As a digital nomad there are certain things to look for when it comes to the perfect destination to “settle” for a while. One is good wifi, another one is a great digital nomad community, and you of course also want a place that’s safe. Other things you (might) want are fun activities, cheap cost of living, and a location where you can, for the most part at least, get around by speaking English. So which locations fit into those categories?
We’ve gathered 18 different cities for digital nomads around the world for you. Written by talented digital nomads around the world. Each of these nomads has spent a significant amount of time in their location they wrote about and now they’re sharing their expertise with all of us!
Are you ready for it?
Here are 18 amazing cities for digital nomads around the world
#1 – Bansko, Bulgaria
By Kelsey from Sights Better Seen
I hadn’t heard of Bansko until recently. I’d seen people post about it in various digital nomad Facebook groups, and it seemed to check all my boxes: small and pretty town, cobblestone streets, a strong digital nomad community thanks to Coworking Bansko, mountains and lots of nature nearby, vegetarian friendly, good local food, a weekly farmer’s market, and very affordable.
I had no idea what to expect, but I loved it so much I’m already planning to come back in the summer or fall! I even spent part of the holiday season here with about 20 other nomads. We had a fancy raclette dinner and played White Elephant on Christmas Eve, and then most people went skiing Christmas Day.
There are events at the coworking space almost every single day, and between the weekly game nights, hot springs visits, group dinners, movie nights, and various other gatherings it’s pretty hard to get bored! In the winter, people come for skiing and snowboarding (I’m learning to snowboard now!), and in the summer people love to go hiking and mountain biking.
It’s amazing for networking, too. I landed a freelance writing job from someone I met here, and other people have helped me with SEO for my website, improved my mission statement, and taken photos for my blog.
So if you’re looking for some travel job ideas and how you can work and travel then you will make some amazing connections here.
I also have to talk about the food for a second – I love it! I really didn’t know what it would be like, but I’m already pretty obsessed with several dishes. As a vegetarian, it means I eat a lot of cheese, but Bulgarian cheese is AMAZING so I can’t complain.
I’m almost at the end of my 90 days (as an American, that’s the amount of time I can stay without a visa) and it will be tough to adjust to my next destination after being somewhere with such a strong community. But at least I know I’ll be back!
#2 – Tbilisi, Georgia
By Maggie from The World Was Here First
If you’re looking for the perfect, up-and-coming digital nomad destination, then it’s hard to go wrong with the capital of the Republic of Georgia, Tbilisi. Boasting an incredibly affordable cost of living, friendly people, a great culinary scene, a solid network of other remote workers, fast and reliable wifi and one of the most liberal visa policies in Europe, Tbilisi really checks all the boxes to become the next digital nomad hotspot!
One of the most attractive aspects of heading to Tbilisi is their visa policy – countless nationalities (including Americans, Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders, and EU citizens) can enter Tbilisi visa free for a whopping 360 days!
This means that you don’t need to worry about overstaying. However, if you want to find somewhere to post up short-term, there are numerous great places to stay in Tbilisi whether you’re looking for an affordable Airbnb, a hostel dorm bed or a chic hotel.
Wifi speeds in Tbilisi are also lightning fast, with free wifi available in most cafes and restaurants throughout the city and very affordable data plans available, as well. As it is an up-and-coming destination for digital nomads, there is also a friendly and welcoming community of nomads in Tbilisi and there are frequent events in place where you can meet other like-minded people.
If you decide to stay longer in Tbilisi, finding longer-term accommodation is very easy and the cost of living is also quite affordable, especially when compared to everywhere else in Europe. There are also countless budget flights in and out of Georgia to elsewhere in Europe and beyond, making Tbilisi an excellent base to travel from.
All in all, if you’re looking for the perfect place to base yourself as a digital nomad and you’re sick of the crowds in Bali or Chiang Mai, then make sure that Tbilisi is on your list!
