The life of a digital nomad is the perfect example of ultimate freedom. Just imagine working from your laptop whenever you want, living on your own time and basing yourself anywhere in the world that tickles your fancy at any given moment.
It isn’t an easy task, but if you can manage to become location independent then you’ll find that you have so much more time for yourself, to build, to grow, to improve and to meet plenty of interesting and likeminded people. There are many cities in the world that are often seen as digital nomad hotspots. The following cities are the top four that are on most people’s lips for 2015.
Thailand, affectionately nicknamed; ‘The Land Of Smiles,’ has attracted travellers from around the world for decades and it’s no surprise that its capital is a great hub for digital nomadism. One of the key features of Thailand for expats is the incredibly low cost of living, and even in the capital this rings true, one can live comfortably in Bangkok for a fraction of the cost of living in many European countries and the United States.
Another great benefit to Bangkok is that there are many other digital nomads living here which makes networking far easier, an added bonus is that the wifi in Thailand’s tech-crazy capital is even faster and more reliable than most countries in the Western world. Bangkok has so much to keep you entertained and if you desire to see some more of Asia, the capital has perfect access as it’s a hub city and flight travel within Asia is absurdly cheap, thanks to budget Airlines such as AirAsia.
Mexico City has grown incredibly in the last five years, its reputation of being overly polluted and dangerous has happily been shaken off and the city is fast becoming one of the most modern and progressive cities in the world to live in.
From a digital nomad’s point of view the city offers everything you can wish for. Firstly, the cost of living can be relatively cheap compared to first world nations. Equally, if you are doing well then you can live like a king here without the costs that go with it, from food to accommodation and entertainment, nothing here costs the earth.
Secondly, the social way of living here means you can meet many people from around the world and of course, befriend some welcoming latinos. The amount of cool cafes, elegant bars and restaurants is second to none. Transport around the city is an absolute breeze and there is so much to do here, whether you love museums and culture, or a party lifestyle, this city simply ticks all of the boxes.
Digital nomadism can be seen as real liberty, deciding what, when and how you do whatever it is that you want to is the definition of genuine freedom. With that in mind, what better place to do so than in one of the most relaxed and free thinking cities in the world?
Strip away the seedy reputation that the city has and you are left with a beautiful and cosmopolitan city. The city attracts visitors from all corners of the globe and meeting people in the ‘Dam’ is not difficult at all, the city never stops so regardless if you are an early riser or night owl, Amsterdam will still be alive whenever you are.
There is so much to do here when you’ve finished your work, relax in a park, take a bike for a ride, relax by the canal, party in one of the many vibrant districts or if for a touch of luxury use a chauffeur service such as Blacklane for a city tour. The city’s airport is also a hub destination to the rest of Europe, for when you decide to take advantage of the continent’s cheap air fares.
Berlin is a great city to base yourself if you are trying to put together or maintain a digital business. Not only is it one of the cheapest major cities to live in Europe, Berlin is filled with creative minds, it’s vibrant arts scene attracts writers, artists, musicians and many budding business owners.
Berliners and it’s inhabitants love to relax and have fun and its electronic nightlife is renowned, they know how to party in Berlin. Long and short term accommodation is plentiful and will fit in with all price ranges. The city is very safe and there are plenty of digital meet-ups happening around the city meaning there is lots of opportunity to meet new, independent go-getters like yourself to help grow your business.
You can’t go wrong if you choose any of the above cities to lay your hat and call your home for a period of time. So have fun, stay safe and make sure you soak up the local culture – it’s good to get offline now and then and a change of scenery is the perfect way to recharge your batteries.