Top Digital Nomad Destinations in 2024

How many of these top digital nomad destinations will you visit this year?

If you read our last post (25 Signs You Need to Move to a New City), then you’ll already know that we’re back on the road and ready to visit as many of these popular DN hotspots as we can throughout the year. 

Think we can do it?

It’s an ambitious goal, but one we’re ready to tackle!

A little backstory… 

Jonny’s been living in Bali for the last three years – myself a little longer – and we’ve really loved the Indo lifestyle.

But, we’ve also really missed the excitement of travel.

When Covid shut the world down, we because really comfortable in Bali. We put down roots (the legal way), and settled in. But recently, we started to question if we should make the move to another country.

Well, the answer is yes, we should. So, last month, we set the wheels in motion.

Initially, we thought a city-to-city move would give us enough excitement and adventure while allowing us to ‘save for travel’ some time in the near future, but after doing some research, we came to the conclusion that it was way cheaper to leave.

Let me set the stage.

We’re currently sharing a room in a nice guesthouse (private room, but shared kitchen and pool), and this is as cheap as it gets in Bali. While we live comfortable lives, our expenses aren’t much, under $2,000 USD per month for sure, but probably closer to $1,500 USD. 

The more we looked into it, it became increasingly more evident that our western-conditioned mindset to ‘stay put and save’ was actually doing us a huge disservice. 

We could buy flights, visas, and move into more costly daily accommodation, and still save money!

After scouring the internet and crunching some numbers, we’ve compiled a list of what we believe to be the best of the best when it comes to the top digital nomad destinations in the world.

Below, you’ll see the criteria we took into consideration, and we also explore a few honorable mentions, ‘up-and-coming’ cities, and popular places that didn’t make the cut, too.

It’s fair to say, we didn’t leave any stone unturned!

So without further ado, here we go – the top digital nomad destinations of 2024!

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What is a Digital Nomad?

You’re reading an article about the top digital nomad destinations in 2024, so I’d assume you’re familiar with what a digital nomad is. But for the small percentage of you that crash-landed onto this page from the outer-space of Google, let me give you a quick rundown. 

A digital nomad is someone who works online while traveling (or ‘nomading’) around the world.

Often bouncing from destination to destination, digital nomads find a temporary home for as long as their visa will allow. 

Some nomads opt to stay in one city for the duration of their visa and adapt to a regular routine, while others prefer to bounce around the country to see as much as they possibly can. One thing remains consistent– all digital nomads work online to fund their travels. 

If you want to learn more DN (that’s short for digital nomad) lingo, check out our digital nomad glossary. Please share with your friends, it took ages to put together! 🙏

What Makes a Place a 'Top Digital Nomad Destination'?

Identifying exactly what makes a city a top destination is difficult. However, most nomads can agree on a few key factors:

What are Digital Nomad Visas?

While I’d love to tell you that you can show up to any country, walk in without a problem, and work from your computer, that would be a blatant lie.

In order to enter a country, you must have a suitable visa. A visa is a permission slip to enter the country for a specified period of time and under certain conditions. 

Visa rules, restrictions, and costs vary by country and citizenship so its important to check your desired destination specifically for the citizenship (or passport) you hold. A quick Google search should get you headed in the right direction.

If you need help, we recommend using iVisa to walk you through the visa process. 

There are often multiple types of visas to enter a country, with the tourist visa typically being the easiest to obtain. With the global growth of remote work and online businesses, the ‘no work’ rule rooted within most tourists visas is challenging to enforce. 

Digital nomad visas aim to bridge the gap between tourism and online work, paving the way for nomads to legally enter a country and work online.

Each digital nomad visa outlines the criteria to enter, the period of stay, and the rules for how work can legally be completed. 

Note: For the purposes of this article, we’ve decided to focus on top digital nomad destinations regardless of their visa policies. 

So, while we're here to share the hottest spots for nomads, remember, it's on you to check out the visa details. Some places are rolling out the red carpet with special visas for nomads like us, and others may require a bit more creativity to navigate.

Where there's a will, there's a way...

With a bit of research and know-how, you'll be setting up your laptop in paradise before you know it.

