Like birds flying south for the winter, British people are abandoning their cold, dreary homes for warmer climates right now. Or at least, they’re hoping to. A recent survey by OnePoll found that 51% of UK office workers are considering living elsewhere right now, either after lockdown or most notably, during it as we head into lockdown two.
While travel restrictions still apply with coronavirus cases rising, many European destinations require a quarantine that British people are more than happy to oblige judging by these statistics. Because, as we head into the winter months the prospect of another strict lockdown feels drearier than ever. At least in summer we could escape to the park for lunch in the sun.
It makes sense that people are looking to our European neighbours for a long-term rental over the next few months, hoping to squeeze what’s left out of summer from our foreign friends warmer climates. With that in mind, Airbnb hosts have started offering discounted monthly stays for anyone looking to rent abroad on a long term basis.
And so, we’ve scoured the platform for the best long term Airbnb stays around Europe offering those all important monthly discounts. From luxurious Portuguese townhouses with private pools to charming studios in Paris, we can’t say we’re not tempted to pack up our laptops and head abroad for a so-called workation.
Can I work from a long term Airbnb rental?
‘What is a workation?’ I hear you ask. So familiar with checking our emails while we lie on the beach, the workation is not your average, ‘let me just take this work call before dinner’ holiday. It’s a solution to our lockdown woes, a chance to escape your four walls and live somewhere you’ve always dreamed of. Because, as working from home becomes the norm, so does remote working.
According to a recent New York Times and Morning Consult survey, one in three remote workers said they would move to somewhere new should the current remote working trends continue. And while you may not want to completely uproot your life in the UK, renting an Airbnb on a long-term basis is the ideal balance. When all you really need is wifi, they’re equipped with everything you could ever want including a sandy beach during your lunchtime break.
Think about it, renting an Airbnb long-term means you get to live out your freelance dreams in that romantic town you long to stay for more than a week each summer while also escaping the anxiety that is lockdown two. You may still face local lockdown measures in Europe, of course, but having missed our normal summers of weeks away and festivals galore, a few months in Spain even without the wistful holiday romance sounds like a dream.
So, while you ponder what work clothes can also double as your holiday wardrobe, here are the best long term rentals on Airbnb…
13 of the best long term Airbnb rentals in Europe with monthly discounts
Lagos, Faro, Portugal
At £114 per night, this glorious one bedroom townhouse would normally cost over £3200 to rent for the month. But, with a 50% discount on monthly stays, book for the entire month of November and you can get this for £1,648. While it only has the one bed, it accommodates up to four guests and with such a beautiful private pool your friends will be jumping to couch-surf for a month.
Olhão, Faro, Portugal
This two bedroom townhouse sleeps up to four and with a 55% monthly discount would normally cost over £1800 but is on offer for £813. With access to a private rear yard and wonderful roof terrace, we can see ourselves sipping sangria all November long with this one.
Güímar, Tenerife, Spain
Another beauty without monthly availability until mid-January, this quirky Güímar getaway is a studio sleeping up to two people. At £911 per month, you’re paying quite a bit for the rustic aesthetic, but with the ocean just 50m from the apartment (that’s right, you’ll have a view with your morning coffee) it’s tempting for a real escape from city life.
Nicosia, Sicilia, Italy
With such high-demand for this three bedroom villa, you may have to wait until January before you can get this glorious Italian escape to yourself for an entire month. But should you, you’ll enjoy a 15% discount (they also offer a weekly discount of 7%) with a monthly price of £812. It’s worth the wait though, this eco-friendly oasis of green sits in the centre of Sicily, surrounded by Nebrodi mountains in the heart of a Nature Reserve with dreamy views.
Rome, Lazio, Italy
This one bedroom beauty in Rome has a discount of 47% at £942 per month.
Neuilly-Plaisance, Île-de-France, France
This adorable studio sits between Disneyland and central Paris, hosting up to two guests. You can stay for a month or longer as soon as November 3rd with a 31% discount making it £924 for the month.
Paris, Île-de-France, France
Yes, regardless of the reviews, Emily in Paris has absolutely convinced us to spend the winter among our Parisien neighbours. This charming one-bedroom flat has a 31% discount at £973 for the month, available for longer stays in January. Located near Montmarte, Pigalle and Saint Lazare, it’s ideal for anyone needing a French escape filled with culture, food and lots of alcohol right now.
Available for monthly stays from January, this two bedroom flat hosts up to five and with a 32% discount is only £785. Hey, split five ways that’s a bargain for this bright and spacious apartment with a beautiful balcony to match.
Olbia, Sardegna, Italy
This glorious Italian escape sleeps up to four for just £855 per month with a 34% discount. With a garden to enjoy the sun, it’s available for long term stays this month!
This one bedroom flat can host up to three and with a monthly discount of 49% it’s available before the month is out for just £853 per month. Centrally located overlooking the old Fortress and Garitsa Bay, it’s a 10 minute walk along the waterfront to the centre of town.
Baunei, Sardegna, Italy
Stay in this dreamy Italian apartment as soon as next week for an entire month’s discounted stay of £1,203. Sleeping up to three, the adorable escape has a patio to enjoy breakfast in the sun before a nature-filled day exploring Baunei’s mountains or a relaxing day on it’s many whitesand beaches.
Tzitzifes, Crete, Greece
This traditional 1850’s stone house sleeps up to six for £739 a month with a 35% discount. Renovated to bring a contemporary feel, it has a dreamy patio to lounge with your morning coffee while enjoying Greece’s warmer climate in the winter months.
This two-bedroom apartment sleeps up to five at a monthly discount of 38% making it £874, available from January onwards for long term stays. In the heart of Lisbon’s old city centre, it has a patio and garden to enjoy the sun while the cold creeps into England.
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