The Best Destinations for Digital Nomads for First-Timers

by | Jan 13, 2023 | Asia, Bali, Destinations, Digital Nomads, Europe, South America, Spain

Working from the office certainly has lots of perks; free coffee, swivel chairs, and unlimited snacks in the pantry. However, you can actually swap out the snacks for a coconut with an umbrella straw, the swivel chairs to a hammock, and maybe keep the coffee along with a margarita by the beach. If you want to plan out where to set up your home office for the next few months, here are the top 5 best destinations for digital nomads to consider to get started. Each country is judged by the living cost, wifi speed, all-year-round amazing weather, and how big of a digital nomad community it has.

Where are the best destinations for digital nomads?

  1. Singapore
  2. Brazil
  3. Thailand
  4. Canary Islands, Spain
  5. Bali, Indonesia


singapore best destinations for digital nomads
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Known as one of the world’s tech hubs, Singapore is a very safe and futuristic country with one of the fastest wifi in Asia. You won’t have to worry about anything, Singapore has it all for being one of the destinations for digital nomads. You can find beaches (real and artificial ones), great accommodations, CoWorking spaces, a high population of ex-pats, and the list goes on.

There are so many attractions to see in Singapore. For example, the iconic Gardens by the Bay, Sentosa Island, and Marina Bay Sands. Although this beautiful city has a relatively high living cost, it is definitely worth every penny. 

langkawi malaysia
Langkawi Island, Malaysia 

Moreover, you can also travel to Malaysia since they have a toll road connecting each of the countries. Crossing it would not take more than 30 minutes. While in Malaysia, do visit Islands such as Langkawi, Redang, and Perhentian.  


rio de janeiro best destinations for digital nomads
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro has made a name for itself as one of the world’s most captivating cities in Brazil. It offers you hot, sunny weather all year and an awe-inspiring cityscape of high-rise buildings set against a backdrop of mountains and sea. It’s just one of those best destinations for digital nomads that you can’t help but fall in love with the moment you arrive.

Although the idea of remote working is not something that is embedded into the people, there has been a steady increase in CoWorking spaces all over the city of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.

Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

There are a lot of neighborhoods you can opt to live in. A little tip is to not wear anything flashy or dangle around expensive cameras in certain parts of the city. The first unique neighborhood you can settle into is  Ipanema. It is a great place if you’re looking to surf and socialize then you got a winner. Or, be sure to visit the rocky Pedra do Arpoador peninsula to go for sunset trails.

Furthermore, Jardin Botanico offers a more secluded and exclusive feel. It is also home to a beautiful botanical garden rich in flora and fauna, such as macaws and other tropical plants. Leaning more toward the party scene? Leblon might entice you to stay longer than you normally would. You can find a variety of vibrant bars, high-end restaurants, and properties here. For example, a pristine white sand beach with a view of the ​​Dois Irmao or Two Brothers Mountain.


thailand best destinations for digital nomads
Phra Nang Beach, Krabi, Thailand

There’s a reason Thailand ranks high on our list of the best destinations for digital nomads, this country needs no introduction. Famous for being affordable and filled with beautiful locations such as Koh Samui, Phuket, Koh Phangan, and of course the hustle and bustle of Bangkok city, this country pretty much sells itself!

Once you’re in Southeast Asia, you might as well visit the neighboring countries, such as Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, and so much more. Moreover, each country has its own unique charm and national delicacies. Check out the top 10 destinations for digital nomads.

Canary Islands, Spain

canary islands best destinations for digital nomads
Sunset in paradise, Tenerife, Spain

Did you know that the Canary Islands were formed due to volcanic eruptions? Moreover, this island checks out most of the best destinations for digital nomads. You can find beautiful and affordable villas, great weather all year round, vibrant nightlife, and good infrastructure. 

Among all of the beautiful islands, Gran Canaria and Tenerife are the most popular ones in the archipelago. In Gran Canaria, most nomads would prefer to stay near the Las Canteras beach. The price ranges vary but you should be sure to book in advance. Especially, if you’re planning to stay during the winter months, as prices tend to rise really quickly.

As for Tenerife, Santa Cruz is the capital and it is the largest city on the island. One of the most beautiful beaches would be Las Teresitas, which is known for having golden-colored sand. If you love to hike, head over to Mount Teide located in Teide National Park. If hiking isn’t your thing then take a cable car to the summit. 

Bali, Indonesia

bali indonesia best destinations for digital nomads
Nusa Penida, Klungkung Regency, Bali, Indonesia

This Southeast Asian country is the very definition of the best destination for digital nomads. You got the luscious tropical forest, beautiful rice paddies, and the cliffside beach to choose from. Not to mention very Instagram and Pinterest-worthy cafes are everywhere to work from. Moreover, most of the locals speak the Balinese and Indonesian languages. However, do not worry since everyone pretty much knows how to speak English.

Bali has a relatively large community of nomads who organize gatherings and CoWorking trips. A few of the most popular areas include Kuta, Canggu, Ubud, Uluwatu, and Seminyak. Furthermore, each location has its own distinct characteristic. For example, Seminyak is more of an upscale party area, whereas Canggu is more laid back and filled with beach clubs that won’t require you to wear certain clothes. For a more in-depth guide to Bali, check out the holy grail guide to Bali curated by a local in the team.

If planning and organizing aren’t your cups of tea you can simply get on board with JoinMyTrip. We have loads of the best trips on our website starting from guided trips, co-working trips, road trips, safari trips, and so much more! So, sit back and relax and you can let your trip leader do the rest. 

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