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35 BEST Remote Work Locations for Digital Nomads & Travelers

35 BEST Remote Work Locations for Digital Nomads & Travelers

Discover the best digital nomad remote work locations around the world, updated yearly as I explore and discover more places to live and work.

Even before the pandemic shut offices and forced people to work from home, the rise of the digital nomad lifestyle has become a defining trend.

That’s because being able to work remotely offers us the freedom-defining opportunity of location independence– being able to work wherever we want.

After living and working remotely for the past six years as an adventure travel photographer and blogger, I’ve enjoyed a unique and very fast-paced digital nomad lifestyle. One of the many perks of this is that I have been fortunate enough to live and work in many places around the world.

Here are my favorite cities and regions.

Best Remote Work Locations Around the World

This is my curated selection of global remote work havens. From Chiang Mai's rainforests to Prague's historic center, this article explores the destinations that offer the perfect balance of productivity and lifestyle.

My favorites:

  • Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Istanbul, Türkiye
  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Senggigi, Lombok (Indonesia)
  • Medellín, Colombia
  • Budapest, Hungary

1. Bali, Indonesia

Rated as one of the best expat work locations for young people as revealed by ExpressVPN, it’s no surprise that Bali in Indonesia has a high population of digital nomads. 

From the fast internet speeds to the cheap costs of living and amazing culture, Bali has it all. Some of the best destinations for remote working in Bali include Ubud and Canggu. 

At the end of the week, you can head to the beach for a surf or hop across to one of the many islands near Bali, such as Nusa Penida or Gili Trawangan. The options in Bali are endless! 

Another drawing card of Bali being a great remote work location is that the government recently launched a digital nomad visa that allows workers to stay for up to five years without paying taxes.

Here are some of the things you can expect in Bali:

  • Average Internet Speed: 41+ Mbps 
  • Cost of Living: 1000 USD per month
  • Safety: A safe place to live and work. The only risk is the extreme weather in the monsoon season.
  • Popular Workspaces: Outpost Ubud Coworking, Tropical Nomad, Puco Rooftop Coworking Space 
Waterfall in bali, indonesia

2. Kotor, Montenegro

Tucked between the mountains and the sea on Montenegro's Adriatic Coast, Kotor is a hidden gem for remote workers seeking adventure, tranquility, and a low cost of living.

With its UNESCO-listed historical walled city, the old town is an amazing place to work. And, when you want some time off to explore, the surrounding national parks like Lovcen or the epic blue caves and white sand beaches of the coast offer endless opportunities for adventure.

I spent several weeks working here, staying in a heritage-listed fjord-side loft in Muo and it was by far one of the best places I've ever worked remotely. Although the internet connection is not as strong as in other European cities like Lisbon, it was adequate to work on.

The best part is that Kotor is still relatively unknown by the rest of the digital Nomad community, despite the lower cost of living. Plus, it serves as a gateway to Europe and neighboring Balkan countries like Croatia.

Here are some of the things you can expect when working remotely in Kotor:

  • Average Internet Speed: 21+ Mbps 
  • Cost of Living: 1200 USD per month 
  • Safety: Kotor is considered a safe city 
  • Popular Workspaces: Kotor Nest and Playworking
Kotor neighborhood in montenegro

3. Budapest, Hungary

Not only is Budapest a European city with a rich culture and history, but it’s also a popular city for digital nomads. 

Boasting fast internet speeds, an abundance of co-working spaces as well as a vibrant nightlife and stunning architecture, digital nomads from all over Europe are drawn to this city. 

Here are some of the things you can expect in Budapest:

  • Average Internet Speed: 34+ Mbps
  • Cost of Living: 1600 USD per month 
  • Safety: Budapest is one of the safest cities in Europe
  • Popular Workspaces: Impact Hub Budapest, Urban Lobby, UP Center
Budapest waterfront in hungary

4. Queenstown, New Zealand

Nestled beneath New Zealand's Southern Alps and the majestic Remarkable Mountain Range, Queenstown beckons remote workers with its breathtaking landscapes and vibrant adventure atmosphere.

This adventure capital, surrounded by majestic mountains and the serene Wakatipu Lake, provides an inspiring setting ranking it one of the best remote work locations if you're looking to explore nature. While the town itself is quite small, there are plenty of coffee shops to drop into for work with reliable internet connectivity.

While Queenstown usually caters to a young backpacker scene, there is a growing community of international remote workers. That's because Queenstown stands as a unique destination for those seeking a remote work haven that is also a base for epic adventures and hikes.

