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2019’s Digital Nomad Hotspots

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2019’s Digital Nomad Hotspots

2019 is shaping up to be a great year for Digital Nomads, with more opportunities to earn money online than ever before and with more people across the world taking the plunge to live the life that they want to lead.

Digital Nomads, being nomadic and all, are constantly roaming the planet and searching out the best spots to both work and live from, and each year there’s a new city or island that captures the imagination of travellers and becomes a hotspot for online workers.

For 2019, we put together this list of the best Digital Nomad hot spots to look out for. These are places that are already well established with great communities or that are looking likely to explode over the next year.

Let us know in the comments where you are heading in 2019, and if there is a hotspot you think we might have missed!

1. Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

Canggu is Bali’s latest hotspot and it’s a location that has taken off particularly well with Digital Nomads. The Island of the Gods has long drawn in travellers and tourists, but Canggu, with its collection of beachside bars, coworking spaces and affordable villas and accommodation has really taken the nomad world by storm.

Work by day, enjoy the beach lifestyle and watch the glorious sunsets over the ocean while mingling with bloggers, YouTubers and freelancers from around the world. In your spare time, head off around Bali, explore the untouched north, the coastline or head further afield to one of Indonesia’s thousands of other islands.

A Digital Nomad in Canggu

2. Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City is the huge, sprawling capital of Mexico, and while in the past it’s a city that’s had a reputation for violence and gang-related crimes, the average tourist will never encounter these problems during their stay.

Mexico City is today picking up a well-earned reputation amongst Digital Nomads for its vibrant cultural scene, it’s excellent food, great cafes and easy transport links across the rest of Mexico.

3. Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon has become one of Europe’s most loved Digital Nomad haunts. While many travellers will stay away from the western side of the continent, as they generally look for lower prices, Lisbon is still an incredibly affordable city, with cheap rent and food and drink.

There’s an established community of bloggers, writers and online entrepreneurs based here, particularly in the winter when the rest of Europe is just that little bit too cold.

4. Budapest, Hungary

Although the popularity of Budapest over the last few years has seen soaring rental prices, the Hungarian capital has remained a favourite destination for long-term travellers to settle down, at least for a while. Budapest has a bit of everything, with excellent nightlife, the world famous thermal baths and an incredible array of historic sights to explore.

Throw in the great transport, low-cost flights across Europe and cheap commodities – rent aside – and you’ve got the perfect European destination for Digital Nomads.

5. Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai is Southeast Asia’s most popular Digital Nomad haunt, and for years it’s been the primary destination for online workers in the region, with a huge, supportive community of entrepreneurs and bloggers looking to connect and help each other out.

It’s a well-established location, but there’s everything you might need in Thailand’s northern city, from excellent apartments and great food, to fast wifi and good nightlife.

6. Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei is the capital of Taiwan, and as far as the Digital Nomad scene goes in Asia, this is a relatively untapped destination, but one that is certainly gaining pace. Taipei is a modern, yet cultural feast, where Chinese tradition combines with world-class efficiency to create a unique destination.

Digital Nomads will appreciate the super fast wifi and the opportunities for cultural exchanges that are unlike anywhere else in Asia.

7. Tbilisi, Georgia

Tbilisi is the Georgian capital that much of the travel industry has fallen in love with recently. From the shadow of Soviet oppression and post-independence trauma, Georgia has grown into a world-class destination that’s renowned for being home to some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the world. With friendly locals, fast wifi, the best food and incredibly low prices, Tbilisi is the place to be in 2019.

8. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek is a city that few people have travelled to. The capital of Kyrgyzstan is rarely on the radar of tourists, but slowly but surely the Central Asian nation is earning a deserved reputation fo itself as a hiker’s paradise.

With beautiful mountains on the doorstep, more nomads than ever are finding themselves being based in Bishkek, with its fast wifi, surprising quantity and quality of cafes and bars and the proximity to the epic outdoor scenery of Kyrgyzstan, it’s going to be a hotspot in years to come.

9. Medellin, Colombia

Rising from the shadows,  and embracing even, the legacies of Pablo Escobar, Medellin has fast become an established Digital Nomad location, and perhaps the most popular long-term base in South America.

With a colourful cultural vibe and great food – not to mention the mad nightlife – Medellin is a great choice for those looking to live the laid-back Colombian lifestyle while enjoying the opportunity to travel through South America.

10. Beirut, Lebanon

If you are looking for an adventurous, off the beaten track location to set up camp as a Digital Nomad, then look no further than Beirut, Lebanon’s vibrant, multicultural capital city.

This is a city that’s full of history, that’s home to many different religions and languages and that’s colourful and energetic. There are some great cafes and restaurants and some excellent opportunities to immerse yourself in a unique and under-visited part of the world.

Richard Collett 

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