Things to Consider When Picking Your Destination

Choosing your next destination can be exciting, but also, a tad overwhelming. 

For us, money was a key factor. We wanted to keep our expenses (including flights, visas, and frequent travel) at or below our current costs. You may have a different set of priorities, so keep this in mind when doing your research.

Here are some of the top things you should consider when picking your next nomad destination: 

A few personal notes:

  • When I used to teach English online, recommended speeds were download 20 MBPS and upload 5 MBPS. However, there were days where I got by just fine on much, much less.

  • For us, learning Bahasa (language spoken in Indonesia) was quite simple, but moving to Hanoi, we are finding Vietnamese tones a bit more challenging 🤣

Our Top Digital Nomad Destinations of 2024

Now, the moment you’ve been scrolling for – the top digital nomad destinations of 2024.

It took us some time. Like most couples, we didn’t agree on everything. But, after a bit of deliberation, we finally agreed on a set of places that we think are the best of the best for nomads.

They all have strong wifi, affordable living costs, a number of happening DN communities, and those little extras that keep nomads coming back time and time again.

Here we go…

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1. Bali, Indonesia

Top Digital Nomad Indonesia Destinations - Bali
The green beauty of the Sidemen valleys, captured by yours truly - Sidemen, Bali, Indonesia

Cost of Living: $1,500-$2,000 USD

Honestly, were you expecting another destination to top the list?

Potentially surpassing Chiang Mai as the digital nomad capital of the world, Bali is the #1 digital nomad destination at the moment. With enough digital nomad hotspots to have its own article (yes, we’re almost done writing it), Bali tops the charts as our go-to destination for nomads.

But why all the hype?

Hmm, it’s hard to know where to start. Bali is known for its eternal summer weather, a warm and welcoming culture, endless adventure opportunities, and a number of flourishing, long-term nomad communities.

Bali ticks almost every box for nomads.

With exceptional wifi, low cost of living, and high quality of life, Bali has it all. There’s also a variety of visa options that allow nomads to live in Bali, ranging from six months to two years,  and many have the option to extend or renew.
 
Jonny and I both have experience obtaining and living on both short and long-term visas here in Indonesia. We both currently hold two year KITAS visas.
 
Although Indonesia lacks a specific digital nomad visa, there are legitimate ways to work and reside in Bali over a longer period.

For me, Bali’s appeal lies in the ability to create a really affordable and rewarding life. The Bali lifestyle comes with numerous options for well equipped gyms, access to nutritious food, a blend of Eastern and Western healthcare, and an easy-to-learn(ish) language.
 
While Bali is lovely, nomads and expats have started to dominate many coastal cities, turning a once peaceful Bali into an entirely new world. I’d encourage you to check it out and decide for yourself.

Who knows what it will look like in a few years?!

2. Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chedi Chang Lom at Wat Chiang Man in the old city - Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Cost of Living: $1,000-$1,500 USD

Often referred to as the digital nomad capital of the world, Chiang Mai, Thailand remains one of the top digital nomad destinations, year after year.

Chiang Mai has an extremely low cost of living, an inviting Thai culture, and a near-perfect climate. It’s no wonder thousands of nomads flock to Chiang Mai to set up their home base, each year.

Ask any digital nomad in Chiang Mai, and they’ll recommend their favorite few of the hundreds of trendy coworking spaces and cozy cafes on offer.

The wifi is fast and the atmosphere is relaxed. When you’re ready for a break from your screen, there are plenty of temples and natural wonders in the area to keep your adventurous spirit alive.

For weekend adventures, nomads can look towards the town of Pai and city of Chiang Rai for something new.

If you want to explore further, Chiang Mai’s airport connects to almost all destinations in Thailand, with flights taking just a few hours.

I’ve visited Chiang Mai numerous times over the last ten years, and I can say with some certainty that it’s the community that keeps me coming back.

Every time I return, I immediately feel back at home and supported by other nomads. With so many coworking spaces in such a small area, it’s hard to pick just one to meet people and make friends.

My personal favorites are a toss up between Yellow and Punspace. Both have different vibes, but are equally awesome to network and get some work done. If you visit either of these coworking spaces, let me know in the comments!

