The 10 Best Places to Live as a Digital Nomad

by on Sep 07, 2017 in Remote

It’s not easy being a digital nomad. I mean, with so many places in the world to live, how can you possibly choose?

Personally, I want to live everywhere. Since becoming a digital nomad in February of this past year, I’ve lived in Connecticut, Buenos Aires, Medellin, currently South Florida and soon, I’ll be heading to Brazil. On my bucket list? Southeast Asia…Europe…more of South America…the list goes on. Seriously, I would live pretty much everywhere on this planet if I could.

But of course, there are lots of factors to consider when deciding where to live. Like weather, healthcare, safety, cost of living, topography…and obviously everyone prioritizes different things. Some people might be able to put up with year-round cloudiness and rain, while others need sunshine to function like a normal human being. Some of you out there might thrive in a fast-paced city with crazy nightlife, while others of you might prefer (and be less distracted in) a small, sleepy town with a population of 500.

That’s where this blog post comes into play. In it, I’ve narrowed down the top 10 digital nomad destinations around the world, all of which are relatively safe, with a high quality of life and an affordable cost of living (below $2,000 per month).

I even break it down for you, factor by factor, covering all of the major things you should consider when moving to a new city: Wifi, entertainment, weather, getting around, cost of living, food options, healthcare and the drawbacks of living in that city (because, well, let’s face it: No place is perfect).

So whether you’re a big-city nomad or a small-town nomad (or somewhere in between), I’m pretty sure there’s at least one place on this list that’s got your name written all over it.

1. Chiang Mai – Best for the Slow-Paced Nomad ($859/mo)

Chiang Mai  

Probably the most popular digital nomad destination—and for good reason—Chiang Mai is graced by awesome weather; an abundance of coffee shops and co-working spaces; numerous festivals; and beautiful, mountainous terrain. Even though it’s one of the largest cities in Thailand, Chiang Mai has a super relaxed vibe, so just don’t expect the streets to be bustling with fast-moving, stressed-out folks or anything.

Wifi Situation: Thanks to the plethora of cafes and coworking spaces around the city, there are Wifi hotspots on almost every street corner. The speed tends to be super fast, as well, running at 20mbps.

Entertainment: From biking to hiking and camping to elephant tours, there is no shortage of outdoor activities to choose from in Chiang Mai. For those of you who are avid partiers, however, you might be disappointed, since most of the bars and clubs close at midnight.

Weather: While a bit cooler than Bangkok, Chiang Mai still gets pretty hot from mid-February to June. June to October is the rainy season and October to mid-February is the coolest time of the year (in other words, the perfect temperature).

In the winter season (January and early February), the weather can get quite cold, and Thai homes don’t have heaters, which can make your living situation a bit uncomfortable.

You should also be aware of the smoky season, which lasts from mid-February until mid-April, getting particularly bad in March. During this time, air pollution is at its worst, so many expats, nomads and locals choose to leave the city during this time.

Getting Around: The neighborhoods in Chiang Mai are walkable. If you want to hop from one part of the city to another, you can jump on a tuk tuk (basically a three-wheeled taxi) or a bus. But if you really want to do some exploring, you will need a scooter or car.

Cost of Living: NomadList has the cost of living for digital nomads (there for short-term stay and eating out three meals a day) at just $859 per month. If you’re an expat there for a more long-term stay, the cost of living drops to just $651 a month. Others have said that you can live a very comfortable lifestyle for $1,000 a month. Spending much more than that would probably be considered extravagant by any standard.

Food Options: Foodies won’t be disappointed. According to The Guardian, “the food is outstanding,” with everything from barbecue to curry and noodle dishes. There are also many vegan and vegetarian options for all you picky eaters out there.

Healthcare: Good news on this front too. According to Lonely Planet, “the majority of cities and popular tourist areas have adequate, and even excellent, medical care.” And it’s cheap too. International Living covers this topic more extensively,

The Drawbacks: Transportation can make it a bit difficult to get around. The smoky season is pretty unbearable. Also, because it’s so laid-back, some digital nomads have even found it difficult to stay motivated.

2. Bangkok: Best for the Food-Loving Nomad ($1,189/mo)

 Bangkok

For those who need a more fast, bustling pace than Chiang Mai, but still want to be immersed in Thai culture, Bangkok just might be the answer. The capital of Thailand is known for its energetic street life, Thai massages, rowdy nightlife, polluted canals and elaborate shrines. There is also a large expat community to vent your frustrations and ask questions to.