I've stayed in Queenstown several times and I have to say it is one of my favorite towns in the world. However, the cost of living is one of the highest on this list, so be prepared for high fuel and grocery prices!

Here are some of the things you can expect in Queenstown: 

  • Average Internet Speed: 88+ Mbps
  • Cost of Living: 2800 USD per month
  • Safety: The city is very safe. It is known as one of the hitchhiking capitals of the world.
  • Popular Workspaces: Starbucks
Queenstown, new zealand

5. Cairns, Australia

Australia is Earth's driest and flattest continent. But, tucked in its far northeast corner is the tropical paradise of Cairns, where the world's oldest rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef.

The township of Cairns is a vibrant tourist hub but also features many trendy cafes and coworking areas, plus all the Western comforts you'd expect from an Australian city. The internet is not as fast as the largest cities in Australia like Sydney or Melbourne but it is a much more affordable and laid-back place to work remotely.

Additionally, there are so many amazing things to do in Cairns that will keep you busy after work, such as epic waterfalls, rainforest hikes, day trips to the reef, and visiting the surrounding islands.

Here are some of the things you can expect in Buenos Aires:

  • Average Internet Speed: 45+ Mbps
  • Cost of Living: 2000 USD per month
  • Safety: Cairns is a safe city but there are some neighborhoods to avoid
  • Popular Workspaces: The Bunker, theSpace
Sunset at vlasoff cay on the great barrier reef near cairns

6. Canary Islands, Spain

While the Canary Islands are located closer to Morocco than the rest of Europe, they are a fantastic place to live and work if you want to ditch the European winter for sunshine. 

Of the seven Canary Islands, Gran Canaria is one of the best places to live and work as a digital nomad. Its capital, Las Palmas, boasts a big community of digital nomads, fantastic weather, beautiful beaches, bustling nightlife, and a relaxed way of life. 

Some of the things you can expect in Las Palmas, Canary Islands, include:

  • Average Internet Speed: 150+ Mbps
  • Cost of Living: 1000 USD per month
  • Safety: The city itself is generally safe, but it’s best to avoid Santa Catalina Park at nighttime
  • Popular Workspaces: Hashtag WorkSpace, The HOUSE, Coworking Canary Islands
Beach on the canary islands in spain
Dronepicr, cc by 2. 0

7. Chiang Mai, Thailand

Do you love the thought of living and working in Thailand but don’t want to be surrounded by thousands of people? While I love working in Bangkok and have done so on several occasions, I often look to swap the hustle and bustle for the serenity of Chiang Mai.

Located in the northern part of the country near other popular tourist hubs like Chiang Rai or Pai, Chiang Mai has a huge expat population, especially within the Old Town and Nimman neighborhoods. Surrounded by temples, rainforests, and waterfalls, Chiang Mai is a fantastic place to work amongst nature. 

Another reason Chiang Mai is a popular digital nomad spot is the affordable cost of living. Whether it’s hotels and apartments or food and activities, living and working in this beautiful part of the country is extremely cheap. 

Here are some of the things you can expect in Chiang Mai:

  • Average Internet Speed: 200+ Mbps
  • Cost of Living: 1000 USD per month
  • Safety: Chiang Mai is one of the ten safest cities in Thailand
  • Popular Workspaces: Yellow, StarWork, Punspace Tha Phae Gate
Chiang mai lanterns

8. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

If you thrive in big cities surrounded by millions of people, Ho Chi Minh City is the place for you. 

Located in southern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh is the largest city in Vietnam, drawing in thousands of digital nomads every year due to its affordability and abundance of co-working spaces. 

Being a big city with nine million inhabitants, a lot is going on. Whether you’re looking for a painting class or a yoga session, meeting like-minded people in this bustling city is easy. 

Here are some of the things you can expect in Ho Chi Minh: 

  • Average Internet Speed: 75+ Mbps
  • Cost of Living: 800 USD per month
  • Safety: The city is one of the safest in Southeast Asia
  • Popular Workspaces: Meander, Urbanfresh, The Hive Thao Dien
Ho chi minh city skyline at night
Jim, cc by-sa 2. 0

9. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, is an excellent remote working location! Full of culture, friendly locals, affordable prices, and within close proximity to the rest of Southeast Asia, Kuala Lumpur draws in lots of digital nomads each year. 

