If you’re considering a life as a digital nomad, you probably dream of traveling the world, learning new languages, and taking in new sights and sounds. But you may also be wondering how, exactly, you’re going to handle the practical side of things, like finding housing. Well, worry no more. We’ve put together a list of tips and tools to help you find great places to live as you journey around the globe.
Bonus points: if you decide to rent a room, rather than a whole apartment, you’ll probably be spending a lot of time with your AirBnB host. That means you’ll be automatically immersing yourself in the culture and – if you want – practicing the language.
The downside? Most AirBnB hosts are lovely but there are occasionally problems reported. If you’re renting a room, instead of a private apartment, make sure you chat with your host before you arrive to make sure it’s a good fit.
RemoteBase curates Airbnb and offers listings ideal for remote work that have a long-term or early bird discount.
Housecarers is a great option for anyone on a tight budget. When people go on vacation, or are away for work, they often need someone to care for their pets or their gardens. The house sitter stays in the home for free in exchange for watering plants, walking dogs, and collecting the mail.
Housecarers lists homes across the United States. The stays range from a few days to a few months. Most of the homes on the site are gorgeous and are set in beautiful locations. For animal lovers, getting to spend time with cuddly cats and dogs is also a plus.
For some people, of course, staying in someone else’s home might feel uncomfortable. And the short stays can be hard on anyone who wants to settle in and get to know the location.
Nestpick makes it easy to find furnished homes in major cities all around the world. The site scans sites like Spotahome, EasyRoommate and Beroomers in order to find the best possible deals for you. You can filter your search by neighborhood, price, or apartment size. The site lists homes for mid to long-term rental.
The apartments and rooms on Nestpick do tend to be on the pricey sides. If you’re looking for a short-term stay, or if you’re looking for a place outside of major cities, then this also isn’t the best site for you.
Booking.com may be the best way to find affordable hotels in your next destination. Of course, hotels are going to be pricier than homestays. But most of the time, when you’re first arriving in a new location, you won’t have time to scout out just the right place to live. Using hotels for short stays gives you the time to get to know an area before you commit to a rental. And Booking.com offers some of the best deals around on every kind of hotel out there.
AirBnb has locations from Bali to Brooklyn and makes it easy to find cheap rooms and apartments virtually anywhere. Hotels are great, but many people find that living in a real home – either a room or a whole apartment – is the best way to experience life in a foreign country. You’ll save money by cooking instead of eating out, and you’ll find it easier to meet local people.
We hope these tips and tools make it easier for you to find housing as you embark on your new nomadic lifestyle. Enjoy your new life, wherever your destination may be!