Top 7 Places to Be a Digital Nomad

Digital Nomad

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One of the greatest advantages of the modern internet age is the ability to work from anywhere. Today, this is manifesting itself in the Digital Nomad movement.

The stars of this sweeping trend are mostly young technology professionals trying to combine work and travel into a unique lifestyle. They’re on a never-ending quest for the best internet, the most beautiful weather, and the lowest cost of living.

And digital nomad-ing is catching on as general trend, with many blogs and podcasts addressing the ‘how to’ aspect of the lifestyle. When winter comes, the search for a more pleasant climate can certainly resonate with the average Canadian tech worker, just as much as the rest of the world’s citizenry.

So, armed with a small business loan from Canada to cover the initial costs of getting set up, maybe it’s time you took off to experience a new way of living. There’s never been a better (or an easier) time to see the world.

Here are a few top destinations for today’s digital nomads:

Be a Digital Nomad in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai Wat

Looking for inspiration for your next business? Chiang Mai’s got it in droves.

How exactly does a city come to be praised as a top digital nomad destination? For Chiang Mai, it’s by combining its status as the culture capital of northern Thailand with great weather, unbeatable prices, and excellent food. With an estimated monthly living cost of just 800 Canadian dollars, it’s not hard to see why 281 digital nomads have registered living there on the authoritative Nomad List blog.

Although, while the tropical climate may attract you, perhaps you’re worried about being in a place so unfamiliar? No worries, we’ve got you covered…

Be a Digital Nomad in Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu from Diamond Head

Surf, sun, and your next office.

Bringing together the convenience of living in the USA with the climate which Hawaii is justifiably famous for, Honolulu is becoming the USA’s most popular digital nomad destination. It may be pricey compared to Southeast Asia or Eastern Europe, but the lightning fast internet (30mbps) and stunning location more than make up for it. There’s even a budding co-working movement you can jump onto. Plus, you can’t really beat the satisfaction of telling everyone back home that you’re living and working in Hawaii.

Be a Digital Nomad in Sofia Bulgaria

Sofia Bulgaria

You’ll be surprised what you can find in Sofia’s leafy streets, whether it’s venture capital or an ancient church.

With a low cost of living, internet speeds topping 32mbps, a burgeoning startup scene, good venture capital, and easy access to the rest of Europe, Sofia is quickly making a name for itself as a digital nomad destination. If hiking a 7,520 foot peak in the morning before getting down to business in a hip and a modern co-working space sounds perfect to you, Sofia should be a real contender for your next digital nomad destination.

Be a Digital Nomad in Kigali, Rwanda

A view of Kigali

Catch Kigali now.  You probably won’t recognize it in 5 or 10 years.

You could be forgiven for not giving Rwanda’s bustling capital much of a thought when considering locations for your next home base. But, after recovering from a genocide in the 1990s, Kigali seems to be under a spell of new initiatives and innovations. With its low cost of living and a strong entrepreneurial spirit, the city is fast becoming a model for the rest of Africa. There’s even a new tech innovation hub ready to bring you together with the country’s best and brightest. Check out one digital nomad’s blog Living in Kigali for insider tips and inspiration.

Be a Digital Nomad in Prague, Czech Republic

The bridges of Prague

Prague brings together the best of medieval and modern technology.
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With its blend of the historic and the modern, Prague is an excellent choice for any nomad looking for old world European charm without breaking the bank. Monthly living costs can be under 1,200 Canadian dollars, while internet speeds often top a blisteringly fast 40mbps. But if you want to take it slow, or give yourself some time to come up with your next great startup idea, the winding cobblestone streets of the old city are always just a step away. Once you’re ready to put your idea into action, there are great co-working spaces and accelerators ready for you to jump into.

Be a Digital Nomad in Penang, Malaysia

Penang cityscape

Use the colors, sights, and sounds of old Penang to inspire your next business idea.
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If you’re looking for affordable prices in combination with old-world European flair, Penang and its historic Georgetown quarter (a UNESCO Heritage Site since 2008) may be the perfect Southeast Asian digital nomad destination for you. Full of great places to work and relax, Penang offers a more hip and stress-free alternative to the hustle and bustle of Malaysia’s capital of Kuala Lampur. Just be sure to prepare for hot weather and slower-than-average internet speeds.

Be a Digital Nomad in A Coruña, Spain

Praia de Riazor, A Coruña

Sometimes you need a day at the beach and a bit of seafood to get you back to work.
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Unexpectedly affordable by Western European standards, this city perched on the Northwestern coast of Spain is earning its status as a digital nomad hub. A Coruña is a little-known city boasting great surfing, top-notch seafood, and good internet speeds. It’s not surprising that travelers have found it easy to fall in love with. And if you’re in need of some inspiration for your next big idea, a visit to Spain’s National Museum of Science and Technology might just do the trick.

How to Get Started on Your Adventure

While being a digital nomad may not be right for everyone — maybe you’ll discover you rather like being grounded — it’s undoubtedly a fantastic way to see the world, learn more about yourself, and make a living in the process. We’re living in an age of increasing travel and technology use, so why not take advantage? In the meantime, check out some tips for inspiration and let your imagination start running.

If you’re a digital nomad, or perhaps are considering it but have some reservations, let us know about it in the comments.

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