If you need a little inspiration as you set your sights on a nomadic life, begin your search with these ten trending cities for remote workers. Each boast a Nomad Score of 100% on Nomad List, proving that they are ideal spots to live out your work and personal dreams.
1. Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiang Mai, or the “rose of the North”, is Thailand’s largest northern city that boasts a more mountainous, calming alternative to the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. It still retains vestiges of the Old City with monasteries, barefoot monks, and a plethora of history, but has now turned into an urban hub that’s ripe for digital nomads.
2. Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon is one of the friendliest places you’ll ever visit. A truly illuminated city, the constant presence of sunshine over the Tagus River transforms this Portuguese capital into a mirror of a thousand colors, highlighting the city’s unique architecture.
3. Budapest, Hungary
The City of the Danube, Budapest is Hungary’s capital and is filled with beautiful historic architecture, hot springs and sophisticated cuisine. It’s hard not to be taken aback by all this city has to offer, earning its spot as one of the more vibrant cities in Europe and a definite mainstay for those looking to become completely absorbed and inspired.
Lima has absolutely earned its spot as the capital of Peru. With a population close to 10 million people, anyone can find their place in this massive city. Lima may be known by the world for their food—they claim three restaurants in “The World’s 50 best restaurants” but the city has much more to offer than fine dining.
5. Cape Town, South Africa
A bustling metropolis on the coast, Cape Town has unmatched views and a backdrop that can’t be beat: it sits on a peninsula beneath Table Mountain. It’s known as one of the most wanderlust-y cities for good reason. With plenty of diverse offerings such as unique flora and fauna, drool-worthy beach side towns, and a cool urban edge, this city is a must visit cultural destination.
6. Medellin, Colombia
There’s lots to uncover in this Colombian city that’s nicknamed the “City of Eternal Spring” and now best known for its textile manufacturing industry. It’s pulsing with discos, street performers and a cultural renaissance that’s put the city on the radar of many travelers who were once wary of the effects of its notorious cocaine cartel in the 1980s. With a population of 2.5 million people, each neighborhood feels like its own city, so there’s plenty to explore.
7. Bordeaux, France
The city of Bordeaux is one of France’s most charming cities. Known as the “City of Art and History,” it is home to some 360+ historical monuments, with some buildings dating back to Roman times.
8. Kiev, Ukraine
The cultural capital of Ukraine, Kiev is full of golden domes and eclectic architecture which puts it on the map as the top stop to visit in Ukraine. Plus, it’s got a lively underground arts and nightlife scene with a bohemian vibe that’s really focused on boosting their own local performers and musicians to drive the scene.
9. Valencia, Spain
Compared to its vibrant older sisters Madrid and Barcelona, Valencia has a calm, cool, and collected vibe. It’s a mixture of contemporary masterpieces and intricate architecture from the past—and the locals have a deep appreciation for their culture paired with an eye for modern design and innovation.
10. Stockholm, Sweden
Stockholm exudes a cool, fashion-forward vibe amidst its cobblestoned streets and medieval architecture. Spread across 14 islands and 57 bridges, this city is filled with both eclectic and traditional neighborhoods, all colorful and cozy at the same time. Luckily it’s easy to stroll around so you never feel too disconnected from exploring the other parts.
This post was written by Arielle Crane and Mary Murphy, as part of our Digital Nomad series.
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