The 10 best destinations for digital nomads

Working while traveling is the dream of many of you. Make it a reality and discover the best destinations for digital nomads.

Travel, work and freedom. This is the currency of thousands of digital nomads scattered around the globe. Much more than a simple trend, a digital nomad is a real art of living. Backpacker, entrepreneur, freelance or employee, the profiles of digital nomads are varied. 

But their selection criteria are very often the same: hospitality of the inhabitants, climate and weather, leisure activities, coworking spaces, quality of the Internet, cost of living and level of security.

Are you thinking of trying the adventure and becoming a digital nomad? Follow our guide and choose from the 10 destinations we have selected for you!

1. Chiang Mai, Thailand

Panoramic view of Chiang Mai at night

Average cost of living *: around $1,060 per month
Internet quality: very good (average 22 mbps **)
Security level: excellent


* according to the NomadList reference site
** mbps: megabits per second

In the north of Thailand, Chiang Mai is a place where life is really good. A friendly atmosphere, modern co-working spaces and a healthy lifestyle await you. In general, the city has an excellent reputation with travelers.

The digital nomad community is also very developed there. Events and meetings are regularly organized to bring them together and put them in contact. In addition, Chiang Mai has many cultural sites such as temples, museums and a picturesque old town.

2. Budapest, Hungary

Beautiful panoramic view from the Fishermen's Bastion in the Hungarian Parliament, Budapest, Hungary

Average cost of living: around $1,396 per month
Internet quality: excellent (average 44 mbps)
Security level: very good

Cut in half by the Danube, Budapest breathes youth and dynamism. Very popular with tourists, it is also often chosen by digital nomads traveling in Europe. Depending on your desires and your pace of work, you have the choice between two urban atmospheres.

On one side, the Royal Palace and expensive old residences perched on the hills. On the other, modern and eclectic monuments and a lively nightlife. In Budapest, you find calm and relaxed living on every corner.

The co-working spaces are particularly pleasant, the rents very low and the community of digital nomads very welcoming.

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3. Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei City View

Average cost of living: around $1,723 per month
Internet quality: very good (average 20 mbps)
Security level: excellent

A paradise for new technologies, Taipei is perfect for digital nomads in search of excitement and modernity. The city has many assets that will seduce you for sure. It is very safe and you have free internet access almost anywhere.

It is also one of the most welcoming cities in Asia for expatriates. It is very well served by transport and you can easily leave the center to explore the surroundings (sea, mountains, countryside).

Note: if you work in digital and IT (information technology), this is one of the best places in the world for a digital nomad.

4. Mexico City, Mexico

Beautiful Artes in Mexico City

Average cost of living: around $1,423 per month
Internet quality: good (average 16 mbps)
Security level: good

If you like sprawling cities that never sleep, then Mexico City is for you! New to the world of digital nomads, it will surprise you on many levels. Fascinating culture, low cost of living and modern cafes await you in the Mexican capital. Public transport allows you to move easily.

Mexico City is becoming more and more popular with digital nomads. You will quickly be charmed by the joie de vivre and the warm excitement that reigns there.

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5. Bangkok, Thailand

The Grand Golden Palace in Bangkok.  overlooking the skyscrapers of the city at sunrise.

The average cost of living: around $1,394 per month
Internet quality: very good (22 mbps)
Security level: very good

Bangkok has always fascinated and attracted travelers from all over the world. It is therefore not surprising that it is one of the favorite destinations for digital nomads. Bubbling and vibrant, the city never sleeps. It is therefore perfectly suited to the varied lifestyles of digital nomads. And for good reason, professionals can legally work on Thai territory thanks to their tourist visas.

Bangkok is an ideal blend of exoticism and modernity. The city has ultra-modern co-working spaces. It’s also easy to connect to the Internet for free from a multitude of locations.

6. Lisbon, Portugal

People on terrace with bridge in background, Lisbon

Average cost of living: around $1,985 per month
Internet quality: very good (average 25 mbps)
Security level: excellent

Relaxed and sunny, the Portuguese capital hosts a very active and open community of digital nomads. Many events are regularly organized: meet-ups, parties, sports days, etc. The cost of living is quite low compared to many other European cities.

Lisbon is also economically very dynamic and offers interesting opportunities for digital nomads. It is a perfect blend of leisure activities (culture, nature, architecture) and pleasant workplaces.

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7. Bali, Indonesia

Surfer on Bali Beach

Average cost of living: around $1,276 per month
Internet quality: very good (average 20 mbps)
Security level: excellent

With its relaxed atmosphere and dreamy landscapes, Bali is THE international capital of digital nomads. Their community is one of the largest and most welcoming in the world, especially in Ubud. In addition to the co-working spaces, there are a multitude of cafes and bars perfect for working.

The cost of living can be very low if you choose to live simply. Surfing and yoga between two work sessions quickly become a daily routine!

8. Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town City Center

Average cost of living: around $1,610 per month
Internet quality: average (average 7 mbps)
Security level: good

Continent often “forgotten”, Africa welcomes every year many digital nomads. The city of Cape Town, in South Africa, particularly attracts traveler-workers looking for a change of scenery. Surrounded by sublime landscapes, it offers digital nomads interesting advantages. Among them are the very affordable cost of living, modern infrastructure and the dynamism of the new technology and innovation sector.

The nightlife is very lively and the atmosphere is conducive to exchanges thanks to a strong community spirit.

9. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Shopping street in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Average cost of living: around $921 per month
Internet quality: very good (average 22 mbps)
Security level: very good

Ho Chi Minh City is becoming more and more popular with the digital nomad community. Its low cost of living and its great cultural diversity gives it immense appeal. Foreign entrepreneurs are particularly welcome.

The strong presence of western travelers guarantees you an ultra-lively melting pot, without making you homesick. There is general agreement that Ho Chi Minh City is a place where you will quickly feel at home. It is the ideal city in Asia if you are looking for inspiration and exoticism.

10. Buenos Aires, Argentina

Plaza Congreso - Buenos Aires, Argentina

Average cost of living: around $940 per month
Internet quality: very good (22 mbps)
Security level: good

Capital of tango and joie de vivre, Buenos Aires is one of the favorite places for digital nomads in South America. It is particularly attractive thanks to its warm atmosphere and its quiet lifestyle. Thanks to a developed public transport network, it is easy to live outside the center for a fair price. The nature side of the city and the cozy cafes conducive to work are the aspects most appreciated by Buenos Aires by digital nomads

Are you planning on trying the digital nomad lifestyle? Let us know what you think of our list.

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