Wifi Situation: Not to fret. Like Chiang Mai, Bangkok has free Wifi all over the city (on NomadList, this ranked as “great”). The connection is also excellent, running at around 40mbps.

Entertainment: It’s hard to get bored in a city like Bangkok, where just wandering the vibrant and eclectic streets is entertainment in and of itself. Visit one of many temples or religious sites. Sample the delicious street food (where a good meal will cost you about $1). Take a boat ride down one of the city’s many canals. And when you need to escape the madness, those otherworldly Thai beaches are only a short plane ride away.

Weather: It gets hot. Really hot. And humid. So pack accordingly. There are three main seasons in Bangkok: the hot season from March to June; rainy season from July to October; and a cooler season from November to February.

Getting Around: The Skytrain and metro are easy ways to get around the city and are good ways to avoid the city’s horrendous traffic. Otherwise, there are always express boats, taxis, motorcycle taxis, tuk tuks and public buses. Let’s just say you won’t have any difficult getting around.

Cost of Living: While definitely more costly than smaller Thai cities like Chiang Mai, Bangkok is still very affordable. According to NomadList, the average cost of living for nomads is $1,189 per month, while the cost of living for expats is $1,058 per month. So yes, more expensive than Chiang Mai. But hey, you can still buy street food for $1…and find a modern, well-furnished one-bedroom apartment with pool and gym amenities in the city center for $500 a month.

Food Options: Bangkok is known for having some of the world’s best street food. And like Chiang Mai, it is also vegan-friendly. Need I say more?

Healthcare: Bangkok has actually become a major hub of medical tourism, with patients flying in from all around the world to be treated here. Skilled doctors, combined with inexpensive medical care, mean that you can sleep at night knowing that your health is in good hands.

Drawbacks: The atrocious traffic means that air pollution can get pretty bad. Many people don’t speak English, at least not very well, so you might need to learn a bit of Thai if you want to get by. You’re also living in a concrete jungle, so every now and then, you’ll probably need to escape to the countryside or beaches. The weather can also get unbearably hot in the summer months.

3. Medellin, Colombia – Best for the Creative Nomad ($992/mo)

Medellin, Colombia

Don’t let its dark past fool you. Medellin, once the world’s most dangerous city (and home of Pablo Escobar), is now one of its most creative cities. Having undergone a massive transformation over the last 10 years, Medellin has become a safe and welcoming community, home to many digital nomads and expats alike.

Wifi Situation: Depending on what area of the city you’re in, it shouldn’t be too difficult to find a place with free Wifi. The Wifi isn’t excellent (it often cuts out), but it is decent.

Entertainment: Most expats tend to stick to El Poblado or Laureles, where there are many bars, restaurants and cafes to go to. Take the famous cable car all the way up to Parque Arvi, stopping to explore some of the edgy neighborhoods on the way. Head to Envigado and take a walk through the lush, green mountains. Personally (as someone who currently lives in Medellin), this is my favorite part about living there.

Weather: Thanks to its location in a valley 4,905 feet above sea level, Medellin has a year-round temperate climate. Known as the “City of Eternal Spring,” it never gets too hot or too cold. During the rainy season (April, May, September, October and November), you can expect thundershowers pretty much every day. But don’t fret: Even though it rains almost every day during this time, the sun almost always comes out at some point in the day. So be sure to pack your sunscreen!

Getting Around: If you live close enough to the metro station, you can take the metro to get around the city. Otherwise, there’s the bus. And Uber and taxis are super cheap (like $3 for a 20-minute ride). I have had no problems walking around my neighborhood (El Poblado) and otherwise, taking Uber and taxis for wherever I need to go.

Cost of Living: It’s not as cheap as you might expect. Some things (like taxis/Ubers, rent, groceries and healthcare) are very cheap compared to the U.S., while other things (like eating out) are not. You can find a nice room for as little as $200 a month. At the same time, a yoga class will cost you about the same as it would in the U.S.

Depending on your lifestyle and how frugally you want to live, you might be able to get by on $992 a month (the average cost of living for digital nomads, according to NomadList). But if you want to live in a nice penthouse in El Poblado (the most expensive neighborhood), then expect to pay upwards of $1,200 a month (at least) in rent, food, utilities and other expenses. Going out in El Poblado is only slightly cheap by U.S. standards. You aren’t in Southeast Asia, so don’t expect to pay $2 for a meal. But don’t despair—if you go to another part of town and don’t mind roughing it a bit, you can definitely find something for cheaper.

