5 Best Cities to Work and Travel for Digital Nomads in 2019 A guide to 5 working-friendly travel destinations

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Are you one of those who always dreams of traveling and working remotely? Or you have already become a Digital Nomad?

As data shows, 4.8 million independent workers currently describe themselves as digital nomads.

But what are digital nomads?

Digital Nomads” are people who choose to embrace a location-independent, technology-enabled lifestyle that allows them to travel and work remotely, anywhere in the world.”

Due to cheap flights and access to technology, people now have the opportunity to work wherever and whenever they are on vacation.

It does not matter whether you want to work while lying and drinking Sangria on the Barceloneta beach or prefer to enjoy some local snacks while working in a small local café in Bangkok.

Whenever you feel frustrated by the current lifestyle and are eager for a new adventure, you only have to pack the luggage, bring your laptop and then you can get to different cities in a few hours.

Now, prepare your new iPad Pro & Apple Pencil and get ready to take some notes. As the new year has come, it is time for you to check where you can go as your next destination if you want to work and travel remotely in 2019.

In this article, we will recommend some places that we think you should not miss this year and give you a short overview of them regarding the cost, weather condition, internet connectivity, and other factors.

Taipei

Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan, is recognized as the friendliest city for expats in the world. The results of research show that Taipei is the winner of the Expat City Ranking in 2018. Even though there might be the language barrier between the foreign travelers and the local, the local people are always helpful and try to find a solution for whatever problem.

Total of 6 metro lines can bring you to many places in Taipei City. There is even a new metro line that allows you to go from the airport directly to the central station. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, you can make a short hiking trip to Elephant Mountain (Xiangshan) and have the best view of Taipei city.

If you are a foodie, Taipei is also famous for its local night markets and variety of food choices from all over the world. You may even have heard of the internationally known Taiwanese restaurant – Din Tai Fung, where you can try some the most world-famous xiaolongbao (steamed dumplings). There are even lots of unique coffee bars with high-speed internet for you to spend the whole afternoon working there.

Soup Dumplings, Source: Din Tai Fung

Furthermore, if you have some more time to visit another city, the High-Speed Rail (HSR) will take you only roughly 95 and 86 minutes from Taipei to another excellent city for digital nomads in the south – Kaohsiung and to Taiwan’s oldest city famous for historical architectures and local food – Tainan.

While the accommodation in Taipei would probably cost, the expense of food and transport in Taipei are generally affordable, not to mention 24/7 7-Eleven convenience stores, where you can get some meals and snacks whenever you want.

If you are searching for a city to work remotely but still want to fulfill your desire for delicious cuisines, Taipei is the city you should not miss in 2019.

💸Cost: 8/10

🌞Weather: 6/10

📶Internet connectivity: 8/10

👮Safety: 9/10

🚊Travel & Transport: 9/10

🍹Leisure options (nightlife): 6/10

💻Work-friendly places in the city: 9/10

😃Friendliness: 9/10

 

Barcelona

It is not surprising that Barcelona is on our recommendation list. Barcelona has been identified as one of the most attractive cities not only to travelers but also to digital nomads.

It has everything you can think of. If you are the kind of person that likes the outdoor activities, Barcelona offers you a perfect climate to hike on the mountains and free access to a 5 km beach strand to get a nice healthy suntan.

Barcelona is also an excellent city for networking. It is one of the top 5 freelancer cities in Europe. As a result, the network in Barcelona is considered large, and you can expect to easily make new contacts.

If you like to work with other like-minded people, you can find several coworking spaces in the city. But if you are looking for a spot that has the vibes like at a café but still prefer it to be quiet, Coco Coffice Café will unquestionably become one of your favorites. The price you pay depends on how long you want to stay. They offer total flexibility, not to mention the inclusive unlimited coffee, tea, and snacks.

Coco Coffice’s Indoors, Source: Coco Coffice

💸Cost: 6/10

🌞Weather: 8/10

📶Internet connectivity: 9/10

👮Safety: 7/10

🚊Travel & Transport: 9/10

🍹Leisure options (nightlife): 9/10

💻Work-friendly places in the city: 9/10

😃Friendliness: 6/10

 

Singapore

Even though Singapore is a small nation, it has become South East Asia’s commerce capital as well as one of the world’s largest trading ports and financial centers.

Due to its rich culture, which blends Chinese, Malay and Indian, Singapore is considered an international networking hub in South East Asia. However, one thing to mention is that despite being a melting pot, Singapore is the place that is easy for anyone to be free from worries of safety.

