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Musings about Spain and Spanish life by Paul Whitelock, hispanophile of 40 years and now resident of Ronda in Andalucía .

DIGITAL NOMADS – a future income source for renters?
Monday, October 16, 2023 @ 9:43 PM

If you have a property for rent in Spain, eg una vivienda rural, or una casa rural, you probably struggle to get bookings in the autumn and winter months.

Could digital nomads be the solution to this problem?



Covid-19 aftermath

Since the Covid-19 pandemic hit the world at the end of 2019 / beginning of 2020, working practices have changed. During the several lockdowns throughout the world, in many countries employees were instructed to work from home.

As a result, most employees and some employers realised that you didn’t need to put on a suit and tie and travel for an hour to an office in order to work effectively. It was perfectly feasible to work productively from home, more so, in fact.

As a result of this change of working practice, several things have happened:




Workers have realised that it suits them to work from home. They don’t waste time and money commuting to an office. They aren’t distracted by co-workers who constantly offer coffee, who want to natter, and phones aren’t ringing constantly, like they do in the office.

Enlightened employers have realised that productivity has increased amongst their home workers and that they don’t need to rent expensive office space to accommodate their workers. In major cities, such as Berlin, London, Madrid, New York and Paris many are giving up their expensive city centre office spaces.

Workers have cottoned on to the fact that they can work remotely from anywhere. So, with laptop in hand they head off to work in beautiful locations around the world. Thedy put in the required hours, but can travel and get to know new people, and experience new languages and cultures.


Being a digital nomad must be a no-brainer, especially if you’re young with no family commitments.


Looking to the future

Some countries are ahead of the game and already have a healthy cohort of digital nomads. Others, like Spain, are playing catch-up. The Spanish government has realised the potential of this movement and has introduced a special visa for digital nomads, making it easier for them to come to Spain and work for up to three months. No need to have money in the bank, nor a regular deposit into the bank and no tax payable in Spain.





Sounds good to me. I wish I was younger …. But, hey, I’ve had my time and I am now living contentedly where I want to live, in Spain.


© Pablo de Ronda


Other information:

DIGITAL NOMADS – What is this new trend? (



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