20 Best Cities for Nomads Around The World

20 Best Cities for Nomads Around The World

Working while traveling the world is possible thanks to an abundance of remote working opportunities. The only problem now is, how do you choose? In this article, we’ll discuss the best cities for nomads for both work and play. 

But first, here’s what every digital nomad needs to keep in mind before embarking on any adventure:

Have travel insurance

man pointing at a travel insurance contract

Travel insurance is hugely important for digital nomads. It covers any sudden medical emergency when abroad, trip cancellation or interruption, and lost, damaged, or stolen luggage. 

Look for cities with a low cost of living, affordable accommodation, and a reliable internet connection

This is a no-brainer. If you want to work while you travel to different cities, you’ll need to ensure the city you’re interested in meets the above criteria. If the city fails to meet all three, don’t lose hope just yet. 

Let’s say you’ve found a city with a low cost of living and affordable accommodation. The only drawback is, the place you're staying in lacks a reliable internet connection. Instead of searching for other cities or biting the bullet on expensive accommodation, consider searching the area for coworking spaces. This is an office alternative with flexible membership options and a wide range of services - including stable WiFi. 

Build connections

Creating a network is often overlooked by many digital nomads. When you build your connections, it becomes easier to navigate a foreign city or find someone who can help you grow your enterprise. 

A good place to meet connections is by joining groups on social media - or working in coworking spaces. 

* If you want to learn more about essentials for digital nomads, here’s an article you’ll find very insightful. 

 * Note: Average rental rates may fluctuate depending on the neighborhood and size of the property. 

20 best cities for nomads

1. Lisbon, Portugal

Starting off our list is the capital city of Portugal. Lisbon has long been considered one of the biggest digital nomad hotspots in the world. 

It has everything digital nomads need: low cost of living compared to other big European cities, lots of coworking spaces, wonderful climate, and reliable internet. 

Moreover, Portugal is considered one of the safest countries in the world. It comes in as the third safest country, trailing only Iceland and New Zealand. 

Visas accepted: D7 visa and Schengen visa.

Average rental rate: $845 per month. 

2. Chiang Mai, Thailand 

the greenery of chiang mai thailand

Often ranked as one of the top digital nomad hotspots in Asia, Chiang Mai has a lot of perks. The city has a warm climate, low cost of living, and plenty of cafes, restaurants, coworking spaces. Plus, of course, spots with fast WiFi. 

Visas accepted: no visa is required for visits less than 30 days; digital nomad visa (valid for 1 year or more).

Average rental rate: $275 per month. 

3. Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest is the capital city of Romania. Blessed with a continental climate, buzzing nightlife, and a unique mix of architectural styles, Bucharest will make any digital nomad feel safe and right at home. The streets are well lit and you can work from just about anywhere thanks to their fast internet. 

Visas accepted: digital nomad visa and Schengen visa. Tourists from Australia, New Zealand, and most European countries don’t need an entry visa, provided that their stay is not longer than 90 days.

Average rental rate: $400 per month. 

4. Split, Croatia

Split is the second-largest city in Croatia. It offers an excellent combination of outdoor activities, a terrific climate, and an overall great quality of life. 

Located along the Dalmatian coast, you can find everything you’ll need within proximity to the city. It’s filled with fantastic tourist spots and different options. Whether you’re looking for a spot to work, an outdoor beach, or a restaurant, Split is the place to be. 

Visas accepted: digital nomad visa and Schengen visa

Average rental rate: $485 per month. 

5. Manhattan, New York

You won’t find a much better city for work and exploration than the urban core of New York’s metropolitan area. While it’s geographically the smallest among New York City’s five boroughs, Manhattan is considered the city’s economic and administrative center.

Among its famous neighborhoods that favor digital nomads is SoHo. It’s located along lower Manhattan and features amazing perks. 

The city is filled with museums, art galleries, and coworking spaces. As a matter of fact, the city’s first coworking space is located in SoHo. 

The Farm SoHo, with four locations, boasts rustic interiors with flexible membership options and a wide range of amenities to ensure great value for money. 

