The great thing about being a digital nomad is that you can work from practically anywhere in the world, all you need is good Internet connection, some self-motivation and a bit of inspiration and away you go.
With so many options available it can be a bit overwhelming when deciding where to head next. To help you with your decision-making, check out these 5 awesome places to be a digital nomad, for some inspiration.
It might surprise you to find Guatemala on the list, but with the large number of expat communities around the country, plus the cheap cost of living, Guatemala is becoming an increasingly popular place to be a digital nomad.
Antigua is the cultural capital of Guatemala. The city has a beautiful old town area, plenty of good coffee shops, colourful markets and loads of activities to keep you busy on your days off. On top of this, the cost of living in Antigua is cheap. You could easily live on less than $20 USD a day. Internet and wi-fi is also widely available in most accommodation, cafes and restaurants. Antigua certainly ticks all the boxes for being an awesome place to be a digital nomad.
Anjuna, Goa – India
India has been a favourite for digital nomads for quite some time, and for good reason. The cheap cost of living is what draws most people to India, however it is also a country that is quite advanced in computer technology, making it the perfect place for a digital nomad to spend sometime.
Anjuna is a colourful, beach town situated in the south of Goa. Though most of the cities in India can seem quite hectic, Goa provides a more relaxed atmosphere, with plenty of yoga centres, restaurants and cafes, a large expat community and of course plenty of beaches. This vibrant town is sure to inspire and is the perfect place for some digital magic to happen.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Thailand (like the other countries mentioned so far) has a low cost of living, lots of good restaurants and a large expat community. The country also has fairly low Internet censorship, making easy to access all the necessary social media sites, websites and to do any required online research. On top of this, Thai people are extremely friendly and polite people, making it a more pleasant country to live.
Chiang Mai is a large city in the hills of northern Thailand. Internet and wi-fi is very easy to come by and is available at all cafes, restaurants and accommodation. There is also a large expat community, meaning you can get your hands on any home treats, such as good, strong coffee. Chiang Mai is also famous for it’s nightlife and markets. Taking a stroll around the night markets is enough to inspire most people.
Holbox Island, Mexico
Mexico is a fantastic country, with good food and a colourful culture. The country also has great Internet connectivity, lots of restaurants and good coffee. Though Mexico is a bit more expensive than some of the other countries listed here, it’s still possible to live fairly cheap.
Picture: sandy white beaches, colourful buildings, drinking cocktails out of coconuts and friendly people. That pretty much sums up Holbox Island. It is the best of Mexico, with the best of the Caribbean. The island has a very relaxing atmosphere, making it a great place to unwind, and get some digital work done. This is the type of place that most people only dream to live and work in, but as a digital nomad, it’s more than possible.
Ella, Sri Lanka
Most people mistakenly put India and Sri Lanka in the same boat, however they are completely different cultures and though both are good for digital nomads, the reasons are slightly different. Sri Lankans are beautiful people! They are always willing to help. They also can make a delicious selection of curries. Sri Lanka tends to be less hectic and be rated as an easier to place to lie compared to India.
Ella is a small town in Sri Lanka’s hills region, surrounded by tea plantation, mountains and jungle. The mountain views will inspire even novice digital nomads. Though tea is king in these parts, coffee is also widely available. Wi-fi and Internet connectivity is also good and widely available. Even the smaller guesthouses will offer complimentary wi-fi to guests.
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