In the recent past, the number of remote workers in the United States has experienced exponential growth. According to a report by GlobalWorkPlaceAnalytics, 3% of the United States workforce (that’s around four million people) works from home, and the number keeps growing by the day.
The best cities to work remotely must have more than enough coffee shops and co-working spaces, plenty of chances to enjoy life outside of work, and an inviting community. Other important characteristics of a great city to work remotely are warm and consistent weather, safety, and dating opportunities.
Based on the characteristics listed above, we have identified for you the seven best cities to work remotely.
1. Chiang Mai, Thailand
According to an online resource for digital nomads by the name of NomadList, Chiang Mai, Thailand is the world’s best city for remote workers. It has lots of co-working spaces and cafes making it a perfect destination for remote workers.
Most importantly, Chiang Mai is very affordable even if you are planning to stay for more extended periods.
Chiang Mai is also very easy to navigate thanks to its well-established transport system. The community is very welcoming, and there are lots of opportunities to enjoy life outside of work.
2. Bali, Indonesia
Bali is another great city (or a holiday island) to work remotely. For many years, Bali has only been known as a holiday destination thanks to its beautiful tourist attractions. However, in 2013, the island opened a collaborative co-working space known as Hubud, and since then have become a top destination for digital nomads.
Since the opening of Hubub, multiple co-working spaces across Bali have opened their doors for remote workers. Although Bali doesn’t have the best internet infrastructure, its weather and welcoming community makes it a perfect remote working destination.
3. Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok is arguably the best country to live and work remotely even for foreigners. The city has many and some of the best coworking spaces in the world. Additionally, Bangkok has an excellent transport system allowing you to move from one area to another hassle-free.
If you are on a tight budget, Bangkok should be on top of your list. The cost of living is affordable plus the city offers a lot of opportunities to have fun.
On the other hand, if you’re not used to or don’t like crowded places, you’ll not like Bangkok. The city is one of the most congested in the world with more than eight million residents.
4. Berlin, Germany
Berlin is one of the best cities to visit and live especially if you are a remote worker. Berlin’s attraction and long history make it fun to visit and explore particularly in the summer. The city has a lot of coworking areas and coffee shops.
Additionally, Berlin has a fast and affordable internet. The cost of living in Berlin is also affordable. Not only will you save a lot, but you’ll have a lot of fun while in Berlin.
5. Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Mexico is one of the few countries with high potential for remote workers. The country is almost similar to Thailand when it comes to things remote workers appreciate. Playa del Carmen, a coastal town in the country, is the most popular destination for digital nomads.
From the spectacular natural environment to quality of life and sufficient coworking areas, this town is a perfect destination for digital nomads. The internet connection in this city is also stable. However, issues with security and content censorship are rampant meaning that you will need a dependable VPN.
6. Tbilisi, Georgia
You’ll love Tbilisi because of its warm and consistent weather favorable for remote work lifestyle. Additionally, the cost of living in Tbilisi is affordable, and internet connection is almost everywhere.
There are also a lot of coworking spaces in Tbilisi to give remote workers a taste of each part of the city.
Moreover, Tbilisi offers a lot of outdoor activities to make sure digital nomads don’t get bored while in the city. The community is friendly and welcoming, and there are lots of dating opportunities. If you love entrepreneurial vibes, then Tbilisi is the perfect remote working destination for you.
7. Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town is strategically located at the bottom of Africa making it a great city to work remotely. Cape Town has a lot to offer including endless opportunities to have fun, luxury value, a lot of diversity, and dating opportunities.
Cape Town also has excellent internet infrastructure giving digital nomads an opportunity to do their work.
Additionally, the city has some fantastic coworking spaces and coffee shops. You’ll love every minute of your stay in Cape Town since the town has an established transport system, the community is amiable, and the cost of living is unbelievably affordable.