Boasting free Wi-Fi throughout the city, a vibrant nightlife, and lots of co-working spaces, it’s easy to see why so many digital nomads choose Kuala Lumpur as their base. If you're chasing nature, Kuala Lumpur is also South East Asia's transport hub, with very cheap flight connections providing easy access to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, or even Malaysia's own Sabah on the island of Borneo.

Here are some of the things you can expect in Kuala Lumpur: 

  • Average Internet Speed: 80+ Mbps
  • Cost of Living: 1200 USD per month
  • Safety: Kuala Lumpur is one of the safest cities in Southeast Asia 
  • Popular Workspaces: WORQ, Colony, Komune 
Skyline of kuala lumpur, malaysia
Naim Fadil, CC BY-SA 2.0

10. Koh Tao, Thailand

Known as the scuba diving capital of the world, Koh Tao in the Gulf of Thailand emerges as an idyllic destination for digital nomads seeking a blend of work and tropical island bliss.

From the cheap cost of living (according to Western European standards) to the amazing white sand beaches and healthy coral reefs to explore, Koh Tao is a natural playground. I spent several months living on Koh Tao while I completed my Dive Master certificate while working online.

Koh Tao is one of Thailand's most popular tourist islands, but there is a large expat community of dive professionals and remote workers. As a result, you'll find many trendy cafes and coworking spaces. There is reliable internet available by occasionally the island experiences electrical blackouts– the perfect excuse to close your laptop and go for a dive!

Here are some things you can expect on Koh Tao:

  • Average Internet Speed: 25+ Mbps
  • Cost of Living: 1100 USD per month
  • Safety: Koh Tao is a very safe island if you abide by the law 
  • Popular Workspaces: TAOHUB
Shark bay beach on koh tao

11. Madeira, Portugal

If you’re looking for cheaper places to live in Portugal than Lisbon, why not head to Madeira? 

Located on the oceanfront and boasting a temperate climate, fast internet speeds, and affordable living, Madeira is a great choice to live and work for digital nomads. 

Here are some of the things you can expect in Madeira: 

  • Average Internet Speed: 100+ Mbps
  • Cost of Living: 800 USD per month
  • Safety: Madeira is a safe city
  • Popular Workspaces: MadeiraWork, Amparo Workspace, Cowork Funchal
Coastline of madeira
Simo Räsänen, CC BY-SA 4.0

12. Dubrovnik, Croatia

Croatia's walled city of Dubrovnik, is a great place to work remotely if you love historic cities with amazing beaches and scenic coffee shops to work from.

HBO featured Dubrovnik as "King's Landing" in the popular Game of Thrones series thanks to the city's scenic views, historic architecture, which created a unique atmosphere unlike anywhere else in the world. You can also check out and take advantage of Croatia's generous Digital Nomad Visa.

Plus, on the weekends, you can explore the city, check out the GoT filiming locations, or hop on a cheap flight from the nearby airport to Barcelona, Madrid, Mallorca, or the Canary Islands or even a bus to Montenegro or Bosnia.

Here are some of the things you can expect in Dubrovnik: 

  • Average Internet Speed: 30+ Mbps 
  • Cost of Living: 1500 USD per month 
  • Safety: Dubrovnik is a safe city with low crime rates
  • Popular Workspaces: Coffee Break
Beach hotel in dubrovnik, croatia

13. Medellín, Colombia

Gone are the days of the tyranny of Pablo Escobar. Not only is Medellín safer than you may think, but it’s one of the most major cities in Latin America for digital nomads. 

From the friendly locals, delicious food, affordable cost of living, year-round warm weather, and plenty of things to do, it’s no surprise that digital nomads are packing up their things to move to this Colombian city. 

Here are some of the things you can expect in Medellín:

  • Average Internet Speed: 100+ Mbps
  • Cost of Living: 700 USD per month
  • Safety: The city is safe during the day time, but it’s advised not to walk around alone at night
  • Popular Workspaces: Selina Cowork, Los Patios CO-WORKING, Quokka Cafe Coworking
Medellín city, colombia

14. Antigua, Guatemala

Located in the heart of Guatemala, Antigua is a lush destination surrounded by a volcano and tropical rainforest and is one of the best places for remote work. 

Not only is Antigua a beautiful city, but it’s also extremely affordable and full of culture and history. The affordable cost of living includes accommodations, transportation, entertainment, and food, making it an excellent choice for those looking to have a fantastic work-life balance. 

With high-speed internet, a vibrant local scene, and a diverse community of digital nomads, Antigua boasts a stimulating environment for work and leisure. 

