The beauty of being a digital nomad is that you can choose to do your work from virtually anywhere in the world. All you really need is a reliable internet connection and a laptop. In 2018, 4.8 million Americans described themselves as digital nomads, and a further 11 percent of traditional office workers said they were planning to become nomadic soon. If you’re planning to join their ranks, you may be wondering how to choose the best location to work from. Here are some of the best tools for choosing your remote work city.
Nomad List has an exhaustive database of 2,346 cities around the world. Each city is ranked based on affordability, safety, internet speed, and a host of other factors. Kiev, for example, has an overall score of 3.98/5. It’s affordable (beer costs just 96 cents) and it has a great nightlife – but it’s also relatively dangerous and is not LGBT friendly, which lowers its score. Melbourne has a slightly lower score because of the city’s high cost of living, and because it lacks free wi-fi in most areas.
Nomad List can also connect you to digital nomads who are already living in whichever city you’re interested in. The site provides a lot of details about rent, cultural issues, and even air quality – all issues which you should thoroughly investigate before moving to a new city.
Moving Nomads offers detailed recommendations for workspaces and living spaces in cities around the globe. Unlike Nomad List, Moving Nomads doesn’t score or rank cities. Instead, the site focuses on listing cafes, accommodations, and other useful facilities. So if, for example, you find yourself in Kuala Lumpur, Moving Nomads can help you find a great café with free speedy wi-fi. If you’re in Budapest, Moving Nomads can tell you where to find the best espresso in the city.
Moving Nomads relies on its network of users around the world to post tips and recommendations. The site also allows you to search for the cheapest cities in the world, cities with the fastest internet in the world, or other features that matter to you.
WikiVoyage is great for gathering background information on a city that you’re considering a move to. Just type in the name of any city in the search bar, and you’ll be taken to a data-rich page full of facts about that city. The site covers an overview of cities’ history, as well as geographical and demographic information. It also has need-to-know information for travelers, like information about airports, train stations, and public transportation within the city.
Unlike Nomad List and Moving Nomads, WikiVoyage doesn’t include recommendations from digital nomads who are living in the city currently. The site also doesn’t go into detail about cost of living, internet speed, or the other basic quality-of-life factors that you’ll want to know before moving to a new city.
Hopefully, this gives you a good idea of how to decide where to stop next on your journey! If you’re looking for more tips, here are a few other ways to pick out the best city for your needs. Good luck, and enjoy!