Remote working is here to stay. Logging into our offices from our dining room tables throughout the pandemic has proved we don’t have to commute to, and be in, a cubicle to be productive.
And now that the world has opened up again, digital nomads have been reinforcing how it’s possible to travel the globe and still earn a living. On the flip side, companies are realizing they can tap into a bigger talent pool that extends beyond their borders.
But what are the best cities for remote work in 2023? We’ve done some research for you, and answer that question in this article. Dig in to discover the best international cities for remote work this year, whether you’re a digital nomad or someone who wants to build a remote team.
What Makes a City Good for Remote Work?
Digital nomads are people who travel freely while working remotely online, so a solid internet infrastructure is a key element for success.
And while internet is a huge factor, there are others that help determine whether a city is a good place to live and not just work. These include safety, healthcare, quality of life, and cost of living.
The seven cities we highlight below are in various countries, to give you variety. They’ve also been reviewed on Nomadlist by a community of remote workers living and travelling around the world. Their assessments include the factors that make a city a good place for a digital nomad.
Ready to find your next destination? Read on.
One of the best cities for remote work is the capital of Thailand. There’s a large digital nomad community in the country, so meeting like-minded people and making friends should be easy in Bangkok. Remote workers also like Bangkok because it’s easy to do business, and there are ample and beautiful co-working spaces, as well as fast internet. Despite the crowds, it’s a safe city. Your dollars will stretch here, giving you ample opportunities to get out and enjoy delicious food, and explore attractions in year-round warm weather.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
If you’re setting off as a digital nomad for the first time, Buenos Aires is an ideal destination. It has everything you may want: plenty of resources, such as good transportation, and culture to experience. Remote workers on Nomadlist also cite the city’s affordability and the amount of fun you can have in Argentina’s capital. Co-working spaces are plentiful. Café Flor, for example, is a mix of café and office. And like any large and diverse metropolis, some areas of the city are safer than others, so take note. Yet, there’s also reliable internet and good quality medical care.
Safe, scenic, and affordable island life away from the hustle and bustle of big cities — it’s no wonder Madeira appeals to many people. Being on this island doesn’t mean being disconnected, however. Madeira has fast internet upload and download speeds, and a village dedicated to digital nomads: Ponta do Sol. Here, the John Dos Passos Cultural Center houses a co-working hub. It’s a tight-knit community, so odds are you’ll make new friends you can go to the beach with after work. Locals are welcoming, and the climate offers spring-like weather all year.
Reviews.org recently named Atlanta the most livable city for remote workers in the U.S. With below-average rent per square foot ($1.94), Wi-Fi speeds of more than 100 Mbps, more than 140 public hotspots, and great weather, who could blame them? But that’s not all: there’s no shortage of available remote jobs in Atlanta. And with the choice of working remotely from home, a café, library, or co-working space, you could be in a different location every day of the week. When it’s time to switch off, head out to a local attraction or check out one of more than 115 state recreational areas within driving distance. Southern hospitality awaits!
The capital of the province of Ontario and the largest city in Canada has so much to offer digital nomads. “T.O.” has an incredibly diverse ethnic population that welcomes anyone and everyone. Remote workers have plenty of co-working spaces, cafés, and libraries to choose from as their “office.” Fast internet helps ensure you get the job done, while subways, buses and streetcars will carry you to great bars and restaurants, top nightspots, the waterfront along Lake Ontario, and cool events that take place throughout the year. Housing options (which can be pricey) range from bachelor apartments to lofts, condos, and houses. It’s difficult to be bored in this cosmopolitan city, where every neighborhood has a unique character.
Auckland, New Zealand
When it comes to location, Auckland is eye candy. Built around an extinct volcano on New Zealand’s North Island, and surrounded by water, the city offers quick access to striking scenery (e.g., coastal views), the beach, and hiking trails. It’s the best of both worlds: the liveliness of a cosmopolitan city, and the beauty of nature. There are cafés, great restaurants, and co-working spaces that offer free Wi-Fi. Locals are friendly and tend to enjoy sports during their time off, as well as other outdoor activities. While the cost of living here has been creeping upward, the benefits Auckland has to offer (did we mention mild winters?) is worth it to many digital nomads.
Dublin’s city center is incredibly compact, making it easy to walk to wherever you need to go, whether it’s to a shop, pub, café, restaurant, co-working space, or somewhere else. Despite its walkability, transportation that includes buses, trains, and a light rail system exists to whisk you further afield to explore gorgeous countryside or charming coastal towns. A strong tech industry (many of the world’s top tech companies have offices in Dublin), adds to the appeal of this lively and colorful city. Yet while the cost of living is on the higher side, the general quality of life, and friendly people, are convincing digital nomads to call the Irish capital home.
Get Ready to Work Remotely
One of the hardest parts about moving to one of the best cities for remote work is deciding on which one. We hope this article has helped you narrow down your choices.
Once you’ve done that, we recommend you look into any visa and other entry requirements for the countries you’re considering as soon as possible, since the process to get one may take a while.
We also suggest doing a deeper dive on your chosen cities. Research things such as neighborhoods, the availability of healthcare, proximity to airports, and even local laws.
Why Companies Should Hire Digital Nomads
If you’re responsible for hiring remote workers at your company, consider expanding your search to the cities mentioned in this article. The talent you may be looking for may be there looking for you, too!
Go beyond borders and discover even more savvy, skilled, and experienced potential employees. They’re already accustomed to working remotely to a high standard, and because of this, are adept at managing their time and workloads, and working with minimal supervision.
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