Being the best in your field no longer means you to be the best at sitting in a chair. Professionals in nearly any field of work, from marketing and content to architecture and design, only require the right software, a working connection to the internet, and the right device, to work anywhere in the world.
At NomadProjects we’re nomads (we work in South East Asia but we’ve been in Central America, South Asia, Europe and everywhere in between), and we love the freedom, flexibility and vibrancy of the nomad lifestyle.
We’ve learned that some locations are more nomad-friendly than others; here are a few of our favorites around the world.
1. Phuket, Thailand
Thailand is not only about exotic elephant rides or endless walks on scenic, sandy beaches that roll along clear, blue waters (although, seriously, it’s about those as well and you should totally go there). But it’s also a great place to work. When compared with American cities, the accommodation in Phuket is crazy cheap; you can find spacious studio apartments for about half the price you would pay back home. This, coupled with affordable internet plans and extensive Wi-Fi coverage, make Phuket a dream destination for digital nomads.
2. Berlin, Germany
Germany has come a long way from its divided past. Today, its capital city is not only a vibrant hub of digital nomads and international freelancers, but is dotted with cozy and comfortable co-working spaces that welcome them with affordable (or even free) Wi-Fi and endless cups of latte. And when they’re not working, expats who move to Berlin can hit up some of the many clubs that are splattered across the city, or unwind at one of the many inviting cafes that the city boasts. A real European jewel.
3. Barcelona, Spain
If you’ve always dreamed of moving to the Mediterranean, then maybe it’s time to make that a reality. While the country is dotted with cities and towns that are ideal for freelancers from several lines of work, Barcelona tops the list, mostly because of the diverse crew of nomads working there. If you walk into one of the city’s (many) co-working spaces, you’ll find locals and foreigners working together harmoniously. And once the working hours fade away, Barcelona’s cultural scene and nightlife is something you’ll find easy to blend into, with food, drink, clubs, music and good times every night of the week.
4. Ho Chi Minh , Vietnam
Asia is a haven for digital nomads. And one of the best cities for working globally with a laptop and a bag full of skills is Vietnam’s Saigon (officially known as Ho Chi Minh City, but not to locals). The cost of living in the city is extremely affordable, the food is great, cheap, and easily accessible (it’s one of Asia’s many street food capitals), and best of all, you get fast internet at unimaginably low prices. Moving around the city is easy too, because if you know how to ride a motorcycle, you’re pretty much set.
And this is only the beginning. There are so many more that you can consider relocating to – South Africa’s Cape Town, Chile’s Santiago, Indonesia’s Bali, and Thailand’s Chiang Mai and Bangkok. All you need to do is get that map out, roll your dice, pick a place, and get started. Happy travel!