As the digital nomad lifestyle has gained traction in the last few years, anyone seeking a future home away from home might wonder where to go next. With the pandemic changing the world, finding the perfect destination becomes paramount for preserving this lifestyle in a safe and enjoyable way. STORAGECafé, a U.S. self storage website that focuses on responding to people’s storage needs, has issued a report highlighting some of the best locations for digital nomads. A series of metrics were considered, including cost of living, infrastructure, healthcare, level of spoken English, air quality and population density.
Here are ten of the best cities to live in as a digital nomad:
1. Da Nang, Vietnam
The first pick for digital nomads is Da Nang, one of Vietnam’s most beautiful cities and known for its long stretches of white sand beaches. With its French colonial atmosphere, the city appeals to history enthusiasts. Just outside the city, you can explore the Marble Mountains with their caves, tunnels and Buddhist shrines. Don’t miss out on the Hai Van Pass, made famous by Top Gear. As you pass through it on a motorcycle, take in the incredible ocean views. Revel in Da Nang’s colorful and rich food markets but do more than just shop around – enjoy the delicious seafood either in the restaurants or when you sample the amazing local street food.
2. Cancun, Mexico
White sand beaches and clear blue waters have brought fame to Cancun, which is sometimes dubbed the Acapulco of Mexico’s Gulf Coast. Not unlike the tourists, digital nomads seem to favor this destination that marries the practical and the pleasant. Whether they choose the Hotel Zone – the 15-mile strip where most of the well-known hotels, bars and nightlife can be found – or the Playa Forum which combines a vibrant atmosphere with a tropical feel, digital nomads can enjoy snorkeling and visiting the breathtaking Underwater Museum. A total of 500 sculptures made out of materials that help the coral reef develop can be admired as you submerge under the turquoise waters.
3. Merida, Mexico
The capital of the Mexican state of Yucatan, Merida emerges as a colorful city whose architecture echoes the Spanish colonial times. Boasting a tropical climate and white stone buildings, the place came to be known as the ‘White City.” Rich in Mayan archaeological sites such as Chichen Itza and Uxmal, the city boasts more than 6,000 freshwater sinkholes and caves called cenotes that served as sacred locations for Mayan rituals.
4. George Town, Penang Island, Malaysia
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the capital city of the Malaysian state of Penang is another highly desirable destination for digital nomads. As it happens, George Town mingles the old with the modern, catering to both the historian and the foodie digital nomad. With free Wi-Fi, good medical facilities and a lot of exhilarating hiking trails in the Penang National Park, George Town has a little bit of everything. Besides all this, the city is renowned for the best cuisine the country has to offer.
5. Oaxaca, Mexico
Laden with pre-Hispanic vestiges that blend in with the modern era, Oaxaca stands out as another favorite city for digital nomads. Oaxaca offers a spectacular 5,800-mile-long coastline where an international surf competition takes place. The incredible set of cliffs and rock formations with swimming pools at the top – known locally as “hierve el agua” – are another unique feature that make Oaxaca a very desirable city to be in. Go there if you want to experience first-hand the seven classic varieties of mole sauce that the gastronomic capital of Mexico offers.
6. Samara, Costa Rica
Boasting some of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica, and protected in a bay, Samara is easily accessible from Liberia International Airport. Thick tropical forests flank the city’s limits and, if you’re an animal lover, you’ll have plenty of chances to see monkeys, iguanas and birds that venture even close to the residential areas. It is easy to get around town by walking, especially if you’re ready to let the stunning Samara sunsets charm you as you stroll. The town caters to surfers, kayakers and other outdoor enthusiasts. This small corner of paradise is a perfect place for horseback riding, fishing, ziplining or snorkeling.
7. Florianopolis, Brazil
Dubbed the Brazilian Ibiza, Florianopolis is the tropical paradise you wish you knew about earlier. With over 40 different beaches, some wonderful waves and plenty of sunshine, there is something there for everyone. Take advantage of the beautiful setting to do some surfing and sand boarding. Outdoor-loving nomads can also do windsurfing, kitesurfing or, if they’re feeling particularly adventurous, paragliding. But the city offers so much more – a vibrant music scene that allows you to experience samba, forro, rock and setanejo. And get your seafood fix here, especially if you’re an oyster fan.
8. Medellin, Colombia
Set in a long valley between two Andean mountain ridges, Medellin promises a gorgeous setting. With its coffee plantations and flower farms, Medellin came to be known the City of Eternal Spring due to its idyllic climate. The place fares well in terms of cost of living as compared to many other cities of a similar size, and public transportation is well-organized too. You won’t have time to get bored here with fine museums, a 3D theatre, an aquarium and a vivarium to visit.
9. Koh Pha-ngan, Thailand
Koh Pha-ngan is the perfect place for digital nomads who crave an abundance of natural beauty and warm weather. Soak up the sun on the beach or seek shade under a palm tree after you go for a swim in the perfectly clear ocean waters. Go diving in order to spot the exotic marine life or the shipwrecks. This hilly island is also laden with jungles and waterfalls and so, refreshing hikes are a great idea here. If you crave a little diversity in your daily environment while you work, go grab a cup of joe in a different café every day – you are guaranteed to have a wide selection of trendy and welcoming venues in which to sample the delights of the brown beverage.
10. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
A central Mexico location, San Miguel de Allende might not be quite as popular as other Mexico destinations, but it almost always charms its visitors with its well-preserved Colonial and Spanish architecture. This is a perfect destination for digital nomads looking for a temperate climate, a vibrant arts scene and an affordable cost of living. The historic downtown boasts high walkability, so you can always find your way on foot to either the weekend festivals or the rooftop restaurants and bars of this “eternal spring” city.
All of these places are excellent choices for you if you’re armed with a sense of adventure and you crave diversity in your everyday life. If you need a place to keep your items safe while you’re away, you can use storagecafe.com to find the best option.