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Be a Digital Nomad: Top Cities for Remote Work

Remote work is having a moment, and we're all for it. Whether you've started a side hustle or grind away on the internet full time, working from home gives you a massive advantage over the traditional nine-to-five: home can be anywhere. With that idea in mind, many remote workers are living a high life, pursuing their passions in enticing destinations across the globe. Need some inspiration? Grab your passport, pack your laptop, and explore the world's most incredible locations for remote work.

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01Medellin, Columbia

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This bustling city may have gotten a bad rap in past decades, but its resurgence has not gone without notice, and today, thousands of digital nomads flock here to work, play, and enjoy life at a higher level. With a low cost of living and quiet neighborhoods brimming with places to get the job done, workers experience a productivity boost during the day, while festive restaurants and nightclubs await exploration once the sun goes down. The temperate climate, majestic mountain setting, and clean, efficient transportation system are other draws for ex-pats, making it the top city on the continent for working remotely.

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02Prague, Czech Republic

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This storybook city offers a charming setting to get your hustle on, surrounded by medieval architecture and lively neighborhoods with distinct character and flair. For remote workers, its affordable cost of living offers an assortment of accommodations in the center of all the action, leaving top sights like Prague Castle and Charles Bridge within a short walk. Culture, cuisine, and nightlife blend together for an engaging experience; the city's easy to explore by foot, bike, or public transit, and the locals are known for their friendliness.

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03Seoul, South Korea

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Lively and fast-paced, Seoul offers a bustling lifestyle brimming with things to do. For the remote work-set, of course, that includes widespread internet cafes, fast, reliable wi-fi, and plenty of places to start nailing down deadlines. The rail system makes exploring beyond your apartment simple and affordable, and the nightlife and food are regarded as some of the world's best. Not only that, but the safety rating is exceptionally high, giving international workers peace of mind.

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04Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand at the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and Grand Palace at dusk. Sean Pavone / Getty Images

If you're craving the hustle and bustle of the big city, there's nowhere better than the Thai capital to get the job done. The lively city has a low cost of living, making it easy for digital nomads to adjust — and live the high life on a dime. Between deadlines, you can scope out the thriving nightlife scene, world-renowned restaurants, scenic temples, and historic sights dating back centuries. There's always something to see and do, and all at an affordable price that makes relocation well worth it.

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05Copenhagen, Denmark

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If you're seeking a quality of life boost over savings, then Scandinavia's heart might be an excellent fit. While the Danish capital has a high cost of living, it's internationally renowned for its top-of-the-line health and transportation systems, not to mention "the happiest people on earth." Locals enjoy shorter workdays, more vacation time, and complimentary college tuition, all against a backdrop of colorful centuries-old rowhouses and bustling bike culture that makes it easy to access everything from top attractions to quaint corner cafes.

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06Ljubljana, Slovenia

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You might not even recognize the name, and that's exactly what makes the Slovenian capital so attractive. Underrated and often ignored, Ljubljana is an introvert's paradise. You're far from the tourist mob here, so blending in with the locals and enjoying an excellent work-to-life balance is easier. Without swarms of travelers stopping by, you're free to roam the city on foot, meet friendly locals, and explore centuries of history, culture, and cuisine in peace. Without long lines, loud noise, and the everyday shuffle, what's not to love?

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07Budapest, Hungary

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Budapest combines breathtaking beauty with a practical lifestyle. The city is easily walkable, so you can get to and from everything quickly and easily, regardless of where you hole up. Nestled in between Eastern and Western Europe, this hotspot combines an array of unique influences, so there's plenty to learn and explore during your stay. Fast internet is abundant, as are cafes and co-working spaces to check off your to-do list. After dark, explore the lively nightlife, historic landmarks, and attractions in this open-minded and diverse city all by foot or by bike.

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08Willemstad, Curaçao

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Curaçao's colorful capital is a hub of international culture, blending Dutch and Caribbean influences into a one-of-a-kind vibe. There's no place quite like it, so if you're seeking an island lifestyle without the high price tag, Curaçao has you covered. From the innovative architecture and activities to the scrumptious cuisine, the two cultures combine in the most innovative way possible, and there's an array of beaches, shops, and restaurants at every corner. With a digital nomad visa in place, it's a must-visit for many remote workers.

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09Puerto Escondido, Mexico

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Puerto Escondido is all about the sun, sand, and surf, so it's no small wonder that the coastal oasis has become a mecca for digital nomads from across the globe. The town has a relaxed vibe without the touristy crowds or party vibes of other Mexican cities, so you can work through the day in peace while taking in majestic views of the Pacific. Many foreigners are ex-pats or remote workers themselves, so you're in good company. These new friends can introduce you to the assortment of cafes and co-working spaces littered across town. It's like a beach vacation on repeat every day. No complaints here.

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10Vancouver, Canada

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Vancouver is rated the top destination for digital nomads on earth. Stunning scenery gives you breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, the mountains, and statuesque city architecture. Aside from all that, you're just a hop, skip, and a jump away from a bustling city brimming with bars, restaurants, museums, parks, and much more ⁠— all within walking distance. The city is also regarded for its diversity and tolerance toward all types of cultures, religions, faces, and ways of life, so you can meet friendly associates from across the globe.

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