Here are some of the things you can expect in Antigua: 

  • Average Internet Speed: 50+ Mbps
  • Cost of Living: 1500 USD per month
  • Safety: Considered one of Guatemala’s safest cities 
  • Popular Workspaces: Selina, El Cubo
Antigua city in guatemala
Chad Davis, CC BY-SA 2.0

15. Dahab, Egypt

You wouldn't usually expect to see the small Red Sea town of Dahab on a list of the best remote work locations. However, I loved living and working in Dahab during my brief time in Egypt for its tranquil vibes, crystal-clear waters, amazing freediving and kitesurfing culture, and incredible scenery.

Known for its world-famous Blue Hole, great scuba and freediving, trendy cafes, and extremely affordable cost of living, Dahab even sports surprisingly decent internet connectivity. While there aren't many dedicated cowork spaces, most cafes double as a working area for the growing expat and digital nomad community.

Dahab is also a good base to explore the rest of the Sinai Peninsula or to take a week off to see the amazing historical landmarks of Egypt.

Here are some of the things you can expect in Dahab:

  • Average Internet Speed: 20+ Mbps
  • Cost of Living: 600 USD per month
  • Safety: Dahab is relatively safe at the southern end of Sinai. However, avoid northern Sinai.
  • Popular Workspaces: Ralph's German Bakery, Shanti Cafe
Resort town of dahab in the egypt red sea

16. Valletta, Malta

Valletta, Malta is one of Europe's best remote work locations, especially for Digital Nomads. It is a compelling destination for its seamless blend of historic charm, fun, vibrant culture, and attractive visa opportunities.

The city and adjacent Grand Harbour is a UNESCO World Heritage site that boasts a rich history with its cobblestone streets and majestic architecture. I thoroughly enjoyed working all over Malta, including on Gozo Island, but I'd have to recommend the capital, Valletta, as the top pick for remote jobs as its an ideal hub to base yourself to explore the things to do in Malta.

Very English-friendly, the city also offers reliable high-speed internet in a picturesque setting. Additionally, charming coffee shops and coworking spaces create comfortable work environments, fostering creativity and productivity.

Here are some of the things you can expect in Valletta:

  • Average Internet Speed: 70+ Mbps
  • Cost of Living: 2000+ USD per month
  • Safety: Valletta is one of Europe's safest cities
  • Popular Workspaces: Grand Central, fabLab
Things to do in valletta malta

17. Tulum, Mexico

If you’d rather walk along the beach than navigate through a concrete jungle, Tulum is the place for you. 

Located on the Riviera Maya along the Caribbean, Tulum boasts a tropical climate, stunning scenery, and affordable prices, making it a popular destination for digital nomads and remote workers.

Whether you like working in cafes or co-working spaces, you aren’t short on options in Tulum or neighboring Playa del Carmen. And when it comes to the end of the week, there are plenty of things to do, such as snorkeling, swimming in cenotes, and checking out Mayan ruins. 

Here are some of the things you can expect in Tulum:

  • Average Internet Speed: 40+ Mbps
  • Cost of Living: 900 USD per month
  • Safety: Tulum is one of the safest places in Mexico 
  • Popular Workspaces: Los Amigos, Digital Jungle
Hotels and luxury resorts on tulum beach, mexico

18. Prague, Czech Republic

Known for being one of the cheapest cities in Europe, Prague is a crowd-favourite for digital nomads. 

Boasting gorgeous sunsets in the summer and magical snowy days in the winter, Prague is a great place to live and work any time of the year. Great public transport systems also make it easy to get around and explore the city.

Its abundance of cafes, coworking spaces, and laid-back vibes make Prague a top contender for remote working locations in Europe. 

Here are some of the things you can expect in Prague: 

  • Average Internet Speed: 60+ Mbps
  • Cost of Living: 1200-2200 USD per month
  • Safety: Prague is one of the safest cities in Europe. However, just use common sense as you would in any big city.
  • Popular Workspaces: ImpactHub, Locus Workspace, Opero
Prague

19. Austin, Texas USA

Austin is one of the best remote work locations in the United States and for a good reason.

From Texas BBQs to music festivals, natural swimming spots, and vibrant nightlife with a great live music scene, the social aspects of Austin are one of the many reasons digital nomads choose it as their base. 

The cost of living is relatively cheap compared to other places in the US, especially compared to New York City or Los Angeles. Consequently, setting up your own remote office in a small apartment won't cost a fortune like it would in those popular cities.

