If you work from home and you’ve had international travel on your mind lately, you may have wondered: what are the best countries to work remotely? While we were previously herded into cubicle prisons before the pandemic, many of us are now free to undertake everyday duties at home, the cafe, and even overseas.
And for those of us who work freelance or have an exceptionally flexible work schedule, we can even clock in from an entirely different country altogether. Once you’ve taken the various precautions, you can travel worry-free.
But where on the globe should you settle upon once the dust settles and the borders are all opened up again? We’ll cover eight exotic suggestions in this nifty list.
Boasting sugary white beaches, dense tropical jungles, and cool, cosmopolitan cities, Thailand enthralls remote workers with its modern amenities and exotic oriental vibe. And even though the cost of living has risen sharply in recent years, it’s still laughably affordable for anyone on a Western wage.
Most of the cool kids hang out at cafes and co-working spaces in Chang Mai, a charming highland city and burgeoning digital nomad hub. If you’d rather live your best bohemian life, Bangkok is hard to beat—think chic rooftop bars and swanky dining digs. For blissful beaches, lug your laptop to one of the jaw-dropping Thai islands: Koh Tao, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Samui…Koh pretty-much-anything will do.
Although there are many great destinations around the globe, Thailand is considered by many to be the holy grail of the best countries to work remotely.
Although it’s not the cheapest country on our list, Germany has become a hotbed of hip young nomads for its über -cool capital, Berlin. As the alternative culture epicenter of Europe, it’s packed full of galleries and museums, plus you’ll find a plethora of bohemian bars and booming clubs.
An inclusive artsy vibe attracts creatives, while its skyrocketing start-up scene lures in scores of techie types—the digital community here is on point. With a modest living cost (by European standards) and a generous freelancing visa, many remote workers end up extending their stay.
Looking to get serious bang for your buck? Then look no further than Vietnam, an enchanting South East Asian nation with a hilariously low cost of living. A steamy bowl of delicious street food will set you back under a buck, and you’ll live like a king on a modest monthly salary ($1,500 or so).
But cost isn’t the only drawcard. Vietnam is awash with exotic destinations to explore, from the misty rice paddies of the Sapa highlands to the craggy karst peaks of Halong Bay. Most remote workers base themselves in bustling Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi. For a less hectic urban lifestyle, try Da Nang instead.
A crime-riddled wasteland only a few decades ago, Colombia has weeded out the riffraff to become one of the top tourist destinations in Latin America. Its pretty palm thronged beaches are the whitest on the continent bar Brazil, and the scenery is splendid from the Andean peaks right down to the steamy Amazon.
Although Medellin boasts the biggest remote work scene for its stunning topography and persistently pleasant weather, there are other urban centers to consider. Bogota is big and bashful (albeit a little cold), Cali spices things up with steamy salsa clubs, and Cartagena oozes old-school colonial charm. Take your pick.
An affordable oasis amid a sea of pricey Euro nations, Portugal has long been luring in the geo-arbitrage set. Awe-inspiring architecture, exquisite cuisine, and a thriving digital nomad scene make Lisbon the star of the show—but there’s plenty to be said for the stunning scenery and delicious dessert wine in Porto, too.
Portugal is going to great lengths to welcome this new wave of remote working wanderers. The country now boasts an enticing freelance visa and a nomad village on the archipelago of Madeira.
Volcanoes belch on the horizon. Palm trees sway on coral-fringed beaches. Millions of mopeds hurtle through labyrinth-like streets at breakneck speed—this is Indonesia, an archipelago of 18,000 islands. And it’s wonderfully wild.
But much of the country isn’t primed for the digital nomad set, so most laptop-wielding vagabonds make their way to Bali, a Hindu enclave ram-packed full of Instagram-worthy waterfalls. Canggu is the beach town of choice, a mishmash of hip co-working spaces and chic cafes serving acai berry bowls and cold-drip coffee. Pack a yoga mat and make haste to Ubud if you’d rather chill with the new-age spiritual crowd.
Viva la Mexico—or, rather, viva en Mexico. This vibrant Latin American nation is a fantastic remote work destination for its high-speed internet, cool eclectic cities, and endless spicy tacos. Blissful Caribbean beaches lure sun-seekers to the Yucatán Peninsula (Tulum is so hot right now) while gnarly surf breaks pound the Pacific Coast.
If urban living is your jam, Mexico City is a marvelous albeit chaotic metropolis—choose Oaxaca for a relaxed pace of life. Massive Mayan pyramids and colossal colonial cathedrals lie peppered in-between, and you’ll never venture far from a mouthwatering burrito.
Georgia was barely a blip on the radar a decade ago, but now this enticing Central Asian destination is becoming a remote work mecca. Friendly locals, jaw-dropping scenery, and a nonsensical exchange rate draw digital nomads in droves.
Capital city Tbilisi claims the lion’s share for its well-developed infrastructure and gorgeous European-esque architecture. In the bustling city center, luxurious two-bedroom apartments go for a pittance on Airbnb, and there’s never any shortage of world-class local wine to try. With their official Digital Nomad Visa, Georgia is perhaps one of the easiest best countries to work remotely without jumping through the diplomatic loops of hunting for the proper visa.
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