Best Work Remote Locations

Working remotely is an up-and-rising trend that’s here to stay. Discover 5 of the most popular cities around the world for digital nomads and remote workers.

The last 2 years have really encouraged, and in some cases forced, a lot of people to begin working remotely. Working from home comes with a lot of perks and benefits. One of them is being able to move around from place to place- you don’t always have to stay in the living room. Being a digital nomad or working remotely allows you to make a living from anywhere in the world, and many places are adapting to the new trend and attracting more and more long-term visitors.

When making the decision to become a remote worker, one of the hardest but more exciting decisions is where to base yourself. A benefit of Swaphouse is that it allows you to work remotely, all while saving money on accommodation, and being in a homey and comfortable environment. While there are many factors that are involved when trying to choose the perfect location, convenience, internet connection, and work spaces are typically most important, as with destination and activities. Consider traveling to one, or many, of these top destinations for digital nomads and remote workers.

🇵🇹 Lisbon, Portugal

The capital city of Lisbon, Portugal has risen to the number one destination in the world to work remotely. It offers great value for your money, ideal weather conditions, is rich in culture, has a delicious culinary scene, and has some of the best beaches in Europe. Lisbon has done a fantastic job at adapting to the rise of remote workers. It has an immense amount of co-working spaces and cafes, networking opportunities, and even visas to attract digital nomads and other travelers working remotely, making it convenient and easier than ever to travel long-term in Portugal. The average cost of living in Lisbon is around $2,000 per month and offers an average internet speed of 25Mbps.

🇨🇴 Medellin, Colombia

Medellin hasn’t always been the most attractive city in the world, but it’s now buzzing with life and energy and is a hotspot for travelers and remote workers in South America. It has a perfect climate, never falling below 18 degrees Celsius, surrounded by lush nature and some of the most charismatic and charming people in the world. Co-working spaces and digital cafes are peppered throughout the city, it’s super easy to get around, and there's always something exciting happening in Medellin. The average cost of living is $1,050 a month and has an average internet speed of 15 Mbps.

🇮🇩 Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

The island of the gods has been a hotspot for travelers for years and attracts thousands of people from all over the world. With its low cost of living, perfect weather conditions, natural beauty, and relaxed atmosphere, not only is it an ideal vacation spot, but it’s also a perfect home base while working remotely. The beach town on Bali has made major adaptations for digital nomads, with co-workers spaces and cafes in every direction, remote worker meet-ups, and networking opportunities all over the island. If you are a remote worker who also loves to surf, get ready for constant waves and perfect temperatures. The average cost of living in Canggu is $1,350 a month and the average internet speed is 25 Mbps.

🇺🇸 Austin, Texas, USA

Austin is a fresh and young city in the United States, loaded with energy, technology, and a lot of big Texas culture. It’s one of the best places in the country for young adults, remote workers, and digital nomads. Austin has a lot of energy and a vibrant atmosphere and is one of the most accommodating cities for remote workers. The cost of living is very reasonable for its location at an average of $3,500 a month, and the average internet speed of 150 Mbps is conveniently fast.

🇩🇪 Berlin, Germany

Berlin is a diverse city filled with history, culture, and always full of energy. It is a hotspot for artistic people, creative minds, and travelers looking to work remotely from somewhere exciting. The city has a bustling nightlife, with vibrant and unique attractions in the corners of every neighborhood. Berlin might not have the greatest views in Europe, but it has everything needed for digital nomads and remote workers wanting to base themselves in Germany. It’s super easy to get around, the location is centrally located for easy travel throughout Europe, it has dozens of cafes and co-working spaces, and a friendly atmosphere that makes networking easier than ever. The average cost of living in Berlin is $3,000 a month and the average internet speed is 50 Mbps.

While there are so many different destinations in the world to base yourself long term, some are always better than others. With the rise of remote work and digital nomadism, many places around the world have adapted for the better. We hope you've enjoyed this list of suggestions, and that you might consider one of them for your next home base.

About Swaphouse

Imagine if you could work remotely from a destination of your choice, for free, without having to pay any accommodation costs. At Swaphouse, we believe this is the future of work, and it’s our mission to make it an accessible reality for every remote worker.