With high-speed internet, plenty of co-working spaces to choose from, and a diverse range of like-minded individuals, Austin is one of the best cities to remotely work in Texas. 

Here are some of the things you can expect in Austin: 

  • Average Internet Speed: 130+ Mbps
  • Cost of Living: 2200 USD per month
  • Safety: One of the safest, most populated cities in the USA
  • Popular Workspaces: Common Desk, WeWork, The Commune
Austin texas skyline at night
Stuart seeger, cc by 2. 0

20. Houston, Texas USA

Much bigger than Austin, Houston in Texas is a great choice as a remote working destination. 

With a lively nightlife and restaurant scene, fast internet speeds, and walkability around the city, Houston is a great place to live and work.

At the end of the work week, you can take a nice walk along the river, grab drinks with friends, visit the NASA Space Center, or explore other parts of Texas such as San Antonio.

Here are some of the things you can expect in Houston:

  • Average Internet Speed: 150+ Mbps
  • Cost of Living: 2600 USD per month
  • Safety: Houston is relatively safe, but it’s best not to walk around alone at night, this is the USA after all.
  • Popular Workspaces: Cowork Lab, Firmspace
Houston texas skyline at sunset

21. Reykjavik, Iceland

This digital nomad work list wouldn't be complete without including Reykjavik, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. While the cost of living is not cheap (it's one of the most expensive cities in the world), the high standard of living, very low crime rate and lively downtown area make Reykjavik a great place to live and work from your laptop, if you can afford it.

The city is very compact and easily walkable with a unique cultural scene and English-friendly environment. However, Iceland's incredible nature makes this city such a great hub to work from. Beyond your work hours, you can take bus tours to the nearby Golden Circle, explore nearby glaciers, chill in geothermal pools, or even head out to witness Iceland's Nothern Lights.

Here are some of the things you can expect in Iceland:

  • Average Internet Speed: 90+ Mbps
  • Cost of Living: 3500 USD per month
  • Safety: Iceland is one of the safest cities in the world
  • Popular Workspaces: Reykjavik Roasters, Prikid
City skyline of reykjavik, iceland

22. Kathmandu, Nepal

While this is another unique city in this roundup, the capital city of Nepal is one of my favorite places to live and work in Asia and I constantly find myself coming back here.

Kathmandu is a vibrant cultural city that has been a capital on the backpacker trail for decades. These days, people fly from all over the world to visit the historic sites and as a springboard into the Himalayas.

While you might not expect it, Kathmandu is very safe and its international hub of Thamel features many great restaurants, modern cafes, fast internet speeds, and lively bars. Kathmandu is also one of the cheapest capital cities to live and work from in the world.

Here are some of the things you can expect in Kathmandu:

  • Average Internet Speed: 20-100 Mbps (varies greatly by neighborhood)
  • Cost of Living: 600 USD per month 
  • Safety: Kathmandu is very safe, especially in Thamel
  • Popular Workspaces: Aloft Hotel, Flock, Himalayan Java Cafes
Patan durbar square in kathmandu, nepal

23. Lombok, Indonesia

If you love all things history and nature, then Bali's sister island of Lombok should be at the top of your list to live and work remotely.

A relative hidden gem in South East Asia, this quaint volcanic island east of Bali is great for digital nomads as it boasts stunning beaches landmarks, tropical jungle waterfalls, and a range of seaside bars and restaurants dotted throughout its charming towns like Sengiggi and Kuta Lombok.

Lombok is also home to some of the friendliest people I've ever had the privilege of meeting. The hospitality in Lombok is off the charts and a true traveler's gem.

Here are some of the things you can expect in Lombok:

  • Average Internet Speed: 40+ Mbps
  • Cost of Living: 900 USD per month
  • Safety: Lombok is very safe and a much calmer island than Bali
  • Popular Workspaces: South Lombok Cowork, coKreate
Pink beach swing on lombok island, indonesia

24. Istanbul, Türkiye

Istanbul is the city that straddles two continents, joining Europe to Asia. This historic bridge between East and West is as much of a modern cultural melting pot as you'd expect it to be.

As Türkiye's capital, Istanbul boasts a long, interesting history and its architecture and streets have many stories to tell. If you love history and culture, Istanbul is an excellent choice for remote working.