While there isn’t a dedicated Thai digital nomad visa (yet), most nomads enter on an extendable tourist visa to assess the country before looking into longer term options. Thai visas are relatively easy to secure and offer a variety of options to extend.

It’s not unheard of to meet people planning to stay just a month or two, and then they’re still there after a year!

Real Life Travels...

I’ve spent over a year living in Thailand, setting up temporary homes in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pai, Koh Lanta, Koh Tao, and Koh Samui. Returning, and splitting my time between Chiang Mai and Koh Phangan is next on my list.

Maybe you’ll see me there in 2024 ✈️

3. Lisbon, Portugal

Awesome views of the city and river from Castelo de São Jorge viewpoint - Lisbon, Portugal

Cost of Living: $1,800-$2,600 USD

Lisbon’s been sneaking up the rankings, and let me tell you, it’s not just because of the pastéis de nata (though, honestly, they’re a pretty good reason all by themselves🤤).

This city has an old-world Portuguese charm, a thriving digital nomad scene, and it’s got everyone talking.

Lisbon was my first destination when I booked a one-way ticket in 2016 and I loved it. I’ve got a few friends who moved to Portugal in the last 18 months and from what I hear, it still has all the same qualities but better.

Imagine an affordable destination in Europe with great weather (think moderate to warm climate, but not too hot), access to genuinely world-class beaches (and adventure sports – hello, surfing🏄‍♀️), and tons of history and culture (food, castles, cobblestone streets…).

As soon as nomads saw it was viable to build a life in Portugal, they flocked. And I mean, flocked. According to Nomad List, 16,000 digital nomads lived in Lisbon in 2023 and that number is expected to grow in 2024. 

*Knock, knock*

"Who's there?"

"Loads of digital nomads"

"Loads of digital nomads who?"

"Loads of digital nomads entering Lisbon in 2024, ready to reboot their work-life on the sunny side of the door!"

Craving a strong community? Lisbon’s got you covered. There’s an endless array of coworking spaces, meetups, and social events. It’s honestly like a summer camp for adults, where everyone’s eager to collaborate, share, and learn from each other.

So how is it that nomads can come to Lisbon for so long? Portugal has rolled out the red carpet with an impressive one-year temporary stay visa.

If you’re looking for a home base in Europe, Lisbon is the digital nomad destination for you

4. Da Nang, Vietnam

Top Digital Nomad Destinations - Da Nang

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Cost of Living: $600 - $1,000 USD

⬆️ Yes, you’re reading that $ right.

I couldn’t be more excited to share with you Da Nang in Vietnam, as it’s one of our next destinations on the DNG World Tour 2024!

As a city of over one million people, it once slid under the radar, and Da Nang is now making waves in the digital nomad community. 

Most visitors choose Vietnam to hit the usual hotspots of Ho Chi Minh City, Hội An, Hanoi, and Hạ Long Bay. Backpackers tend to throw in a few more stops, as trips are typically longer than the average holiday  – places like Mũi Né, Đà Lạt, Ninh Bình, and Sa Pa.

But rarely have I heard travelers talk about Da Nang. Until now. 

Apart from its famous fire-breathing Dragon Bridge spanning across the River Hàn and the Golden Bridge in Ba Na Hills, no one else mentions anything going on here. When Jonny and I last visited Vietnam, we both whizzed straight past Da Nang from Hội An to reach the Hải Vân Pass without a second thought.

Da Nang is a gorgeous beach city and it’s city skyline overlooking a vast shoreline and wide, walkable boulevards very much reminds me of Miami (at a fraction of the cost!).

Da Nang is anything from a sleeper town to be passed over. Its appeal lies in its longevity for digital nomads, offering the laid back beach vibes alongside the hustle and bustle of skyscrapers and city life.

Most nomads opt to live beachside (a series of neighborhoods separated from the ‘main city’ by a river) with countless cafes, coworking spaces, and a gorgeous expansive beach within a 15 minute walk. 

Warm weather and year-round surf also adds to the appeal. With the picturesque Hải Vân Pass and Hội An’s quaint old town just a 30 minute drive away, there’s so much to see and do in the area. 

But the best part by far?

The price.

