Digital nomads have the freedom to work from wherever in the world, but perhaps precisely because of that, settling at one specific place may sometimes prove difficult. Let’s not forget, however, that not everyone is looking to backpack their way to freedom by carrying a laptop and supporting themselves alongside the road. Some people actually look to relocate, sometimes with their families, too.
Keeping the two possibilities in mind, as there is a slew of options, but not all digital nomads may be looking for the same package. The set of requirements universally include the following:
- Internet access
- Costs of life
- Quality of life
Let’s go through the list of some of the best-rated digital nomad cities suitable for both travelers and expats.
1. Medellín, Colombia
Medellín, Colombia is, according to many people, ideal for digital nomads. The city is cost-efficient and has recently invested heavily in infrastructure and technology, unlike some other cities in the country.
Medellín is quite popular given that it offers the opportunity to enjoy a laid-back lifestyle. Whether you are into beaches or hiking, you’ll find that Medellín will not disappoint.
2. Tbilisi, Georgia
Georgia is considered one of the most cost-efficient countries in the world and Tbilisi is actually a popular hub for travelers from all walks of life. The country is located at the intersection of Europe and Asia, making it a perfect starting point for travelers. Because of the mixture of different cultural influences, Georgia can be exciting.
Both office space and accommodation are cheap. The downside is: don’t expect top-notch services and care, medicine included.
3. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Argentina is quite popular among digital nomads interested in bustling city life. Contrary to popular belief, Buenos Aires is actually quite cost-efficient and rather picturesque to boot.
The city is famous for its cheap office space, incredible climate (if you like subtropical climate, that is), great job opportunities, and affordable healthcare.
4. Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon constantly tops the charts of best digital nomad destinations, and not without a good reason. The city offers so many job opportunities that expats often have a difficult time choosing among them.
Lisbon is swarmed with luxurious-yet-affordable office space, lively cafés, and hidden spots for the lonely. It offers a little something to everyone and is cherished for its “’creative artistic hubs,” capable of satisfying even the wildest of imaginations. In short, one thing is not lacking in Lisbon – creativity.
5. Tenerife, Spain
Spain is a rather popular destination, chiefly because of its favorable climate. Tenerife is a lively island with a large hub of digital nomads, mainly younger. Scilicet, the island is famous for its wild parties youngsters simply adore.
Did we mention the beaches?
Spain is somewhat more expensive than the other cities mentioned above but is still considered affordable by digital nomads.
6. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Southeast Asia is a great destination for digital nomads interested in different cultures, but it is also rather lucrative for certain professions. Namely, English language teachers can easily find a job pretty much in any country in the region, but that doesn’t mean that others can’t thrive, too.
Vietnam is one of the gems of Asia. With a rich culture, affordable costs of living, and stunning scenery, the country is just ideal for digital nomads looking for a fine mixture of zen and adventure.
7. Canggu, Bali
Bali has found itself in the center of the digital nomad culture due to its extensive job opportunities and the great conditions it offers. However, first-timers often overlook Canggu for Denpasar due to a mere lack of knowledge.
Note, however, that Bali can be rather expensive, depending on your preferences, unlike the above-mentioned cities. Luckily, a shared office space is affordable.
8. Chiang Mai, Thailand
Thailand is, well, Thailand, and any digital nomad looking for great food and weather, plus a rich culture, won’t think twice before packing their bags.
Chiang Mai has to be one of the most beautiful places in the country, being a UNESCO World Heritage site and considerably less crowded and cheaper than the capital Bangkok. The city is a study of ancient temples, nestled in lively city life.
9. Krakow, Poland
Krakow is one of the least expensive European cities and far cheaper than the capital of Warsaw. Accommodation is more than affordable and rather decent and so are shared offices.
Krakow is, to boot, an amazing city in more ways than one. Unlike Warsaw, which is fully business-oriented, Krakow is a picturesque oasis for digital nomads.
10. Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is one of the most popular European destinations, especially among digital nomads coming from western countries. Compared to neighboring Germany, it is considerably cheaper and by all means friendlier. Czech people are friendly and cordial and have a culture that embraces diversity. On top of that, Prague has a rich history and stunning architecture to prove it. Shortly put, you’ll hardly find a more beautiful city in Europe.
However, since lately everyone wants to live there, finding cheap accommodation may prove to be difficult. If you’re planning to relocate there, make certain to look up the offer beforehand. Many expats actually stay at cheap hostels while looking for accommodation, but people traveling with families may find this a bit of a stretch as far as convenience and comfort levels.
As you can see, being a digital nomad may be challenging at times. Just look at all the destinations (and these are only some of them)!
If you’re having a difficult time picking a destination, at least, to begin with, we suggest you consider the pros and cons of each. Not only the vibe and costs of living are to be considered. There are also taxes to keep in mind, so if you’re planning to party away, mind your budget.
Lastly, people with families should also consider the target country’s healthcare and safety, to name only the obvious elements.
Other considerations may also come to mind. For example, if you’re traveling with your pet, you’ll need to double-check the regulations of the country you’re traveling to in order to avoid unpleasant surprises. For example, Bali doesn’t allow any pets to enter the country, so this may be a huge problem for digital nomads unwilling to part from their four-legged companions.
Also, if you’re wanting to really get minimalistic, you’ll need to sell some possessions before you leave. If you know anything about lean operations for a company, imagine that you’re the company, and try to cut back, but do more.
As is the case with all life choices, there is no universal tip that will help you decide which city to pick. After all, other people’s experiences may not mean much if you don’t like the vibe of your new home. The best advice is: do some calculations, look up job offers, and don’t book any accommodation before you see it!
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