For years, people have been travelling the world to find new and exciting ways to work. And now, with the advent of technology and the internet, there’s never been a better time to join the ranks of the digital nomad population.
Digital nomads work remotely and can work from anywhere, enjoytravel.com writes. So where are the best places in the world to do this? They’ve looked through hundreds of lists and blog posts looking for the top locations for digital nomads. They considered factors like the cost of living, the ease of obtaining visas, and co-working spaces! And here’s what they came up with, the world’s top 6 cities for digital nomads.
1. Bali, Indonesia
According to CNN Travel, Bali’s low cost of living, great weather, and beautiful beaches, combined with plenty of co-working spaces and super fast internet speeds, rank it as one of the best places in the world to work remotely. The cost of living (and thriving) in Bali is around $500-1300 per month. As an added bonus, this Indonesian island has now announced a 5-year visa for digital nomads, allowing them to live and work there tax-free for as long as they choose. When it comes to coworking spaces in Bali, there is tough competition, but the ones most people inevitably hear about through the grapevine are Dojo Bali, Kinship Studio, and Tribal Bali.
2. Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiang Mai is one of the most popular destinations for digital nomads, and it’s particularly popular amongst Australians. It has some great things to offer, including lots of great food, vibrant culture, and beautiful scenery! It’s also a popular place for entrepreneurs to start new businesses, and the start-up scene is quite active here. Chiang Mai is home to lots of co-working spaces, most of which are located on Nimmanhaemin Road, like Punspace. In Chiang Mai, you could get by very comfortably for under $1000 a month. However, we suggest you skip town during the burning season (mid-March to May).
3. Madeira, Portugal
Madeira is an autonomous Portuguese island in the Atlantic Ocean, 350 kilometres (217 mi) west of mainland Portugal. The airport has direct flights from dozens of European cities, including London, Barcelona, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, and many more. In 2021, the Digital Nomad Village in Madeira opened, attracting a rush of digital nomads from all around the work. While in Madeira, we recommend checking out Praça do Município, a beautiful square in the centre of the city with lots of shops and restaurants. There are also many excellent hiking trails to explore on this island paradise.
4. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) – dubbed the “Paris of the Orient” by the French – is another popular destination for digital nomads. You’ll find WiFi almost everywhere here, and there are tonnes of co-working spaces to choose from if you want to get some work done while you’re in the city, such as The Hive Saigon and The Vibes. The cost of living in Saigon is quite low, and you can live on less than $700 a month if you spend wisely and cook your meals at home. Of course, many ex-pats opt to eat out as there are lots of cheap dining options in the popular backpacker district around Pham Ngu Lao Street, and there’s so much to do, see, and experience in and around the city!
5. Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon is another great option for digital nomads. It has a very laid-back atmosphere with lots of great food and culture! There are lots of cafes and restaurants in Lisbon where you can get work done during the day and then kick back and relax at night. Another bonus of Lisbon is that there are so many transport links available – you can take the train or bus to any part of the country! Although technically not a digital nomad visa, many remote workers take advantage of Portugal’s D7 visa, which allows them to stay in the country for up to 24 months at a time (renewable). Some of Lisbon’s best co-working spaces are 42. Park, Work & Co, and Lisbon Hub.
6. Budapest, Hungary
Budapest is another popular city to visit as a digital nomad. It is known for its affordable living costs, friendly locals, and lovely atmosphere. Its proximity to Vienna, Prague, and Bratislava is certainly a plus. The best districts to stay in Budapest for digital nomads are Újlipótváros and Óbuda, and nomads recommend Kino Café and Magvető Café for getting to work while enjoying delicious food and coffee! Recently, Hungary launched the White Card for digital nomads, allowing travellers to stay in the country for a year. At $1,460 a month, the cost of living is low, and the internet speed of 40 MBPS is superb.