Below are the Top 5 cities we believe are some of the best in the world for digital nomads. We took into consideration affordability, ease of assimilation, number of expats already there and feedback from fellow digital nomads. We put these factors into a matrix and here are the Top 5 countries for digital nomads that we came up with.
Chang Mai ,Thailand
When it comes to bang for your buck it is hard to beat Chang Mai as a digital nomad destination. Chang Mai is the cheapest on the list but does not disappoint in quality of life either. You have probably come across YouTube videos or blogs from likeminded nomads who decide to call Chang Mai home. That is because over 40,000 expats now live in Chang Mai. You can live a very good digital nomad lifestyle here for $800-$1,200 per month and live like an absolute King for $2,500 per month. Access to wifi is widespread and you are bound to bump into fellow digital nomads at any of the cafes around town.
Like Thailand, your money can go a long way in Bali. Bali has become a huge destination for expats in recent years due to its idyllic scenery, surfing spots, friendly locals and cheap cost of living. You can live very comfortable here for around $800-$1800 depending on the apartment and area you choose. This can be easily be covered by a few Amazon FBA products or well-monetized blogs. This makes Bali a great place to live as a digital nomad.
San Jose, Costa Rica
San Jose (specifically Escazu) is a well know expat hangout with great dining options, shopping and affordable but luxury housing options. Costa Rica is extremely easy to get around even if you do not speak Spanish. A peaceful nation with no standing military that runs off of 100% renewable energy make it the ideal location for the conscious digital nomad. After getting work done all day at a coffee shop while sipping on locally grown coffee and recharging your laptop with all that renewable energy you can get Zenned out at one of the many local yoga retreats or take up surfing at a surf school in Jaco.
Do not be scared away by the hit Netflix series Narcos. Colombia is a beautiful country with a lot to offer. With a nearly perfect climate, good infrastructure, fun nightlife and high ranking on the affordability index Medellin makes an ideal location for the digital nomad. There is a vibrant expat community here, many of whom do not plan to go back home anytime soon.
Often referred to as Asia Lite, Singapore gets a very high ranking in ease of assimilation. You can expect all of the creature comforts of any top city in the world. Almost everyone here speaks English, it is very safe, it has some of the best international schools in the world and it is very easy to get around. The only reason Singapore didn’t make it higher on our list is because it is costly to live here.