10 Most Popular Cities for Digital Nomads
If you're a digital nomad and looking for your next destination, check out this Top 10 List!
Digital nomads know how to enjoy life to its fullest, but sometimes it can be difficult to decide where to start. Some people - notably younger ones - prefer traveling the world while taking their job with them, while others opt for a particular city for longer periods of time.
Both options have their pros and cons that vary greatly on personal preferences. For example, sometimes the climate is a factor and sometimes different cultures. There may be data that you need you to secure in a particular destination, or research. Whichever your preference, there are numerous destinations from which to choose.
The most common factors to consider when choosing a destination are:
- Internet access and quality
As regards the latter, suffice it to say that while digital nomads enjoy great freedom and a more relaxed mental state, that doesn’t make them any less lonely. That’s why it’s important that the destination of your choice fulfills you.
Keeping these factors in mind, let’s go through some of the favorite destinations to consider.
1. Tbilisi, Georgia
Georgia is one of the most cost-efficient countries in the world, but not many people know that. It is rarely a typical choice for digital nomads, but backpackers are well-versed with its benefits. Georgia lies on the crossroads between Europe and Asia, being bordered by Russia, Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Because of that, the country provides a blend of influences and can be quite thrilling to experience.
2. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Southeast Asia has proven to be attractive to many Americans and Europeans for multiple reasons. While different professions offer different prospects in Asian countries, digital nomads can choose destinations more freely.
Vietnam is one of the most interesting countries both for people working abroad and digital nomads because of its affordable costs of living, inspirational setting and different culture.
3. Chiang Mai, Thailand
When people think of Thailand, the first thing that comes to mind is the country’s rich cuisine (well, most people, anyway). The next thing that comes to mind is great climate.
However, what not many people know is that Chiang Mai, a UNESCO World Heritage site, may prove a better choice than the capital Bangkok, especially if you prefer your environment to be relaxing. The city combines stunning nature with ancient temples and a bustling city life. On top of that, it is considerably cheaper than Bangkok.
4. Canggu, Bali
Bali is one of the best-loved destinations by backpackers and not without a good reason. The country is beautiful, mildly put, but can be quite expensive. Another downside is that it doesn’t permit the entry of pets, even from rabies-free countries.
As of 2012, however, Bali has witnessed the digital nomad boom because it features a wide range of offers for expats and freelancers. Canggu tops the list, with cheap shared offices and a bustling city life.
5. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Moving to a different continent, Argentina is another popular spot for digital nomads. Latino peoples are known for their hospitality - rarely has any foreigner had an issue with living in their countries. On top of that, the country is quite cost-efficient and features a little something for everyone.
The capital of Argentina is a busy city with all kinds of entertainment venues but also cheap working spaces. For digital nomads looking for an active life and subtropical climate, it may be one of the best spots for a new change of address.
6. Medellín, Colombia
Another less known city ideal for digital nomads is Medellin, Colombia. The city has invested heavily in technology and infrastructure, making it an ideal place for residents and expats alike.
Medellin is cost-efficient and offers a range of benefits for digital nomads looking for a mixture of profits and adventure. Think in terms of beaches and mountains, and you’ll get the idea.
7. Mexico City, Mexico
Mexico City has long been one of the favorite destinations for expats, freelancers and digital nomads. The business climate is flourishing, with startups popping up out of nowhere all the time. The city also happens to be the oldest capital city in the Americas, offering many memorable experiences.
8. Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, home to one of the friendliest people on the planet (first-hand experience). The city has a charm rarely witnessed elsewhere in Europe and is gaining popularity very fast.
Many expats wishing to reside in Europe look towards Prague. The city is far cheaper than the bordering Germany, for example, and offers a wide variety of opportunities and benefits for digital nomads, especially in reference to technology and communications.
Due to its recent popularity, accommodation might be a bit more expensive than desired, but it’s still cheaper than elsewhere in Europe. The city boasts a myriad of cafes designed especially for digital nomads, so your social life is certain to not suffer. And when you need a day to explore, set that email to out-of-office!
9. Budapest, Hungary
Another close-by city is Budapest. Hungary is quite different from its neighboring countries due to a different culture of its people. It also happens to be one of the most beautiful European capitals and is way cheaper than western European countries.
The city offers a range of cafes and office spaces and is definitely worth experiencing.
10. Tenerife, Spain
Lastly, we come to another Latino country. Spain provides a laid-back setting many adventurous souls just love, but is not the best place for introverts looking for a peaceful setting.
Tenerife is, namely, an island for partying and a large hub for digital nomads. The island has it all: perfect climate for everyone (different in the north and the south), splendid beaches and a busy nightlife.
The costs of living are somewhat higher than in the abovementioned European cities, but are still considered affordable.
As you can see, there are numerous choices to choose from, and these are only our top picks. Many Asian and South-East European countries are popular among digital nomads. As always, the choice of the optimal destination relies on personal preferences and the kind of life you are looking to live. Most travel to work, to continue learning and to see the world - all at the same time.
People interested in parties and nightlife would do best to consider larger cities, while others may prefer more tranquil environments. Each to their own, but remember to compare costs of living before you set sail for the next adventure!
Angela Ash is a writer at heart, focusing on numerous topics related to business, productivity, mental health, travel and more. But, she also loves to edit, is addicted to HARO, and somehow finds time to write poetry and play the piano.