by Menka Dimitrovska, Lifestyle Columnist
Published in Lifestyle on 12th July, 2018
We all dream of someday seeing the whole world, travelling to exotic places and meeting people from all over the globe, but we can somehow never find the time and money for it. There's always our job or our responsibilities holding us back from living out our lives to the fullest, and travelling to the destinations of our dreams.
But what if I told you that there is a way for you to work and travel at the same, so that you can see the whole world while earning money for your travels and making a comfortable living.
So if you ever just want to pack up your laptop and your suitcase and go off to some exotic land or a beautiful urban city in Europe, here are the most affordable and welcoming places to go to.
But first, let's find out a bit more about the digital nomad lifestyle, and see if it's something you'd be interested in, in the first place.
Digital nomads are actually people who make a living working online. They earn a living doing all kinds of different online jobs while leading a nomadic lifestyle. People mostly become digital nomads for the following reasons:
There are all kinds of jobs that are available to digital nomads, including: writer, blogger, editor, proofreader, translator, ecommerce entrepreneur, social media expert, customer support and call center agent, web developer or web designer, virtual assistant, hiring consultant, illustrator, podcast editor, animator, architect, online language teacher, community manager, product manager, bookkeeper and many more.
There are a lot of a advantages of being a digital nomad. You can work from all kinds of places, including: coffee shops, co-working spaces, public libraries, at home in your pajamas or even at the beach with a coconut smoothie in your hand. As long as you have your lap top and a good internet connection, you're good to go.
Digital nomads have gained more flexibility and an ability to live their life comfortably, because of the advancement in technology over the years, such as Internet-enabled laptops, available Wi-Fi Internet, as well as a lot more nomading destinations around the globe that are more and more welcoming to digital nomads and the whole nomad lifestyle.
Virtually anyone can lead a nomadic lifestyle, although there are a few groups of people who are usually more into the whole lifestyle, including younger people, refugees, entrepreneurs and more.
The best thing about living as a digital nomad is that you'll never be restricted to one location. You can choose to live wherever you want, just as long as you have the equipment necessary to do your job, and a good internet connection. However, there are some locations that are more popular when it comes to digital nomading, mainly because of a few important factors, like: fast bandwidth, infrastructure and of course the cost of living.
Here are some of those popular locations.
Thailand is considered as the number one country for digital nomads, Bangkok being one of the most popular destinations of all.
The city has many advantages that make it a great destination for digital nomads, including a lot co-working spaces, affordable living and wonderful cuisine.
The only downside to living in Bangkok is that the city is a bit overcrowded, and the cost of living is higher than in the other, southern cities in Thailand.
Barcelona is full of wonderful and welcoming people, has lots of sunshine and there's always something to see there. There's lots of entertainment, places to visit and a nice community to be a part of. Basically, Barcelona has everything you need to begin your nomadic journey.
Medellin is one of the freshest digital nomad hotspots. It has an awesome nightlife, the cost of living is low, and there is a wonderful community of digital nomads that are already settled there, and will be more than willing to help you out, show you around, or simply hang out and share their experiences.
Although Bali has been a really popular tourist spot, it just became popular as a digital nomad spot, around 5 years ago. That was when Hubud, a co-working space opened up, and attracted thousands of digital nomads from around the world.
Hubud is a co-working space and community where creative, hardworking and enthusiastic people from around the world come together in a cozy, yet productive atmosphere, and are given the chance to work, learn, improve themselves, and meet new people that live the same life they're living.
Lisbon is a booming destination for digital nomads and tourists, and it's growing into a very popular spot for digital nomads and free-spirited travelers.
There are more and more people who move there to see what life is like and after they get a taste of Portugal they never want to go back home. That's mainly because Lisbon has a nice climate, delicious food, and a huge nomad community to hang out with and share your experiences. There are tons of activities that are organized by the community, where you can learn a lot about the digital nomad lifestyle, get to know people better, and make some new friends.
If eating tacos, and drinking cocktails by the beach while you work on your latest project doesn't excite you, then I don't know what will.
This city has become a very popular digital nomad destination over the years, simply because it's very affordable, it has awesome food and shows you new way of enjoying life.
If you want to travel the world with a single backpack and a lap top, then this should be your #1 place to go.
You'll find a perfect balance of the old venerable temples and new modern buildings in Chiang Mai. It's quite a dynamic city that has an abundance of pretty cafes and healthy inexpensive food, which makes it the perfect spot for devoted adventurers.
Chiang Mai is a paradise for shoppers and a delight for people who want to expand their horizons. There are tons of things to do there; the nightlife scene is pretty lively and you'll find lots of wonderful restaurants where you can indulge yourself in Thailand's exquisite cuisine.
The rent is also very affordable in Chiang Mai, and it's much cheaper than in Bangkok. For example, you can find a fully furnished, modern, one-bedroom apartment for around US$375/month.
The fusion of sky and see in Cape Town is what fascinates millions of tourists and thousands of digital nomads from all around the world.
If you just want a change of setting with all the benefits of the salty ocean air, then look no further, because Cape Town has got you covered.
Cape Town has mild and moderate winters and warm summers, beautiful beaches and landscapes which makes it an excellent place for free-spirited travelers and digital nomads.
Buenos Aires has a lot to offer to travelers and digital nomads, including a lot of things to do and visit, awesome and affordable places to stay, and many co-working spaces that are available to digital nomads from around the world. They have multiple co-working spaces in multiple locations around the city, with a great internet connection, comfortable working environment, friendly people and nice food and drinks.
Similar to Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City is also a very crowded, but huge city which means that it will be a bit more costly to live in than some of the other locations we mentioned today. Since we're talking about a big city with over 8 million people, you can expect to find a lot of location spots for digital nomads, where you can work side-by-side with people like you, share your experience with them and help each other out.
Saigon is a great location for digital nomads, where you can find lots of affordable co-working spaces, for less than US$100/month, where you can work in an office-like environment and socialize with people in a comfortable environment with a reliable and fast internet connection.
Since many of these locations have become increasingly popular among the nomad community, people have even formed digital nomads' communities, and there's also been an increase of cafes and co-working spaces especially designed for digital nomads.
If you're still not sure where to head on next or how to start your whole digital nomadic experience, you can visit the WiFi Tribe, see what's on their calendar next, and maybe join them in their co-living and co-working expedition around the world.
So if you're ready to leave your predictable old life behind, and make travelling a priority, then you can join tens of thousands of digital nomads and start living your life in the most liberating and fulfilling way possible.