The cost of living is very affordable, the food is amazing, the access to modern amenities is abundant, and the people are friendly and welcoming to foreigners. Bring your laptop, grab yourself a small chair in a side alley and order yourself a traditional Turkish coffee for under a dollar.

Here are some of the things you can expect in Istanbul:

  • Average Internet Speed: 35+ Mbps
  • Cost of Living: 1000 USD per month
  • Safety: Istanbul is a relatively safe city with low crime rates
  • Popular Workspaces: JUSTWork, Kolektif House Atasehir
Skyline of istanbul in turkey

25. Siargao, Philippines

The Philippines is one of Asia's most beautiful island archipelagos. After living and working all throughout the Philippines, I believe that the surf and adventure island of Siargao offers the best remote work opportunities for digital nomads.

With a very laid-back atmosphere, modern cafes, delicious restaurants, and crystal-clear beaches, the General Luna area of Siargao is a great place to base yourself. Whether you want to learn to surf or tackle one of the best breaks on earth like Cloud 9, Siargao's beaches have a wave for you.

Even though I'm not a big surfer, I still found plenty of things to do in Siargao, from exploring palm-tree-lined roads to swimming in crystal-clear coastal rock pools.

Affordable living, coupled with the warmth of Filipino hospitality makes Siargao an attractive choice for digital nomads seeking a work-life balance in a tropical paradise if you can get past the occasional blackout.

Here are the things you can expect in Siargao:

  • Average Internet Speed: 25+ Mbps
  • Cost of Living: 800 USD per month 
  • Safety: Siargao is very safe but experiences big monsoon rains and devastating typhoons of late
  • Popular Workspaces: Shake Cafe
Climbing a palm tree on siargao island

26. Belgrade, Serbia

The capital of Serbia, Belgrade, is becoming a popular destination for digital nomads to live. 

It’s no wonder many digital nomads are choosing to live there, as the cost of living is low, there is a rich culture, and there is so much to do. 

While it may be a city more off the beaten path than other cities in Europe, that’s what makes it so desirable! Whether you like working in cafes or co-working spaces, Belgrade has it all. 

Here are some of the things you can expect in Belgrade:

  • Average Internet Speed: 24 Mbps 
  • Cost of Living: 1400 USD per month 
  • Safety: Belgrade is considered a generally safe city 
  • Popular Workspaces: Impact Hub Belgrade, Worcol, ICT Hub Playground 
Belgrade city building in serbia
Bestalex, cc by-sa 4. 0

27. Bridgetown, Barbados

If you’ve always dreamed of living and working on an island in the Caribbean, why not choose Barbados as your base? 

Boasting white-sand beaches, glistening turquoise seas, and unmatched scenery, Bridgetown in Barbados is a great place to live and work as a digital nomad. 

From delicious food to affordable accommodations and friendly locals, this stunning island in the Caribbean has everything you need.

Here are some of the things you can expect in Bridgetown: 

  • Average Internet Speed: 75+ Mbps
  • Cost of Living: 1200 USD per month
  • Safety: The city is relatively safe. The only risks you have to watch out for are the hurricanes during the summer months.
  • Popular Workspaces: Surfer’s Cafe, TEN Habitat, Regus
Bridgetown promenade in barbados
Loozrboy cc by-sa 2. 0

28. Buenos Aires, Argentina

If you’re looking to live and work in one of Latin America’s liveliest cities, then Buenos Aires is the place for you. 

There are so many amazing things to do in Buenos Aires that will keep you busy after work, such as botanical gardens, salsa lessons, and the vibrant nightlife. You can also hop on a ferry across to Uruguay and enjoy some of the nicest beaches in South America. 

Here are some of the things you can expect in Buenos Aires:

  • Average Internet Speed: 30 Mbps
  • Cost of Living: 1500 USD per month
  • Safety: Buenos Aires is a safe city 
  • Popular Workspaces: Workey, Origen Cowork, Manawa Coworking Creativo
Cafe at buenos aires
Stefano vigorelli, cc by-sa 4. 0

29. Lisbon, Portugal

The capital city of Portugal, Lisbon, is a popular destination for digital nomads as it’s affordable, boasts beautiful scenery and culture, and has plenty of things to do. 

From the cheap cost of living (according to Western European standards) to the endless number of co-working spaces, it’s no wonder digital nomads from around Europe flock to the Portuguese capital. 

Being so close to other places in Europe, after a week of work, you can hop on a cheap flight to another European country or spend your days lying on the beaches of Southern Portugal.

