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Best Cities For Digital Nomads

Best Cities For Digital Nomads

In our last post we covered the best countries for remote working. If you missed it, or you want a recap, you can check it out here.

The cool thing about this location independent lifestyle is that as long you have a laptop and you can find a good Wi-Fi hotspot, then you really can work from anywhere in the world. The choice is yours. However, for those that don’t know where to start or what country and city to choose, we have created a two-post round-up profiling the countries and cities that are considered the best for digital nomads and remote working.

Unfortunately, there is no one city fits all mentality because everyone may have a different perspective about what city is the best for them. But we can certainly recommend which cities have tried to provide for today’s digital nomads. These cities have supplied co-working and co-living spaces that cater for the location independent entrepreneur and their online activities. Each city may have its pros and cons, but the goal is to help you decide what city may be the best for you and your remote working needs.

Regardless of what you want and need to help you to continue working remotely, one of these destinations will most likely have what you are looking for.

In random order, the best cities for digital nomads are:

 

New York, America

‘New York, New York’, a city so good they named it twice. The city that never sleeps is a great destination to build an online business and to mix with other highly-skilled nomads. Co-working and co-living spaces are plenty. Wherever you go in New York City, you are sure to meet other like-minded entrepreneurs who are living the independent lifestyle. The quality of life is awesome, but it does come at a cost. New York is considerably more expensive than other cities in the USA. However, there is a reason why this place is one of the best cities in the world. It has everything including a thriving nightlife, fantastic food, tons of places to work from and a network of digital nomads from around the world.

  • Lifestyle quality – 5/5
  • Living costs – 2/5
  • Food/nightlife – 5/5
  • Co-working/co-living – 5/5
  • Entrepreneurial network – 5/5

 

Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok is a city where most fresh freelancers and budding online entrepreneurs decide to visit and to start their nomadic career. It has a full city lifestyle, nice food, awesome nightlife and plenty of co-working spaces filled with innovative expats. The quality of life in Bangkok is good and the cost of living is great. Accommodation is extremely cheap and monthly outlay for all costs is very reasonable. The city is continuing to experience substantial growth and many digital nomads have decided to stay in Thailand to build their online businesses.

  • Lifestyle quality – 3/5
  • Living costs – 5/5
  • Food/nightlife – 4/5
  • Co-working/co-living – 4/5
  • Entrepreneurial network – 4/5

 

Manila, Philippines

Manila is an interesting Asian city. It is certainly a destination that is up and coming. The people are extremely friendly and welcoming. Nightlife is quite good, but the food may not be to everyone’s liking. Living costs in the city are cheap with accommodation cost considered as very low. However, the lifestyle quality is also very low, but many location independent nomads have decided that the low cost of living is well worth the downside. There is a growing entrepreneurial network that is likely to thrive in the future.

  • Lifestyle quality – 2/5
  • Living costs – 5/5
  • Food/nightlife – 3/5
  • Co-working/co-living – 3/5
  • Entrepreneurial network – 4/5

 

Hong Kong, China

This is a vibrant city that has it all. Hong Kong certainly has an extremely diverse culture and it has been voted as one of the best cities that attracts the biggest players in the online game today. The city is considered an expensive place to live but the quality of life is great. If you wish to build an online business and be associated with a network of big-time entrepreneurs, then this is the destination for you. It also has an excellent amount of co-working and co-living spaces that cater for the digitally inclined. The food and nightlife scene is awesome, and the people are very friendly. Hong Kong is seen as a city that can help to develop your digital skills and possible a place to make your online fortune.

  • Lifestyle quality – 4/5
  • Living costs – 2/5
  • Food/nightlife – 4/5
  • Co-working/co-living – 4/5
  • Entrepreneurial network – 5/5

 

Saigon, Vietnam

Saigon, or Ho Chi Minh City has one of the largest entrepreneurship scenes in the world today. It is considered such a cool place to build an online business by many digital nomads who have decided to stay and reside in the city. It is a great destination to live with lots of expats building their businesses and co-working with other like-minded people. Saigon is likely to expand its co-working and co-living spaces in the near future to entice more nomads to the city. The nightlife is awesome, the food is excellent, and the people are very friendly. Cost of living is cheap but in some areas of the city the quality of life can be quite low.

