find job postings and connect with other digital nomads.

Where To Live In Spain?

When you move to Spain, the next step is finding longer-term accommodation. While you could go for a cheaper option such as living in a van or RV or super cheap shared accommodation, the great thing about a lower cost of living is being able to live in nicer surroundings.

There are some incredible deals to be found if you’re prepared to look around. Perhaps a beachfront apartment in Andalucia? And, of course, living near the beach has its own set of benefits. Not only will you be able to enjoy the sun and sand, but you’ll also have easy access to a number of outdoor activities.

If you’re not sure where to start your search for accommodation in Spain, we recommend looking on websites like Airbnb and Vrbo.

However, if you also have a bit of money to invest, you could always look at purchasing property in Andalucia. Here you’ll be able to get far more for your money than in the UK and even have benefits such as access to your own lagoon ( or incredible sea views (

How To Make Friends In Spain?

Andalucia, in particular, has an incredibly diverse community, with people from all over the world living and working here –  making it the perfect place to meet new people and make friends from all walks of life.

There are many ways to meet people in Spain. One of the best ways is to join one of the many social clubs or groups here. There are clubs and groups for various interests, from hiking and cycling to cooking and dancing.

Another great way to meet people is through meetups. is a website that lists all of the meetups happening in your area, so you can easily find one that suits your interests.

Finally, Spain is also a great place to learn new languages. There are language schools located all over the country, and many offer Spanish classes for foreigners. It’s a great way to meet people while learning a new skill.

So, there you have everything you need to know about becoming a digital nomad in Spain! With its affordable cost of living, great weather, beautiful property and diverse community, Spain is the perfect place to set up a base as a digital nomad. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your adventure today!

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