Here are some things you can expect in Lisbon:

  • Average Internet Speed: 90+ Mbps
  • Cost of Living: 1500 USD per month
  • Safety: Lisbon is a relatively safe city 
  • Popular Workspaces: Second Home, Cowork Central, Rockethub
Tram in lisbon, portugal

30. Madrid, Spain

Spain’s capital city, Madrid, is a great place to work remotely if you love big cities with lots of culture. 

Boasting stunning architecture, museums, parks, lots of events, and an abundance of co-working spaces, it’s easy to see why digital nomads love this city. 

On the weekends, you can explore the city or hop on a cheap flight to Barcelona, Mallorca or the Canary Islands!

Here are some of the things you can expect in Madrid: 

  • Average Internet Speed: 80+ Mbps 
  • Cost of Living: 1500 USD per month 
  • Safety: Madrid is a safe city with low crime rates
  • Popular Workspaces: The Shed CoWorking, NOMAD Coworking, WeWork
Madrid city in spain with many remote work cafes
Diriye Amey, CC BY 2.0

31. Mexico City, Mexico

With a population of 22 million, Mexico City is surprisingly affordable, making it a top choice for digital nomads and remote workers. 

As well as being a cheap place to live, other drawing cards of Mexico City include its big parks, fantastic weather, incredible food scene, and proximity to the USA and Central America. 

Here are some of the things you can expect in Mexico City:

  • Average Internet Speed: 35+ Mbps
  • Cost of Living: 800 USD per month
  • Safety: Most neighborhoods in the city are safe. However, it’s best not to walk around alone at night.
  • Popular Workspaces: Centraal, Homework, ImpactHub 
Street food in mexico

32.  Perth, Australia

Do you want to live in proximity to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world but find Australia's east coast to be too expensive and overcrowded? Then, live and work as a digital nomad in Perth, Australia! 

Located on the West Coast of Australia, Perth is a coastal town boasting stunning beaches, quirky restaurants, local wineries, and a laidback way of life.

At the end of the work week, you can head to the beach for a sunset dinner, check out a local winery, or explore the jaw-dropping beaches of southwest Western Australia.

Here are some of the things you can expect in Perth:

  • Average Internet Speed: 95+ Mbps
  • Cost of Living: 1800 USD per month
  • Safety: Perth is one of Australia’s safest cities
  • Popular Workspaces: WeWork, Regus, Flux 
Perth city skyline in australia
Calistemon, cc by-sa 4. 0

33. San Diego, California USA

Although Los Angeles or San Francisco may overshadow it, San Diego is a beautiful West Coast city with lots to offer. 

Boasting stunning beaches, a laidback way of life, fast Wi-Fi, and an abundance of cafes and co-working spaces, San Diego is a digital nomad’s dream. 

After work, you can head to the famous La Jolla for sunset or grab a drink with friends at one of the many bars in the city.

Here are some of the things you can expect in San Diego:

  • Average Internet Speed: 130+ Mbps
  • Cost of Living: 2700 USD per month
  • Safety: San Diego is one of the safest large cities in the USA
  • Popular Workspaces: Nest CoWork, Downtown Works, Moniker Commons
San diego skyline in california
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34. Tallinn, Estonia

If you’re looking for a hidden gem destination in Europe, then Tallinn is the city for you. 

As Estonia’s capital, Tallinn is located on the Baltic Sea and boasts a long, interesting history with the USSR. If you love history and culture, Tallinn is an excellent choice for remote working. 

Although this fairytale city may be small, what it lacks in size, it makes up for in churches, medieval fortress walls, beautiful scenery, and many cafes and co-working spaces. 

If you spend time in Tallinn during summer, you can enjoy warm days and 10:30 pm sunsets. You’ll be transported to a winter wonderland if you work there in winter. 

Here are some of the things you can expect in Tallinn:

  • Average Internet Speed: 80+ Mbps
  • Cost of Living: 1100 USD per month
  • Safety: Tallinn is a relatively safe city with low crime rates
  • Popular Workspaces: Regus, Spring Hub, Work27
Tallinn old town in estonia cafes for remote work
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35. Tel Aviv, Israel 

Located on the Mediterranean Sea, Tel Aviv is a fantastic place for digital nomads who are looking for the best remote work locations with a mix of Europe and the Middle East.

While Tel Aviv may be one of the lesser-known remote working locations, it deserves its spot on this list due to its fast internet speeds, affordable accommodation, and abundance of co-working spaces.

