For many of us, office life as we know may never come back. At least not for the foreseeable future. And even if it does, this long period of remote working has meant that many companies are ready to embrace a WFH policy.
Working from a home office (or, corner of the dining room table), has now become more than just a temporary glitch, the digital nomad trend that has gained popularity over the last decade is looking increasingly attractive.
The full nomad experience where you trek around the world with all your worldly goods on your back, may not be doable or appealing for long periods of time, but combining an extended work and travel trip is now definitely a possibility for many of us. We are looking to experience life somewhere new, after a long stint of being homebound. A change of scene to inspire creativity and productivity.
The line between living and work is becoming blurred – the line between living and traveling is blurring as well. Many of us are interested in longer stays but in another home, What travelers are really looking for is a home away from home, with amenities such as WiFi, a fully kitted kitchen, a washing machine, and an outdoor area is always a big plus.
How to become a digital nomad
Your priorities as a digital nomad will vary. Depending on your family circumstances, job commitment, budget, etc. A few key factors to consider in any new digital nomad location include:
- Internet/ WiFi availability
- Accommodation availability
- Cost of living
- A Digital Nomad community – if this interests you
- Nightlife and social activities
- Public transportation
The top digital nomad hotspots
These are some of the emerging top spots for digital nomads in Europe and beyond.
Yes, Dubai. This may come as a surprise to some of you. But Dubai is actually a perfect choice when it comes to remote working. It centrally located geographically with a strong digital infrastructure. It is also known as one of the safest places in the world, with a fascinating blend of cultures from around the globe. With sandy beaches, incredible dining, and world-class entertainment, you’re offered a great quality of life and a range of attractions in a glamorous metropolis with an old-world charm.
Why is Dubai a good option for digital nomads?
- The central location – a gateway for transit between Europe and Asia
- Most people understand and speak English
- Plenty of workplaces including coffee shops and coworking spaces
- Plenty of things to see and do
Unsurprisingly, many digital nomads are drawn to Barcelona for the weather. Not too hot in the summer, not too cold in the winter with plenty of sun all year round, Nestled between scenic mountains and fabulous secluded beaches, Barcelona gives you all the benefits of living in a major European metropolis, with a diverse landscape that allows you to maintain a close connection with nature. Barcelona really has it all.
Why is Barcelona a good option for digital nomads?
- A thriving freelancer community
- Full of laptop-friendly places to work
- Excellent public transportation
- Amazing weather
Fortunately, Milan is not just a fast-paced city where money and fashion talk. There are wide green areas where you can have relaxing walks, take yoga sessions, and go for long runs. You’ll become a fan of Parco Lambro, located in the suburbs and, of course, Giardini di Porta Venezia, a free green space in the heart of the city. If you love history and architecture you are in for a treat, The city’s rich history and classical architecture provide a fantastic backdrop for the modern pace of life and the industrial vibe. Milan is also one of the most multicultural and diverse cities in Italy attracting people from around the world.
Why is Milan a good option for digital nomads?
- Affordable coworking spaces
- The food
- Plenty of outdoor spaces to enjoy
- Bike and car-sharing
Brussels is not only the capital of Belgium, but it is also the administrative center of the European Union which makes it a thriving ex-pat destination. Did you know that one in three people living in Brussels is not of non-Belgian origin? The city offers a great quality of life, there is a really thriving gourmet food scene, fine Belgian beer, and delicious Belgian waffles and chocolate. Even French fries are Belgian! Brussels is also surprisingly affordable. The city has an abundance of delicious street food options. Don’t forget to try the Mitraillette – a Belgian sandwich overloaded with meat and fries.
Why is Brussels a good option for digital nomads?
- A thriving ex-pat community
- Affordable housing costs
- The great street food scene
- Plenty of co-working spaces
Paris is perhaps not the first city to come mind as a digital nomad destination but I’m here to prove you wrong! The reality of living in Paris is very different from what you would expect. Yes, even from the reality as portrayed in popular TV shows! If you love the idea of enjoy immersing yourself in the chic Parisian culture, with all the delicious food and fantastic fashion that this entails, as well as having a base to explore all of Europe, you will love living in Paris.
Why is Paris a good option for digital nomads?
- The architecture is breathtakingly beautiful
- There are so many amazing things to do
- The delicious baked goods
- You can live in Paris for up to three months on a tourist visa without having to do any paperwork