The world of work is evolving. The internet has revolutionised the traditional office setting and allowed intrepid employees and freelancers to work from home or abroad. As the world reacts to this shifting dynamic, hot new locales for digital nomads are emerging around the globe.
The best thing about being a digital nomad is not being tied down to any one location, and when faced with such a plethora of great cities in the world, why would you want to be?
Each city on this list, and the hundreds not on it, has myriad things to see and do, people to meet, food to eat. If you embrace the ethos of a nomadic existence and enter each new situation with an open mind, you’ll discover beautiful things and create amazing memories in incredible locations around the world. Here are 5 top digital nomad travel picks to get you inspired:
1. Cape Town South Africa
The bustling city of Cape Town is located close to some of the world’s most jaw-dropping scenery. A European time zone, low cost of living, and an abundance of sun makes Cape Town an ideal getaway in which to work and play. With many of Africa’s finest sights connected by impressive infrastructure, Cape Town is hard to beat for digital nomads with a love of the great outdoors. But it’s not just beaches, mountains, wineries that make this South African city a drawcard. With a fast growing reputation as Africa’s Silicon Valley, digital nomadism is thriving in numerous co-working spots and start-up hubs all over the city.
2. Budapest Hungary
Considering Budapest is one of Europe’s most beautiful, lively and cheapest major cities, it’s easy to see why digital nomads are flocking to the Hungarian capital. The cafe culture, fast internet, and buzzing nightlife make Budapest an irresistible destination.The city is also well situated for easy transport to other fantastic European locations for when the travel bugs inevitably bite once more.
3. Chiang Mai Thailand
It wouldn’t be a list of digital nomad hubs without a mention of Chiang Mai. The northern Thai city is host to an already established community of Aussie expat and travelling workers and will welcome many more as word spreads further still. The incredibly low cost of living facilitates a great work/life balance for the nomad earning western currencies. The fantastic weather and cuisine round off the impressive list of qualities that make Chiang Mai the most popular destination for digital nomads to date.
4. Porto Portugal
With stunning views and a surprisingly low cost of living, Porto is one of Western Europe’s most desirable digital nomad locations. Porto is the second largest city in Portugal after Lisbon, offering all the old world charm of the capital, whilst remaining off the beaten tourist track. The labyrinthine stone streets hide fantastic restaurants and welcoming bars on almost every corner. The internet is fast, food delicious, weather beautiful – what more could a digital nomad need?
5. Medellin Colombia
Medellin is fast becoming South America’s prime destination for digital nomads. With Colombia’s infamous reputation a thing of the past, Medellin’s numerous qualities are clear for all to see. The Paisa people of Colombia’s second largest city are some of most vivacious and friendly you’ll meet. With open arms they’ll welcome you to enjoy the fabulous weather, decent internet, cheap food and amazing nightlife of their growing and energetic city.
The city’s infrastructure has recently had a massive overhaul and is now on a par with any major city in the world. The only issue most travellers in Medellin face is not wanting to leave.