Bali and Chiang Mai are all well-known destinations for digital nomads. However, there’s a whole world out there to explore, so you shouldn’t limit yourself to expat hotspots! Take advantage of your location independence and explore places that are off the beaten path instead. Here are 3 cities that are totally underrated and ideal for digital nomads.
One of the most beautiful and affordable cities I’ve ever been to is Budapest, Hungary. According to Numbeo, Budapest is 50% less expensive than New York, but it still feels like a world-class city.
Taking a river cruise on the Danube and gazing at the parliament building as the sun went down was my favorite memory from the trip. The Hungarian National Gallery and Museum of Fine Arts were also highlights. Budapest has well over a dozen museums and many galleries, so it offers plenty of art and culture for digital nomads to enjoy.
I loved visiting Andrássy Avenue as well. It’s a luxury shopping district with brands like Gucci and Burberry, so I didn’t purchase anything. But I enjoyed wandering down the street and admiring the beautiful Neo-Renaissance style buildings. For a more affordable shopping experience, head to Fashion Street or the mall, where you can find brands like Nike and Calvin Klein.
You can also find all different types of cuisine in Budapest at affordable prices. Whether you’re looking for authentic Hungarian food or a top-notch steak, you won’t be disappointed. The average cost of a three-course meal for two at a mid-range restaurant is $46, so you’ll be able to dine out without breaking the bank.
Rent is also super affordable. One-bedroom apartments in the city cost an average of $580 per month according to Numbeo. That should leave you with plenty of money to get out there and explore the city!
Hungary even has a visa for remote workers called the White Card and is known for its excellent WiFi speeds, making it a perfect place for digital nomads.
Berlin is popular among digital nomads, but I’ve always preferred Munich. Parts of Berlin were destroyed in World War II, so the city doesn’t have as much beautiful old architecture as Munich.
I loved wandering around the main square in Munich, which is called the Marienplatz, and admiring the historic buildings. While you’re there, you have to stick around and watch the famous cuckoo clock show. Don’t forget to swing by Viktualienmarkt, a huge open air market only a few streets away, and grab a pretzel sandwich. Then spend the rest of the day getting lost in Munich’s beautiful side streets and exploring local boutiques.
I’m not the only one who’s totally enchanted by Munich. It was named the most livable city in the world and is frequently at the top of qualify of life studies. The city is known for its safety, cleanliness, and reliable public transportation. There are lots of beer gardens and public squares to hang out in. Munich is even home to more than 80 museums for a dose of arts and culture.
If you want to leave the city for a day trip, Munich is close to the Alps and a top-tier international airport. Plus, Germany has a freelance visa that’s perfect for digital nomads. The cost of living is only 22% lower than New York City, so Munich isn’t as affordable as Budapest. However, it’s still a solid option for remote workers with a case of wanderlust.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
I frequently see Medellín, Colombia on lists of top destinations for digital nomads. But if you want to head somewhere warm without leaving North America, check out Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The cost of living in this tropical paradise is extremely low. Digital nomads traveling solo can expect to spend about $1,450 per month including rent.
Puerto Vallarta has lots of nightlife in the Zona Romantica district. You’ll find jazz clubs, wine bars, rooftop lounges, and even gay bars in this historic part of the city. You also can’t miss the main boardwalk, which is called the Malecon. It’s lined with shops, restaurants, and galleries and features a gorgeous view of the ocean.
About 20 minutes outside of the city, there’s a beautiful botanical garden to explore. Puerto Vallarta is also surrounded by a mountainous rainforest, so there’s no shortage of nature for outdoor lovers. Mexico’s temporary resident visa allows you to stay for 6 months to 4 years, giving you plenty of time to soak up the sun. Plus, you can apply for permanent residency if you decide you want to stay—I certainly wouldn’t blame you!
What are some of your favorite destinations as a digital nomad? Let me know in the comments!
Vicky Monroe is a freelance personal finance and lifestyle writer. When she’s not busy writing about her favorite money saving hacks or tinkering with her budget spreadsheets, she likes to travel, garden, and cook healthy vegetarian meals.