Nomads can snag a serviced studio apartment in the heart of the town for $250-500 USD per month. Yes, I know. It’s crazy. We didn’t believe it at first, so spent longer-than-I’d-like-to-admit, watching recently posted Da Nang YouTube Shorts and scanning blog articles to make sure it was for real.

We also asked two friends who moved there from Bali two months ago (separately), because we still didn’t believe it, and they double-confirmed it!

So we jumped straight onto Airbnb and booked a place of our own for June this year for $280 USD per month on the beach

From what we’ve heard (and read/watched/dreamt), the vibe in Da Nang is unique. It’s a city that’s growing while still maintaining its soul. Reliable wifi, strong Vietnamese coffee, and heaps of coworking spaces to camp out in, staying productive in Da Nang should be a breeze for us.

Seems this hidden gem is not so hidden any more, so we’re making a beeline for Da Nang in case it changes too much in the future!

Stay tuned and expect lots of new content from us, as we showcase Da Nang firsthand, and look at how it measures up to some other other favorite nomad destinations.

5. Medellín, Colombia

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The capital city in the mountainous Antioquia province - Medellín, Colombia

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Cost of Living: $1,200-$1,800 USD

Once notorious for a product that would wake you up faster than any cup of coffee👀, Medellín has done a full 180.

Over 265,000 nomads visit Medellín every year and 7,600 workers call it their home base. Digital nomads are arriving to this city in droves and there’s no doubt as to the reason why. 

Nicknamed the City of Eternal Spring, Medellín’s weather is unparalleled with mostly sunny days between 65-75 F (18.5 to 24 C).

Imagine setting up to work from a balcony overlooking the Andes in picture perfect weather, or from one of the many leafy, open-air cafes scattered around the city. Yep, that’s possible in Medellín.

With a cost of living between $1,200-$1,800 USD per month, most nomads can enjoy a higher quality of life at a fraction of the price they’d pay back home. 

Nomads have been visiting Medellín for long enough to see the emergence of several expat-friendly neighborhoods. You’ll find most nomads living in the affluent yet chic area of El Poblado.

However, for those interested in a more authentic Colombian experience or quieter pace of life (think parks, coffee and yoga), head to the quiet neighborhood of Laureles. Last year it beat out all the competition on Time Out’s 40 coolest neighbourhoods in the world!

What more can we say? Medellín is popular, attracts a youthful crowd, and it’s packed full of culture and things to do.

Things we love about Medellín: innovative public transportation system, countless parks and green spots to chill, immersive and infectious nightlife, cultural festivals…there’s always something going on. Not to mention, the city is a gateway to exploring the rest of Colombia’s breathtaking cities, towns, natural landmarks and historical sites.

If Medellín sounds like your kinda thing, be sure to check out the two-year digital nomad visa (Visa V Nómadas Digitales) to secure your legal right to call Colombia your new home!

6. Prague, Czech Republic

Best Places in Czech Republic for Digital Nomads - Prague Castle
A dominant feature in Prague's old town: The Church of Our Lady before Týn - Prague, Czech Republic

Cost of Living: $1,800-$2,200 USD

Having first visited Prague in 2013, I was immediately swept away by the medieval castles, stunning architecture, and historical charm.

Also, the cost of food (and I love food, so this is important) was pennies compared to the rest of the places I’d been in Europe. It felt like I was in an fairytale and I could see why so many others chose to settle in Prague.

I’d never seriously considered Prague as a place to live as a digital nomad, but after talking to several of my friends who’ve set up shop in this quaint European town, the real pull it its super fast internet easily found in all the cozy cafes across the city.

Prague has a growing nomad community with over 6,000 nomads visiting the city each year and it comes in at 14th on Nomad List’s top digital nomad destinations. With its year-long Zivno Visa opening the door for nomads, we can see why so many are visiting this tiny country for extended periods of time.

Additionally, Prague’s notable safety and its central location in Europe pose as significant advantages.

The city serves as an excellent base for exploring the rest of the continent, with a number of major European cities just a train ride away.

7. Bangkok, Thailand

Top Digital Nomad Destinations - Bangkok
View of the city from Soi Sukhumvit 31 - Bangkok, Thailand

Cost of Living: $1,000-$1,500 USD

Thailand features again in our list, this time it’s Bangkok.

