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A rising number of Romanians are embracing the concept of combining work with travel, with some even committing to full-time roles as digital nomads—individuals who can work from any location with just a laptop in hand. Remarkably, opportunities now exist in various European destinations that seek remote workers to help stimulate their economies, and they are prepared to offer financial incentives for this purpose. From Spain to Denmark and Ireland to Greece, multiple options await.

Do Romanians like mixing working and traveling? 

A research study conducted by STEM/MARK last year has revealed that regardless of their current workplace, Romanians perceive a strong connection between travel and their overall well-being. Almost half of the respondents (49.6%) expressed the belief that the act of exploring new destinations during work-related travel would enhance their job satisfaction. Additionally, 31.7% of participants asserted that travel would inject fresh perspectives and ideas into their professional roles. A smaller percentage, 17.2%, indicated a general inclination towards choosing between working and traveling, while a mere 1.5% contended that they would not cease work if equipped with their laptop during their travels.


Italy, renowned for its €1 house program, offers properties at modical prices in exchange for relocation and renovations. It has incentives for settlers, and EU, EEA, or Swiss citizens can easily secure residence permits by relocating and registering with local authorities. For instance, Presicce-Acquarica in southern Italy presently offers grants of up to €30,000 to new residents.

The expense of traveling to Brindisi with two checked bags would amount to approximately 380 EUR.


Several charming villages in Spain offer incentives for newcomers. Ponga in Asturias provides up to 3,000 EUR for families with children or 2,000 EUR for singles and childless couples. Rubiá in Orense, also in North of Spain, offers an income supplement of up to 150 EUR, and Griegos, situated between Madrid and Valencia, not only offers jobs but also three months of free accommodation, followed by a modest monthly rent of 225 EUR, further reduced for families with school-age children.

Traveling to Asturias with two checked bags would mean an approximate cost of 370 EUR.


Greece also presents a unique opportunity for those seeking an idyllic rural or island life. Specifically, the historically rich Antikythera Island is offering financial incentives, providing 550 EUR per month for the first three years, approximately 19,700 EUR in total. This initiative aims to address the island’s declining population and stimulate demographic growth.

A one-way ticket to Athens, the most convenient airport to reach Antikythera Island from, would cost you around 100 EUR.


Denmark features a government program called Startup Denmark program, designed to provide entrepreneurs with up to 47,000 EUR in funding, a one-year visa, and support, encouraging them to establish their operational base in the country.

It could cost you around 370 EUR to travel to Copenhagen with two checked in bags.


Also, a location oriented towards entrepreneurial initiatives, Ireland’s local authorities actively endorse startups. Aspiring entrepreneurs can submit their applications to the Enterprise Ireland program, which, if approved, offers an initial grant of 1,100 EUR, on condition that you live there and run your business there.

To move to Dublin with two checked bags and your entrepreneurial spirit would only cost you 100 EUR (with two bags included).


*The data were collected between October 14th and October 24th 2022, within a study completed by STEM/MARK for a travel platform. The target group is formed by people aged 18 – 59, who have been at least twice on holiday abroad in the past 6 years, from Romania (n=1010), Czech Republic (n=1012), Slovakia (n=1008), Hungary (n=1014), Poland (n=1010). The used method is Computer Assisted Web Interview (CAWI).  

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1 Comment
  1. Panagiotis Spyridis says

    I am sorry to say that the Greek case presented is out of date. It only used to apply for Families with 3+ children and it has ended probably. Look it up and again.

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