#3 – Cali, Columbia
By Mitch from Project Untethered
When most people think of finding a digital nomad base in Colombia, they automatically default to Medellin. I get it. Medellin is a great city. But for me, Cali is where it’s at.
I’ve been working remotely from Cali for over three years now and love it just as much today as I did when I first arrived. It’s cheap, has delicious food, great internet, is still somewhat “undiscovered”, and best of all… It’s the salsa dancing capital of the world.
If you like to dance (and if you come to Cali, you’ll LEARN to like to dance), it is impossible to get bored here. Get your work done during the day, take a salsa class in the afternoon, and go dancing at a different salsa club every night.
Not only is it an addicting routine and a great way to exercise, but it’s also one of the best ways to make local friends and immerse yourself in the culture (I actually met my wife in salsa class!).
Apart from salsa, there are plenty of other fun activities in Cali to keep you busy—from hiking to learning Spanish to awesome days trips. When you put everything together, you end up with a truly amazing (and underrated) digital nomad destination.
#4 – Prague, Czech Republic
By Dom & Jo from Red White Adventures
One of our personal favorite cities for living as a digital nomad is Prague, Czech Republic. Cost of living is fairly cheap – especially if you share a place. They have really great wifi, lots of cute cafes where you can sit and work (and drink delicious latte for like 3 bucks), and best of all a great expat community! We actually loved Prague so much that we’ll be going back for 3 months soon.
Apart from giving you the opportunity to live your best life locally, Prague also has a great advantage when it comes to traveling. The airport is only about half an hour away from the city centre and you can take public transport to get there for almost no cost.
Prague is located right in the centre of Europe and the airport is pretty big, so you can get to so many places in no time, and for a reasonable cost thanks to RyanAir. There are also a bunch of big bus stations where you can take Flixbus to destinations like Berlin, Budapest, and Vienna in 4-8 hours.
Lastly, we want to mention that Prague is a very safe capital city. Different websites tell us different things but we found a few that said Prague was amongst the 10 safest capitals in all of Europe. Also for solo female travellers.
We honestly have nothing bad to say about Prague, so come visit us! 😉
#5 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
By Samantha Karen from Sam Sees World
One of the best places in the world for digital nomads is Amsterdam, the capital city of the Netherlands. This is a city with beyond picturesque canals, quirky houses, grand parks, and a friendly atmosphere. Moreover, Amsterdam is very centrally located and is home to one of the largest airports in Europe! This makes arriving and leaving a breeze.
There are two main things that make Amsterdam a great location for digital nomads:
Firstly, the city is bursting with cool cafes that are laptop friendly and welcoming to digital nomads. In every area of the city, you can find a welcoming cafe and various other people sitting inside and working away.
Secondly, Amsterdam attracts a ton of digital nomads from all around the world and finding other people like you in cafes and out and about is a common occurrence. So, if you are wondering if you will be the only one pulling out your laptop at a cafe or in a coworking space you are very wrong and making friends is common.
When work time is over the excitement only starts in Amsterdam. The city always has something cool and fun to do so finding a work-life balance is more than achievable. Festivals and events are weekly occurrences in Amsterdam and you are more than welcome to join.
One additional great thing about Amsterdam is that there is no language barrier. English is spoken by virtually everyone in Amsterdam and most digital nomads you will meet will be English natives.
#6 – Chiang Mai, Thailand
By Melissa from Nomad Life 101
I wasn’t very interested in Chiang Mai for a very long time since I like the beach and island vibes. My partner and I finally decided to try it in 2019. We stayed in Chiang Mai, Thailand for a total of three months. At first, we struggled to find friends and we were not sure if we would like it or not, but after a few weeks, we started to love Chiang Mai.
We had found our favorite restaurants (there are so many options when it comes to food in Chiang Mai), a coworking space where we could be super productive and a nice group of friends with a similar mindset.
We had a comfortable, spacious and modern apartment which was great since we struggled to find spacious accommodation in other cities. Since we like to stay fit abroad, we easily find a gym – although, most condominiums also have a gym on-site. We became members at Punspace, which is the most popular coworking place in Chiang Mai. On the weekends, we were able to plan trips to Pai or Chiang Rai.
