An overcrowded traditional job market, a reduction in job security across many sectors and spiraling housing and living costs in big cities means the life of a Digital Nomad is becoming increasingly attractive to many. Add to this the fact that employers are cashing in on the remote working craze, and you have a population of people who are increasingly not tied to a 9-5 desk job. The generation of the Digital Nomad is here, and many are taking advantage of greater flexibility or their own entrepreneurial skills to allow them to travel the world, or at least leave for warmer climes, whilst still earning a crust. If you think this lifestyle is for you, take a look at our Top 10 Safest Countries for Digital Nomads below.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiang Mai, Thailand is often touted as THE place to be if you want to be a digital nomad. One of the big concerns in adopting this lifestyle safely is ensuring you have the correct paperwork, and as it is illegal to work on a tourist visa, you should opt for cities in countries that facilitate remote working. Thailand offers visas for freelancers, so once you have this sorted, you should have no immigration concerns. Chiang Mai is one of the safest cities in Thailand and coupled with a large expat community you will be sure of support as you get settled in. An excellent choice if you are a beginner to the digital nomadic lifestyle.
Estonia is a Digital Nomad friendly country, so head to Tallinn for a smooth paperwork ride. A pioneer in digital and remote working, Estonia is now looking to introduce an E-visa for those who are “citizens of the world”. This will allow you to work safely in Estonia, without fear of trouble with immigration. It would also, wonderfully, allow those who are non-EU citizens the chance to spend up to 3 months in other EU countries as well! Tallinn is safe for your bank balance too, with a low cost of living and plenty of accommodation options to help you get on your feet. In terms of personal safety, the risk of terrorism of any sort is low, and you should only need to exercise the usual precautions you would in any capital city
Seoul, South Korea
Featuring on the Safe Cities Index in the Top 20 safest cities to live, Seoul is an interesting option for the Digital Nomad. The digital age as truly reached this South Korean city, and the internet is amongst the fastest in the world and readily available almost everywhere. Accommodation is cheap, and for those of you who like to camp to keep the costs down, South Korea is very hospitable with free camping allowed in designated areas.
Davao, The Philippines
Voted one of the safest cities in Asia, Davao features on our list due to the low cost of living and straightforward entry procedures. It’s certainly the safest place to work in the Philippines, and with a bit of research, you can live quite comfortably. The only frustration may be the occasional slow internet, but Wi-Fi is available everywhere, and the population generally speak good English to help you out if you get into bother.
Back to Thailand again, where getting a visa is a relatively easy process. The city is also Digital Nomad friendly, with co-working spaces available for those who need to meet clients or can’t just work in an internet café. The Internet is what is to be expected in a big city, and is relatively fast and easily available. Bangkok is a safe city for its size, so just be sure to hang on to your valuables and you will be fine….
Appearing frequently on many Digital Nomad Top 10’s, Berlin seems to be the place to head in Western Europe. It goes without saying that internet speeds and availability here are top notches, and English is widely spoken. With freelancer visas available for the self-employed digital nomad, and living costs lower than London or Paris, it’s no surprise Berlin remains a favorite amongst Digital Nomads. Although there are certain districts that should be avoided, safety is generally good.
Work amongst beautiful scenery in safe surroundings in Ubud, Bali. Internet speeds in cafes vary, but private accommodation usually has a decent hook-up. The area is very safe with low levels of crime, and visas are easy to get. Try one of the local co-working spaces in Ubud to get to know people during your stay.
Most of our destinations featured are in S E Asia, but Latin America also has its gems. Generally, the region is seen to be politically unstable, and no city is completely safe. But, if you keep your wits about you can live very comfortably. Head to Montevideo, Uruguay – it’s cheap, there are increasing numbers of like-minded people pursuing a Digital Nomad way of life, and the internet is decent. It’s also one of the safest cities in Latin America
Low living costs, a friendly young population and plethora of co-working spaces make Budapest an excellent choice if you are restricted to working in Europe as a Digital Nomad. The Internet is good, there is stunning architecture to boot, and the city is very safe in comparison to major European destinations
An interesting choice, Valetta has excellent weather, friendly locals and an easy to navigate city center. There is a small but growing Digital Nomad community in Malta, and already co-working spaces are beginning to pop up around the city. Malta is extremely safe for tourists and visitors, and English is spoken all over the island.
There you have it. Our Top Ten Safest Cities for Digital Nomads. Give one of these beautiful cities a try if you are thinking of picking a new destination for your next location.