5 Destinations for Your Next Dreamy, Yet Affordable Work Retreat

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Picture this: You’ve used all your holiday allowance but have got an itch to travel.

You dream of whisking yourself away for a week, dialling into meetings from a hip coworking space in the centre of a bustling city. Paris, let’s say.

At lunchtime, you soak up the café culture with an espresso and choux bun whilst gazing at the Eiffel Tower.

Come nightfall, it’s time for a French Martini, followed by a leisurely stroll along the River Seine.

Sound good? Well, thanks to the Hubble Pass, this can be you!

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Working from anywhere is taking off

With hybrid working solidifying itself as the new normal, more employees are taking advantage of their company’s “Work from Anywhere” policies by spending time working from abroad. 

It’s really starting to take off, and we’re not surprised. There are lots of good reasons why you should work from abroad, with evidence suggesting that it can boost productivity and wellbeing, amongst other things.

But can you do it on a budget?

Can you work from abroad on a budget? Of course you can! We’ve pulled together a list of some of the top overseas coworking spaces on the Hubble Pass, all of which are just a short flight away from London. 

We’ve even gone to the trouble of finding budget accommodation nearby, as well as places for those looking for something a little more luxe. From Paris to Berlin, here are five ultimate destinations for your dream work retreat.

1. Valencia, Spain 🇪🇸

The third biggest city in Spain, Valencia is an architect’s paradise drawing its influences from the Moors, Christians and Romans.

Valencia, Spain

With futuristic structures including a planetarium, an oceanarium and an interactive museum, there’s plenty to do and see. It’s also a great city for nature lovers, with a wetland reserve, a lake and plenty of hiking trails, so be sure to pack your walking boots!

🏢 Where to Work: Espacio GOCO offers modern, pared-back interiors with super-fast fibre optic broadband and multi-purpose spaces. Complete with a luscious green patio and outdoor terraces to clear your mind, this coworking space boasts a green oasis from which to think, work and be at peace.

Espacio GOCO

🛫 Average Flight Costs: £141 return (Gatwick or Stansted | Valencia Airport)

🛌 Average Accommodation Cost Per Night: £98 for a hotel, with apartments between £50-90

2. Uppsala, Sweden 🇸🇪

40 minutes north of Stockholm, Uppsala is home to Scandinavia’s oldest university, which was founded in 1477.

Known as the historical and spiritual heart of Sweden, you can expect plenty of bohemian cafes, bookshops and laid-back bars. The River Fyris also flows through the centre, only adding to its beauty and charm, making it the perfect choice for an idyllic work retreat.

Uppsala, Sweden

🏢 Where to Work: Where history meets the future, United Spaces is not your usual coworking space. Housed in the grounds of one of Uppsala’s most treasured buildings, the Old Town Hall, the impressively ornate interiors remind us of the Victoria & Albert’s National Art Library. The space is complete with individual booths, gentle lighting, and even a bistro bar where you can meet clients for a casual drink.

United Spaces - Uppsala

🛫 Average Flight Costs: £174 return (Gatwick or Stansted | Stockholm Arlanda)

🚞 Additional Travel Costs: Train from Stockholm Arlanda to Uppsala (25 mins, £36 return)

🛌 Average Accommodation Cost Per Night: £98 for a hotel, with apartments between £50-90

3. Berlin, Germany 🇩🇪

With 1,700 bridges, nine castles, three opera houses and an abundance of parks, Berlin is nine times bigger than Paris, and jam-packed with arts, entertainment, culture, and great beer.

🏢 Where to Work: Imagine a coworking space in spa-like surroundings. That’s Zeitgeist Zentrum, located in the heart of Wedding district. The exposed brick walls and muted colours create a serene environment to set yourself up in for a week. And to top it off, you’ve got Schillerpark and Plötzensee Lake close by, plus a sandy beach for swimming!

Zeitgeist Zentrum, Berlin

🛫 Average Flight Costs: £99 return (Gatwick or Stansted | Berlin Brandenburg)

🛌 Average Accommodation Cost Per Night: £89 for a room, with apartments around £200

4. Munich, Germany 🇩🇪

Munich, Bavaria’s capital, is perhaps most famous for its beer (there are 21 breweries!) and its annual Oktoberfest celebration, yet the city is also known for its art. The Kunstareal, Munich’s art quarter, has four major venues displaying everything from Dutch masterpieces to 1960s design.

Munich, Germany

🏢 Where to Work: Velvet Space is stylish and cosy, complete with velvet sofas, plenty of plants and mood lighting. Whilst cosy, it offers meeting rooms and private day offices if you’re after something more secluded. It’s prime position near the English Garden, Munich’s largest park (even larger than New York’s Central Park!) also means you can enjoy a stroll on your lunch. You could even hire a pedalo or partake in one of the regular outdoor tai chi or yoga sessions. Go wild!

Velvet Space, Munich

🛫 Average Flight Costs: £140 return (Gatwick or Stansted | Munich International Airport)

🛌 Average Accommodation Cost Per Night: £84 for a hotel, with apartments around £100

5. Paris, France 🇫🇷

Although it’s known as the city of love, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy a solo trip to Paris to mix work with pleasure. Just a train ride away, you could be sipping a refreshing beverage on the terrace of your coworking space in no time. Croissant flakes all over the laptop? Yes, please. 

Paris, France

🏢 Where to Work: Anticafé – La Fayette is your cool home away from home. Its open plan, bright and playful interiors house phone booths, bike storage and kitchen facilities. Pets are welcome too, so you can pack your pooch and have company during your working day! Close to The Square Montholon and Musée du Chocolat (an actual chocolate museum), the location couldn’t be more sublime.

🛫 Average Flight Costs: £116 return (Gatwick or Stansted | Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport)

🚄 Other Travel Options: Eurostar from London St. Pancras to Gare du Nord (£80 return, 2.5hrs)

🛌 Average Accommodation Cost Per Night: £100 for an apartment, with hotels around £100

Work from abroad with the Hubble Pass

The Hubble Pass gives you the flexibility to work from wherever you want, whenever you want to. So, now’s the time to get imaginative and make the most of the excellent coworking spaces we offer across more than 35 countries and 160 cities. Work retreat, inbound!

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