Best Spots to Live (for a While) as a Digital Nomad
Got a job you can do from anywhere? These eight international adventure towns and cities welcome you.
So you’ve finally figured out a way to work remote. Good for you. Now for the hard part: Where should you live? Or, rather, where should you spend the next week or month before moving on to the next spot? We’ve rounded up a list of co-working and co-living spaces everywhere from major cities to beach towns that love digital nomads like you and make it easier to do your job.
Located on the southwestern coast of France, Hossegor is a world-famous surf destination on one of Europe’s longest white-sand beaches. The town has six surf breaks—the site of surf competitions like the Quiksilver Pro France—and old-world charm, with cobblestone streets and bakeries on every corner. Stay at Jo and Joe (from $23 a night), a modern hostel five minutes from the beach that opened in 2017. Private and communal rooms, a bar and café, communal living area, yoga, and massages make it easy to plug in for a productive day at the “office.”
Bali is a digital nomad mecca for good reason: It has affordable short-term rentals, a growing number of quality co-working spaces, and a vibrant culture of expats. Roam (from $500 per week) converted a boutique hotel in Ubud to a co-living site with 24 rooms around a pool and an open-air rooftop work space. There are also yoga classes, movie nights, and dinners cooked in a communal kitchen. If you need help figuring out how to land a job you can do from anywhere, check out WiFly Nomads’ two-week retreat in Bali, a crash course in everything you need to know about snagging a remote job.
New York, New York
Spend your days working—and running through Central Park, kayaking around Manhattan, or bouldering at Chelsea Piers—and your nights going to concerts and eating Korean barbecue or bowls of steaming ramen. At Yotel (from $197 a night), a futuristic hotel in Midtown with robot luggage service, self-check-in kiosks, and a concierge app, you can work from a massive outdoor terrace or in the hotel’s designated co-working lounge. Its rooms feel more like compact train cabins, but each has a small workstation. Or check out Public Hotel, which opened on the Lower East Side in 2017 and offers luxury rooms for less than $200 a night and has communal work tables in the upper lobby.
Take a break from the grind to work on your German, tour Vienna’s museums, visit a thermal spa for saltwater baths, or simply run through the city’s many parks. The family-owned Hotel Schani Wien (from $84 a night), located across the street from the city’s central train station, has co-working stations in the lobby, which you can rent for up to 30 days and include lockers, a printer, and even an espresso machine. Plus: Rooms come with a hearty Austrian breakfast spread each morning.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
At Angkor Hub in Siem Reap, Cambodia, you can snag a private or shared room just a short jaunt from the Angkor Wat Temple. The co-living space offers weekly or monthly accommodation packages (from $109 per week) that include bike rental, airport transfers, breakfast and lunch, laundry service, and, most important, reliable Wi-Fi for getting things done. Post up at a desk or a hammock and spend your free time visiting the temples, riding tuk tuks around the city, and buying silk scarves and bulk spices at night markets.
San Francisco, California
If you’re working for a tech company or starting your own, you’ll probably need to spend some time in Silicon Valley. Startup Basecamp (from $49 a night) makes it easy to temporarily call San Francisco home. Part hotel, part co-working space, Startup offers a basic room and a communal work space that you can reserve for $20 a day. Plus, you’ll network with other startups and get feedback on everything from web design to IT help. While in the Bay Area, you can surf Ocean Beach or Bolinas before work, or spend your days off mountain biking Mount Tam and sailing around San Francisco Bay.
Bejuco, Costa Rica
This quaint seaside fishing and farming town is known for its beaches: long, pristine stretches of golden sand with few tourists and ample surf breaks. Stay at the co-living property run by Outsite (from $420 a week), where you’ll sleep in a poolside bungalow just minutes from the ocean. There’s plenty of quiet space to plug in alongside fellow roaming workers, but don’t miss the outdoor sunset yoga at Encantada, just down the beach.
From May until October, Antlers at Vail is offering a 30-day sabbatical package (from $1,850), which lets you spend a month living in the hotel like a local—SUPing Gore Creek, picking veggies at the farmers’ market, and riding lift-accessed mountain bike trails straight from your door. Your stay includes access to the gym, a loaner cruiser bike, tickets to local music festivals, GoPro cameras to borrow, and even kitchen appliances like espresso machines and waffle makers. If you’re not on sabbatical, the Vail Centre for Entrepreneurship has desks for rent in nearby Avon and Edwards.