Britain is becoming a nation of “ corona nomads” as people flee to sunnier climes to escape the brutal lockdown measures in the UK.
Research shows there has been a huge increase in the number of UK residents browsing homes overseas during lockdown. Overseas property portal Kyero has reported a 30% rise in UK visitors to its site between April and June 2020 compared to the same period in 2019.
Analysts say the latest corona virus restrictions have caused people fantasising about moving abroad to make their dreams a reality. Loise Dell founder of Kyero.com said the lockdown and wide spread remote working over recent months has had a significant impact on the types of people looking to but property in Europe. Greater numbers of younger people and those now working remotely full time “ corona nomadics” are considering a move abroad as we all become less tied to the office and are able to live, work and play where we really want to.
In the 3 months after the start of lockdown 1 in the UK Kyero saw a 19% increase in interest in overseas property by those aged 25-34 compared to the same period last year April to June. Louise added it seems that a global pandemic has made many people realise that time is precious and rather than putting dreams off until tomorrow they are seizing the day and making it happen. With the new second round of lockdown restrictions coming into force we only expect this trend to continue.
Travel may still be unpredictable but far from curbing ambitions of moving abroad it appears that the challenges of this year have prompted people to plan their escape perhaps partly because now it really doesn’t make much difference whether people are joining an online meeting in Croydon or Costa Del Sol. Interest in overseas property continue to be high among Brits over the summer despite ongoing uncertainty on travel with Kyero.co seeing an 18% increase in Brits viewing Spanish properties between July and September this year compared to the same time in 2019.