Bangkok is one of my favorite cities in the world, having visited on multiple occasions during my time in Asia. In fact, we returned to spend three nights here in March of this year.

It’s safe to say that Bangkok is a city that always keeps me coming back for more.

It’s not the quaint and quiet town, or tight-knit nomad community that I usually prefer, but, it still makes our list.

Bangkok definitely offers superior bang for your buck, while providing access to top-notch tech shops, super fast internet, and an infectious city-never-sleeps vibe you only find in large Asian metropolitan areas. 

There’s something for everyone in Bangkok. We’re yet to meet somebody that felt they couldn’t fit in.

What is Bangkok most known for? Giant skyscrapers, never-ending traffic, sprawling parks, and hidden cafes serving up delicious Thai food. On the topic of food…Bangkok has a variety of top-rated Michelin star restaurants as well as some of the best street food I’ve ever tasted.

Have you ever had authentic Pad Thai or fresh coconut ice cream for under $2 USD? I have and it’s amazing. If the price and atmosphere both don’t have you sold, the food definitely will!

Choosing Bangkok over the quieter Chiang Mai or the beaches down south comes down to whether you can handle its unbeatable energy.

We definitely recommend adding Bangkok to the itinerary – even for just a few days – if you intend to travel to other parts of Thailand or through the rest of Southeast Asia.

Thailand has many popular digital nomad destinations, and you don’t have to pick just one. I’ve personally lived (paying monthly rent) in Bangkok, Pai, Koh Lanta, Koh Tao, and Koh Samui. You could say I’ve got a soft spot for Thailand… 

But don’t take my word for it. Grab your visa and check it out yourself!

8. Barcelona, Spain

The beautiful gardens and architecture of Park Güell on Carmen Hill - Barcelona, Spain

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Cost of Living: $1,600-$2,300 USD

Barcelona makes our list and for good reason. This was the city that transformed me from a fast-paced, must-see-and-do everything backpacker, to a slow and relaxed traveler.

Having anticipated needing two to four nights to see and do everything on the typical Barcelona tourist checklist, I pleasantly found myself extending my stay day by day, for a total of three weeks

It took everything in my power to book a train ticket and move on. It was at the beginning of my travels and I owed it to myself to continue exploring. Barcelona will always hold a soft spot in my heart. 

So why do so many nomads stay here?

It’s the way of life. It’s the colorful parks, the midday siestas, the late-night laughs over sangria and paella, the enchanting architecture and the soothing Spanish beaches.

Barcelona has a bit of everything and it doesn’t go unnoticed. 

What really stands out is the city’s commitment to a balanced lifestyle. Work might have you glued to your screen for most of the day, but Barcelona’s beaches (Barceloneta is my fave) and its countless tapas bars serve as a constant reminder to log off and soak in the Catalonian surroundings.

From the awe-inspiring Sagrada Familia to the busy La Rambla streets, the city always has a bit of culture or adventure on offer. 

Disclaimer: living here does come with a heftier price tag  that's a notch above other nomad hotspots in our list.

If you choose to make Barcelona your new home, it’s important to remind yourself that what you get in return – access to an unparalleled quality of life, a safe environment, efficient public transport, and a healthcare system that’s got your back—makes it worth every dollar.

9. Mexico City, Mexico

Best Places to Live in Mexico for Digital Nomads - Mexico City
View across Zócalo: the main square in the center of the city - Mexico City, Mexico

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Cost of Living: $1,200-$1,800 USD

Why Mexico City?

To start, the culinary scene is unbeatable.

Here, you can get stuck into a delicious plate of tacos al pastor after a productive coworking session, or treat yourself to some churros con chocolate as a sweet snack on a leisurely afternoon.

In Mexico City – and the rest of Mexico as a matter of fact – the food just can’t be beat!

And, for those who need a regular caffeine fix, the coffee culture is on another level. There are so many cafes dotting almost every street you come across.

You’ll be pleased to know that living in Mexico City is surprisingly affordable, especially when compared to U.S. or European cities of a similar caliber.

This affordability extends to rent, coworking spaces, and the daily essentials, allowing nomads with a moderate income to enjoy a high standard of living with little to no financial strain. 