  • Lifestyle quality - 2/5
  • Living costs – 5/5
  • Food/nightlife – 4/5
  • Co-working/co-living – 4/5
  • Entrepreneurial network – 5/5

 

Sydney, Australia

Another city that is considered one of the best in the world. Sydney is a destination that many nomads visit and like to work remotely from. Co-working and co-living spaces are plenty and the Australian government have realized that catering for online entrepreneurs is very good for the economics/wealth of the country. The lifestyle in the city is fantastic but the cost is considered high. Accommodation can come at a serious price in some areas. The food and nightlife scenes are first class and the people are very welcoming.

  • Lifestyle quality – 5/5
  • Living costs – 2/5
  • Food/nightlife 5/5
  • Co-working/co-living – 4/5
  • Entrepreneurial network – 3/5

 

Berlin, Germany

Berlin has become a city that is now considered as a hotspot for entrepreneurial activity. There are co-working spaces situated in all areas of the city and accommodation is quite cheap. Almost everyone speaks English so that always helps in business. Expats are plenty and the city of Berlin is an exciting destination to mix with the nomadic community and build an online business. Food and nightlife are both great and the quality of life is fantastic with costs remaining low. The popularity of the city is likely to grow in the future and many digital nomads are putting Berlin on their location independent wish list.

  • Lifestyle quality – 4/5
  • Living costs – 3/5
  • Food/nightlife – 4/5
  • Co-working/co-living – 3/5
  • Entrepreneurial network – 4/5

 

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

With Amsterdam considered as the major city in Holland, many people forget about the port city of Rotterdam. However, digital nomads are now flocking to the city to build their online businesses. Co-working and co-living spaces are on the rise and the nomadic community is thriving. The food and nightlife is excellent in Rotterdam and the cost of living is considerably lower than Amsterdam. If art and design is your business, then this cool city is for you.

  • Lifestyle quality – 4/5
  • Living costs – 3/5
  • Food/nightlife – 3/5
  • Co-working/co-living – 3/5
  • Entrepreneurial network – 4/5

 

Barcelona, Spain

Many online entrepreneurs are traveling to the city of Barcelona because it has a vibrant and thriving nomadic community. The city also has nice beaches so what better way to spend your remote working day than relaxing on a beach with your laptop. Barcelona is a city that is considered one of the best in the world and it certainly aims to cater for location independent nomads. there are co-working and co-living spaces in every area of the city. Las Ramblas is the place to be and to mix with the entrepreneurial network. The food and nightlife is awesome, and the quality of life is fantastic. The cost of living is rather expensive, but this Spanish city is likely to experience considerable entrepreneurial growth in the future.

  • Lifestyle quality – 4/5
  • Living costs – 3/5
  • Food/nightlife – 4/5
  • Co-working/co-living – 5/5
  • Entrepreneurial network – 4/5

 

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

If you are looking for beautiful beaches and many outdoor activities, then look no further. Rio de Janeiro has that carnival atmosphere all year round. There is a growing community of digital nomads and expats starting an online business in the city. The food and nightlife is good, and the quality and cost of living is great. However, the city has areas that are considered very dangerous for foreigners to visit. This city is very likely to see huge growth in the near future and many nomads have marked this city on their remote working bucket list.

  • Lifestyle quality – 2/5
  • Living costs – 3/5
  • Food/nightlife – 5/5
  • Co-working/co-living – 3/5
  • Entrepreneurial network – 3/5

 

Wherever and whatever city you decide is the best for your life as digital nomad. I wish you all the very best with your location independent career. There are many cities around the world that have the potential for awesome, online entrepreneurial success.

Good Luck!

 

If you enjoyed this article and you’d like to offer your personal opinion about the best countries for remote working, then don’t be shy. Voice your thoughts in the comment section & I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks!

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