This Londoner says it’s cheaper to commute from Barcelona


We've all been there, spending the majority of our pay cheques on rent and and then bitching about it until we get our next pay cheque. 

Usually we threaten to leave our jobs, leave our apartments and then leave the country.

Well this guy did just that, besides leaving his job, and commutes from around 1,500 km away every day. 

Sam Cookney was so sick of the extremely high rent prices in London that he decided to move to Spain and travel to work in England each day. 

Two years ago, Sam tweeted saying: "Done the sums. Would actually be cheaper for me to rent 2 bed flat in Barcelona+commute to London, than get 1 bed here. Genuinely. Blog it?"

He then wrote a blog post two years later confirming that this was in fact what he was going to do, explaining his reasons behind the move and how much money he was going to save each month by moving country. 

In his blog post he wrote:

"I think many people thought I was joking when I boldly declared it would be cheaper for me to rent a two bed flat in Barcelona and commute to London every day than get a one bed flat here. Turns out I was – I could in fact get a three bed flat."

The 32-year-old now travels four days a week to London from Barcelona and he actually saves money on rent! Even though he moved from sharing an apartment in London to his own Three-bedroom apartment in Spain.

In his blog post, Same explains how he paid €1,979 a month to live in London which includes rent, travel and council tax. He now pays €680 a month for rent in Barcelona and €912 on travel which brings him to a grand total of €1,592. 

And turns out he's saving more than just pocket change, he has a saving €387 to spend as he pleases on his new life in Barcelona. We have to say, we are a bit jealous.