For nomads looking to be close enough to the States, but still far enough away to feel the thrill of adventure, Mexico is the perfect destination!

The digital nomad community here is flourishing.

There’s plenty of neighborhoods that appeal to a wide variety of nomad needs. You’ll find most nomads and expats enjoying the artsy vibes of Frida Kahlo’s hometown, Coyoacán, or the upscale streets of Polanco. Condesa and Roma also stand out as favorites, as they’re packed full of trendy bars and restaurants.

If these aren’t your bag, don’t worry – Mexico city has plenty other districts that give a unique flavor of Mexican city living.

And when it comes to legally residing in Mexico… it’s a piece of cake.

Mexico’s Temporary Resident visa process is simple and straightforward, giving nomads long-term living and residency options.

If you’re heading to Mexico City this year, let us know – it’s definitely on our hit list for 2024!

One of our closest friends in Bali lived in Mexico for a year back in 2020, and had nothing but great things to say…

Mexico City is great, but pleaseeee make your way across to Sayulita too! I lived in Mexico for a year and it's by far my favorite surf town. I even bought land there!

10. Cape Town, South Africa

Top Digital Nomads Destinations - Cape Town
Sunset Rock overlooking Cape Town. Name a better view. I'll wait. - Cape Town, South Africa

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Cost of Living: $1,000-$1,500 USD

Cape Town is also at the top of our list to visit this year. Throughout our time in Bali, we made a number of South African friends, and a couple are lucky enough to have once called Cape Town home.

One thing is for sure: native or not, South Africa is quickly climbing the ranks as one of the top spots for digital nomads

Cape Town has an insanely cheap cost of living, given it’s one of the major cities in South Africa. If South Africa is on your nomad ‘to live in’ list, it would be silly to skip over this amazing coastal city.

Cape Town is home to some of the most breathtaking views in the world, with gorgeous beaches and world-class surf. No wonder so many nomads flock to the coasts of the Cape.

It’s not often you find a liveable city where you can hike mountains in the morning then surf in the afternoon – all while staying connected and grinding work out on the fly.

So what makes Cape Town stand out for nomads?

Cape Town has an amazing blend of outdoor adventure and nomad essentials. Reliable wifi, affordable living spaces, a young and buzzing community, hip coffee shops, modern coworking spaces, and amazing cuisine. Cape Town delivers, and by the boat load.

All this makes living in Cape Town an easy ‘yes’ for nomads across the world.

I can’t tell you how many friends have fallen head over heels for a South African braai (that’s a BBQ for the non-natives amongst us).

The meat here is apparently out of this world! Paired with a glass of vino from one of South Africa’s esteemed wineries, and I can’t seem to find a reason to leave. Can you?

South Africa’s easy-to-obtain three month tourist visa is the icing on an already tasty cake, so be sure to add Cape Town to the top of your digital nomad bucket list.

Two of our friends visited Cape Town through December and January, and they’re already gearing up to go again. Hopefully with us this time!

Here’s what one of them had to say about Cape Town…

Cape Town stole my heart! I'm definitely adding it to my rotation this year - Bali, Europe, Dubai, and South Africa. I think you'll really like it. Hiking, beaches, surfing... and it's so affordable!

11. Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Visitors can enjoy leisurely shopping at some of the many market stalls lining the streets - Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Cost of Living: $1,000-$1,400 USD

Our web developer currently lives and works in Buenos Aires, and has been egging us on to visit for as long as we can remember. In fact, he made a very bold claim: apparently there is nowhere else in the world like Buenos Aires when weighing up food options, vibrancy, culture, and affordability.

Argentina has been on our radar for a while, so we already knew what it had to offer nomads, but after such a glowing review, we’re making sure we pay BA a visit in the very near future.

Having also lived in Bali himself, he’s impressed by the quality of life in Buenos Aires and the number of nomads who’ve decided to make the city their new home.

Buenos Aires is a magnet for nomads– it's got that big-city buzz but with a warmth that's hard to find elsewhere. You can work with top-speed internet and live comfortably without spending a fortune. And the food is unreal... best steaks I’ve ever had.

