Top 5 Cities for Digital Nomads

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Pier 7. Credit: Dubai Tourism

Working remotely has given people the freedom to work from anywhere. Many people have taken this as an opportunity to travel while they work, and some cities and countries have responded by welcoming these workers and, in turn, becoming popular destinations for remote working.

Toronto, Canada

Toronto, Canada is a great city to live in. It’s safe, with good public transport and plenty of green spaces to relax in. Whether you enjoy nature or love the nightlife, Toronto can accommodate you. With a diverse population that is known for being friendly and the majority of the city’s residents being born elsewhere, Toronto is accepting of travellers and has a lot to offer to remote workers. 

Antigua and Barbuda

An exciting development in the remote working space are the remote working visas that many countries have launched. Some of the Caribbean islands including the dual island nation, Antigua and Barbuda, have recently done so, with a 2-year visa for single remote workers and freelancers that allows travellers to stay while also freely travelling the islands.

The islands have a well-developed telecommunications system with high-quality, high-speed internet, so connecting is not an issue. Antigua and Barbuda have sun-drenched beaches, fresh and delicious vegetation, as well as a culture of sailing for travellers looking for a change of pace. 

This means that you can work in any part of the world from Antigua as if you were in the comfort of your own home. New workers can enjoy many levels of accommodation, the new restaurants, 365 beaches, historic sites, magnificent landscapes, gyms, water sports, fishing and deep-sea diving.

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Images courtesy of Visit Lisboa (Visit Lisbon).

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal is also inviting digital nomads. As a city that has a low crime rate, wonderful weather, and an abundance of beauty and culture to enjoy, Lisbon has excellent opportunities for remote workers. Many locals are proficient in English and the cost of living in the city is not prohibitively high. Portugal also has the D7 visa which digital nomads can apply for and use to work remotely. 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The capital city of the Netherlands, Amsterdam, always ranks highly amongst remote working destinations. The city has a high quality of life, a growing economy, and the Dutch are known to be some of the happiest people on Earth. The locals are also generally highly proficient in English and welcoming towards people of all races and cultural backgrounds—another reason that so many travellers hold the city in high regard.

The bicycle is the preferred mode of transportation, and the public transport is excellent, so getting around is not an issue. Remote working was popular in the city even before the pandemic, so digital nomads will not feel out of place. The Netherlands allows digital nomads to register as independent workers in the country and stay on with a long-stay visa. The other great thing is that it’s easy to rent a home in Amsterdam, with a wide variety of properties available to meet different budgets for different digital nomads.

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Dubai, UAE

Dubai in the UAE has spent millions of dollars over the past few decades on building infrastructure for remote working. With the introduction of a year-long remote working visa, public WiFi and a number of co-working spaces, it is leading the pack in making itself an attractive digital nomad destination. Dubai also has a number of attractions to explore, including incredible shopping opportunities, beaches, desert experiences and theme parks. Dubai is also super safe, so it’s understandable why so many skilled workers are flocking there for “workcations.”

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Burj Khalifa. Credit: Dubai Tourism

Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand is unique for offering modern technology in a coastal city that boasts beautiful sunny weather. The country’s first language is English, and the city has a diverse and multicultural population. While New Zealand is quite out of the way, the country has some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the world. Auckland is also an extremely safe city, offering its residents a high quality of life. It may be just the place for those more akin to a quieter way of life. 

There are so many opportunities to see the world and experience new cultures and cities. WIth more and more governments inviting remote workers and offering visas to stay in their countries, the trend of working and travelling is here to stay. Take a chance on a new space and see what amazing opportunities may arise. 

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