Overall, Chiang Mai became our favorite city for digital nomads. We connected with fellow nomads who are focused and productive. We managed to get a healthy lifestyle there and we were living in a comfortable way which makes a big difference to increase productivity.
The only inconvenience is that the seasons aren’t always ideal. For example, the burning season and the rainy season are quite long. That said, from October to December, the weather is great.
#7 – Antigua, Guatemala
By Sean Lau from Living Out Lau
Antigua in Guatemala is one of the best places for digital nomads and it is easy to see why.
A small city of cobbled-stone streets lined with colonial houses, Antigua was once the capital of Guatemala and a present-day UNESCO Heritage Site. Had it not been for the devastating 1773 Guatemala earthquake, Antigua would still be Guatemala’s capital.
The small walkable city is known for its perfect blend between authentic Guatemalan culture and tourist-friendly features. Unlike other digital nomad destinations such as Bali, Antigua is not overrun by foreigners yet.
You will find various activities to do in Antigua Guatemala. My favorite of which is hiking Volcano Acatenango and seeing the nearby Volcano Fuego erupt with my own eyes. If the two days 1-night hike is too much for you and you just watch to relax, head over to the stunning Lake Atitlan for a weekend. It is the perfect place to soak up some heart-warming Guatemala sun.
Being a digital nomad is not an easy task, especially if you are away from home for a long time. I tend to miss the various cuisines my hometown can offer when I am traveling. Antigua is one of the few cities in Central America that offers delicious and international cuisine. Asian Food? Yes. Mexican? Yes. Texas barbecue? Why not! The WiFi in the hotels and hostels in Antigua is also some of the fastest I have ever used in all of Guatemala!
#8 – Hanoi, Vietnam
By Lee from The Travel Scribes
It’s probably one of the most underrated places for digital nomads to settle: Hanoi, Vietnam. Famous as a city of a million motorbikes, incredible street food and a host of amazing attractions, Hanoi is more than just culture – it attracts travellers and nomadic workers from all corners of the globe. But, why?
Most digital workers converge on Hanoi for the cheap cost of living. A high-end apartment will cost about $600 per month, with even short-term Airbnb options under $1000, plus the food is particularly cheap. You can dine out at hawker stalls but also relaxed restaurants for less than a tenner, munching on flaky spring rolls, sipping delicious pho and gorging yourself on banh mi, the French-inspired baguettes that have featured in many a travellers’ dreams.
The city is jam-packed with charm – from the friendly people trying to help you with your luggage, to the incredible sights like Train Street, or the cathedral or even spending an evening (or two) walking around Hoan Kiem Lake and mingling with locals trying their hand at yoga. But, more than that, it’s a great base if you want to explore a bit more of Vietnam – just hopping on a bus to nearby Sapa or to Ninh Binh/Tam Coc to check out the river cruises.
While the wifi in Hanoi might not be as fast as Vietnamese counterpart, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), it’s undoubtedly speedy enough. You can expect high speed internet in most high rises and can easily spend a day working in the many cool cafes and coffee shops that usually boast quick wifi.
#9 – Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By Emily from Wander-Lush
Although not as popular as cities in neighbouring Thailand or Vietnam, Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, is a terrific place for digital nomads. I lived in Phnom Penh for a year and found it a very comfortable and convenient base.
Phnom Penh is a rapidly changing city that offers an interesting mix of the traditional and the contemporary. For example, new apartment buildings are constantly popping up, which makes it very easy to find an affordable long-term studio rental. Alternatively, you can also find beautiful wooden houses to rent right in the centre. Utilities, groceries and internet are all relatively cheap.
One of the highlights of living in Phnom Penh is having unlimited access to delicious local cuisine. There are plenty of international restaurants, too (many of them run by long-time expats), not to mention a dynamic bar and nightlife scene.