Buenos Aires entices digital nomads with its unbeatable culture. From feasting on the finest steaks to getting lost in local art galleries or catching a football match, there’s a measurable pulse to the city. 

So why pick Buenos Aires over beachier spots or quieter retreats? The city life it offers is hard to beat, and with a 180-day digital nomad visa, there’s plenty of time to explore nearby cities too!

12. Tbilisi, Georgia

Digital Nomad Visa Countries - Tbilisi Georgia
The sun setting upon the city of Tbilisi, a popular European digital nomad destination - Tbilisi, Georgia

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Cost of Living: $600-$1,200 USD

Tbilisi is quickly becoming a hot spot for digital nomads as the cost of living is pennies – we’re talking under $1,000 USD per month. Is this for real?!

Georgia has one of the best entry policies going in terms of accessibility and duration of stay. Visitors from over 95 countries have the ability to stay for up to one year without a visa! 

Acquiring a bank account and registering a business are fairly easy too.

Georgia’s new, Remotely From Georgia’ visa also lays out a generous digital nomad visa option, where nomads can legally work online and travel through the country, hassle-free.

We spoke to several Georgia-based nomads and one of the recurring themes of living in Tbilisi’s is the enjoyment they get from daily life.

Tbilisi has plenty of laptop-friendly cafes, a dynamic arts scene, historical bathhouses, and an extensive array of irresistible culinary experiences. If you love carbs (I do), then the local delicacies such as khinkali (dumplings) and khachapuri (cheese-filled bread), are sure to have you begging for more!

Georgia has mild winters and an enjoyable Autumn and Spring, so nomads are ever-present in this developing nomad-friendly tech hub.

Don’t sleep on Tbilisi as a legit nomad destination this year!

Destinations We Intentionally Left Off

While we would love to include every DN hotspot, sadly, we can’t. Otherwise it wouldn’t be a best of the best, would it?

Thus, the following destinations did not make the cut:

> Playa del Carmen and Tulum: While plenty of digital nomads live in these Mexican towns year-round, their rise in popularity has led to overcrowded spaces and an unwelcome spike in living costs. With so many other options on the rise, PdC and Tulum’s popularity makes them less ideal for nomads seeking value and community over hype. You can certainly add these two Mexican destinations to your DN bucket list, but they didn’t make our best-of-the-best cut for 2024. 

> Costa Rica: It killed us not to include Costa Rica, but time and time again, our nomad friends have ripped this country apart for its high prices, inconsistent internet, and lack of infrastructure. While gorgeous for a vacation, it’s falls just inside our ‘overrated’ category for long term DN living. 

> Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, and Singapore: While these are popular digital nomad hotspots, we feel the prices are a bit too high for our nomad audience (ourselves included). Any friends living and working in these places have jobs with locally-based companies, so it’s definitely more of an expat lifestyle, not nomad. 

> Kuala Lumpur: The cost of living is affordable, the location is great, and many nomads live here, but we just don’t see the hype. If you’re in SE Asia and looking to save money, sure, give it a whirl. But if you’re looking for the best of the best, KL isn’t it. We do love Malaysia, it’s just not at the top of the list.

The white beaches and crystal blue water of Tulum - Tulum, Mexico

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Look Out for These Destinations!!!

These are the destinations you want to keep an eye on. While they didn’t make the original list, we feel they are still worth a visit:

Small (But Mighty) Digital Nomad Destinations

Our friends, and the internet at large, are falling in LOVE with these destinations. 

While they are a bit too small to serve as a ‘top’ nomad hub, they are certainly worth checking out if a small community is what you’re after. 

> Sliema, Malta

Sliema has sun-kissed beaches and top-speed internet. Make no mistake: Malta is a great destination for nomads chasing the dream of ‘work with a view’. Not to mention, it’s English-speaking, affordable, and brimming with history too.

> Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb is quickly becoming a favorite for digital nomads, thanks to Croatia’s forward-thinking digital nomad visa allowing visitors to stay for up to one year! It has amazing cafe culture, a low cost of living, and superior internet. Keep an eye on this one.

> Budapest, Hungary

Budapest’s stunning architecture, thermal baths, and cost of living makes  it a top choice for luxury affordable living. Here, culture and convenience meet. The city has an infectious cafe culture and lively nightlife scene, offering the perfect playground for nomads in Europe.

