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Lots of us aspire to be a digital nomad; traveling the globe, making money online while seeing the world. What’s not to love about being a digital nomad? But one of the biggest appeals of this lifestyle is being able to live this life year round. To do that, it’s a matter of finding places to live that are cheap to live, but also provide you with a good quality of life (and internet). Don’t worry, we got you covered as we share some of the best places to be a digital nomad based on the cost of living, the speed of the Wi-Fi and the quality of life the place provides.
The first location Chiang Mai, Thailand. For any nomad, Thailand is one of the most popular places for you to work remotely and for good reason. Chiang Mai specifically has many communities of remote workers there so you can expect low costs to live there, good Wi-Fi, great food and sunny weather. To put this into perspective how cheap it is there to live, numbeo.com states that Chiang Mai’s cost of living is well over 50 percent lower than living in New York City. A one-bedroom will cost you $200 to $300 per month and monthly expenses can be rounded up to an additional $500 tops. Furthermore, there is already a well established digital nomad community.
Second place on our list is Medellin, Colombia. If you’d like to stay close to your time-zone, consider Medellin. A lot of blogs also say you can get by on a little over $900 every month with one-bedroom apartment costing you roughly $625. Despite the violent past, Medellin has grown into a much safer community these days. It’s great for remote workers as there is numerous co-working spaces, free Wi-Fi at pretty much every cafe and restaurant you go to and a stellar public transportation system. Medellin is one of the cheapest places out there, but has also attracted a variety of visitors to the place.
Another great place to consider is Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. Generally speaking, cities that are in Southeast Asia are laughably cheap for digital nomads. Ho Chi Minh City is no exception with cost of living with rent included will run you $430 according to Numbeo. Seriously, a meal at a restaurant will cost you on average $1.76 with street food being even cheaper. Ho Chi Minh City is adored for its free Wi-Fi, lively nightlife, and the fact you can get away with walking everywhere.
The last on our list is the historic city of Budapest, Hungary which provides you a taste of Europe on a budget. Renting a place in the city will cost roughly $500 according to Numbeo and the other living costs will rack up an additional $600 or so. The price is well worth it though as Budapest is a hub for airlines, bringing you an assortment of people and culture alike. Furthermore, there is always something to do in a place like this.
Of course, there are many other cheap places to be, but let’s hear your thoughts. Have you ever been to these places before? Let us know in the comments below!