Sofia is now among the Top 10 most attractive destinations in Europe for work and vacation (workation) according to the “The Best Cities for a Workation” ranking by the German search engine for vacation rentals Holidu. Our city ranks 7th among 66 locations. The portal has also made a global ranking where Sofia also hits a list of top workation destinations and ranks 16th among 147 cities in the world.
To compile the index, Holidu looked at the profiles of more than 150 cities surveyed for another ranking – the “100 best cities in the world” of the Canadian-American consulting company Resonance Consultancy, as well as data from other credible popular sources for tourist destinations, coworking spaces around the world, best places for digital nomads, etc.
The cities were evaluated according to a total of 10 criteria, divided into two categories: working conditions and vacation conditions. The opportunities that the locations offer in terms of internet speed (factor with the greatest weight for the final ranking), number of co-working spaces, price for coffee, average price of 2 beers in a bar, dinner outside, taxi per km and accommodation, number of sunshine hours per year, tourists attractions and things to do, number of photos on Instagram with the name of the city under a hashtag, etc.
According to the index for Europe, Sofia receives 30 points for average WiFi speed (for comparison, Valencia, Paris, Salzburg have the same number of points), the number of co-working spaces is 53 (with data from nomadlist.com and coworker.com), the city offers 598 things-to-do (with data from the world’s largest travel platform Tripadvisor), and the photos with the hashtag Sofia on Instagram are 4,197,864. According to Holidu, the three top locations in Europe are Lisbon, Barcelona and Budapest. In the global ranking, where Sofia ranks 16th, the leaders are Bangkok, New Delhi and Lisbon.
Holidu is a search engine for holiday rentals that allows its users to find the perfect accommodation and book for the lowest price. Its algorithm compares millions of accommodations from more than 1,500 providers and applies image recognition technology to detect and list the lowest price for a location. Holidu compiles the “The Best Cities for a Workation” ranking to offer new ideas on how to work remotely while really exploring new destinations without having to drain annual leave.