WIFI is ubiquitous in Phnom Penh and 4G data is cheap (on my last visit, I paid just $10 for 40GB of mobile data). There are literally hundreds of great cafes in the capital, plus a few dedicated co-working spaces that cater specifically to local entrepreneurs and digital nomads.
Because the expat population is so large, you can always find events, networking drinks and meet-ups throughout the week. And when the city gets too much, you can always take a short trip to one of Cambodia’s charming smaller towns. Kampot on the river just south of Phnom Penh is a favorite weekend getaway.
#10 – Goa, India
By Sapna from My Simple Sojourn
Goa is one of the most popular travel destinations among international and Indian travellers. The laid back feel, beaches, and its heritage are major attractions. Goa not only attracts travellers but it’s one of the popular places among digital nomads. It is a nice place to work remotely and relax.
Only two-three years ago the Internet was a big issue in Goa and it was difficult to work online. The WiFi was patchy and due to electric cuts. But the situation changed in the last couple of years.
Internet connectivity improved. Several co-working spaces came up in different parts of Goa. Many hostels have co-working spaces and they provide a good WiFi connection. Coming back to coworking spaces, the co-working spaces have different ways of working. Some provide fixed desks and some have a casual feel. When renting an apartment in Goa, you can also ask the landlord to provide a WiFi connection with it. All these help in working remotely. You can comfortably get a 2MBPS connection through WiFi.
Other than these, the mobile internet is also very economical in India. Most of the mobile network providers give 1 GB data per day along with the unlimited calling at approximately 500 INR monthly rentals. They claim that connection is 4G but at lots of places this runs at 3G speed.
Moreover, Goa has a cosmopolitan feel and is safe for solo travelers. People from across the globe come here so it’s easy to find food from different parts of the world.
While coming to the safety issue, you just need to follow the common sense and don’t do anything that you wouldn’t do at home.
Considering all the above factors and the cost of living, Goa is a good option for digital nomads. Since the community is growing it’s easy to find support in case you have any requirements. Other than this there are several beaches in Goa to relax in between working hours and the weather is nice & sunny.
#11 – Lisbon, Portugal
By Wendy from The Nomadic Vegan
Lisbon has become a real hotspot for digital nomads, and there are many good reasons for this. For one, the cost of living here is cheap compared with most other destinations in Western Europe. While prices have started to rise with the influx of tourists, Lisbon still offers excellent value, with lots of affordable restaurants and cafés as well as plenty of apartments available as short-term rentals. The locals are friendly, and most people under the age of 40 speak English fluently, so you don’t need to worry about being able to communicate.
It’s also the sunniest capital in Europe, so you can expect good weather at pretty much any time of year. Though beware that most houses here have no central heating and are not well insulated, so it can sometimes feel colder inside than it does outside. Internet is fast and reliable, with service providers like Vodafone offering speeds of 100 Mbps with even their cheapest package.
And with so many other digital nomads flocking to Lisbon, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to meet like-minded people, and maybe even brainstorm and collaborate together on a new project. Through Facebook and Meetup.com you’ll find several groups specifically for Lisbon-based digital nomads. These groups often organize events, including both casual get-togethers and more formal workshops on topics like SEO and productivity.
#12 – Lanzarote, Spain
By Darek and Gosia from Darek And Gosia
Lanzarote is not the digital nomad capital of the world but it’s a new and upcoming cool place! This is one of the best places in Europe for digital nomads who want a cheaper life, stunning views, and great food. Living costs are also affordable. Their internet connection is reliable, which is a must for every digital Nomad.
Known for its amazing climate in winter, Lanzarote is the top destination for any digital nomad from Europe. 20 degrees Celsius in winter helps to be more creative than on continental Europe.
The island is not part of the EU customs union which means it is duty-free! Many products on Lanzarote are very very cheap – yes, this is due to being duty-free, so your savings are massive! In the Canaries, they are exempt from VAT, but they do pay a local sales tax on most goods, which is just 6.5% (compared to 21% in continental Spain), so that’s another reason things often seem cheaper here.
