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Americans Are Shocked at This Example of 'Work-Life Balance' in Barcelona

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by Olivia Harden Aug 15, 2022

Spain is an excellent country for digital nomads. At the beginning of the year, the government announced its new digital nomad visa, and one index named it among the best countries for remote workers. If you need more convincing, this video from Thomas Manuel, a digital nomad and travel content creator currently living in Barcelona, created a TikTok that shows his work-life balance in Europe.


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Manuel ditched the 40-hour work week, and frankly, his schedule seems more “life” than work. The video has racked up over four million views and over 900,000 likes in just four days. Many viewers commented about Manuel’s five-hour coffee break.

“I was waiting for the part you go back to work after your coffee break but life just kept happening,” Amadou Bah commented.

“I’m over here like, ‘Damn, that’s a long lunch break,’ and then he just never went back to work,” Ashton commented.

Some users in the comments said that this life wasn’t attainable for every digital nomad that makes their way out of the United States because most jobs don’t have the flexibility. Manuel disagreed.

“I usually work four hours a day in the office, but sometimes I’ll do more, sometimes less, TikTok and content creation is a 24/7 job,” he said. “It does work with a lot of professions and if you travel around the world you’ll see plenty of countries have adopted this type of work schedule.”

So if you’re looking to make a change, or you’re already working remotely, it might be time to give Barcelona a shot.

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