Nerja, Spain–Concerned about safety and the rising cost of living in London, Tim Sunderland, 35, and his fiancé, Sally Biddal, 33, decided to shift their lives to Nerja, southern Spain. They claim this move not only improved their quality of life but also allowed them to save £1,000 every month.
According to a Victoria Advocate report, after witnessing a stabbing on their London street and facing a spate of local crimes, the couple felt their life in the UK capital had become “a chore.” Sunderland, a London native, decided to close his UK-based multi-asset brokerage, Mitto Markets, and adopt a digital nomad lifestyle. Now, the couple works remotely, requiring only internet access, and experiences life in different countries.
Operating their businesses from sunny terraces with sea views, Sunderland insists they have no regrets about the move, claiming it improved their perspective on life and mental health. Apart from the peaceful environment, the significant drop in living expenses has been another boon.
Comparing costs, Sunderland, as per the report, noted that a similar apartment to their Fulham flat in Nerja costs around £600 less per month. Additionally, they found that dining out and everyday expenses are significantly more affordable in Spain.
The report noted that the couple could stay in the EU’s Schengen zone for 90 out of 180 days due to Brexit regulations, meaning they must leave Spain every three months and cannot return to a Schengen country for another 90 days. Despite these constraints, they hope to secure a visa that would allow them a longer stay.
Despite missing some conveniences available in London, such as food delivery services, Sunderland says they love the old-school lifestyle in Spain and believe that “everyone works to live” there, contrasting with the work-centric culture in London.
The report noted that with plans to expand their businesses and hire more remote workers, the couple reflects a broader trend among UK professionals seeking more flexible working arrangements. According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), approximately four million Brits changed their careers last year for more flexibility.
Learn more in the Victoria Advocate report.