Here’s a short preview of what The Farm can offer:

  • Secure 24/7 access
  • Flexible and affordable coworking membership
  • Pet-friendly environment
  • Virtual mailbox services
  • Free coffee and tea
  • Prebuilt and custom build offices
  • Private phone booths
  • Event spaces
  • Marketing services

Visas accepted: B-1 visitor visa, B-2 visitor visa, Transit C visa. 

If you want to learn more about the different types of nonimmigrant visas you can apply for to enter the United States, please visit here

Average rental rate: $2,372 per month. 

6. Playa Del Carmen, México

Another prime destination for nomads looking for a change of scenery is Playa Del Carmen. 

While the city is a popular tourist destination because of its many beaches and delicious cuisine, it also offers affordable housing options. 

Playa Del Carmen may not boast the same culture and atmosphere as other Mexican towns, but is a city you can explore on foot and offers fun outdoor activities.

Visas accepted: Tourist visa. But for citizens from the USA, Canada, or anywhere in the European Union, no visa is required for a stay of fewer than 180 days.

Average rental rate: $400 per month. 

7. Austin, Texas

Another city in the United States that makes our list is the capital city of Texas. Austin is known as more than the live music capital of the world these days. Apart from having relatively low housing rates, Austin has become one of the top options for digital nomads because of its thriving tech industry. 

Visas accepted: B-1 visitor visa, B-2 visitor visa, Transit C visa. 

If you want to learn more about the different types of nonimmigrant visas you can apply for to enter the United States, please visit here

Average rental rate: $1,690 per month. 

8. Madrid, Spain

Another city rich in history and culture is the capital of Spain. As one of the most populated cities in Spain, Madrid is the perfect place to travel and find other digital nomads. 

The city is filled with different coworking spaces, a vibrant nightlife, and delectable cuisine. You’ll never run out of places to visit in Madrid. The city consists of many tourist attractions from museums and cathedrals to theaters. 

Visas accepted: digital nomad visa, Schengen visa

Average rental rate: $983 per month. 

9. Melbourne, Australia

One of the biggest disadvantages of traveling as a solo digital nomad is the lack of companionship. When you bring your bags and laptop to Melbourne, Australia, you’ll find a large community of digital nomads scattered around the city. 

Living in Melbourne may be a bit more expensive compared to other cities on this list, but once you’re there you’ll find that it's well worth the trade-off! 

There are no language barriers, it’s a city with a rich culture, and you’ll have no problems with work as internet speeds are super fast.

Visas accepted: tourist visa, working holiday visa.

Average rental rate: $1,391 per month. 

10. Medellin, Colombia

Another country located in Latin America that digital nomads frequently visit is Medellin Colombia. The Eternal City of Spring has a favorable climate, a low cost of living, and a friendly expat scene. 

The city is filled with digital nomads, making it easier for you to immediately find some of the best coworking spaces.

Visas accepted: Tourist visa. But for citizens of the USA, Canada, or anywhere in the European Union, no visa is required for a stay of fewer than 90 days.

Average rental rate: $300 per month. 

11. Budapest, Hungary

houses around Budapest, Hungary

The capital city of Hungary has seen a tremendous surge of digital nomads in recent years. The city’s stunning architecture, historic museums, and a low cost of living make it more than another tourist destination.

It’s favored by digital nomads because of its relatively high internet speeds and wide selection of coworking spaces as well.

Visas accepted: Schengen visa, White card visa.

Average rental rate: $400 per month. 

12. Prague, Czech Republic

Ranked as the 8th safest country in the world, Prague’s capital city is a popular choice for digital nomads who want to live in the Schengen area. The city has a low cost of living, beautiful architecture, and an accessible public transportation system. 

Prague is a famous tourist destination, so be wary of restaurants, hostels, and Airbnbs that may raise their prices.

Visas accepted: Digital nomad visa, Schengen visa

Average rental rate:  $350 per month. 

13. Buenos Aires, Argentina

people crowding the streets of Argentina

Often ranked as one of the top digital nomad locations in Latin America, Buenos Aires is ideal for anyone who wants to work hard and play hard too. 

