The digital nomad lifestyle is more popular than ever before, with no signs of slowing down. A rise in remote jobs, freelance opportunities and online businesses means that more people can work from wherever, whenever. But with the opportunity to travel anywhere, sometimes it’s hard to make a choice about where to go next. We’ve taken into account factors such as internet availability, the cost of living, the coworking community and the weather to come up with some of the best places for digital nomads to visit.
1. Lisbon, Portugal
For any kind of traveller, this picture-perfect pastel city is a must-see, with cobblestone streets and medieval monuments clustered on a hill overlooking the sea. For nomads, the historical charm is paired with modern infrastructure, great internet speeds and a thriving coworking scene, with new places popping up all the time. The cost of living has been rising the past few years, especially when it comes to accommodation, but by European standards it’s still relatively low.
2. Prague, Czech Republic
Prague has traditionally been a popular tourist spot for its low prices, but this capital city has so much more to offer than just cheap beer. The cost of living is of course a bonus for those enjoying the life of a digital nomad, but the city is full of great things to do during your downtime, with a good nightlife, cultural attractions and plenty of green spaces. There aren’t as many coworking spaces here as you might find in other cities, but there are plenty of cafes with strong WiFi for working in – just be aware that they might get very busy during the summer months.
3. Koh Lanta, Thailand
It seems the ultimate expression of the digital nomad lifestyle is to spend your days working from an island paradise. Koh Lanta offers the wonderful aspects of island life – great weather, beautiful beaches and a more relaxed pace – without the influx of tourists that you’ll find on other Thai islands. That said, you’ll still find a strong expat scene, cafes with WiFi and even a coworking space. If you’re looking for a party lifestyle though, Koh Lanta might be a little quiet for your tastes.
4. Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
Another spot for those who want the beach lifestyle as part of their work/life balance. Travellers love the good food (with everything from street food to high end eateries), the natural beauty and the diverse community. Within an hour’s drive you can also find jungles, Mayan pyramids and more fantastic beaches. It’s particularly good for nomads who need to work particular hours, as it’s one the same time zone as the US East Coast.
5. Taipei, Taiwan
Taipei has been coming increasingly popular among digital nomads who perhaps want a break from getting off the beaten track and are looking for somewhere safe, clean and modern. This walkable city is home to some great night markets and more importantly, some amazing food. The country itself is tech-forward, so there’s always fast WiFi, whether you’re in one of the city’s coworking spaces or a café. It’s also the first Asian county to legalize gay marriage, so it’s worth looking at if you’re an LGBTQ+ nomad.
6. Medellin, Colombia
This South American city is shedding its troubled past and emerging as one of the region’s most exciting places for start-ups. The city has invested heavily in technology and infrastructure, meaning it’s now easier to work remotely, with fast WiFi and the number of coworking spaces on the rise. Although it’s a large city with a vibrant party scene, nature lovers will also find plenty to do with nearby lakes and mountains. The city’s crime rate has improved significantly in recent years, but travellers warn that solo female nomads should still be on alert.
7. Tallinn, Estonia
Estonia is unique on this list for going out of its way to encourage digital entrepreneurs to its shores. The country introduced e-residency in late 2014, which allows online businesses to have their registration in Estonia, and they are in the process of setting up a digital nomad visa. In the meantime, Tallinn still has plenty to offer nomads – a great digital infrastructure with WiFi coverage in parks and on beaches, plenty of coworking hubs and a good nightlife. Prices are still relatively low but expect them to rise as Tallinn becomes more popular.
8. Buenos Aires, Argentina
With a population of nearly 3 million people, this South American capital is famed for its diversity and culture. It’s perfect for digital nomads who want more of an upscale experience, exploring the city via its cafes and wine bars and restaurants. There’s an active start-up and nomad community, with some of the most highly rated coworking spaces in South America. Airbnbs and hotels aren’t as cheap as other destinations, but getting a private rental will cut your accommodation costs significantly.
9. Budapest, Hungary
It’s the combination of culture and low costs that makes Budapest popular with digital nomads. This pretty city sits on either side of the river Danube, and is filled with history, architecture, museums and music. It’s also a great hub from which to explore Europe, well located for cheap flights to other capital cities. The city has some of the fastest internet connections in the world and a number of affordable coworking spaces. Winters can be harsh here though, so if you’re not good with the cold, make the most of being a nomad and head somewhere warmer for winter.
10. Tenerife, Spain
Rounding out our list we’ve headed back to the beach, this time to one of Spain’s Canary Islands. Known as the ‘Island of Eternal Spring’, Tenerife’s year-round mild weather is definitely a drawcard, but there’s so much more on offer here. Natural beauty abounds here in the mountains and beaches, which you can explore by trekking, scuba diving, rock climbing and surfing. But the island’s not missing the benefits of a big city either – WiFi is available everywhere, even on some beaches, and there’s a good nightlife and plenty of restaurants.