Food Options: I’ll be honest: it’s not easy to eat healthily in Medellin. Colombians love their rice and fried food, which is what you will find on the streets and in many restaurants. Spices are pretty much nonexistent, so the food can also taste pretty bland. But for those who like tropical fruits, there’s no better place to be. In the grocery stores, you will discover a diverse selection of fruits that you probably never even knew existed.

Healthcare: Yet another reason why this city is so awesome? It’s got some of the best healthcare in all of South America—and totally affordable too. Clinics and hospitals not only have excellent doctors, but also top-notch, modern and clean facilities (many of which are even nicer than ones I’ve seen stateside). And I pay about the same without health insurance as I have paid with health insurance back in the U.S.

Drawbacks: The air quality can be pretty bad, depending on what area of the city you live in. I currently live up at the top of the hill in El Poblado, where I find the air quality to be perfectly fine. But in other areas of the city, traffic congestion pollutes the air and it can be pretty unbearable at times.

4. Ubud, Bali, Indonesia—Best for the Healthy Nomad ($1,055/mo) 

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia 

If health food, yoga and a bit of surfing are your cup of tea, you will definitely love living in the town of Ubud, or the heart of Bali. Plus, Balinese people are also known for being incredibly friendly, so you shouldn’t have any difficulty getting along with locals.

Wifi Situation: The downside to living on an island? The Wifi doesn’t tend to be that great. According to NomadList, the Internet speed in Bali is a measly 5 mbps.

Entertainment: From pristine, white-sand beaches to temples, volcanic mountains, rice terraces, waterfalls and underwater coral reefs, there is no shortage of things to see in Bali. If you love the outdoors and/or are an adventure junkie, you may just have found paradise, since you can do pretty much any sport you could possibly imagine in Bali. Go snorkeling or wreck diving in the morning and surfing in the afternoon. Go trekking or white-water rafting. Or go on a safari tour. The ideas are endless.

Weather: Bali has a tropical and warm, humid climate year-round.

Getting Around: A bike might be your best method of transport in Ubud (although the town is quite hilly, so be prepared for a workout). If you need to travel longer distances, consider renting a scooter to get around.

Cost of Living: While admittedly not as cheap as Thailand or the Philippines, Bali is still inexpensive. According to NomadList, the average cost of living for digital nomads is $1,055 per month, while the cost of living for an expat is just $881 a month. Like any city, there is some variation in terms of where you go. If you want to eat at a local Balinese café, one meal can set you back about $1. If you go to a Western, more touristy restaurant, expect to pay between $6 and $9 per meal.

Food Options: Offering a myriad of vegan and vegetarian options, Bali is the place to go for healthy eating. Enough said.

Healthcare: In general, healthcare facilities in Indonesia are quite limited and the standards of local medical care are much lower than neighboring countries, Thailand and Singapore. You’ll want to go to private healthcare facilities, which are fairly expensive, but worth it.

Drawbacks: Even though it has a lot to offer, I almost didn’t include Bali on this list at all. Due to the hordes of tourists that have entered the country, combined with the poor garbage system and overall lack of sustainability, the environment has taken a hit. Trash is carelessly dumped in rice fields, on the streets and in the ocean, which means that the island is incredibly polluted and on the brink of collapse. Until Bali cleans up its act (quite literally), this might be one place that I will avoid.

5. Lisbon, Portugal –Best for the Trendy Nomad ($1,497/mo)

Lisbon, Portugal   

Once one of the more underrated and less visited cities in Western Europe, Lisbon is finally getting the attention it has long deserved. Built on seven hills overlooking the Atlantic, the red tile rooftops; hilly, cobblestoned streets; and traditional Fado music are guaranteed to charm anyone who steps foot in Portugal’s capital city.

Wifi Situation: Like many other cities around the world, Wifi is everywhere in Lisbon. But…the connection here is unfortunately not so great (just 13mbps).

Entertainment: Being one of the oldest cities in the world, much of the entertainment in Lisbon revolves around its history (visiting museums, ancient castles, monasteries and the like). You can also hit up the flea market or sunbathe on one of the city’s many beautiful beaches. Or meander through the narrow streets and admire the colorful buildings and street art that surround you.

Weather: With 2,799 hours of sunshine per year, Lisbon is one of the sunniest cities in Europe. Winters are mild, with temperatures never getting below 32 degrees Fahrenheit (or zero degrees Celsius). Summers are warm and dry.

