Lately, the data shows more and more workers are becoming digital nomads and even those who aren’t nomads themselves know someone who is considering it, especially within the Gen Z crowd. In fact, the number of US digital nomads continues to increase yearly and is now at over 11 million compared to 4,8 million in 2018. Part of the increase is due to the pandemic, with more employees learning they can work remotely. Businesses are now also more likely to allow remote work, as employees prove to still be productive when not in the office. However, one thing digital nomads do need is an active internet connection. So, where are the top digital nomad destinations? Keep reading to find where you should consider traveling to next.
Did you know that Croatia has created a village specifically for digital nomads? The Digital Nomad Valley Zadar is a great location for those looking to explore while working remotely. The village is just a 30-minute walk from Zadar, a port city with Roman and Venetian ruins. Here digital nomads will find various living spaces for rent, from studio apartments to larger 3 bedroom apartments. However, they must be booked for a minimum of 2 weeks at a time. Private apartments start at $1150 USD a month, with the following amenities;
Current Covid-19 entry requirements include being fully vaccinated or having a recovery certificate along with a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival to Croatia.
Chiang Mai in Thailand is another popular digital nomad destination. This bustling little Thai city is easily accessible with direct flights from Bangkok. New cafes, restaurants, and shopping options are opening frequently as the city continues to grow. The are various co-working spaces throughout the city, and wifi is easily accessible in most locations. Accommodation starts at around $700 USD per month, however, this can drop if you stay longer than a month. Average internet speeds are about 30Mbps.
Note that if you are planning to stay longer than 30 days in Thailand you will require a visa. The current Covid-19 entry requirements include a negative PCR test with 72 hours of arrival, medical insurance that covers Covid-19, and a reservation at one of the approved quarantine hotels.
The Eastern European country of Georgia has a special remote work program. This program allows approved applicant holders to work remotely anywhere in Georgia. Those interested must submit an application online. The cost of living starts at around $1200 USD a month including food. There are various co-working spaces throughout the country, making it easy to explore and work. Average internet speeds are 13Mbps.
Currently, entry requirements include an approved application and a mandatory 12-day hotel quarantine on arrival at your expense. After quarantine, if your PCR test is negative, you will be able to stay in the country for up to 180 days.
After being stuck inside for much of the past few years, a change of scenery could be exactly what you need. Now, the places above are just some of the options available for digital nomads. Countries such as Barbados, Mexico, Cambodia, and Vietnam are also popular digital nomad destinations. However, before you book a flight and pack your bags ensure you do your research. Entry requirements can change, so you must always check them before booking a flight.