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20 Best Cities For Digital Nomads: In the USA And Other Countries- Expansion Of Global Mobility

Friday, October 15, 2021
Happy digital nomad working on her laptop behind a tiki bar by the beach

Since the Covid-19 virus hit the world in 2020, more and more people have decided to work online in order to earn a living. Some stayed in the online working world while others returned back to their office life if they could. But, one of the best things about working online is that you can work remotely, meaning from anywhere in the world, and become a digital nomad

However, with the travel bug biting a lot of remote workers they want to travel, explore the world and earn along the way. Now people can work remotely in the best countries for digital nomads with only an updated visa, and internet connection. But, where would you as a digital nomad want to live? And what are the best places for you to live and work in? Well, let’s find out. 

First, What are Digital Nomads?

Digital nomadism is a lifestyle where you can choose to work anywhere in the world as long as you have a high-quality internet connection to get your work done. These remote workers can be programers, content writers or creators, IT professionals, etc. Basically if they can do it on a PC, Mac, or laptop they can live anywhere. 

A lady working remotely in a cafe


Digital nomads tend to not want to be locked down to one location meaning that they would often rent apartments or cars instead of owning them. This, alone, gives them the freedom of moving from place to place in a matter of moments. Furthermore, many of them would rather work in co-work spaces with other digital nomads as a way to socialize during their breaks. This can also be a great way to figure out their next working location. 

As well as being a great home office solution for those that get distracted easily while working from home. 

But, where would you like to start? Well, we have found 10 of the best places in the USA for digital nomads to get their feet wet. As well as another 10 across the border for those that are more on the adventurous side of traveling. 

10 Best Cities for Digital Nomads in the USA

Miami 

A hotspot for not only remote workers, but also corporates. Miami has seen an uprise in corporate relocation making it the go to place for anyone looking to be around like-minded, hard-working people. Plus, the sun, beach, food, and entertainment make Miami the place to be, for especially people in the IT industry. Furthermore, there is a discount on property tax as well as lesser Covid-19 restrictions (currently). The latter can certainly make life a lot easier. If the greats are making the move to Miami, why would you want to be left behind? 

A unique looking lifeguard house on Miami Beach


Jacksonville

Another city in the USA that is very welcoming to digital nomads is Jacksonville. This sunny city offers 22 miles of awesome sandy beaches as well as a surplus of services, and activities. Plus, it also has a lot of co-working office spaces. Not to mention golf lessons as well as brewery tours. And the rent in Jacksonville is said to be 960 USD monthly. While working is important, and the main reason for your move, it is also important to take a break and enjoy the city. You know what they say about all work and no play? 

Austin

Texas is the biggest state in the USA. However, the city that stands out the most compared to the others in Austin. Austin is an awesome city for music lovers, foodies, and even artistic types. With so many museums, live concerts, and bars with local live performances your nightlife will be on the rise. It is a great place for digital nomads who have a fine ear for new music. Plus, it also has a lot of co-working spaces as well as furniture rental services. 

Las Vegas

When one thinks of gambling in the United States, the first city that pops to mind is Las Vegas. It is a city filled with lights, art, and character. While it is home to gambling this city has so much more to offer outside of the casino. It has shopping, great nightlife and the outdoors are amazing. You hike as well as do numerous other activities which we will not spoil for you. Furthermore, there are plenty of houses that are not bad on the pocket to rent. 

High angle of Las Vegas at sunrise or sunset

Boise

Sticking to the theme of outdoor activities, if you are a lover of nature and hiking then head down to Boise, Idaho. This city has tons of rivers, hiking trails, and lakes to keep you busy. And Boise is also the home of mobile homes aka RV. It includes not only RV parking but also RV repairs. Perfect for the digital nomad that literally takes their work on the road. 

Asheville

A city in North Carolina is a huge draw for a lot of digital nomads, and it is called Asheville. This city offers wonderful natural views and wonders such as The Orange Peel, Blue Ridge Mountains, as well as the Blue Ridge Parkway. And it is also home to the Tupelo Honey. Furthermore, it hosts live bluegrass music, as well as having tasty and fantastic food just waiting to get inside your stomach. So have a snack while enjoying the wonderful outdoors in between staring at a screen for hours on end. 

Fort Collins

Do you love the outdoors? But, you also have a strong desire to drink beer? Then Fort Collins in Colorado is calling your name. This digital nomad’s dream workplace has outstanding nature reserves and it is also known for its biking culture. Furthermore, it is the home of the Horsetooth Reservoir, Noosa Yoghurt, as well as the New Belgium Brewing Company. As well as countless hiking trails, bars, and parks for you to enjoy in your free time. 

Horsetooth Reservoir during winter


Charleston

We have mentioned North Carolina, and we would be amiss if we did not point out a home for digital nomads in South Carolina. Charleston may sound like a fancy name but this awesome city has tons of available rentals usually at 1, 645 USD monthly just waiting for a remote worker to make it their home. And, it does not lack getaways such as Folly Beach or Sullivan’s Island. You can also check out Leon’s Fine Poultry and Oysters, Xiao Bao Biscuits as well as Husk. 

Nashville

When it comes to looking for a place to move to for remote work, outside of work hours, there are some things you have to keep in mind: rent, food, and entertainment. Nashville in Tennessee has all these and more. Known for its surplus of country music it is also the home of hot chicken and a great shopping scene. Nashville has Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack, Hattie B’s, as well as Robert’s Western World. So grab your cowboy hat, or buy one down there, and get your toes tapping and your fingers greasy. 