The city is home to:

  • Thriving coworking spaces
  • Vibrant nightlife
  • Outdoor sports
  • Convenient public transportation system

Visas accepted: no visa required. Travelers can secure an electronic travel authorization permit online.

Average rental rate:  $400 per month. 

14. Tbilisi, Georgia

Georgia has made great strides in trying to attract digital nomads. Its capital city, Tbilisi, is one of the best cities around. The cost of living is affordable, the city has a low crime rate, and traveling in and out of the city is a breeze.

The only problem that some digital nomads face when working in Georgia is the slow internet connection. If your work requires downloading and exporting large files, you may need to visit one of the city’s coworking spaces or cafes. 

Visas accepted: for most countries, no visa is required to enter Georgia if you plan to stay for less than a year. To see the list of nationalities that can enter the country visa-free, please visit here

Average rental rate: $350 per month. 

15. Krakow, Poland

From the moment you land in Krakow, you’ll see a swarm of digital nomads anywhere you turn. The city has a growing tech hub, an affordable cost of living, and most of the locals speak fluent English. 

You’ll never have to worry about finding places to explore or work as you’ll frequently encounter tourist spots and coworking spaces. 

When planning a long trip to Krakow, you will need to pack a diverse wardrobe. The city experiences four different seasons in a year. Locals say temperatures can reach sub-zero levels during winter and get extremely hot during summer.

Visas accepted: Schengen visa

Average rental rate: $500 per month. 

16. Porto, Portugal

night view of Porto, Portugal

Another city in Portugal to make this list is Porto. 

Porto is a perfect option for digital nomads who want a more laid-back atmosphere. It’s smaller in comparison to Lisbon, but that’s not much of an issue. It can even work to your advantage as you save on public transportation fares. 

You’ll still get the same wonderful climate and an abundance of coworking spaces. What’s more, it is also a far cheaper option than Lisbon. 

Visas accepted: digital nomad visa, Schengen visa.

Average rental rate:  $640 per month. 

17. Tallinn, Estonia

Estonia paved the way for digital nomads to easily travel to their dream destinations as they were the first to introduce a digital nomad visa. Tallinn has heavily invested in improving its digital infrastructure to make it ideal for tech industries and startup businesses. 

For the most part, you can get around on foot. But, if you’re in a rush, Tallinn offers an excellent transportation system that doesn’t cost much at all. 

However, the city can get quite cold in the winter, so it’s best you visit here during the summer. Or pack a very heavy coat!

Visas accepted: digital nomad visa, Schengen visa.

Average rental rate:  $550 per month. 

18. Belgrade, Serbia 

Another city in the southern part of Europe that digital nomads can visit is Belgrade. It’s an excellent option for digital nomads who are considering a long-term stay. It’s an inexpensive city that offers top-grade internet coverage, a vibrant nightlife, and friendly locals. 

Visas accepted: no visa is required for short-term stays.

Average rental rate: $350 per month. 

19. Taipei, Taiwan

aerial view of Taipei, Taiwan

It’s no mystery why Taipei is on this list. The city is one of the safest in the world, offers a low cost of living, and has a unique culture. 

Digital nomads have no problem finding areas to work - with lots of coworking spaces, libraries, and cafes offering high-speed internet. What’s more, the city is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts with multiple hiking and biking trails and wonderful nature spots.

Visas accepted: visa-free for Americans and Europeans who stay in the country for less than 90 days.

Average rental rate: $520 per month. 

20. Las Palmas, Gran Canarias, Spain

If you combine everything that people love about Spain and put it on an island, you’ll get Las Palmas. The capital city of Gran Canarias is ideal for nomads who love to explore while on a budget. 

The city has a perfect climate the whole year round. It has some of the best beaches, and you’ll never run out of places to work thanks to its abundance of coworking spaces. 

Moreover, since it’s smaller in area compared to other cities in Spain, the cost of living is lower and you can easily get around on foot. 

Visas accepted: digital nomad visa, Schengen visa,

Average rental rate: $650 per month. 

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