When taking on the digital nomad lifestyle, of course one of the first questions is where am I going to live. Because of your job you can go basically anywhere your heart desires, and move around as often as you like. So how to choose your first destination? Here are some things to consider and a few suggestions depending on what you’re looking for.
What to keep in mind when choosing the place?
When choosing a destination that will be your home for a good amount of time, there are certain things that you should keep in mind. First of all, the cost of living. Making your money go a long way will be important, so verify living expenses like housing, food, and transportation. Of course, speed and availability of internet will be one of the top things you investigate about. If internet is essential for your job, which it most likely will be, be sure to pre-empt any inconveniences in connection, even it is usually stable. You should consider getting a USB dongle with global internet connection, just to be on the safe side. The community you become a part of will also be a big part of it because ideally you’ll want to be around at least a few other digital nomads, or other inspiring communities related to your job. When searching, don’t just look at the country your considering, but broaden the search to see what other countries you could visit while you’re living there. Safety is another topic of interest to look up before moving to a place, now be sure to get both sides of the story. Sometimes news can be very sensationalist, so be sure to get official sources and maybe even consider asking around to other people who have already lived there. Finally, every and all legal matters, including visas, is something else to consider when moving. It’s important to understand what you are expected to abide by in this country.
Where to go?
If you are all about beaches and warm weather, then you’ll probably be likely to head over to some tropical island or beach town. Koh Phangan, Thailand is usually amazing during November and April and is a great place to relax, while you work. The cost of living will be around $500 to $800 a month, and although the internet is a little slow, you can get faster internet in certain places. The Oaxacan Coast, Mexico is another amazing location that is not that common for normal tourists, but is considered one of the best beach towns in Mexico. You can live here on $600 to $900 monthly and take advantage and visit nearby beach towns. Lago de Atitlan, Guatemala is also on the list even though it doesn’t really fit the category, but it’s simply breathtaking. There are tons to do like visit the volcanos, or traditional Mayan villages, you can even participate in yoga retreats or a tour of a coffee plantation. Santa Teresa, Costa Rice is another one with its great beaches, especially for surfing. The cost of living does go and could reach anywhere between $800 and $1,200 a month.
One of the places many digital nomads end up meeting, due to the fact it’s simply ideal for location independent entrepreneurs, is Bali, Indonesia. Another place could be Chiang Mai, Thailand, with its incredibly low cost of living, delicious cuisine and tons of cafes with strong internet connection. Cape Town, South Africa is another place you can explore, as long as you consider your 90-day tourist visa and the safety conditions. Berlin is also on the top of the list with its trendy streets busy with artists, musicians, entrepreneurs and writers, and an affordable cost of living. Goa India, is the other place you can’t miss. It is an excellent base to hop around India, while you enjoy the beaches, food and parties of Goa.
Being a bit broader, there are some countries that are simply worth exploring completely and that at the same time offer amazing conditions for digital nomads. First on the list is Indonesia, known for its surrounding islands and incredible adventures, basing yourself out of Bali is ideal and from there begin to explore. Costa Rica is another one, mostly known due to its excellent Wifi connection, but the fact that it’s so close to so many natural landmarks, volcanos, beaches, not only in Costa Rica but in bordering countries. Thailand, of course has to be mentioned, being the most popular at the moment, but will open the opportunity to travel easily through all of Southeast Asia. Philippines is also amazing with its gorgeous beaches and off-track explorations and adventures, with the only setback of internet connection. Colombia, despite its bad reputation is actually an amazing place to visit. The people are extremely friendly, you’ll find variety of weather and can explore breathtaking places. You’ll also find many cities ideal to work from. Spain, can be another country to consider, but during low season, even though this city can be a bit more expensive, it is definitely worth it and you could balance it out by staying longer, and saving on flights to other locations.