Getting Around: Like San Francisco, Lisbon is known for its tram system. There’s also a metro system and buses to get around. Buy a Via Vagem or 7 Colinas pre-paid card from one of the ticketing offices, which can be used on the buses, trams, ferryboats and metro.

Cost of Living: Lisbon is definitely one of the least expensive cities in all of Western Europe, which helps explain why it’s a digital nomad hub. NomadList has the average cost of living for digital nomads at $1,497 per month. No, it’s not Thailand. But still pretty darn cheap by Western European standards.

Food Options: Expect to eat dinner late in Lisbon (around 10 or 11PM). The Portuguese are big lovers of seafood and meat, but vegan options also abound in Lisbon.

Healthcare: You can choose between private and public healthcare in Portugal, but most expats will need (and want) to go with the former. The healthcare is overall fairly good in Portugal; it’s not hard to find skilled doctors and high-quality facilities.

Drawbacks: Dealing with the Portuguese bureaucracy can be frustrating.

6. Split, Croatia – Best for the History-Loving Nomad ($1,937/mo)

Split, Croatia

Set on the Adriatic Sea and home to some of the best Roman ruins, it’s no surprise that digital nomads from around the world are flocking to Split. Since it’s not part of the Schengen zone, non-EU citizens can spend three months in Western Europe (ahem, Lisbon), and then head east to Split for another three months.

Wifi Situation: Wifi is only okay in Split, with travelers averaging the connection at 10mbps.

Entertainment: Explore Diocletian’s Palace (the city’s main attraction). Head to Putalj Winery. Game of Thrones fan? Take the tour and visit the filming locations. Once you’ve done all the tourist attractions, you can visit some of the many mountains and national parks nearby or go diving in an underwater cave or shipwreck.

Weather: In the winter months, it can get pretty cold (and humid) in Split, with temperatures getting down to 45 degrees Fahrenheit (or 7 degrees Celsius) in January and going up to an average of 77 degrees Fahrenheit (or 25 degrees Celsius) in July.

Getting Around: In the center of town, it’s easy to get by on foot, since most of it is pedestrian-only. Otherwise, there is a great bus system.

Cost of Living: According to NomadList, the average cost of living for digital nomads is $1,937 per month, but for those there for more long-term stays (expats), the cost drops to $1,399 per month, with one-bedroom studios in the center averaging just under $400 per month and a basic meal in a restaurant just under $4.

Food Options: Given the fact that the Italians ruled the Dalmatian region of Croatia for nearly 400 years, and the fact that Italy and Croatia are only separated by the Adriatic Sea, Croatian cuisine is marked by a huge Italian influence. Since it’s on the water, you will encounter a lot of seafood, as well.

Healthcare: Croatia has a universal and mandatory healthcare system and according to NomadList, the healthcare is “good.”

Drawbacks: Once again…that bureaucracy is not so fun.

7. Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon), Vietnam—Best for the Big-City Nomad ($777/mo)

Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon), Vietnam

Known for its friendly people; delicious street food and markets; swarms of scooters; and lively café culture, it’s not too hard to fall in love with Ho Chi Minh City. Nomads who want to experience Southeast Asia with a French touch will love it here; everything from the architecture to the cuisine to the coffee shops are little reminders of the fact that this was once a French colony.

Wifi Situation: NomadList rates the Wifi as average, at 10 mbps.

Entertainment: Saigon is a bustling city immersed in history, so a lot of the city’s attractions revolve around just that. But there are also many day trips that you can partake in. Take a trip up the Mekong Delta River and explore the floating markets and villages along the way. Need to let loose? You’re in the right place. Ho Chi Minh City is a party city, offering everything from microbreweries to raging nightclubs.

Weather: Like much of Southeast Asia, Ho Chi Minh City has two distinct seasons: rainy season from May to November and dry season from December to April, with an average “winter” temperature of 80.6 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius). So if you like a tropical (hot and humid) climate…then this city is for you!

Getting Around: Like much of Southeast Asia, many people get around on motorcycle taxis, public buses and private taxis (which are cheap).

Cost of Living: According to NomadList, the average cost of living for digital nomads is $777 per month. Prices are on the rise, but generally, a meal at a restaurant or café will cost between $2 and $8, while average cost of rent (including a housecleaner, laundry and utilities) is about $300 a month. Not too shabby for a big city!

Food Options: Ho Chi Minh City has got some of the best food in all of Asia, rivaling Bangkok on the street food front. The food is fresh, diverse, delicious and of course…inexpensive. An added bonus? It has also got some of the world’s best coffee.