#13 – Valencia, Spain
Valencia, Spain is a really great city if you want to be a digital nomad. It’s Spain’s 3rd largest city, so you will still get that metropolitan feel, with the coziness of an old charming Spanish town. The history runs deep here, even including The Holy Grail.
Valencia is located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, so you have the beach as well as the city. You can easily access Barcelona or Madrid within 1-3 hours. There’s an airport here as well as 2 major train stations that give you access to travel cheap to other destinations within Spain, as well as within Europe and Northern African countries.
The city is very safe – you don’t need to worry about pickpocketing like you do in Barcelona. You can even feel safe walking home late at night by yourself.
In comparison to larger cities in Spain like Madrid or Barcelona, Valencia is far cheaper with rent being significantly less. In comparison to the US especially, food and drinks are very affordable here.
Meeting other people here, especially other digital nomads, is very easy. There are lots of expat meetups and digital nomad groups that co-work at different coffee shops every week. There are awesome coworking spaces like WayCo as well. Wifi is available in most cafes and restaurants so you will not have to worry about that.
The city of Valencia hosts many celebrations every month, and there are lots of events to attend so you’ll never be bored. They have street fairs, fireworks, and events almost every weekend. Valencia also has a great club scene from the beach, to the famous Russafa neighborhood, as well as MYA which is located in the Arts & Sciences complex. If you’re here in March, then make sure to come for Fallas which is one of the most unique festivals in the world.
#14 – Bali, Indonesia
By Rai from A Rai of Light
Bali is one of those destinations that steals the spotlight when it comes to destinations for digital nomads. And with good reason.
The island boasts numerous co-working options, friendly locals, a diversity of natural landscapes, and good food attracting travellers from all walks of life. You can’t go wrong with the choice of either Ubud or Canggu offering something for everyone.
On any given street you can reliably find a variety of cafés, restaurants, and supermarkets with goods from around the world. There is also a multitude of yoga studios, parks, and nature reserves within a reasonable distance.
I have spent quite a bit of time on the island and fortunately, there is also a whole lot to do from discovering the temples and rice terraces to hiking the mountains and snorkeling in the abundant waters.
This cheap tropical island is also particularly safe increasing its appeal for both female nomads and the solo traveler. Bali is cheap and for a fraction of the cost in other places, one can live well, eat well, and work well in this paradise.
#15 – Buenos Aires, Argentina
By Daniel James from Layer Culture
If you are looking for a new location to base yourself as a digital nomad, I suggest you check out Buenos Aires. Named as the Paris of South America you can come here with your online business and work in style.
Traveling around South America as a backpacker I chose Buenos Aires as a location to set-up one of my first online ventures. One reason for this was because of the great social life and the sheer amount of events going on in the city. At times it felt like I was in a major European city and really enjoyed working out of the many coffee shops on offer.
I wrote some do’s and don’ts when it comes to safety in Buenos Aires so you can feel at ease, but all the main neighborhoods in the city appear safe. You just have to follow the regular safety rules you’d expect, especially when walking around with your laptop or other expensive electronics.
With zones like the Palermo and Recoleta, you can also meet other like-minded individuals and digital nomads if that is your thing. All in all Buenos Aires is one of my favorite cities for working online and after living there for 6 months I will return time and time again.
#16 – Medellín, Colombia
By Iris Veldwijk from Digital Nomads Guides
My partner and I traveled around South America for two years while working online. People we’d met before had enthusiastically talked about Medellín, Colombia’s second-biggest city. So when we came to the country, we wanted to see with our own eyes why everyone reps Medellín. It did not disappoint!
The city of eternal spring is full of work-friendly cafés, comfy Airbnbs, fast internet, and great munch places. Especially compared to Southeast Asia, you can get almost every type of food there at an affordable price. It’s even possible to get your motorbike license within two weeks! And yes, the climate is indeed very pleasant throughout the year, without any marked rainy season. We loved it there so much that we extended our 90-day Colombian visa to double that amount and returned to Medellín after a short stint in the San Andrés archipelago.
