See The Top 25 Global Destinations For Digital Nomads
The era of the digital nomad is well and truly upon us. And while many may wince at the term’s somewhat self-knowing grandioseness, it’s actually a fairly neat and accurate description for this en vogue lifestyle of remote working wherever takes your fancy.
And as the desire to create an ideal work life balance persuades more people to the benefits of remote working, so have destinations far and wide adapted to their needs. Internet infrastructure has improved, there are co-working spaces everywhere from remote islands to major cities, and employers are more and more amenable to employees abandoning the office or using freelancers.
Gorgeous beaches and azure seas have helped make Bali the favorite destination for digital nomads.GETTY
The shop window into this world has, for the last few years while it has become ever more ubiquitous, largely been Instagram. And according to stats revealed by GapYearEscape.com who analysed 12,000 Instagram images to find the top 25 destinations for digital nomads in 2018, Bali was the number one choice to temporarily hang their hats.
It’s no surprise this beautiful Indonesian island has taken the top spot. Blessed with year-round sunshine, gorgeous beaches and great and affordable food, it also offers a culture that embraces the remote working lifestyle with everything from plentiful co-working spaces to an abundance of yoga studios. A recent and similar study from Nomad List also identified the areas of Canggu and Ubud on Bali as popular and cheap digital nomad destinations.
The most popular geographic region is Europe, with five cities making up half of the top ten. Interestingly, this is also an indicator that cost of living isn’t always top of the priority list with cities like London and Paris ranking among the most expensive in the world. This is balanced however by quality of life and access to amenities like super-fast WiFi and cheap air travel. Two US cities also make the top ten.
New York takes sixth place ahead of LA in eigth – the only other US city in the top ten.GETTY
“The analysis was conducted by analysing the location data of over 12,000 Instagram images that were tagged #digitalnomad,” says Amar Hussain, Founder of Gap Year Escape. The top ten destinations are:
1. Bali, Indonesia
2. London, United Kingdom
3. Chiang Mai, Thailand
4. Lisbon, Portugal
5. Barcelona, Spain
6. New York, USA
7. Bangkok, Thailand
8. Los Angeles, USA
9. Paris, France
10. Berlin, Germany
Kreuzberg is Berlin’s co-working and startup centre, buzzing with digital nomads from every corner of the world.GETTY
From these ten, the estimated cost of living as a digital nomad varies dramatically. But bare in mind these costs are only estimated, and could undoubtedly be reduced by living more like a local – eating out less, not paying for a co-working space, for example.
* Bali, Indonesia – £953 ($1225) per month
* London, United Kingdom – £3251 ($4176) per month
* Chiang Mai, Thailand – £812 ($1043) per month
* Lisbon, Portugal – £1646 ($2115) per month
* Barcelona, Spain – £2227 ($2861) per month
Vibrant Chiang Mai in Thailand has the cheapest living costs of anywhere in the top ten.© 2018 BLOOMBERG FINANCE LP
According to Nomad List, some of the cheapest cities in the world for digital nomads are:
* Kathmandu, Nepal – £502 ($647) per month
* Lviv, Ukraine – £646 ($832) per month
* Hanoi, Vietnam – £668 ($860) per month
* Kaohsiung, Taiwan – £744 ($958) per month
* Colombo, Sri Lanka – £775 ($999) per month
“With the increase in co-working spaces, internet infrastructure, remote jobs and the desire to live the laptop lifestyle, the number of digital nomads is on the rise,” adds Amar Hussain. “Digital nomads have no limits geographically so there are plenty of dream destinations to live and work.” You can see the full results here.