These Are the 5 Best Cities For Life as a Digital Nomad

The internet has given rise to a new kind of employee — the remote worker. From freelancers providing their services on online portals like UpWork, PeoplePerHour, and Freelancer.com, and raking in thousands of dollars per month to companies like Automattic, Basecamp and FlexJobs that especially thrive on the remote-worker model, there are lots of successful examples of this model’s worth.

While most companies still require you to come to an office and put in the regular work hours, there has been a general shift. Some even argue that as long as you have a fast internet connection, it doesn’t really matter if you are separated by a cubicle or a 1000 miles. As demonstrated by a Chinese travel website, CTrip, workers can be a lot more productive when working from their home (although this is not always the case).

These employees and freelancers who work remotely are generally referred to as Digital Nomads. They work remotely, be it from their home, or a coffee shop or a public library, or well, any place with a good internet connection. In fact, most digital nomads take advantage of this to live in different countries, working on the go.

What is Nomad List?

Nomad List is a crowdfunded database of the best cities in the world for digital nomads. Analyzing over two hundred thousand data points, the web portal has compiled an incredibly detailed list of every city along with their average internet speeds, expenses (living, food, etc.) as well as the Fun and Safety ranking among other factors.

Here is a full list of factors tracked by Nomad List for every city,

  • ? Quality of life
  • ? Cost of living
  • ⛅️ Weather
  • ? Air quality
  • ? Walkability
  • ? Fun
  • ? Safety
  • ✌️ Peace
  • ? Internet
  • ? Traffic safety
  • ? Healthcare
  • ️️☺️ Happiness
  • ? Nightlife
  • ? Adult nightlife
  • ? Free WiFi in city
  • ? Places to work from
  • ❄️ A/C or heating
  • ? Friendly to foreigners
  • ? English speaking
  • ? Freedom of speech
  • ? Racial tolerance
  • ? Female friendly
  • ? Gay friendly
  • ? Startup Score

All these factors are analyzed to compute a Nomad Score for the city — currently, Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand, retains the top spot with a 5/5 score, followed by Bali, Indonesia, with 4.97 out of 5.

You can find more information about each city like travel guides, detailed cost of living, flight plans and even meet and chat with people in a listed city through the website’s forums. Since all the data is crowdfunded, you can also provide your own ranking.

Top 5 Cities for Digital Nomads

1.Bangkok, Thailand

? Nomad Score™: 5/5
?Quality of life: good
?Cost of living: good
⛅️ Weather: okay
? Air quality : good
? Walkability : great
? Fun : good
? Safety : okay
Peace : Bad
? Internet : 40mbps

 

2. Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

? Nomad Score™: 4.97/5
?Quality of life: good
?Cost of living: good
⛅️ Weather: good
? Air quality : okay
? Walkability : great
? Fun : great
? Safety : okay
Peace : okay
? Internet : 5mbps

3. Barcelona, Spain

? Nomad Score™: 4.79/5
?Quality of life: great
?Cost of living: okay
⛅️ Weather: okay
? Air quality : great
? Walkability : great
? Fun : great
? Safety : good
Peace : good
? Internet : 26mbps

 

4. Chiang Mai, Thailand

? Nomad Score™: 4.68/5
?Quality of life: good
?Cost of living: good
⛅️ Weather: great
? Air quality : good
? Walkability : great
? Fun : good
? Safety : good
Peace : bad
? Internet : 20mbps

 

5. Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

? Nomad Score™: 4.7/5
?Quality of life: good
?Cost of living: good
⛅️ Weather: good
? Air quality : okay
? Walkability : okay
? Fun : good
? Safety : okay
Peace : okay
? Internet : 15mbps

 

Image — midlifebackpacker


  • Pragmatic ?

    Fun: good in Bangkok. It should be great ?

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