In total, we spent five weeks working on a digital nomad-centric travel guide to Medellín. We met many people – Colombian and foreign – who are pursuing their location independent dreams in this city. They organized co-working sessions, built co-living spaces, and organized relaxing events in the evening.
Our favorite neighborhoods were Laureles, El Poblado, and Envigado. They are all very different in terms of availability of affordable accommodation, social events, tranquility, and walkability. It’s a good idea to either book accommodations for a short time to sample all neighborhoods or to really research into what it is you’re looking for to live your best life.
The country ‘Colombia’ and the city ‘Medellín’ make some people uncomfortable for fear of their personal safety. But the country has changed a lot over the years. As long as you’re not pursuing a career as a narco and keep your wits about you, there’s no reason to fear a visit to this lovely country.
In my experience, Colombians themselves are a friendly bunch – and I hitchhiked with many of them from socioeconomic estrato uno to estrato seis. Many Colombians are very entrepreneurial as well, so you might just find a great friend to talk about your online business while doing a language exchange to improve that Spanish. Colombia is a country to watch, and Medellín the city of those exciting developments.
#17 – Cape Town, South Africa
By Alya from Stingy Nomads
Cape Town is a great place for digital nomads who love outdoor activities, being squeezed in between it’s famous mountains and the ocean. If you are a foodie or wine lover, the spectacular wine estates and restaurants all the way from Costantia to Franschhoek, the foodie heaven in South Africa, offers plenty to fill your Cape Town itinerary.
The blogging community in Cape Town is quite active so it’s easy to find people in the same niche and to connect with them. There are many great coffee shops and coworking spaces for online entrepreneurs where you can meet new people.
As digital nomads returning to Cape Town every summer we enjoy living in the Bloubergstrand area, the Big Bay neighbourhood near the beach is relatively safe with shops within walking distance, it is great for running on the beach, surfing and is a world renowned spot for kitesurfing.
Other popular areas for digital nomads are Seapoint, great for bloggers who want to stay near the ocean and close to the center of the city. For those who prefer to stay in an upmarket area close to the sea, Camps Bay is the place to be. The V&A Waterfront is one of the safest areas to stay, on the water’s edge with great views of Table Mountain and walking distance from the vibrant harbour and a luxury mall.
The weather around Cape Town is great for digital nomads, it’s warm and sunny most of the year, basically from October till May you can enjoy being outside, with the temperatures really picking up in January and February. Renting a place in Cape Town is quite affordable, especially if you can rent longer term.
#18 – Playa del Carmen, Mexico
By Hannah & Adam Lukaszewicz from GettingStamped
Playa del Carmen, or known as “Playa” by the locals, is not just a favorite vacation destination to us, rather it was our home base for six months. Playa is said to be Cancun’s little brother – a little bit smaller and more condensed which is great for digital nomads.
Unlike Cancun where the main town is a little further away, the town and beach in Playa are close together. This means that Playa is a very walkable city so getting around is relatively easy. Also, for the duration of our time living here, we felt very safe.
There’s also a community of expats in Playa that meet up a few times every month and it was awesome to get to meet other nomads like ourselves.
What we loved most about living here was the amazing work life balance we had in Playa, as the beach and all nearby attractions are close by to visit easily. Besides visiting the beach almost every day, we were able to check out the amazing Mayan Ruins in the area, explore nearby cenotes and even visit nearby Tulum a few times. Plus, Playa has so many great food spots and bars. It truly was the best of both worlds!
There you have it! 18 amazing digital nomad destinations to live as a digital nomad around the world. This modern lifestyle really amazes us! It’s so cool how you can just pack up your laptop, your passport, and your suitcase and then you can live basically anywhere around the world – while financially supporting the life of your dreams. How cool is that?
Let us know in the comments which one of these locations you found to be most exciting, and if you’ve already been living in any of them!