Working remotely means your office can go with you wherever you travel. But which destinations will help you to balance work and play at an affordable cost? These are some of the best cities for digital nomads to visit and enjoy.
The World’s Best Cities for Digital Nomads on the Move
1. Canggu, Bali
With balmy weather all year round and plenty of great surfing spots, Canggu is a tropical destination for remote workers looking for a beachy lifestyle.
Tourism is a big part of the Bali economy, and travellers enjoy a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. It’s a popular destination for women travelling alone and overall safety is good, although pickpocketing and bag-snatching do happen in crowded tourist spots.
Temperatures hover around 30ºC throughout the year, and there is a rainy season with tropical storms from November to April. This is low season, when prices are lower and crowds are smaller.
Cost of living on the island of Canggu is much more affordable than destinations in Europe, Australia or North America. There are bars, cafés and coworking spaces with good Internet connections – often faster and better than connections in private houses.
2. Cape Town, South Africa
The Mother City is known for its blue oceans, world-famous wines and iconic flat-topped mountain. The long summer days offer plenty of golden opportunities for digital nomads to get out and about. From surfing and sailing to hiking and trail running, there’s something for everyone – with a beautiful backdrop wherever you go.
South African cities are known for economically motivated crime, so be smart and don’t flash your cash or valuables around. Avoid walking alone in deserted areas, and find a few friends to enjoy the mountain trails with.
For the best connectivity in the city, use a location with fibre Internet – you will usually find this in a coworking space, Internet café or Airbnb. You can also buy mobile data for when you’re on the go, although costs for this can add up pretty fast.
The rainy season in Cape Town is typically May to August, with summery weather the rest of the year. Join our Cape Town Retreat in Oct/Nov and experience this city at the best time of the year. Read more here.
3. Medellin, Colombia
The Medellin climate has been described as “eternal spring”, with pleasant weather all year round. The cost of living also tends to be lower than that in the USA, Canada, Australia, and Europe.
Internet in Medellin is fast and reliable – you can stay connected on the street, and even enjoy afternoons working in the park on your laptop. During your downtime, there are plenty of attractive cultural hotspots to enjoy, including museums and art galleries.
Medellin has not always had a great reputation for safety, but in recent years there has been a push to make the city more tourist-friendly and it is much safer than before.
4. Budapest, Hungary
Budapest is a very beautiful city that’s becoming a fast favourite among digital nomads. Because of its popularity with tourists, prices in Budapest can be on the high side, but they are affordable compared to the west of Europe. Airbnb’s can be found at an affordable rate and are generally apartment type accommodation.
Budapest is quite a safe city, and while most homes have security bars on their windows and doors, there is a good police presence.
There are plenty of coworking spaces available in Budapest, as well as cafés with speedy WiFi. The city is vibrant and bustling, with plenty of nightspots to enjoy after hours such as the infamous ruin bars.
5. Chiang Mai, Thailand
There is a strong digital nomad community in this Thai city. The weather is beautiful from November to February, with 30°C highs and low humidity. The rainy season is from May to October, with downpours lasting roughly an hour a day.
Internet in shared accommodation can be slow, but it’s easy and affordable to get your own Internet plan. Low cost of living is also a major attraction for remote workers in Chiang Mai. Street food is sold all over the city with meals for as little as the equivalent of $1, and there is also plenty of cheap fresh produce available.
Good news for travellers, Chiang Mai is rated as being among the safest cities in the world. Crime against foreigners is very rare, and men and women can walk around alone quite freely.
There are many beautiful temples and cultural sites to visit in Chiang Mai, and it’s also a good place for digital nomads to enjoy a retreat.
6. Belgrade, Serbia
Belgrade is the capital of Serbia, a bustling city with plenty of hostels and Airbnb accommodation for working travellers. The coworking scene is also rapidly growing. It’s known for being a social city with a friendly atmosphere and good safety ratings.
Nightlife in the Serbian summer is pretty special, with locals and tourists gathering on the banks of the Danube and Sava rivers to enjoy the floating pubs, restaurants and clubs known as “splavovi”. This is a must for your Belgrade to-do list.
7. Buenos Aires, Argentina
This vibrant Argentinian city enjoys long hot summers and balmy winters. It’s also very affordable compared to its North American neighbours. There’s good food and wine aplenty to be had, and a reliable subway system to help you get easily from A to B.
Buenos Aires is a multicultural city with a welcoming attitude towards visitors. It is a relatively safe country for those travelling alone, although single female travellers may experience some harassment. Be careful at night, and grab a buddy to go out with. The most frequent crimes involve snatching valuables like bags and cellphones.
January to February is the peak tourist season in Buenos Aires, when crowds and prices will be at their highest. Spring (September to December) and autumn (April to June) are ideal times to visit. There is a buzzing nightlife to enjoy in the city, as well as a rich mix of cultural attractions.
8. Krakow, Poland
Krakow is home to plenty of beautiful museums and churches, as well as Europe’s largest market square, Rynek Główny. The cost of living is low (it’s one of the cheapest destinations in Europe), and safety ratings for travellers are good.
The startup culture in Krakow is thriving, and that means there are plenty of coworking spaces and well-connected cafés for travelling workers to get down to business. There are a variety of great nightspots and historical attractions to entertain you in the city.
9. Lisbon, Portugal
There are plenty of great coworking spots in Lisbon, as well as a movement towards opening creative artistic hubs in the city’s art galleries and museums. You’ll find no shortage of inspiration here.
Portugal has a very good safety rating, although you do need to watch out for pickpockets in crowded areas. Good food and great coffee are affordable for travellers, and Internet speed is generally good.
10. Seoul, South Korea
Internet speed, connectivity and infrastructure are all excellent in sleepless Seoul. In fact, Internet speed in South Korea is the highest in the world. There is also an extensive subway system, and many locals are welcoming to foreigners.
This always-bustling metropolis has plenty to offer digital nomads. There are historic neighbourhoods, palaces and plenty of other cultural attractions to take in, shopping destinations to splash out on, and tasty traditional foods to sample.
With so many cities for digital nomads to explore, where will your next adventure take you?