Have a job which can be digitized easily? If so, you’ve viewed the emerging trend of people taking their work around the globe with a degree of envy.
Using a laptop, wi-fi, and online payment processors to travel around the world perpetually sounds like fun (and it is), but after a while, every nomad settles down somewhere for a few months to make money and connect with people like them.
Below, we’ll highlight a few hot spots around the world where the digital jet set have found community.
1) Chiang Mai
Proclaimed by many who have been there as the de facto ‘Digital Nomad Capital of the World’, Chiang Mai is favoured by many remote workers, entrepreneurs, and freelancers for its warm climate, amazing food, friendly people, and rock bottom prices.
Pioneering digital nomads built their enterprises from basic but clean apartments that cost less than $150 USD, were able to cobble together dinner from street food carts for around $1 USD, and found an existing expat community which solved the entrepreneurial loneliness issue.
After reporting their findings in blogs and online forums, word got around as the online work revolution picked up steam. People began spending months on end here, fuelling the expansion of cafes and co-working spaces which make this city an incredibly hospitable place for digital nomads today.
While you may be tempted to put in long work sessions during your time here, be sure to take time for yourself so you don’t burn out. From groups which practice various sports to pub crawls, there is something for everyone.
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Chiang Mai isn’t for everyone, though – for starters, there isn’t a beach within 600 kilometres. Bali fixes this problem, as this Indonesian island is within a quick walk or scooter ride away from a sexy strip of sand.
Prices here are competitive with Thailand, while offering a more sophisticated scene for those wanting to take a break from places dominated by backpackers.
This island also offers different living environments for different people – those wanting to party 24/7 will love Kuta, folks looking for something upscale will want to find a place in Seminyak, hippies will fall in love with Ubud, while those looking for hipster heaven will love what they will find in Canggu.
Europe is a markedly more expensive place to travel versus Asia or Latin America, but those prepared to spend some serious time in Central or Eastern Europe will find it easy to get a taste of the Old World without spending a fortune.
If you are looking for somewhere to set up shop for a few months, Budapest is a personal favourite of ours. With an affordable nightlife scene, cheaper groceries than many other places in the EU, thermal baths that look like palaces, and mind blowing architecture around every corner, you’ll feel at home quickly.
Australia is a large, unique and advanced country, and that’s why it’s made our list. There is something for everyone in Australia, whether that’s affordable living or the hustle and bustle of city life, there’s a place for you in Australia.
The cities of Sydney and Melbourne are the biggest in Australia and therefore offer great infrastructure and a bustling nightlife. Both places are very liveable and there’s a lot to do and see in so they’re great cities if you want to settle down for a few months.
However, there’s so much more. Queensland for instance has some of the best tourists spots in the country, from the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsundays sailing adventures to hiking in the Daintree rainforest, here’s the spot for to see the best of the Australian landscape. The same goes for Perth and Darwin, but maybe you want something a bit quieter? Canberra and Adelaide might be for you, they’re cheaper to live in but are still major cities so still offer some culture and excitement that will help you get settled in quickly.