Healthcare: Private healthcare in the city is excellent, but quite pricey, so make sure that you have health insurance to cover you in case something happens. As for public healthcare…forget about it.

Drawbacks: Traffic can be horrendous (also resulting in some hefty air pollution). Crime and pickpocketing can also be pretty bad throughout the city, so you will need to watch your belongings like a hawk.

8. Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica—Best for the Laid-Back Nomad ($1,585/mo)

Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica 

 A laid-back surfer’s town, where lush, green jungle sits behind tranquil beaches, Puerto Viejo is the place to go if you want to combine work with relaxation and/or adrenaline-filled activities.

Wifi Situation: Just like Bali, the Wifi tends to be pretty spotty on this island, averaging at just 5mpbs.

Entertainment: You’d better love the outdoors if you choose to live here. If you’re a surfer, there’s no better place to be; surfers come from all around the world to surf the Salsa Brava surf break. Beach-goers adore the black-sand Playa Negra. More of an animal person? Got that too. The rainforest, wetlands and mangroves are home to all different unique kinds of animal and plant species. As for nightlife, you’re likely to spend the evenings dancing to local reggae music or sipping on pina coladas at a beach bar.

Weather: Given that it’s part of the rainforest, you can expect a lot of rainfall in Puerto Viejo. The temperature doesn’t fluctuate too much, with highs averaging in the high 80s Fahrenheit (low 30s in Celsius) throughout the year, getting down to 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius).

Getting Around: Being a small Caribbean beach town, there isn’t much in the way of public transportation in Puerto Viejo. Luckily, you can get by mostly on foot everywhere around the town. Not in the mood to walk? You can always rent (or buy) a bike or a scooter—just look out for the potholes on the road!

Cost of Living: The average cost of living in Puerto Viejo according to NomadList is $1,585 per month. For expats, the cost of living drops to $1,111 per month.

Food Options: While not nearly as legendary as Ho Chi Minh City or Bangkok when it comes to cuisine, Puerto Viejo has still got some options. Expect a lot of classic Caribbean food (think: fried plantains), ceviche and rice and beans. For all you healthy eaters out there, there are also quite a few vegetarian and vegan options.

Healthcare: Healthcare is definitely lacking in Puerto Viejo. There is an emergency medical service office downtown, and all pharmacies in Costa Rica are obliged to have a pharmacist/doctor on staff that can treat minor health issues. Otherwise, the closest hospital is one hour away in Limon. If you want the best hospital care, you’ll need to go to the capital, San Jose (about four hours away).

Drawbacks: The lack of decent healthcare is an issue. Also, the town can get pretty touristy, so many digital nomads have chosen to live a bit further outside of Puerto Viejo.

Expats complain about the lack of security and the fact that Puerto Viejo can be a relatively dangerous place to live. In recent years, police presence has fortunately increased, but you will still need to be extra careful. This means that you shouldn’t walk around at night (take taxis if you need to get somewhere), you should always lock up your home well and you should definitely not be flashing your valuables around.

9. Budapest, Hungary—Best for the Cosmopolitan Nomad ($1,288/mo)

Budapest, Hungary 

It’s quite an honor to be named one of the most beautiful cities in all of Europe. After all, the competition is pretty fierce. But Budapest was given this title several different times. From the stunning Neo-Renaissance architecture to the monumental Opera House and basilicas, living in this cosmopolitan city is like living in a museum. Digital nomads apparently love living in Budapest so much, that its “Nomad Score” on NomadList was rated as 100% (out of 159 reviews). Hard to beat that.

Wifi Situation: According to NomadList, the Internet connection in Budapest is excellent, at 30mbps.

Entertainment: Dress up to the nines and take in a performance at the famous Hungarian State Opera House. Spend the day wandering the city and marveling at the city’s many architectural wonders, from the massive Great Synagogue to the waterfront Parliament building. Take a dip in one of the many thermal baths, most of which offer a variety of treatments for those who really want to indulge.

Weather: Summers never get super hot in Budapest (the average temperature is around 70 degrees Fahrenheit or 21 degrees Celsius). Winters get pretty cold, so be prepared to bundle up. This is the one city on our list where it actually snows in the winter. But hey, that’s what the thermal baths are for!

Getting Around: Budapest has an excellent public transportation system (efficient and inexpensive), so getting around the city won’t be an issue. There are trolleybuses, buses, tram and metro at your disposal.

