The term “working from home” doesn’t actually require you to stay in one place, locked up in your apartment slaving away behind a computer. This type of work allows you to ‘set up shop’ anywhere in the world, regardless of whether you’re maintaining a Harley dating site or creating YouTube content.
Being a stay-at-home employee that likes to move a lot earns you the title of a digital nomad. In case you want to try out this lifestyle but you aren’t sure where to go, here are our picks for the top ten cities that provide low cost of living, good weather, reliable Wi-Fi coverage and an interesting culture.
1. Siem Reap, Cambodia
You wouldn’t expect a Cambodian city on this list, would you? Nevertheless, Siem Reap is one of the best digital nomad places in the world thanks to all of its free Wi-Fi cafes and restaurants, as well as a couple of great co-working spaces.
2. Berlin, Germany
When it comes to being a digital nomad in Europe, no place beats Berlin. There’s a perfectly good explanation as to why more and more stay-at-home contractors come to live in Germany’s capital, and it’s not just the fact that it’s a major tourist attraction.
Believe it or not, but Berlin is actually much cheaper than, for example, London and Paris. It’s internet is stunningly fast and it has a rich history and an exciting nightlife.
3. Medellin, Colombia
The title of the top digital nomad destination in South America goes to the Colombian city of Medellin. Its locals are friendly, its weather is warm and it’s very cheap to live in.
4. Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiang Mai has been considered as the perfect starting place for any digital nomad for quite some time, and for a good reason. This Thailand city isn’t very big, but it’s packed with cafes with Wi-Fi, co-working spaces (Punspace) and great transport connectivity.
5. Budapest, Hungary
Aside from Berlin, Europe is also home to Budapest, which has become a major attraction for digital nomads in the past few years. High-speed Wi-Fi, low living costs and an amazing culture – the Hungarian capital has it all.
6. Ubud, Bali
If you want to take your work to Bali, there’s no better place to temporarily settle than its cultural and spiritual heart – Ubud.
The only issue Ubud has is that its internet isn’t the fastest in the world, but that can be bypassed if you find a co-working space that suits you.
7. Cape Town, South Africa
For those of you who are looking for a good temporary home in Africa, we can strongly recommend that you try Cape Town – there are so many interesting things to see here and you can bet it provides excellent conditions to all digital nomads.
8. Bangkok, Thailand
Contrary to Chiang Mai and it’s calm and peaceful atmosphere, Bangkok is one of the (if not the most) in-your-face cities in Thailand.
From its famous nightlife to a plethora of shops to spend your money in, Bangkok is a hub both for tourists and for digital nomads.
9. Prague, Czech Republic
Here’s yet another cheap European city that can be an excellent temporary nest for you. Not only is it one of the most beautiful cities on the planet, but it’s also very affordable and has plenty of great co-working spaces.
10. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Ho Chi Ming, a.k.a. Saigon, is yet another great digital nomad destination in Asia. It’s very cheap and has a reliable Wi-Fi network, which when combined with great food makes for an excellent temporary home.