When it comes to weather in Singapore, you can expect it to be warm all year around. However, it does rain often, especially in the afternoons and early evenings during the wet season – November, December, and January.

Even so, it is a warm tropical rain, and you will not feel cold. Singapore is also filled with green areas, which is excellent for those who are cycling and jogging enthusiasts.

Being a hub for digital nomads, Singapore does have a variety of places to work at. There many cafés all over the city, not to mention coworking spaces for those who prefer a more work-focused environment to finish some tasks while enjoying the city. Singapore also offers a good transport system, which makes it easier for you to get around the city and try out different working spots.

Coworking Space, Source: Collision 8

Despite so many strengths, the only drawback could be the cost. Singapore is considered as one of the most expensive cities in the world. Thus, even though you should give Singapore a try, you’d better check on your budget beforehand.

💸Cost: 5/10

🌞Weather: 6/10

📶Internet connectivity: 9/10

👮Safety: 9/10

🚊Travel & Transport: 9/10

🍹Leisure options (nightlife): 6/10

💻Work-friendly places in the city: 9/10

😃Friendliness: 6/10

 

Copenhagen

Not long ago, Copenhagen has just been ranked as the Top 1 city to visit in 2019 by Lonely Planet. When it comes to Copenhagen, the first thing comes to your mind is probably the world’s famous Hans Christian Andersen and The Little Mermaid.

Nyhavn, Copenhagen, Source: Instagram @mnmltsai

However, it is much more than that. Copenhagen and Denmark are also renowned for its hygge culture, which makes them one of the happiest countries in the world.

Hygge, which is pronounced “hoo-ga”, stands for a concept of feeling cozy and enjoying the moment. It is true that Danish know how to balance their life and work as well as.

Most of the time, family and friends are the most important things to them. However, when Danish are at work, they put 100% focus on jobs that needed to be done, and Copenhagen is always on the list of the world’s most attractive cities for startup and still growing.

In Copenhagen, if you want to work in a Danish “hygge” way, finding a cozy spot at a small café will be the first thing. There are a variety of coffee bars in the city or the neighbor areas.

For example, the well-known coffee bar, The Coffee Collective, aims to create exceptional coffee and have several different spaces for you to enjoy the coffee and work. If you are a coffee lover, you should never miss this lovely coffee bar.

Another suitable place could be the canteens of universities, such as CBS or KU. Even though they might not offer you coffee whose quality is as good as that of The Coffee Collective, you definitely can find some cheaper food options and spacious area for you to be productive during the afternoons.

However, a higher expense is usually expected in Copenhagen, especially the accommodation. All you can do is to plan and book as early as possible.

Even so, if you are planning your next trip, you should definitely consider Copenhagen and take a journey there in 2019.

💸Cost: 5/10

🌞Weather: 6/10

📶Internet connectivity: 9/10

👮Safety: 8/10

🚊Travel & Transport: 9/10

🍹Leisure options (nightlife): 8/10

💻Work-friendly places in the city: 9/10

😃Friendliness: 8/10

 

Prague

Prague is indeed becoming one of the most livable and popular hubs and voted as the best European city for digital nomads. Due to its excellent location in the heart of Europe, Prague offers pleasant weather for whoever comes to visit the city. Prague is also rich in history and has many historical architectures, which means it one of the most beautiful and most amazing cities in Europe.

In Prague, you can always find cafés that fit your taste, and most of them provide high-speed Wi-Fi and power outlets. If you are a developer with an old soul, you may try Kavarna Liberal.

However, if you are a web designer, perhaps you would like the minimal design café, Místp. Other than that, if you find yourself more productive while working at an office and being surrounded by some other like-minded people, why not give one of the coworking spaces in the city a try, such as Paper Hub and Locus Workspace.

Coffee Bar’s Indoors, Source: Místo

When you are traveling, the nightlife in Prague should not be missed. There are plenty of events and parties going on whenever and wherever you are in the city. Also, the study shows that Prague is the cheapest city in Europe for drinks. So why not work hard during the day and get yourself a few drinks during the night?

💸Cost: 8/10

🌞Weather: 7/10

📶Internet connectivity: 8/10

👮Safety: 8/10

🚊Travel & Transport: 8/10

🍹Leisure options (nightlife): 9/10

💻Work-friendly places in the city: 9/10

😃Friendliness: 7/10

 

Now it is the time for you to do some actions!

Before booking the tickets to the cities mentioned above, why not click on the share button below and give everyone a hint of expecting you will be away for a while because you will NOT visit any city on the list but…… all of them in 2019! Let’s work hard and travel hard!