Here in 2021, it seems that more people than ever are ditching the deferred life plan (of working 9-5, 5 days a week) to travel the world and work remotely.
Due to Covid, many employers adopt an almost entirely ‘online’ way of work, giving more people the opportunity to live that ‘digital nomad’ lifestyle, earning money while moving from place to place or, even hanging out in one location for a few months.
After all, as a remote worker what you do and where you go is completely up to you.
But what are the best places to live as a digital nomad?
Which places afford the best lifestyle, a healthy social life, plenty of things to do and most importantly… good wifi…
Which country has the most digital nomads?
By fair, Thailand (closely followed by Bali, Indonesia) has the most digital nomads.
Both countries boast the great digital nomad combination of, affordability, other like-minded travellers, good social life, a great climate and plenty of activities to do.
Where should, I go as a Digital Nomad?
There are literally hundreds and even thousands of places you could base yourself as a nomad.
All you actually need is somewhere you like and a good internet connection.
Well, there’s a little more to it than that.
While the best place is really going to come down to personal preference, As a digital nomad there are a few factors that are going to determine how good a place is, including;
The following list takes all of the above factors into account, making each of these locations some of the best and most popular digital nomad destinations.
Top 10 digital nomad locations
Widely regarded as one of Europe’s best and most ‘happening’ cities, there’s no doubt that Lisbon has positioned itself near the top of every digital nomad, ‘to live in’ list.
Located on Portugal’s west coast, the city is home to rich history and culture, alongside great nightlife, modern transport and everything you want from a city in the 21st century.
The digital nomad presence across Lisbon is strong, with many cafes, accommodations and co-working spaces in and around the city.
Being in a major city, so close to the main airport is also a massive bonus, as you can take advantage of the many budget flights that run frequently from Lisbon to across Europe.
Bali has become synonymous with digital nomad culture and is one of the most popular nomad destinations. (Behind only Thailand).
The island has everything you could ever want for someone working remotely.
From great accommodation, affordable living, amazing nightlife and enough cafes, bars and restaurants to last a lifetime.
Mix that with hot year-round weather, it really is no wonder the island of the gods has become the nomad hotspot it has today.
If you’re just about to start your nomad journey, then look no further, as Bali would be an epic place to start.
Kho Phangan, Thailand
The whole country of Thailand has become a go-to, ever since the first digital nomad jumped on a plane from their home country and opened up their laptop in Bangkok.
However, across Thailand, there are many hotspots, most notably, Phuket and Kho Phangan.
Two beautiful islands, extremely popular with tourists and digital nomads alike.
The island of Kho Phangan is a very laid back, affordable, tropical island paradise. (without exaggeration).
Although the area is most attractive to travellers on a gap year or ‘Hippy Types’, there is an ever-increasing digital nomad presence and would be a great spot to kick start your remote work career.
Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Las Palmas, located on Gran Canaria, is one of the main islands that make up the Spanish Canary Islands chain.
Enjoy warm weather year-round, affordable living and an increasing digital nomad culture.
The nomad scene is lively and there is a tonne things to do, from, hiking, nightlife, surfing and great transport across the city, this one should really be on your nomad bucket list.
Cape Town, South Africa
Perhaps one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Incredible beaches, striking coastline and enough things to do, to keep you occupied for years, let alone months.
There are some great remote workspaces across Cape Town as well as a healthy digital nomad community.
Mix that with amazing nightlife and rich culture and you have the makings of one of the best nomadic locations on the planet.
The country of South Africa is also super affordable!
Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
If you’re based in North America, then you’ve likely heard of this Mexican travel hotspot.
Beautiful beaches, lively bars and enough accommodation options for all budgets, Playa Carmen is a great place to pass through or base yourself as a digital nomad.
With plenty of cafes and co-working spaces available to get your work done, you can then explore the ocean by diving and snorkelling out the front or head inland to explore the jungle and ancient Mayan ruins.
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
Located on Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula in the country’s northwest, Santa Teresa has become a hotspot for many a traveller and digital nomad.
In recent years the town has developed from a sleepy surf spot town to a bustling digital nomad and backpacker hub. There are lively bars, an abundance of places to eat and co-working spaces throughout the town.
The weather is hot all year round, the beaches are beautiful and the digital nomad scene is ever increasing.
Chang Mai, Thailand
In the north of Thailand lies another traveller/backpacker hotspot, Chang Mai.
Long considered the heart of Thailand, by travellers, the area is now home to a healthy digital nomad scene.
Taiwan and its capital city of Taipei are becoming increasingly popular destinations for travellers and digital nomads.
The country boasts traditional culture with modern characteristics that allow for a great remote working lifestyle.
The city itself has an abundance of accommodations, cafes, places to eat, and co-working spaces.
As for the rest of the country, the geography is nothing short of incredible.
Huge volcanic mountain ranges dropping dramatically into the ocean over all sides of the island makes Taiwan a truly amazing place to visit, let alone live and work as a digital nomad.
A medieval city located in the centre of Europe, Krakow mixes both traditional polish culture and new age modernity.
Across the city, wifi speed is fantastic with hotspots in available in most areas and a large array of cafes and workspaces.
The city is also super affordable, has great nightlife and the rest of Europe is extremely accessible due to its central geographical location.
An amazing base, to then go and explore the rest of Europe from.
Best Digital Nomad Locations - Summary
The best digital nomad location is ultimately going to come down to your personal preference.
However, considering the places above and the contributing factors that I used to add them to this list in the first place, there are places that make for a good digital nomad destination or not.
So to recap, we have the 10 best places, but anywhere that had the following, is going to make for a great nomad hotspot;
Happy working and happy travelling.