Cost of Living: NomadList has the average cost of living for an expat at $1,288 per month, making this city a real bang for your buck. You can rent a bike for as little as 1.50 euro per day, buy street food for 2-3 euros, and rent a one-bedroom studio in the center for around $550 (that’s dollars) a month. Housecleaning services are inexpensive (around $7 per hour) and you can eat at a Michelin-star restaurant for less than $20.

Food Options: Hungary is known for its soups, meats and pastries, with much of the food being rich and flavorful. Some of the specialties include Goulash, grey cow, paprika and Mangalica pork. Basically, the complete opposite of food you would find in Bali! But like any big city, lighter, vegetarian options are still possible to find.

Healthcare: Because of its high-quality and affordable healthcare, Hungary has become a popular medical tourism destination. But if you really want high-quality healthcare, you will probably want to go the private route, since many public healthcare services are understaffed and plagued by long wait times.

Drawbacks: Like the two other European cities on this list…the bureaucracy is a pain to deal with.

10. Florianopolis, Brazil—Best for the Adventurous Nomad ($1,212/mo)

Florianopolis, Brazil 

The last city on this list is also my favorite (and just so happens to be my next destination!). Florianopolis, located in the south of Brazil, is known for having the third highest quality of life in all of Brazil. Unlike the rest of Brazil, it’s also relatively safe. Florianopolis (or Floripa as its known by locals and Brazilians) is one city that really has it all: white-sand beaches surrounded by verdant mountains, it really does feel like paradise. The best time to go is the summertime (November to March). The city tends to clear out in the winter (June to September), but locals I’ve talked to have actually found this to be their favorite time of the year.

Wifi Situation: Depending on where you are on the island, the Wifi can be good or bad. Some places I stayed at had connections that barely worked at all, whereas other places offered free Wifi with speedy connections. According to NomadList, the average Wifi speed is just 3mbps. So you might have to do some research and hop around a bit to find a good Wifi connection.

Entertainment: If you don’t love the outdoors, Floripa might not be the best city for you, since much of the daytime entertainment revolves around outdoor sports (think: surfing, kitesurfing, sandboarding, hiking…). More of a night person? Got that too. Floripa is also known for its legendary parties and nightlife, often being compared to places like Ibiza and Miami.

Weather: Floripa gets close to a tropical climate, with hot and humid summers, but the winters can get quite cold. Even so, it never really gets below 47 degrees Fahrenheit (or 8 degrees Celsius), with average winter temperatures hovering around 64 degrees Fahrenheit (or 18 degrees Celsius). By the beach, it can get pretty windy in the winter (but this is also the best time to surf).

Getting Around: The public transportation in Floripa isn’t the best, making it a bit difficult to get around without a car. There are buses that you can take, and of course, taxis and Ubers are also available. Just be sure to go with the safer “Rádio taxis” (taxis that you order in advance), rather than flagging down just any taxi on the street.

Cost of Living: Floripa is much cheaper (and safer) than Rio, making it a popular digital nomad destination. According to NomadList, the current cost of living for an expat in Floripa is $1,212 per month. Expats there for more longer-term stays can drop their monthly costs down to $954 per month. Depending on your lifestyle and needs, this could of course be much higher. My advice? Go during the off-season (ie: before summer starts) to get a better deal on housing. And don’t expect to do much shopping in Brazil. All imported goods are insanely expensive (generally at least twice the U.S. price).

Food Options: Brazilian food is typically rich and heavy (think: white rice and beans) but healthier food is slowly becoming more popular and easier to find in Brazil.

Healthcare: Health insurance is affordable (around 150 reais or $50 per month) in Brazil and healthcare facilities are of high quality, often rivaling what you would find in the Western world.

Drawbacks: Even though it’s an island, Floripa is pretty big and it can be difficult to get around if you don’t have a car.

So there you have it. Are there any cities that didn’t make the cut that you think should have? I’d love to hear it. Share your thoughts in the comments below.

About the author of the post
Mary Blackiston is the Content Marketing Specialist for SUCCESS agency.
  • Erin Stokes

    I really appreciate the amount of detail you gave for each location. I’m wanting to be a digital nomad, but I need to get my 14 yo daughter through high school first. I have considered many on your list, but this is the first article I’ve seen that provides info on pollution, museums and types of food available, as well as typical prices and download speeds. Thank you for being my boots on the ground until I get to discover these places in person! Best wishes for your nomad life; hope to be joining your ranks in four years or less!

  • Janey

    Great blog – thanks for all the details you share. I hope to find myself on the nomad path again soon one of these days 🙂