> Tallinn, Estonia

As a pioneer in digital innovation, Tallinn is a hotspot for tech-savvy nomads. Its e-residency program is a testament to Estonia’s welcoming stance on digital work, making it an attractive option for entrepreneurs and freelancers looking for a supportive environment. 

> Sofia, Bulgaria

This city is an emerging star in the nomad world, known for its low living costs, fast internet, and a tech scene that’s gaining momentum. Sofia offers a blend of nature, history, and a youthful energy that’s drawing a diverse digital crowd.

> Penang, Malaysia

Penang is all about the food, culture, and tropical vibe. It’s a hotspot for creative souls and foodies, offering affordable living, warm weather year-round, and a laid-back lifestyle that’s hard to beat. With an easy-to-secure visa and a plethora of nearby cities to visit, add Penang to your list!

Malta Digital Nomad Visa - Popeyes Coastal Town
Have you visited Malta yet? We're itching to go!

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Up-and-Coming Digital Nomad Destinations

Dripping in natural beauty, adventures, and culture, we fell in love with these destinations, and wished we could have stayed longer.

With a bit more infrastructure (basically, improved wifi!), these could soon be on the top of every nomad’s wish list.

> Koh Phangan, Thailand

Once known for its full moon parties, the island of Koh Phangan is making waves for digital nomads.

In recent years, the wifi has been significantly upgraded so its growing nomad community can now work online reliably. It seems like Koh Phangan has great food, beautiful beaches, calming yoga studios, and epic scuba diving. We plan to return to Koh Phangan this year.

If you’re thinking of making the trip, be warned: the balance of work and play will be quite the challenge! 

> Mirissa, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s breathtaking beaches and laid-back vibe are perfect for nomads looking to balance work with surf and sun. With a recovering tourism industry (post-conflict) and an emerging coworking scene, Sri Lanka is on the verge of becoming a top choice for those seeking a tropical office.

Reminiscent of Bali in the early 2000s, it’s still gearing up in terms of infrastructure, but we don’t think it’s too far off. Its charm lies in the adventure of undiscovered spots and the promise of a community in the making.

Note: Please be mindful of Sri Lanka’s potentially unstable political climate as it enters into elections in 2024. 

> Siargao, Phillippines

The Philippines is on the radar for many digital nomads, thanks to its picture perfect islands and warm-hearted, English speaking locals.

The scene here is buzzing, with coworking spaces popping up and an unbeatable cost of living. However, the wifi needs some work. Although improving, it’s not yet consistent across all the islands – a crucial factor for the work-from-anywhere lifestyle.

Give it a few years and the Philippines will be the next hot spot for nomads! 

Kayaking on glass during an island tour - El Nido, Philippines

Where Will You Go?

While not an exhaustive list, these top digital nomad destinations are guaranteed to make your 2024 an out-of-this-world adventure, especially when paired with these travel hacks for finding a cheap flight

Whether you’re fueled by money, sunshine, adventure, or culture, there’s bound to be a community of nomads paving the way and welcoming you into these top digital nomad destinations. 

We’ve already checked out #1 Bali and #10 Bangkok in early 2024. 

#4 Da Nang is up next! Will we see you there? #DNGWorldTour2024

Follow along on our socials (IG, TT, FB, YT) and reach out when you’re nearby. 

We’d love to connect!

Max quit her corporate job in 2013 to take a chance building businesses online while traveling the world. Armed with an adventurous spirit and a can-do attitude, Max has traveled to more than 50 countries, embracing slow travel as a digital nomad and long-term living in places such as Thailand, India, Nepal, and Indonesia. Max currently resides in Bali where she oversees content creation for DNG as our resident travel aficionado.
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Max Pankow
Max quit her corporate job in 2013 to take a chance building businesses online while traveling the world. Armed with an adventurous spirit and a can-do attitude, Max has traveled to more than 50 countries, embracing slow travel as a digital nomad and long-term living in places such as Thailand, India, Nepal, and Indonesia. Max currently resides in Bali where she oversees content creation for DNG as our resident travel aficionado.

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