San Jose 

California is viewed as the birthplace of the sun. But, with so many cities in this hot state, where is a digital nomad to go? Well, San Jose, of course. This city has plenty to offer digital nomads from its international food scene, tons of outdoor activities, and Architectural landmarks. As well as the incredible Tech Museum of Innovation. You will never be bored, nor lonely, in your new digital nomad home of San Jose.  

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10 Best Cities for Digital Nomads Outside of The USA

Lagos, Portugal

Going across the border from the US you can make your way to Lagos in Portugal. It is a great place for remote workers who love to hit the waves since it is within walking distance of some of the most breathtaking beaches that Portugal has to offer. And, it has many co-working spaces for you to meet new people. Furthermore, it has sunny weather throughout the year. 

Madeira Island, Portugal

Keeping it in Portugal we have Madeira Island. This island has grown in popularity with digital nomads due to its wonderful landscapes, as well as its mild climate. Great for those that are not fans of the Portuguese heat. And, to top it all off it has the first Nomad Village which is a free workspace for digital nomads. This space is found in John do Passos Cultural Center. It offers free Wi-Fi from 8 in the morning to 10 in the evening, every day. 

Post-covid remote workers working in a co-working office wearing masks


Melbourne, Australia

Going down under we have Melbourne in Australia. It is a great place for not only those that love the surf but are also into interesting-looking animals which are not really seen anywhere else in the world. It also offers a fun nightlife, as well as a lot to do during the day when your schedule is not too tight. As well as being home to top-rated universities and a lively coffee scene.

Phuket, Thailand

Thailand has many great cities in it, but a clear stand-out is Phuket. This island is a great place for digital nomads due to its scenery. As well as many adventurous activities. Plus, it is not too expensive to live in. 

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town is the city to go to for those that cannot decide if they want the mountains or the beaches, since it has both. The shores can be a touch cold but the waves are worth it. And Table Mountain is a sight to behold as well as to hike up. Plus, it has great nightlife as well as tons of theaters around. 

City center of Cape Town with Table Mountain on the left

Bali, Indonesia

A place that attracts a lot of digital nomads, certainly those that love Instagram, is Bali. It is a tropical island that has plenty of cafes with high-speed Wi-Fi, wonderful beaches as well as jungles for a change of pace. 

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

If you are looking for a blend of modern with ancient civilization then look no further than Hong Kong. It has an incredible mixture of old and new in a city with an amazing skyline. Plus, it attracts many international remote workers who also want to experience and live in Asian culture. And the food is really good too.  

Madrid, Spain

The capital of Spain is also a hub for digital nomads, and it is no surprise why. It has museums, restaurants, and amazing nightclubs. Therefore, if you are looking for that then Madrid is the place to move to. It is also home to many international corporations as well as startups. But, you may have to learn Spanish a bit to get by. 

Medellin, Colombia

The city of eternal spring aka Medellin in Colombia is a huge draw for many digital nomads. It is gorgeous due to its lush green valley as well as having mild weather all year long. It is a thriving community for startups, corporations, remote workers, and even a few (more like many) entrepreneurs. And, the locals are known for being super friendly which is always a plus.  

Montreal, Canada

If you are wanting to travel, but do not want to go way too far from the US, then why not move to the USA's northern brother, Canada? Montreal is the place to be for digital nomads that love the snowfall in winter. This city has amazing architecture, and the friendliest people you will ever meet. It is the Canadian way. 

Montreal skyline during the day


But these are only 20 of the best places for digital nomads to move to. The choice depends on you, since there are many wonderful cities in the world just waiting for you to explore them. 

Interstate and Long Distance Moves

Go Places With Shyft 

Digital nomads are getting the traveling bug, and have a desire to move to a new location. However, moving is often very time-consuming, stressful, and in some cases confusing. But, there is a moving solution to your worries, and it is Shyft. 

Shyft is the go-to in the moving industry when it comes to organizing and getting their clients to their new work homes. They are easy to use and offer high-quality service, advice, and do the annoying “paperwork” for you.  

What Shyft does is that they give you your own Move Coach to help with your relocation. This person will video chat with you at a time that suits your schedule. During this chat, they will make you an inventory list based on the items you want to move. Then in half an hour, you will  receive this list so that you can check it and make changes if need be. 

An employee checking a to-do list on the office table


After that is all sorted, Shyft will search for not one, but three quotes from three different, and experienced moving companies that want to take up your job. They will send you these three quotes, that is guaranteed so that you can make a choice. 

 Shyft can help you with all types of moves from domestic relocation, international relocation, or even moving out of state. And your Move Coach can be connected 24 hours a day, every day of the week. This means that if you have questions or concerns about anything regarding your move, you can send them a message, and they will come to your virtual aid.  

And There Is More To It 

Furthermore, if you are relocating due to the company that you work for making you do so then you can suggest that that company uses Shyft virtual card aka Shyft Card, to send you the relocation costs. Using the Shyft Card can help the company keep track of the cash management as well as allow you instant payments regarding your relocation costs. 

Plus, if you are a remote worker looking for a home then Shyft also has you covered. You can visit their home and lifestyle section on their easy-to-navigate website and check out the “Inspired Living” option. Furthermore, while you are on this page you can also check out what you can buy in terms of furniture and you will get discounts to save you a few bucks. Therefore, let Shyft get your moving checklist ready, and get ready to move with the help of Shyft.

Remote workers having a zoom call in home office