Working remotely is here to stay. The COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdowns that came with it proved to many companies in the digital sector that employees do not necessarily need an office space to do their jobs. More and more people are now able to work remotely with a laptop. The question is: why stay at home?
Another growing trend is that of the digital nomad. If you haven’t heard the term before, this means someone working remotely from another country.
The joy of working remotely is the freedom it gives you. All you need is an internet connection and you can do your job from anywhere in the world.
Some countries, like Portugal and Malaysia, are embracing the idea and now have specialized digital nomad visas. Others, like Morocco do not have a specific rule for digital nomads. However, Pakistani citizens can get a Morocco eVisa to enter the country and, as long as they stick to the terms of the visa, can work from there for up to 30 days.
So, where are the best places to be a digital nomad? Here’s our top 5 pick.
The Portuguese capital is a fantastic place to spend time in. A truly beautiful city, Lisbon has great views over the Tagus Estuary and a wealth of historic buildings and museums to enjoy.
Lisbon is generally regarded as a fun and safe city to live in. The weather is generally perfect and the food is amazing. Modern infrastructure is also a big advantage.
Internet connectivity is strong, as in most western European countries, and the cost is relatively low for a capital city. All huge pluses for digital nomads!
Being able to work from a place like Lisbon is one of the high points of remote jobs rather than working in a cubicle. It helps that Portugal now offers a digital nomad visa too.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Located in northern Thailand, Chiang Mai has developed a reputation among the digital nomad community as one of the best places in the world to work remotely.
Thailand generally has a low cost of living, and Chiang Mai is no exception. There are plenty of modern coworking spaces to take advantage of. You certainly won’t be alone here, as many digital nomads make Chiang Mai their home.
Surrounded by green jungles and exquisite temples, the city is rich in both natural beauty and impressive man-made structures.
Canggu, Bali, Indonesia
Bali is a favourite holiday destination for many people, but it also makes a great spot for digital nomads.
The town of Canggu has a large expat community, many of whom use the quality coworking spaces to do their jobs from a distance. There are also plenty of great cafés with internet if that’s more your style.
The large number of digital nomads also means there are frequent networking events and workshops that could prove very useful. Make sure you have the best remote tools for meetings and collaborations, and you’re good to go!
Then there’s the location itself. Sun, sea, and surf are what Canggu is all about. No wonder it is a regular feature at the top of lists of the best places for digital nomads.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Southeast Asia has a lot of great opportunities for digital nomads, not least because the cost of living is generally low. Vietnam is no exception. Perhaps the best spot in the country to work remotely is Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon).
Ho Chi Minh City is the country’s main financial center. This is probably why it has more modern buildings, infrastructure, and facilities than much of Vietnam. You’ll have no problem finding coworking spaces or cafés — the city is big on coffee culture.
Ho Chi Minh City has some great food, decent internet speeds, and good nightlife. However, it does get extremely hot in the summer months.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
A popular choice for digital nomads looking for a bit of Latin American flare, Buenos Aires is rich in culture, food, and nightlife.
With picturesque views over the River Plate (Río de la Plata), the Argentine capital is the perfect place to learn to dance the tango or go to a football game to see one of its famous rival clubs: River Plate and Boca Juniors.
Buenos Aires is a practical place to work too. It’s a global city, with solid infrastructure, and plenty of spaces for digital nomads to plug in. Another big plus is that it’s very affordable.