Top Digital Nomad Cities in 2019

July 2, 2019

The most important elements are:

  • Internet connection
  • Inspiration
  • Cost of living
By the year 2035 there may be as many as 1 billion digital nomads roaming the planet. With their laptop in their backpacks, the world is their oyster. We look at five of the best digital nomad cities for 2019:

Canggu is situated by the sea on the sandy coast of Bali. If you want to surf in the mornings, work in the afternoons and watch the sunset in the evenings then this is the location for you.

Almost every hotel, café and restaurant in Canggu has WiFi connections and the general internet speed in Bali is enough to stream videos and upload content. If you prefer a co-working space head to Dojo Bali. Dojo Bali describes itself as “a place to connect, work, collaborate and surf”. Digital nomads can even rent private accommodation at Dojo Bali. Facilities include meeting rooms, high-speed internet, working desks, café… and a pool.

The cost of living in Bali is relatively cheap, $10 - $20 US dollars a day gets you three meals, coffee and a drink.

With good food, rich culture and amazing weather, Canggu may be the place to find the work-life balance you’ve always wanted.

Buenos Aires is a historical city full of wonderful architecture and famous steakhouses. This diverse and colourful capital city provides inspiration to a large community of digital nomads thanks to its 65+ co-working spaces.

When not working, you can immerse yourself in the vibrant culture. Explore the city to find European architecture, theatres and art galleries. When you are working, you can head to one of many Starbucks or local coffee shops to plug in and work away. The cost of living in Buenos Aires is very affordable with the average meal costing $5.49. Accommodation gets cheaper the further you move from the city centre and there’s a very reliable transport system for getting around.

Meeting other digital nomads in Buenos Aires is easy and many veteran nomads are eager to meet you and show you the ropes. There are online meet-up groups, a Facebook community and weekly language socials in the city to meet nomads and locals – enhancing your experience in Buenos Aires. 

Chang Mai is a perfect digital nomad location to get those creative juices flowing. Classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the mountainous city has many ancient temples and beautiful nature parks.

Another selling point for Chang Mai is the cost of living. The average digital nomad could rent a studio apartment, a scooter, access a co-working space and eat for $600 a month. There are many options when it comes to choosing a co-working space in Chang Mai and you can expect to find fast WiFi in most of them. You can also visit one of the city’s many buzzing cafés to complete your work while enjoying some coffee.

Digital nomad meet-ups happen weekly and making friends with likeminded people is easy. While there try Muay Thai boxing classes or learn to cook the Thai way.

Lisbon has emerged as one of the main digital nomad hubs in Europe, often referred to “The Chang Mai of Europe”.  Packed with funky cafés, buzzing bars and an amazing night life, digital nomads can work hard and play hard!

Slightly more expensive than Asia, Lisbon is more suited to those digital nomads with a bigger budget. A one bed apartment in the city can cost anything between $600 and $1,000 dollars. But nomads can expect a higher quality of life in Lisbon too. Inspiration can be found in one of the city’s Creative Artistic Hubs located among art galleries, museums and pubs. And when the creative block strikes? Go surfing! 

The nomad community in Lisbon is known for being very friendly. There’s weekly meet ups and a Facebook community to find out what’s happening in the city. Some of the co-working spaces organise regular networking events for nomads too.

Mexico City is home to many digital nomads who stay for the culture, history, and food! There are over 150 museums to visit and a range of activities to enjoy when you’re not working – it’s the kind of city you could spend years exploring and still make new discoveries!

When you are working, you can choose between renting a co-working space, heading to a café or visiting one of the local parks. WiFi is readily available in the city. The cost of living in Mexico City is lower than the USA and Europe. A digital nomad can live on $1,000 a month renting a little outside the city centre and making use of the great transport service.

With such a huge digital nomad community, meeting others is easy, speak to people in your co-working space and log on to Meetup or Facebook to join your nearest meet up group.

Living and working in a wonderful location can feel like living the dream. But don’t forget accidents and illness do happen. Protect your health with comprehensive international health insurance.