With Europe and the Middle East at your doorstep, you can spend your weekends exploring Tel Aviv or jetting across to another country on a cheap flight. 

Here are the things you can expect in Tel Aviv:

  • Average Internet Speed: 95+ Mbps
  • Cost of Living: 1000 USD per month 
  • Safety: Tel Aviv is considered to be a relatively safe city 
  • Popular Workspaces: ToHa, Sarona Sarona, Sapir Tower
Tel aviv city in israel

What to Look for When Deciding on a Remote Work Destination

If working remotely in a beautiful destination halfway across the world excites you, then this article is right up your alley! However, just because the idea sounds great doesn’t mean you should pack up everything and go– you must research the destination first. 

Here are the things to consider when deciding on a remote work location and the things that I prioritize when choosing the next destination to bunker down and get some work done.

Travel blogger working remotely in the mountains of nepal

WiFi & Internet Connection

Since most work is done online, a location with a fast Wi-Fi connection is essential for anyone working remotely.

While many of the best remote work locations on my list have cafes and co-working spaces with great Wi-Fi connections, it always pays to check online reviews and contact businesses to ask about their internet situation. Alternatively, I often use an app like Airalo to get high-speed eSims and hotspot from my phone when on the go.

Workspaces

Sometimes, working from home or your accommodation can get repetitive and boring, so you want to choose a location with various workspaces available. Whether it be a cafe with an excellent Wi-Fi connection or a dedicated co-working space, you want to ensure your desired destination has a variety of places for you to work.

Visa

Understanding your visa requirements are crucial. Whether you’re traveling from Australia to Mexico or from the USA to Southeast Asia to work, you must check whether you require a visa.

The best thing to do before deciding which destination to visit is to search online whether your desired destination requires you to have a visa. However, the great news is that many countries have created special digital nomad visas to attract remote workers. 

Some of those countries include 

  • Mexico
  • Thailand
  • Indonesia 
  • The Czech Republic 
  • Estonia 
  • Portugal
  • Barbados 

The great news is that this list is always growing and I'm sure that many of the countries on this remote work location roundup will be included soon.

Cost of Living

While you may be tossing between the Metropolitan city of Sydney and the surf beaches of Bali, which is better for your wallet? 

The cost of living is an important factor when considering where to work remotely. Relocating to a place where your dollar goes further is a big motivator for starting remote work in the first place.

You’ll have to pay more for accommodation, food and travel expenses in some places than others. Therefore, to ensure you have enough money to work and live comfortably, you must choose a destination that aligns with your budget.

Climate

Living and working in an environment with a great climate can benefit your health and overall well-being. Choosing a place like Indonesia or the Caribbean is perfect if you love being in warm, sunny destinations. If you thrive in colder climates, then a country in Northern Europe may be your best bet.

However, if you know that being in dull, rainy places gets you down, opt for a sunny, green destination that boasts lots of outdoor activities.

Activities

Like anywhere, you want to live and work in a place that has a great climate and plenty of activities for you to enjoy. If you’re considering moving to a sunny coastal destination, the outdoor and sea activities, such as surfing, snorkeling, and hiking, are endless. If you’re more drawn to a colder destination, skiing, and snowboarding may be some of the activities offered in the area. 

Safety

Safety is one of the most important factors to consider when choosing where to work, especially if it's a country or city you've never been to before. A quick Google search will inform you of the safest countries to live and work in. Some of the safest cities in the world include Amsterdam, Tokyo, Singapore, and Osaka.

However, the crime rates of a certain destination shouldn’t put you off visiting a place you’ve been dreaming of. After traveling full-time for the past five years across six continents, I've only been a victim of theft and petty crime in Western countries.

That said, it's a good idea to get Digital Nomad insurance to cover travel mishaps and overseas health emergencies. I use SafetyWing for long-term travel.

Language

The language spoken in the city or country is an important factor in choosing where to work remotely. While English is spoken almost everywhere these days, leaving to speak the native language of the country will make it easier for you to work and enjoy social activities.

Therefore, when selecting a remote work location, you must ensure that English (or your preferred language) is understood and spoken. Alternatively, use your remote work opportunity to learn a second language!

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Remote work offers a world of travel opportunities

Whether you love tropical destinations, bustling cities, or towns surrounded by the rainforest, there are so many amazing remote work locations around the world. 

If you're just starting out, read this excellent guide I found on how to become a digital nomad. If you're ready to work in a new city, read my digital nomad packing list guide.

Thanks for Reading

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