Thinking of working remotely but not sure where to start? Here are ten cities around the globe to help inspire you to relocate. Simply grab your passport and Macbook charger adapter and go!
Manhattan may see itself as the centre of the universe but any aspiring startup CEO worth his salt knows that Brooklyn is where it’s really at. Here, every café, doggie park and laundromat seems to be a collective of great minds – little surprise that the borough hosts the liveliest co-working scene in the world. If re-locating, bear in mind that Williamsburg has become almost as pricey as across the river nowadays, so consider other BK neighbourhoods when hitting Craig’s List.
Cost index: 89 | Neighbourhood watch: Bushwick | Workspace props: Bat Haus
Home to Africa’s most vibrant start-up scene, Cape Town is the continent’s melting pot of creatives, entrepreneurs and tech minds. Being consistently voted the world’s most beautiful city also helps: let’s face it, Table Mountain or Camps Bay beat the backdrop of most office cubicles. From dream apartments to to-die-for dining, a weakening Rand can also afford you a lifestyle you could only dream of in the likes of London of NYC.
Cost index: 38 | Neighbourhood watch: Woodstock | Workspace props: Cape Town Garage
If there’s a theory on the link between surfers and start-ups, then Brizzie is poster child in proof. The Queensland capital has one of Australia’s most happening tech scenes, with a Gold Coast setting adding to the heat. Food festivals, a vibey arts scene and great live music stacks Brisbane well up against the crunk of Sydney. Plus the weather is so much better here than in Melbs.
Cost index: 79 | Neighbourhood watch: Fortitude Valley | Workspace props: Lightspace
Many cities bill themselves as a European tech capital, but as the regional HQ for Facebook, Twitter, Google (and, and, and…) Dublin has some serious clout. Recent years have seen the city transform into a cosmopolitan mecca for tech-minded millennials and creative types, where poets and programmers co-work side by side. Being one of the world’s friendliest capitals, this is also a town where it won’t take you long to expand your social network.
Cost index: 81 | Neighbourhood watch: Stoneybatter | Workspace props: Block T
Lisbon is trending. From being one of the hottest design hubs in Europe, to becoming the new host city for the global Tech Summit, you could call Portugal’s capital Iberia’s creative crossroads. Movers here are lured by a dream work / play balance; from clubbing downtown until dawn to surfing along its Atlantic coastline. Swoon.
Cost Index: 51 | Neighbourhood watch: Cais do Sodré | Workspace props: Surf Office
There are over 1000 startups in Amsterdam. Stat. That’s only out-numbered by the city’s postcard bridges, canal-side bike-lanes and hipster foodie hang-outs. It all creates the perfect ecosystem for an eco-centred urban tech-haven. Fluent English is also spoken seemingly everywhere in NL, making Amsterdam the ideal city for those wishing to avoid a lost-in-translation relocation.
Cost index: 77 | Neighbourhood watch: Amsterdam-Noord | Workspace props: A Lab
Looking for some Vorsprung durch Technik? Well, willkommen to Berlin. The city’s massive tech scene makes it one of the continent’s most exciting destinations for digital nomads seeking an alternative land of opportunity. Here, hipster hardware engineers with a taste for the underground can enjoy low-rents, e breezy transport system and an über-cool lifestyle. Consider Berlin a city of real capital interest.
Cost index: 65 | Neighbourhood watch: Kreuzberg | Workspace props: betahaus
Look what happens when you develop South America’s fastest broadband speeds? A tech hub, that’s what. Montevideo (the capital of Uruguay, FYI) is home to a dynamic startup scene, a thriving tech industry and boasts South America’s strongest software exports. Many nationalities can also enjoy 90 day stays in the country without a visit which adds to this beach city’s dynamic free flow of global minds.
Cost index: 58 | Neighbourhood watch: Cordón | Workspace props: Sinergia
Thinking a land of just back-packers and full moon parties? Reboot your thoughts. The tropical Indonesian paradise is now one of Southeast Asia’s alternative industry hubs for models, photographers, entrepreneurs and developers. Bargain living costs also make “Silicon Bali” a serious contender for any digital nomad seeking an affordable place in the sun.
Cost index: 38 | Neighbourhood watch: Canggu | Workspace props: Dojo
How about beta testing your remote working with a weekend in Prague? Though sometimes over-shadowed by its neighbours, the Czech capital has quietly power-housed its way to a becoming a major tech player in Europe. Here, tech savvy natives plus expats from Ukraine to the U.K. give the city an air of a pan-continental think-tank. It’s also one of the EU’s most affordable capital cities.
Cost index: 43 | Neighbourhood watch: Smichov | Workspace props: Node5
*Cost index source – numbeo.com (based on a 100 point benchmark for New York City).